As they are grown up in a political environment, they are actively involved in politics and even contesting their father's seat while some others are battling in other constituencies for the March 8, 2008 elections.
Ironically, it is a good evolution as those who are participated are well qualified academically. Gone with the days the representatives can’t even speak nor write properly in Bahasa
The political school of thought that political nepotism and political dynasties seem getting common in Malaysia as some seats in the general elections are being “passed” from one generation to another, as though they are family businesses, are not buying.
In our constitution, there exists no clause or what so ever that somebody can not participate in the election. More over, those “inherited” are fighting inside the parties and hold top ranking posts.
Now, with the nomination candidates list, the family links which could be found among political parties, be it Barisan Nasional or the Opposition is:
1. > Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin, 32-year-old, contesting in Rembau, Negri Sembilan. With a background in journalism and investment banking, his university education at
2. > Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, is the third son and fifth child of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, is contesting in Jerlun. In 2004, Dato’ Mukhriz graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management – Marketing from
He held various posts of several business firms, which include Opcom Holdings, Kosmo Tech as well as the Malaysian Franchise Association. He is also the executive director of Perdana Peace Global Organisation. He is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Malaysian cancer vaccine company, Bioven.
He won the election of the UMNO Youth exco by garnering the highest number of votes.
3. > Lim Si Pin, son of former Gerakan president Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik (incumbent Beruas MP), who is contesting in Batu parliamentary seat. He holds double degrees in economics and law from
4. >Datuk Ling Hee Leong, 38 eldest son of former Malaysian Transport Minister and former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, is fielded in Gopeng, Perak. He has a degree in economics and politics from the
5. >Chua Tee Yong, 31, son of former Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek. He is contesting in Labis, Johore. He works as the chief financial officer.
6. > Lim Guan Eng, 48, son of the Opposition Leader in the Malaysian Parlimen, who is standing in Bagan,
7. > Gobind Singh Deo, 35, son of DAP national chairman and a prominent Malaysian Sikh leader Karpal Singh, is standing in Puchong. He is a lawyer. Currently he is DAP National Legal Advisory Bureau secretary and DAP National Publicity Bureau secretary.
9. >Mujahid Yusof, son of PAS leader the late Yusof Rawa, is contesting in Parit Buntar, Perak. The 44-year-old PhD graduate in Islamic political science and PAS’ national unity bureau chief is contesting again despite the lost in his two previous tries. He is among the new breed of professionals group within the Islamic opposition party led by deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa.
10. >Nurul Izzah, daughter of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, is contesting in Lembah Pantai, parliamentary seat in KL. The 27-year-old Nurul Izzah Anwar, eldest daughter of PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim and president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. The eloquent Nurul Izzah, fondly called ‘Puteri reformasi’, is ready to contest for a seat for the first time.