Puteri Umno defends plus-sized members

KUALA LUMPUR - The message was clear from Puteri Umno - large-sized women are a plus.

Condemning those who discriminate against big-sized Puteri members, Tawau Puteri delegate Nazliah Ali said it was time to put a stop to such name-calling.

"Some people called us baby elephants," she lamented.

"Look around you. So many people are big-sized. Why pick on Puteri only? Don't judge us by our looks," she said.

"Judge us by our performance and stop discriminating against us," she said during the debate.

Nazliah said the Puteri wing should be dissolved and a ratu keba­ya wing be set up instead if people continued to focus on size or shape.

Tenom Umno Youth delegate Jamawi Jaffar urged the Government to set a maximum ceiling price of RM170,000 (S$66,000) to purchase low-cost houses under the MyHome Scheme to help young people cope with the rising cost of living.

Youths would need to earn at least RM8,500 per month to be able to afford houses under the scheme.

"How many of our Malay youth earn that much money after they graduate?

"We hope the Government can relook this as we do not want developers to get too much profit from the scheme," he said when debating the president's policy speech.

He also urged the Government to extend the "transit homes" for young couples to the rural areas in Sabah and Sarawak.

"I know of newlyweds who stay with their in-laws in a small house, sharing with three to four other families," he said.

The 1Malaysia Transit Home project in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, is targeted for couples below 30 in the Klang Valley.

These couples should have a combined household income of less than RM3,000.

They are allowed to stay in the home for up to two years, paying RM250 in monthly rent.