Young and restless to serve

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 19 Apr 2018

PETALING JAYA: They may be young, but the crop of eager potential election candidates from MCA have plenty of experience and innovative ideas to capture voters.

For Chan Quin Er, she aims to continue her service on a bigger scale and with more social impact.

The 31-year-old former deputy public prosecutor has been an active MCA member since she was 20, and is currently serving as the Seputeh MCA assistant secretary.

“I can bring up the views and the vision of our generation to the legislature, and to make the laws more relevant to us,” she said.

Lawyer Eric Choo Wei Sern, 31, hoped to bring about initiatives that would encourage youths to stay in Melaka, adding that it was a good sign there were more youths parti­cipating in politics.

“The biggest advantage that young politicians have is that they have much less political baggage.

Young hopefuls: (From left) Ho, Lee, Chan, Choo, Ng and Yong (inset) have strong opinions on what makes for a good candidate and representative.

“It is important that we elect people with plans, not slogans,” he said.

Rasah-born Ng Kian Nam is currently the MCA Youth Legal Bureau chief and is actively organising seminars to raise public awareness about national issues.

The 39-year-old said that grooming a young generation of leaders is important for the country to move forward.

“The potential of the young candidates is limitless,” he said.

Ho Kean Wei, 36, is raring for a chance to get down to the field and put his skills and talents on the table to help meet public needs.

Holding portfolios as both Perak MCA Youth deputy secretary and the Beruas MCA Youth chief, he believes that it is vital for the party to field younger candidates as they are energetic and eager to meet the needs of their communities.

“Of course, more experienced candidates also go down to the field, but younger candidates do so with a new kind of energy,” he said.

For 42-year-old orthodontist and Sabah Wanita MCA deputy chairman Dr Pamela Yong, empowering constituents to participate in governing was a major talking point.

“MPs often take on daily issues like potholes and clogged drains, when they should be focused on policies and legislation,” she said.

Having returned to Kota Kinabalu after 13 years in Britain, the mother of four said a political platform lent credence in bringing about change.

Architect Lee Yee Yuan, currently serving as a Sekinchan MCA Youth committee member, wishes to boost tourism in the town by promoting the food and craft there.

The 29-year-old believes that younger candidates should be ­fielded by the party as they are ­creative and can offer fresh ideas.

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