KEMAMAN: Election hopefuls have found ingenious and creative ways to attract attention as they canvas for votes for the March 8 polls. Incumbent Kemaman MP Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek is no exception.
He has come up with a 30-minute production, in DVD format, featuring him and the development that has taken place in the constituency over the past four years.
The 49-year-old said it was usually played as a prelude in his meet-the-people sessions.
It is actually a gentle reminder of what has taken place in Kemanan. The visuals are proof that the area has seen change since 2004, and I am promising them more to come, he said when met at Felda Neram Satu on Wednesday night.
Shabery said his campaign tactic had certainly pulled in the crowds, as everyone was eager to know the content of the DVD that I have brought along for my ceramah.
I think they assume that it is the infamous DVD (of a senior politician caught with his pants down). When I put it on and it is about Kemaman, the crowd would laugh but would continue to watch, he added with a chuckle.
Crowding around a small television set at a stall selling satay, folks from the settlement let out a wah in unison when their wakil rakyat in the DVD said Kemaman would soon have its own KLCC.
Shabery was referring to a shopping mall under construction in Rantau that would offer people in the area and nearby Dungun a different shopping experience.
He said while the Kemaman parliamentary constituency and its four state seats was the safest area for the Barisan in Terengganu, his team was not taking any chances and has been working hard meeting and wooing the voters since Day One.
This constituency has 120 villages and with 13 days of campaigning, I need to visit at least nine villages a day, he said.
It is hard work because voters want to see their candidates during this period. It can be back breaking, but this is what politics and elections are all about, he added.