KUALA LUMPUR- Umno Youth aims to increase its membership to 700,000 this year, as a measure step to rejuvenate the party.
Its chief, Khairy Jamaluddin said the UMNO Youth membership for 2014 (last year) stood at 633,244 people.
“The Executive Council (Exco) agreed that the target for 2015 is 700,000 members. This means that we have to add another 70,000 people,” he told a press conference after chairing a Special Umno Youth Exco meeting, here today.
The Youth and Sports Minister urged youths to be more aggressive in recruitment as it lose at least 10 percent members per year due to age factor.
The recruitment of members is done via the internet, target groups and via the public higher education institutions and external studies bureau.
Khairy said although the UMNO Youth key performance indicators (KPI) was measured by membership, quality was also important to produce future leaders.
“We don’t want to attract those who want to make UMNO Youth as a springboard for business or personal interest. We want genuine activists who think this is a platform for them to help the people.”
Commenting on the proposed amendment to the Child Act, he said the ministry concerned should distinguish between caning to educate from caning to torture.
“We have to differentiate between our practice and that of western countries which says “you cannot even lay a finger on the child.”
“This is different from our practice in Malaysia,” he added.
The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development said yesterday, the proposed amendment to Child Act did not mean that all caning would be a crime.
Instead, it proposed to include a detailed provision on action that could cause physical or mental injury to children, and this includes caning. – BERNAMA