Kamalanathan has earned the affection of Hulu Selangorians
KUALA LUMPUR: Several voters in Hulu Selangor interviewed are hoping for P.Kamalanathan, their incumbent MP, to retain the seat when the May 5 polls conclude.
To them, though he only became their MP in 2010 after a by-election, Kamalanathan had served them well.
In an event at Bandar Sungai Buaya on April 25, The Mole caught up with some of the Barisan Nasional supporters from various ethnicities who turned up to endorse Kamalanathan as the candidate of their choice.
Ahmad Nisfu Hamid said: “We are here to give our full support to him (Kamalanathan) because as an MP he has done a fair bit to improve our livelihoods.”
“He has helped us in many ways but he can still do more as he only became the MP here in 2010.”
Ahmad Nisfu, in his 50s, has lived in Sungai Buaya for the last six years, and he expressed his desire to see Kamalanathan win again in Hulu Selangor.
His friend Shahhudin Hashim said he will vote for BN as he believes the party must retain its influence in Sungai Buaya.
“I would like him (Kamalanathan) to remain as our representative here because he is doing a good job so far,” said the 56-year-old.
Nevertheless, he hoped that Kamalanathan could help improve the livelihood of the people who are still lagging behind in terms of development.
Stall owner Mohd Nahar Shaari claims that the locals are in dire need for better infrastructure.
“We don’t even have a post office here, let alone a petrol station, many of us have to travel to Serendah which is about 10 minutes away to buy fuel.”
“We have no proper street lights especially on the road leading into Sungai Buaya from Rawang and due to that the place has become an accident prone area,” he added.
The 47-year-old added that the Hulu Selangor district council (MDHS) have yet to solve the problem despite various complaints being made.
Mohd Nahar however believes in the leadership of Kamalanathan and is confident that the latter will help to settle these matters once and for all.
Two youngsters described Kamalanathan as a ‘friendly MP’ who takes care of the needs of his people.
Zulfaqar Faiz Mohd Fairos, said, “He is very friendly and helpful, when there are problems he’s there to help us solve them.”
“My whole family will vote for him,” the 16-year-old added.
Zulfaqar’s friend Mohd Fadillah Muzaini also acknowledged the fact that Kamalanathan has been a good representative.
“He’s good and he works hard here. Every now and then he pays us a visit,” said the 17-year-old.
In 2010, during a by-election Kamalanathan defeated Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) candidate Datuk Zaid Ibrahim with a majority of 1,725 votes.
He is set to face a four-cornered fight against PKR candidate Khalid Jaafar and two independents, Razali Mokhtar and Datuk Seri Dr Edmund Santhara.
Hulu Selangor comprises 54 percent Malays, 27 percent Chinese and 19 percent Indians.