Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dumb and Dumber: Cuepacs Edition

A report from the Star has me flabbergasted (h/t satD):

"Cuepacs is concerned about the 'increasing dominance' of female employees in the civil service, saying it would have 'long-term implications on the progress and growth of the country.'

Its secretary-general Ahmad Shah Mohd Zin said on Monday that the trend now was that more women officers were being appointed to important decision-making posts.

For example, almost three quarters of the new posts in the administrative and diplomatic service (PTD) were being filled by women, he said, adding that this was contrary to the present government policy to 'reserve only 30% of decision-making posts for women.'

(The actual government policy is to have women in at least 30% of decision-making posts. -- ED)"

Note the correction by the Star Editor on actual government policy. I'll let this chart from the DOS 3Q 2009 labour force survey to make my argument for me (click on the pic for the larger version):

I've made this point before - if we are ever to reach high income status, we need more women in the labour force, not less. The average labour force participation rate by women of working age in Malaysia is less than 50%, and just two-thirds of women aged 25-34 are in employment. Antediluvian patriarchal attitudes aren't going to get us anywhere.


  1. CUEPAC's statement does sound very absurd, not to mention discriminatory.

  2. Sadly its sometimes not just our politicians who seem stuck in the dark ages.

  3. hehehe.....sory gua takde data nak support my anger....tks for the follow up post....

    bingai punye cuepecs

  4. Hey, i am looking for statistical data for Malaysia's Income distribution and and also age distribution, and I happen to stumble upon this post. Was wondering right, how do u derive the total figures for Chart 1? As in, i dont really know how it sums up to a 100% if male and female's percentages were to be added together for the total figure. I tried averaging it, but, it doesnt seem to make sense. Would appreciate your explanation as I reaally found this chart useful and Im merely a student doing her first ever thesis in my life. LOL :)

  5. My email is lynn03shane@hotmail.com
    thanks! Hope to hear from you soon!

  6. Lynn, the numbers on the chart aren't meant to be added up. The male LFPR ratio is based on number of men in work or looking for work, relative to the total number of men in each age cohort. Same thing for the women. The total numbers is adding up men and women in work or looking for work, relative to the number of people in each age cohort.

    You can only add the figures if you know the exact ratio of men and women in each age cohort - averaging implies the ratio is 50%, which isn't always the case (women have longer life expectancies, and birth rates tend to favour girls slightly).

    Does that make sense?

    For Malaysian data sources, you can try the link on the top right of each page.