Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (File pix)
PONTIAN, Oct 19 -- Youth and Sports minister, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman described the 'listening tours' approach as the best way to reach out to the people of Tanjung Piai in preparation for the by-election on Nov 16.
He said he had made initial preparations from two weeks ago to ensure that the plans could be carried out smoothly.
"We have been working with the operations centre here (Tanjung Piai Parliament) for the last two weeks and if possible, we want to do as much as we can and I have told our young leaders not only Armada but also Harapan Youth that the best way to get closer to the community is through listening tours where we don't sleep in hotels or hostels.
"It is better for us to be placed in the homes of the village folks. We work with them, we help beautify their homes and we show them the 'service politics' we can bring," he said.
He was speaking to reporters while attending the #YouthPower programme at Kompleks Penghulu Mukim Serkat, here today.
Syed Saddiq said his team is currently in the process of identifying several homes and residents for selection in a 'foster' programme.
"Through this programme, we need to keep our ears open, listen to problems and complaints as that's the best way for us to become closer to the people for the adoption programme which we plan to get across the Tanjung Piai area," he said.
He also announced the upgrading works of several futsal courts in the Tanjung Piai area that would be carried out requested by former Tanjung Piai MP Datuk Dr Md Farid Md Rafik.
He added that during his one year of service, the late Dr Md Farid had shown a willingness to serve the community in his area and had successfully secured an allocation of RM14.75 million for sports development in the area.
"There are five or six places proposed and we have already approved three of those several months ago," he added.