KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Council of Former Elected
Representatives (Mubarak) has submitted a list of 21 proposed candidates from
among Mubarak members to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Mubarak chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Rahman said they were believed to be
winnable candidates for Barisan Nasional (BN) in the coming 13th general
election in line with the prime minister''s statement that age was not a
consideration as candidates.
"The ''recycled'' candidates from among Mubarak members have the potential of
giving victory to BN, based on their political experience and influence," he
said after a Mubarak supreme council meeting and luncheon with former BN cabinet
ministers, here, today.
Among those present were Dewan Negara president Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang,
former defence minister and former foreign minister Tan Sri Tengku Ahmad
Rithauddeen Tengku Ismail and former Selangor menteri besar Tan Sri Abu Hassan
On the Mubarak meeting today, Abdul Aziz said it had set up a Council of
Education Advisers and Council of Elders.
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The Council of Education Advisers, to be headed by former deputy education
minister (1999-2004), Datuk Seri Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin, will make proposals to
th government on measures to improve the national education system, including at
the tertiary level.
The Council of Elders, on the other hand, will give ideas and opinions in
the political, economic and social spheres to make the government''s
transformation programmes a success.
It will also include statesmen, economic experts, activists from
non-governmenal organisations and scholars from various fields.
Abdul Aziz said he would be meeting Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul
Taib Mahmud soon to discuss the setting up of a Mubarak branch in the state.
"To date, Mubarak has 780 members and five state branches, and we will be
setting up more in future," he said.
He disclosed that Mubarak would be organising a gathering and seminar with
the children and grandchildren of its members in July or August in Kuala Lumpur
with the aim of strengthening love for the country.
"Our members will also get close to youths nationwide as they form a large
number of new voters for the coming general election. They need to be explained
what the BN government has done for the people to have a comfortable life
today," he said.
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