Datuk Nurulhidayah Ahmad Zahid, who is the eldest daughter of UMNO President Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, has found herself in another controversy after making a remark on women’s rights.
In an interview with Sinar Daily, she was asked what her take was on women’s rights and female representation in politics, where she responded saying,
“I think women are not born to be a leader. Men are born to be a leader. So, I think for human right, for women right, I think everyone should have the right. Because we are all human,” she said.
She later went on her Instagram page to explain her statement and said, “To be part of a leadership team, in my opinion, is not a problem, for example, a member of parliament, a state assemblyman, or even a company owner.”
“What I mean is the top leaders such as the prime minister, Menteri Besar, minister, and his team. No matter how great a woman can be, be a woman who is always a supporter of the success and weakness of those who are called men.”
“Without women, who are men.”
However, her statement has since caused confusion among people and criticisms too.
Among them was Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh, who called out Nururlhidayah for making the statement.
“Women who can evaluate must reject UMNO’s mindset, such as this. Don’t vote for Barisan Nasional if you want to be progressive. This is the daughter of a UMNO veteran. Such mindsets will be reflected in the policies.” she said.
Meanwhile, many other netizens also express their confusion comments section of Sinar Daily’s video. “What message is she trying to deliver here?” a netizen wrote.
Semua wanita yang boleh menilai video ini mesti menolak cara pemikiran UMNO seperti ini – jangan undi Barisan Nasional jika mahu maju. Ini anak pemimpin atasan UMNO. Pemikiran seperti ini akan diterjemahkan menjadi polisi. https://t.co/ElMqcI5vsq— Hannah Yeoh (@hannahyeoh) May 31, 2022
The interview is Sinar Daily’s latest talk show called ‘Politically Frank’ and Nurulhidayah was also asked how she handles negative comments online, to which she responded saying, “On the positive part, I just… you know, they are my friends. On negative parts – block, delete and ignore these attention seekers.”
When asked about her perception of Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, she expressed fondness for the head of opposition. According to her, Anwar is a sweet person.
“He is a sweet person, you know? When you talk to him, there are always positive things. I find him sweet,” she laughed.
Watch the full interview here: