"Women Are Not Born To Be Leaders" — Zahid's Daughter Draws Criticism For Her Views

"No matter how great a woman can be, be a woman who is always a supporter of the success and weakness of those who are called MEN."

Cover image via Sinar Daily (YouTube) & Utusan Malaysia

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Datuk Nurulhidayah Ahmad Zahid, who is the daughter of UMNO president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, has found herself in another controversy with her statement on women's rights

In a TikTok video posted by Sinar Daily yesterday, 31 May, she was asked what her take was on women's rights and female representation in politics.

"I think women are not born to be a leader [sic]. A man are [sic] born to be a leader. So, I think for human right, for women right [sic], I think everyone should have the right. Because we are all human," she responded.

Watch the TikTok here:

Nurulhidayah reposted Sinar Daily's TikTok on her Instagram page with further explanations to support her statement

She captioned, "To be part of a leadership team in my opinion is not a problem, for example a member of parliament, a state assemblyman, or even a company owner."

"What I mean is the top leadership such as the prime minister, menteri besar, minister, and his team."

"No matter how great a woman can be, be a woman who is always a supporter of the success and weakness of those who are called MEN."
She ends her caption by saying, "Without women, who are men."

Her statement caused confusion among people, drawing in a lot of comments and responses

Segambut Member of Parliament (MP) Hannah Yeoh called out Nururlhidayah for the statement.

Several people also expressed their confusion under the comments section of Sinar Daily's video:

"What message is she trying to deliver here?" wrote another netizen.

The 23-second TikTok was a teaser to promote Sinar Daily's latest talk show called 'Politically Frank' and has garnered 66,700 views and 715 likes on the platform as of writing

In the full video, uploaded on YouTube today, 1 June, Nurulhidayah was also asked how she handles negative comments online. 

"I just block, delete, and ignore the attention-seekers," she said with a wink and laughed.

When asked about her perception of Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, she said her family and his family have known each other for quite a long time. In fact, she has known Anwar's family "for ages", since she was small.

"For me, friendship has no boundaries. Actually, for friendship and politics, we don't mix them," she added.

Nurulhidayah also thinks of him as a "sweet person" and calls him a "sweet-talker", while also admiring Anwar's family values and how he is as a father.

Watch the Sinar Daily's full interview here:

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