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Saturday, August 29, 2015

NAJIB THE FIRST-EVER PM TO USE FOUL WORDS AGAINST THE PEOPLE

NAJIB THE FIRST-EVER PM TO USE FOUL WORDS AGAINST THE PEOPLE
AS his desperation and that of the people grows, the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri) Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, has been reduced to haranguing the rakyat.
In doing so, it shows just how distant he is to the everyday people. Decades of being a Wakil Rakyat had not appeared to bring him any closer to the masses.
On the contrary it seems to reinforce the “orang besar” character in him – of demanding loyalty and freely exercising his prerogative.
Incidentally he is one of the four “Orang Besar Berempat” (The Four Chieftains) of Pahang, carrying the title “Yang Dihormat Orang Kaya Indera Shahbandar”. Little wonder, therefore, that he enjoys the singular support of the Sultan of Pahang.
Mohd Najib: Orang Besar Berempat Pahang
[In the imperial Malay nomenclature, shahdandar is the comptroller of port and, hence, the chief tax collector.]
So when Mohd Najib tries to sound like one of the rakyat, his “orang besar” character and his disconnect with the people become obvious.
First there was the infamous “bangang” label he bestowed upon his own Umno-sponsored bloggers during last year’s Umno General Assembly.
He accused them of being stupid (numskull, fat-headed, nincompoop) for allegedly attacking the party instead of the enemies. Bangang is worse than “bodoh” in the Malay language. In the proper Malay households, “bodoh” is a no-no word.
In substance, however, he was not altogether wrong. There are Umno-sponsored bloggers who deserve that label.
Bangang was followed by “jemuan” when opening the Kedah Umno Convention last March. In Kedah slang, jemuan refers to a very bad person. He said Umno should rid itself of jemuan, acknowledging that there are such people in his own party.
And most recently he warned the Malays that they would be “bangsat” if Umno loses power. Some English media had erroneously translated it as bastard.
Depending on geographical areas and usage, bangsat, according to Dewan Bahasa, can mean a type of foul-smelling bug (pepijat), a bad person, like a thief, or a very poor person. The Dewan gives it English synonyms as rascal, knave, ill-bred and despicable person.
Bangsat is hardly used these days. Like pariah it is considered offensive. In the old northern slang, a poor person who left his place of birth to seek fortune elsewhere was said to gone “membangsat”.
So in my village in Kedah back in the 1950’s and 60’s, many Kelantanese came “membangsat” during the rice harvesting season to work as farm hands and many local people left for the towns to earn a living.
But bangsat is already applicable to the Malays where it connotes poverty and destitution. And Mohd Najib should know because he is responsible for it!
Since he became Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Umno president in 2009, the lot of the Malays and other Bumiputeras had worsened compared to other Malaysians.
Never in the history of the country that income gap between the Malays and the Chinese widened so drastically than between 2009 and 2012. The last time this happened was in 1970.
There was no improvement whatsoever in the monthly income of the Malay households from time Mohd Najib became the PM in 2009 to last year compared to the Chinese.
In fact, the nominal income gap between the Malays and the Chinese had widened by as much as 53 per cent. So, economically the Malays are already “bangsat”.
Mohd Najib had also been reported to label Felda settlers who were not supportive of Umno as “haram jadah” which in English is something like bloody bastard.
Less frequently heard these days are the high-sounding words and phrases like “keterangkuman” (inclusiveness), “rakyat didahulukan” (people first), “Perdana Menteri untuk semua” (Prime Minister for all), “kesederhanaan” and “wasatiyyah” (moderate) that marked the early days of his rule.
Instead, in his desperation to be seen to be close to the people, Mohd Najib has become “celupar” (inappropriate) in his public utterances. He likes to harangue the people and launches tirades against his opponents.
So it wasn’t a big deal when a woman delegate to the recent Langkawi Umno annual general meeting accused the PM of having “kencing” the people. In the contemporary Malay street parlance, to “kencing” is to tell a lie. - http://kadirjasin.blogspot.com/

