Almost every unit has undergone some sort of renovation and instead of just being greeted by the sight of colourful laundry, air conditioning and satellite dishes now welcome visitors – clearly a sign of improved living standards.
Who you wanna braff lah….Phak cheng poh or Rifle Range is a slum. Poverty, crammed living conditions, infested with rats, horrible stench from the rubbish chutes and all that you can think of. The residents live there because they have no other options.
(I manage to steal this photo of the real Rifle Range from Bart’s blog.)
For 65-year-old Ong Ah Han, the opposition is all about talk.
“Recently, PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim gave a ceramah here. Though he managed to get everyone excited, I don’t think it would translate into votes. We are not so easily brainwashed by clever oratory,” he said.
Barisan candidate Quah Kooi Heong, who is defending the Kebun Bunga seat, said that though 60% of the Rifle Range residents were senior citizens, they were educated and aware of current issues.
And Ah Chek, that’s why all of you have to bear with living in that area because you keep having disillusions that it is the only way to live. Our cheng hoo (government) hardly give any thoughts to the cram living conditions because they probably never walked in the corridors you walked. I have been there once and that one time is enough to give me claustrophobia because I have never been to such a small unit of flats. Here’s one post I wrote in 2005 on life in Rifle Range. So who are you trying to braff that Pak Cheng Por got improved living standards?
(Photo taken from Angie&Bart’s post)
Penangites, if you meet any Barisan Nasional and especially Gerakan or MCA politicians telling you how marvellous Penang is because we have a lot of developments, please tell them to STFU and go travel Penang to Prai during peak hours and stick in that 2-3 hours traffic jam along the bridge before they want to push that bullshit of developments to us.
Oh ya, while I am ranting, I notice how huge the Barisan Nasional posters are along Berjaya properties. In particular Datuk Kramat Road, Ivory properties. Koh Tsu Koon‘s nose is taller than my 5’ 6″ height. His spectacle is the size on an Olympic swimming pool size.
The development our cheng hoo talked about only benefits a few people. Big, luxurious condominiums only make some people richer. Meanwhile, pak cheng por folks still need to live in cram condition. If only we have a Government that is lead by their hearts to serve the poor and make lives comfortable for them. But don’t dream lah. The ruling party will continue lying to all these poor ahpeks and ahpors through the mainstream media.
**This post is not politically motivated but if you have seen those people living in Rifle Range, you will want to do something to improve living conditions for them. They are great people with very good neighbourliness. But crimes exists as well because when people are put into a cram living condition like that, they need outlets.
All quotes taken from The Star : http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2008/2/27/north/20015638&sec=North
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