KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 ― Umno’s Youth and Puteri Umno wings have urged the ruling party to field at least 30 per cent youth candidates in the next general elections.
Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said today he had brought up the matter with the Puteri wing, and together both wings will propose the requirement to the party’s leadership.
"We urge the party to give young candidates a chance to prove our ability," Khairy said during his opening speech for the Umno Youth wing assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre here.
"Don't be left behind in times. Don't be seen as yesterday's party. The future is now,” the youth and sports minister added.
Earlier, Khairy had also drawn parallels with the United States election results, urging the youth to "capture the imagination of the voters."
"What it means is that the people want a political movement that brings a new idea ― no matter how old the candidate or the party," he said, referring to the shock win of Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election earlier this month.
"Even if our party is 70 years old, we can capture the imagination of the voters as long as we bring a new approach," he said.
Khairy also announced a reshuffle of the wing’s executive committee bureaus for next year, in preparation to face the next general elections.
“Some bureaus will be combined and whichever is of less relevance to the general election will take a back seat. I will direct for the same in the respective states and divisions. Our work starting today is one hundred percent geared for the general election,” he said.
All three wings kick off their assemblies today, with 992 delegates attending Umno Youth’s assembly.