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Sweet treats: Entrepreneur Asfalizah Datuk M. Zin showing her chocolate creations during the 67th Umno general assembly in PWTC.
THE dust has settled on the 13th general election but Wanita Umno is already sounding its battle-cry for the next general election.
Its chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said Umno and the movement must start cracking to go into what she said could be the “father of all battles”.
“The party machinery must start moving. Do not wait for tomorrow or the day after as GE14 will be more challenging,” she said in her address at the Wanita Umno general assembly.
Shahrizat said the social media posed a challenge and Wanita Umno members must change the way they worked, noting that even party leaders had fallen victim to “slanders and half-truth news”.
Urging Wanita members to play their role in defending the party, she said Umno had allowed itself to be “politically raped” by the Opposition and hardly exposed the latter’s lies and deceptions.
Shahrizat said Wanita Umno could not merely be the party’s election machinery, instead it should be the political machinery for Umno.
She said Wanita Umno must not be deemed qualified to only raise women-related issues.
“Wanita Umno must reach out to the rakyat using various platforms including social media. We must also engage with those outside the party, rural folks and urban dwellers.
“We must be equally comfortable dealing with housewives as we are with professionals. Wanita Umno must be outward looking and reach out to fence-sitters, sympathisers and even Opposition supporters,” she stressed.
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