JOHOR PRINCE TICKS OFF NAJIB GOVT: DON'T USE US TO DIVERT ATTENTION FROM YOUR OWN SCANDALS

JOHOR PRINCE TICKS OFF NAJIB GOVT: DON'T USE US TO DIVERT ATTENTION FROM YOUR OWN SCANDALS
Lately I received word that there are some quarters who are instructed to "attack" my father and myself, due to our vocal stand on various issues.
The question is, are we vocal for the benefit of the state and nation, or do we harbour malicious intent towards the country?
We are only concerned about the prosperity of the people, as well as wanting the nation's leaders to carry out their duties with integrity and transparency, for the sake of the rakyat.
However, I am saddened to see that some people, who only think about position, power and personal interests, see my father and I as though we are challenging the government.
If advice and opinions from my father as the Sultan, and myself as the Crown Prince, are to be restricted and disputed, what are the rakyat to hope for?
It is better that we find solutions to the nation's woes, as arguing amongst each other will get us nowhere.
We won't be your scapegoats

I would also like to take this opportunity to stress to certain quarters, not to create issues about my father and I, just to divert attention of the rakyat from more pressing issues.
Do not use us as scapegoats while the current situation deteriorates.
Rather than "attacking" each other, the time and effort would be better spent to solve the problems plaguing our country.
I pray may Allah always bless the people of Johor and Malaysia. Allah save the Sultan. Long live Johor.
HRH Brigadier General Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, The Crown Prince of Johor.

We want Najib to undur, says Maria Chin

Crowd cheers and yells 'Setuju' as Bersih rally organiser backs confidence vote in Parliament
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KUALA LUMPUR: Bersih rally organiser Maria Chin Abdullah has backed moves for a confidence vote against Najib Razak in Parliament, telling thousands at a protest rally in the city centre that “our objective is for Najib to ‘undur’ (resign)”.
Speaking to demonstrators gathered in the city centre Chin declared that Malaysians wanted a vote of no-confidence motion to be taken.
“Our objective is for Najib to ‘undur’,” she said. “We have a message to MPs and political parties and everyone in Parliament — we want a vote of no-confidence against Najib”. The crowd responded with cheers and shouts of “Setuju”.
She told protesters not to enter Dataran Merdeka, which has been closed off by Kuala Lumpur City Hall for Merdeka celebrations.
Protestors were urged to stay outside and “fight for clean elections”, one of the objectives of the Bersih coalition of civil society groups, which began as an electoral reform movement.
Other institutional reforms have been included in the group’s objectives and Bersih has planned a series of events over 36 hours in Kuala Lumpur beginning at 2pm today, with similar rallies being held in Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.
Bersih’s call for a confidence motion is the latest in moves by opposition and a sprinkling of Barisan Nasional politicians against Najib, who has faced an assault of criticisms over the year for the affairs of the goverment investment arm 1Malaysia Developmet Bhd and a reported deposit of US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) in his private bank accounts.
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been at the forefront of a campaign for Najib to resign as prime minister and Umno president. He has backed opposition moves for a confidence motion to force Najib and the formation of a transition government until the next general election, which must be held by 2018.

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A large crowd march from Dataran Maybank to Dataran Merdeka. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 29, 2015.A large crowd march from Dataran Maybank to Dataran Merdeka. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 29, 2015.Pockets of crowds linger around Dataran Maybank in Pudu. Crowds at meeting points around the city centre have swelled to tens of thousands as protesters prepare to converge in Dataran Merdeka. Pockets of crowds linger around Dataran Maybank in Pudu. Crowds at meeting points around the city centre have swelled to tens of thousands as protesters prepare to converge in Dataran Merdeka.

