NORMAL activities have resumed in Permatang Pauh as contractors go about removing election banners and billboards in the constituency hours after polling ended.
In Penanti, Kubang Semang and Permatang Pasir and several villages nearby, residents there have returned to their normal lives and the traffic, too, has been smooth like what it was two weeks ago before the campaigning began.
However, the folk in Permatang Pauh are still clinging to hopes that their new MP would make the place better.
Businessman N. Rukmagdan, 76, who has been operating a hairsalon for the past 50 years there, said the population had increased tremendously in the past ten years, but the roads remained narrow.
“I’ve done my responsibility as a rakyat to vote. Now, I hope the MP will carry out her responsibility to help us.
“I’m facing a hard time because my customers usually cannot find a place to park their cars on the roads nearby,” he said.
Rukmagdan said he would not be able to work for long as his health was deteriorating.
“Thankfully, I’m still eligible for the Federal Government’s BR1M aid handout,” he said when met at his shop yesterday.
Retired government servant Ahmad Meh, (pic) 64, voiced his disappointment with the by-election result.
“I’m sad that Barisan candidate Suhaimi Sabudin didn’t win despite promising development for this area.
“He is a man who will keep to his promises.
“In the next election, I hope the party will retain Suhaimi again as it is hard to find somebody to replace him,” said Ahmad.
A trader in Penanti, who declined to be named, said if the prices of goods continued to increase, he would have to close shop.
“Long ago, bicycles ruled the streets, but now it’s cars and motorcycles.
“My customers complain of insufficient parking space near my shop.
“My business has been further affected since they changed the traffic flow into a one-way system,” he said.
During Thursday’s by-election, PKR managed to retain the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat with a smaller majority.
Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail polled 30,316 votes to beat Suhaimi by 8,841 votes.
Suhaimi garnered 21,475 votes in the four-cornered fight.
Parti Rakyat Malaysia’s Azman Shah Othman, 50, and independent Salleh Isahak, 53, both lost their RM10,000 deposit.