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A Not So Busy Day

Good morning. I have a not so busy day ahead. I have a lunch meeting with academic Lee Hwok Aun. Hwok Aun is currently a senior fellow at ISEAS, Singapore. He was formerly at Universiti Malaya where he did groundbreaking studies on work and racism. His research helped Rafizi Ramli and office to craft an en equal employment policy.

After that I will be joining Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to meet senior visiting diplomats from Germany. The meeting will take place in Parliament. Then I will head to my office for service night. Today will be the last day of intern Kevin; he is going to ANU, Australia to do his masters. Kevin was a key help in the asset declaration exercise last month.

Here is a quick roundup of my other events this weekend with pictures; namely a fundraiser event for a local church (where I met up with my former intern, Irin!) and the back to school charity program organised by Subang Jaya Buddhist Association.


Farewell to our “Corpsman”

Busy and fun day today. I will do a weekend wrap up posting tomorrow. In this particular posting, I just want to acknowledge the fantastic job that Sean Tan did in the last 2 months as my intern. Yesterday was his last day with us.

Sean did his second tour of duty in my office from late September to mid November. He came in just in time to assist me with the drafting of the Pakatan Harapan Alternative Budget. He did everything from taking notes, research, edit, write and coordinate everything to do with the budget. In the last 3 weeks before the launch, he also witnessed everything to do with the policy making process.

Sean tells me that he has seen enough of the crazy world of Malaysian politics; witnessing in abundance inflated egos, incompetence, laziness, irresponsibility and pure stupidity. All these have made him renounce politics for the next 10 years.

I wish Sean all the best in the more sane legal and corporate world. I don’t blame him. In fact, I encouraged him to do so and to learn as much as possible from professionals. Only with skills learnt in the real world, can he one day (if he so chooses) bring change to politics. It is my hope that when Sean turns 45, he will be in Parliament fighting for that change we all need.

Aramis: “I Bid You All A Very Fond Farewell”

Today was Tania’s last day at the P104 office.

The first time I met Tania was in the P104 conference room about 2 years ago. I was giving a lecture on politics to the interns from Hannah’s office. Yes, Tania started as a Hannah Yeoh intern. She had just returned to Malaysia from Australia, inspired by the good work that Hannah was doing.

At the lecture, I remember chiding her for furiously taking notes and not listening enough. However she proved me wrong when she had loads of questions for me. She left a very good impression and I remember instructing Nadirah to convince Tania to join our office internship instead. The following week, we successfully poached her to transfer her internship from Hannah to do policy research in my office.

An exceptional and capable intern she proved to be. Quiet but witty when need be. She also writes very well. I had wanted to hire her when she finished the internship but we just could not afford it. My Parliament salary is enough for two staff but not a third. As such I suggested she tried working with a state government agency, which she did for six months.

However when INVOKE Malaysia was launched in August 2016, I suggested she returned to the P104 office as an INVOKE contractor to be based in my office. As it turns out, she did some work for INVOKE for free and was absorbed under my payroll. Office finances were tight but as Tania always say, God will provide! She became our third staff and against all odds, our finances turned out absolutely fine with unexpected donations from our supporters.

She worked on many policy papers. She is responsible for half of the Pakatan Harapan draft manifesto (80 pages of it), Nadirah did the other half. She also led the 2017 Alternative Budget team. She then went on to meticulously organise several community events; most notably the free medical camps and community photo events.

Together with Nadirah and Abigail, they were, as Kak Wan called them the “Wong’s Angels”. We will miss Tania terribly. We wish her the very best as she heads to Oxford University. We expect her to return after 2 years, to continue the fight for a better Malaysia.