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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

Using social media to tackle issues

MIRI: Pakatan Harapan will be people-focused in all its 12 parliamentary constituencies.

Sarawak DAP deputy chairman Chiew Ching Sing said among the issues they will tackle are the high cost of living and safety and security concerns.

“We in Pakatan Harapan will set up more service centres to cater to the rakyat’s needs,” he said.

Meanwhile, Miri PKR has announced the setting up of a service centre on the top floor of the clinic of Miri MP Dr Michael Teo Yu Keng.

It is open from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

His political secretary Voon Shak Ni said in a press statement that the service centre will also set up WhatsApps groups for people to report issues like crime.

She said PKR will create community neighbourhood and crime watch WhatsApp groups in residential areas first.

“This approach has worked well in Kuching City, connecting the people to their elected representatives, local government agencies and the police,” she said.

Voon claimed certain areas in Kuching had even registered zero crime cases compared to one case a week previously.

She said the main purpose of creating the WhatsApp groups is to seek common solutions for issues.

“We do not want to highlight every problem through the media.

“We want them to be solved through proper channels,” she said.

Voon said a working committee had been formed and their fist task is to create as many WhatsApp groups as possible to receive public complaints.

She Miri PKR would also hold monthly gatherings such as townhall sessions.

The DAP, UPP and SUPP in Miri also have their own service centres.