Friday, October 26, 2007

Nostalgic Friday - 19

I always have respect for women who stood up for other women. Marina Mahathir is one of such person I admire, regardless what some have to say about her. This morning I came across an interview transcript of hers. Here is one of a remarkable answer of hers and read the rest of the interview in Malaysia Today.

Q: Let's delve into the topic of feminism. You seem to advocate western liberal feminism. Is that suitable in the Malaysian context?

Marina Mahathir: I don’t know why wanting to have equality between men and women should be exclusively western. As if only Western women deserve it and we don’t.

Look, once upon a time women in Malaysia couldn’t go to school and couldn’t do many things. Now they can, they’ve become Ministers, Bank Governors, CEOs, what-have-you. Is that particularly Western? Or do we think that a place like the Islamic Republic of Pakistan where more than 60% of its women are illiterate is the Eastern way to go?

To simply say that Asian feminists or Muslim feminists are simply aping the West is to trivialise a lot of good work that is being done by us, without which you wouldn’t get many of the achievements that we have had. Was it aping the West that we have a Domestic Violence Act? No, because it is totally shameful that we should allow the sort of violence against women that goes on in our country and still goes on. We were the first country in Asia to have one -- that is something to be proud of. That’s because we desperately needed such an Act, not because we simply wanted to follow what the West did.

Why is it that when men put up buildings, go crazy over technology, use gadgets, etc., they are never accused of aping the West while if women ask for the rights due to them, they are? Unless the eastern way is to have women always a step below men. But I guess there are plenty of men who think that way. Poor things.


Movie: Manathil Uruthi Vendum
Song: Kannin Maniye

Warning: Not a song that brings you into a dreamland.


Keshi said...

**I don’t know why wanting to have equality between men and women should be exclusively western.

exactly my thoughts!


Josette said...

Oh yeah, Marina Mahathir is a wonderful role model, too. I watched an interview of her and a journalist on a website. She's really passionate about creating AIDS awareness in Malaysia. One great lady!

Voracious Blog Reader said...

Thank you for the Song.

Will comment later.

Voracious Blog Reader

Princess said...

women's right is a common factor. why would some one confuse it with other sorts of westernization.. so stupid.

and nice song there..
truly - manadhil urudhi vendum.

Princess said...

hi again,

I have tagged you in my dreamscapes blog.. do check and try taking part.


(¯`•._.•[Raaji]•._.•´¯) said...

strong woman indeed :)

Jeevan said...

Thoughtful the marina mahathir’s interview. A perfect song for the post.

Happy weekends.

tulipspeaks said...

@ keshi

well.. that's wht in the mind of many of them , keshi. who is going to change their mind, if not themselves?

@ josette

welcome to TS!

yes u r right. she is a champion of AIDS awarness in M'sia.


tulipspeaks said...


u r welcome.

@ princess

it sound stupid but that is the mentality of a lot of people out there. sadly there are even women who thinks that way.

will check out ur blog for the tag soon.


tulipspeaks said...

@ raaji

true! :)

@ jeevan

glad u like the interview & the song.