I have been reading up on Datuk Maznah's candidacy for the Wanita Umno top post.
I don't know the lady personally, and I have never met her in person, but what I have read seems to be fairly neutral and devoid of negativity.
Even my sister thinks she seems to be an OK person from her dealings with her.
Among the three contesting, I have the most confidence in her to clean up Wanita's image and bring back the original spirit of the Wanita grassroots movement that has always been the backbone of Umno social activism, without which Umno political activism would not have been sustained all these years.
I am not a Wanita member, but I have a great deal of respect for a number of Wanita members I have met and worked with over the past 2 years.
I also believe that the work that they do on the ground is not only good for Umno, but also good for the community that they serve.
Both Wanita and Puteri should be working together in developing social programmes that capitalise on their collective strengths,providing feedback that can be incorporated at policy-making levels to ensure Umno political activism continues to be relevant.
I have great hopes that the new Wanita leadership will look upon Puteri as apprentices and future leaders as opposed to rivals, and I hope we will eventually see a seamless continuity of Puteri activism when they graduate into Wanita.