PETALING JAYA: Locals in Cameron Highlands are hoping that whoever wins the upcoming by-election will resolve problems plaguing the constituency.
Their concerns include affordable housing, parking woes and labour shortages.
Retiree Tony Ng said there were plenty of apartments but these were priced too high for locals.
“So the locals, especially the poor, are overlooked. Some are still renting or forced to move out as they cannot afford the rent,” he said.
Many of the apartments were also used as homestays and Airbnb, he added.
The parking shortage was due to outsiders setting up stalls at parking lots, said Ng.
He hoped the new MP would meet locals on a regular basis.
On Nov 30, the Election Court declared that Barisan Nasional’s win during the general election was null and void due to corrupt practices.
Datuk C. Sivarraajh, who was the incumbent MP, did not appeal the court’s decision.
Ng said they had no issues with Sivarraajh.
“He came often and was concerned, but I don’t see some of our state assemblymen.
“We want a person who can serve us and not only think about themselves,” he said.
Another resident, M. Vignesvaran, said the lack of parking spaces and poor management had contributed to traffic problems there.
“Whenever the night market opens, it takes me 20 minutes to leave my area when it usually only takes two to three minutes.
“Permission given for stalls to open up in these parking spaces must also be controlled,” he added.
The lack of proper facilities for sports was also an issue, he said.
Restaurant owner S. Kumaresan said the lack of manpower was a pertinent problem for the business community.
“We hope the next MP can look into this issue seriously,” he said.
Polling will be held on Jan 26.