KOTA KINABALU: Sabah BN Youth is confident the ruling coalition’s central leadership would field candidates from its ranks in the upcoming elections, its chief Yamani Hafez Musa said today.
Speaking after the wing’s manifesto colloquium here, Yamani said fielding young candidates in the next election would be in line with the nation’s future aspirations.
He said many factors need to be considered by BN central when presenting young candidates for the upcoming general election.
“It wouldn’t make sense to talk about the future and about TN50 (National Transformation Plan 2050) if the same people are fielded because the message would then be contradictory,” he said.
“If young people are the right persons, they should be fielded, whoever they are. They will get our full support.
“We wouldn’t want to impose percentages on the number we want because that would badly impact the quality of BN candidates.”
Yamani also downplayed any suggestion that he would be presented as a candidate in the 14th general election.
“It doesn’t have to be me, but whoever comes up, it would reflect well on me.
“It reflects well not just on us young people but also the state as a whole because it shows that we’re ready to go forward into the future.”
Yamani said Sabah BN Youth’s machinery would be ready to face the challenges posed by the opposition, who are said to have made good use of social media to garner support from young people in the state.
Last year, Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman said today’s IT-savvy and critical youths are a “sensitive” cross-section of society who must be “treated with care”.
“We are using social media very well too in winning support from youths. Based on the traffic and responses measured on our platforms, we can say we are getting very good responses from Sabah’s young people,” said Yamani.
“We are also actively engaging youths in meaningful ways such as through TN50 dialogues, which are attended by everyone, regardless of their age or political affiliations.
“In fact, through such interactions, we adopted and implemented many of the ideas that they had given.”
Yamani also revealed the resolutions the Youth wings from various BN components that had been adopted during the colloquium.
Among them are proposing to the government to prioritise youths in public sector jobs, creating more jobs in the private sector and increasing youths’ access and awareness on entrepreneurial training and development opportunities.
“The efforts of the state and federal governments to provide various types of financing, such as grants, capital and loans, are appreciated. But many young people still don’t have full information on such opportunities,” Yamani said.
“For one, the Entrepreneurial Group Economic Fund, or Tekun, in Sabah helped entrepreneurs under 40 by providing loans totalling RM231 million from 1998 to 2017.
“The strategy to widen youths’ access to such schemes needs to be intensified.”