A party leader feels that the Islamist party needs synergy between young professionals and religious leaders in its youth movement.PETALING JAYA: PAS central working committee (CWC) member Dzulkefly Ahmad said that the Islamist party needs young professionals, as well as those with solid religious background in its Youth wing to push its agenda forward and win the hearts and minds of voters.
“I know for a fact that we have young and competent professionals, maybe they are not in the front line as yet,” he said in an interview with FMT.
He however contended that the Islamist party needs more English-speaking youth leaders to cut across new constituencies and regain lost ground in urban constituencies.
“If we could get more English-speaking youth leaders, perhaps they could take on engagement and activism that would cut across new constituencies and new sections of youth,” he said.
Dzulkefly said this in response to the alleged lack of activism within the youth wing in championing a certain cause. Although disagreeing that PAS youth leaders are disengaged with the public, he nonetheless admitted that the party needs more English-speaking leaders.
“Although PAS youth leaders may not be visible in taking the public platform, youth leaders such as Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi and Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz are in fact connected within their domain of activism.
“In both rural and urban settings of Muslim-majority constituencies, they do conduct and partake in sports and entertainment activities,” said the former Kuala Selangor MP.
He however admitted that efforts, thus far, in constituencies where non-Muslims are the majority, have not been much.