MARANG: A significant number of the 9,000 Terengganu Puteri Umno members are daughters of PAS supporters who have quietly joined the wing without their parents' knowledge, said Puteri Umno vice-chairman Noraini Ahmad.
She said the group signed up as they wanted to take part in the many interesting community-related activities organised by the wing.
“Fearing that their parents would object to them joining Umno, they are keeping it a secret by giving a different address in the members’ registration form.
“We employed several methods to contact them to take part in our activities to ensure that their secret is safe,” Noraini told reporters at a meet-the-people session at SK Kubu.
She said the enthusiasm augured well for Umno which won only four of the 32 state seats and lost all eight parliamentary seats in the state in the last general election.
Terengganu Puteri Umno chairman Nordiana Shafie said the group consisted of daughters of PAS supporters but not the “hardcore” ones.
She said among the activities organised by Terengganu Puteri Umno is the “English-On-Wheels” programme where members teach basic English in a “fun way” to pre-schoolers
The project was launched by Acting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is the Terengganu Umno liaision committee chairman on March 6.
Another programme was the free medical check-up in rural areas with the help of volunteer doctors, she said.
She said the programme, which started in Kuala Terengganu last September, would cover all the eight parliamentary constituencies.