In surprise visit, Najib pledges to fulfill Wanita BN’s manifesto

Ida Nadirah Ibrahim
Datuk Seri Najib Razak (centre) addresses the crowd at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur April 24, 2018. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

KUALA LUMPUR, April 24 — Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak today made an unscheduled appearance at the unveiling of Wanita BN's manifesto, and pledged that all 25 initiatives for women will be fulfilled should the ruling party be given the mandate in GE14.

Addressing thousands women at the Medeka Hall in the Putra World Trade Centre, Najib said that women’s dignity will continue to be upheld under the BN administration.

“Women are not only ‘Ratu Hati Negaraku’ (My Country’s Queen of Heart), but they are also the pillar of the nation,” said Najib, referring to the theme of the night.

“We will make sure more women — mothers, wives, businesswomen — are promoted and become entrepreneurs and leaders.”

Najib’s surprise grand entrance was followed by loud applause and cheers from hundreds of Wanita BN supporters in the hall.

Earlier, Wanita BN chief Tan Sri Shahrizat Jalil recapped the 25 out of 364 initiatives, which was previously announced by Najib on April 7, at the Axiata Arena Stadium, Bukit Jalil.

She said 80 per cent of the manifesto were catered to women for their continued success.

Among the pledges highlighted included boosting women in the economic sector, such as creating increased flexibility for working mothers, designing more platforms for women entrepreneurship, and opening up career opportunities for graduates through the 1Malaysia Training Scheme (SL1M) 2.0.

Shahrizat said the holistic manifesto includes the welfare of women of all ages and roles and will see the implementation of the Universal Child Care policy for children below the age of five.

“BN has governed for six decades, and where are the women placed? 70 per cent of women are in higher learning institutions, 54.3 per cent in the workforce are women; and today, 51 per cent of the electoral are women.

“Who are the ones who determine the direction of the country? Who are the ones who determine which party will win in the elections? It is the women,” Shahrizat told the crowd.

Shahrizat said the party will continue to carry out the 364 initiatives for women across 12 target groups.

Also present were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and other Barisan component Wanita leaders.