KUALA LUMPUR, March 11 — Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Kamal has announced that he is moving up the ladder, and therefore, will not be defending his position as Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Youth chief.
Perikatan Nasional’s (PN) Machang MP said that he has reached the age limit for the wing and is ready to take on a bigger role in the party and the coalition as a whole.
“I will play in the big league. It is only natural because I will be crossing Armada’s membership threshold of 35,” he said, referring to the fact that he will be celebrating his 36th birthday this year.
During his speech at the annual general meeting (AGM) of the Bersatu Youth wing dubbed Armada today, Wan Ahmad Fayhsal also urged the government to reconsider its decision to allow Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) savings to be used as collateral for emergency loans.
“This is not what the people want. We want targeted subsidies,” he added.
Last Thursday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced that the government may allow EPF retirement funds as collateral for emergency loans.
During his Budget 2023 winding-up speech, Anwar, who is also the finance minister, said this would only be allowed for those who are in dire straits.
Wan Ahmad Fayhsal was addressing the more than 400 delegates who attended the Bersatu Youth wing’s AGM at Menara PGRM here today.
The AGM is taking place under the cloud of party president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s corruption and money-laundering charges.
PN leaders have decried the charges as “selective prosecution” while accusing the Anwar-led government of using its agencies as political weapons to persecute political rivals.