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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.



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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