WANITA Umno wants the party to elevate the status of its chief, who currently enjoys vice-president status automatically, to one that is equal to that of party deputy president.
Wanita chief Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad argued that it was high time the wing – constantly referred to as the backbone of the party – received recognition for their hard work.
However, Noraini stressed that she was not fighting for this “promotion” for herself.
“This is for all of us. We want the ‘Wanita’, whose role and work for the party was always sought after and acknowledged, to be given due credit.
“I seek your mandate and call for the delegates to support the motion for the Wanita chief post to be on par with that of the deputy president, ” she said in her opening address at the Wanita assembly yesterday.
Currently, both the Youth and Puteri chiefs also enjoy vice-president status.
Noraini told the press later that a special resolution will be raised at the general assembly today to seek the delegates approval to amend the party constitution to pave the way for this.
“This is a new deal brought by the party to empower its female members. We hope this will go through, ” she said, adding that this would be the first time the matter will be raised at the assembly.
She said that the matter was discussed at many levels for years and the party leadership felt the time was right to do so.
In addressing the 976-strong Wanita delegates, Noraini said the wing had much work to do to ensure the party is prepared for GE15.
She said the movement’s programmes and activities such as the Jalinan Rakyat network, Skuad Sayang, training, cadre as well as its social media teams must be active at all times to engage the people in order hear their woes and to tackle issues and perception.
“We also must work on strengthening Muakafat Nasional, especially as we move towards the general election. This new political shift will not only benefit Umno and PAS, but we are confident that it will be an advantage to our component partners.
“This cooperation should be long term and not just for the general election as Wanita believes that Malaysians will benefit from all parties concerned working together.
“If we want to make this country better, we must do it together. We must not be like Pakatan Harapan, where parties are together but each has different goals and agendas, ” she said.
Taking a swipe at Pakatan, Noraini said unlike the current government, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden had many accomplishments in the past two years, including creating 92,000 job opportunities, reducing unemployment rate, boost the income of 384,000 households, and channelled more funds towards education so that families need not have to pay the fees.
Noraini said that GE15 will not be just “another election”, but will be one that will determine the destiny of the people and the country’s future, adding that Wanita must not wait but start “preparing for war” now.