Chief Minister Dato’ Seri DiRaja Zambry Abd Kadir has hit on a novel idea of meeting the rakyat in the most informal manner possible. He reaches out to them by cycling out to them, literally. His resorting to the humble two-wheeler has prompted other leaders to do the same.
The CM’s modus operandi is simple. He gets his team of cyclists organised, sets a date and off they go. It is normally on a weekend and the starting point will always be his official residence. The team will cycle its way through the city and into the fringes, stopping at odd places and at odd times to fulfill certain obligations – some programmed, some not.
“The rural areas are more accessible by bicycles,” he said. “I get to exercise and meet the rakyat, all at the same time.”
During a recent gruelling 50-km ride in Kinta District, the team cycled to Kg Ulu Chepor in Chemor and on its return trip stopped by at Kg Tengku Hussein, Kg Temiang and Kg Seri Kinta in Gugusan Manjoi. At the last two villages he approved the rebuilding of houses belonging to four poor families. The project will be undertaken by Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU).
Zambry stopped over at the council flats in Jalan Hospital and was totally ‘at home’ cutting onions in one of the flat-dwellers’ kitchen. He dispensed aid to the needy at Kampung Pasir Puteh before ending the day with a sumptuous jamuan rakyat (people’s dinner) at the said village. Over a thousand villagers joined in the feast.
Some RM30,000 will be allocated by the state government to Kg Tengku Hussein and Kg Pasir Puteh for infrastructure projects. Yayasan Bina Upaya is tasked to supervise the projects.