KUALA LUMPUR, 19 Dec 2008: Barisan Nasional (BN) Youth will table a working paper on “One Malaysia” at the BN Convention in February, which will also discuss several approaches to forging racial unity in Malaysia.
BN Youth deputy chairman Khairy Jamaluddin said BN Youth did not want the convention to be superficial, and that the working paper to be presented by MCA Youth chief and Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong contained several proposals which involved changes to government policies.
“The critical issue is how to manage race relations and to find ways to defuse the situation because of late, many quarters had raised issues which hurt the feelings of others,” he said after chairing a meeting of the BN Youth Working Committee, here, today.
Khairy said the meeting which was attended by representatives of all the BN component parties, managed to discuss some sensitive issues such as vernacular schools, mission schools, native customary rights land and religious conversion, which would be included in the BN Youth’s working paper for the convention.
“It was more a brainstorming session today and we will have two or three more discussions to fine-tune the proposals from each of the BN component party,” he said.
“Today’s meeting also discussed strategies for the upcoming Kuala Terengganu parliamentary seat by-election. The local BN Youth election machinery will be playing the more prominent role while the central election machinery will be supporting it to ensure smooth
campaigning,” said Khairy. — Bernama