Federation president lauds political parties for taking proactive steps

Richard Wee

KUCHING: The proactive steps taken by political parties to involve the younger generation indicate that these parties are progressive and inclusive in their thinking.

“I applaud their intent and objective,” said Federation of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Divisions Chinese Associations president Datuk Richard Wee on Thursday (Jan 13).

He said this when commenting on Sarawak United People’s Party’s (SUPP) plan to amend its constitution to set up two new wings to cater for the Undi18 generation.

“It is appropriate for all Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) component parties to have the same alignment with regard to such major policy amendments.

“The younger generation has been the focus of most political parties to attract them into their respective folds as they represent the new block of voters that may influence the results of the election and hence the future direction of the nation. After all, they are the future of the country.”

As for challenges, he said it would be up to the individual political parties to come up with the agenda and map out their direction and goals in order to attract the younger generation to embrace their struggles and objectives.

“They will need a more complete and comprehensive agenda and road map to achieve it.”

SUPP secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew in a statement on Wednesday (Jan 12) said a new SUPP Youth Wing and a Puteri Wing would allow Sarawakian youths aged 18 to 28 years to engage in the political arena and gain exposure to meaningful participation in decision-making.

Earlier, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said that PBB will establish a new wing for members aged 18 to 28 years.

He said this would be achieved after an amendment to PBB’s constitution is passed during the party’s upcoming triennial general meeting in June.

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