As poling day draws close, Muhyiddin pays surprise visit to traders in Penang


BUTTERWORTH, April 12 — Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s presence at the Seberang Jaya public market here today for a walkabout to mingle with the traders was a pleasant surprise for many of them.

Food shop owner Abdul Rahman Amir Hussin, 64, said he was excited and happy when the deputy prime minister enquired about his business and the environment at the market.

“I took the opportunity to tell him of the problems faced by the traders here such as congestion, dilapidated condition of the roof and the need to renovate the space to be more comfortable,” he said when met by reporters.

He felt honoured that his shop was chosen by Muhyiddin to have breakfast during his one-day working visit to Penang to meet state Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders in preparation for the Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election on May 7.

“I never expected the deputy prime minister will dine here, He ate ‘roti jala’, ‘roti canai’ and traditional cakes (kuih-muih) like curry puff, ‘kuih seri muka’ and ‘lompang’ which he requested for,” said the Aabah Kafe proprietor who has operated over the last 20 years.

Muhyiddin, who spent 30 minutes mingling and talking with the traders, also received a stalk of rose from trader N. Komathi, 61 when he stopped at her shop.

“I am thrilled to see the deputy prime minister visiting my shop and enquired about my well-being. So I presented him with a rose and this is the first time I have ever given a rose to any leader,” she said.

The Permatang Pauh seat was declared vacant after its incumbent, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, was disqualified as a Member of Parliament since March 16 after the Pardons Board rejected a petition for a royal pardon sought by the opposition leader’s family over his conviction for sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

Anwar is currently serving a five-year jail sentence at the Sungai Buloh Prison.

The Election Commission has set April 25 for nomination day, early voting on May 3 and polling day on May 7. — Bernama

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