KOTA TINGGI, Sept 23 — Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said the concept of “polygamy in politics” would only be to the people’s disadvantage.
She described “polygamy in politics” as the action of individuals who voted in the assemblymen and members of Parliament from the opposition to represent them, but chose to bring local problems to the Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders or elected representatives for solutions.
“We cannot be ‘polygamous’ in politics....should not do that. We should instead be consistent.
“When the opposition’s elected representatives speak (in Parliament), they don’t speak much on local issues but on national issues, although they are representing the voice of the local residents,” she told reporters at an aid-presentation event at Felda Air Tawar 1, near here, today.
Azalina said the attitude of opposition parties which always quarrelled among themselves would also be to the people’s disadvantage.
“I don’t understand the relationship between the opposition parties (PKR and DAP) which often quarrel openly over political issues which to me, should have already been discussed by them.
“Perhaps this is the real way of the opposition parties. They can call themselves the opposition but are on opposing sides when they’re supposed to be allies. Maybe that is their culture,” said Azalina, who is also minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and the MP for Pengerang.
Azalina said comparatively, BN elected representatives debated more on issues involving the constituencies they represented.
Therefore, she said, the people should be wise in choosing leaders to be their elected representatives, who should not only be “good at speaking” but also at carrying out their responsibilities, especially in putting public interest first and already experienced in helping the people.
Azalina was commenting on the conflicting views between PKR and DAP over the redelineation exercise, whereby DAP proposed that state elections be held while PKR disagreed.
At the event, Azalina handed out basic necessities to about 30 single mothers, women settlers and members of the Felda Air Tawar 1 scheme’s second generation of settlers. — Bernama