Still a man of the people

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 26 May 2018

Leong (left) listening intently to Loo at the 168 Food Court in Klang.

PANDAMARAN assemblyman Tony Leong Tuck Chee is a well-known figure among the south Klang community.

The former Klang municipal councillor enjoyed the adrenalin rush of going into various neighbourhoods and getting the council or other authorities to resolve problems for the people.

Over two weeks ago, Leong, from DAP, was elected assemblyman in the 14th general election after winning with a majority of 17,376. He garnered 20,313 votes against Barisan Nasional’s Tee Hooi Ling, from MCA, who secured 2,937 votes and Ikatan candidate Santokh Singh Gurdev Singh, who obtained 622 votes.

“I am thankful to the electorates for their support.

“As their representative, I want to create a better township and ensure basic amenities are in good condition,” said Leong, who contested for the first time in the elections.

Persatuan Warga Emas Tua Teluk Pulai chairman Loo Hock Chai said most people liked seeing Leong out and about as the elected representative.

With his energetic nature and a beaming smile, Leong can be seen everywhere, said Loo.

Loo urged the new assemblyman to ensure the municipal council to look into the wellbeing of senior citizens and instal facilities such as pedestrian walkways, adequate lighting and road crossings.

San Jia Mei, who sells fried mee hoon, said Leong was a dedicated gentleman who readily served the people even in the wee hours of the morning including visiting flashflood areas to find a solution.

Even one of his political foes acknowledged Leong’s caring culture, seeing his satisfaction in helping people.

“Over the next two months, I want to meet up with the Public Works Department in Klang and get them to resurface the road below the flyover at the Taman Gembira intersection,” said Leong.

“The road currently has a washboard effect that rattles drivers.

Azmizam (centre) during his election campaign trail that was attended by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin (wearing cap) in Kampung Teluk Gong. — filepic

Azmizam (centre) during his election campaign trail that was attended by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin (wearing cap) in Kampung Teluk Gong. — filepic

“I will ensure all roads in the area are resurfaced,” said Leong, adding that he would follow up with the flood mitigation plans for Taman Melawis, Taman Chi Liung in Pandamaran, and Jalan Tanjung in Taman Gembira.

“I am meeting people at food courts, restaurants and even at schools. I want to engage with the people and ensure their voices are heard,” he said.

Leong believes that as an assemblyman it gives him more influence to bring up issues to the state government.

“It will help me to voice out to the local authorities and the state, which is the most important form of government when it comes to people’s day-to-day experience.

“Now I can serve the community in a very real and practical way where issues affecting the area can be debated and different points of view presented, with the aim of reaching a consensus on solutions that will help meet local needs.

“I also plan to upgrade the two rows of stalls at Jalan Besar, Pandamaran, where a new roof and better flooring are needed.

“Even the drainage needs to be improved. We must make the food stalls conducive with the aim of enticing tourists to the streetfood,” he added.

Pandamaran falls under the Klang parliamentary seat. Its MP Charles Santiago, from DAP, was an economist prior to entering politics.

Other state seats are Bandar Baru Klang and Port Klang. The elected representatives are Datuk Teng Chang Khim and Azmizam Zaman Huri respectively.

Teng, a former exco member, has entered his sixth term as lawmaker.

On the other hand, Azmizam, who was a local councillor from 2008 to 2014, is another newcomer to the state assembly.

The father of four completed studies in the field of Logistics and Supply Chain. He was involved with shipping agencies before going into active politics.

“It is my passion to serve the people and to effect changes, that encouraged me to go into politics full time. Being an elected representative gives me an edge to push for development at state level that will augur well for the people of Port Klang,” he said.

Azmizam, from PKR, has been the party’s central executive committee member since 2014.

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