KUALA LUMPUR: When most of us think of a politician, often times a mature figure comes to mind.
However, MCA’s candidate for the Keranji state seat in Perak, Daniel Wa Wai Ho, proved to be an exception.
At 30-year-old, he is among the youngest candidates to emerge in the Barisan Nasional (BN) line-up.
A full-time politician, Wa serves as the personal aide to MCA vice-president Datuk Lee Chee Leong and he is hopeful of bettering his performance in the 2013 General Elections (13th GE).
Back then, he garnered 5,110 votes compared to the 10,671 votes received by DAP’s Chen Fook Chye.
He admitted that his age has raised a few eyebrows when he first contested, but at the end of the day, age is an irrelevance.
“I’m just a normal young man, I’m part of the citizenry, I work in the service centre, and I believe young people can make a difference if they’re engaged,” he said.
Wa is confident that MCA’s continuous service to the Kampar electorates would win them over this time.
“In the last five years, people turned to MCA in Kampar as the Opposition did not serve them.
“People have grown tired of the opposition’s empty promises, and they realise that MCA sincerely want to help with the issues ordinary people are facing,” he told the New Straits Times.
Wa, an economics degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, is also banking on MCA Kampar’s manifesto to build a new hospital in Kampar.
The current hospital in Kampar is aging, having been built in 1949.
He said the lack of a modern hospital could have dire implications for a small town’s future.
It has become increasingly common for Kampar folks to travel to Ipoh for medical services, which cost time and money.
The 14th GE will take place on May 9.