Hello! I am Ooi Zhi Yi, 34, born in Penang, a place where politics has been lively since decades ago.
Growing up in a middle class family; we were taught to study and work hard with many of my relatives grew up to be professionals; working as doctors, engineers, accountants. I was one of the few that took the different path.
I studied Social Science in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and have learnt a lot about the society and community. Through participating actively in Red Crescent Society, United Youth Movement of Malaysia, Leo Club and now Lions Club since my younger years, I soon developed a huge responsibility and interest towards the development of the community. Eventually, I participated in politics by joining Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia in the year 2005.
The opportunity to volunteer in politics since 13 years ago has enabled me to bring myself to the next level, where I have the chance to involve by assisting the community in many different ways.
When I have been appointed as the coordinator and then nominated as a candidate in the previous general election, I came to understand more about the problems and issues that the people experiences. Subsequently, I make plans and raise issues to the authorities to make Penang a better place to live in.
However, many of our policies have failed to address the problems faced by Penang people. Politicians of today regardless from which side of the political spectrum are too focused in personal ambitions and political games and has has sacrificed progress and development.
I believe that the young, fresh politicians must lead the way to fill up the political vacuity by practicing a better political culture. By practicing better political culture, we will be able to develop the community as a priority.
However, in May 2018, I faced defeat in the general elections and accepted the results. Inspired by the campaign team, party members and supporters, I believe that a true campaign should not stop after an election. We should continue on to what we have been advocating for as an election is just a political process that should not deter an honest vision.
Hence, I am bringing the campaign to the party in hopes of making positive changes internally, and subsequently to the nation and our community. With this, I am taking my next step to run for the National Youth Chief of Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia.