The upcoming state elections in Malaysia have attracted a diverse range of candidates. Melanie Ting Yi-Hlin, a candidate from the Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (MUDA), stands out as the youngest contender at just 23 years old. On the other end of the spectrum, MS. Ravinder Singh, the chairman of Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM), is the oldest candidate at 80 years old.
The race for the 245 state assembly seats across six states has seen 41 Independent candidates participating. However, this number is less than 10 percent of the total 570 candidates based on the Election Commission’s nomination data.
Notably, Kedah, Negeri Sembilan, and Selangor have the highest number of Independent candidates, each with 10 contenders. Kelantan and Penang follow with five Independent candidates each.
In the Kedah state election, most contests will be direct face-offs between candidates from the Pakatan Harapan (PH) – Barisan Nasional (BN) alliance and Perikatan Nasional (PN). Out of 36 seats, 28 will see BPH-BN candidates competing against PN candidates, while six seats will have three-corner fights, involving various candidates from different parties, including independents.