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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.

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.

Goodbye “Baby Driver”!

Today we said goodbye to our intern Cassandra Chung. Due to the budget debates, Cassandra came over to Parliament to say goodbye to me. We had a long chat about her future and I gave her a long lecture on 3 global issues. I also advised her to do 3 things in her future professional life: (a) be on time; (b) take responsibility for any errors; and (c) to continuously improve.

Cassandra served in my office for one month and performed well in both research and community work. She has a bubbly, go-getting character. She is also a team player, getting along with the officers and fellow interns. The one thing I will always remember about Cassandra is her driving me to INVOKE Malaysia for an event. Cassandra blames this hair raising experience on my car’s “too sensitive” brakes!

I also understand that Wyhow bought a load of satay Kajang and Texas Chicken for her final day dinner in the office.

We will all miss having her super smile in the office.

Cassandra, do drop by and visit us when you have time. Once you join the P104 family, you can never, ever, really leave.

Welfare Month 2017 – Cheque Collection

Wassup guys! Tina here, reporting from the office while our Boss is away taking a one-day break (Parliament is so tiring man).

Today marks the start of cheque collection for this year’s Bulan Kebajikan — it is hectic as usual. Unfortunately, all three of our interns are not around (Kevin is sick; Cassandra got summoned to her father’s hometown; and one of the Seans is on study leave).

Lucky for us, two of our former interns are back to the rescue! Megan (who will be joining the office as staff in December) and Ivan, came to visit and is now helping the office with the giving out of cheques.

On a side note, we received a letter from KRT (Kawasan Rukun Tetangga) PJS 10 thanking our office for helping them rebuilt their cabin that was burnt down in December 2016.