theStar recently released a list entitled “10 Most Powerful Women in Malaysia”.
Unsurprisingly Rosmah Mansor is in 1st place. However surprisingly, theStar’s journalist Jocelyn Tan is not anywhere in the list. She could have easily put herself onto the list.
Anyway I thought that the above list was not very credible in that I have many objections. Like for example, I have never heard of the lady at 8th place and therefore thought that she shouldn’t be in the list for that simple reason. And besides that, Rosmah Mansor at 1st place is just… plain wrong. Just because she controls the no.1 man in Malaysia doesn’t mean that makes her the most powerful women in Malaysia, eh?
That is why I thought that I have to come up with my own list of Malaysia’s 10 Most Powerful Women. They are as follows:
1. Zeti Akthar Aziz – Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia. You see her signature on every Ringgit note from RM1 to RM100.
2. Rafidah Aziz – Former Minister of Trade, now Chairwoman of AirAsia X
3. Teresa Kok – Member of Parliament with the largest majority in the Malaysian electoral history since 1957 at 51,552 votes. Former senior EXCO of the Selangor state government.
4. Mazlan Othman – Head of United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, former Director of ANGKASA.
5. Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali – one of the first Malay woman doctors in then Malaya, wife of the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia.
6. Lau Bee Lan – the lady judge who ruled in 2009 in the High Court that the prohibition on the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslim is unconstitutional. Too bad her decision till today is on hold pending an appeal at the Court of Appeal.
7. Rafiah Salim – the first female Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Malaya, former Dean of the Faculty of Law at UM.
8. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail – the first female Opposition leader of Malaysia
9. Ambiga Sreenevasan – former chairperson of the Bar Council of Malaysia, leader of BERSIH
10. Hannah Yeoh – First female Speaker of a State Legislative Assembly, DUN Selangor. Youngest person ever to become Speaker.