THERE are many things that folk in Teluk Intan wish to see happening in the town.
An interview by The Star revealed that the local feel there is a necessity for more development to improve the small town.
Other things included better Internet services, better road conditions, security and safety, and also more recreational activities.
Convenience shop owner Tang Kok Meng, 36, said Teluk Intan really need more development in terms of its infrastructure.
“I think development is still slow here and we really need commercial projects to improve the lives of the people here.
“With more development, there will be more job opportunities.
“With job opportunities, youths here need not travel outside of Teluk Intan but can stay on to work here,” he said.
Most importantly, said Tang, is that the people want opportunities to “cari makan” (earn a living).
“I think it is time for us to catch up with other more developed towns, or Ipoh for that matter.
“Improved facilities like better Internet services would also enhance connectivity,” he said.
Kampung Padang Tembak mosque committee deputy chairman Ayub Mohamed, 52, said he was satisfied with the overall development in Teluk Intan.
“In terms of education, we have both private and public tertiary institutions here, including Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Segi College and a community college.
“We also have plenty of schools, so it is not a problem,” he said.
Ayub said utilities such as electricity and water sources in some traditional villages could still be improved on.
“Some of these are really old and are in need of maintenance and upgrading.
“I really hope whoever wins the by-election could help us,” he said.
Ayub said development was also needed in Pasir Bedamar, especially on the bunds along Sungai Perak.
“The bunds need to be upgraded and maintained. It used to flood a lot because of its toporaphy,” he said.
“There were two phases to the bunds that had been completed and there are still three more phases yet to be implemented,” he said.
Ayub explained that former Teluk Intan MP Datuk Mah Siew Keong was the one who fought hard to have the bund along the river built to alleviate the flood in the constituency.
He said that villages like Kampung Hujung Tanjung and Kampung Terengganu were some of the areas that were affected by floods.
On Internet broadband and WiFi connectivity in the constituency, Ayub said several villages, including Kampung Padang Tembak were able to access those services.
“Though there is Internet coverage in villages, there is still room for improvement,” he said.
“One thing that needs to be looked into immediately is the condition of the roads.”
He cited Jalan Changkat Jong as one of the roads that needs to be improved and upgraded.
“I hope it can be widened and its condition improved. There are many road users travelling along the road, especially those from outstation visiting the town for a holiday,” said Ayub.
Factory worker M. Sasitharan, 36, also agreed that the roads in Teluk Intan needed improvement.
“Some roads are uneven and some are narrow. I hope these could be looked into,” he said.
Stall helper Nazri Mat Hosnon, 28, said he hoped more major events would take place in the small town.
“The people here, including senior citizens and youths, want more recreational activities that they can enjoy.
“Honestly, there are not many places to hang out here and we really hope that more carnivals and so on could be held here,” he said.
Nazri said although Teluk Intan was no longer a cowboy town, development was still needed.
“I worked in Kuala Lumpur and Malacca before returning to settle down here.
“There is a vast difference between those places and Teluk Intan, and I do miss the lifestyle in a bustling city,” he said.
Food seller P. Ashok Kumar, 48, who has been in Teluk Intan all his life, said he was content with life in the town.
“All the basic necessities can be found here. I don’t have many complaints but the Internet service could be improved,” he said.
Ashok Kumar noted that the small town has grown and developed over the years.
“It now has several supermarkets, though it wouldn’t hurt to have major shopping complexes or hypermarkets,” he said.
Insurance agent Kok Yon Yin, 58, said most people in Teluk Intan were unhappy with the rising cost of items.
“Teluk Intan is a small place, but the cost of goods and food has gone up a lot.
“Most items, especially foodstuff, have gone up between 20 to 30 sen.
“It is really hard for the people here.
“We just want to have a decent standard of living,” she said.
Kok added that security and safety was another issue that needs to be looked into in Teluk Intan.
“Crime has also increased. There have been many cases of snatch theft.
“Many of my neighbours always lock their gates at night to deter robbers from entering their premises,” she said.
Mah and DAP’s Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, former political secretary to Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang, are contesting in the Teluk Intan parliamentary by-election.
Polling will be held this Saturday.