JASIN, Feb 27 – The young generation are now more inclined to support the Barisan Nasional (BN) government which understands and fulfills their needs, said Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
He said these young people perceived Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak’s leadership as one that gave them much inspiration.
“Looking at the results of the last general election in 2008, among the reasons for the defeat of the BN (in certain states and seats) was the lack of support from the young voters,” he told reporters after attending a gathering with youth leaders and the promotion of the National Youth Day 2011 at Merlimau Pasir, near here last night.
Ahmad Shabery said the young generation had realised that the opposition pact comprising PAS, the DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) led by old people did not suit their needs.
He believed the young voters in the Merlimau state constituency would support BN in the by-election on March 6.
“More so because the BN candidate, Roslan Ahmad, 44, was a former youth activist who would certainly have a good understanding of the needs of the young generation. To me, there is no major issue, so there is no reason why the young generation should not be with the BN,” he said, adding that 39 per cent of the voters in the Merlimau state constituency were aged between 21 and 40.
Roslan, is facing the PAS candidate, Yuhaizad Abullah, 38, in the by-election for the Merlimau state seat which fell vacant following the death of incumbent Assemblyman Datuk Mohamad Hidhir Abu Hassan, 54, from the BN on Jan 20.