PETALING JAYA: Muda’s Melanie Ting, 23, is the youngest among the 570 candidates contesting for seats in six state legislative assemblies.
The oldest is Parti Rakyat Malaysia deputy chairman Ravinder Singh, who is 80.
Melanie, who is also chief of staff of Muda’s central information team is in a three-cornered fight for the Bukit Antarabangsa seat in Selangor against Kamri Kamaruddin of Pakatan Harapan and Shasha Lyna Abdul Latif of Perikatan Nasional.
Ting said she would serve people from all walks of life, not just young people, while Kamri, a former engineer, said he would focus on environmental issues, which he said had always been the concern of Bukit Antarabangsa residents, Bernama reported.
Bukit Antarabangsa has been held by Azmin Ali since 2008. A former PKR deputy president, Azmin is now with Bersatu and is contesting in Hulu Kelang as a PN candidate. He was re-elected to the seat in 2018 with a majority of more than 25,500.
Ravinder, a former teacher, is up against three others in Pantai Jerejak, Penang. He faces Fahmi Zainol (PH-PKR), Oh Tong Keong (PN-Gerakan) and Loh Xiang Pin of Muda.
Pantai Jerejak has been held since 2008 by a PKR candidate standing on a PKR or PH ticket. It was last held by PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, who won in 2018 with a majority of more than 10,700 votes.
Voters in six states will go to the polls on Aug 12 to elect new members of the state legislative assemblies of Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Penang, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.
A by-election for the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary seat is also being held on the same day after the seat was declared vacant following a Terengganu election court’s decision to nullify the victory of Ahmad Amzad Hashim of PAS in the 2022 parliamentary elections.
Amzad had secured a majority of almost 41,000 votes against rivals from Barisan Nasional and PH.