KUALA LUMPUR: Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) should offer a great package to the people, especially young voters, to ensure its relevance in the country’s administration.
When making the call, Permatang Pauh Umno division chief Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said said Umno and BN should know what young voters want and offer them a package they cannot resist, not only in terms of education and placement at higher institutions of learning, but also in sports and recreational activities, such as futsal and badminton.
“Job opportunities must also be multiplied as well as high-speed internet access. These are important to young people.
“If Umno and BN paid no attention to this, young voters will stray away from the party,” he told reporters after the “Anda Tanya Kita Jawab” programme organised by Umno-Online, which was also attended by Umno Information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa, Federal Territories Umno chief Datuk Mohd Razlan Mohamad Rafii and Prime Minister’s Special Officer Isham Jalil.
Zaidi, or better known as Cikgu Zaidi, said the efforts to lure more young people to support Umno and BN should be intensified to enable the party to retain power.
His view was shared by Razlan, who wanted more young leaders to be given the opportunity to prove their capability to lead and be fielded as candidates in the 14th General Election.
“If the doors are not open to the young, they will not be interested, let alone pay any attention to the party. This may sound unpopular, but it should be done for the survival of Umno and the government,” he said.
Razlan said the government was also in the midst of preparing a better future for the young generation through the Transformasi Nasional 2015 (TN50) programme.
He said the great offer could never be given by the opposition pact as they were only good in gaining popularity by playing up issues and criticising government policies, but never offering any solutions to issues.
Meanwhile, Annuar, who is also Ketereh MP, said Malaysia would have a stable government in the future if it continued having a strong leadership line-up, which should include young leaders.
He said that was the basis to strengthen the party, besides having a solid plan to face the challenges in the upcoming general election.
“The track record is also an important aspect to be considered in forming a government. Just look at the track record and the available leaders,” he added. – Bernama