Politician with seniors at heart


  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 14 Apr 2018

Koo (middle and left pic) celebrating her birthday with senior citizens whose birthdays are also in April at the Penang Home for the Infirm and Aged in Jalan Masjid Negeri. — Photos: GEORGE CHEAH/The Star

BATU Lancang Gerakan coordinator Peggie Koo Pei Chee is only 32-years-old and she will be facing a tough fight to win the seat for Barisan Nasional.

The constituency has always been known as a ‘black area’ for Barisan. Since 1986, Gerakan has won the seat only once in 2004.

Koo, a full-time politician who once worked as a teacher and medical representative, said she will try her best to wrest the seat from DAP if she is picked as the candidate.

She has a special place in her heart for senior citizens and she visited an old folks’ home on April 12, which is a day after her birthday.

“One of my aims is to help senior citizens so that they can enjoy a better quality of life.

“Whenever I passed by the constituency, I see old folks walking alone. They do not seem to have anything else to do to pass their time.

“If given the chance, I want to set up a ‘Golden Age’ clubhouse for old folks where children can drop them off and fetch them back after work,” she said.

Koo, who graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), said senior citizens can spend their time by meeting with the same age group people and carry out activities prepared for them.

“By doing so, they will be mentally happy, which is crucial at an old age.

“Rather than just giving them money annually, we should provide them a better environment,” she said to reporters during the distribution of free reading glasses as well as a joint birthday celebration with senior citizens at the Penang Home for the Infirm and Aged in Jalan Masjid Negeri.

Although Koo is from Sungai Petani, she has been staying in Penang since 2007 after she enrolled into USM.

Besides looking after old folks’ welfare, she said the constituency needs better traffic control and more public spaces.

Koo, who is single, took part in Gerakan activities since 2008. She became a member in 2014.

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