Scrolling through my LinkedIn newsfeed, I had little interest in a Caucasian person talking about my hometown district leader.
Hannah Yeoh was an unknown household name, who stepped into the spotlight one day when banners of her were placed in front of her school, where she was head prefect (similar to student council president). She was running to be District leader for Subang Jaya, my hometown for 20 years. Most people took interest of her for she was:
- Malaysian Chinese (a minority race)
- She was young (late 20s)
- She was pretty
Youth and beauty aren’t the first things that politics will correlate with (but have been over recent years, take Justin Trudeau). Hannah graduated with a law degree, so she wasn’t one who was competing for paparazzi.
Her face populated every possible public space our small town had, and her win was the beginning of a revolution for the opposition party.
In the last couple of months, I’ve been convincing myself to be patient. What is there to look forward to, except uncertainties and worries?
Reading this article was enlightening. While I wouldn’t think a Caucasian person would know anything about Malaysia other than reading her biography, Hannah Yeoh’s story has brought back the days of the Christian youth rallies we had and how she was seen as a representation of what tomorrow may bring.