Big plans for a cleaner, brighter Butterworth


  • Metro News
  • Friday, 06 Apr 2018

Dhinagaran helping a recipient try on a new pair of glasses at the programme in the Bagan Dalam constituency.

WITH over 250 volunteers already roped into ‘Team J. Dhinagaran’, the potential candidate is one step closer to achieving his aspiration of taking Butterworth to greater heights.

Dhinagaran, who is Bagan Dalam’s Barisan Nasional coordinator, said his strong connection with the Federal Government would also help provide better opportunities for constituents should he be chosen as a candidate and win the state seat.

The 45-year-old businessman said he plans to use his expertise and experience in running a diverse range of trade to rejuvenate Butterworth town.

“I hope to bring economic development involving the people of Butterworth.

“If elected, I will have my team supporting the Seberang Prai Municipal Council to spruce up the Bagan Dalam constituency.

“I will form a flying squad to help take care of cleanliness within the constituency, and I have my own resources to obtain trucks and engage manpower for the purpose,” he said.

Dhinagaran, who is also MIC central working committee member, said this would be his first time contesting in a general election if elected as a candidate.

“My manifesto will benefit the people rather than the leaders.

Dhinagaran (middle) with recipients of the free spectacles programme in Taman Mewah, Butterworth.
Dhinagaran (middle) with recipients of the free spectacles programme in Taman Mewah, Butterworth.

“Most of the major infrastructures in Bagan Dalam were brought in by Barisan Nasional, such as the ongoing Penang Sentral project, Penang Port and goverment health clinics.

“For the past 10 years, we have not seen any new buildings or infrastructure in Bagan Dalam, and if elected, it will be my responsibility to utilise the existing facilities to benefit the people.

“As Butterworth is the heart of the Bagan Dalam constituency the locals here must be recognised for the town’s development,” he added.

Dhinagaran said he hoped that the 18,345 voters in Bagan Dalam will support him for the various community programmes he had conducted over the past three years such as giving out of freespectacles and free petrol.

He is also running the Special Implementation Taskforce on Indian Community (SITF) centre in Jalan Kampung Jawa to ensure that the people are able to access services, programmes and projects by the Federal Government in a just, fair and equitable way.

Married with two children, Dhinagaran started his political career as a MIC member in 2006. He was MIC Youth treasurer from 2008 to 2013.

Between 2006 to 2013, he also served as Penang MIC Youth chief and was Penang Kabaddi Association president from 2008 to 2013.


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