RETIRED teacher who wants to be known only as Mah, 66, was one of those affected by the floods in Alor Setar, Kedah, late last year.
She remembers not knowing where to go or who to ask for help.
“It was at this time that the state government, through the MCA and other component parties, came on their own accord to provide immediate help.
“They helped us out after the floods by cleaning up and helping to make repairs to our houses after that,” she said when met in Alor Setar recently.
Mah was among many in the Chinese community who have benefited under the Barisan Nasional government in Kedah.
Like many from the community, she is also particular when it comes to upholding and developing culture, education and social mobility.
She observed that Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah was able to reach out to the community.
“It is important that we be treated with respect and our government leaders are aware of our needs.
“This mentri besar is approachable and understands what we want. He works to provide them like things such as better infrastructure and education facilities,” she said.
Fellow Alor Setar voter Hoo Huy Sean, 38, said the Muafakat Kedah programme introduced by Ahmad Bashah in 2016 had helped Kedahans as a whole regardless of race or religion.
“I like him because he is not racist, and the programme has helped many deserving people, including poor Chinese families who would otherwise be left behind in terms of development.
“I know some youths who want a change this election, but when I ask them what they want to change, they are unable to give a definite answer,” she said.
Housewife Lee Siew Sooi, 69, was among those who received Barakah aid from the state government since its inception two years ago.
“It is not easy to manage a family with little income, and the Barakah aid for essential items has helped us get by during difficult times.
“The mentri besar and his people have delivered on their promises to us, and I hope he will continue to do so,” she said.
Ahmad Bashah said he abided by the principle of helping all children in the state, regardless of race and religion.
“It is my responsibility and I am ready to serve the grassroots, because that is the political teaching instilled in me by our previous leaders.
“Malays, Chinese, Indians, Siamese and other races in Kedah are all my family. I am not enemies with any of them,” he said.
Ahmad Bashah added that he never had problems going to the ground to meet people because that was the way he was brought up.
“I am a Kedahan who lived and grew up here. I understand the people well. I do not pretend to approach the rakyat, because this is who I really am,” he said.
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