Drive to put skids under female MP

The minister for women, family and community development in the Malaysian cabinet has angrily rejected a male MP's remarks that female drivers are inattentive on the road and contribute to crashes.

Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said that comments made by MP Bung Moktar Radin during a parliamentary debate on road safety hurt many women's feelings.

In an effort to disprove his claims, Ms Shahrizat has asked police for accident data which show that most women in fact "drive carefully and politely".

This is not the first time Mr Bung Moktar's remarks have faced criticism from women's groups.

In 2007, he was forced to apologise after he made disparaging remarks about a female MP's menstrual cycle.

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