PETALING JAYA: Muda’s Seri Setia candidate Dobby Chew believes the party can thrive in a developed and progressive state like Selangor.
He said voters in Selangor would be more inclined to back Muda compared to other parties due to its unique open structure.
“In other parties, if you are younger, you get put into a youth wing, if you’re a woman you get put into a woman’s wing. With that, you have to contest among your own party members before you can even have the opportunity to lead or direct policies,” Chew told FMT.
However, he warned that the party must make its mark on the electorate quickly, for its own sake and that of the nation.
“If we can’t thrive in a seat like this, I think it really spells bad things for Muda in general,” he said.
“But it spells worse for Malaysia because it means that people are still willing to just blindly vote for Pakatan Harapan or Perikatan Nasional because they think that’s the more viable option.”
Chew also dismissed the notion that Muda’s candidates at the polls will directly impact PH’s chances of victory.
“Even if we split (the votes) significantly, the odds are (that the) end result will still be – PH wins, or Muda wins. It’s not going to be a PN victory.
“My guess is that PN might have about 25% (of the votes) at most and the rest will be split between Muda or PH,” he said.
Seri Setia is a mixed seat within the Petaling Jaya parliamentary constituency.
It has been held by PKR for three consecutive terms. However, its incumbent assemblyman, Halimey Abu Bakar, will not be defending the seat.
In his place, PKR has named Fahmi Ngah, a director at the Selangor Research Institute, as its Seri Setia candidate.
On plans for his campaign, Chew said he would engage voters in Seri Setia to better understand the needs of the community, many of whom are from the working class.
He said if he wins, he will move the constituency’s service centre from its present location in Kelana Jaya to Sunway Mentari to make it more accessible to the masses, especially those from poorer communities.
“That’s where we really want to be because that’s where we can be very close to the community and they can have access to us. If they really think that Muda is doing a terrible job, knock on our door,” he said.