JOHOR BARU: Despite a busy campaigning schedule, candidates vying for the 26 parliamentary seats in the state are taking the necessary steps to remain healthy.
Since nomination day on Nov 5, they have had hectic schedules to meet voters, attend ceramah and give interviews to the media.
Apart from the traditional walkabouts and coffeeshop meet-and-greets, some have also been attending birthday celebrations, wedding ceremonies and even sports activities.
Barisan Nasional candidate for the Tanjung Piai seat, Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng, said he is taking his vitamins and maintaining a healthy diet throughout the campaign period.
“For me, the hectic campaign schedule is not an issue as I am used to such a busy life. I wake up at 6am every day, not just during the elections. This has always been my habit.
“I also practise eating a healthy diet and take my vitamins regularly. I just stick to this routine during the elections to maintain my health,” he said.
Pejuang candidate for the Johor Baru seat, Mohd Akhiri Mahmod, said he would make sure to get some rest despite his busy schedule.
“No matter how busy we are during the campaign, we must still make sure we drink enough water and make time to eat.
“I stick to a healthy diet and only eat food with less oil and sugar. I opt to drink more plain water instead of sweet drinks,” he said.
He added that the most important thing is to have a healthy and positive mindset.
Bersatu’s associate wing candidate for the Iskandar Puteri seat, Jason Tan, said he would take short naps in between activities to maintain his energy.
“Besides that, I also take some supplements, vitamins and Chinese herbs to keep myself healthy,” he said.
He added that he also focused on using social media instead of hosting programmes with large crowds to minimise the chances of him and his voters getting Covid-19.
Bersatu candidate for the Tanjung Piai seat, Najwah Halimah Ab Alim, said apart from taking care of her own health, she is also ensuring her campaigners and volunteers are doing the same.
“I take supplements every day to boost my energy and have also been advising my team to do the same,” she said, adding that she is also maintaining a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables.
Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) candidate for the Muar parliamentary seat, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, insists on finding time to work out three times a day despite his packed campaigning schedule.
“I usually exercise when I wake up, take a shower and go for my campaigning activities,” he said.
“In the evening, I will also work out before continuing to meet voters at night and do another round of light exercise before I go to sleep.”