Muda unveils 3 more candidates for Johor polls

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The Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) today has unveiled three more of its candidates for the upcoming Johor election.

Muda vice-president Lim Wei Jiet, 31, will be contesting for the Tenang state seat, the party’s co-founder Nurafiqah M Zulkifli, also 31, will be running for Bukit Kepong and Johor Muda chairman Azrul Rahani, 41, has been slotted for Bukit Permai.

Their candidacy was announced by Muda president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman today.

Muda previously announced that the party’s secretary-general Amira Aisya Abdul Aziz, 27, who will stand in Puteri Wangsa.

Lim was born in Muar, Johor, and has a master’s of law from Universiti Malaya.

Since 2016, he has been active in representing trade unions in various sectors such as aviation and hospitality, to defend workers’ rights.

The choice of Lim challenges convention as no political party, be it in the government or opposition, has as ever fielded a non-Malay in Tenang.

Tenang, which comprises 50 percent Malays, 38 percent Chinese, 11 percent Indians and two percent others, has substantial Felda and estate voters.

Lim, who was elected as the National Human Rights Society of Malaysia (Hakam) secretary-general in 2018, has acted in various public interest cases.

This included winning a case against Malaysia Airlines which had sacked a union leader for publicly criticising the company.

Lim said his desire to serve was inspired by his mother, who is a teacher and had served in the Muar and Pagoh area, and also based on advice from fellow lawyer Ambiga Sreenevasan.

“Among the most important lesson she taught me was that you can advance your career but don’t forget to serve the people who need it,” Lim said.

Nurafiqah, 31, was also born in Muar. She graduated from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) with a bachelor’s in town and regional planning.

She has four years’ experience as the chief of staff of the Muar constituency and was the youngest person to hold such a role.

Azrol was born in Masai, Pasir Gudang, where he went to SMK Pasir Gudang I.

He has been active in politics since the 1998 Reformasi movement.

This means there are two seats left that Muda has yet to announce, namely Parit Raja and Machap.

These are the six seats which Amanah and DAP had surrendered to Muda.

It is still unclear if Muda plans to contest more than six after its negotiations with PKR collapsed.

Earlier report:

Feb 14, Muda names sec-gen Amira as candidate for Puteri Wangsa seat