ALTHOUGH the Gombak parliamentary seat was won by PKR in the last two elections, Barisan Nasional remains positive about making inroads in the constituency in the coming GE14.
Barisan candidate Datuk Abdul Rahim Pandak Kamarudin has vowed to overcome three key issues in the district if he gets elected.
“The three matters that I will tackle if we can capture the state are water problems, cleanliness and affordable housing,” he said, when met at the Kemas (Community Development Department) Parlimen Gombak Teachers’ Day event in Kampung Sungai Tua, Gombak on Thursday.
The event was attended by over 300 Kemas teachers, officers, supervisors and community volunteers, as well as BN candidate for the Sungai Tua state seat, Datuk N Rawisandran.
Abdul Rahim claimed that the dengue problem in Selangor, especially in Gombak, was due to accumulated rubbish in the area collecting stagnant water.
“This means our infrastructure, especially our drains, are not well-managed.
Water drainage is affected, and this creates a lot of problems like dengue and other hygiene issues,” he added.
On affordable housing, he said it was an issue that needed to be addressed.
“There needs to be sufficient affordable housing schemes for the lower income groups, which probably form about half of the state’s population. They need help from the state government,” Abdul Rahim said.
Affordable housing is an issue that the Pakatan state government has not neglected.
The Selangor First Home Buyers Smart Scheme that it introduced helps people pay the 10% initial deposit for the purchase of Selangorku homes.
Selangorku affordable apartments have also been planned in Kampung Seri Temenggung, Gombak.
The Selangor Development Corporation (PKNS), in collaboration with the private sector, has to-date built more than 15,000 affordable housing units.
The Gombak parliamentary seat sees a three-way fight between two-term Gombak MP Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (PKR), Abdul Rahim and Khairil Nizam Khirudin (PAS).
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