KUALA KANGSAR: As she walks through the Highland Park night market, Mastura Yazid is greeted with warm smiles, handshakes and even hugs from members of the Chinese community.
Although this is her first time campaigning in an election, Mastura seems to be in her element.
Two years ago, the Kuala Kangsar incumbent won the by-election for the parliamentary seat triggered by the death of her husband, Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad.
Wan Mohammad died in a helicopter crash in Sarawak. Mastura did not campaign then as she was in mourning.
This time, though, she believes she has shown the people what they can expect if she is elected as MP.
“I go down to the ground a lot to get feedback personally from people of all walks of life on what they need and want.”
She told FMT she was optimistic of Barisan Nasional’s (BN) chances in the battle for Kuala Kangsar, which will see a repeat of the by-election when BN, Pakatan Harapan (PH) and PAS squared off in a three-way fight.
This is despite talk that not all is well within the Kuala Kangsar Umno camp. But, like the party’s Bukit Chandan incumbent Maslin Sham Razman, Mastura dismissed the rumours.
“We have a good machinery, and now we are working hard to ensure the votes are delivered,” she said.
She also said she was undeterred by criticism against the government launched by former Kuala Kangsar MP Rafidah Aziz.
“We all respect the good work she has done, but I’m focused on moving forward and doing the best for Kuala Kangsar.”
If she is re-elected, one of Mastura’s main goals is to boost tourism in Kuala Kangsar. She said the banks of the Perak River needed to be enhanced.
“I also want to introduce a centralised craft centre to showcase unique crafts in Kuala Kangsar.”
These include the water pitchers known as Labu Sayong, made with clay from Kepala Bendam, and tekat which is embroidery of gold and silver thread.
But more importantly, Mastura said she wants to do things differently in Kuala Kangsar.
“I want to bring new ideas from the young people of Kuala Kangsar and develop this area according to what they feel is right and what they want.”
Mastura said she hoped people would support her in the election, vowing to give only her best as she has done in the past two years.
In the May 9 polls, Mastura will face Amanah’s Ahmad Termizi Ramli and PAS’ Khalil Idham Lim Abdullah.
In the 2016 by-election, she won by nearly 7,000 votes.
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