Tuesday June 26, 2012
Dr Zambry meets Lumut folk on his two-wheeler
Story and photo by ELWEEN LOKE
HE HAS stepped up his cycling outings to prove that his concern is not only limited to the people and cleanliness of Ipoh.
This time, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir pedalled around Lumut to meet locals and at the same time, observe its surroundings.
Starting at the Tuanku Bainun Bridge in Kampung Acheh with only 50 participants, the size of the entourage began to swell as more cyclists joined in along the way.
Dr Zambry interacted with stall operators, primary school pupils and old folks throughout his 30km journey to Pantai Remis and later to Pengkalan Baru which was his final destination.
“It is touching to know that some waited for my arrival,” he said, adding that he had to make brief stops to talk to the people in appreciation of their warm welcome.
Dr Zambry said cycling allowed him to get closer to the people as there were no protocols involved in such informal meet-the-people sessions.
Dr Zambry, who is also Pangkor assemblyman, said he would not have known what condition the roads and drains were in, had he travelled by car.
“I could also smell the stench from oil palm estates, dirty drains and chicken droppings,” he related the unpleasant parts of his expedition.
“Since cycling enables me to see things more clearly, I will like to visit other towns and villages, if time permits,” he added.