KUALA LUMPUR — December 2, 2016: A minister thinks that one element that is crucial for an electoral candidate in an urban area is to be seen and perceived to be intelligent.
This is because urban constituents have their own needs and different preferences when it comes to choosing their leaders.
According to Titiwangsa member of parliament and Second Finance Minister Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani, the majority of urban constituents are highly educated and have more independent minds than others.
“They may need to see their MPs to be intellectually visible and expect him or her to be critical, transparent, and speak with substance.”
Johari also pointed out that when it comes to urban politics, having a wealth of political experience may not necessarily guaranty a win.
Instead, coupled with the right formula, even a low profile politician like himself can win a parliamentary seat.
“I came to politics from a different kind of background and admittedly my political experience was very shallow.”
He and Datuk Ahmad Fauzi Zahari of Setiawangsa are the only Umno MPs of the 11 in KL after the 2013 general election.
Johari bested PAS candidate Ahmad Zamri Asa’ad Khuzaimin with a majority of 866 votes.
Before making a name in politics, Johari was an accountant and once was the group managing director of KFC Holdings Malaysia.
Additional reporting by Zaidi Azmi.