Non-politicians have made it to the list of candidates proposed by Umno Youth

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PETALING JAYA – A mix of old and new faces and even non-politicians have made it to the list of candidates proposed by Umno Youth, Wanita and Puteri movements for the general election.

The three Umno wings have submitted their respective list to party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the candidates are said to have gone through a vetting process.

Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said 98 per cent of the names in the wing’s list was made up of fresh faces as aside from his deputy Datuk Razali Ibrahim, himself and a few others, many of those proposed in the last election were no longer members of the movement.

“We have many first timers and I can safely say that they are not necessarily youth chiefs at division level. One or two names are completely outside the Umno structure and not even party members,” he told The Star.

Khairy said that since the Prime Minister had wanted a “fresh list”, the movement decided to include several names outside the party outfit, adding that these individuals said they were willing to come on board.

“We come up with suggestions but the party president makes the final decision,” he said.

Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the movement’s list had a “good mix’ of candidates including those from the non-governmental organisations.

“We submitted a list with names of those who are still serving as wakil rakyat and also new faces. The list is now with the Prime Minister,” she said.

Puteri chief Datuk Rosnah Rashid Shirlin said the movement had proposed several names who were outside the Umno fold.

Candidacy issue aside, Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said what was more important was for the party leadership at all levels to constantly be on the alert and ensure that its machinery was prepared for the election.

He said Umno headquarters had pointed out issues that need to be rectified, adding that state and division committees must work on them so that when elections come, problems would have been ironed out. “We are at war and we have no room for complacency. Although the issue of candidacy is important, it is also important to ensure we are alert at all times.

“I know some people are unhappy that the headquarters are telling them what to do and how to do it, but this is done without malice. Our intention is to ensure victory for Umno and Barisan Nasional,” he said.


— The Star