By HAMDAN RAJA ABDULLAH
TANGKAK: Umno leaders at all levels will be asked to meet with party members at the grassroots from now on to boost morale.
Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said members' morale in certain areas in the state was low after the Barisan Nasional lost four states to Opposition parties in the general election.
He said that although the state Umno and Barisan were not badly affected, party leaders as well as all state representatives in Johor should start listening to grassroots’ sentiments.
“We need to meet with the grassroots more often and listen to their views or problems if any. I, too, will meet up with those at the grassroots in the state soon,” he said when met on Thursday.
Abdul Ghani, who had just returned from attending an Umno supreme council meeting in Kuala Lumpur, said the state party needed to move forward towards strengthening unity among members.
Abdul Ghani, who is also Ledang Umno division chairman, said all party leaders should make efforts to be closer to younger voters and outline programmes to attract their interests.
Meanwhile, Ledang MP Hamim Samuri said he had started to go down to the grassroots as he felt it was important for him and the party to know their needs.
He said he visited Bukit Kangkar residents on Thursday and noted that they were happy to receive him.
He said that before he visited the small town he was informed of an elderly woman who had diabetes and renal problems, suffered a stroke and could not walk. He decided to donate a wheelchair to the woman.
He said Foo Jong Hwa, 64, who needed dialysis thrice a week, also required financial support.
“She has to go to the Muar Lions Club dialysis centre in town and I will ask local Barisan leaders to organise charity events to raise funds for her and others here who are in need,” he added.