A MONTH has passed since the general election and many Bukit Tambun residents still do not know where the service centres of their newly elected representatives are located.
Simpang Ampat village security and development committee member Shaharon Noordin said that many of the people did not know who their elected representatives were as they did not even bother to meet them after winning their seats in the general election.
“I don’t even know who is the assemblyman for Bukit Tambun until today. What I was told is that he is from PKR.
“In fact, our MP (for Batu Kawan) also has not met us after winning his seat. There is not even a word of thanks to the people who have voted them in,” he said in Butterworth on Tuesday.
Dr P. Ramasamy is the Batu Kawan MP and also Penang Deputy Chief Minister II while Law Choo Kiang, the Bukit Tambun assemblyman, is a state exco member.
Shaharon said it was difficult for the people to air their problems to their elected representatives as they did not even know the location of their service centres.
“Both of them should meet and introduce themselves to us and brief us on their plans for the constituencies so that it will be easier for us to work with them.
“It has been a month since and we have not heard anything from both of them yet. We did not face such a problem when Barisan Nasional won the constituencies in 2004.
“They met and thanked us a week after the election,” he added.
Shaharon said they were still many unresolved issues that needed their attention, adding that among the issues were the relocation of 145 families in Kampung Baru, allocation to upgrade of rural roads and drainage system as well as the problems of illegal factories in the constituency.
Dr Ramasamy, when contacted, said he opened his service centre in Bukit Tambun recently.
“My service centre is located near the Bukit Tambun Inn and they can come anytime. In fact, I stay in Simpang Ampat and they can see me there.
“It will be difficult for me to be on the ground all the time as I have to carry out my responsibilities in the state government. I have been working about 13 hours daily since assuming the post of deputy chief minister,” he added.
Law could not be reached for comments.