PENAMPANG: Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Penampang candidate Ceasar Mandela Malakun said the younger line-up by the state coalition for the coming polls was refreshing, adding that it will help create a new synergy with more seasoned leaders.
“These young leaders are the second echelon of leaders who will lead Sabah into the future and must be given all the support they can get from all in BN,” said Mandela, adding that it was not easy to choose younger leaders over the more experienced ones.
“For this, we are grateful to BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak for endorsing the candidates, including myself, to be a part of this dynamic line-up this time around,” he said.
Mandela, an Upko member, also named several young leaders who he said were ready to play a greater role in leading Sabah.
They included Sabah Umno Youth chief Yamani Hafez Musa, PBRS deputy president Arthur Kurup, deputy Gerakan Youth chief Chan Tzun Hei and Upko Komulakan chief Ewon Benedick.
“Things can only get better from here,” he added.
But he said Sabah BN “should not stop at elevating the handful few”.
“This transformation should also be reflected at all levels, from the grassroots level right up to the top leadership of the BN coalition,” he said.