Ang eyeing to complete market for traders


Doing their duty: Ang greeting policemen as they queue up to vote during the early voting for the state polls at the Johor police headquarters in Johor Baru. — THOMAS YONG/The Star

JOHOR BARU: The development of the Taman Sri Tebrau market will be a top priority for Stulang candidate Ang Boon Heng who aims to push for its completion for the sake of its 100-odd traders.

The Barisan Nasional candidate from MCA said the traders had been temporarily relocated to an empty lot in Taman Suria in 2019 to make way for the market privatisation project, which would see the construction of a multi-storey market and modern facilities.

“But it has been about three years and nothing much has been done yet. The market site has now become a parking spot, which is a shame,” he said.

“I would meet with the relocated traders in Taman Suria from time to time and they are still upset that they were told to move to another location,” he added.

Another problem that Ang wants to look into is the flash floods that had happened in the constituency.

This, he said, would include deepening Sungai Sengkuang nearby.

When he was a councillor of the area, he said the Johor Baru City Council installed two pumps along the river to mitigate floods and the area had been flood-free for the past 10 years.

However, after a downpour last week, Jalan Keris 2 in Taman Sri Tebrau experienced flash floods, and he felt it is high time that the authorities re-looked the infrastructure.

Ang said his manifesto includes the installation of a closed-circuit television surveillance system to make Johor Baru a safer city for all.

“For the youth, I aim to increase the number of sports facilities such as constructing a football court in Majidee and upgrading the basketball court in Taman Pelangi.

“I also plan to provide free online tuition classes to improve the standard of education for the students in the constituency,” said Ang, a lawyer who holds a Master’s in law from the National University of Singapore.

On going against incumbent Stulang assemblyman Andrew Chen Kah Eng for the second time, the 56-year-old said his opponent had more exposure from being a two-term assemblyman.

“I have been a councillor and actively providing my services to the community for the past 20 years, so I hope the voters can give me a bigger platform to fight for them in the next state assembly,” he added.

Ang, who is also the building committee chairman for SJK (C) Kuek Ho Yao in Taman Seri Austin, said he would not neglect his task of ensuring that the school sees completion soon.

“When I brought up the matter at a meeting with the state Education Department on Feb 21, the Pasir Gudang district education office agreed that a Chinese school is needed in the area to cater to the demand.

“Over the years, the school has accumulated RM11.5mil in allocation, including RM7.5mil from the current Federal Government. I hope the construction can be accelerated to start taking in students next year,” he said.

Ang is in a five-cornered fight against DAP’s Chen, Perikatan Nasional’s Youis Yap, Parti Bangsa Malaysia’s Saiful Bahari and independent Moharam Baharom.

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