KUALA LUMPUR: Umno will introduce an online registration system to prevent leaders from blocking those who they feel can threaten their positions from joining the party.
It is part of Umno’s rejuvenation process to attract the younger generation into the party.
The new system was announced by Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during his closed-door briefing for more than 5,000 Umno delegates to the general assembly yesterday.
Responding to the new announcement, Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said the new system would be faster and fuss-free.
“At the moment, there is a perception that our party is unable to rejuvenate itself,” he said after the briefing.
The party, he said, received numerous complaints that membership approvals were slow.
“Previously, the membership approvals depended on the division chiefs, but now it will be approved by the headquarters,” said Khairy.
Umno supreme council member and Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir commended Najib’s move to attract the youth.
“I think the fact that he wants us to be more open to younger voters by way of allowing them to become members is quite interesting.
“As you know, the system and the process now is quite rigid,” he said.
Puteri chief Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin said one of the big challenges for her wing was to ask the youths to fill up the membership forms.
She said it would now be easier for the wing to attract more youths.
Vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the online application was mostly for the convenience of those who were overseas and qualified to be Umno members.
“Previously, we had a lot of problems registering these people because they would fill the forms, but it gets lost in delivery and does not reach us,” he added.
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