Yeo Bee Yin Reportedly The First Minister In Malaysia To Deliver A Child While In Office

The Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climate Change Minister is expecting her first child in March.

Cover image via Bernama via The Straits Times & Yeo Bee Yin/Facebook

It's official: Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climate Change (MESTECC) Minister Yeo Bee Yin is expecting her first child

New Straits Times announced today, 16 January, that Yeo is currently in the third trimester and is expected to deliver her first child near the end of March.

On 29 March 2019, she tied the knot with IOI Properties Group chief executive officer Lee Yeow Seng.

According to the English daily, Yeo will be the first minister in Malaysia to deliver while in sitting in office

Women politicians who deliver while sitting in their posts are rare, even in the US and UK.

In 2018, Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth made history as the first sitting US senator to give birth, reported BBC.

Sitting world leaders who give birth are rarer still, with only two recorded in recent history, according to Quartz: New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern and three decades prior, Pakistan's two-time Prime Minister, the late Benazir Bhutto.

Wishing you a safe and healthy delivery, YB!

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During the tabling of #Budget2020, a 90-day maternity leave period was proposed for government employees:

However, the proposal drew criticism from certain quarters, including local designer Christy Ng:

The MESTECC Minister is also the youngest woman minister in the current Cabinet:

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