New faces for GE14? Ambiga, Maria Chin, Wan Saiful being mooted


  • Nation
  • Friday, 23 Feb 2018

PETALING JAYA: A number of candidates outside of the political mainstream may run under the Pakatan Harapan banner in the coming general election, according to sources.

Among them are Datuk Ambiga Sreenivasan and Maria Chin Abdullah of the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0), as well as Wan Saiful Wan Jan, who founded the think-tank, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS).

Discussions involving figures from the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) and the G25 group of prominent Malays have also been mooted, sources said.

Former Bersih chairman Ambiga is being considered as a candidate to take on MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam in Segamat.

Current Bersih chairman Maria Chin has been slated to replace either PKR vice president Tian Chua in Batu or his party colleague Hee Loy Sian in Petaling Jaya Selatan.

Both men have served two parliamentary terms under the PKR banner.

Maria Chin however denied speculation that she would contest in the 14th general election (GE14).

"It's a rumour," she told The Star.

Such speculation was fuelled by Wan Saiful resigning as chief executive officer of IDEAS this week.

"I see my next move as a step that I must take now or I will regret it forever," he said on Thursday (Feb 22).

When he talked about bringing his political "passion to a wider audience," it seemed to confirm that a run is imminent.

When contacted he declined to comment, saying that he is seeking advice before proceeding.

He is believed to be lining up a seat to contest under the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia ticket.

It would be refreshing to see qualified candidates from outside the regular political sphere, said constitutional expert and social commentator Syahredzan Johan.

"I think if respected people from outside of political parties decide to run in GE14, it would be a welcome change.

"We always need good candidates and representatives in Parliament, and people like Ambiga, Maria Chin or Wan Saiful would add value to the legislative process," said the prominent lawyer.

 

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In Nation

Armed Forces ready to add command posts, personnel to strengthen border controls
Air unit, drones help out GOF patrols along border, says 3rd Battalion CO
No more chairman post for Bersatu, say party leaders after AGM
Dang Wangi cops issue RM88k worth of compounds for MCO violations from Nov 21 to 27
EPF to announce details of i-Sinar programme Wednesday (Dec 2), says Finance Minister
Covid-19: Over half of new cases in Sabah on Saturday (Nov 28) from new, existing clusters, says Masidi
Downpour causes floods in several parts of Kulim
Covid-19: Six new clusters identified in Sabah, S'gor, KL, says Health Ministry
Govt to upgrade 94 Armed Forces Hospital in Terendak Camp, says Ismail Sabri
Covid-19: 1,315 new cases reported, four fatalities bring death toll to 354

Stories You'll Enjoy