PUTRAJAYA, June 7 (Bernama) — Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said employers should look at hiring highly qualified women who initially left their job to bring up their children, as chief executive officers and for senior management positions.
She noted that such women who usually suffered from empty nest syndrome when their children have all grown up, were now ready to re-enter the workforce.
“We have a Career Comeback Programme under TalentCorp and we need more employers who are willing to employ these women and use their expertise,” she said.
She said this in a statement, in conjunction with the courtesy call on her by United Kingdom (UK) High Commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell here on Monday (June 4).
On the meeting with Treadell, Wan Azizah who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said UK and Malaysia shared a close relationship.
Meanwhile, Treadell in the same statement said UK was keen to work with Malaysia on a wide range of issues including women, children, education and capacity building.
“One area you’re really doing well is in the sciences and we would love to work with you on this,” she said.
She said other areas that both countries could collaborate in were education and capacity building.
“We stand ready to continue to work in areas we used to work in if that is the right thing to do or if there are new things to do, we are ready to work with you on that too,” she said.
On the 14th general election, Treadell said change was already visible in the country under the new government.
“This is now a Malaysia for all Malaysians. The world has set up and noticed Malaysia. Malaysia is a beacon of hope for democracy. The democratic process is the winner in all this,” she said.
The UK is Malaysia’s 17th largest trading partner globally and the third largest trading partner in the European Union.
Total trade with UK increased by 7.1 per cent to RM16.38 billion in 2017 compared to 2016. Malaysian exports to UK grew by 10 per cent to RM9.65 billion and imports increased by 2.7 per cent to RM6.73 billion in 2017.