They may be young but these candidates for the GE14 are full of energy and enthusiasm, and eager to do their best for their constituents.
Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, 25, Bersatu
Among the youngest candidates in the GE14, Syed Saddiq is contesting the Muar Parliamentary seat in northern Johor. Born to working-class parents in Pulai, Johor, Syed Saddiq is the Youth Chief of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia. He often quips that he is still a bachelor and “available”.
Muhammad Hilman Idham, 29, PKR
Hilman Idham is the Parti Keadilan Rakyat candidate for the Gombak Setia state seat in Selangor. The political science graduate from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia is special officer to caretaker Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali. Born in Klang, the first-time candidate is married to Nurul Iftitahiyah Mohd Noor Hassan Ashari. They have twin boys aged two years old, and a three-month-old baby girl.
P. Prabakaran, 22, Independent
Law student P. Prabakaran, who stood as an independent candidate for the Batu Parliamentary seat, is now being entrusted into the real limelight.
Not only is he the youngest ever candidate to run in the country’s general election, but all eyes are now on him to see how he fares as PKR’s alternate candidate, as he stands in for PKR vice-president Tian Chua, who has been disqualified to contest in this election.
Prabakaran, who uses the key symbol, will become the country’s youngest ever parliamentarian if he wins on May 9. “Age is no barrier for anyone to become a politician,” said the Brickfields Asia College third-year student. “It’s all about serving the people. The main thing is one must be willing, dedicated and passionate to serve the people, especially their voters. This makes them a real politician.”
He said his decision to stand in the election was to be the voice of the youths. “We need younger people to voice out their ideas and views in the Parliament.”
Jufazli Shi Ahmad, 29, Independent
Jufazli is an independent candidate for the Tanjung Papat state seat in Sandakan, Sabah. An activist with excellent academic results, he has been using social media to talk about Sabah rights and other related topics, and even used the platform to raise the deposit to contest in GE14. He founded Gerakan Anak Muda, a movement focused on calling the youth to “wake up from their slumber” and stand up to fight for what is right for Sabah and their future.
Jo-Anna Sue Henley Rampas, 29, Parti Warisan Sabah
Law graduate Rampas was the former Unduk Ngadau (Sabah Harvest Festival) queen. She was also a model, singer, and personal trainer. The Wirawati Warisan deputy chief was born to an ethnic Kadazandusun mother from Kiulu and British father. In the GE14, this Parti Warisan Sabah candidate for Kiulu state seat will be up against incumbent Parti Bersatu Sabah’s Datuk Joniston Bangkuai.
Kumaran Tamil Dassen, 26, PRM
Kumaran is the candidate for Parti Rakyat Malaysia, contesting the Ijok state seat in Selangor. GE14 marks Kumaran’s first time contesting in the general election. He has a diploma in mechanical engineering. Asked if being young works for or against him in the world of politics, he says: “Of course, it’s an advantage. I’ve got more spirit. I can do more.”