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Monday April 22, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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NIBONG TEBAL: Nibong Tebal has development potential, says Penang Umno chairman Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman.
Zainal, who is contesting the Nibong Tebal parliamentary seat, said he would like to execute his plan, that was shelved five years ago, to tap into the town’s potential.
“I have received feedback from residents that (Nibong Tebal outgoing parliamentarian) Tan Tee Beng has not served the people here well and they prefer a local boy to serve them,” said the former Nibong Tebal MP.
He lost to Tan – the PKR candidate who later quit the party in 2010 – in the 2008 general election.
Zainal Abidin faces state PKR chairman Datuk Mansor Othman and independent Teng Kok Peng in a three-cornered fight.
“My plan for Nibong Tebal is to transform the area into a growth centre.
“The completion of the second Penang bridge will encourage growth on the main-land and not just the island,” Zainal Abidin told reporters at a kenduri arwah (memorial service) yesterday for Ahmad Ibrahim, an Umno member who passed away last year in Sungai Acheh.
Zainal Abidin, 53, who said he had been serving in Nibong Tebal for more than 30 years, pointed out that a local candidate could understand the community better “rather than some politicians who have been in the area for just a few weeks.”
With him at the event was Barisan’s candidate for the Sungai Acheh state seat, Datuk Mahmud Zakaria, 65.
Ahmad’s son, Zainol Abidin Ahmad, 42, said his father, a former PKR member, had served the community and PKR when he was healthy and strong.
“But when he was weak due to old age, the party sort of abandoned him.
“It was Mahmud and Zainal Abidin who came to our aid,” said the businessman.
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