Half of the total number of MPs in the House of Representatives must be women.
In an exclusive interview with GoodNews, Petaling Jaya Member of Parliament Maria Chin Abdullah said having at least 50% women MPs fill up Parliament would be a good move forward for the nation.
When asked to comment on her hopes for the 15th General Election, Chin said the 50% ratio is important as many issues related to women and children, including domestic violence and rape are emerging.
“This issues must be debated and voiced by women themselves, who are closer to these issues at hand.
“I have always campaigned for 50% of the elected representatives in Parliament being women.
“It is a necessity where issues related to women, children, domestic violence, rape cases can all be discussed in Parliament,” she told GoodNews.
The former chairperson of Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections or Bersih 2.0 added that the current minority in Parliament was not strong enough to advocate important issues related to women and children.
According to her, women who are the ultimate stakeholder of these issues, must be present in large number in Parliament to affect change.
“The larger number in the Dewan Rakyat would also mean that a policy proposed can be debated more effectively.
“Now we only have 32 women in Parliament, out of 222 (220 MPs currently).
“So, I think women’s voices are not strongly represented. We need to have stronger policies and laws which require MPs to be more sensitive to issues and rights of women,” she said.
While 50% is a ambitious figure to reach, Chin hoped that at least a minimum of 30 percent would be a start.
When asked if she will contest in the next GE, Chin said the matter will be decided by her party leadership.
During the last general election, Chin contested on the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) ticket, stating that she chose the PKR banner due to its reform agenda.
During the 2018 election, Chin managed to garner 78,984 votes which enabled her to secure the PJ seat by a 57,137 majority.