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Watch this guy: Jonson Chong May 22, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
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I’m terribly pleased that my former colleague in Suaram, Jonson Chong, survives the craziness known as the nominations of the Angkatan Muda KeADILan, to come out as one of the most watched candidates in the 6-young-men race for only 3 Vice-Youth Chief spots.

This is his first foray into the party elections.

Naturally, there isn’t such a thing as an automatic or easy passage to a key position in KeADILan, even in the Youth wing.

While, ‘this’ and ‘that’ faction are trying one-up each other, Jonson has kept his cool and not descended to name-calling or underhanded tactics.

I think it’s all the Suaram training (!), meditation and a seasoned perspective on politics.

And even in the event he doesn’t make it, Jonson remains a front-runner-candidate in one of the crucial swing-seats in the Klang Valley.

(Location of this constituency where he’s been doing quite a bit of community support work remains under OSA i.e. ‘Open-Secrets-Ah’.)

Jonson first came to Suaram ten years ago. One of the first things he wanted to do was to go for a conference in Daramsala and meet the Dalai Lama.

We said, “Cannot“, and sent him to Rangoon instead, where he met Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and promptly got arrested with his team mates!

In that kangaroo court, the former LA of Messrs. Karpal Singh & Co. helped represent the team and got everyone released immediately despite a verdict of ‘X’ years of hard labour.

In between making calls to the Malaysian ambassador in Rangoon, (who according to the embassy staff, was found more at the golf club than in the building, Arul and I sang to keep our spirits up

“Bring back, bring back, bring back our Johnny to me, to me….!”

He left us to return to more legal work and handled a number of our human rights and ISA cases, his clients included Acehnese freedom-fighters detained in Kamunting. He then proceeded to do his Masters in Human Rights at London School of Economics (LSE) as a Chevening scholar.

“…..Don’t cha wish your MP was hot like him?”

:P

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1. wenhui - May 22, 2007

Eli,
I am so happy to see him come back and good luck to both of you in the coming election.
best,
boonhooi

EW: Hey there! TQTQ! Wah so fast comment, I tell you, it’s his photo :)

2. Nstman - May 22, 2007

Liz, I support you wholeheartedly if you decide to stand for a post in Keadilan. The fight against lies, oppression, treachery, hypocrisy, plagiarism, bigotry (no thanks to Barisan nasional) continues.

EW: Thank you very much! I didn’t know there’s a war against plagiarism – but can oso :)

3. AlexMoi - May 22, 2007

The country desperately need good people like him to make changes. Go Go Go Jonson!!!

4. moo_t - May 22, 2007

Malaysia need a large group of PM with virtue. But it also means the people must discover the value of virtue from our own cultures. 90% of Malaysia PM has abandon that. Because those who elect them has little idea about politicians virtue, to them, democracy is about power struggling.

I hope he will not lost his way and consume by the political games.

5. Bob K - May 23, 2007

So .. he’s finally back :D

6. susan loone - May 23, 2007

Ooooh glad that Johnson is back. Good luck to him and you. Is Johnson a blogger yet? persuade him to be one lar….
Yes, I wish my MP was hot like him! :-)
My MP is karpal singh ….

EW: Hey Karpal’s hot! :P Jonson’s site is: jonsonchong.com

7. 天上人间 Down To Earth - May 23, 2007

Good luck eli and jonson! Get my support for this election…..and more supports when u work harder… :-)


EW: TQ! We’re working out butts off. That’s why so flat :P

8. Jonson Chong - May 23, 2007

Hello, Eli & Friends.
Eli, just thought I’d check out what you wrote… Thanks for the compliments! Just one correction though – I did not get to meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi because her residence was surrounded by junta guards :-(
As for those who wonder whether I blog, check out my “work-in-progress” website: jonsonchong.com
Friends, thanks for all the support & kind wishes.
Peace,
Jonson

EW: Alamak – you mean we thwarted your 2 attempts to hang out Nobel Peace Laureates??!!

9. Yap Sing Yeong - May 23, 2007

Wish you all the best (elected as deputy president of Wanita KeADILan)

EW: Thanks! Need all the wishes…. Tough race!

10. lulu - May 23, 2007

haiyoh susan, you should count yourself blessed you got the lion of jelutong for your MP.
mine is famous for tending to your longkang woes.


EW: Mine is seen once every 4.5 years. And he still wins!??!! :O

11. Wei Wun - May 24, 2007

Hi Eli, good luck!


EW: Dear Wei Wun, Hello there! And ta much :)

12. Wei Wun - May 24, 2007

Hi Jonson,
U hv less than 24 hours for campaign harder, no easy task.
Looking forward to work with u in keADILan Youth, good luck to both of us…. Ha ha ha!

EW: I am crossing my fingers for you two! :)

13. Winston - May 24, 2007

Liz, looks like lang chai have the admiration of all you girls!

14. aminiskandar - May 24, 2007

Jonson,

Welcome back. Good luck for the congress…

Black.

15. mediarakyat - May 25, 2007

Of cos, Jonson needs a lot of “hands” for the coming General Election. Help! Help! Help!

16. lulu - May 25, 2007

“…..Don’t cha wish your MP was hot like him?”

i want my MP to be a cutie pie like him

17. farrel - May 25, 2007

Good luck jonson .. good luck eli..
i really hope that both of u will win in this keadilan-election..

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