Undeterred by the odds, independents doing their best as Malaysia GE15 campaigning comes to a close

For another independent candidate, Zainal Bahrom A. Kadir, GE15 will be his last attempt to run as a non-partisan candidate. 

In this election, he is standing in Ledang, Johor, where he and another independent candidate are facing PH incumbent, Syed Ibrahim Syed Nor and challengers from BN, PN as well as Gerakan Tanah Air (GTA). 

Mr Zainal lost his deposit after garnering just 121 votes in the Johor state polls in March this year. 

For GE15, he managed to get contributions from the public to help him raise the RM20,000 needed for the nomination fee. 

Despite the huge challenges of standing as an independent candidate, Mr Zainal told the Star that he had no regrets of contesting in GE15. 

He expressed the hope that by having independent candidates like him contest in an election, the next MP would be more willing to listen and help the constituents. 

For philanthropist Kuan Chee Heng, also known as Uncle Kentang, this is not his first time contesting in an election. 

In March 2019, the social activist contested in the Selangor state by-election for the seat of Semenyih as an independent candidate. However, he lost after garnering only 725 votes. 

On Thursday, Mr Kuan released his election manifesto where he tries to entice the voters to support him with the promise of more help for the under-priviledged including the elderly and single mothers. 

Mr Kuan told Utusan Malaysia that his eight-point manifesto entitled ‘No One Left Behind’ outlines his plan to help the needy by providing facilities such as ambulances for the people, social assistance centres, online vehicle assistance, emergency services and food banks.

Mr Kuan, who is well-known for his friendly and charitable personality, previously won the Commonwealth Points of Light Award in 2021 which rewards exceptional voluntarism and service to the community.

In GE15, he is standing in the Puchong seat against PH’s candidate Yeo Bee Yin and two candidates from BN and PN. 

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