9 Jan 2019
I had a working lunch with the Ambassador of Cuba, HE Ibete Hernandez. We had a good discussion on the excellent Cuban health services and also their organic food produce. Cuba is interested in palm oil. My officers will follow up with a technical meeting on exploring bilateral trade opportunities.
Our office hopes to work with the Cuban Embassy to understand how their health services can be applied in Malaysian context.
10 Jan 2019
I had a long day today. Yesterday was a full day for me in Parliament, 7.5 hours of Public Accounts Committee meetings. This morning I was back in Parliament to meet MPs from Indonesia, Myanmar, Kosovo and Malawi in a human rights discussion organised by ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR). I also met the Norwegian advisor, Liv Kvanvig who happens to be very close to my dear friend Ambassador Gunn! This is indeed a very small world.
After the meeting, I rushed back to my office in Kinrara to meet and brief members of several PIBGs from the Subang constituency. My officers Tina and Paul Mae presented a PowerPoint on our State of Schools in Subang paper and the financials. We briefed the PIBGs on our plans to use our limited community funds to repair schools in Subang. We have requested for the Ministry of Education for help last November but we have yet to get any written replies whatsoever. Many schools informed us that they have been waiting 2 to 3 years for federal funding to carry out urgent repairs. We have decided to direct all our projek kecil funds (RM200, 000) this year towards repairing as many schools as possible.
12 Jan 2019
My officer, Dhinaa, and I visited Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Tamil) Castlefield yesterday to take a look at the repair works done accompanied by Singam (Indian Community Representative of Subang Jaya) and Samy (PKR Kelana Jaya Branch Chairperson). We had a meeting with the school headmistress and members of PIBG. This is the first project we have completed in Kinrara with the remaining projects expected to start later next week.