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Wanita Umno to field ‘irresistible’ candidates for polls

Candidates offered by Wanita Umno for the general election will be so irresistible that even the party president will find it hard to reject them, movement head Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said.

She said the wing, which is demanding that 30% of electoral seats be allotted to women, had short-listed its candidates.

“They are all ‘winnable’ and even the party president, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, would find it hard to reject their candidacy.

“We have the right candidates and the Wanita machinery is geared for the general election,” Shahrizat said after chairing the movement’s executive council meeting here yesterday.

She said the wing was on stand-by mode and would activate the machinery as soon as the Prime Minister gave the green light.

Regarding the quota, Shahrizat, who is Women, Family and Com­munity Development Minister, said it covered all Barisan Nasional component parties.

She hoped that the heads of the respective parties would allocate seats for their women’s wing.

On an issue raised by former Wanita Umno chief Tan Sri Rafidah Azizover the wing’s K-10 vote-fishing strategy, Shahrizat said that while it carried out door-to-door campaigning, the wing had improvised this by tackling voters via cyberspace and reaching out to them through non-governmental organisations.

Under the K-10 strategy that was deemed highly effective during Rafidah’s era, every Wanita grassroots leader targets at least 10 households for door-to-door campaigning.

On another matter, Shahrizat said her ministry had tabled the Domestic Violence Bill (Amend­ment) 2011 for second reading at Parliament yesterday.

“Under the amendment, victims could also seek legal recourse for emotional, mental and psychological abuse.

“Action can also be taken against those who engage third parties to commit violence against their spouses,’’ she said.

Shahrizat also said that the amendment would simplify Protection Order and Interim Protection Order (IPO) procedures.

“Under the amended Act, domestic violence is regarded as a detainable offence,” she added.

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