Monday, April 13, 2009

Hannah Yeoh - I'm So Proud!

I pondered over the above title, versus a more generic title about "Change & Conflict", and I settled for the above.

Now and then I'll click over to my fellow elected representative, Hannah Yeoh of Subang Jaya's blog to "check on her" (heh!) and see what's happening over there.

Somehow I missed this post she made earlier on "The Best is Yet to Come" and was pointed to it via email.  (Yes it's written nearly 2 months ago, but it is nevertheless still very relevant, and I should share it with those who hasn't read it.)
So many people have been telling me just how frustrated they are with the current political situation in our country. Some have told me that they regretted voting for change because of the political instability now and would prefer returning to their old style of voting - vote for stability and forget about having a stronger opposition and greater check and balance. I shudder at the thought of this! One needs to remember the reason why we are seeing such great resistance for change is simply because there is much to lose for those who have been in power for so long. For decades there have been so much abuses of power, unchecked misuse of public funds and plain dirty corruption. With a stronger opposition now, they stand to lose their illegal sources of income and some may even be charged and sent to prison if they are found guilty. With this in mind, they will fight at all costs to reclaim back power and to ensure they can continue to steal public funds from the people for their own enrichment. We are not just dealing with differences in politics; we are combating evil forces who will not rest till they secure back their powers and illegal sources of income.

Sometimes I feel equally frustrated and disillusioned about the political situation too. Sometimes I lay awake thinking of how to effect change in this land. Some days I cry while driving in between meetings thinking of what's left for the future generation in this land if we give up now. I have endured much verbal attack from political enemies, accusation after accusation of me not doing anything for my constituents and etc. No one truly understands the resistance we face daily in discharging our duties except for my fellow PR assemblymen. Robert Kennedy once said ‘Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator and change has its enemies.’ Our enemies are resisting change but we must stand firm and continue to push for a competent, accountable and transparent government. At the end of each day, as I lay myself to sleep, I ask God for strength, wisdom and protection to face the next. I look forward to the end of the term when I can tell the people of Subang Jaya that I have remained clean and have not stolen any of the taxpayers' funds. As reminded by Raja Petra in his blog "Please continue your struggle to make Malaysia a better place for our future generation. This country belongs to them and it is for them that we struggle." All hope is not lost. Come the next election, vote out the corrupt once and for all. Hang in there supporters and friends, the best is yet to come!
I'm just brimming with pride (for God knows whatever reasons) after reading it and know for a fact that Malaysia has much better days ahead ;-)


Anonymous said...

Don't give up hope yet.

I really don't expect much from the PR state governments yet given the strong bias towards federal power, and very importantly, many (most?) of our civil servants forget that they work for our Agong and not for BN.

My expectations will increase though should PR take over the Federal Government especially if it can get a 2/3 majority (and hence be in a position to amend the constitution).

My sole regret with voting for change is that now I will not have access to a Disney theme park in Selangor. If only we have given more time to our former MB to bring his plans to fruitation. Now, how are we to leverage all the hard work of our former MB and his team. Imagine, he even had to scarify the valuable time of his family members for the well being of Selangor. Perhaps, our PR State Government can retain him and his family members as consultants for their valuable insights? Maybe a RM68m per annum contract for the next 20 years?


Anonymous said...

how well said. i have to say i am not supporting opposition or ruling political parties but for the cause & ideals the party or politician stands for.

the current ruling parties will certainly & naturally try their worst to sabotage any good work the opposition wants to do. politics is a dirty game. it's hard to play by the rules if the oppressor has no rules. but be strong. truth will always prevail.

if the corrupt get his/her way, they become more corrupt. not the other way round. greed is the word.

for 50 years...& they are so proud of the achievements. what was not mentioned were the under-achievements for 50 years. i must say we had a head start than japan. japan was practically blown to bits by atomic bombs. they had to rebuild. look at japan today after 50 years. we are still 25 years behind japan.

As I Was Saying... said...

Dear Tony,

Hannah's entry post is 2 months ago. But anyway, it's late than never.


Robert Gan said...

