Gerakan weighing six candidates below age 40 for Tg Piai by-election

KUALA LUMPUR: Gerakan is likely to put forward a candidate below the age of 40 for the upcoming Tanjung Piai by-election.

The decision was made after taking into account prevailing public sentiment and the fact that the younger generation has taken a keen interest in the nation’s political developments.

Party vice-president Oh Tong Keong said the criteria for their Tanjung Piai candidate are: to be young, a professional, and capable of serving the area’s constituents.

He said that Gerakan has identified six candidates who fit the criteria.

According to Gerakan Tanjung Piai’s election director, three of the potential candidates are women from the Johor party headquarters.

Oh also revealed that one or two of the nominees have previous experience in contesting in elections.

He added that as a multiracial party, their candidates are diverse, in terms of race, religion and background.

“The candidate will be (chosen) by (Gerakan’s) Central Working Committee, which will take various aspects into account before announcing the nominee,” he said.

On whether the party is ready to enter the fray after doing poorly in eight by-elections after the 14th General Election (GE14), Oh said that Gerakan is now more confident after identifying its weakness, as well as concluding its leadership course and training sessions.

“Gerakan is well prepared to face the ninth by-election in Tanjung Piai. Our strength will be determined through the acceptance and support of voters in the area.

“We are offering an alternative to the rakyat, who are not satisfied with the performance of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) leadership who failed to keep their GE14 election manifesto (promises); apart from the failure of Barisan Nasional (BN) to keep racial sentiments in check,” he said.

Gerakan’s foray into the Tanjung Piai by-election is likely to result in a three-cornered fight involving PH and BN.

The Tanjung Piai parliamentary poll is being held following the death of its incumbent and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Dr Md Farid Md Rafik, 42, following a heart attack last month.

In the GE14, Dr Farid won the parliamentary seat with a slim 524-vote majority over Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng (BN-MCA) and Nordin Othman (PAS).


Source: http://bit.do/fdDdy

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