KUALA LUMPUR: The move to form a youth-based party by former youth and sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman is a signal to Umno, one of the oldest political party in the country to rejuvenate.
Former Umno Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin said the new party would push Barisan Nasional backbone to make itself more appealing in a bid to attract the younger generation.
The Science, Technology and Innovation Minister said the emergence of the new party would also send a signal to Umno leaders and members that they need to be on their toes on political developments and challenges in the country.
He said if Umno found itself struggling to compete with new emerging political parties, then it would be tough to garner the backing of the younger generation.
In welcoming the former Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's youth chief's new political outfit, Khairy said the party would provide the necessary competition and impetus for Umno which is as a "grand old party" in the country.
He also saw the formation of Syed Saddiq's new party as something positive.
"Perhaps it will speed-up the rejuvenation process of my old party," he said after launching the Social Impact Matching (SIM) grant by Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) at Pusat Sains Negara here, today.
The former youth and sports minister said it was good that a new youth party was formed as millennials needed a representation and the move also showed that democracy was thriving in Malaysia.
"We welcome the new party and embrace it as this is part of democracy. I do feel that younger generation, such as the millennials want to be represented.
"They can be represented through a new parties or they can be also represented through existing parties," Khairy said.
The Rembau MP however said that he would remain in Umno and not join the Muar MP's new political outfit.
"I have already said Umno is my party. This is my party. That means I'll remain with my party," Khairy said.
Last week, Syed Saddiq announced that he would not be joining former prime minister's Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's new party, Pejuang and instead will form a youth-centric multiracial movement to ensure that the group's voices and concerns are heard.