In 2008, before Najib became PM, Malaysia ranked no. 96 in the Global Gender Gap Report. Since then, Malaysia has fallen to no. 102, observes Steven Sim.
Steven Sim reminds new Minister for Women, Family and Community Development Rohani Abdul Karim that a lot of hope is placed on her to improve the lives not only of Penans but also of Malaysian women in general.
In a unique experiment, ordinary people were provided with a means to express their preference and their feedback was taken seriously, reports Henry Loh.
A unique electoral exercise in Penang state, promoting participatory and gender-responsive decision-making at the grassroots level, may serve as a cue for the revival of local elections in Malaysia, writes Anil Netto.