Pu­teri tar­gets 500,000 mem­bers by year-end

New Straits Times - - News / Politics -

z ARFA YUNUS KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

PU­TERI Umno aims to reg­is­ter half a mil­lion mem­bers by the end of the year and con­tinue pro­vid­ing a plat­form for young women to play a role in na­tion-build­ing.

Its chief, Datuk Mas Er­miey­ati Sam­sudin, said through the move­ment, young women were given the op­por­tu­nity to con­trib­ute to the gov­ern­ment, gov­ern­ment-linked com­pa­nies and the party.

Mas Er­miey­ati, who is also deputy tourism and cul­ture min­is­ter, said young women had much to of­fer, adding that since its for­ma­tion in 2001, Pu­teri Umno held the key in prep­ping fu­ture lead­ers in the coun­try.

The New Straits Times met with her re­cently to speak about her hopes and as­pi­ra­tions for the move­ment and party.

Ques­tion: How do you plan to sign up 500,000 new mem­bers in less than seven months? An­swer: We started about 16 years ago and we al­ready have 400,000 mem­bers. To reach the half a mil­lion mark is not im­pos­si­ble.

We have made plans on how to at­tract young women to join us, es­pe­cially grad­u­ates and pro­fes­sion­als. We are women, too; we share and un­der­stand their dreams. We know what they want and we un­der­stand that it’s not easy to achieve our dreams, which is why Pu­teri Umno con­stantly holds pro­grammes and train­ing.

We are recog­nised by Barisan Na­sional and given the trust by Umno to han­dle var­i­ous min­is­te­rial posts since its for­ma­tion. These op­por­tu­ni­ties gave us young women hope be­cause we know if we work hard enough, we can achieve our dreams.

Look at our past Pu­teri chiefs. Datuk Seri Aza­lina Oth­man Said is now a min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment and she has pre­vi­ously held dif­fer­ent min­is­te­rial posts. Datuk No­raini Ah­mad be­came the first Malaysian to be elected as chair­man of Com­mon­wealth Women Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans. Datuk Ros­nah Ab­dul Rashid Shirlin was a deputy health min­is­ter and she is now the deputy works min­is­ter. Q: How im­por­tant is Pu­teri Umno’s role in mak­ing the party the strong­est po­lit­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion in the coun­try?

A: Many mem­bers who are ca­reer pro­fes­sion­als in Pu­teri Umno look for­ward to be given more in­volve­ment in pol­i­tics in the hopes that the gov­ern­ment can of­fer them the op­por­tu­nity to grow and be­come fu­ture lead­ers.

Pu­teri Umno mem­bers al­ways keep up and un­der­stand the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion to bet­ter serve young women through po­lit­i­cal knowl­edge en­rich­ment.

Pu­teri Umno al­ways cham­pi­ons is­sues to bridge the gap and op­ti­mise so­cial and elec­tronic me­dia to spread good deeds.

Q: Umno has pro­gressed af­ter 71 years. How can Pu­teri Umno step up to the task of push­ing the coun­try to greater heights? A: We would like to be the force be­hind the gov­ern­ment to ensure that young women are given equal op­por­tu­nity in all as­pects, es­pe­cially in busi­ness and cor­po­rate sec­tors.

We will con­tin­u­ously rec­om­mend that at least 10 per cent of women be­low the age of 45 fill up posts in gov­ern­ment-linked com­pa­nies and gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

Datuk Mas Er­miey­ati Sam­sudin

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