Umno Youth aims to register more than 400,000 Umno members, including 140,000 from the party’s youth wing, as voters before June.
Its membership and voter registration bureau chairman, Mohd Hisamudin Yahaya, said there was an urgency to do so as latest figures from the Election Commission showed that more than 3.9 million Malaysians who had reached the age of 21 had not registered themselves as voters.
In this regard, Umno Youth plans to establish a special task force led by its chief, Khairy Jamaluddin, to undertake the endeavour in the near future, he said, adding that Khairy would table a proposal for the setting up of the task force to Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is Umno president, at the party’s next management committee meeting.
Mohd Hisamudin also urged all 191 Umno Youth divisional heads to step up voter registration efforts.
Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had stated earlier this week that Umno leaders had to gear the party machinery from now towards four objectives: voter registration; improving internal party communication, and with BN component parties; “turun padang” or taking the rakyat seriously; and being strategic in engaging associations and NGOs.