Kajang folks thrilled by MRT but no free pass for Najib
The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project is undoubtedly a mega project that is a source of pride for the Barisan Nasional government, especially for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak who approved the project in his second year as premier in 2010.
And despite its price tag, Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak said the project was a gift from the prime minister to the country.
Launching the second phase of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line today, Najib even took the MRT from the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) station to attend the celebrations of the launch which continued at Kajang Stadium.
Just a week prior, Najib could not help but take a dig at PKR in his tweet promoting the opening of the Kajang MRT station, pointing out that this was the "Real Kajang Move".
The Kajang Move was PKR's political manoeuvre in 2014 to trigger the Kajang by-election.
As the SBK line ends at the Kajang MRT station, it is unavoidable for the celebrations-cum-BN Hari Raya open house to be held at the local stadium.
But one cannot help but wonder if the premier was making a move into Kajang state assemblyperson and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail's territory.
The scale of the project and convenience it brings is undeniable but is it enough to change the people's minds on who they should be voting for?
Malaysiakini spoke to several Kajang voters on the matter during the event at Kajang Stadium today and found that this may not necessarily be the case.
Admitting that the most important thing for the people is the existence of various facilities, clerk Hazlinda Jemaai also admitted that the MRT stations in Kajang would definitely ease transport woes.
"It depends on individuals (whether they would support the government based on this project).
"But I don't think that one would support Najib just because there is the MRT," she said...