Taking voters’ feedback seriously


(From left) Liakat Ali and Chuah meeting voters at the Batu Maung market. — Photo: ZAINUDIN AHAD/The Star

ALTHOUGH candidates are busy with campaigning, they did not forget the senior citizens staying in welfare homes.

PKR’s new face for Batu Uban A. Kumaresan visited the Silver Jubilee Home for the Aged in Sungai Dua, Penang.

He said there were some 80 Batu Uban voters residing at the home who should not miss exercising their rights.

“We will arrange for them to go out and vote.

“We want them to have the chance to vote, as every vote counts,” he said when met at the home recently.

Among those he met was its oldest resident Ho Phaik Keat, 97, a Batu Uban voter.

Kumaresan, 31, said he had conducted several activities including personal functions at the home as city councillor.

Kumaresan (left) with his campaign manager Cheah Peng Guan distributing his election manifesto for the people of Batu Uban.
Kumaresan (left) with his campaign manager Cheah Peng Guan distributing his election manifesto for the people of Batu Uban.

He said he brought his wife V. Dayanee, 29, and three-year-old son K. Nareendraa Kumar, and other family members for his campaign.

“I am familiar with this constituency as I have spent much time here serving as the councillor.

“We are also promoting healthy lifestyle activities such as cycling and hiking in my campaign,” he said, adding that his manifesto concentrates on education, urbanisation, youth and social community welfare.

Meanwhile, the early morning downpour did not deter Barisan Nasional’s two candidates from visiting a market in Batu Maung.

Barisan’s Bayan Baru parliamentary candidate Chuah Seng Guan and Batu Maung candidate Liakat Ali Mohamed Ali greeted traders and marketgoers at the Batu Maung market.

They spent time listening to the voters’ views before heading to their next destination.

As a new face, Chuah said teamwork was important as he tried to accommodate his campaigning schedule with the other three Barisan state seat candidates in Bayan Baru.

“So far, I have realised that voters are more open-minded now and willing to exchange opinions with us,” he said.

Liakat Ali said people were no longer hostile to them and were willing to accept changes.

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