Wan Azizah Biography
Wan Azizah (Wan Azizah binti Wan Ismail, Dato’ Seri Dr. Wan Azizah binti Wan Ismail) is a Malaysian politician born on 3rd December 1952 in in Singapore. She is the first female Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia and the Minister of Women and Family Development.
On 12th July 2008 she was awarded the Darjah Panglima Pangkuan Negeri (Order of the Defender of the State), a chivalric order of the second rank in the state. The award carries the title Datuk Seri.
Wan Azizah Education Background
Wan Azizah attended St. Nicholas Convent School, Ator Setar and later joined Tunku Kurshish College in Seremban. She later went on to study medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland where she was awarded a gold medal in obstetrics and gynaecology and she later graduated as a qualified ophthalmologist.
Wan Azizah Career in Medicine
Wan Azizah served as a government doctor for 14 years. In 1993 after his husband Anwar Ibrahim was appointed the Deputy Prime Minister she decided to focus on volunteering work. As part of her voluntary pursuits, she became a patron of MAKNA (Majlis Kanser Nasional or National Cancer Council) in that period.
Wan Azizah Political Career
On 20th September 1998, after the dismissal and arrest of her husband, she became the leader of fledgling Reformasi movement. She led the Social Justice Movement (ADIL), a civil rights NGO. On 4th April 1999 she help establish Parti Keadilan Nasional, she was elected as the first party president.
On 3rd August Parti Keadilan Nasional merged with Malaysian People’s Party (or Parti Rakyat Malaysia) leading to formation of the People’s Justice Party and was elected as the president of the newly merged
In 1999 she was elected as the Member of Parliament for Permatang Pauh; the seat formerly held by Anwar Ibrahim; with a majority of 9,077 votes. She successfully retained the seat in the 2004 elections, after five recounts, with a reduced majority.
Wan Azizah is also the Vice-Chair of the Malaysian Parliamentary Caucus for Democracy in Myanmar and a member of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus.
In March 2008 during the 12th Malaysian general election she won with a majority of 13,388. She was supported by all the component parties of Pakatan Rakyat to lead the opposition in the lower house of parliament, House of Representatives.
After her husband was released from prison and publically announced his intention to return to active politics Wan Azizah indicated her readiness to vacate the position of party president if he was elected.
On 31st July 2008 she resigned her parliamentary seat for Permatang Pauh, to make way for her husband, who won the subsequent by-election on 26 August 2008 with a large majority.
On 9 March 2014, PKR announced Wan Azizah as its new candidate for the Kajang by-election. This was following Anwar Ibrahim’s sentencing to five years in prison after Malaysia’s court of appeal overturned his sodomy acquittal, causing Anwar to be unable to run in the by-election.
On 23rd March 2014 she was elected as the Selangor state legislative assembly member for Kajang.
A by-election was held for the Dewan Rakyat seat of Permatang Pauh on 7 May 2015, after Wan Azizah’s husband Anwar Ibrahim was disqualified from holding the seat after being found guilty of sodomy in a
controversial trial. Wan Azizah contested the seat against three other candidates, retaining it for PR with a majority of 8,841 votes.
On 7 January 2018, the opposition alliance Pakatan Harapan announced Mahathir Mohamad as their candidate for Prime Minister in the 2018 election, with Wan Azizah as Deputy.
Wan Azizah Family
She is married to Anwar Ibrahim and they have six children Nurul Izzah Anwar, Nurul Hana Anwar, Nurul Iman Anwar, Nurul Nuha Anwar, Ehsan Anwar and Nurul Ilham Anwar.
Wan Azizah NEWS
I was sworn in as DPM, not a seat warmer – Wan Azizah
For almost two decades PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has been viewed as a reluctant politician, standing in for her jailed husband Anwar Ibrahim.
This was perhaps best encapsulated in a May 2017 interview with Al- Jazeera, when Wan Azizah said she was willing to be a seat warmer for Anwar to become prime minister as he was more suited for the job.
However, over one year later and now the deputy prime minister, Wan Azizah spoke in a different tone during an interview with Malaysiakini.
“I was sworn in as the deputy prime minister, not a seat warmer,” she said when met at the Women and Family Development Ministry in Putrajaya on Tuesday.
She was also adamant that she was not Anwar’s puppet, although her husband was a sounding board in Pakatan Harapan, as were other PKR leaders and even Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin.
Such views of Wan Azizah were part of the reason that Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah did not pick her as menteri besar during the state’s 2014 administrative crisis.
Others had also said that she could not take up such a role due to her being a woman.
To this point, Wan Azizah said she felt that her appointment as the country’s first woman deputy prime minister had proven that women can aim for the stars…
Source: Malaysiakini (7th June 2018)
EPF for housewives scheme yet to be finalised, says Wan Azizah
The government has yet to finalise the mechanism which will enable housewives to be given a two per cent contribution of their husbands’ monthly Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contribution.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said that were several technical matters to consider including laws related to the fund before the Pakatan Harapan pledge could take off.
“I have met with them (EPF chief executive officer Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan) and I am happy with the outcome of the meeting.
“There is however a small issue. Based on Section 51 of the EPF Act, the (11 per cent) contribution by employees cannot be touched.
“They now have a 1Malaysia Retirement Scheme that husbands can choose to give their wives up to RM250 a year.”
“As such we have to find an appropriate scheme and how to go about giving housewives (this additional contribution). I have spoken to the Finance Minister (Lim Guan Eng) and informed him that the Act has to be looked into first,” she told the media after visiting the National Population and Family Development Board, on Thursday.
It was earlier reported that the government and the EPF were discussing the scheme’s possible implementation, which forms part of Pakatan Harapan’s ‘10 pledges in 100 days’ manifesto.
It is also looking at how ‘house husbands’ and polygamous households fit into the scheme.
The government had earlier suggested channeling two per cent of the husband’s monthly contribution to EPF to housewives while the government tops up the contribution up with RM50 each month.
Meanwhile Dr Wan Azizah said she had met the Auditor-General on the audit of the Permata programme and on the government’s end, everything appeared to be in order.
She however said that internal audits would have to be done by agencies which received funding for the projects.
“Among the institutions in question is Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. They all will have to do these audits to ensure there is no misappropriation of funds,” said Dr Wan Azizah.
Asked if there was a deadline set for the reports submission, she merely replied that it would be looked into after Hari Raya.
Dr Wan Azizah had earlier announced that the programme would be put under review. The programme was also recently transferred to the Education Ministry.
In October last year, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said that the programme, which was formerly under his department, would get an annual allocation of RM54.3 million for 2018, up nearly 20 per cent from RM45.3 million the previous year.
Meanwhile, Dr Wan Azizah said the National Family Policy (DKN) would be further empowered by the National Family Advisory and Consultative Council (MPPKN) to further strengthen the country’s family institution in facing future challenges.
Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said the DKN will be discussed in greater detail via the MPPKN which will convene for the time in August.
“MPPKN will include experts in various family-related fields involving 15 representatives from government agencies and NGOs.
“Among the main items to be discussed are reviewing the DKN by taking into account the challenges which will be faced by families now and in the future.
“This includes marriage, divorce, the wellbeing of the youth, strengthening family values, declining fertility rates and the ageing population,” she said.
Dr Wan Azizah said the government will also study whether it will continue the Amanah Dana Anak Malaysia (ADAM50) initiative for Malaysian babies born from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2022.
Source: New Straits Times (7th June 2018)