KUALA KLAWANG: Cabinet Ministers and VIPs should do away with police escorts or outriders while attending public functions, Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz said.
She said with the exception of the Prime Minister and his deputy, all other politicians including herself need not have to be escorted by police vehicles or outriders with sirens blaring.
“In my opinion, we do not need to be escorted to public functions as pedestrians who are in the midst of crossing the road have to stop.
“Even when the traffic light is red, we still drive on. This is in total disregard for the law and the people will not respect us this way.
“In fact, I have already brought this matter up to the relevant parties but obviously, because of a new generation of officers, it is not given much heed.
“For me, I am sorry. There is no need to escort me. I will leave early to ensure that I arrive on time for any function,” she told reporters after launching the Wanita, Puteri and Youth meetings of the Jelebu Umno division delegates’ meeting here.
Also present were Jelebu Umno chief Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, who is also the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, and state Wanita Umno chief Datuk Napsiah Omar.