Najib: Wives of elected representatives play vital role

IPOH • Wives of elected representatives play a vital role in determining their success, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said, noting that they act as a giver of spiritual care, support and encouragement.

"As wives, they take care of us and our families. They're our penghibur (entertainers) and our companions. Only then, we can be effective and likeable Barisan Nasional leaders," he said, jokingly adding that because of the wives' contributions, it would be wise to consider granting the requests they make. "Therefore, reciprocate our wives accordingly, take good care of their hearts, anything they ask for, we will give them due consideration," he said.

Datuk Seri Najib was delivering a speech at the Barisan Nasional Wives of Elected Representatives annual programme dinner in Ipoh on Saturday. Bernama news agency quoted him as saying that with a sense of belonging and togetherness, "there is no reason we cannot face all the challenges ahead and this is what I stress as teamwork between an elected representative and wife".

STRESS ON TEAMWORK

If our wives start acting up, our heads are frayed and we cannot become good leaders or elected representatives.

MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK, on wives as givers of spiritual care, support and encouragement to elected representatives

"This is very important for us because if our wives play their role like this, it means that our heads are calm and not frayed," he said.

"If our wives start acting up, our heads are frayed and we cannot become good leaders or elected representatives," he added.

At the same event, Mr Najib's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, said that social media can harm moral values, especially that of young people who then disseminate news without ethics and etiquette, Bernama reported.

She is president of the Welfare Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers .

"Top 10 issues worldwide on social media is associated with 'misinformation'. This means that social media has been misused for spreading slander, incitement, hatred and fanning the flames of racism. More worrying, is the rapid advancement of technology that is being extensively used not for good purposes, but rather used as a tool to play havoc with the country and create chaos," Bernama cited her as saying.

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