'BN chairperson Najib Abdul Razak today attempted to douse the anger over Perkasa vice-president Zulkifli Noordin's disparaging remarks about Hindus, claiming that Indians have now warmed up to him.
"There are Indians who have even kissed him already," Najib said, adding that he endorsed Zulkifli's (right) candidacy for the Shah Alam parliamentary seat.
"Forget about the remarks he has made. He has apologised. Let it be," the caretaker prime minister said in Shah Alam as he stressed that the statements were made when Zulkifli was part of a "backward" party.
He claimed that Zulkifli has vowed to take care of the welfare of Indians in the constituency.
"Indians want temples, schools. He told me he wants to get them what they want," Najib added...'
According to Teo Nie Ching:
"In fact, Najib has no moral standing to boast about empowering women, as he was the one who ‘robbed’ women leaders in the government of one of only two posts in the Cabinet. Throughout his term, Najib only appointed 2 women Ministers among his 30 Ministers. However when Shahrizat Abdul Jalil resigned, he took away one post for women leaders by his self-appointment as Women, Family and Community Development Minister.
While Najib has 6 Ministers in the PM’s Office, Malaysian women can’t even have one Minister who will look after their interests full-time?
Our government has set out an ambitious target to increase female labour force participation to 55% in 2015. Najib as the Prime Minister and Minister of Women, Family and Community Development should tell all Malaysians if we are on target instead of giving out selective information to mislead the general public as if there is no female-male participation gap in our country."
Teo is DAP Assistant National Publicity Secretary & ex-MP for Serdang