MUAR: Johor MIC chief Datuk M. Asojan is counting on his experience and service to the people when he defends the Gambir state seat against two Opposition giants.
The three-term assemblyman will defend the seat against Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and PAS’ Syura council head Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed.
“I am quite surprised that the Opposition is fielding two giants (to contest) against me.
“I have nothing against them although they are the ones who I expect will be attacking me,” he said.
Asojan said he would rely on his 14 years of service that helped transform the once sleepy hollow.
“When I became the assemblyman in 2004, Gambir was considered a cowboy town made up of a few rows of wooden shops.
“There was limited access to the town, which didn’t even have traffic lights,” he said.
However, today, he said the town boasted several banks, fast food restaurants and supermarkets.
He said Gambir produced about 40% of vegetables in Johor, and his focus would be to improve access to the town.
“The town is now connected to the highway and major roads.
“It is also home to one of the nation’s two wholesale vegetable markets that are open seven days a week.
“A new RM2.2mil bus terminal will be built here soon,” he added.
Asojan said he was happy to serve the community, irrespective of their race.
“I am not like the Opposition candidates, who are ‘nomads’ and only appear during the polls to play up sentiments.
“I live here with the people and my door is always open to them if they need help, even after midnight,” he said.
Asojan cited his efforts to help build a RM6mil mosque and RM1mil temple as examples of his service to the communities here.
He also said he had exceeded the target of helping to build 1,000 houses since 2013.
“I have done my best to bring economic and social development here over the past 14 years,” he said.
In 2013, Asojan defeated Dr Mahfodz by a slim majority of 310 votes in a four-cornered fight with independents Mohd Zan Abu and Yunus Mustakim.
Gambir has 20,975 voters, comprising about 56% Malays, 39% Chinese, 4% Indians and less than 1% of other races.