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Volume 10 : 10 October 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

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Representation of Malaysian Women in Politics

Usha Devi Rajaratnam, M.A.

The Focus of This Paper

This paper examines how the traditional and online media portray the role of women in power, whether ruling or the opposition party who are either politicians or women behind the scenes in the 2008 General Elections. The investigation of the present study is undertaken using the theoretical framework of Framing. According to Tuchman (1978) mass media actively set the frames of reference that readers or viewers use to interpret and discuss public events.

A qualitative analysis using Content Analysis ((Neuendorf, 2000) will be used to look into the issues that are discussed by the women politicians and women behind the scenes that are highlighted by the media as reflected in the news articles through out the campaign period. (24th February - 7th March 2008). A comparative study of the news articles extracted from the traditional media , The Star and online media Malaysiakini will be analysed.


Malaysia recently concluded its 12th General Election in 2008. The ruling coalition, National Front (Barisan National) has been in power for the past 50 years, since independence in 1957. However this election proved to be a 'political tsunami' as the party lost its two - third majority in parliament as well as lost its control in five out of the thirteen states in the country to the opposition, People's Alliance (Pakatan Rakyat), something unprecedented in the history of political development in Malaysia.

Women in Malaysia have been involved in politics since pre independence. From the time of independence, Malaysian women have had the right to vote and to hold office. Women though active members of political parties continue to be loyal supporters of political parties. Thus the growth of women politicians and decision makers are still lagging behind in comparison to their male counterparts. In this general elections a total of 222 parliamentary seats and 405 state seats were contested whereby 130 women candidates contested for the parliamentary and state seats, out of which fewer than 50 were successful.

This is still far from the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry's proposed 30% target of women at decision making positions in the public sector levels in the 9th Malaysia Plan but it is definitely an improvement from the total of 80 women candidates that contested in the 2004 General elections.( Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, 2008).

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