MIRI: For Andy Chia, the last five years have seen one event after another involving people within the Pujut state constituency.
But this had been routine well before he became the Pujut assemblyman in 2006.
The pace has become even faster now as demand for his attention grew in the urban constituency with 22,577 voters.
Chia has been renominated to defend the seat for Barisan Nasional and faces DAP’s Fong Pau Teck in a straight fight.
“Yesterday, I only managed to be at home for about 15 minutes for a shower and to change. For the rest of the day until midnight I went around to meet the people. That is my life now,” he said.
The 57-year-old accountant-turned-politician is also known for being IT savvy and actively uses Facebook, Twitter and his blog to update constituents of his activities.
Most recently, he used Facebook to send an alert about five fishermen from Miri who went missing after going out to sea on March 22.
“When I posted the message about the missing fishermen, I received a lot of replies from people of all races who inquired about the case and even offered prayers that they would be safe,” said Chia.
The fishermen were found near Pulau Tiga, off Kuala Penyu, in Sabah on Sunday.
Chia said the response of the people to his online alert showed how concerned Miri folk were, regardless of their racial or religious background, to the plight of others.
“Although we (people of Pujut) have become urban citizens, I am glad to note that the caring spirit among us is still very much alive,” he added.
On his election preparations, Chia, who is from SUPP, said the party had been gearing up for it over the last four years.
“Now we are increasing the tempo,” he said.
“I made rounds throughout my constituency, listening to the people to deal with their problems and am happy to report most have been solved,” he added. — Bernama