Bersatu's GE14 candidates must be financially comfortable, educated


Amin Iskandar

Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin has announced that the party's GE14 candidates must be financially comfortable and also possess a bachelor's degree, which has surprised grassroots leaders. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, March 15, 2018.

BERSATU candidates in the 14th general election (GE14) must meet two main conditions – being financially comfortable and possessing at least a bachelor’s degree, according to party president Muhyiddin Yassin.

Muhyiddin had stirred some controversy amongst party grassroots leaders when he announced the conditions at the party’s recent supreme council meeting in Perak on March 4.


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  • Shades of UMNO Elitism! This suggestion will divorce Harapan even further from the Malaysian voter than they are now. A person doesn’t need wealth nor a degree to have empathy with the Malaysian people. In fact quite the opposite. Muhyiddin is advocating an UMNO/Penang style of government where the politicians think they know everything and the people are of no concern

    Posted 3 years ago by Dennis Madden

  • PM Modi of India is reported to be only the son of a tea seller(?) yet his touch of humility, enabled him to scale great heights..

    Posted 3 years ago by MELVILLE JAYATHISSA

  • PM Modi of India is reported to be only the son of a tea seller(?) yet his touch of humility, etc, enabled him to scale great heights. So exceptions can in certain cases be made, where suitable..

    Posted 3 years ago by MELVILLE JAYATHISSA

  • Mooyiddin - please do not insult your own intelligence. If you impose these conditions - all Bersatu candidate will be disqualified. Bersatu is former UMNO members (thrown in the garbage by umno) - and it still stink like cowdung

    Posted 3 years ago by Chris Ng

  • SOKONG !!!! I disagree with most of the commentators here! Analyze the politicians in more developed democracies, ie US, UK, Australia, etc. Most were already very wealthy and financially independent BEFORE they enter politics (to truly serve their countries). Campaigning and holding political office is not cheap if one is truly honest, clean, corruption free and serve with integrity. On the other hand, in underdeveloped countries. eg Malaysia, many (lazy and failures, etc) enter politics for "cepat kaya'. Look. How can many of our MPs and Aduns live in luxurious bungalows and drive expensive cars and holidays all over the world with their families on their salaries, if not for "side incomes" (all negatives)? No wonder most of our politicians, BN and opposition alike, REFUSED to publicly declare their incomes and assets.

    Posted 3 years ago by Malaysian First

  • “Enter politics to truly serve their countries”. And to do that you need neither wealth nor education. In contrast wealth and education are wasted in Malaysia because people enter politics to serve themselves

    Posted 3 years ago by Dennis Madden