Serve the public, politicians told
KUALA TERENGGANU: Seventerm Seberang Takir state assemblyman Datuk Abdul Rashid Ngah may have problems with his knee and heart, but his mind is still sharp as he recalled his 20year career as an Umno division chief.
“When I was elected as the assemblyman for Seberang Takir in 1973, the focus had always been on the welfare of both Umno members and voters.
“A good and respected division leader knows every branch committee member, not just by name, but also where he lives.
“As grassroots leaders, we have to keep tabs on their families’ development.
“The bond between politicians and the people must not be broken,” Rashid told the New Straits Times at his home here yesterday.
Rashid, however, said times had changed and Umno, which is celebrating its 71st anniversary on May 11, had also changed.
“I am feeling uncomfortable with the changes. I see a wedge driven between politicians and the people.
“The personal touch is missing because most of the leaders are busy.
“Some are busy developing the state, so much so they have little or no time to meet party members and the people.
“I notice members are preoccupied with trying to get positions in the party and only serve the voters when the general election is near.
“When the bond is broken, the task to win back the voters’ confidence becomes harder.”
Rashid said maintaining the bond with the people should be given priority as GE14 drew closer.