SURGE IN NUM­BERS

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mem­bers) be­came Umno mem­bers was be­cause they wanted the party to speak for them and to voice their con­cerns.

“They wanted to see Umno con­tinue to fight for them and to lead Barisan Na­sional in the next gen­eral elec­tion,” he told re­porters at Me­nara Dato Onn, Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre here.

He said the ma­jor­ity of new mem­bers came from op­po­si­tion­led states.

“We see a shift in per­spec­tive as peo­ple want a party with ex­pe­ri­ence to lead and guide Malaysia.

“A non-dis­crim­i­na­tory party and the unity among BN’s com­po­nent par­ties have drawn peo­ple to us.

“We hope Umno will re­ceive full sup­port from dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties, es­pe­cially Malays,” he said.

Mo­hamad Haidir Bo­hari, 34, said he had helped 50 Kuala Lan­gat res­i­dents to regis­ter as new mem­bers at the Umno head­quar­ters here yes­ter­day.

Haidir, who is the ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary of the Kuala Lan­gat Umno Youth di­vi­sion, said he col­lected the forms from Fe­bru­ary to the end of last month.

“The new mem­bers, aged be­tween 20 and 30, have been reg­is­tered with Umno Youth,” he said, adding that he waited for two hours to com­plete the reg­is­tra­tion as the crowd was large at the reg­is­tra­tion counter.

He had also helped al­most 300 peo­ple regis­ter as new Umno Youth mem­bers this year.

A new mem­ber, Sai­ful Is­mail, 36, from Kajang said poorly main­tained in­fra­struc­ture in his area had prompted him to make a change in the next gen­eral elec­tion.

Mem­bers of the public at Me­nara Dato Onn, reg­is­ter­ing for Umno mem­ber­ship.

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