He explained that the vast, rural, and poor demographic in Sik is more suited for a man.
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Kedah mentri besar and PAS central election director Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor was previously called out for his sexist remarks.
He said women candidates might have difficulty handling issues and complaints from constituents at any time of the day.
In response to the criticisms, Sanusi defended his remark that the future MP of the rural constituency Sik in Kedah should be a man.
According to Free Malaysia Today, Sanusi remarked in jest. It was based on sentiments from the ground, but he admitted that he might have gone overboard in elaborating on the issue.
He explained that Sik’s vast and rural landscape might be beyond the capabilities of women candidates to serve there.
Sik’s terrain, distance, jungles and socioeconomic factors require a male elected representative. Women should be given the space and trust as an elected rep, but not in Sik.PAS central election director Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor
Sanusi’s comments have met criticisms from the public online and from other women candidates in the 15th general election (GE15).
Pakatan Harapan’s candidate for Sik, Latifah Md Yatim, said women, especially mothers, are resilient.
She challenged Sanusi to tie a coconut around his stomach, so he knows what it felt like to be an expectant mother.
Try to take a coconut and tie it to his stomach. While a woman is pregnant for nine months it’s like pawning her life. We’ll ask if he (Sanusi) can manage it.Pakatan Harapan’s candidate for Sik, Latifah Md Yatim
Sik will witness a three-cornered fight between former MACC officer Latifah, Barisan Nasional’s Maizatul Akmam, and Perikatan Nasional’s Ahmad Tarmizi Sulaiman.