Dian Lee, the daughter of a property tycoon, is a recent high-profile addition to the youth party Muda and this is causing a stir on social media.
Joining the political organisation and aspiring to be a candidate in the snap polls in Johor did not go down well with netizens.
The involvement of a rich family’s daughter, loaded with cash indeed, does not give the party a good shine. It only shows, for some netizens, that cash is still king in Malaysian politics.
Sources say Muda has a large following. The leader of Muda is the ex-sports minister Syed Sadiqq (the youngest minister in Malaysian history) who served during Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad reign as the PH Prime Minister. He has more than one million followers on Twitter.
He left Bersatu, the party of Mahathir after the latter resigned as PM in Feb 2020. Mahathir had also resigned as leader of the Bersatu party, which was taken over by Muhyiddin Yassin who succeeded Mahathir as PM.
While some say Diane Lee should be judged by her action and work as a politician, not by her social status, there are still many who are concerned.
Netizens are saying Muda is turning out to be too elitist and that it would probably bring in more high-profile youngsters from rich families.
A netizen accused Muda of only highlighting Lee for her family background.
Reports say Lee promised to help Muda in the Johor elections. Many believe the helping hand means pumping money into the political organisation.
Which would equate to buying a seat in the political organisation for some.
In an interview with The Star, Lee stated that her family will not be involved in funding Muda.
Muda is already on the defensive with Lee’s entry into the party.
Muda secretary-general Amira Aisya Abd Aziz defended Lee, a mother of three.
“With all due respect, I often praise those who are capable in Muda, regardless of their backgrounds.
“Dian, Dr Thanussha, Afiqah Zulkifli, Beatrice Chin, Cikgu Ayu and so many more capable women are in Muda. I’m proud to stand alongside them,” Amira reportedly said.