We are not about to heap praises on one who shows full dedication,commitment and responsibities and in return the person in question will be fed to the wolves by being the “STAR” for the moment.
There are some who seizes the opportunity to be in the limelight. While there are some who are in those places ,as they have already been given the “divine rights”. Those who climb from the backs of others and will certainly make it as they are politically tuned and are very ‘ruthless.” Many who joined political parties still lack these attributes and are justs ‘waiting for their golden egg or eggs.”
There are but a few who are very capable and command others with their charm and enthusiasm. One particular person who was PS to Jeffrey Kitingan by the name of Teresa Margerita Alberto stood out like a sore thumb to many in a leadership organisation in the 90s. She worked and talked in the same mould like a”Generator. She was bestowed this name as she was always thinking,manouvering and chasing for excellance.
We were privelege to cross swords and at that time I held very high esteem on Sabahans on their enthusiasm and forward looking minds. She was after all very infectious and those surrounding her were left gasping for air and playing ‘catch-up”if you are not up to it . She molded the group into thinking “lets do this,done this and about to do this” It was full trottle with little time for excuses. This was also the time when we personally came across Jeffrey Kitingan her boss in 1994 in Thailand.
Then it strucked me as I embarked on this article. Its like a second wind coming but this time instead of blowing down from the Land below the wind it comes from the Land of Hornbills.Heaping praises without justification will only ‘drown a poor soul”.
The angle we approach is simple,”Both of them are similar in thoughts giving opportunities for those around them to excel,stand firm and be able to hold their own in a ‘dog eat dog’ world. The person in question now however is a Political figure and is SPDP Puteri chief Barbara Mawan who commands nearly 8000 puteris under her whose ages range from 18-35.
She seems to fit right into the moment and have taken the platform like a newly crowned olympic skater effortlessly going round on the on the icerink. She knows that arena of piercing eyed spectators will cut her to pieces if she makes the wrong move,falls flat on her face and will only endure ‘coldness’ and will not receive appreciation of flowers/bouquets if her skating routine is lackadaisical .
In the past few weeks she has started to be a DARLING WITH THE PRESS/MEDIA and she is sharp to put her ideas across. In our meetings with her she is being looked at as “catalyst for change for the youthful minds”
What has been lacking for the ruling BN government up comes a new fresh faced and ever willing learner who doesn’t mind to put in the extra hours to better herself.
On April 1st we wrote and this is extracted,” The meeting opened up strongly with the Puteri Chief Barbara talking about ‘strategies off engagement,Tranfromation and Reaching out. She quoted how PM Najib has given the BN a believe that GE13 wll not be easy if we do not go on the ground ,communicate with the voters and prove that we are sincere.
SPDP she says needs to ‘REACH-OUT to the young and not let the young reach out to us and we need to understand them, be with them and think like them. She also quoted what the CM said at the recent TGM,”The youths nowadays are varying all options and they THINK what is bests for them.”
We can see clearly what she wants and how she wants it to be done. Something on the sidelines are that she seems to be practising Sun Tzu Art of War as she mentioned she is an avid reader and will try to improve not only herself but those who have time to engage with her.”
Todays newspapers which the press quoted in an English daily reflects her true self and she is not about to make anyone push the party to the sidelines. She knows that the party needs to move forward and she is singled out by many to be a “BREADTH OF FRESH AIR” for the Youth .
She has shown her sincerity,enthusiasm and has taken upon herself and her team to be the new SPDP engine of change by transforming the mindsets while not stepping on ‘delicate”elders/veterans. She is ever so willing to learn and listen but imparts to the youthful minds within SPDP in the way they want to be told to do and want to be engaged in.
She has shown to stand strong behind the party going through 9 years of good and bad times in SPDP. The youth and the party recognises her development process and with the party engulf in serious infighting for the lasts two years she has given the party a much needed boost. Their membership drive in bringing in newer and fresh faced youths in the puteri wings and also assisted her counterpart in the putera wing is a plus sign which my friend from Sabah would be very proud of.
Surely,their paths will crossed one day and it will only benefit the SPDP Puteri chief as our friend Teresa had served under a giant of a man in Sabah politics in the person of Jeffrey Kitingan. Wonder what they will talk about and on what subject?