Known for her controversial and questionable shopping habits, Prime Minister Najib Razak's wife, Rosmah Mansor is constantly in the limelight.
Keeping up with that, Rosmah recently shed some light on the importance of first impressions.
"You ladies often accompany your husbands abroad and in this context, the challenge is not just your personal image but more importantly the image and reputation of the country," said Rosmah, as reported by Bernama, yesterday, 11 August.
"Self-image doesn't mean we wear expensive or branded clothes. But it's enough that we wear something that suits the event – neat, stylish, and proper," said Rosmah.
According to Rosmah, the wives of politician must always be dressed well as they carry the image of the country on their shoulders, especially when accompanying their husbands on official visits.
She also made it a point to stress on the fact that the clothes do not have to be expensive but just appropriate for the occasions they attend.
"When we wear something neat and exciting, it will give a different perception to the community as it makes for a good first impression," opined Rosmah.
Moving on from physical appearance, the prime minister's vocal wife also gave some advice on mastering the art of communication
She said, to be well-versed in the subject, they had to improve on their self-confidence, read books, master the language and use the right intonations when speaking.
Rosmah said this when speaking at the closing of the Knowledge and Personal Skill Development Course organised for the Welfare Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti) at the National Institute of Public Administration here yesterday, 11 August.
The four-day course served as a platform to impart knowledge to the wives of ministers and deputy ministers on the affairs of the government administrative machinery and national security.
The course also aimed to increase the credibility of the group as leaders in women's activities, to understand reforms and changes in government policies and to be more effective Bakti members. Among topics shared during the course were palace protocol, social etiquette, personal grooming, choice of clothes, public speaking, effective communication and table manners.
The Bakti president also spoke about how leaders' wives must develop the needed mental strength to deal with negative feedback and criticisms
She added that these women should also be smart in filtering information on social media.
"I hope, ladies, that you can not only sift through information on social media intelligently, but are also smart enough to differentiate between what is right, wrong, slander, and made-up stories.
"In our efforts to serve the community, I am of the view that we don't have to care about or think too much about negative comments, or slander hurled against us, especially from the opposition, on social media," she said.
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