Muda names sec-gen Amira as candidate for Puteri Wangsa seat

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MUDA has named its first candidate for the Johor elections – its secretary-general Amira Aisya, 27, for the Puteri Wangsa seat.

Amira, unveiled as the seat’s candidate tonight by party president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, said she was breaking a promise she made to her mother not to ever join politics “because it’s a dirty world”.

“I’m sorry I have to break that promise, mama.

“But if you don’t have good people in politics, you can never make change, because it is an entire ecosystem.

“We have to run away from the politics of power and money to have politics of service instead,” she said when introducing herself.

Puteri Wangsa is one of four seats given to Muda by Amanah – a seat PKR had also wanted.

It is one of six seats given in total by Amanah and DAP, which made way in two seats. The other five are Tenang, Bukit Kepong, Parit Raja, Machap and Bukit Permai.

Bersatu had contested all the six seats in the 2018 general election, when the party was part of Pakatan Harapan. Bersatu won in Puteri Wangsa, Tenang, Bukit Kepong and and Bukit Permai.

Muda is still in talks with PKR for more seats, reportedly three. PKR president Anwar Ibrahim was supposed to unveil the party’s candidates for central Johor earlier this evening, but only announced Maszlee Malik for Layang-Layang.

Amira tonight said she was from a family of civil servants and was raised by a single mother who was a teacher at a school in Puteri Wangsa.

“I have a lot of family here so Puteri Wangsa is a very personal place for me. I was born and bred here,” said the International Islamic University graduate. – TMI