This article bring tear to my eyes. The very thought of Hannah thoughts and endurance not only bring tears but joy to know that someone really cares of the people's heart felt.

Many people do not know the difficulty of fighting against evil doers, they do not realize the tactics and the lies they create to ensure they remain in power.They do not know that is easy to be bad than to be good.They expect that their children to run before they could learn to walk.There is no easy path.

Undoing the wrong is the greatest challenge of human being since the days when human believes in God.

Ms Hannah may god bless you and protect you.
Thank you Mr Tony for revivng this article.

Anonymous said...

We should never give up and no turning back.
In GOD we trust. For everything that happen in this land has its merit and reason. You are selected by GOD thru the people to impact change and all of us must be strong and believe that we need to work hard. Success or failure is up to GOD as he decides everything but at the end of the day if all of us have put our effort but we still fail, it is ok as GOD knows best but we must not regret for lack of trying.
Keep up the good job and people are proud of you guys.

Anonymous said...

He this is a very "old posting" lah!

Click on "from time to time"? I think you have no time at all.

Anonymous said...

Change is always going to be tougher status quo. M'sian who are learned and well-informed should understand that change for the better do not come overnight or even within one or two years. It may even take up to a generation to undo the "damages" done by BN.

THe impt thing is that PR have to show that and publicise that they are steps in the right direction and highlight the "barriers" set up by BN to resist the changes.

Keep your good work but also be aware some rakyat may not have the patience to see the changes.

Anonymous said...

Who will rise up for Me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for Me against evildoers?

Can a corrupt throne be allied with You- one that brings misery by its decrees?

Read verses: Psalms ninety four: sixteen and twenty in particular, over and over again. Take comfort!!Read the whole Psalms and rest in the Lord. The victory over evil is surely coming!

Alex Yap said...


Well, revolution does not happen in a day. I hope you guys can continue the struggle.

Check and balance is important.

beside of providing a great check and balance, PR need also to focus on development. I understand a lot of things need federal aid. But you being a economist, I have confidence that you can turn things around.

Good luck

Anonymous said...

I am with PKR but what troubles me is with the stand DSAI and PAS on using Eng.LAnguage for MAths & Science, they are very much against PPSMI and I worry if PKR takes over, it will be like what we went thru' in the 80's, everything will be in Bahasa.I am all for learning the national language, I repect and love my country but I do think of my child's future too.
I dont know whether you have had a look at the Bahasa syallbus of primary school, but if you can have a look,the standard is so high. it;s a struggle to learn Bahasa nowadays no longer a joy anymore:(

I have hope in PKR and I really hope when time comes PKR will think thru carefully of the education system in Msia as well as many other matters.

Jeremiah said...

Being A Christian, Hannah Tan will be very well equipped to know how to handle the burdens and pressures of a politician.

There are strategies that go beyond just canvassing for support and votes. Opposition leaders need to be more visionary, more optimistis instead of calling this a dark era or proclaiming doomsday for Malaysia.

Jeremiah said...

Opps sorry, I mean Hannah Yeoh, not Tan.

Emily Pratt said...

My up most salutations Madam Hannah.

Emily Pratt

Jim (USJ 3) said...

ATTENTION!!! ATTENTION!!! ATTENTION!!! (especially Hannah Yeoh & Tony Pua)

Everything is indeed TOUGH. Even the most basic thing such as eating can be TOUGH. We need to put food into our mouth, chew, swallow, etc.

We will vote her IN if she can produce results but we will also VOTE HER OUT if she doesn't produce up-to-mark results. Regardless of her SAD STORIES she's trying to tell us, NOBODY IS INTERESTED!!! We only recognize RESULTS & not SAD STORIES.

Sorry I may be HARSH but this is neverthelss the TRUTH. Buck up, Hannah!!!

Politics is NOT Charity. If Hannah can't work, we'll have to wave GOOD BYE to her come to next G.E. As for her SAD STORIES, please ask her to look for Sad Movie script writers.

Unknown said...

Hi Jim,

I'll let Hannah know that she's supposed to feed you with a silver spoon as well, or better still put you on a drip? ;-)


Jim (USJ 3) said...

