KOTA LAKSAMANA PLEDGE: Two free meals a day for 5 years if party wins state seat
MALACCA: POOR families in Kota Laksamana state constituency were promised two free meals a day for the next five years if the candidate from the People's Progressive Party is given the mandate by the voters in the 13th general election.
Kota Laksamana, a DAP fortress since 1982, is the heart of Malacca's heritage site and covers the areas around Jonker Street and Sungai Melaka, home to the Chetti and Baba Nyonya communities.
The poor are spread out in areas and villages of Gajah Berang, Mata Kuching, Kubu, Kampung Hulu, Jalan Hang Tuah, Kampung Morten and Pengkalan Rama Pantai. They represent about five per cent of Kota Laksamana's 19,511 voters.
State PPP chairman Senator Datuk Chiw Tiang Chye said on Saturday that this was among the pledges to the constituents if PPP won.
"If we are given the mandate, we will provide for the poor and work for the people for the next five years or until our term ends.
"This is a promise I am personally making to the people of Kota Laksamana," he said after the launch of the BN operations centre in Kota Laksamana by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam.
Chiw is tipped to be the candidate for Kota Laksamana.
Traditionally, a seat contested by the MCA, it is one of three under the Kota Melaka parliamentary constituency. The other two are Kesidang and Banda Hilir.
Ali had said in January that PPP would be given a chance to contest the seat after several failed attempts by MCA to capture it in previous elections.
However, the chief minister said it might come at a heavy price, in the form of surrendering their quota for a senatorship post to MCA if PPP won the seat.
He had also said more than 10,000 people had joined the BN supporters club since the announcement.
In the 2008 polls, DAP's Betty Chew Gek Cheng obtained 11,043 votes beating BN's Lee Kiat Lee with a 7,242 majority for the Kota Laksamana seat.
Chiw had also resolved to look into the state's floods and traffic problems.
He also promised voters he would not neglect them but would regularly go down to the ground and engage with them for closer rapport and a better working relationship.