“Grandmothers” in politics – stating facts can be sexist (Malaysiakini)

This article was published in Malaysiakini.

A few days ago Chief Minister of Penang Lim Guan Eng called Penang state opposition leader Jahara Hamid a “typical grandmother” and an “unreasonable and racist grandmother”, according to news reports. He was reacting to something Jahara had said in the Penang state legislative assembly.

Criticised promptly by Jahara and women’s groups, Lim apologised. Subsequently, some of his women colleagues called him out as well.

This apology is commendable. Yet, at least by reading though comments to the news reports of this episode, many seem to think that Lim had nothing to apologise for, that calling someone a “grandmother” is just stating a fact, not being sexist. I get the feeling many others feel this way too. Continue reading


It’s a critical issue afflicting both genders, say NGOs (New Straits Times)

My comment in an article about men as victims of domestic violence:

WAO advocacy officer Yu Ren Chung said there was a need to improve how frontline police officers responded to DV reports.

“Every report must be taken seriously,” he said.

I must note, that when contacted by the reporter, I stressed that domestic violence is a gender based violence that primarily affects women. The article in entirety captured this somewhat, though the title did not.

Read the full article published in the New Straits Times on 18 November 2013. 



V-Day 2013: Ending Violence Against Women (BFM 89.9)

Ivy Josiah and I talked about the global campaign to help end violence against women “One Billion Rising”, with Meera Sivasothy on The Bigger Picture.

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Prelude from BFM:

This Valentine’s Day, there were more than just star-struck lovers celebrating over chocolates and candlelit dinners. V-Day is also known as the international day for addressing Violence Against Women, and was marked across the planet with the One Billion Rising campaign.

Ivy Josiah and Yu Ren Chung from the Women’s Aid Organization in Malaysia talk to Meera Sivasothy about One Billion Rising, and why more campaigners and advocates are turning to men to raise awareness and put an end to the violence.

Interview aired on BFM on 20 February 2013.