TANJUNG MALIM: Barisan Nasional will not take the easy way out when facing off against its opponents in the Slim by-election, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
Calling on the machinery not to be complacent, the MCA president said hard work is still necessary even though Barisan has been around in Slim for a long time.
“Traditionally, we have been here for many years and we have a good base here but we cannot be complacent or take things for granted. If we get comfortable, we won’t work or achieve anything," said Dr Wee.
“We have to work hard and do our best to ensure our partner wins on Aug 29, ” he added when met after visiting the Slim River New Village here Thursday (Aug 20).
Also present were party deputy president Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon and former Tanjung Malim MP Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan.
The Ayer Hitam MP also cautioned the machinery against doing a “last minute job.”
“House-to-house campaigns are very important to show our concern and to interact with people. Barisan will not take the easy way out. We face our opponents, be they from Tun (Dr Mahathir Mohamad)’s party or the independent candidate. In every by-election we must work hard towards victory, ” he said.
Dr Wee added that MCA will focus on the Chinese-majority areas, where the community is 85% to 90% Chinese, in the 70-year-old new village and Slim River town.
He noted that MCA has also arranged for every party leader to come and campaign for the Barisan candidate in the coming days.
Dr Wee made several site visits at the new village and also conveyed good news to the residents that a shortcut connecting the village to another residential garden in town will be opened for public use.
He said the shortcut behind SMK Dato Zulkifli Muhammad was actually a reserve road under the purview of the Railway Assets Corporation (RAC).
“There have been requests by locals to open the road for public use so that they are better connected when commuting during the rush hour.
“I have visited the site and discussed with the Tanjung Malim District Council and reached the most realistic solution.
“We have no problem with opening this road for the people’s convenience, ” he said, adding that the council has also agreed to manage the maintenance of the road.
Dr Wee also said he will look into solving the flash flood problem that stemmed from an incompatible drainage system near a nearby train track affecting the new village.
“When constructing the double train track, KTM Bhd had the drain system built to handle a large volume of water.
“However, we find that the drains at the lower area are rather small and unable to drain the water in time, causing it to backflow and overflow to the nearby village, ” he said.
Dr Wee added that KTM Bhd will continue to do maintenance, including clearing the drain periodically.
“We need a long-term solution for this. The drains at the lower area need to be fixed to solve the issue once and for all. KTM Bhd and RAC are ready to cooperate with the Drainage and Irrigation Department on this, ” he added.
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