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Wednesday April 24, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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JOHOR BARU: Holding on to a promise he made to his father about 10 years ago, K. Raven Kumar, who is fielded for the Tenggaroh state seat in the general election, aims to continue his father’s legacy by serving the people there.
The 31-year-old 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.
Being one of the youngest candidates in the Johor Barisan Nasional candidate line up, Raven Kumar, said he was glad that the party believed in him to let him contest in the area because it was his father’s wish for him to be a politician.
“My father always told me to put the people first and to ensure that the people’s needs are taken care of.
“It was a promise that I made to him before he was brutally murdered,” said that law graduate who worked as a marketing manager in Singapore.
Raven said that he was not going to let his father’s death stop him from taking part in politics.
“It is not one of my main concerns because one will not accomplish anything if he cannot learn to put the past behind,” he added.
Another fresh face, Malaysian Felda Youth Council (MBFM) president Anuar Abd Manap who was announced as the candidate for Sekijang said that his priority would be to bring up issues relating to the youth and Felda settlements.
The 37-year-old who is the youngest new face fielded as a parliamentary member said that it was time that the voice of the youth was put forward to the Government.
“Although I am a new candidate, I have been involved with various non-governmental bodies (NGO) and am also the head of the Sekijang Pemuda Umno and head of the Johor Felda Youth Council,” he said.
He added that he was the first in his family to step into politics and although he is in unchartered waters and he is determined to win the seat and serve the people.
“To be honest, my family is a little worried as this is the highest position I have ever been fielded for,” he said adding that to ensure that he was on track, he was planning to seek guidance from former Sekijang MP Datuk Baharum Mohamed as well.
Anuar said that if he manages to win, he will continue pressing for issues related to the youth, representation of NGO’s in local councils and other local issues.
Another much talked about new face is Normala Abdul Samad who was named as the candidate for the Pasir Gudang parliamentary constituency.
Normala replaces Higher Education minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
Normala, 51, said that she was excited and nervous as she had big shoes to fill.
“Although it is a big responsibility, I do not see it as a bane and will work hard for the people in my constituency,” she said adding that the candidacy came as a surprise to her as it was a last minute decision.
Normala is the only new female parliamentary candidate introduced in the state Barisan Nasional line-up.
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