BALIK PULAU, May 23 – The UMNO Youth machinery will be concentrating on young voters in the Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar by-elections. UMNO Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said members of its by-election machinery were being given courses to understand their tasks in approaching voters in both areas.

“The by-election machinery in both parliamentary constituencies are at a high level of preparedness to reach out to young voters to ensure victory for Barisan Nasional candidates,” he said after launching the Penang-level FitMalaysia programme here Sunday.

“The UMNO Youth machinery would not be cowed even if PKR nominated former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for the Kuala Kangsar parliamentary constituency in Perak. We do not care who is contesting and they can put any young individuals or Dr Mahathir to contest in Kuala Kangsar. The UMNO Youth machinery will focus on what is needed to ensure BN wins in both areas,” he said.

Polling for both by-elections is on June 18 while nomination on June 5. Both by-elections were called following the death the incumbents, Datuk Wan Mohammad Khair-il Wan Ahmad (Kuala Kangsar) and Datuk Noriah Kasnon (Sungai Besar) in a helicopter crash in Sebuyau, Sarawak, on May 5.

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