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Shahrizat intends to focus on mainstreaming women in political decision-making. -NORAFIFI EHSAN / The Star
PETALING JAYA: Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil, who is on the way to winning her post uncontested, hinted that this might be her final term at the top of the wing.
However, Shahrizat who turned 60 last month, said that in politics, nothing is cast in stone.
“Never ask a politician if this is their last round. But I hope to be doing something more exciting after politics and we must know when to move on,” she told The Star.
Shahrizat, who is the adviser on women entrepreneurship and professional development to the Prime Minister, was responding to reports that Pengerang MP Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said is pulling out of the contest for the Wanita leadership.
Azalina claimed that she is withdrawing because she is a party loyalist and that she wants to preserve unity in Umno. However, it is understood that the top Umno leadership had advised her against the contest.
When asked about the latest development, Shahrizat said Azalina is not a child and that she knows what she is doing. She said the former Puteri chief probably had her reason when she decided to contest and that she would also have her own reasons for pulling out.
“I am not taking anything for granted because we won’t know for sure until Sept 21 (nomination day for the three wings),” she said.
Shahrizat declined to comment on whether there was any behind-the-scenes negotiations leading to the no-contest decision.
When asked what sort of role Azalina could play in Wanita Umno, she said that different people bring different roles to the movement and she had no qualms about accommodating others.
“I never felt any pressure even when she wanted to contest against me. We are all hardened politicians. Whether there is a contest or no contest, my supporters want me to get on with the work,” said Shahrizat.
She said she intends to put everything she has got into this term. She said she had put in place laws and platforms for women to advance when she was a minister.
“If I am returned as Wanita leader, I will focus on mainstreaming women in political decision-making. My focus will also be implementing the programmes to empower women,” she said.
Azalina was fighting an uphill battle from the start because she does not have the Wanita network. After leaving the Puteri wing, she went directly into “male politics” and became Pengerang division chief.
Shahrizat, on the other hand, received overwhelming support from the Wanita grassroots leaders as well as the male leaders in Umno.
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