Women candidates make campaigning interesting

TODAY is the final day for campaigning.Over the last twoweeks, the people of KlangValley have been bombarded withall sorts of electioneering antics.

Nothing, however, can beat the battle of votes among the many female candidates from both sides of the political divide.

Some of the hottest constituencies in the Klang Valley are contested by women candidates.

Refreshing: Besides plain water, Carol also drinks a lot of green tea.

StarMetro talks to two young debutant women candidates - Carol Chew from the Barisan Nasional and Hannah Yeoh from the DAP.

Barisan flag-bearer Carol, 27, is challenging incumbent Seputeh MP Teresa Kok for the parliamentary seat.

DAP greenhorn Hannah, 29, is involved in a straight fight with Ong Chong Swen of the MCA for the Subang Jaya state seat.

The two election debutants are quite similar in their public appearance - modest and without much make-up.

Both Carol and Hannah said they haven’t got the time for extensive grooming, but their natural simple appearance is pleasant and charming enough.

Carol, although affectionately called fei por (plump lady in Cantonese) by many people from their impression of her from her photos and posters, is certainly not fei (fat).

Hannah: 'Ispend only10 minutes toshower andget dressed'.

“The residents who had called me fei por were shocked to see my actual build when I met them,” Carol said.

She said the residents had told her that they had expected a tall and plump lady to meet them, but were pleasantly surprised to see her actual size.

”I think I may have looked thinner now but it’s very unexpected to see how the residents react,” Carol said after visiting a wet market in Taman Sungai Besi.

According to Carol, her morning schedule had been pretty much the same. It starts with site visits at 7am and she ends the day with a meeting with her party workers.

“It would be about 2am when I finally reach home to sleep,” she said.

“I cannot even stay in a hair salon for too long, as time is so precious now. I will feel guilty that I have wasted a lot of time just sitting and doing nothing at the hair salon, so I will only visit the salon when my hair is really out of shape,” she said.

Meanwhile, Hannah said that the secret to her beauty regime was to keep things simple.

“I keep everything - from my hair to my dressing, as simple as possible. This has been my grooming style all the while, even before I joined the election fray,” she said.

When StarMetro caught up with Hannah at Bandar Sunway during her recent walkabout around the commercial centre, she revealed that she only carried eye shadow and lip-gloss in her dainty handbag.

“Oh, I'm not so good at putting on make-up. I spend only 10 minutes to shower and get dressed. Then I'm out to meet the people,” she said.

So what's with her usually glowing complexion, since she carries no blusher and has only a minimal make-up kit with her?

The only tip she offered is that she eats very little meat but takes a lot of greens and vegetables.

“I also drink a lot of green tea most of the time. Some people say this could help prevent cancer. I also drink coffee occasionally, but definitely not on a daily basis,” she said.

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