PETALING JAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Women chief Datuk Seri Rina Harun (pic) has called on its members to get more people to join the party and strengthen it ahead of any future general election.
"Our membership is now almost 200,000-strong, and we need to increase the number of members and our strength," she said in her opening speech during Bersatu's 3rd Annual General Assembly which was held virtually on Saturday (Nov 28).
She added that as Bersatu's women's wing, Srikandi is the backbone of the party.
Rina also said that one of the main agendas for the women's wing for 2020-2035 is to see Bersatu's membership increase by one million members.
She added that the goal before the 15th General Election is to increase Bersatu's membership by some 200%.
Rina said that increasing membership at all levels of the community is crucial, as it will boost support for Bersatu in the polls.
In tandem with this, she also said that Srikandi is proposing amendments to the party's constitution to allow more branches to be set up nationwide.
"At present, branches are set up based on the number of district polling centres.
"The party leadership must look into this and give consideration to the proposal for the survival of the party," she said, adding that this will allow Bersatu's presence to be more visible and effective at the grassroots level.
As Women, Family and Community Development Minister, Rina said she will also push for 30% quota for candidates in the coming polls.
"I will ensure that this quota is met and female candidates will be given strategic areas to win and are not merely fielded for the sake of being fielded," she said.
Earlier in her speech, Rina said that she had to hit the ground running when appointed as a minister in March when the Covid-19 pandemic was beginning to affect the nation.
She said that she had only been in office for two weeks and that her first responsibility was to take care of the welfare of the rakyat affected by Covid-19.
"Since then till this very moment, the only thing on my mind is how to help those affected by Covid-19, particularly the target groups entrusted to the ministry and agencies under me," she said.
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