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Published: Monday April 22, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 12:31:57 AM

GE13: Young candidates get support from friends, family

JOHOR BARU: Young candidates in Johor were feeling the jitters before officially filing in their nomination forms for GE13.

Dr King Ban Siang, 33, the youngest MCA candidate who is standing for the Penggaram state seat said although at edge, he was prepared for the big day.

“I am lucky because I have my senior party colleagues who have been guiding and helping me all this while,” he said.

Tenggaroh state seat MIC candidate K. Ravin Kumar, 31, said he said a prayer to his late father before leaving his house for the nomination centre on Saturday.

“This is to give me strength to make it through the whole process and throughout the campaigning period,” he said.

Ravin Kumar, who is also the youngest Barisan candidate in Johor, is the son of former Tenggaroh state assemblyman Datuk S. Krishnasamy who was shot dead at point blank by a gunman in a lift at the Johor MIC headquarters in Jalan Segget here in 2008.

Another fresh face, Malaysian Felda Youth Council (MBFM) president Anuar Abd Manap who was announced as the candidate for Sekijang said that his wife was his strongest supporter on nomination day.

“I admit that I have been having sleepless nights but my wife and my family have been supporting me throughout my journey,” said the 37-year-old.

Anuar said that his wife Zaleha Yahya was at his side until he filed his papers at the Segamat district office.

Meanwhile, older candidates who will be contesting for the first time are also feeling anxious about nomination day.

Candidate for the Parit Yanni state seat, Teo Yew Chuan said it was difficult for him to get a good night’s rest since he was announced as the candidate on Tuesday.

“Parit Yanni has been a stronghold of Barisan and it is a heavy responsibility to ensure the Barisan’s continuous victory,” he said, adding that he slept only a few hours for the past few days compared to seven hours normally.

Tan Chong, the candidate for Bekok state seat in Labis, said he was also nervous for the nomination day.

“It is my first time as a candidate and there is so much for me to do but got some rest and stayed fresh on nomination day,” he said.

For more election stories, please visit The Star’s GE13 site

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