PETALING JAYA (Bernama): Voters in the Seri Setia by-election have high expectations that the candidate should serve all the communities and is someone close to their hearts.
Having a candidate who can look into the needs of all races and who always "turun padang" (goes to the ground) is what the voters in this state constituency are hoping for.
The by-election is a straight fight between Pakatan Harapan's Halimey Abu Bakar and PAS' Dr Halimah Ali.
President of the Taman Sri Subang PJS 10 Residents Association, V. Pulevendren, said voters are looking for a candidate who can serve all races and not focus on one particular segment of society.
"It is important to have a representative who will represent the voice of the people in Seri Setia and knows what is important for them," the 66-year-old businessman told Bernama.
Pulevendren, who has been staying in Seri Setia for almost 30 years, claimed that the Indian community, especially those staying in Desa Mentari, Desa Ria and Lembah Subang flats, had been "a bit neglected".
Special attention should be given to resolve the issues plaguing the community, as they were a significant vote bank from the constituency, he said.
Meanwhile, another resident in Taman Sri Subang, Peter Chong, 66, said it did not matter if the candidate was local as long as the person made efforts to get close to the people.
"The important criteria for any candidate is to always listen to the pulse of and needs of the people by going to the ground to meet them.
"We don't want a candidate who only appears when an election is around the corner.
"If the assemblyman has some other engagements and really can't meet the people, we want at least his or her personal assistant to come and meet us.
"Whoever wins the by-election should strive to be better while continuing the legacy of the previous representative, namely former two-term Seri Setia assemblyman Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad," said the retired warehouse and logistics supervisor from a private company.
Among issues plaguing residents in Seri Setia are clogged drains and poor cleanliness of the surroundings, especially after the Sunday night market.
Another resident, Mansor Ibrahim, 63, from Taman Sri Subang said more people-centric programmes, like "program muhibbah" which gathers all races under one roof, was needed to ensure neighbours got to know each other better.
He also thanked the relevant authorities who helped to lower the crime rate in Taman Sri Subang PJS 10, Petaling Jaya, where crime was once a major problem for the residents.
The by-election for the Seri Setia state seat will be held on Sept 8 following the death of its incumbent, Prof Dr Shaharuddin Badaruddin of PKR, due to colon cancer on Aug 2.
In the general election on May 9, Shaharuddin won the seat with a 19,372-vote majority, beating three challengers Datuk Yusoff HM Hanif of BN, Mohd Ghazali Daud of PAS and independent candidate Dr S.Vignes. – Bernama