INTERESTING things happen on the sidelines each time the Umno general assembly is in session, and not all are political.
This year’s 58th meeting was the first for the Prime Minister’s wife, Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah, who beamed with pride as she watched her husband’s sterling performance as president of the nation’s premier political party.
But she was also being closely watched and she certainly rose to the occasion with her heartfelt actions that not only surprised the politicians at PWTC but also touched the hearts of all Malaysians.
Her first heartfelt action was when she donated blood at the Health Awareness Centre set up at the Putra World Trade Centre where the assembly was held.
Although she has donated blood many times before, this was the first time she was doing so as the PM’s wife and the impact she has created will be tremendous.
With blood banks running low, her action will certainly spur into action those who have yet to give their first bag of blood.
And even before people can stop talking about her being a blood donor, she surprised Malaysians the following day by signing up as an organ donor.
At a time when Malaysians still remember the successful heart and lung transplants at the National Heart Institute, her decision to pledge her organs is exemplary and timely.
Many ordinary people had come forward to sign up as organ donors after the stories of Tee Hui Yi, Lang Kong Akon and Siti Salmah Jasni captivated the nation.
But it is when prominent people in society step forward that the campaign is given a rocket boost.
After all, if the Prime Minister’s wife so readily donates blood and pledges her organs, why can’t the rest of us rise to the occasion and do likewise?
The Prime Minister reminded Malaysians in his opening address, “Let us build a nation that enriches every citizen, regardless of race or belief.”
Donating blood and pledging our organs are beautiful reminders of what the real Malaysia is all about. Our blood could end up in the veins of a political enemy and our organs in the body of a total stranger of another faith.
At the end of the day, we are all united for the common good of our nation.