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By Karen Bong
KUCHING, Dec 8: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) candidate for N10 Pending Milton Foo has six strategies to inject vitality into the urban district to make it a safe, vibrant and desirable place to live and work in.
In a battle of wills, Foo is making his second attempt to wrest the Pending seat from three-term assemblywoman Violet Yong from Democratic Action Party (DAP) in this 12th Sarawak Election.
The two also face challengers from Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB)’s Tan Kay Hok, Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK)’s Teo Kuang Kim and Sarawak People’s Aspiration Party (Aspirasi)’s Chan Chee Hiong.
Foo, who is Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Youth secretary-general, said Pending has remained the same for the past 15 years without significant improvements in physical developments and people’s livelihoods.
“It is time for us to rebuild Pending as the people deserve better living standards in a lively urban district while the children deserve a holistic and conducive learning environment.
“Vote for me and let’s work together to create a safe community and make Pending a desirable place to live and work. Together we can build a brighter future for the younger generations,” he said, urging voters to support him in a campaign video.
In his six-point manifesto, Foo pledged to rebuild Pending as a vibrant business district, create a safer community, support smart schools for children, implement better infrastructure development, increase quality healthcare services, and increase home ownership for the urban poor.
“We need to enhance the vitality of Pending by redeveloping and revamping the old city concept including enhancing public safety with technology.
“We also want to transform 11 schools in Pending into smart schools by equipping them with necessary technology facilities to boost digital education,” he said.
He would also focus on bringing better infrastructure to Pending, especially drainage systems, apart from building new landmarks as tourism hotspots.
On healthcare services, he aims to improve medical facilities and more importantly to provide elderly and disadvantaged groups with welfare assistance.
“We also aim to resettle squatter residents and fulfill everyone’s wishes to own a home which is in line with the government’s policy to achieve zero squatters by 2025,” he added. — DayakDaily