GEORGE TOWN - DAP'S Bukit Gelugor candidate Ramkarpal Singh had a less than savoury encounter with a resident during his walkabout on the campaign trail in Island Glades here yesterday.
A 65-year-old grandmother, who wanted to be known only as Soo, approached Ramkarpal and shared her concerns with him.
Soo, who was in the midst of a tai chi chuan session, vented her frustration over the late switch-on time for the lights in the field near her area, which was an inconvenience to residents there.
She said the lamps were switched on at 6am, putting senior residents and morning joggers, who went out at 5am at risk.
"The lights were installed because many senior residents and joggers are out as early as 5am.
"We were happy then. But in the last three months, the lights are only turned on at 6am, which is late for many of us."
Soo said she had filed a complaint with the local authorities but there was no action.
"For the past three months, I have been complaining about the matter to the local authorities but it has not done anything.
"Why come and ask for votes when they cannot even solve such a small matter?"
She said the situation was aggravated when lightning caused the streetlights to malfunction.
She said there were two accidents since the lighting problems started.
Ramkarpal, who appeared surprised and caught unaware by Soo's outburst, assured her that her complaints would be looked into.
Seri Delima assemblyman RSN Rayer, who accompanied him, said the timers were faulty because of the recent thunderstorms.
"The timers are faulty after being struck by lightning a few days ago.
"We will fix them as soon as possible. With regards to accidents, we will request the Works Department to install more speed breakers to control Island Glades' traffic."
Ramkarpal, who is the son of late DAP stalwart Karpal Singh, said the criticism was simply "one out of a thousand compliments".