Don’t create walls between leaders and people

Asfia (standing ninth left) with the recipients at Masjid Darul Iman. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

SADONG JAYA: The ties between people and their leaders must remain cordial at all times, said State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar.

He said there should not be too much concern on the leaders’ part about protocol and maintaining their distance with the people as it could only create ‘walls’ between them.

“If there are no walls and no protocol, God willing, leaders will be well-received by the people. It will also evoke feelings of affinity towards the leaders without having to be paid in monetary sums,” he said.

He said this when speaking at a leader-with-people programme in conjunction with the presentation of mosque and surau donations for Sadong Jaya at Masjid Darul Iman here today.

He said, in the case of Sadong Jaya assemblyman Aidel Lariwoo, who remained close to the people without regards to protocol had made him popular among his constituents.

“There is no need to follow the British administration in the past because they are very concerned about distance by assuming it will evoke respect.

“However, the distance created will eventually reduce the intimacy between leaders and the people and can sometimes lead to hatred,” he said.

Meanwhile, at the function, Asfia presented a total of RM205,000 in contributions to mosques and surau in the Sadong Jaya area.

A total of 12 mosques received RM10,000 each while 17 surau each received RM5,000.