BUKIT MERTAJAM, April 27 – The Chinese community of Permatang Pauh want the member of parliament (MP) elected on May 7 to address security issues in their housing areas. Residents of Kampung Sungai Semambu, Kubang Ulu and Sungai Lembu are concerned for their safety as criminal cases in their areas have increased over the last 15 years.
Ong Chin Chye,55, a seller of joss sticks and prayer materials in Kampung Sungai Semambu said he lost over RM1,000 after his house was broken into last month. “We hope the new MP will help us to address the security issues,” he told BERNAMA when met at a function with Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Suhaimi Sabudin in Bukit Mertajam, Monday.
Ong said not much progress was made in 15 years except in Seberang Jaya, which developed into an integrated administrative, residential, industrial and commercial area for the northern region. Kuan Kheng Wah,57, a resident from Penanti said the Permatang Pauh MP had ignored the security issues although they are important factors in development.
The former employee of Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) said Penanti is in need of a park for residents to hold sports activities and recreation. “The distance between home and the park in Seberang Jaya is over five kilometres. I hope the new MP can build a recreational park nearby,” he said.
Permatang Pauh has 16,472 Chinese voters or 23 percent of the 71,890 voters in the parliamentary constituency. The four candidates vying for the seat are Suhaimi Sabudin (BN), Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (PKR), Azman Shah Othman (PRM) and Salleh Isahak (Independent). The by-election is held after Pardons Board rejected a petition filed by the family of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, thus disqualifying him as the MP for Permatang Pauh.