Hi Tony,

Tell Hannah she's suppose to feed everyone in her constituency with a SILVER SPOON (Not me only, ok???)

If Hannah wants to be a representative but not able to cope-up with struggles & hardship...."What's the point being a state woman, correct???"

Hannah ought to know POLITICS is NOT for WEAKLINGS!!! By her complaining about difficulties & NOT ABLE to produce results only make her look like a FEMALE JESTER fooling herself in her SUBANG constituency.

Tony, I hope this knock senses into you & Hannah while you both are on a drip.

WAKE UP, so-called DAP leaders!!!

Observer said...

Bradder Tony,

Your reply to Jim (USJ3) is NOT a very responsible statement & I hope you will NOT adopt this kind of IDIOTIC attitude towards your PJU constituency too.

Look Tony......Hannah'role as a Wakil Rakyat is suppose to "Work for her constituency" & NOT her constituency working for her!!!

Your irresponsible statement to Mr.Jim of USJ 3 is seen as STUPID & yet FOOLISH. I dare say should you continue your irresponsible attitude, be prepared to have yourself & Hannah voted OUT come the next G.E.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT, Tony. Thank me later.

Hannah Yeoh said...

Jim and Observer,

I am free to share my thoughts with my supporters on my blog. I am honest enough to share my challenges and not pretend that everything is a bed of roses. I am no weakling. Both Tony and I put in more courage to make a change pre March 8, we didn't just complain about our country, we did something about it. I would like to correct your perception that we are doing nothing but just complaining. Make a visit to our service centres and our blogs to see the issues we have been working on since elected.

Strength is not measured by whether or not someone is silent or vocal about their challenges. Strength to resist corruption is also strength often overlooked by Malaysians. Many leaders who do not "complain" (as you define it) may not necessarily be strong leaders, many have over the years given in to corruption and hence became weak leaders, bound to favours and unable to speak their minds.

I fight corruption openly and I am aware of the risks involved. If we were weak, we would not have joined the opposition pre March 8, knowing full well that those who fight for truth in this country often walk a narrow path. I will not engage in any more discussion here, back to work.

Unknown said...

perhaps she should sing the song... "i'm not the superwoman..."

wow, i see there are very demanding voters here. it's tough to be a good politician. i guess it's better to be the corrupted one. afterall, cina only care "cari makan" and to hell the rest of the issues.

Jim (USJ 3) said...

Hi Hannah,

Thanks for your clarifications & I noted you DO NOT wish to engage in anymore discussionS here. I've no choice but to respect you decision.

However (if you manage to read this comment), pls. note it's TRUE when you said leaders who DON'T complain may not be capable leaders but it's EVEN WORSE to have leaders who only COMPLAIN but NOT having their duties fulfilled as promised.

I'll definately pay a visit to your SERVICE CENTRE soon to witness what you've been doing for your constituency BUT please DO NOT get carried away just becos' you've done jobs for your constituency.


Thanks for considering!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Hannah, Tony,

I am sure it is frustrating to get remarks from voters like Jim & Observer, it is as if you guys get personal glory & benefits for joining PR & getting into politics. I am 100% sure it is not the case for both of you. It really takes people like you guys with a heart of gold, guts, sacrificies to be a opposition. Sigh .....

Uncle Ch'ng said...

Well said, Hannah!!!

However, you have forgotten THE GOLDEN KEY to being a capable so-called 'Wakil Rakyat'

The KEY is to transform HARDSHIP & STRUGGLE to PLEASURE for everybody in your constituency. I understand you being a LADY, it's very normal to complain, complain & complain. Females are always females.

However, you've forgotten that you being a Wakil Rakyat SHOULDN'T complain at all but should instead SWALLOW whatever problems you're facing. How can your constituency have confident in you when you're projecting a COMPLAINING IMAGE to them??? This will only make you a WEAK leader in their eyes.

Please pay a serious thought. Thanks!!!

Simon Yee of SS15 said...


It seems our Subang Jaya representative is BREAKING DOWN under pressure. She DON'T seems to be able to cope up with what's expected of her.

We should have a MALE representative replacing her in the next G.E.

