Meet some of the new faces for DAP’s line-up in three states. The Democratic Action Party (DAP) is fielding the following young people for various state seats in Melaka, Selangor, Perak and Kedah. Among them is the granddaughter of the late freedom fighter and feminist Shamsiah Fakeh.
Michelle Ng Mei Sze, 28
Ng, who hails from Kuantan, Pahang, is DAP’s legal bureau secretary. She will be contesting the Subang Jaya state seat. Ng is also a legal associate with Gobind Singh Deo & Co, with a particular interest in constitutional, human rights and public interest litigation.
She completed her Bachelor of Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Science, on a Maxis Scholarship. She was also admitted as a barrister-at-law with the Inner Temple in Britain.
Kerk Chee Yee, 25
Born and bred in Melaka, Kerk was exposed to politics from a young age as his late father Kerk Kim Hock was DAP’s fourth secretary-general. While pursuing his degree in commerce at the University of Melbourne, Australia, Kerk was active in clubs and societies that championed civic or social causes. He held positions in various student organisations, and was a voice for Malaysians studying overseas.
Prior to joining DAP full-time in June last year, Kerk had worked in an investment bank in Kuala Lumpur for three years. In August last year, he was appointed political secretary to DAP Parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang. Among the youngest in DAP’s line-up for GE14, Kerk is Pakatan Harapan’s candidate for the Ayer Keroh state seat.
Jamaliah Jamaluddin, 29
Bandar Utama candidate Jamaliah is the granddaughter of the late freedom fighter and feminist Shamsiah Fakeh. Jamaliah, who is also the daughter of former radio DJ Jamaluddin Ibrahim @ Jia Ma, used to work as a project account manager before becoming a Petaling Jaya councillor.
Undeniably, her late grandmother is her source of inspiration, but within Jamaliah also burns a passion and drive to serve the people through politics.
Jenny Choy Tsi Jen, 30
A software engineer by profession, Choy was a bright student who actively participated in co-curricular activities during her schooldays. The SMJK Perempuan Perak graduate was a school prefect and librarian, and was president of the school’s Aquatic Club then.
While Choy may be “flying solo” for now, she is “attached” to her work and service to the people. Choy – who will be contesting the Canning state seat in Perak – said leaders must design and execute policies that are ambitious yet practical, for no other goal than helping the people.
Lim Yi Wei, 28
Kampung Tunku candidate Lim hails from Ipoh, Perak, where she attended the Methodist Girls’ School. She also comes from a family of teachers. Lim graduated with a Business Administration degree, majoring in Finance, from Hong Kong.
She was appointed as councillor in Petaling Jaya back in 2016. She is also the political secretary to incumbent Damansara parliamentary candidate Tony Pua.
Teoh Yee Chern, 28
A lawyer who graduated from Aberystwyth University in Wales, Teoh said pursuing both law and politics are his means to serving the community better. He will be contesting the Astaka state seat in Perak. Teoh hopes to reform certain aspects of Malaysian education one day.
“I’d love to see the inclusion of more world history in our History textbooks because there is so much more for them to learn outside of our country. If given the chance, I’d like to put in a lot of legal and constitutional knowledge into the school syllabus as well so that students know their basic rights as Malaysian citizens,” he said.
Teh Swee Leong, 29
Born in Perlis, Teh now resides in Kedah. He is the candidate for the Kota Darul Aman state seat in Alor Setar. He considers himself a life member of the party and a full-time politician. He holds a degree in Banking Management and Finance from Multimedia University.
Penang’s contenders from MUP
Lim Jhun Hou, 23
Lim is Penang’s youngest candidate this general election. The accountant is contesting the Machang Bubuk state seat. He is facing a five-cornered fight against PKR’s incumbent Lee Khai Loon, Tang Ah Ba of Parti Rakyat Malaysia, Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Tan Teik Cheng and PAS’s Md Jamil Abd Rahman.
Lim said he wants to build a better community in Machang Bubuk if he is elected. “I started going to the ground to meet the people some two months ago. I promise to work really hard as this is not going to be easy,” said Lim, whose hometown is Kubang Semang.
Goh Saik Wei, 30
Standing for election is a learning curve for businessman Goh, who is fielded by the Malaysian United Party for the Padang Kota state seat. The first-timer said he still has a lot to learn, and that facing two-term assemblyman Chow Kon Yeow, 60, the incumbent, will not be easy but he will still try his best. As a Penangite, he aims to strive for a better Penang, working towards preserving the state’s heritage and rich culture.
Wee Kean Wai, 30
Sales executive Wee is one step closer to realising his dream as a politician, now that he is contesting the Pulau Tikus state seat in Penang. Wee hails from Ipoh, Perak, and is from the Malaysian United Party (MUP). He wants a better health system, and strives to be a voice for environmental concerns in Penang.