Maria: Long hours, but worth it to change the government

Maria shares a word with Petaling Jaya deputy branch chairman Ahmad Akhir at an event in Taman Medan.

PETALING JAYA: Maria Chin Abdullah may be tired after a long day of campaigning but she is still quick to notice the motorcycle drifting towards a child walking in front of her.

“Nanti, nanti (wait, wait),” she says, putting one arm around the child with the other stretched out towards the motorcyclist, who continues past her entourage.

It’s past 11pm, and she’s almost at the end of her walkabout at a low-cost flat in Taman Medan here. This is her last stop for the day, which began at 8am.

Maria shares a word with Petaling Jaya deputy branch chairman Ahmad Akhir at an event in Taman Medan.

But Maria, who is Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) candidate for the Petaling Jaya parliamentary seat, has no complaints about the long hours – her only grouse is that she has been eating too much.

The former Bersih 2.0 chief will be running for the first time in the May 9 polls, and she’s glad for the many people she has met while campaigning so far.

“When I visited the market, I could feel the energy. The confidence that the people have in you encourages you,” she said, referring to her walkabout at the Jalan Othman market.

Maria greets people at a coffee shop in Taman Medah. To her right is PKR’s Taman Medan candidate Syamsul Firdaus Mohamed Supri.

The mother of three said she had been given some tips to ensure she lasts throughout the day.

One is to snatch a few minutes of rest whenever possible, while the other is to make time for an afternoon nap.

“But there’s no such thing,” she said, laughing.

With the election just nine days away, is she prepared for the long and gruelling work ahead?

“To change the government, it’s worth it,” she said.

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