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It may be a reflection of her "fair weather friend" attitude that under pressure she chose to withdraw into her cave and mutter sulky statements against the very same NGOs that she was purportedly courting.
By her sulk and, worse still, her criticism of the NGOs, which were mainly NGOs for the welfare of women, Shahrizat has lost any iota of pretended goodwill that she and her Ministry has made with the NGOs.
How can she lose the plot? The answer may well be that she does not and, perhaps never did, believe in the cause of women in Malaysia. It may all have been mere lip-service.
This debacle by Shahrizat may make many Malaysians wonder how a Malaysian woman leader like Rafidah Aziz or, even Ng Yen Yen, may have handled the situation.
One thing is for certain, Shahrizat missed a great opportunity to score one for UMNO and BN. By her act of shrinking away from the NGO protesters and worse, she aggravated the situation by criticising the protesters, she did a disservice to herself and the ruling coalition. The worst of it was when she turned on Ivy Josiah who was, in many ways, her bridge to the NGOs.
What Shahrizat should have done as a human being and someone who purports to be a woman political leader was to empathise with the Penan women who were violated. After all, she would have been on very safe grounds. There was already an official report that confirmed the allegations of Penan women being violated.
She should have expressed outrage that such an inhuman and criminal act had taken place. But by not so doing she has invited Malaysians to infer that she lacks sincerity and may even have an absent heart and emotion when it mattered most.