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah is leading thousands of protesters, who were gathered at Central Market in the city centre, towards Dataran Merdeka, the focal point of the Bersih 4 rally today.
Maria, acccompanied by Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB) secretary Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and other civil society leaders, had earlier given speeches outside Central Market before starting their walk.
Police seal off the road at Leboh Pasar Besar.Police seal off the road at Leboh Pasar Besar.Other prominent opposition leaders, including Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar and Seremban MP Anthony Loke have already arrived at the various meeting points.
Since this morning, hundreds of policemen have taken up positions in areas surrounding Dataran Merdeka, urging the crowd to keep away from the historic square.
The organisers themselves have urged rally goers to stay clear of Dataran Merdeka.
Crowd near Dataran Maybank in Pudu. Crowd near Dataran Maybank in Pudu.An estimated 30,000 people, many dressed in yellow, have begun flooding the city centre despite thinly-veiled threats of a state of emergency and Putrajaya’s declaration that the event is illegal.
Road blocks have also been set up along major roads heading towards Kuala Lumpur, including at the North Klang Valley Expressway before the Subang exit, the Kesas highway in front of Proton, the Batu Caves roundabout and Jalan Sungei Besi.
Muslims perform the noon prayer on a giant banner unfurled outside Sogo. Muslims perform the noon prayer on a giant banner unfurled outside Sogo.Bersih 2.0 posted on their Facebook page this morning that the road blocks are "only for Merdeka Day rehearsals" and to "stay calm".
Crowd near Dataran Maybank in Pudu. Crowd near Dataran Maybank in Pudu. The organisers had previously told rallygoers not to enter Dataran Merdeka and not to bring their children along.
The rallygoers will assemble at Dataran Maybank in Pudu, Pasar Seni (Central Market), the National Mosque, Sogo departmental store and Brickfields.
The Bersih 4 rally is simultaneously held in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and in Kuching, Sarawak. It will also be held at 70 cities worldwide. – August 29, 2015.
The Malaysian Insider is bringing live updates on the Bersih 4 rally here:
Maria Chin Abdullah (left) on top of a vehicle as speakers address the crowd marching towards Dataran Merdeka. Maria Chin Abdullah (left) on top of a vehicle as speakers address the crowd marching towards Dataran Merdeka.3.13: "We don't want to topple the government but we want to topple corrupt politicians," says Bersih 2.0 chief Maria Chin Abdullah in Jalan Tun Perak, as the crowd get closer to Dataran Merdeka.
3.08: PKR's Rafizi Ramli at Sogo: "We will continue to be at Dataran Merdeka until midnight tomorrow. I ask people to remain there until tomorrow night. Insha Allah, this is the last time we hold Bersih for as long as Najib is PM."
3.06: In KOTA KINABALU, crowd march along Tun Fuad Stephens coastal road to the rally area.
Crowd occupy the Song Kheng Hai field in Kuching.Crowd occupy the Song Kheng Hai field in Kuching.3.05: Some 4,000 at the Song Kheng Hai field in Kuching.
3.06: In KOTA KINABALU, Sabah Bersih crowd have started marching along Tun Fuad Stephens coastal road to the rally area.
3.02: DAP's crowd control team clad in red T-shirts accompany protesters to Dataran Merdeka.
3.00: PAS's Mat Sabu reminds rally goers to take their time. "Move slowly as we have 33 hours. Don't enter the Dataran Merdeka field as chairs have been arranged for the Merdeka celebration. We have done this many times. The ones who trespass are not our people. Be disciplined until midnight tomorrow."
2.55: "Police have not taken action. They are facilitating safety and traffic. Bersih volunteers also committed to keep the barricade. They are not allowed to put up tents as agreed with City Hall. However, they will remain overnight without pitching up tents," said Suhakam commissioner James Nayagam meeting Dang Wangi police chief ACP Zainol Samah at Dataran Merdeka.
2.52: Crowds from Brickfields, Dataran Maybank in Pudu and Masjid Negara are marching to Dataran Merdeka.
Protesters use creative slogans on their placards at the Sabah Bersih 4.Protesters use creative slogans on their placards at the Sabah Bersih 4.2.50: The early birds at the Song Kheng Hai ground in Kuching signing the petition for a free and fair election.
2.49: Second group in Brickfields march towards Dataran Merdeka.
2.45: Dr Wan Azizah at Sogo: "Today we are with the people of Malaysia. I am proud and grateful that the people are courageous. Although we cannot wear yellow, many are doing so. We continue the fight to free Anwar Ibrahim."
2.44: "It's not just Malays but Malaysians gathered here," says former PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu at Masjid Negara.
2.38: Leaders take turns to speak to protesters before their march from Petaling Street to Puduraya.
2.35: In KOTA KINABALU, some 200 participants at Taman Awam Teluk Likas 1 chant "Bersih" and prepare to march to park number 2.
2.30: "I am touched today, Malaysian regardless of Malays, Chinese, Indians, Dusun, Kadazan or Dayak are in Kuala Lumpur together... Yesterday, the government announced that the yellow Bersih T-shirts are banned. If BN continues to form the government, even the colour of our clothes will be determined by them," says Rasah MP Teo Kok Seong.
