SUBANG JAYA assemblyman Hannah Yeoh, who is moving to contest the Segambut parliamentary seat in GE14, said the area was not alien to her as she has frequented it.
She added that she often hangs out in Segambut when she visited her family members and friends who lived in the constituency.
Working in her new area would not be too difficult, she said, as there were similarities between Segambut and Subang Jaya.
“It’s an urban area, so there are similar concerns about safety, infrastructure, and quality of education,” she said, adding that the constituents knew their rights, have critical thinking and want access to right information.
She considers herself lucky as she has current Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng to show her the ropes.
“Lim has been guiding me. I am blessed,” she said. As for whether she plans to relocate to Segambut, she said:
“I have to win first before going into the logistics. Campaigning is now my focus.”
Yeoh, who served Subang Jaya for two terms, said she was looking forward to meeting the voters of Segambut in the next few days.
Sangeet Kaur Deo, the daughter of the late DAP stalwart Karpal Singh, is tipped to replace Yeoh in Subang Jaya.
Lim, the two-term Segambut MP, said he would be taking on the role of mentor to Yeoh for the next few weeks before nomination day on April 28.
“In fact we are starting tomorrow with a site visit to a landslide-prone area in Segambut,’’ he said.
“In the next few days I will be introducing Hannah to the residential association reps and the grassroots leaders in the constituency,’’ he added.
Lim will be moving to contest the Kepong parliamentary seat, replacing eight-term Kepong MP Dr Tan Seng Giaw.
“I will meet Tan to get acquainted with his contacts and grassroots,’’ he said.
When asked what he felt about the seat swap, Lim said that there was not much difference adding that the only difference was the Chinese population in Kepong was much bigger than Segambut.
Both Yeoh and Lim’s candidacy were announced yesterday by the DAP leadership.
Incumbents Teresa Kok, Tan Kok Wai and Fong Kui Lun will continue to defend their respective parliamentary seats of Seputeh, Cheras and Bukit Bintang.