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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Umno delegates in high spirits, eager to see party soar

DECEMBER 4, 2013
Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
leaving the PWTC building in Kuala Lumpur, October 19, 2013. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 4 — Delegates to the Umno general assembly are eager and in high spirits to see the party move forward stronger and better while winning appeal with the younger generation.

Some 2,865 delegates who registered yesterday hoped the assembly would tackle current issues well.

A son of a party supreme council member, and a Wanita delegate who is the mother of four children who are all members of Puteri Umno were among those looking forward to voice their opinions and debate on the party’s direction.

Pasir Salak Umno youth chief Dr Faizal Tajuddin, son of Deputy Agriculture Minister Datuk Tajuddin Rahman, said every Umno member was eager to attend the assembly.

“A lot of issues would be discussed such as the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the Syiah issue that threatens the country,” he said.

“At the same time, preparation for the next general election should be brought up to strengthen the election machinery.”

Although Dr Faizal did not contest for an exco post in the youth movement in the October party election, he had set a benchmark for the exco members.

“They have to be more vociferous in defending issues raised by the Opposition that can compromise Malay rights, sovereignty of our country and sanctity of Islam,” he said.

He suggested that the youth leadership take advantage of the youngsters who were rebellious, progressive and passionate, and attract them through non-conventional methods.

“The youth movement should take advantage of this by highlighting, defending, protesting and articulating these issues. And of course, the youth movement must solve grievances among the youth,” he said.

Lasah division Wanita vice-chief Zaharah Hassan, 53, who has been attending the party assembly for the past 10 years, said she was grateful that her four daughters were following in her footsteps in Umno.

“All my daughters, aged 21 to 25, are members of Puteri Umno,” she said.

“I am hoping they will continue my legacy for the survival of party.”

On issues to be raised, Zaharah said she expected those related to women in economy, religious and education.

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