2.28: About 4,000 start to march from Brickfields.
2.27: In KUCHING, chants of "Turun Najib, Hidup Bersih" at Taman Sri Sarawak Mall.
2.25: Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad at Dataran Merdeka.
2.22: Bersih observers and volunteers try best to keep crowds away from Dataran Merdeka. One was heard saying "Come on, guys. Please let's not ask for trouble."
2.20: Rally goers in Brickfields begin march to Dataran Merdeka, joined by lawyer-activist Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Muslim preacher Wan Ji Wan Hussin and Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar.
PKR's Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail with the crowd outside Sogo.PKR's Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail with the crowd outside Sogo.2.17: PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail arrives at Sogo with daughter Nurul Nuha Anwar.
2.16: About 1,000 at Masjid Negara.
2.14: Crowd at Dataran Merdeka swells to more than 5,000, with chants of "Bersih" and "Undur Najib" heard. Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is also present.
2.13: Seremban MP Anthony Loke is among the crowd at Dataran Maybank in Pudu.
2.11: DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang addresses crowd at Masjid Negara from on top a lorry: "We gather because we love our country. We want a transparent, clean government"
2.10: About 3,000 sing Negaraku led by PKR's Jingga 13 coordinator Fariz Musa.
2.06: Abdul Aziz Isa, an aide to Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen, says the Malay turnout at  today's rally is "beyond expectations".
Abdul Aziz Isa at the Kuching Bersih 4 rally.
2.05: Crowd at Dataran Merdeka swells to 1,000.
2.02: Skuad PKR Malaysia, a crowd control unit monitor security around Sogo.
2.00: Rally goer Azura Aziz, 40, from Ampang, who is at Dataran Maybank in Pudu, says she is not afraid of getting arrested despite the government declaring Bersih 4  illegal. "Who cares? I want reform for the whole system, judiciary, education everything. The whole system in our country is dead."
1.55: Crowd at Sogo prepare to march to Dataran Merdeka.
1.52: Some 50 people calling themselves "Otai Reformasi" march to Sogo.
1.50: Nu Sentral in Brickfields turns into a hubbub of activists and journalists, with the crowd eagerly waiting to march towards Dataran Merdeka.
1.49: In KUCHING, DAP supporters gather at coffee shops in front of the Hilton hotel before marching to the Song Keng Hai rugby field.
DAP supporters at the Taman Sri Sarawak mall, near the Kuching.
1.46: In KOTA KINABALU: "I want to show Sabahans there is nothing wrong with gathering to express your demands," said rally goer Harieyadi Karmin.
1.44: Activist Hishamuddin Rais joins crowd at Brickfields.
Harieyadi Karmin at the Sabah Bersih 4.Harieyadi Karmin at the Sabah Bersih 4.1.43: Bersih hangs banners on barricades at Dataran Merdeka, thanking rally goers for not entering the square.
1.40: The anti-Lynas group is also at Dataran Maybank in Pudu.
1.35: About 200 from a group calling themselves Johor Yellow Flame gather at the Masjid Negara courtyard.
1.33: Bersih 2.0 deputy chair Sarajun Hoda Abdul Hassan at Dataran Maybank in Pudu: "Turnout is encouraging, don't think we can make it to Dataran but will go as close as possible. Will not disrupt Merdeka celebration."
Members of a group calling themselves Johor Yellow Flame, at Masjid Negara.
1.28: In KOTA KINABALU, protesters pray by the seaside in Taman Teluk Gaya 1.
1.27: PKR Kapar MP G. Manivannan and ex-Perak MB Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin join protesters in Brickfields.
1.24: A medical team stationed at Dataran Merdeka with 30 personnel working on 4 shifts throughout the rally. There are 236 medical personnel at the various meeting points.
1.22: About 3,000 at Dataran Maybank in Pudu. Earlier, national rights body Suhakam estimated a total of 10,000 as at 10am.
1.21: About 2,000 estimated in Brickfields, broken up into smaller groups.
1.20: Police asked crowd to move away from Dataran Merdeka.
1.19: Lawyer-activist Eric Paulsen is also present at Sogo, later joined by Batu MP, Tian Chua.
1.18: Crowd in Brickfields chant "Tangkap Najib", "Hidup Bersih" and "Reformasi".
1.16: Protesters prepare to perform the Zuhur prayers on the giant banner outside Sogo. Mineral water bottles distributed to help them perform ritual ablution.
Rajendra Ramasamy, a protester in Brickfields.
1.14: "This is the beginning. Don't expect instantaneous outcomes but it's a start of people's commitment to a transparent government," says Rajendra Ramasamy in Brickfields.
1.12: Bar Council president Steven Thiru with other lawyers seen at Masjid Negara.
1.08: A group of policemen stationed at Dataran Merdeka head towards Sogo.
1.05: A giant banner measuring 18 X 25 ft is unfurled in front of Sogo.
1.04: IThe giant banner unfurled at Sogo.The giant banner unfurled at Sogo.poh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran joins crowd walking from Brickfields to Dataran Merdeka.
1.00: Hundreds at Dataran Maybank in Pudu start marching towards Masjid Jamek.
12.59: In KOTA KINABALU, DAP MP Jimmy Wong pitch tents at Taman Teluk Likas 1.  Those present are waiting for more participants to arrive.
Jimmy Wong at the Sabah Bersih 4 rally.
