The second half of the convention started off with rousing speeches from some senior leaders. Mat Sabu and Lim Guan Eng gave very good speeches, promising a multiracial country free from corruption. Kak Wan and Dr. Mahathir will give the closing speeches. Anticipation is high for one or two major announcements at the closing stages.
The convention kicked off at 9.30 am. It is being held in IDCC. Apparently Pakatan Harapan failed to secure the SACC hall. The SACC is wholly owned by the Selangor government’s PKNS.
Senior leaders led by Dr. M and Dr. Wan Aziziah walked into the hall at around 9.45 am. At the front of the pack were Mat Sabu, Lim Guan Eng and Muhyiddin. Azmin Ali made a short appearance and left the hall.
The morning session are speeches by representatives of youth, women, civil servants, Felda and farmers. Aishah the singer belted out a Malay traditional song. The event is expected to end at 6.pm today.
Good morning from the Pakatan Harapan convention. Before I report on the proceedings of the convention, I want to recap my community events yesterday.
My first community event of 2018, was a joyous one. I attended the church wedding of Kai Khen and Yee Vonne in the morning. Both are former interns of YB Hannah, so I suppose this was some sort of office romance. Wishing them a very happy life together.
At night I attended the USJ 9 Christmas and New Year event. The united RA and RT of USJ 9, never failed to deliver good food and good company. I gave a short speech on the economic outlook and thanked the organisers.
After that I attended the Block 3 Desa Mentari malam bakti. The event is organised to thank all the committee members for their hard work in 2017. Block 3 is the best urban poor flat in my constituency and recently won a RM20,000 grant. En.Jalaluddin and En. Halim run Blok 3 without politics and are very focused on welfare of the residents. On the recent passing of a resident, the committee raised a substantial amount of money for the widow. This kind of community spirit in usually absent in the richer neighbourhoods.
We said goodbye to our intern Sean Ferdinand today. Sean interned with us for almost 3 months and did well in policy and legislative research. He got to witness and help us out at the last Parliament session. He also performed very well at the community front, handling community complaints and issues with tact and respect. Despite his conservative clean cut appearance, he is friendly, witty and fun. He is also extremely modest; I only found out that he did his masters in Oxford University today.
At our Christmas party he played the guitar and sang very well. He got along very well with our domestic helpers too. One of our supporters remarked that he will make “an ideal son in law”.
Sean will be joining a top law firm in KL. We wish him all the best and expect great things from him. The P104 officers, Tina and Abigail presented him an army dog-tag with the call name “sniper”. The army tag tradition was started by former staff Amir and the girls also presented one to Kevin yesterday with the call sign “Confuciu-n”.
Yesterday we had our office end of year party at my home. Simple home cooked food and home made mulled wine. The most pleasant surprise of the night was the depth of musical and dance talents of my staff, interns and volunteers.
We all knew Abigail could really sing but Wyhow, Seng Kiat, Kevin and Sean Ferdinand also showed awesome singing skills. On piano duty were Kevin and Eugene. On guitars were Seng Kiat and Sean. Enthusiastic back up singers were Melody, Jarrat, WWW, Ivan, Cassandra, Eugene, Megan and Jia Hui. Tina Lai showed us how professional hip hop dance is done! We must have sang around 20 songs; Christmas, folk, Chinese, pop and even a bit of rap. We also said goodbye to our super intern Megan Kwai, who completed her third tour of duty with our office! We wish her the very best in her future endeavours.
This morning we did our office year end trip to Gua Tempurung for a caving adventure. Sam did really well and was picked by the guide to assist him. We had 2 awesome hours of walking, crawling and sliding. After that we went to Lawan Kuda and ate a big lunch and then drove back to KL.
The event brings the year officially to an end for the P104 Parliament Kelana Jaya office. We close office from tomorrow since it is the Winter Solstice and will only reopen office on 2nd January 2018!