Appreciating Women In The Malaysian Workforce

Thank you for all the hard work
By: agnes
March 8, 2022

If you ask me, I could NEVER see myself working in the police force or the medical field. Personally, I think I’m not gutsy enough for it. This is why I really look up to all the women who choose to be in these industries. It’s never easy to work in a highly male populated industry because women are often overlooked in terms of strength and courage. In Malaysia, 54% of women participate in the labour force and it’s about time we appreciate them. At Glitz, we are saying thank you to all these amazing women who prove that we truly are capable of anything!

1. Police Women

Women’s participation in policing organisations began on June 23, 1948. During the emergency in 1948, it restored the women’s participation in the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) activity. From the emergency phase in 1948 through the initial intake of seven girls with the rank of Women Police Inspector in 1955, this is the early history of the establishment of women police. In 1956, 56 Women Police Constables (WPC) were ranked for the first time. Special Policewomen also operated in prisons and as escorts for incarcerated women and children. Since then, the Policewoman Unit has grown and continues to play an important role in maintaining Malaysia’s peace and well-being.

2. Doctors

The existence of women in medicine, particularly in the fields of surgery and medicine, may be traced back to the dawn of time. Girls have traditionally had lower participation rates in medical disciplines than men, with rates ranging by race, socioeconomic class, and geographic location. The informal practice of medicine by women in occupations such as carers or allied health professionals is common. Most countries have provided girls with equal access to medical education since the turn of the twentieth century. According to a study conducted in 1998, there are approximately 475 female doctors in Malaysia. Though we are sure that number has increased since then.

3. Army Women

Throughout history, women have served in the military in a variety of capacities in various jurisdictions. Many countries now allow girls to participate in combat missions such as pilots, mechanics, and infantry officers. Eight countries, including Malaysia, drafted women into the military in 2006. In 2018, the Royal Malaysian Army reported that female participation surpassed the target of 10%. A total of 13% of girls enrolled themselves on the army, inspiring all young girls to fight for their country. Due to the perseverance of these ladies, the Malaysian army is looking to enlist women as commandos in the near future. 

4. Firefighters

Women account for 4.9 per cent of the country’s total 15,658 firefighters. With 125 of the 645 women serving as senior officers. This is mentioned by Datuk Nor Hisham Mohammad, director of the JBPM Bomba operations and rescue division just last year. Being a woman firefighter is no easy feat and it’s because the job is physically demanding. Firefighting has always been a male-dominated profession around the world. They have made breakthroughs in both professional and volunteer fire services in a number of countries since the 1970s. They have served in a number of fire service roles in contemporary times, including as fire chiefs. 

5. Women Nurses

Patients’ physical needs, illness prevention, and treatment are all responsibilities of a nurse. Observing and documenting the patient’s condition is essential for determining therapy decisions. As the patient undergoes therapy, the nurse keeps tabs on how he or she is doing and takes appropriate action in the patient’s best interest. A nurse’s role extends beyond administering medications and other therapies; they are also accountable for the patient’s emotional, developmental, cultural, and spiritual requirements. In Malaysia, 97% of nurses are female and they are always at the ready to help!

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