KUALA LUMPUR - A peaceful country helps women to succeed, says Wanita Umno chief Shahrizat Jalil.
People in war-torn areas were suffering and find it hard to study or even start a business, she said.
"It is harder for women to succeed in places of strife," she said at a Chinese New Year tea party celebration at Tunku Abdul Rahman University-College (KTAR).
"That is why we are grateful that Malaysia, albeit being a country with diverse races and religions, is a peaceful and prosperous place to live," Shahrizat added.
Present at the celebration was MCA vice-president Datuk Lee Chee Leong who said women's contribution is vital for Malaysia to become a high-income nation.
He added that he was impressed by the multiple roles taken by most women in Malaysia.
"Not only do they have to raise children, they still have a career to look after," he said.
Attended by representatives from Wanita Barisan Nasional, the celebration featured performances like a lion dance, Chinese drums and acrobatic dancers.
It ended with a prize-giving ceremony where 15 female honour students from different faculties were selected to receive cheques of RM1,000 each from Wanita Umno.
"I hope to see the country producing more female professionals and entrepreneurs in future," she said.