More women can­di­dates ex­pected

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Wanita Umno ex­pects more women can­di­dates to con­test in the com­ing 14th gen­eral elec­tion, said its chief Tan Sri Shahrizat Ab­dul Jalil.

She said the wing had com­piled a list of can­di­dates which would later be submitted to party pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak, who is also Barisan Na­sional chair­man.

“We are also work­ing with the women be­cause I need to get their pro­files. I think they have to be mo­ti­vated be­cause a lot of them have the po­ten­tial but some may feel they are not ready when they ac­tu­ally are,” she told re­porters yes­ter­day af­ter at­tend­ing the Women Power Talk - Ef­fec­tive Net­work­ing fo­rum or­gan­ised by Wanita Umno.

Shahrizat de­clined to re­veal the num­ber of can­di­dates but stated it was more than dur­ing the pre­vi­ous gen­eral elec­tion.

Sec­ond Fi­nance Min­is­ter Datuk Jo­hari Ab­dul Ghani, who was also present at the event, said who­ever the can­di­dates might be, men or women, they must be ac­cepted by the vot­ers and be able to win the seat.

“I am sure more and more women are qual­i­fied to be a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment and I think it is a ques­tion of which con­stituen­cies they want to con­test in,” he said. – Ber­nama

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