YOU have to run from one department to another to get your problems resolved.
This is what Lumut folk had to do over the last one year.
Prior to the May 5 general election last year, they were able to seek help from the service centre of then Lumut MP Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.
Located in Sitiawan town, the centre was always busy with people of all races making a beeline there to seek all types of assistance.
On Sunday, the people’s woes over the past one year were highlighted at the Lumut MCA division annual general meeting held in Sitiawan.
One of the complaints was about the lack of services provided by the current Lumut MP First Admiral (Rtd) Mohd Imran Abdul Hamid from PKR.
Lumut MCA Wanita chief Tiong Mee Ling said people had complained that Mohd Imran’s staff would just mention the departments that could resolve their problems, and that was all the services they provided.
Lumut is a predominantly rural constituency, and there are local problems, ranging from drainage and roads to education issues which the elected representatives have to help to resolve.
When addressing the local MCA leaders at the meeting, Kong said the DAP had even asked when the MCA would re-open their service centres after the general election last year.
Many of the MCA service centres were closed temporarily after the election.
Kong said he hoped the people were able to see the true colours of the Pakatan Rakyat politicians now— be it PKR, DAP or PAS.
“Pakatan only wants to wrest power, be it at the state or federal level,” he said, adding that the welfare of the people was secondary to them.
Kong said he had also received complaints that Mohd Imran was no where to be seen after the election.
He said the Chinese in the constituency who had supported Mohd Imran were also in for more rude shocks.
Mohd Imran, he added, had openly told the media that he supports PAS’ hudud move.
Kong also showed those at the meeting a banner of Mohd Imran voicing his stand on hudud.
“This is how he reciprocates the support of the Chinese who had enabled him to win the Lumut seat,” he said.
Kong said PAS was set to table a Private Member’s Bill in Parliament this September to amend the Federal Constitution so that hudud could be implemented in Kelantan.
He said Mohd Imran would vote for the Bill.
Kong said he had been warning the people of PAS’ ultimate aim to turn the country into an Islamic state and implement hudud.
The move to implement hudud in Kelantan was just the beginning, he said, adding that PAS would definitely go all out to do the same in other states after that.
Kong said Pakatan, which had managed to do well in the last election, had spurred PAS to push its Islamist agenda.
On the brighter side, Kong said some people had finally seen the true colours of the Opposition pact, citing the defeat of DAP in the Teluk Intan by-election last Saturday as an indicator.
“Teluk Intan voters have (literally) woken up,” he said,
In the by-election, DAP’s candidate Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud lost to Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Mah Siew Keong by 238 votes.
Mah polled 20,157 votes against Dyana Sofya’s 19,919.
The seat fell vacant on May 1 after its MP, Seah Leong Peng from DAP died of cancer. Of the 60,000 plus voters in Teluk Intan, 42% are Chinese while Malays and Indians comprise 38% and 19% respectively.
Despite Barisan winning by a small vote majority, the coalition saw a substantial return of Chinese support to its fold.
The Chinese support for Barisan was 34% this time around, up from the 19% in the election a year ago.
“I hope this good beginning for Barisan will continue for a better future for the people and country,” he said.
At the meeting on Sunday, the delegates also celebrated Parents’ Day and Dumpling Festival.
The festival fell on Monday, that is the fifth day of the fifth month in the lunar calendar.
Kong’s wife Datin Seri Chan Tat Chin was among those present at the two events. MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong opened the AGM and Perak MCA chief Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon was also at the opening.