In United States of America, Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was the governor of California from 2003 to 2011. We still don’t know if Kanye West will be running for president in 2020, but we do know that the foray of entertainers into politics is not something new.

Even in Singapore, former Miss Singapore Universe Eunice Olsen became a Nominated Member of Parliament from 2004 to 2009.

In Malaysia, former Malaysian beauty queen Jo-Anna Henley Rampas is representing Parti Warisan Sabah as a candidate for the Kiulu state seat.

But the well-educated woman who comes from a long line of local leaders, wants voters to choose her for ability not looks, reported the New Straits Times.

Jo-Anna was the focus of many, media and members of the public alike, after the nomination process on Saturday.

“I am not using my beauty to fish for votes,” she said as the media made a beeline for her.

Jo-Anna will be facing Parti Bersatu Sabah’s Joniston Bangkuai, who is defending the seat for Barisan Nasional (BN), Mr Terence Sinti of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku and Parti Cinta Sabah’s Gaibin Ransoi.

The 29-year-old is unfazed by the tough competition.

“My grandfather on my mother’s side was a community leader in Kiulu at one time, and my uncle Louis Rampas was a former state assemblyman here, for three terms. My mother stood as a BN candidate here as well, in 1994,” she said.

Jo-Anna said she intended to work to increase the earnings of rubber tappers and fight for land grant issues in Kiulu.

“I really hope that people don’t put too much emphasis on my looks, to the point that they think I am using it to get votes,” she said.

The Kiulu state seat falls under the Tuaran parliamentary constituency and has 12,978 registered voters.

Image: Jo-Anna’s Facebook
Text: The New Paper / April 2018

Additional text: Hidayah Idris
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