Umno vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein backs the proposal by the party Youth and Puteri wings that 30% of party candidates for the 14th General Election (GE14) shall be young.
Hishammuddin, also the Minister of Defence, agreed that the second liners be given a chance, but stressed that the candidates must be accepted and received the support of the people.
“However, I believe, no matter how great a support one receives from the party, if it is not reciprocated outside, our party will be adversely affected,” he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
Umno Youth national chief Khairy Jamaluddin, when delivering his policy speech at the movement’s assembly, wanted the party leadership to give the opportunity to young candidates to prove their mettle at GE14.
Khairy, also the youth and sports minister, concurred with Puteri chief Mas Ermieyati Samsudin in suggesting the 30% target, in a move to rejuvenate the party heading to GE14.