ROMPIN – The loud applause and screams from the public demonstrated the massive support for Rompin Umno Division acting chief, Datuk Hasan Arifin when he was announced as the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Rompin by-election.
Hasan, 62, has been announced to defend Barisan Nasional’s (BN) stronghold in the Rompin Parliamentary by-election on May 5 following the death of incumbent Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis in a helicopter crash in Selangor on April 4.
The two-term State Assemblyman (1982-1990) is always in the hearts of the Rompin people as he is deemed approachable and easily pose a smile on his face. He was the Rompin State Assemblyman from 1982 to 1990 and also the Ibam State Assemblyman from 1990 to 2004.
A housewife, Hamidah Hasan, 58, remembered Hasan as a leader-figure who isalways relaxed and needed no special services when he once made a surprise visit to her home at Desa Melor during a community function.
“He ate with the guests. There were people, who took the opportunity, expressing their problems to him and he listened to them while he was having lunch,” she told Bernama here today.
Hamidah was among the crowd of more than 1,000 people including Umno Puteri, Women and Youth members, who attended the ceremony to announce Hasan’s candidacy by Umno Deputy President, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Another Rompin resident, Rosehabibah Abu, 48, from Desa Dahlia, here said Hasan is a genuine leader because he continued to give service to the people when he held no political position.
She described the man as generous as he was willing to give away his cash if someone asked him of financial aid for their children school fees and medical expenses.
Meanwhile an Orang Asli, Sewan Ahmad, 71, said Hasan was a well-known figure for them and he would continue Jamaluddin’s generous service to the indegenous community.
“We realised not everybody could interact with our community. That is why if we have a good leader we will give our loyalty to him. Of course the party’s leadership would choose a leader who is equal to Jamaluddin,” he said.
For Asiah Bogi, 47, an Orang Asli from Kampung Kedaik Asal, near here, she had known Hasan for a long time and felt comfortable with Hasan’s demeanour, saying she was confident the BN would retain the seat for choosing a good leader.
For Molhd Redzuan Mahayadi, 32, from Felda Keratong 2, here, he had heard of Hasan’s name being mentioned by felda settlers since he was in secondary school.
“If someone’s name is always being mentioned, surely he is somebody special in the peoples’ hearts and courteous to the extent the society never forgets him,” he said.
The late Jamaluddin was a six-term Member of Parliament from 1990 and beat PAS’ former Women chief Nuridah Mohd Salleh with a majority of 15,114 votes in the general election in 2013. – BERNAMA