Khalil: No need to extend Puteri head's age limit


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 29 Apr 2003

BY MERGAWATI ZULFAKAR

PUTRAJAYA: There is no need to extend the age limit for the Puteri Umno head from the present 40, party secretary-general Tan Sri Khalil Yaakob said. 

“The supreme council has, in the past, discussed the matter extensively. We have raised (the age limit) from 35 to 40. 

“That’s it. There is nothing to discuss. We do not make rules just to suit somebody’s interest,” he said when contacted yesterday. 

Khalil was asked to comment on the call to raise the age limit by the Kepala Batas and Batu Pahat Puteri Umno divisions. Puteri head Azalina Othman Said turns 40 this year. 

Khalil said the majority of supreme council members was against increasing the age limit. 

Every Puteri member, he said, must be prepared to move on to the Wanita movement. 

“It is a normal progression. We must accept it,” he added. 

He also said that divisions could continue to make such a call but reminded them that any decision made by Umno was collective and not individualistic. 

Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had been quoted as welcoming the divisions’ call, saying the matter would be brought up to the council. 

In Kuala Lumpur, Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz urged Puteri members to stop making resolutions to change the structure of the wing and instead focus on attracting more youth to the party. 

Rafidah said Puteri members should learn the ways of the party and reminded them that Puteri was formed to garner support and attract new members. 

“There is no need for a change in the structure. Do not upset the status quo in the party,” Dalilah Ibrahim quoted Rafidah as telling reporters after chairing the Wanita Barisan Nasional leaders meeting at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur.  

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