Alternative Budget 2018 Update

Hi everyone. A very quick update on the Pakatan Harapan Alternative Budget 2018. YB Ong Kian Ming sent his last input this morning and Sean is now incorporating the same into the advanced draft. We are now 100% ready to circulate the draft to Pakatan Harapan politicians for their feedback.

Tomorrow, I am going to take the day off and catch up on sleep!

This morning my team visited Dato SeriĀ Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Leader of the Opposition at her house. YB Dato Johari Abdul, Chief Whip of PKR Parliamentarians, was also there, together with Kak Wan’s three researchers, Pak Malik, Arief and Hadi. I briefed her on the budget and the policies and she gave her views and suggested changes. Contrary to some chauvinistic views, Kak Wan is decisive and has firm views on many economic issues.

During the 3 hour meeting, we paused for food and during the break, she told us a story aboutĀ Anwar Ibrahim.

A few years ago, before Anwar was jailed, the Bukit Segambut area (where the family lives) had a lot of teenagers, both boys and girls, lepaking/hanging out till late at night near the mosque.

One late night, on the way home from a function, Kak Wan and Anwar drove past the kids. Anwar stopped the car, got down and started talking to them. He found out they were children of illegal Indonesian migrants. These kids grew up with no schooling and are employed by their own parents, doing odd jobs, helping in the family trade. They were polite, not unruly but sadly aimless in life. Kak Wan says that boss was upset for days, seeing youth in such predicament.

She added that Anwar has always been like this, even in high school, he would carry the weight of the world on his shoulders. In the early days of their marriage and after having children, this need to help others continued uninterrupted and family time was sacrificed. Sometimes we forget who Anwar is. We forget about his natural compassionate character. It is these little stories that keeps my fight for a better Malaysia going.

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