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The engineers: Mansor and Tang Heap Seng, who will be contesting the Bayan Baru parliamentary seat, sharing light moment after the meeting.
RARING to make a comeback into Penang’s political scene after not contesting in the 2008 general election, consultant engineer-turned-politician Mansor Musa is ready to be the voice of the people of Batu Maung again.
“I will be trying my very best and I am confident of winning the seat, God willing,” said the 49-year-old who was named as Barisan Nasional’s candidate for the Batu Maung state seat.
Mansor, who was born and raised in Sungai Ara, was a one-term Batu Maung assemblyman from 2004 until 2008.
Asked if he is convinced about the grassroots support in Batu Maung, Mansor expressed confidence as he had kept his service centre operational despite not being an assemblyman.
“People come to my centre. I’m still in touch with the locals,” he said.
The Bayan Baru Umno deputy chief promised to tackle infrastructure issues as well as the traffic congestion in Batu Maung.
“With the construction of the second Penang bridge expected to be completed soon, there will be a significant rise of traffic volume in the area,” said Mansor, who is also Koperasi Tunas Muda Sungai Ara Bhd chairman.
He is expected to face PKR’s incumbent Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim, who defeated Umno’s Norman Zahalan with a 3,169-vote majority in 2008.
Also making a comeback is Gerakan’s Lai Chew Hock, who is named as the candidate for the Bukit Tambun seat.
Lai served as the Sungai Bakap assemblyman from 1997 to 2004, and became Bukit Tambun assemblyman in 2004 until 2008. However, he was dropped as a candidate in the 2008 elections.
Determined to wrest the seat from PKR, Lai said that he is prepared for a tough election campaign.
The 48-year-old said that the people of Bukit Tambun should elect him as their representative as they will be able to benefit from his wealth of experience as a former state assemblyman.
“I have been carrying out the ground work at the constituency since two years ago, and I believe I can get the voters’ support,” said Lai, who is also Bukit Tambun Barisan coordinator.
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