MB assures development will continue in Semenyih despite defeat

    (Updated )

    The development agenda for Semenyih will continue despite Pakatan Harapan’s failure to win the state seat in the by-election yesterday.

    Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari said the agenda for Semenyih had been planned and was included in the state’s budget framework.

    “It takes time to reschedule and implement based on the programme.

    “All this is in the state budget framework, and not because of the by-election. We do not intend to punish Semenyih,” he told reporters after flagging of the Malaysia Woman Marathon 2019 in Petaling Jaya today.

    Also present were Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah and Petaling Jaya mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain.

    Commenting on the loss of the Harapan candidate in the by-election yesterday, Amirudin said the coalition needed to review several policies and decisions to ensure its sustainability at both federal and state levels.

    ”The Semenyih by-election was a close fight, and I do not deny we need to review and reconsider several policies and decisions for the wellbeing of the people,” he said.

    Clinic gets go ahead

    Separately, Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said that the proposed new health clinic in Semenyih will continue despite Harapan's loss.

    He said the project needs to be implemented to ensure the residents in the area have access to good medical facilities.

    “What our candidate for Semenyih by-election said recently was important as the existing clinics both in Semenyih and Beranang towns are often congested and can’t be expanded anymore.

    “I am confident we will be able to obtain the land and allocation from the state government to realise this project,” he told reporters after officiating the 'Run for Rare' event here today.

    However, he did not set the time for the construction of the clinic to commence.

    Previously, Harapan candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali was reported to have said that the construction of a hospital in Semenyih was one of his main agendas if he were to win the by-election, as access to medical facilities was the most widely spoken issues among the local community.

    On Feb 25, Dzulkefly proposed the construction of another health clinic as the existing two clinics in the Semenyih and Beranang towns could not be expanded due to space constraints. 

    This, he said, was apart from the upgrading of the facilities at the Kajang Hospital, the nearest hospital for the population.

    In the by-election yesterday, BN recaptured the Semenyih state seat when its candidate, Zakaria Hanafi won the four-cornered contest with a majority of 1,914 votes.

    Zakaria received 19,780 votes, defeating Harapan's Muhammad Aiman Zainali, PSM's Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul and independent Kuan Chee Heng.

    - Bernama

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