Noraini Ahmad said it is about time for the position of Wanita Umno chief to be on par with the party’s deputy president.
Noraini who is heading the Wanita movement wing said she wants the contribution towards the party by her members to be recognized.
“It is time that the Wanita leadership gets due recognition, be lifted and be placed at a higher level in the party.
“I seek your mandate and call on all delegates to support the motion for the Wanita chief post to be at par with the deputy president,” she said today in her opening speech at the Wanita Umno assembly at Putra World Trade Center (PWTC).
She said the motion would be tabled tomorrow for an amendment to the party’s constitution, and to be raised and decided tomorrow at the party’s main annual general meeting.
She said the proposed amendment was not anything new, saying that previously it had been discussed previously for almost 10 years.
“But this time, this is backed by Najib Razak, who said we are the backbone of the party, we hope there will be a motion tomorrow to put a woman in the deputy president’s post.
“We have held engagements at the grassroots level, and God willing it will be agreed to,” she added.
She said there were facts showing that women can become leaders, and there might not be impossible for a woman to also become the party’s president if delegates and members agree.
Meanwhile, also speaking at PWTC Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, he said it is about time for Barisan Nasional to embrace Muafakat Nasional alliance with PAS.
He urged the party’s highest leadership to institutionalize the charter quickly and to ensure that it would not only involve Umno-PAS but also Barisan Nasional’s (BN) component MCA and MIC and friends of BN too.
“It is us that should prove that we are united as one. We must be seen and believed as a trusted alternative in providing much-needed peace and prosperity.”
He also reminded the youth movement to work and approach people out there instead of displaying the elitist image.
“We will earn respect if we are humble and open to criticism. For the second year, we will be more focusing on our agenda to approach the youth, which is in line with the amendment to lower down the voting age to 18 years old.”
5th December 2019