IT WAS a red-letter day for rural folks in the parliamentary constituency of Bagan Serai as Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir made a visit.
Dr Zambry went to meet the people and enquired on their needs, as they travelled from one village to another.
There was much cheer and jubilation at each stop as Dr Zam- bry announced the state government’s approval to build and upgrade public facilities.
In Kampung Sungai Perikan, Semanggol, the state government allocated RM25,000 to upgrade and expand the surau, which had not been renovated since 1968.
A multi-purpose hall will also be built as a place for the villagers to have their activities.
Villager Ramli Abdul Rahman, 83, was thankful to the state government for looking into their needs.
“Even though ours is a small village, we are not left out,” he said.
At Kampung Sungai Baru in Selinsing, Dr Zambry also said that a new surau would be built to replace the current one which is old and shaky.
Dr Zambry also brought cheer to 31 oil palm planters from the village when he presented them with land title deeds.
Among the recipients was Halim Harun, 41, who received the land title deed for his 0.81ha oil palm plantation.
“I’m happy as I have been working the land for more than 20 years.
“It was a nice gesture that the Menteri Besar presented the land title deeds to us personally,” he said.
In Sungai Gedong, Dr Zambry presented brand new food stalls called Kiosk Amanjaya to 20 local residents.
Among them was senior citizen Samsudin Mohd Ismail, 71, who plans to sell ais kacang.
“I have wanted to do it for a long time but could not afford a stall, which costs more than RM3,000.
“Five months ago, I heard that the state government was providing the stalls to help people improve their livelihood and so I applied,” said Samsudin.
Dr Zambry also presented food aid to the poor and needy during his meeting with the people in Sungai Gedong.
Wong Kie Moy, 70, was thankful to have received the aid from Dr Zambry himself.
“It goes to show that the state government cares and is concerned about the needs of the people,” said the retiree.
Dr Zambry also visited Kampung Parit Ali Kallang, where an allocation to rebuild an old surau in the village was informed to the people.
Villager Abdullah Sulaiman said he was grateful for the state government’s generosity.
“We were given RM150,000 to rebuild the 50-year-old surau, which had been quite old and the structure is unstable,” he said.
At his final stop in Kampung Parit Air Hitam, Dr Zambry again gave reasons for the people to cheer.
After inspecting an old wooden multi-purpose hall in the village, he announced that the state government would provide an allocation for a new one to be built.
Housewife Hamidah Yusof said the announcement was timely as the hall is quite old.
“A new hall will enable the villagers to conduct their activities, such as have a handicraft workshop, in a more conducive environment,” she said.
Meanwhile, Dr Zambry said he had been meeting the people in Bagan Serai to hear their needs on many occasions.
He also dismissed claims by certain quarters that his visit was due to the upcoming election.
“The government has always been concerned with the needs of the people at all times, and will continue to give attention to them,” said Dr Zambry.