Barisan hopes to rise again at its golden jubilee


KUALA LUMPUR: As it celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, Barisan Nasional is gearing up for a series of state-level conventions, townhalls and forums across the country aimed at revitalising the coalition, which once dominated and governed Malaysia for 61 years.

“We will invite various groups, including the younger generation and thinkers, to hear their voices and views on how to strengthen Barisan for the next decade,” said Barisan secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr c according to Bernama.

“Barisan will organise a series of forums and townhalls to be held at state and national levels to foster discussions and fresh thinking”.

State-level conventions are being planned in Johor and Kelantan on June 8, followed by Terengganu and Pahang on June 15. The dates for other states will be announced later.

This will culminate in a national-level convention in July, Zambry said, adding that its venue and date will be announced later.

Barisan was formed by Tun Abdul Razak Hussein on June 1, 1974, when he became prime minister and president of Umno that year.

The coalition replaced Perikatan, which had governed Malaysia since Independence in 1957.

But Barisan’s popularity steadily declined and in 2018, it lost the general election for the first time.

The coalition’s share of parliament seats further dwindled to 30 out of 222 in the 2022 general election.

Speaking to reporters from China where he is on a working visit, Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the golden jubilee was a time to take stock and move forward.

“I would like to congratulate Barisan on its 50th anniversary and we should not look back but keep moving forward.

“Let us restore the glory of Barisan in the Malaysian political arena together, as conceived by Tun Abdul Razak Hussein 50 years ago,” he said.

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