Hannah should just QUIT politics & be a HOUSEWIFE instead. Less pressure, less headache & more time for her family.

Internal Conflicts said...

My God Tony!!!

You shouldn't have even posted this article relating to HANNAH in the 1st place. You're foolishly making your fellow DAP comrades look like a FOOL. Whether it's intentional or not.....only you yaself know best.

You better apologize to HANNAH!!!

Anonymous said...

"Action speaks louder than words"

I've heard enough but where's the action?

- Botak Chai

I'm at Kayu Ara said...

Dear DAP leaders,

I did not regret voting for a CHANGE of which led to our country's political instability. However, what sadden me is that the people who asked me to VOTE FOR CHANGE hasn't been doing enough. They're talking more than doing & they hardly can walk their talk.

All they have been doing is digging the past wrongdoings of BN & steal cheap publicity from there on. What they should do instead is to focus on current issues/problems & STOP acting as if they're some AMBULANCE CHASERS.

Jim (USJ 3) said...


Tony Pua is emulating NAJIB's foot steps. He's trying to indirectly KILL Hannah & yet still potray to all he's as pure as an ANGEL.

Very clever, Tony!!! Is Najib ya best friend???

BN characthers have eroded into DAP!!!

Anonymous said...

is it me only, or does Jim (USJ 3), I'm at Kayu Ara, Internal Conflicts, Simon Yee of SS15, Uncle Ch'ng, Observer seem to be the same person. Notice the similarities in style?

Btw, she was just sharing, not complaining. Grow up and learn the difference. Its human to go thru ups and down, its even more admirable to be able to be open about it. But in the end of the day, she is one woman that works damn hard for Subang Jaya.

Except for the sour grapes at BN, everyone else in Subang Jaya will testify to that...

Anonymous said...

I voted for you Tony. Haven't regretted my decision yet. :)

NEO said...

Hi Jim & Observer 2.13pm,

Have both of you forgot to take your medicine?

Anonymous said...

Some b***dy idiot just want to spam Tony's blog.

Go back and play with your transformers toys-lah.

Anonymous said...

They say the X factor is really INTEGRITY and both Tony Pua and Hannah Yeoh have it . . .

Eat your heart out, sour grapes !!

~ aiswannie

Anonymous said...

If we only care to take a few seconds to retrospect the reasons why the rakyat voted for the Peoples' Coalition, most would say probably that they wanted, competence, accountability and transparency besides desiring their human rights protected and having a cleaner and a fairer Government for their children's children.

While voting for the opposition, never do they want to see their representatives engage and charge for corruption and involvement in any crime that may bring shame not only to themselves, their party and the electorate who put them there in the first instance.

Over the past 12 months, we saw cross-overs that saw BN usurping the powers of the PR. Apart, some of the PR representatives were reported to have engaged in criminal offences and activities .

For all the PR reps, you need to work doubly hard to prove that you can run the government of the States and Federation. You have a tough role ahead of you.

I hate to see PR reps leaving the coalition for one reason or another.

The BN government is doing all it can to expose, disgrace and harass the PR elected representatives. so if you are in PRK, then you must behave and avoid all forms of greed and avarice and corrupt practices.

clearwater said...

Tony (and all readers),

TQ for sharing. It is not a human failing to share, whether joy or sorrow or one's thoughts. Some people are incapable of doing so, to their detriment. I do not see any self pity in her posting, only a deep sense of caring for her fellow citizens and disappointment with her inability to be more effective as an elected representative. If someone else thinks he can do a better job, let him stand in the next election.

I am not from Hannah's constituency nor from her generation but this young woman has my respect. I wish my daughter is more like her, with her strong ideals, principles, commitment and energy. Subang Jaya is lucky to have her as their representative.

Anonymous said...

Dear Jim,

Your comment really irritates me, nobody owes you a living, I am pretty sure that Hannah & Tony have tried their best to serve the rakyat, but their hands are tied most of the time. It is their righteousness that make them sacrifice their career and time for the sake of the country & people. What is there to gain if you were in their shoes? Have you ever lend a hand to help others before,or are you just waiting for handouts and help all your life.