KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 16 – Secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan said that delivering a good speech is one of the best mediums to sharpen the mind and provide information to the people as it also plays an important role in reaching out to the people.
In preparing Umno for the 15th General Election, where a total of 5.8 million voters aged 18 were recorded, such a method of oratory will come handy.
He said this when officiating Umno’s President Cup Speech Competition 2021 which was also attended by Information Chief Shahril Hamdan and State Information Chiefs.
Ahmad, who is also the Member of Parliament for Pontian, also cited the history in Melaka when the Taming Sri dagger was used to fight the enemy.
However, he explained, now smartphones are a ‘weapon’ because it serves as a medium to spread certain ideologies, including current developments and politics.
“It’s the dynamics of GE15, and hopefully when we are able to face these new voters with good explanation by our orators,” he said.
Meanwhile, Shahril said the contest is one of the applications to prepare the party’s strength ahead of the election.
In line with that, he said, the speakers are expected to help their respective constituencies and be used as a machinery to explain the truth to voters.
“Our speakers need to win the hearts of audience, especially the voters and give thoughtful arguments to them so that they no longer argue about the party. Channels and content must focus on what the people and voters are interested in.”
He said this in his speech in conjunction with the opening of the Umno President’s Cup Speech Competition 2021.
Shahril added that speakers should speak more on the national economy managed by Barisan Nasional (BN) and not just raise their voices when speaking. Speeches also should not be rhetorical and talk about the services of Umno institutions and the fall of Pakatan Harapan (PH) after 22 months in power only, but should be speeches on the current economic comparison led by the BN government.