Source: The Star
MAIMUNAH Mohd Sharif’s appointment as Seberang Prai Municipal Council’s (MPSP) first female president has received strong support from council employees and municipal councillors.
Lee Moong Nah, 50, who heads the council’s IT division, said she believed women were capable but were often not given the opportunity to excel and display their talents.
“It is a wise and timely move to pick a female council president and I believe she will be able to communicate better with her subordinates,” she said after Maimunah took her oath of office before Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at the council headquarters in Bukit Mertajam yesterday.
Norliza Abdullah, 48, who heads the council’s One Stop Centre division, said Maimunah was diligent and focused on her work.
She said she was looking forward to working with her.
Municipal councillor S. Kusala Kumari @ Rynu said she believed a female council president would give equal opportunities to female councillors and staff to be heard in the council.
“With a woman at the helm, I am confident that female councillors and staff would be further respected as well as their suggestions and feedback taken more seriously,” she said.
Another councillor, Johari Kassim, said he did not feel intimidated working with a female council president so long as she could perform her duties well and fulfilled the people’s aspirations.
“Having served in the Penang Municipal Council for 25 years, she has vast experience in local authority operations which would be an added advantage to her services here,” he said.
Fellow councillor Steven Sim Chee Keong, who was responsible for the setting up of a Gender and Disabled Persons ad-hoc Committee in the council recently, said Maimunah was supportive of the committee’s gender mainstreaming agenda.
“We will soon have a workshop for the councillors to explain how gender could impact local development and the local authorities,” he said.
Another councillor K. Visvanathan said Maimunah, who willingly sat in a Licensing Committee meeting on Wednesday, was keen on learning more about the council’s daily operations.
In his speech, Lim said he hoped Maimunah would not only be able to further improve the council’s revenue collection but enhance services to the people.