DAP’s Michelle worries ‘safe seat’ label will lead to lower turnout

DAP’s Michelle Ng says her parents urged her to stay on in the UK after she completed her legal studies, but she wanted to return home and help solve the country’s problems.

SUBANG JAYA: She may be the successor to the popular Hannah Yeoh in Subang Jaya, which is considered a safe seat for the opposition, but DAP’s Michelle Ng isn’t leaving anything to chance.

“When I walk around, many people say they don’t have to go out to vote because I’ll surely win. This worries me,” the Kuantan-born lass told FMT.

With the recent redelineation exercise and influx of new voters, the constituency now has 74,023 voters – 58% Chinese voters, 28% Malays, 12% Indians and 2% others – adding to the belief that this is a safe seat for the opposition.

Speaking at a ceramah here, the 28-year-old said this was why she had to keep urging voters to come out and vote.

Ng, who studied in the UK, said she decided to enter politics to help bring much-needed change to Malaysia.

“Since I was young, I noticed how conversations my parents had over dinner had changed over the years,” said the lawyer.

“In the beginning, they talked about how proud they were to be Malaysians, then it was about how the country was deteriorating.”

Ng said there was even talk of leaving the country and later, when she was studying overseas, they had encouraged her to stay on in the UK.

A section of the crowd at Michelle Ng’s ceramah in Subang Jaya.

“But I believe we should solve problems rather than run away, and that’s why I came back,” she said, adding her parents weren’t surprised at her decision to contest in the May 9 polls since she had decided to return from the UK.

She said although she shared many similarities with Yeoh in terms of values and how they dealt with people, she was keen to make her own mark in Subang Jaya.

“Before this, Petaling Jaya was the test centre for many of Selangor’s policies and initiatives. I want to push for Subang Jaya to be the new test centre for these policies.

“I also want to help resolve three main local issues here – traffic congestion, land disputes and improving living conditions for those living in low-cost homes.”

Ng said she has been well received so far, crediting this to Subang Jaya’s strong support for the opposition.

In the coming election, Ng will be taking on Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Chong Ah Watt and independent candidate Toh Sin Wah.

In the 2008 election, Yeoh beat BN’s Ong Chuan San by over 13,000 votes. In 2013, she retained the seat with a 28,000-vote majority.

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