In a time where gender equality continues to become an ever pressing concern within professional circles, many private and public institutions alike are looking to find new ways to establish inclusivity within all layers of their hierarchies. Bearing that in mind, the daughter to UMNO president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has left many netizens with raised eyebrows after a recent TikTok video featuring her had gone viral over social media.
Zahid Hamidi’s daughter leaves netizens confused in new TikTok video
In the succinct, 23-second clip, Datuk Nurulhidayah Ahmad Zahid could be seen speaking to the camera concerning the subject of women in positions of leadership. Or in this case, her opinion that women aren’t born to be leaders, unlike men.
“I think uh… I think women not born to be a leader, tau. So… uh, yeah. Women are not born to be a leader.
A man are born to be a leader. So I think for human right, for women right, I think semua patut ada uh… the right. Because we are all human.” she could be heard saying in verbatim.
The TikTok video was uploaded by Sinar Harian‘s English counterpart, Sinar Daily, as part of a promotional initiative ahead of their new segment entitled ‘Politically Frank’.
Netizens were quick to question her remarks
Understandably, the fumbling of her speech and the contentious, albeit unrelated remarks made have earned her the ire of netizens, who were quick to take to the comments section to question what exactly it was that she was trying to convey.
“What exactly is she trying to say here?”
Others have criticized her for her apparent lack of preparedness during the interview, as evidenced by her stuttering.
“Me when I’m presenting last minute without doing any research be like:”
“When someone without any qualifications gives a speech.”
Another netizen points out how there isn’t any correlation between a woman’s ability to lead with their rights.
Others have pointed out that her comments were an affront to successful female leaders in other countries, such as Queen Elizabeth the Second of the United Kingdom, former Chancellor to Germany Angela Markel, and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Datuk Nurulhidayah responds
Datuk Nurulhidayah herself has since spoken out over the backlash on her own social media pages, and explained that what she had actually meant was that in her opinion, there are limits to the sort of leadership roles that a woman can play. She says that there’s nothing wrong with women assuming positions in the leadership hierarchy, such as that of a Member of Parliament, Assemblyperson, or the managing owner in a private company.
“What I was referring to were top leadership positions such as the prime minister, menteri besar, chief minister and other positions on par with it,” she clarified.
Nurulhidayah further adds that regardless of how great they become, women should always be supporters of men through all their triumphs and failures.
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