Puteri SPDP is a platform for the age group to voice issues concerning them – Barbara Mawan

Reaching out to all the young ladies: Barbara (seated third right) and the rest of the exco members after the wing’s first meeting since its formation.

Puteri SPDP receives nearly 8,000 new membership applications, says its chief

KUCHING: Newly formed Puteri SPDP is off to a good start as it has secured close to 8,000 members, most of whom have tertiary education.

Its chief Barbara Mawan said for this month alone the wing, which catered to ladies aged between 18 and 35, received 600 new applications from students of universities and colleges.

“We have already submitted the forms to our secretary-general,” she said.

Puteri SPDP, according to her, is a platform for the age group to voice issues concerning them.

“And we are going to make ourselves more attractive from today onwards,” she said after chairing the wing’s first exco-meeting at SPDP headquarters here yesterday.

She believed that Puteri SPDP would play a pivotal role in helping Barisan Nasional and the party since it was addressing new young voters.

“Being 21 and above makes you eligible to vote so if we can convince them that we have a healthy platform for them to air their views and we respond fairly to them, then I’m sure they may change the way they see the party,” she explained.

The three-hour meeting also saw the formation of four special bureaus within Puteri SPDP which centred on economy, education, sports and cultural and welfare.

Barbara conceded that regardless of age, the problems faced were not very different and so Puteri SPDP hoped to complement the other wings of SPDP in addressing the issues among the young women.

“I do not see it as overlapping because in the party we are a family. We complement each other; we assist Wanita SPDP and also the Supreme Council. Without such machinery, we will not be effective in discharging our duties,” she explained.

Source: The Star Online

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