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Khairy hopes for more youth candidates
TAPAH: Umno Youth is hoping that the number of young candidates in the 14th General Election (GE14) will surpass the past election.
Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said he hoped more youths would be featured, especially new faces.
“My expectation is for more young candidates to be nominated in the coming election. We hope there will be equal, if not more, candidates than in the previous election,” he said after launching the Tapah Sports Complex at Tapah Road here yesterday.
Present were Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan, state Youth, Sports and Human Resources Committee chairman Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya and Umno Youth deputy chief Khairul Azwan Harun.
Khairy was commenting on the wing’s call for more young people to be featured in GE14. Previously, Umno Youth had asked for more than 40 parliamentary and state seats to be allocated to young candidates.
This was in line with Umno being a “party of the future” by giving opportunities to young candidates.
In Johor Baru, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said action would be taken against those found guilty of disseminating fake information, not just during the 14th General Election (GE14), but also after.
He said police would act on such cases. “I advise the public to be careful when using social media, especially with GE14 around the corner to not spread fake news and sow discontent among the people.
“Those who disseminate fake news are the ones who hide behind a cloak of anonymity, but they will not escape police action, even after the election is over.”
He was speaking af- ter officiating the SK Taman Cempaka Parent-Teacher Association annual general meeting here yesterday.
Nur Jazlan, who is Pulai member of parliament, had also officiated the opening of the school’s Surau Almuttaqin, and presented awards to its Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah top scorers.
He said the opposition would use last-minute tactics to disseminate fake news.
“They probably know that the government will not be able to address every single accusation in social media.
“Their aim is to dupe the public and compel them to hate the government. This has also been their tactic in previous general elections.”
He said the public should think about their children’s future, which could be affected by making a wrong choice in GE14.
“I would like everyone to understand that the person who ‘virals’ fake news is the person liable to face action, and not the person who created the message.
“The opposition is irresponsible, and after sparking anger among the public, it would then hide.”