By JENNIFER TUGUNG MICHAEL
KOTA KINABALU: They may be very young but the Girl Guides Association Malaysia – Sabah Branch can play a role in fighting for equality, justice and fairness for women.
Youth and Sports Minister Phoong Jin Zhe encourages them to not be afraid and be proactive in overcoming discrimination against young women in Sabah.
He was speaking at the celebration of Girl Guides World Thinking Day held at Wisma Pandu Putri at Likas today.
Despite all efforts made to achieve gender equality, mistreatment of women is still rife, he said.
“Both men and women around the world today enjoy equal status but there are still some battles to fight, and a lot of women face discrimination and violence.
“I hope the girl scouts (Girl Guides Association Malaysia) can play a role in the fight for equality, justice and fairness for women as these issues are very close to my heart,” he added.
The minister hopes that someday society will be free from all discrimination including racial and religious.
“As a politician myself, I am inspired to hear a 34-year-old lady from Finland has become the youngest prime minister in the world.
“In Finland half of the cabinet are women. They are very qualified women and professionals.
“We also have our Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin as an inspiration and I hope this will inspire all of us to create a better working environment for women, ” he said.
He reminded the girl guides to take the lead in maximising the potentials of young women in Sabah towards change for a better future.