To win back voters, Penang Gerakan hones in on local issues zone by zone - Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia

To win back voters, Penang Gerakan hones in on local issues zone by zone

GEORGE TOWN, Oct 3 — Penang Gerakan launched today a new strategy it hopes will win back voter support for the next elections, by focusing on local problems it claims has been neglected by the Pakatan Harapan elected representatives.

State chairman Teng Chang Yeow said they needed to launch a new approach to help the people resolve local issues such as cleanliness, clogged drains, flash floods, potholes and traffic dispersal issues.

"We want to let the people know that there are issues to be resolved and yet the Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives ignore these issues because they are too busy playing politics," he said in his opening address at the opening of a General Election 14 workshop by Wanita Barisan Nasional (BN) here.

The BN state chairman said they launched the new approach yesterday by having 11 chairmen from 11 different Jawatankuasa Perwakilan Penduduk (JPP) organise simultaneous press conferences to highlight local issues at each respective zones.

"The Pakatan elected representatives and councillors are too busy playing politics to bother about the people's issue so we will raise these issues to find resolution for the people," he said.

He added that the 11 chairmen who called the press conferences are all new faces so this new approach is also a platform to train new people in preparation for the general elections.

"We will use this as a platform to train them on how to deal with the media," he said.

Teng said it is time for them to start with a new approach especially when they have failed to make headway using old methods.

"We won't succeed if we continue with old ways, we need to find new ways to get better results and we hope that these new approaches will win back the hearts and minds of Penang voters," he said.

He said Gerakan has 48 JPP in the whole of Penang so if this new approach proves successful, all 48 JPP will call simultaneous press conferences to point out local issues at each respective zone.

"I've received a lot of complaints and grouses from the public where the Penang Island City Council and Seberang Perai Municipal Council do not take action to resolve local issues," he said.

He also accused the Pakatan Rakyat-led state government of misleading the public into thinking that both councils, the MBPP and MPSP, were under federal jurisdiction.

"When they first took over administration, they told the people that both councils are federal agencies so when these agencies issued summons or clamped vehicles, the public blamed the federal government," he said.

He stressed that both MBPP and MPSP are directly under the Pakatan Rakyat state government so these 48 JPPs will also work to dispel this misconception.

"We want to dispel this misconception with our new approaches and we are also looking at other new mechanisms that we won't reveal as yet," he said.






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