Yan's Corner - In Touch

Friday, October 07, 2005

Finding something good in you

I had dinner with MGF Hung last night together with two other friends from Sabah. Hung was formerly a very outstanding journalist. We have been good friends for nearly 30 years. We can talk on anything under the sun. Recently, we can talk of “things above” too. We are encouraging each other to focus on things above, not on earthly things. Very often, we begin to see things with new perspective. Last night, I caught this statement from her – there is always something good that we can find in a person.

True enough, two outstanding women leaders have something to say about Rafidah. I take it from my newspaper, The Borneo Post today –

Rafidah earns admiration from local women leaders

Kuching – Whatever said and done, nobody can deny Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz’s plus points when it comes to intelligence and leadership, said Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datin Fatimah Abdullah.

She felt that the Minister of International Trade and Industry, being one of the pioneering leaders, was a fine example to follow.

“She has the potential to deliver. Looking at it professionally, no one can deny that she is intelligent, dedicated to her work and possesses strong leadership skills”, she said yesterday.

These were skills that many women leaders aspired to have, knowing that these skills did not come easily to anybody, she said.

Fatimah was commenting on whether Rafidah should be looked up as a heroine, especially by women leaders, given that she had been constantly in the limelight recently.

Fatimah said another thing that could not be denied about Fatimah was her strength of character which some people might find it not easy to accept.

“On a professional level, I have to admit that she has the debating power and she strikes me as an articulate person,” she added.

Concurring with her was Padungan Assemblywoman Lily Yong, who felt that Rafidah had all the good qualities that made a leader.

“Some people might find her too straight forward but having said that, she does possess the essential leadership quality,” she said.

She believe a strong character coupled with a good heart made a powerful yet respected leader.

“What I can say about her is that she has the guts. She dares to speak, which is an important trait of a leader or politician,” she added.

Yong said she noticed Rafidah was the type who did not turn her back away from problems; instead she faced her responsibilities and this quality should be admired.

Meanwhile Parti Rakyat Sarawak Wanita chief Josephine Mawat felt that Rafidah had done Malaysia proud by being a minister for a very long time.

“People should take into account that she has been serving the country and its people for well over 20 years and this should be taken into account,” she said.

She described Rafidah as a proactive leader who paved the way for women politicians.

1 comment(s):

I don't like Rafidah. But, I have nothing against her also.

AP, AP, far beyond the reach of ordinary citizen like us. Who cares?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:35 pm  

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