PKR’s former Balik Pulau MP Yusmadi Yusoff is throwing his hat in the ring for a contest in the next general election.
The senator said the decision was made after taking into account the views of friends and family members who wanted him to return to the political arena.
“After considering the views of friends and also after taking into account the advice and views of family, especially that of my mother and wife, I humbly respond to the call to contest in the next election.
“After more than 20 years with the reform struggle, I believe political change is very important and needs to continue,” Yusmadi said on Facebook today.
He also welcomed support from anyone who wants to help him achieve that goal.
“All assistance, expertise, financial and material resources are needed.
“This can only be done if there is a strong spirit of consensus among the people and leaders who have the same ambitions and mission.
“To those who have the same ambitions and mission and believe in our ability together, you can DM (direct message) names and phone numbers. I will contact you to discuss the next steps,” he added.
The 46-year-old who holds a law degree from the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) first contested the Balik Pulau parliamentary seat in 2008.
In the election, Yusmadi defeated Umno supreme council member Norraesah Mohamad with a majority of 708 votes.
Yusmadi got 15,749 votes compared to Norraesah's 15,041.
However, in GE13, Yusmadi was not nominated by PKR to defend the seat.
He was instead replaced by Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik who lost to former Penang deputy chief minister Hilmi Yahaya.
However, Bakhtiar returned to seize the Parliament seat in the 2018 polls. That same year, Yusmadi was appointed as a senator in the Dewan Negara.
Looking to change society
Commenting further on his plan to run in the next election, Yusmadi said he offered to contest because he wanted to change society through politics and was confident that the challenges in the next election would be different from the previous ones.
“I believe there are still many leaders who are greater and more qualified than me to lead you. I just want to be an alternative offer and be willing to compete healthily with the great talents of the country.
“I plan to start the work early, taking into account the limited time and preparations that need to be made, especially by ordinary people like me who don’t have big names and big monetary backing like other candidates,” he added.