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Goodbye, “Firebrand”

We said goodbye to Kevin Ling, our intern today. Mr. Leong, the head of my volunteers corp, belanja the office to a farewell dinner for Kevin at Nando’s.

Kevin, who hails from the town of Kulai, Johor applied for an internship in late October. He had decided to take a gap year and was looking to intern with us for a few months. Initially, my officers were a bit uncertain but he won them over at the interview stage.

Kevin applied himself quickly to all the tasks we assigned him. He demonstrated a “can do everything” attitude. He was instrumental at the INVOKE asset declaration exercise. Initially, he was there to assist but after a few days, I put him in charge of the overall management of it. It is very seldom that an intern is given the task to lead on a big project. He showed patience, maturity and dedication when helping most of the MPs go through the difficult exercise of declaring their assets and liabilities.

After the event, we offered Kevin a one year contract to work in my office, which he accepted. We were looking forward to him joining the office formally in January 2018 when he found out last saturday, that he has been accepted to do his masters in law (governance) at Australian National University. We wish Kevin all the best in Australia and we look forward to his return.

I Declare!

Due to a lot of comments and questions coming in, I have updated this posting.

My net asset is estimated at RM2.3 million. Most of my assets are held in fixed deposits and investments.

I do not own any house/property. I have always been happy renting. For more than a decade, I was a tenant at the hip and old 1960s Taman Tunku apartments, paying RM1,500 a month. It was a super fantastic two bedroom apartment with sprawling grounds and nice restaurants below. My fellow tenant neighbours were mostly arty and intellectual types.

When I got married, I moved into my wife’s house. She works and has her own money. I paid for the renovations, but the house is 100% owned by her.

When I became a politician, I also made a conscious decision to keep everything liquid on a “just in case” basis. Being a politician and government critic is a relatively dangerous career. Having a house and a mortgage didn’t seem right and I didn’t see the need to speculate on a second home and become a landlord.

I do not have any debt except RM10,400 for my Honda CRV, owing to Parliament. I bought my Honda CRV under a Parliament pay deduction scheme. I am not a car person and see not much value in owning fancy cars. I much prefer books and art. I have two expensive Rolex watches, both were wedding gifts, one from my father and the other from my father in law. The irony is I hate wearing watches but will keep them for my children.

Appended are all 5 pages of my asset declaration.

Asset Declaration Exercise!

Have you given up on Malaysian politicians? Do you feel both sides are the same? Why do those in power continue to hide their assets?

DON’T GIVE UP!

Come and meet the MPs and ADUNs that have taken the most extraordinary step to declare their assets. Together with INVOKE Malaysia these brave MPs and ADUNs aim to kickstart a movement to eliminate political corruption.

Come and witness this historic event at USJ Summit, Centre Court from.7.30 pm to 10 pm tonight.

This event is open to all!

Come and meet Rafizi Ramli and some 20 plus MPs and ADUNs.

1. YB Laksmana Imran
2. YB Wong Chen
3. Y bhg Dato Saifuddin Nasution
4. YB Dato Johari Abdul
5. YB Kesavan
6. YB Dato Mahfuz
7. YB Dato Abdullah Sani
8. YB Dr. Hatta Ramli
9. YB Khalid Samad
10. YB Manivanan
11. YB Mujahid
12. YB Chang Lih Kang
13. YB Nik Nazmi
14. YB Hasnul
15. YB Aminuddin Haron
16. Y Bhg Tuan Syed
17. YB Dr Ismail Salleh
18. YB Azan Ismail
19. Y Bhg Dr. Tan Yee Kew
20. YB Rodziah
21. YB Fuziah Salleh
22. YB Saari Sungib
23. YB Dr Idris Ahmad
24. YB Lee Chean Chung
25. YB Tan Kar Hing
26. YB Simon Ooi
27. YB Dr Michael Jayakumar