Maria to push for local council elections in PJ

Maria Chin with PH’s Rajiv Rishyakaran and Syamsul Firdaus Mohamed Supri at the launch of her manifesto.

PETALING JAYA: Maria Chin Abdullah, who will be contesting the Petaling Jaya parliamentary seat, has pledged to work towards having local council elections if she wins.

At the launch of her manifesto for the constituency, the former Bersih 2.0 chairman said she would seek a royal commission of inquiry to discuss this issue.

Maria, the former Bersih 2.0 chairman, said the election reform group had earlier worked together with the Selangor government to draw up a blueprint for local elections.

This followed local elections held at the village level in Balakong and Pulau Ketam.

Other highlights of her manifesto include having a clean and fair government, increasing the minimum wage, reducing poverty, and setting up creative centres for youths to organise activities.

Maria said people need to earn a comfortable “living wage” to put food on the table.

She said even a RM1,500 minimum salary was not enough and she was hoping to help upgrade people’s skills to raise the income to RM2,500 a month.

Her manifesto also encourages more women’s participation in politics.

“If Indonesia can have 40% women in politics, we too can,” she said at her service centre in Taman Medan.

Present were DAP’s Rajiv Rishyakaran, the candidate for Bukit Gasing, and PKR’s Syamsul Firdaus Mohamed Supri, vying for the Taman Medan seat.

Maria, who has a master’s in Urban Planning from the University of London, is contesting as a direct candidate under PKR despite not joining as a member of the party.

If she wins, she wants to tackle poverty issues in Taman Medan and create a creative centre for youths.

“Environmental issues are also high in my manifesto. It is more than just recycling and reuse.”