Women deserve equal rights

Tiong with children wearing traditional costumes during his visit to a village before the pandemic happened.

KUCHING: Women have proven to be able to achieve many things, and that they deserve to have the same treatment as men.

Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to China, Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said women’s achievements have raised eyebrows, exuded their own charms, and prove that they not only can compete but excel and forge new pathways for mankind.

“As women pursue their passions and vocations, we are committed to ensuring that gender equality is not only a human right but also an important foundation for allowing humankind’s potential to fully play out, promote sustainable development, and ultimately achieve a peaceful society,” he said in a Facebook post on Monday (March 8) in conjunction with the International Women’s Day.

Tiong, who is also Bintulu MP, said in all his many years in business, politics and social affairs, he has been very fortunate to have met many smart, capable, courageous, independent and skilled women who are able to balance work and family life.

“They are the glue that holds social stability together and they deserve our commendation and praise,” he said.

He also said that the significance of the International Women’s Day, besides symbolising the progress of the women’s movement, is a rallying cry for all to embrace their true selves and eliminate discrimination in thinking.

“Everyone should be able to express themselves and their ideas with no fear of discrimination and persecution. Let us break all the constraints of the past and get rid of the shackles of tradition.

“Men and women are by no means mutually opposed but are meant to complement each other and support the future of Malaysia. Here’s wishing everyone a Happy International Women’s Day,” Tiong added.