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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 25 (Bernama) -- Public complaints in the Bandar Tun Razak
parliamentary constituency are mounting as its MP, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim,
has failed to solve the woes of the constituents, said Bandar Tun Razak Umno
Youth chief Datuk Rizalman Mokhtar.
He said 18,250 public complaints, mostly related to housing, hawker and
basic amenities, were received by Umno and the Barisan Nasional (BN) since Parti
Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) wrested the seat from the BN in the 2008 general election.
"Our offices, which are open every day, are crowded with residents wanting
to air their complaints.
"When we asked why they come to us, they said it is difficult to meet their
elected representative or even if they were able to meet, he couldn''t solve
"He gave the excuse that the problems come under the jurisdiction of Kuala
Lumpur City Hall and the Ministry of Federal Territories and Urban Well-being.
So what is the role of the MP then, they asked," Rizalman told Bernama.
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He cited housing woes as the main reason why the BN lost the Bandar Tun
Razak parliamentary seat, saying there were not enough housing schemes for the
poor and the lower income group then.
"But the problems are being addressed by the prime minister and the federal
territories and urban well-being minister by building affordable housing schemes
in the capital, including Bandar Tun Razak for the poor and the low-income
group," he added.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak recently announced a special
funding scheme for the sale of houses under the National Economic Action
Council''s People Housing Programme (PPR-MTEN) as well as DBKL public housing,
which would commence operation on March 1 to help those who want to buy such
houses in the capital.
The prime minister said the Cabinet, at its meeting on Jan 18, had agreed to
the scheme proposed by the Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Ministry,
with funds from the Employees Provident Fund (EPF).
Rizalman, who is also Federal Territory Umno Youth chief, said Umno Youth
and residents welcomed the government''s decision to build the 1Malaysia People''s
Housing or PR1MA houses for urban dwellers earning below RM3,000 a month in
Bandar Tun Razak.
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"Umno Youth understands the housing problems faced by young people in the
capital. Furthermore, it is very hard to get affordable homes in Bandar Tun
"Hence, the constituents should not forget the federal government''s effort
in solving their housing woes by giving the BN the opportunity to recapture the
Bandar Tun Razak seat (in the next general election)," he said.
Rizalman claimed BN''s forays had borne fruit with 60 per cent of about
90,000 youths in the constituency now behind it, but ironically only about
42,000 of them had registered as voters.
He said that until September last year, 12,000 new voters were registered in
Rizalman said the Umno Youth division had lined up 50 social, sports and
Islamic religious activities for youths in the constituency this year besides
holding celebrations for all festivals with the cooperation of other BN
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Meanwhile, resident Ah Kwang, 35, said various social and sporting
programmes organised by the BN in the constituency could help enhance unity with
the participation of all communities while hardly any relevant programme was
held by the opposition other than political events.
Another resident, M. Yogeswaran, 43, said the BN had carried out many
community programmes for the benefit of residents and helped to solve hawker
problems while the opposition has failed to live up to expectations.
The Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary constituency covers an area of 3,832 sq
km and has 84,000 voters, comprising Malays (52.73 per cent), Chinese (39.47 per
cent), Indians (7.17 per cent) and others (0.61 per cent).
The constituency, once a stronghold of the BN, went to the opposition when
Khalid beat Datuk Tan Chai Ho of the MCA in the 2008 general election with a
majority of 2,515 votes.
The constituency has 22 housing areas, seven mosques, two temples, 17
primary schools, 16 secondary schools and two public institutions of higher
learning, namely Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre and an institute
of teacher education.
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