Meeting the voters of Kuala Sepetang, Bukit Gantang

Posted on March 30, 2009

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Before heading out to Kuala Sepetang this morning, I did a quick check and found that this place, formerly known as

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is famed somewhat for its Mee Banjir Udang. You may want to check out this place HERE.

Got there this morning, though, and found that there was another noodle that was suddenly thriving.

UMNO’s instant noodles!

Didn’t Najib say there would be no instant noodles in the three on-going by-elections?

I guess he forgot.

Danny, who’s been at the wheel of the Blue Blitz most times, kept commenting about the poor drainage along the road this morning and then, lo and behold.

NEW DRAINS! NEW DRAINS! NEW DRAINS!

This was the state of drainage through out most of the journey to Kuala Sepetang. Note the waterlogged area around the water-filled newly laid drains

This was the state of drainage through out most of the journey to Kuala Sepetang. Note the waterlogged area around the water-filled newly laid drains

Rumah Bagan Datoh. Obviously some UMNO big shot. The house is close to the clogged drains pictured above

Rumah Bagan Datoh. Obviously some UMNO big shot. The house is close to the clogged drains pictured above

These are new drains being laid in front of the big shot's house

These are new drains being laid in front of the big shot's house

NEW ROADS! NEW ROADS! NEW ROADS!

Masjid Kuala Sepetang has stood here for the last 50 years. Little government attention has previously been paid to its state.

Masjid Kuala Sepetang has stood here for the last 50 years. Little government attention has previously been paid to its state.

This pile of bitumen now sits right in front of the mosque.

This pile of bitumen now sits right in front of the mosque.

You guessed it. The internal road and carpark area in the mosque compound is being resurfaced

You guessed it. The internal road and carpark area in the mosque compound is being resurfaced

And Najib’s pleading for us to judge him by his actions?

Bah!

Sorry, I digress.

As best as I can recall, this is my first time to Kuala Sepetang.

Small town.

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Fishing seems to be the main source of income.

Houses fronting the river with no name that leads out to the sea

Houses fronting the river with no name that leads out to the sea

More hlouses fronting the river. This is a Chinese village, yet note the PAS flag in front of one of the houses

More hlouses fronting the river. This is a Chinese village, yet note the PAS flag in front of one of the houses

Kerang being washed

Kerang being washed

A final clean before the kerang are ready to go out

A final clean before the kerang are ready to go out

Whilst waiting for YB Nizar to join him on his walkabout, we took the chance to chat with some of the locals.

L-R Kannan, Sathivale, Boom

L-R Kannan, Sathivale, Boom

Sathivale is aged 50, has 7 kids and works in a fish factory.

We asked and he confirmed that there was abject poverty in the area. He promised to take us to the most poverty-stricken areas so that we could take photographs. Time didn’t permit today, though. If we have the time, we’ll go back and do a follow-up.

Chew has been selling tau foo far for the last 30 years. The best I have ever tasted!

Chew has been selling tau foo far for the last 30 years. The best I have ever tasted!

Most people that we spoke to had only one thing to say.

“BN tak boleh menang”

At about 11am, we joined YB Nizar on his walkabout.

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First stop, a kindergarten.

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Nizar's a natural with the kids, as is also shown by the next photo

Nizar's a natural with the kids, as is also shown by the next photo

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Downstairs from the kindergarten, I met Chew. He’s involved with an association that operates below the kindergarten.

He took me in to show me a series of pictures hanging on the wall in the asociation’s premises.

The pictures each represent a major faith. The one on the extreme left bears the name of Prophet Muhammad pbuh

The pictures each represent a major faith. The one on the extreme left bears the name of Prophet Muhammad pbuh

Chew said that at the association, they advocated the goodness of all religions.

He then told me that the association was called Persatuan Meningkat Akhlak Malaysia ( which roughly translates as  Malaysian Association to Improve Good Behavior ).

I suggested that he should send out brochures to UMNO as they were in desperate need of help in this department.

Sorry, I digress again.

Let me just share some of the shots I took as Nizar caught up with the voters, although I have to say they do not quite capture the warmth with which he was received.

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In the local balai polis

In the local balai polis

YB Nizar finished his walkabout around 12.30pm and announced that he had to be elsewhere shortly.

The bloggers handed a gift to him. He looked it over, enquired what this was about and, after I had explained, he readily obliged us.

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Most people I spoke to said they would vote Nizar not because they despised BN, but because they liked the man.

And they were no longer afraid of PAS like they once were.

Here are photos to back this.

A bilik gerakan Pakatan manned by members of the Kelab Penyokong PAS.

A bilik gerakan Pakatan manned by members of the Kelab Penyokong PAS.

Bilik gerakan personnel posing with Nizar

Bilik gerakan personnel posing with Nizar

It's become quite normal these days to see these giant PAS flags. But what's holding this one up?

It's become quite normal these days to see these giant PAS flags. But what's holding this one up?

The flag's being supported by this chinese restaurant at the back. Symbolic, isn't it, of how thing's have changed?

The flag's being supported by this chinese restaurant at the back. Symbolic, isn't it, of how thing's have changed?

It was pretty hot out there today.

Scorching, in fact.

This next shot, taken as we left,bof how the young ‘uns in Kuala Sepetang cool off on a hot day, I thought, was priceless.

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