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Engaging the young as BN supporters

 | June 27, 2012

Barisan National Youth Volunteer (BNYV) centre is gearing itself up to lead a posse of youths in explaining BN policies and its decisions.

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There is a house at the corner of a busy street in Bangsar Baru’s Jalan Telawi that can be mistaken for just another neighbourhood play school or kindergarten.

But a closer look at the flags hoisted at the premises shows a logo that tells a different story.

This is the Barisan National Youth Volunteer (BNYV) centre which runs a programme that allows young BN supporters to assist in the 13th general election.

A pamphlet on BNYV reads: “Take Charge. Make A Difference.” It explains that the centre is for those who are “outside” the official party campaign machinery.

A tour of the house with its cobalt blue and white walls coupled with matching white chairs and blue rugs make for a cozy setting.

The walls have framed photos of BNYV-related events and one section near the entrance is draped with a large sheet of white paper with the colourful handprints of the BNYV founding members.

All around the house, the contractors are busy drilling, pulling wires and fixing the odds and ends to the renovations which began a month or so ago.

“The furniture and fixtures are all from IKEA,” shares Zaidel Baharuddin, who is BNYV’s project coordinator.

“So there’s nothing expensive and over the top as you can see. We have been promised donations of other furnishings, but we’ll have to wait and see if that happens.”

Volunteer positions

The two-storey corner lot house has an upper floor with a small lounge, an open balcony and another room with several computers in good condition, which Zaidel said are second-hand units.

“I think they were donated by someone who used to own a cyber-cafe,” he said roffered when told that the units look brand new.

To the question of what is the role of the volunteers, Zaidel explained that they will be able to choose from five different areas, namely event management and general office duties, communications to assisting in spreading information and pertinent messages on social media sites.

There are also volunteer positions for researchers who will check on facts and figures and provide supporting relevant materials for BN campaigns nationwide, community service activities in addition to public speaking engagements.

The latter will have volunteers explaining policies or issues at gatherings or public talks.

“We welcome anyone who wants to know better why the ruling government makes the decision it does and why these are beneficial to the people.

“This is not a youth organisation per se, but one that is politically driven and we look to have like-minded people to come on board to make this upcoming electoral campaign a success for BN,” he added.


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