PORT DICKSON: Port Dickson town is all abuzz whenever PKR candidate Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim goes on a walkabout.
Residents having their breakfast at a restaurant at 9am yesterday were pleasantly surprised by the presence of Anwar, who came to the restaurant with supporters. They wasted no time taking turns to snap selfies with him.
Anwar, who was accompanied by former Port Dickson MP Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah, made his rounds throughout the town, meeting hawkers, taxi drivers, business owners and civil servants.
He also took time to listen to the grouses of taxi drivers here, led by the Taxi Drivers/Car Rentals Welfare Association chairman Rosli Latif.
Rosli said the taxi drivers are now making very little money due to competition with e-hailing service Grab.
“They (e-hailing drivers) don’t have a taxi licence like us. They can dress up in shorts and slippers. Grab is like a golden child while the taxi drivers are neglected. The next MP who wins (in the coming by-election) should address this issue.
“Nowadays, a taxi driver is only able to make RM20 a day, compared to the past when he could easily make RM100. Hopefully, the government will help us,” Rosli added.
Anwar told reporters that he would help to address the issue faced by the taxi drivers.
Meanwhile, at a separate press conference at Pakatan Harapan’s by-election operations centre, Danyal praised the smooth running of Pakatan’s by-election machinery.
“The mood is excellent. What we have done so far is to introduce Anwar to the local community and people are genuinely excited to see him, especially those who fought for him.
“So, it’s a good revelation for him and it’s also good for the campaign, because people are beginning to identify him with the Reformasi movement,” he added.