KAJANG: As Kajang enters its third day of official campaigning, some folks here have openly expressed faith in Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun as a leader who will sincerely help them.
Chew, who is Barisan Nasional’s candidate and MCA vice-president, continued her campaign trail by meeting hawkers and shopkeepers, unhampered by yesterday’s haze.
As she was having breakfast at one of the stalls, a man approached her and said “I support you” before shaking her hand.
Wan tan mee shop operator Siew You Chiou, 50, also said he would vote for her.
“At least she is better than the previous assemblyman from PKR who hardly ever visit us,” he said after meeting Chew during her walkabout here.
His wife Yin Yeo Meng, 52, said several hawkers along the row of shop houses had wanted to move out because the area was very deserted and had few street lights.
“It is dangerous for hawkers like us who open shop till the wee hours in the morning. We have raised this matter with the PKR assemblyman’s secretary who promised to arrange a meeting but until today, there is no development on it,” she said.
Chew is running against PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail for the Kajang state seat after it fell vacant following the abrupt resignation of its assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh of PKR.
Shopkeeper Mary Wong, 66, said Chew was her choice candidate because she made herself very accessible to the people.
“If I need to look for her, I know she will be easily contactable,” said Wong, who has been living in Kajang for 40 years.
Hoo Saw Chiam, 62, who runs an insurance office in the town, believed Chew was capable and that she would fulfil her promises.
“I do not think Lee should have resigned as our assemblyman. It was very irresponsible of him,” said the father of two.
Chew, at a press conference later, said the people’s response towards her was “quite warm”.
As for her health, she said her voice had changed due a sore throat and had to drink honey to soothe it.
“However, my spirits remain high and I will continue to work hard until the very end,” she said.
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