While some of the findings of the recent UM survey are very surprising, some of them actually are not. Care to guess which ones they are?
A career, he said, meant a lot to women as it symbolised independence. "Among the Malays, the women chase careers to be able to help out their families. "Eighty per cent of Malay women feel an indebtedness to their parents and feel the need to be financially secure to be able to contribute to the family."
The sampling of the survey is suspect, in my opinion: 200 women can only provide a very small demographic slice of the female population of this country. That in itself opens the survey up to a whole lot of valid criticism.
However, assuming that some of the points made by the survey report are true based on my own personal experiences, the report could provide a very general snapshot of the way the "modern" Malay women thinks and behaves.
My dad, a medical professor with some very chauvinistic, yet often practical leanings, always tells this joke to his students: why do women pay so much attention to a man's ass? Its because she wants to see the size of the bulge his wallet makes.
The purists and the romantics will scoff at this assessment, but how untrue is it really, considering the evolutionary needs of our species. In the wild, the strong males dominate, and have their pickings of the brood; its been observed that the females of the species gravitate towards the stronger males in the pack -- sometimes, two males will battle it out for the affections of the female. Are we so arrogant to assume that the evolutionary cycles of mankind are any different?
On a side note, during an interview with the NST, Datin Seri Tiara Jacquelina has this to say about her high-flying husband, Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Effendi Norwawi:
Q: How has Datuk Seri helped you in your career?
A: He is patient, understanding and supportive of my career. I cannot ask for more. He plays the devilâ€™s advocate with me and often puts things into perspective.
I believe that a career woman could never be happy or successful without her husbandâ€™s support. I wouldnâ€™t be where I am if not for him.