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Endau candidate visits Orang Asli


CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Datuk Abdul Latiff Bandi pays a visit to Kampung Tanah Abang Orang Asli community to get to know the people he will be representing if he wins

MERSING: BARISAN Nasional (BN) candidate for the Endau state seat, Datuk Abdul Latiff Bandi, visited the Orang Asli village in  Kampung Tanah Abang near here to get to know the people he will be representing if he wins the seat.

Latiff explained the BN's manifesto to the villagers and urged them to vote so that the promises made by BN could be fulfilled.

Latiff, who was born and bred in Mersing, stepped in to take the place of former Endau state assemblyman Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman.

"I will be taking over from Datuk Zainal Abidin and if I am elected, I can continue his good work for the people," he added.

Latiff also listened to the grouses of some of the villagers and promised to look into them.

Resident Mat Sahit Wahab, 42, who had lived for over 20 years in the village, said he, too, had seen much positive changes there.

"We get aid from the government," he said. "Schools and a surau have also been built here."

He added that all the roads in the village had been tarred, which made it easier for villagers to drive around.

"I do odd jobs and sometimes catch fish for a living. It is now easier for me to bring my catch to the town to be sold," he said.

Sarina Angan, 34, said she was happy with the aid her family had received from the government.

"My children are now attending school, something which I did not have a chance to do during my younger years," she said.

She added that the chances for her children to further their education in university is also higher and she was thankful for the opportunity.

Datuk Abdul Latif Bandi (in white shirt) visiting the Orang Asli community in Kampung Tanah Abang near Mersing with BN campaign workers. Pix by Ikhwan Muhammad

Abdul Latiff getting to know the residents in Kampung Tanah Abang, near Mersing.

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