12.57: Hindraf, PSM join Bersih crowd in Brickfields.
12.54: More than 1,000 outside Sogo. Boisterous rally goers, mostly clad in yellow, chant "Bersih" and blow vuvuzela.
12.52:  "I think we all want a better country. There's so many things wrong with it and we want to show we want something better," says Suzan Manan at Nu Sentral, Brickfields.
Azrul Khalid and Suzan Manan at NuSentral.
12.50: "If we are going to wait for someone to step up, we will wait forever. We must be part of effort to build new Malaysia," says Azrul Khalid at Nu Sentral.
A section of the crowd at Dataran Merdeka as at 12.40pm.A section of the crowd at Dataran Merdeka as at 12.40pm.12.49: Crowd at Dataran Merdeka estimated around 400.
12.46: About 2,000 people estimated at Dataran Maybank in Pudu. Michael, 26, from Kepong is giving out free bread and mineral water to participants. He and a few of his friends brought about 500 pieces of bread to be distributed.
12.45: A petition to collect one million signatures to call for Anwar's release circulated to rally goers at Sogo.
12.44: Crowd near Dataran Merdeka estimated about 200.
12.42: Zhongqi, 27, from Cheras brought sunflowers as a symbol of hope for a better future. Two police trucks passed by Dataran Maybank in Pudu with some cops flashing the peace sign to rally goers.
12.40: Crowd at Brickfields swells, 1,000 people at Nu Sentral exit chant "Bersih bersih!".
12.34: Cyclists in Bersih T-shirts circle the Sogo area.
Yellow balloon to support press freedom at Sogo.Yellow balloon to support press freedom at Sogo.12.31: Yellow balloons with the words "Free Media" given to crowd at Sogo.
12.30: Rally goers at Sogo wave Bersih 4 flags using fishing rods as poles.
12.27: Student activist Adam Adli joins rally goers at Central Market.
12.25: Some carry canvas bags with the words "My prime minister embarrasses me".
12.22: "It is a festive atmosphere at Lebuh Ampang. Everyone seems to be having fun. I hope it stays this way," says a rally goer.
12.20: PProtesters at Sogo show a banner calling for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's release.Protesters at Sogo show a banner calling for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's release.rotesters hold placards with the words #BebasAnwar while repeatedly shouting "Bersih" and blowing vuvuzela.
12.18: A group of Malaysian researchers from the Netherlands are at NuSentral In Brickfields, to observe Bersih as part of their theses.
12.17: Near Masjid Negara, Bersih T-shirts being sold for RM12.
12.15: About 500 people gathered in front of Sogo, more arriving.
12.14: 300 Orang Asal join march from Fatima church in Brickfields.
12.13: About 20 people in Bersih and Gerakan Harapan Baru T-shirts at Dataran Masjid Negara.
12.10: In Dataran Merdeka: "We are here for Malaysia and for the next generation that will inherit this country. We not here to cause chaos. We are here peacefully," says a rally participant from Port Klang.
12.02: PKR vice-president and secretary-general Rafizi Ramli arrives at Sogo to rapturous applause from the 
PKR's Rafizi Ramli greeted by the crowd at Sogo.PKR's Rafizi Ramli greeted by the crowd at Sogo.crowd who shout "Ini baru 1Malaysia".
12.01: At Dataran Maybank in Pudu, about 700 people lined up by the roadside, chanting "Bersih" and continuously blow vuvuzelas. Some wave Malaysian flags.  Traffic situation is normal.
12.00PM: Barricades set up in front of the Bar Council headquarters in Leboh Pasar Besar.
11.59: In KUCHING, things still quiet despite strong police presence. One or two people seen pitching tents for the overnight stay at Song Keng Hai rugby field.
A group of people pitch a tent at the Teluk Likas park in Kota Kinabalu.
11.58: Bersih participants gather in front of Kuala Lumpur City Hall headquarters, just 100 metres from Dataran Merdeka.
11.55: Six FRU trucks, including a water cannon, making their way into Dataran Merdeka.
11.51:  In KOTA KINABALU, people are seen putting up tents for their overnight stay at the Teluk Likas public park 2.
11.50: Crowd in front of the Sogo department store shouting "Bersih".
11.46: In KOTA KINABALU, things still quiet at the Teluk Likas public park 2. A few policemen and a handful of plainclothes individuals are present. No sign of anyone wearing yellow T-shirts.
Two persons in eye-catching '2.6 billion' T-shirts, at KL Sentral.Two persons in eye-catching '2.6 billion' T-shirts, at KL Sentral.11.44: Two guys spotted wearing T-shirts with 2.6 billion printed on it in Brickfields.
11.40: National Day rehearsal at Dataran Merdeka is over. More policemen and K9 dog unit arrive at the square.
11.38: At Dataran Maybank in Pudu, protestors have started chanting "bersih" although no leaders are present. Passing vehicles honk in support.
11.34: A group sings the "Suara Rakyat" song and cheers "bangkit rakyat" at Central Market.
11.30: About 50 people are gathered at Church of Our Lady of Fatima in Brickfields (pic, left), waiting to march to the city. They are expected to be led by Jerit and Pusat Komas, and joined by former Perak MB Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin expected to lead them.
11.21: About 400 rallygoers have gathered at Central Market.
11.17: About 100 people wearing yellow Bersih 4 T-shirts are already gathering in front of Sogo departmental store in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman while another 200 are at Dataran Maybank in Pudu.
- TMI

