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Published: Wednesday April 24, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 12:40:02 AM

GE13: Contesting in a hot seat compels Dr Shafei to embrace limelight

All ears: Dr Shafei (right) speaking to a Wangsa Maju resident during a health programme.

All ears: Dr Shafei (right) speaking to a Wangsa Maju resident during a health programme.

STUDENTS who have been studying hard for exams are normally unperturbed as the time for it fast approaches. Wangsa Maju Barisan parliamentary seat candidate Datuk Dr Mohd Shafei Abdullah says he has been “studying” for a long time, since 1988 to be exact, and is a confident man.

“Last-minute studying is not going to help much,” the 55-year-old said, adding that he had been actively engaging with the constituents from all walks of life since he became the Barisan chairman for the area four years ago.

He has, however, been a member of the local Umno branch since 1988.

He was so serious about serving the people that he even moved to the area and has stayed put ever since.

Mohd Shafei’s entry into politics came about at a time when he was frustrated with life.

“I wanted to do something meaningful and contribute to the country and its people. My early life was filled with hardship so I want to help people in a similar situation,” the Pekan-born father-of-five said.

He said that during his visits to markets, temples, mosques, schools, the army camp and other places over the past few years, he found support for Barisan was high.

His favourite coffeeshop in Danau Kota has also become an unofficial centre as many will meet him there to air their problems, over a cuppa.

The popular practice is now taking place at other coffeeshops in Wangsa Maju as well, since last year.

“We meet people from all walks of life,” said Shafei.

His election campaign slogan is “From the people, for the people” and reflects his aim to serve sincerely.

“I am happy when I can help. I do not want to do things for fame and that is why I am rarely in the media,” he said.

However, being a first-time candidate as well as the political secretary to Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, avoiding the media is no longer an option for Shafei who is contesting in a hot seat.

Shafei said the problems in Wangsa Maju were manageable and that he intended to resolve some problems soon.

These include reducing the number of squatters and ensuring they get a proper home in the same area as well as working towards a win-win situation in constructing a funeral parlour at the Danau Kota flats.

“I also want to revive Pasar Besar Gombak, a white elephant, by making it an Urban Transformation Centre that offers various government services as well as house a Klinik 1Malaysia,” Shafei said.

For more election stories, please visit The Star’s GE13 site

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