‘Wing ready for GE14, will let Supreme Council decide on Puteri candidates’
Puteri Umno will push for at least 50 per cent of local experts among women, as aspired to by the National Transformation 2050, from the education and employment point of view, to have more technocrats, scientists, economists and in other fields.
Umno president and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak recently called on youth to be job creators and Puteri Umno has taken up the challenge. I know young Malaysian women can be job creators, too, because I believe in them and their capabilities.
Q: How has Puteri Umno prepared for the 14th General Election? With the unveiling of Jalinan Rakyat Plus recently, how can it guide the movement?
A: Jalinan Rakyat Plus is a movement that will complement Umno and BN as election machineries in facing GE14.
Puteri Umno will continue to educate young women voters on the importance of preserving government policy to maintain stability and peace.
Key leaders in Puteri Umno have started preparing their charges and have covered a lot of groundwork for several months now.
We may not know when the date is but we prefer to be ready and there are also things that we do at all times, not just when elections are near.
For instance, we have a programme called “Puteri Peduli”, where members will engage with the needy.
Yes, we don’t exactly have a lot of money for donation, but my girls will go everywhere to find funders and, from there, the money can be channelled directly to the needy.
Q: What is Puteri Umno looking at in terms of the participation of female Umno candidates in GE14? Any indication of the number, or percentage compared with the men this time around? Will it be higher compared with 2013?
A: We leave it to the Umno Supreme Council to decide on who and how many Puteri Umno candidates will contest in GE14. We will present to the Supreme Council with a list of winnable candidates when the time comes.
We would also like the people to decide based on contributions made by each of our members along with Puteri Umno’s involvement with society.
If Puteri Umno is given the opportunity to put up more candidates for GE14, more Puteri representatives will be appointed as state executive councillors, deputy ministers and even ministers.