SEREMBAN: Students never forget their teachers, even decades after leaving school.
This held true when former students of Barisan Nasional's Seremban parliamentary candidate Felicia Wong, who was facing incumbent Anthony Loke Siew Fook of Pakatan Harapan, showed up to help her campaign in GE15.
"The students, without me knowing, somehow found out that I didn't have enough funds for the campaign and decided to help out.
"They printed eight banners and put them up (around) Seremban and also went around to campaign for me," she said, adding that some parents who remembered her also joined in.
Wong, who was contesting for the first time, said she had problems filling vacancies for polling and counting agents (Paca) but this was also resolved.
"Suddenly, there was an oversupply of Pacas as my former students agreed to help out," she said.
Wong also thanked Barisan's election machinery and volunteers who came out in full force to help in her campaign even though she was a political novice.
She said they had also helped flash flood victims including Orang Asli in nearby Kg Belihoi on Thursday (Nov 17) morning in her absence.
"I have between eight and 10 programmes during the day and sometimes I am unable to attend due to time and other circumstances.
"Although we are facing an uphill task, my teams have always been there to campaign and help the constituents," she said, adding that the inclement weather had also made it difficult for her to see as many voters as she would like.
She also realised that some voters were sceptical of her ability to serve because she was new and a woman.
"All Felicia Wong is asking is five years and I will prove my worth to the voters," she said.
At the top of her agenda were turning Seremban into an education hub and making the state of Negri Sembilan the first choice for investors.
"Seremban should not be only known for its siew pao. We can surely do better than that," she said.
Loke and Wong are in a five-way fight for the seat with Perikatan Nasional's Fadli Che Me, Gerakan Tanah Air's Mohd Jani Ismail and Independent Izzat Lesly.
In GE14, Loke won the seat with a 30,694-vote majority.