Malaysia Budget 2016: Beauty queen dentist wants equal opportunity

Winning moment: Dr Harathi being crowned at Hilton Petaling Jaya.
PHOTO: The Star

GEORGE TOWN - Dr Harathi Dorairaja, a government dentist and Miss MalaysiaIndian Global 2015, stresses on the importance of providing support to working wives and mothers.

She plans to get a closer look at the Budget's aspiration for 30 per cent women involvement at decision-making levels in both the public and private sectors.

"As a woman, I feel that we have equal opportunities to contribute to the nation. But marriage and having children change things."

Dr Harathi, who is still single, said being a part of the workforce was difficult for mothers.

"To help women stay productive in the economy, I think tax rebates for child daycare services will make a big difference.

"An even better strategy is incentives for corporations to build daycare centres in the office and the development of a flexi-hour scheme dedicated to mothers," she said.

Dr Harathi was crowned the 16th Miss MalaysiaIndian Global on Sunday.