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BUKIT BERUANG- For Khoo Chin Neo, 86, a long-time resident of Bukit Beruang near Ayer Keroh, Melaka, her day usually begins with a tai chi class with friends at a playground near her house.

So, when Hang Tuah Jaya parliamentary seat candidate Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam paid a surprise visit earlier to meet with local residents, Khoo was pleasantly surprised.

A big fan of Mohd Ali, the soft-spoken octogenarian said she has been a supporter for as long as she can remember.

“Everyone in my family voted for him in the last general election,” she confided in a hush-hush tone. “I like him. He’s very friendly and a people person. I’ve seen him coming down to help residents with their issues,” she said.

The elated Khoo, surrounded by her friends, was “honoured” by Mohd Ali, when the former Melaka chief minister pinned a campaign badge on her shirt.

“I’ve seen him before but not this close. I’m so happy to shake his hand today and be able to talk to him face-to-face,” she said.

On what she thought of Mohd Ali’s chance of winning the seat in the upcoming general election, Khoo said he would do well.

“He will win. I wish him all the best,” she said, before joining her friends for another round of tai chi.- New Straits Times


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