By: Michelle Liew
An independent candidate in Puchong, Kuan Chee Heng or better known as Uncle Kentang claims that he is prepared for defeat in the 15th General Election (GE15) since he is competing with a formidable opponent in politics namely Yeo Bee Yin (Pakatan Harapan), Datuk Seri Haji Syed Ibrahim (Barisan Nasional) and Jimmy Chew Jyh Gang (Perikatan Nasional). However, in the event of defeat, Uncle Kentang does not think that his participation is in vain. His candidacy in the current election also serves as a platform and eye-opener to address the scepticism of many regarding independent candidates.
Despite that, the humanitarian activist explained that his participation at least paves the way for a change in the mindset of the people, showing that candidates without political parties are also capable of bringing their voice and leading the country.
While the fight for becoming Member of Parliament is a tough fight, it is still nonetheless a fight. Uncle Kentang hopes that this will encourage younger voters and those interested in becoming a candidate to pursue an interest in politics, with the mindset that it is of utmost importance that we speak our minds for a better country, and not focus on just winning or losing.
"I was born in Malaysia, and I feel indebted to Malaysia. Where we have to speak up, to bring about change. Maybe this time we will lose.
"It doesn't matter because we have opened a path where the mindset changes that is not only political parties represent them, but individuals who have no political burden should enter parliament can lead the country compared to those who belong to political parties.
"I think even if I do not win, I have paved the way for other (independent) candidates in other GEs to enter the next GE," he said while campaigning at Medan Selera MPSJ Puchong Perdana here on Sunday.