KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 20 – Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) should offer a great package to the people, especially the young voters, to ensure that its administration in the country will remain relevant in the future.
When making the call, Permatang Pauh Umno Division chief Datuk Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said said Umno and BN should know what the young voters want and offer them a package they could not resist, not only in terms of education and placement at higher education institutions, but also in sports and recreational activities, such as futsal and badminton.
“Job opportunities must also be multiplied and not to forget, the high speed internet access. These aspects are important for the young people. If Umno and BN paid no attention to this, the young voters will stray away from the party,” he said.
He told this to reporters after the “Anda Tanya Kita Jawab” programme organised by Umno-Online, which was also attended by Umno Information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa, Federal Territories Umno chief Datuk Mohd Razlan Mohamad Rafii and Prime Minister’s Special Officer Isham Jalil.
Mohd Zaidi, or better known as Cikgu Zaidi, said the wind of change to lure more young people to support Umno and BN should be intensified to enable the party to retain power. His view was shared by Mohd Razlan, who wanted more young leaders to be given the opportunity to prove their capability to lead and to be fielded as candidates in the 14th general election.
“If the doors are not open to the young people, they will not be interested, let alone to pay any attention to the party. This may sound unpopular, but it should be done for the survival of Umno and the government,” he said. Mohd Razlan said the government was also in the midst of preparing a better future for the young generation through the Transformasi Nasional 2015 (TN50) programme.
He said the great offer could never be given by the opposition pact, as they were only good in gaining popularity by playing with current issues and criticising government policies, but never offered any solutions to any issues. Meanwhile, Annuar, who is also Ketereh MP, said Malaysia would have a stable government in the future if it continued having a strong leadership line-up and strength, which should include young leaders.
He said that was the basis to strengthen the party, besides having a solid planning, to face the challenges in the upcoming general election. “The track record is also an important aspect to be considered in forming a government. Just look at the track record and the available choice of leaders,” he added. — Bernama