SARAWAKIAN Senator Doris Sophia Brodie was sworn in as Senate Deputy President yesterday.
She is the first Sarawakian woman to be appointed to the position.
The 52-year-old Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Women’s wing chief has been a senator since March 12, 2010.
Brodie told reporters that the appointment was recognition for the contribution of women in Sarawak.
“I deem the appointment as due recognition to women in Sarawak, especially rural women.
“It is also a manifestation of the government’s commitment towards empowering women to positions of authority in Malaysia,” she is quoted as saying.
It is fantastic that a Sarawakian has been entrusted with the position of Senate Deputy President.
And the fact that Senator Brodie is a woman also shows that Malaysia is indeed a modern nation that practices gender equality.
Hopefully she will use her new post to help better the lives of Sarawakians, the women in particular.
All the very best.
The report from Bernama
Senator Doris Sophia Sworn In As Senate Deputy President
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 (Bernama) — Senator Doris Sohpia Brodi took her oath in parliament on Thursday as Senate deputy president.
The 52-year-old Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) women’s wing chief who has been a senator since March 12, 2010 is the first woman from Sarawak to be appointed to the position.
Speaking to reporters, Doris said she appreciated the role given to her, describing it as a recognition not only to women in Sarawak but also in the country, and pledged to work with senate president Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang to empower the House.
Two other senators, Datuk Dr Firdaus Abdullah, 68, and Hajah Rahmani @ Rohani Abdullah, 65, also took their oath before Abu Zahar.
Dr Firdaus who has been re-appointed for a second term and is a visiting research fellow at University of Malaya’s Malay Studies Academy hoped the senate would no longer be looked at as a ‘rubber stamp’ institution as it plays a vital role in upholding the constitution and smooth implementation of the system.
Rahmani, a former English language teacher is now the Special Officer to Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabbery Cheek. — BERNAMA