16 June 2010

Who is the First Lady in Malaysia?

Wanita Pertama in Bahasa Malaysia is referred to First Lady.

Batu MP Tian Chua question in Parliament about the status of First Lady or Wanita Pertama in Malaysia.

For me, I think there is no such First Lady term can be used in Malaysia. This is because Kamus Dewan does not have the term as well. (Strictly speaking)

But to speak it loosly, which I mean more open minded. There should be a First Lady status in Malaysia.

I found out someone was asking this term in March 2010 in Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka's website in the Pusat Rujukan Persuratan Melayu about term of First Lady. See here

Adakah Malaysia mempunyai First Lady 2. Apa istilah First Laday dalam bahasa Malaysia. 3. Bagaimana kedudukan DYMM Raja Permaisuri Agong
Jawapan: Padanan bahasa Melayu bagi perkataan first lady ialah wanita pertama. Setiap negara mempunyai wanita pertama (first lady), namun untuk mengetahui siapa wanita pertama (first lady) di Malaysia dan kedudukan DYMM Raja Permaisuri Agong, sila hubungi Bahagian Protokol, Jabatan Perdana Menteri.
Istilah 23.03.2010

Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka also require us to clarify with Prime Minister Department because this is related with Article 32(2) Federal Constitution.

Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib replied Tian Chua that Raja Permaisuri Agong is higher than First Lady of Malaysia.

News in Malay Language here

For me, Isteri Perdana Menteri is better to be called as Wife of Prime Minister of Malaysia. This is because Malaysia is not a country with a President. Malaysia is ruled based on Constitutional Monarchy and Parliamentary Democracy.

While, Raja Permaisuri Agong is on the top of everyone. So we must call Permaisuri Yang di-Pertuan Agong(Raja Permaisuri Agong).

Article 32(2) Perlembagaan Persekutuan menyebut; "Permaisuri Yang di-Pertuan Agong (yang digelar Raja Permaisuri Agong) adalah mengambil keutamaan mengatasi segala orang lain dalam Persekutuan selepas Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

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