Zahid: Crucial to woo Gen Y through new technology



Umno vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the party and BN should take advantage of new technology to woo Gen Y voters and ensure Umno's relevance.
According to the deputy prime minister, the present Y generation has no nostalgic feelings of the X generation's past contributions but is more concerned about what the latter has to offer them now.
"Public lectures are only effective in reaching 13 percent of the people, who would become the judge in determining the government.
The opposition reaches the other 87 percent through new technology such as social media.
"Hence why it is crucial to use new technology to expound the facts to Gen Y," he said while opening the Beruas Umno delegates meeting at Dewan Inderawati in there today.
Also present were Perak Umno Liaison chairman and Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir, and Beruas Umno division chief Abdul Manaf Hashim.
Ahmad Zahid also pointed out that the educational background, mindset and inclinations of the Y generation, "which are different than those of Gen X", must be given emphasis.
"It is not that we want to sideline the X generation but we cannot run away from giving in to what the Gen Y wants.
"In our time we had the greenboard and chalk but now it is all about the laptop and smartphone," he said, adding that UMNO and the BN had to set aside the conventional approach in communicating with Gen Y.
He also reminded UMNO leaders not to merely be "seasonal leaders", but to be constantly in touch with the grassroots.
"We will not be sitting at the top if not for the support of those below. There must be close rapport between the politicians and government, Gen X and Gen Y and the leaders and grassroots," he said.
[More to follow]
-Mkini

Ku Li: I have no problem with Najib



Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said he had no problem with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, although there were talks that some people wanted him to hold the country's 'number one' post.
Tengku Razaleigh, who is also Gua Musang Umno division head, said he had cordial relations with the prime minister and that he frequently held meetings with Najib.
"I had met the prime minister last Sunday. There is no end to the rumour," he told reporters after officiating the delegates meeting of the Gua Musang Umno division at Dewan Bukit Chekati, today.
Also present was Gua Musang Umno division deputy head Nozula Mat Diah.
Tengku Razaleigh (photo), or better known as Ku Li, also reiterated his stand that he would not be contesting in the 14th general elections and that the current term would be his last as the Gua Musang MP.
"I am not retiring (from politics) but I don't want to contest (as the MP for Gua Musang). I have already informed Najib. I feel this is my last term and I hope they all understand," he said.
Bernama