ALOR STAR: Barisan Nasional (BN) Wanita wing today called on member parties to not field women as candidates in seats deemed as “black areas” in the next general election.
Its chief Tan Sri Shahrizat Abd Jalil said women should not be treated as a quick-fix solution to be candidates in constituencies which were difficult to win.
She said BN women candidates could deliver if they contested in constituencies where BN had an equal chance to win.
Without naming the “black seats”, Shahrizat, who is also Wanita Umno chief said women should be given a fair chance to compete in the election and serve the people.
"Do not field them (women candidates) in seats which we have already identified as as black areas for BN," she told reporters after the launch of Kedah BN Wanita Jalinan Rakyat (JR) and JR Plus Machinery.
Kedah BN chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah launched the programme.
Earlier in her speech, Shahrizat said as the party was the pillar of the government, Umno machinery must not be easily influenced by slander and hatred from the opposition.
She said Umno machinery must exploit its vast experience to defend the party.
"Do not take this upcoming election for granted and do not be too complacent. The political ecosystem and landscape has changed over the years and we must change accordingly.
"This is why we introduce JR Plus that involve BN component parties and Umno Youth and Puteri wings," she said.
Shahrizat said there were almost 43,000 JR groups in Kedah, and more than 266,000 JR groups nationwide.