‘BN NEEDS TO FIELD YOUNG CAN­DI­DATES’

Umno Youth ex­pects 30pc seat al­lo­ca­tion in GE14, says Khairy

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MO­HAMED BASYIR PERMATANG PAUH news@nst.com.my

UMNO Youth ex­pects to be given a 30 per cent seat al­lo­ca­tion for its mem­bers in the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion (GE14). Its chief, Khairy Ja­malud­din, said with the surge in the num­ber of young vot­ers, it was cru­cial to have younger can­di­dates con­test­ing in the elec­tion.

“We do not want Barisan Na­sional to be seen as a party for the older gen­er­a­tions, or sim­ply put, a ‘Jurassic’ party.

“We want to re­ju­ve­nate BN’s im­age with more young lead­ers con­test­ing in the next elec­tion.

“I hope to see can­di­dates from all age groups in the gen­eral elec­tion, and with Wanita Umno ask­ing for 30 per cent, we are also look­ing at the same,” he said at the Permatang Pauh Fel­low­ship Ride at the Permatang Pauh Com­mer­cial Cen­tre here yes­ter­day.

Khairy added that younger can­di­dates must be qual­i­fied to take the chal­lenge.

“They must know them­selves whether they are qual­i­fied for it.

“I be­lieve there are many of them in the party.”

Pe­nang Ger­akan lauded Umno Youth’s call to field younger can­di­dates.

Its vice-chair­man, Oh Tong Keong, said his party had been en­cour­ag­ing younger and fresh can­di­dates to con­test since the last gen­eral elec­tion in 2013.

“When we talk about the fu­ture of the coun­try, we are not only look­ing at five or 10 years ahead. We are look­ing be­yond that and these younger can­di­dates can do the job.

“How­ever, that does not mean that the older can­di­dates are no longer good as their ex­pe­ri­ence is very cru­cial as well,” he said. the flag­ging off by Chem­bong assem­bly­man Datuk Zai­ful­bahri Idris at 9am.

The state-level flag run will con­tinue to­day from Sika­mat be­fore

Oh said a bal­anced seat al­lo­ca­tion with can­di­dates from all age groups was a wel­come boost for BN.

He said the younger can­di­dates should be from pro­fes­sional fields, with good re­la­tion­ship with the lo­cals, adding that the most im­por­tant cri­te­ria were an avid in­ter­est in pol­i­tics, and a pas­sion for serv­ing the peo­ple and coun­try. pro­ceed­ing to Labu in Nilai and will end in Ber­anang, Se­lan­gor, which will later see the Sang Saka Bangsa flag handed over to Umno mem­bers in Se­lan­gor.

The state-level Umno Flag Run in Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan cov­ers 111km in­volv­ing some 7,400 par­tic­i­pants.

PIC BY RAMDZAN MASIAM

Umno Youth chief Khairy Ja­malud­din flag­ging off the Permatang Pauh Fel­low­ship Ride at the Permatang Pauh Com­mer­cial Cen­tre yes­ter­day.

PIC BY SYARAFIQ ABD SA­MAD

Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan Umno li­ai­son com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Seri Mo­hamad Hasan (fourth from left) join­ing the state-level Umno Flag Run 2017 in Paroi yes­ter­day.

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