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Malaysia Sees Slight Increase Of Women Decision Makers

Between 2020 and 2021, the percentage of women in senior levels in the civil service rose from 38.2% to 38.8%, while women’s representation on boards in the private sector increased from 26% to 27%.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rina Harun speaks in Parliament on December 8, 2021. Picture from Rina Harun's Facebook page.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 – The proportion of women in decision-making positions inched up across the public and private sectors from 2020 to 2021 in Malaysia, according to Rina Harun.

The women, family and community development minister said the percentage of female civil servants holding positions at the decision-making levels of Major Grade C (Gred C Utama) and above increased by less than 1 percentage point from 38.2 per cent in 2020 to 38.8 per cent for 2021, based on statistics from the Public Service Department.

Data from the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM), which covers private limited companies and public limited companies (including public listed companies and non-public listed companies), showed women’s representation on the boards of directors rose from 26 per cent in 2020 to 27 per cent in 2021 across sectors.

Rina was responding to a question from Beaufort MP Azizah Mohd Dun in Parliament, who wanted to know the percentage of women involved as decision makers to date in both the government and private sector.

“The government’s efforts to increase the involvement of women as decision makers in the private sector continues with the announcement of the 2022 budget, which mandated the appointment of at least one female director for all public listed companies, which will take effect on September 1, 2022 for large capital companies, and on June 1, 2023 for other listed companies,” said Rina in a written Dewan Rakyat reply on March 9.

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