Hot topic of “New Perlis” among locals

“NEW Perlis” has become a hot topic among the people of this state after the victory of Perikatan Nasional (PN) in the general elections on Saturday.

The PN forms the next state government after winning 14 of the state’s 15 seats, in addition to wiping out all three parliamentary constituencies – Padang Besar, Arau and Kangar – in the polls.

An investigation by Bernama has revealed that the people of Perlis are ready to pass under the administration of the PN, which promises a “New Perlis”.

Shahril Abu Seman, 43, a private sector worker, said he hoped the PN government would bring development to the state, which is seen as lagging behind other states.

“Perlis can be said to be five years behind other states. We hope the leaders of Perlis PN can fulfill their promises and responsibilities,” he said today.

Shahril said the people of Perlis were bold in electing the PN because they trusted the coalition’s ability to bring about change in the state.

“We will give the PN five years to govern the state. If he doesn’t keep his promises, we will vote for another change,” he said.

Loo Chin Soon, 61, a petrol tank dealer in Kangar, agrees, saying that although the previous government was good at delivering aid, maybe people want something different.

He hopes the new assembly members will improve people’s livelihood.

“The former deputies were also good and there were no problems. But a wave of change has swept the state in this election and I hope they (PN MPs) are able to fulfill their duties,” he said.

Freelancer Hasmizan Hussein, 43, hoped candidate menteri besar would be someone with a good personality, that he would be friendly and, most importantly, that he would be there when the people of Perlis needed him.

“I see that the candidates can work. We will let them try first and then we will judge them,” he said.

“The bottom line is that they still need to meet us and hopefully make Perlis a more advanced state.”

Perlis Police Chief Surina Saad said the process of forming the new state government has gone smoothly and peacefully.

“Alhamdulillah, the situation in Perlis is peaceful and nothing untoward or provocative has happened so far,” she said. – Bernama, November 21, 2022.

Jessica C. Bell