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Monday August 19, 2013 MYT 7:34:04 AM
REMBAU: Khairy Jamaluddin has finally announced his plan to defend his Umno Youth chief post in the coming party polls.
The Member of Parliament for Rembau said that he had made the decision after deep thought and getting the blessings of grassroots supporters.
“I have given this much thought. Following discussions with my friends at the grassroots level, seeking the views of my Umno Youth executive committee friends, the state, the division and the branch levels. I am asking to be given one more term because there are many things I need to do which could not be done in just one term,” he said.
He said this at a press conference at his Aidilfitri open house in Kampung Gadong, near here, yesterday.
Khairy, who is also Youth and Sports Minister, said that a survey had shown that Barisan Nasional received 54% support from Malay voters aged between 21 and 30.
“So, our focus now is to ensure that this trend can be improved, not only among the Malay voters from this age group, but also up to 40 years and including the non-Malay voters – the Chinese, the Indian, the Kadazan, the Iban and the other communities as well.
“This needs continuity. I have put in place a plan four years ago to enable Umno Youth and Barisan to become more relevant to the younger generation and their tastes.
“With the approach and programmes that we are taking, there is more openness in bringing the patriotic spirit in line with the wishes of our Prime Minister,” he said.
He said that after he was appointed as Youth and Sports Minister, he felt that there was much more that he needed to do.
He now saw more clearly what were the challenges faced by the younger generation. — Bernama
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