Ok, ni adalah kali pertama, nak declare kerjaya saya. Mari baca artikel dari The Star Online , jap.
Just another day at the office
THEY are the roses among the thorns but to the women of the Royal Malaysian Navy, their work is just like another day at the office.
Administration officer Lt Nazarul Shiena Mohd Kamarulzaman has been serving on board the KD Kelantan new generation petrol vessel (NGPV) for the past nine months and does not think that gender is a hindrance to excelling at her task.
The 25-year-old was encouraged to join the navy by her policeman father, and does not regret her unconventional career choice.
“Of course there are challenges — we must admit that we are different from the men, emotionally and physically, but we complement each other.
“Initially, some of my subordinates balked at having to take orders from a lady but it’s all about finding the correct approach to tackle the situation.
“Sometimes the guys seem taken aback that I’m a trained seaman and they usually try to test me by asking me to show off my navigational skills — which is not a problem,” she said matter-of-factly.
Working on a massive ship alongside 80 men can be quite intimidating but Lt Nazarul Shiena said “the guys are very helpful and understanding”.
An avid reader, she was the first batch of five female navy seamen serving on board the fleet’s six NGPVs.
She described her male counterparts as very professional.
“As long as we treat each other with respect and do not cross the line with our behaviour, being a woman in a predominantly male field is a non-issue.
“I truly enjoy what I do — it’s no different from women working in other professions except that my office happens to be a ship,” she said.
Electronic warfare deputy officer Lt Dya Mohd Shafiq Ikram Md Din said Lt Nazarul Shiena is treated like one of the guys.
“It’s totally not true to say that just because she’s a girl, we have less confidence in her.
“On board, it’s all about skill and ability — not gender.
“If someone is new, we back them up and give them the support they need,” he said, adding that the only special treatment she received was a little wooden stool brought on board for her.
“She is petite, she needs to stand on the stool to use the pelorus (a navigational device),” he laughed.
Lt Kdr Masliza Maaris, 34, said the negative perception that women who join the navy would lose their femininity or would end up as spinsters was wrong.
“When I wanted to join the navy, people tried to discourage me by saying that it was too manly a pursuit and that I would end up unmarried,” said the mother-of-three.
“I am extremely proud to serve in the navy.
“It’s challenging with plenty of career advancement opportunities.
“And honestly, the navy really takes care of your family’s welfare,” Lt Kdr Masliza said, adding that it is an overwhelming moment for every navy personnel to hear Negaraku when it is played.
“You are literally bursting with pride and feel like you could take on the world to defend your nation,” said the navy’s public relations officer, who has been serving the country for a decade.
saya dan Lt Shiena :) di LIMA'11, Langkawi