Batu MP: I will not leave my constituents in the lurch


PETALING JAYA: The youngest Malaysian MP, P. Prabakaran (pic), wants to stay put in Batu to serve his constituents full term.

Prabakaran said although his MPV was pelted with eggs not long after some NGOs demanded him to vacate the seat, he would not leave his constituents in a lurch without discharging his duties to help resolve pressing and long-standing issues.

“I do not know if the recent egg throwing incident was linked to calls asking me to quit.

“But it would be very irresponsible of me to quit on my constituents half way without fulfilling my duties as their MP,” he said.

Prabakaran, 23, also received feedback from his young supporters including undergraduates, asking him not to give in to politically motivated pressure to vacate the seat.

“They have expressed disappointment over such negative developments marring true democratic practices.

“However, I leave my fate to the PKR leadership,” he said.

Prabakaran contested as an Independent in the 2018 General Election, and subsequently joined PKR.

Prabakaran had pushed for flood mitigation projects to ensure Batu was flash flood free by March next year.

“So far, I have helped resolve flash flood woes in four critical zones.

“The Pasar Pekan Batu, which had been flood prone over the last 20 years, had been flood free over the last six months.

“I have also helped resolve the long-standing migrant trader issue at the Selayang wholesale market,” he said.

He had also succeeded in convincing Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) to waive 50% of payment owed by longhouse dwellers who were relocated to PPR housing scheme.

“They were given 10 years to pay the remaining 50%. We helped make the special arrangement because they are poor people,” he said.

A Chinatown project is also in the pipeline to boost economic activities and attract tourists.

“It will be similar to Petaling Street. We are painting the town red,” he said.

Last week, 14 NGOs from the Batu constituency issued a call for the country’s youngest MP to step aside to allow a by-election to be called to re-elect former MP Tian Chua.

This follows a court decision declaring the disqualification of GE14 candidate Tian Chua as invalid.

In a statement signed by the “Network of Batu NGOs”, the group said that as the court had vindicated Tian Chua, it was time Prabakaran allowed him to get back the Batu parliamentary seat.

Prabakaran had contested GE14 as a PKR-endorsed independent candidate.

On Friday (Nov 15), his car was pelted with eggs while parked behind a restaurant in Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur.

On Sunday (Nov 17), Kuala Lumpur police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said police were not ruling out the possibility that the incident was related to recent calls for him to step down as Batu MP.

Comm Mazlan said the case is still being investigated.

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