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Too Gao Lan, God Of Fortune And Uncle Kentang Are Among The Candidates For GE15

Too Gao Lan, God Of Fortune And Uncle Kentang Are Among The Candidates For GE15

Candidates do not necessarily need to put their real names on the nomination form.

Fernando Fong

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On the nomination day of the 15th General Election (GE15), some candidates used “special” names to stand out from the competition.

These names include “God of Fortune”, “Uncle Potato”, “Too Gao Lan” (A Cantonese foul word) and other names.

The fact that the names got past the Election Commission (SPR) sparked heated discussions.

In an interview with Sin Chew, an SPR official revealed that the names used for the nomination of candidates are only the names shown on the voting paper.

Hence, they are allowed to use names different from those on the Mykad card.

It is allowed if the name can show ‘personality’ and represent an individual.

When asked about the use of controversial names, the SPR official also responded that as long as it is not a “common sense” controversy, there is generally no problem.

Running Afoul Of Creativity

Too Cheng Huat, an independent candidate for the Batu parliamentary seat, used the name Too Gao Lan to run.

Too Gao Lan is a Cantonese/Hokkien word that means damn pissed and is considered a foul word.

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Social activist Kwan Chee Heng, better known as “Uncle Kentang”, contested for the Puchong parliamentary seat as an independent using his nickname.

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Kwan will face three candidates, Yeo Bee Yin from Pakatan-DAP, Datuk Syed Ibrahim Syed Abu Kader from Barisan-Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress (KIMMA) and Jimmy Chew Jyh Gang from Perikatan Nasional (Gerakan).

The other is an independent contesting in Seputeh as Choy San Yeh, which means God of Fortune in Cantonese.

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