Men who do housework not effeminate, says Chef Wan

Malaysian celebrity Chef Wan urges men to set a good example to children by helping to do housework.
Malaysian celebrity Chef Wan urges men to set a good example to children by helping to do housework.

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysians should eliminate the stigma that is attached to men who do housework - that such men are pondan (transsexual or effeminate, in Malay), says Malaysian celebrity chef Redzuawan Ismail, popularly known as Chef Wan.

Such a mindset negatively affects the family institution, he was reported as saying by Bernama.

He said: "Men who do housework are not necessarily weak and soft.

"They do it to help their wives who are probably tired after working in the office.

"However, in our society, the perception still exists but not in the West."

Chef Wan was speaking to reporters after appearing as a panellist in the discussion, Re-defining Masculinity, held in conjunction with a woman's forum on Wednesday.

He added that men, husbands and fathers should set a good example to children by helping in any way possible at home.

"In fact, from my own experience, I find that when you do housework, it not only lightens the burden at home, (but) is also a healthy activity," he said.