Gerakan Kedah Youth leader Tan Keng Liang has accused Pakatan of politicizing his tweet on Hannah's pregnancy. It was Tan who had tried to turn Hannah's pregnancy into a political issue in the first place. The Sun's R Nadeswaran is not a politician.
Tan has been one of the better Gerakan youth leaders but his stubborn denial and refusal to apologize for his improper male chauvinistic mannerism is going to dig a deeper political pit for him and his party.
Tan clarified that during a twitter conversation, he had asked a voter in the constituency if he would choose MCA Beliawanis treasurer Jessica Lai or incumbent Hannah Yeoh (right), who will be on maternity leave soon, for the post.
When Yeoh asked him what he meant by "maternity leave", Tan clarified that it merely meant that the former would not be able to provide services to her constituents during her leave, which she was entitled to.
Any fair minded Malaysian should be able to read that Tan's response and intention is inappropriate. I am sure any right minded Subang voters would understand and appreciate Hannah's need and right for maternity leave.
Like Tan, Hannah is one of the better young leaders in her party. She has a good service record in the constituency. She has sacrificed immensely, personal time (not a mere 8 to 5 commitment) and financially, to serve the people. She is now making a personal sacrifice for her family and husband by bearing a child for him.
To insinuate that she would not be able to serve her constituents during her leave and voters should choose a single and unmarried woman to represent them is an insult of the highest order.
Tan should just apologize and move on. It is politically not correct to be labelled as a male chauvinist.