'Uncle Kentang' lends support to Rantau's indie candidates


SEREMBAN: Fresh from competing in the Semenyih polls, philanthropist Kuan Chee Heng is now lending his helping hand to the independent candidates contesting in the Rantau by-election.

The former cop was contacted by both independent candidates Malar Rajaram and Mohd Nor Yassin, who are vying for the Rantau state seat in the April 13 polls.

Kuan, who is fondly known as "Uncle Kentang" and also the “10-sen man" for providing services such as ambulances, rental houses and taxis to the poor for a symbolic 10 sen, would be going around Rantau to find those in need of aid.

"For anyone who wish to take part in the nation's democratic process of elections in order to become the people's voice, I think why not? We should give them support," Kuan told reporters after delivering a short ceramah at Malar's manifesto launch on Tuesday (April 2).

Kuan was the sole independent candidate in the March 2 Semenyih by-election, won by Umno's Zakaria Hanafi.

The four-cornered fight also saw Kuan going against Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's Muhammad Aiman Zainali and Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul of Parti Sosialis Malaysia.

The Malaysian Society of Community Policing (CP) president however clarified that he did come down to campaign for Malar, adding that the lookout for anyone who needed his services in Rantau.

"It's not to campaign for her, but I'm working with her to find if any poor people need some help," he said.

Kuan said he had also spoken to Mohd Nor much earlier about the possibility of working together.

"He has spoken to me much earlier. I'm still waiting for him," he said.

When asked if he was open to invitation by anyone else in the by-election, Kuan said he would not hesitate when it comes to helping the people.

"If any party is inviting me to do good for the people, then why not? Without looking at the political parties or the candidate, we should work together for Malaysians.

"Sometimes, we compete for ourselves and for positions, but this is wrong. We should contest for the people and not for ourselves," said Kuan, who also expressed his intention to contest in the next general election.

Kuan said he would be focusing on areas where he would be able to deliver the most services to the people.

"If there is a chance again, then why not? I will contest in an area where I can serve the people. I will choose areas where I can easily access with my motorcycle," he said.

Kuan was also one of the 10 winners of the Star Golden Hearts Award in 2017.

The Rantau polling day on April 13 will see Malar and Mohd Nor squaring off against three term Rantau assemblyman and Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, as well as Pakatan Harapan candidate Dr S. Streram.