BY: Michelle Liew
As the public are aware, the Melaka state election (PRN) will be held on November 20, and it is the first to be held after the Sabah state election, infamously known as the catalyst of our most deadliest Covid-19 (third) wave yet.
However, the nomination process recently came under the spotlight when a candidate from Pakatan Harapan (PH) namely Farzana Hayani Mohd Nasir became the youngest candidate to contest in the Melaka PRN this time.
At the age of 21, Farzana Hayani is the head of Melaka Srikandi PKR. Although she has yet to graduate, the UiTM Shah Alam Bachelor’s Degree student has a Diploma in Communication and Media Studies, UiTM Kampus Rembau.
She is contesting for the N.28 Sungai Rambai State Assembly (DUN) seat and is up against three other candidates.
Her opponents are Muhammad Jefri Safry representing the Perikatan Nasional, Nazatul Asyraf Md Dom (Putra) and Siti Faizah Abdul Azis (Barisan Nasional).
“Age is not a barrier for a person to serve and become an elected representative,” says Farzana Hayani.
According to reports, Farzana Hayani said she is confident voters are getting smarter and more mature in accepting young people as elected representatives.
“More important than age is being able to understand issues faced by the people and to solve it. I believe voters will judge candidates based on determination and determination to help the people and bring about change,” she said.
She added that as a student, she will focus on the development of the younger generation in the field of education because the problem of internet coverage in the Sungai Rambai state constituency makes it difficult for young people who are now completely dependent on the technology to study and work.
“I want to expand the internet coverage in the Sungai Rambai state constituency, further. It is now one of the important needs in the life of the community. Not only education, but I will empower the women entrepreneurship sector in Sungai Rambai,” she added.