Candidate hopes to use allowance to better people’s livelihood

Dhinagaran (centre) gives the thumbs up sign while taking a group photo with residents of Jalan Mengkuang during his campaign rounds in Butterworth. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

BARISAN Nasional candidate for Bagan Dalam state seat J. Dhinagaran has pledged to “give away” his allowance if he wins in the general election.

He said he would use the money for programmes and events that benefitted the constituents.

“If elected, my allowance as an assemblyman will be used for the people as I have a lot of plans to improve their livelihood here.

“My army of volunteers have been servicing the people here for more than two years, with all the expenses borne by me.

“People here saw how my team members spring into action when a large tree branch fell in the middle of the road when a fire broke out in the area several days ago.

“We are not competing against the government agencies in helping the people. The voluntary service is more to complement their efforts.

“My 200 army of volunteers have been taking turns to help the people in Bagan Dalam during emergencies,” he said during a door-to-door campaign in Taman Bagan on Saturday.

The 45-year-old businessman has been campaigning aggressively by putting in 17 hours daily in his final push before polling day.

“I know this is a DAP stronghold but I know I have a chance. I have seen more people and ‘walked the extra mile’ urging voters to give me a chance.

“If elected, I would personally be here to meet the people as I want to be available to them all the time,” he said.

Dhinagaran is contesting against DAP candidate Satees Muniandy, Teoh Uat Lye from the Malaysian United Party, Teoh Huck Ping from Parti Rakyat Malaysia and Jasper Ooi Zong Han from Penang Front Party.

On allegations that his team members had been tearing down his opponents’ flags, Dhinagaran denied them outright.

“My people won’t do that.

“I am a politician who runs a clean and decent campaign. I would not want to jeopardise my chances and create a bad reputation for Barisan.

“We don’t have the time or energy for such despicable acts. Our concentration is to see the people and talk to them,” he said.

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