Watch this guy: Jonson Chong May 22, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
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?”