Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim is embarking on a unique project to rekindle pride in Bukit Mertajam, one of the less known – but no less charming – towns on mainland Penang.
Let’s hear it from Steven:
Everybody loves their hometown. There’s something magical about the old lanes and bricks which watched us growing up, memories we left behind when we move out elsewhere but never really left us.
I found this is true for Bukit Mertajam. We like to think of Bukit Mertajam as the greatest place on earth (hahaha…), but in its own little way perhaps, it is. After all the town gave us Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Malaysia’s fifth Prime Minister who spent his high school years here, and Anwar Ibrahim the future Prime Minister of Malaysia who grew up here.
We’ve got Lee Chong Wei, the country’s badminton maestro. We’ve got famous artistes and writers and painters and innovators.
There are whispers going around saying Bukit Mertajam has the largest fixed deposit in the whole of north Malaysia (some even say in the whole of Malaysia).
Heck, legend even has it that aliens from another planet visited SRK Stowell, well attested in the old school magazines and newspapers.
And of course, we can go on and on about the history, the food, the scenery and the who’s who.
But to many BM boys and girls, Bukit Mertajam is simply the idyllic home which nurtured us and gave us the best in life before we went on to reach our own dreams.
When I ran my campaign in the last election, I said it was a neighbourhood campaign by a local BM boy. Now I am continuing this neighbourhood campaign, but this time, I hope to rekindle the energy of BM boys and girls, their creativity, their passion, and especially their love for Bukit Mertajam.
This month from 10-24 November, as I launch my service centre, I am doing it slightly different. I am also launching an “I Love Bukit Mertajam” campaign which consists of a series of community programmes to bring people together.
There will be photo exhibitions, seminars, talks, songs, a health check, kids’ programmes, a green exhibition and more. You can get the details at www.stevensim.com or www.facebook.com/StevenSimCK.
But most importantly, this will be the start of a long term campaign to bring Bukit Mertajam together as we continue to be a great town, the greatest in Malaysia, and on earth. 🙂
Please join me in this campaign. Help to spread the word. If you are not convinced Bukit Mertajam is beautiful, check out this sunset photo by Haha Lee. His highly-acclaimed work will be on exhibition during the campaign period.
proudly a BM boy,
P/s: The launch of my service centre will take place on 15 November 2013 at 7.30pm together with the “I Love Bukit Mertajam” Concert – at Taman Ciku. Info here.
P/s: For more info on the “I Love Bukit Mertajam” campaign and how you can take part, check out www.stevensim.com or www.facebook.com/StevenSimCK