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Published: Wednesday April 24, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 12:40:21 AM

GE13: Nasi kandar trader aims to be voice of Indian Muslims

Best of the best: Kamarul Jaman at his nasi kandar restaurant in Taman Baiduri
Petaling Jaya.

Best of the best: Kamarul Jaman at his nasi kandar restaurant in Taman Baiduri Petaling Jaya.

RESTORAN Kampong Baiduri is popular for its addictive nasi kandar but now the restaurant is in the news as its owner Kamarul Jaman Seeni Mohideen has once again offered himself as a candidate for the Taman Medan state seat in Petaling Jaya Selatan (PJS).

“I am in the frontline again, this time for GE13. I want to contest as the Indian Muslim community must be represented, as well as the Malays and sizeable Indian population in Taman Medan,” he said.

Kamarul, 47, contested in the 2004 general election, where there was a four-cornered fight and Barisan Nasional won the seat with a majority of 13,528 votes.

Now he is facing a five-cornered fight.

The candidates are incumbent Haniza Mohamed Talha from PKR, Ab Wahab Ibrahim from Barisan, Johan Asik Shaah from Kita and Muhammad Zarqasyi Zulkarnian, another independent .

“Among all the candidates, I am the most versatile as I can speak English, Bahasa Malaysia and Tamil. Over time, I have enhanced ties with the constituents, who come to my restaurant with their families.

“The restaurant is like my service centre,” he said, adding that he now kept the restaurant open until midnight to cater to the crowd.

“Taman Medan has various unresolved issues. Currently, the Indians living in the low-cost flats do not have a hall to conduct funeral rites and I want to champion this issue.

“As for the Impian Baiduri Sri Mariamman Hindu temple, the issue of land status needs to be resolved,” he said.

Kamarul, a father of four. said since nomination day, more people were coming to his restaurant.

“I hope to represent the Indian Muslims in politics.

“Yes, we are original mamaks and we must be recognised. I want to encourage the younger generation of Indian Muslims to enter politics as well,” he said.

Kamarul won 641 votes in the 2004 general election and is confident of winning at least 8,000 votes this time.

Taman Medan seat has 45,037 voters. In 2004, Kamarul, who was the Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress Selangor chapter chairman, was sacked after he stood as an independent candidate.

This has not deterred the him in any way.

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

Tags / Keywords: Community, News, Politics, Politics, Taman Medan, Kamarul Jaman Seeni Mohideen, GE13

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