KUALA TERENGGANU: Barisan Nasional is expected to field women candidates for Terengganu state seats for the first time in 10 years, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman (pic).
He said the state Barisan has submitted its list of proposed candidates for the 14th General Election to Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
"We have always recognised the efforts of women and their importance, so it is not true that they are sidelined," said Ahmad Razif at a press conference on Thursday (April 5) after launching Terengganu Barisan’s GE14 machinery here.
Ahmad Razif said that it is up to Najib to approve the final list of candidates.
Also present at the event was Wanita Umno chief Tan Sri Shahrizat Jalil, who stressed that women must be fielded as election candidates.
"I am pleased that Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif has made an effort to field women aw candidates. A state that does not have women as candidates is in danger," said Shahrizat.
“More than 50% of voters are women and this group will be very upset if no women are fielded as candidates," she added.
The last time Barisan fielded a woman as a candidate in Terengganu was in 2008, during the 12th General Election.
Nordiana Shafie contested in the Batu Buruk state seat, but lost to PAS's Syed Azman Syed Ahmad Nawawi.