Azalina slams ‘quota-for-cowards’ system

UMNO supreme council member Azalina Othman attacked those who made use of the quota system to contest in the party, a system, she stressed, that should be scrapped immediately.

She even called those who resorted to the 20-year-old quota system as cowardly undemocratic. 

Strong stuff coming from a supreme council member, especially when one is mindful of the electoral benefits that had been accrued by the party leadership all this while via this system.

As if this ain’t enough, she contrasted UMNO with the parties in the Pakatan Rakyat as regards their democratic practice.

Today’s Star reports:

BALIK PULAU: Umno should scrap the quota system now and not decide on the matter after the general assembly and elections in March, said supreme council member Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.

“Only cowards choose to contest under the quota system. Puteri Umno never practised the quota system even to this day and anybody can challenge for positions,” said Azalina, the former Puteri chief.

She noted that other opposition parties like the DAP, PKR and PAS never used the quota system.

“I feel saddened by this system which does not encourage democracy in contests,” Azalina, who is Tourism Minister, told a press conference after launching the Penang Zoom! Homestay Programme here yesterday.

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1 Response to “Azalina slams ‘quota-for-cowards’ system”


  1. 1 telur dua 1 February 2009 at 10:27 pm

    There’s no need to pontificate, least of all from you.

    To have any effect you should have said it when it matters i.e. during TDM’s tenure as PM. I would have saluted you. But we all know the opportunist that you are.

    I won’t stop you slamming your head against the wall though.


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