PETALING JAYA: Wives of elected representatives must equip themselves with knowledge in order to be more creative and innovative in implementing programmes and activities in accordance with the country's current needs.
Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the wife of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, said that wives of elected representatives should not continue engaging themselves in the same activities every year, but instead, must bring a positive change in their constituencies.
"We have to realise the fact that the world is changing. Today's challenges and needs differ from the last decade's."
Rosmah said this when officiating the closing of the Knowledge Enhancement and Personal Grooming Course for 81 wives of ministers, menteris besar, chief ministers and deputy ministers, as well as elected representatives, at the National Institute of Public Administration (Intan) here on Friday.
Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, the wife of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also shared her experience with participants of the course
“As wives of politicians, we cannot run away from public attention. The image and self-presentation of a wife has a huge impact on her husband,” cautioned Rosmah.
“A positive and morale image is crucial. We are the representatives of the citizens. Thus, we must equipped ourselves with knowledge to help the people in the most relevant and updated manner.”
Rosmah encouraged the wives of Malaysian political leaders to be strong in the face of opposition and criticism.
“As the name suggests, the opposition will always oppose. Let us not misuse the privilege to assist in leading the nation.” she ended her speech.