KOTA KINABALU: UMNO youth wing aims for 120,000 new members this year.
UMNO Youth Chief, Khairy Jamaluddin, said that it is an important task for the Youth members in the state, division, and branch level across the country.
According to him, from the 120,000 new members, those aged 21 years old will be eligible to vote and be registered with Election Commission (EC).
“This task is important for us to ensure an increase in our membership and to attract the young generation to join UMNO, not only as a supporter but also as an active member for our struggle as activists,” he told reporters, here today.
Previously he chaired the Malaysia UMNO Youth Meeting in conjunction with UMNO Youth Retreat which was held for three days since yesterday.
Also present is Sabah UMNO Youth Chief, Hafiz Yamani Musa, and his Deputy, Shahelmy Yahya, along with UMNO Youth chiefs of other states.
Regarding on the meeting, Khairy said, several important issues has been discussed including the Youth preparation for the next general election.
“We also discuss internal administration issues, preparation for the next three years for general election; we have plans for the time before general election comes.
“Two or three years are not a short period… it will pass quickly, and we have many discussions on strategies and internal preparation for GE-14,” he said.
Khairy added thatthey have planned many activities for youth this year with focus on young professionals.
“Yesterday, we launched a course for the young professionals in Kedah. Every state will have this programme for free. Its purpose is to improve speech, presentation, and communication skills among the young professionals and it has received a positive response,” he added.
Khairy also said the effort will hopefully improve the skills of young professionals as an important generation regardless of their race, or their membership in UMNO.
UMNO Youth will also organize UMNO Sports Carnival at the end of March, participated by all the 191 Youth divisions in the country.
Other programmes are also planned to help the youth in securing a residence such as transit home scheme championed by UMNO Youth with help from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government.
The Youth also have several initiatives to urge the government to provide support for cost of living and many more, he added. – SayangSabah