VILLAGERS living in and around Manong came out in droves to greet Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir during his one-day working visit to the Kuala Kangsar district.
Starting out the day with breakfast in Kampung Talang Hulu, Dr Zambry chatted with the villagers and listened to their problems.
Much to the delight of the villagers, Dr Zambry announced an allocation of RM100,000 to upgrade the Al-Karimiah surau and RM48,000 for the upgrading of the RPT Padang Kerbau surau nearby.
He also made a special visit to the home of 80-year-old ex-serviceman Kamarudin Deman, who became paralysed after a stroke, to give adult disposable diapers and food items.
Next, Dr Zambry visited Kampung Baru Jerlun where he was welcomed by pupils from SJK (C) Jerlun.
The little ones waved the Jalur Gemilang enthusiastically as soon as they saw their very important guest arriving.
“Apart from visiting the villagers, I am also here to test the road conditions after a RM400,000 upgrading exercise undertaken by the state government.
“Seeing that the road is an important link for villagers to transport their oil palm and farm produce to Kuala Kangsar, I have decided to give an extra RM200,000 allocation to upgrade another stretch of the road,” he said.
He also announced that the state had approved an application for a 1.6ha piece of land to be gazetted as a cemetery at the village.
Dr Zambry also told villagers that he was aware of a 286-unit housing scheme nearby, Taman Seri Emas 2, which had been abandoned for seven years now and expressed hope that the developer would complete the project soon.
“In order to help the homeowners get their homes faster, the Perak Water Board (LAP) has agreed to let the housing scheme share the water tank of an adjoining residential area.
“This will save the developer up to RM400,000 in construction costs,” he said.
Dr Zambry also listened to village chief Wong Sai Chuen’s request for help to purchase new ICT equipment for the primary school and gave RM20,000 for the purpose.
He also presented allocations to 15 families to repair their homes before visiting 49-year-old rubber tapper, Wong Chin, who had to raise three daughters on his own after his wife left him 10 years ago.
“I commend Wong’s effort in raising his children on his own.
“I have also decided to ‘adopt’ his three daughters under the Yayasan Bina Upaya programme to help the family,” Dr Zambry said before proceeding to the closing ceremony of a religious seminar at the Jeliang Mosque where he announced a RM100,000 allocation for its upgrade.
Heading onwards, Dr Zambry also visited Kampung Ulu Piol, Kampung Ketior and Manong before presenting a field site to SJK (T) Gandhi Memorial in Kuala Kangsar.