MELAKA: Melaka Barisan Nasional’s (BN) youngest candidate, MCA’s Choo Wei Sern, 31, believes that his youth and status as a local boy will be an advantage when he contests the Kota Melaka parliamentary seat in the 14th General Election (GE14).
Choo, who is a lawyer, said BN’s bid to wrest the Kota Melaka seat and effect transformation in the area can be better realised with someone young like him at the helm.
He said, despite his young age, he had been active in the constituency over the last 12 years with his involvement in MCA activities there.
“Even though before this the Kota Melaka parliamentary seat was the opposition’s, the political scenario now has changed. I will do my best to ensure a win for BN this time.
“Apart from support from voters of all ages, I am also hoping that young voters will place their trust in BN to govern and bring change to Kota Melaka,” said Choo, who grew up in Kampung Lapan and now resides in Taman Bertam Jaya, Ujong Pasir.
He was speaking to reporters after the announcement of Melaka BN GE14 candidates by state BN chairman, Datuk Seri Idris Haron in Seri Bendahara, Ayer Keroh, on Monday.
The stage is set for a three-cornered fight for Kota Melaka, whose other contenders include DAP’s Khoo Poay Tiong, and former state DAP chairman-turned-independent candidate, Goh Leong San.
Choo, who is also an MCA Youth exco member, was also previously MCA Overseas Club president in the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, Idris said Melaka BN is placing its faith in five other candidates under 45-years-old.
“I am confident that their nomination is the best move for BN. We want to ensure that the youth also participate in politics and administer the state as well,” he said.
Among the younger candidates are Datuk Lim Ban Hong, 41, (Klebang state seat); Datuk Wira Mas Ermieyati Samsuddin, 42, (Masjid Tanah parliamentary seat); Datuk Eng Choon Khoon, 43, (Kesidang state seat); Melvin Chua Kei Wei, 40, (Kota Laksamana state seat) and Lee Ching Leng, 37, (Banda Hilir state seat).