SEREMBAN: R. Malarvizhi (pic) may have had a disastrous outing contesting as an independent in Saturday’s Rantau by-election but she certainly does not have an ounce of regret that doing so cost her the RM5,000 deposit.
The 51-year-old housewife, who only managed to get 83 of the 16,592 votes cast, said although the amount was big for her, money was something one could always earn back.
“Yes, the amount is big but I can always earn it back. It’s the experience that I will cherish most,” she said when contacted.
Malarvizhi, who spent 25 years in Canada and returned to Rantau in 2016 to take care of her ailing mother, was glad that she was able to move around and get to know the local community better.
“When I got back in 2016, I decided to work in a petrol station so that I would get to know things.
“It also made me very happy when I spoke to people and they gave me words of encouragement while on my campaign rounds.
“I tried and I lost and it was fun while it lasted,” she said.
Malarvizhi, who worked as a radio host for 15 years while abroad, said she and her retired Canadian husband would continue living and looking after her family home in Kg Ganapathi.