By YUEN MEIKENG firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by RAJA FAISAL HISHAN
BARISAN Nasional’s Tapah candidate Datuk M. Saravanan has vowed to continue combating urban poverty in the constituency using his three pronged approach - improving infrastructure, creating business opportunities and raising education standards.
“It is better to teach people how to fish than to give them fish.
“Eradicating poverty is not an overnight process,” he said after a meet-the-voters session at Taman Permata in Bidor.
Saravanan, who is MIC vice-president, said he understood the problems of those in the low income level as he used to come from a hardcore poor background.
“Times were hard as I had to work part-time while studying. It was only me and my mother.
“I worked as an office boy, salesman and policeman to make ends meet.
“I told myself that being born as a poor child was not my fault but if I die and am still stuck in the same situation, then there must be something wrong with me,” he said.
He said education played an important part in elevating the livelihood of the community.
Saravanan, who is the incumbent for the parliamentary seat, said over the past five years, he has managed to bring a Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) campus and a community college, among others, to the area.
“I am now trying to establish a youth skills training institute in Tapah over a 24.3ha piece of land.
“Hopefully I will be able to do this if I am elected for another term as the MP here,” he said.
He said Tapah was rich with land and urged the locals to tap its potential by getting involved in the agricultural sector.
Saravanan said he felt he had a good chance to win in the general election as he had been working hard continuously for the people there and did not offer seasonal assistance.
He said he shared a close relationship with the local community as he has been meeting them every weekend.
Even on his way to the event in Bidor, Saravanan had stopped to help P. Kavita and her companion who were stranded by the side of the road in the rain after their motorcycle broke down.
Saravanan will take on independent candidate Ridzuan Bani, PKR’s K. Vasantha Kumar and Berjasa’s Shaharuzzaman Bistamam, in a four-corner fight for the Tapah seat, which has 45,592 voters.
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