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Wednesday April 9, 2008

Putting women first


My MP: Batang Sadong

Full name: Nancy Shukri
Party: PBB
Age: 47
Marital status: Married
Number of children: Three
Constituency: Batang Sadong, Sarawak
Education: Executive Masters in Business Administration
Profession: Political secretary to the Chief Minister of Sarawak
Contact: 082-441 139

WOMEN’S issues have always been important to Batang Sadong MP Nancy Shukri. As a life member and former chairman of the Sarawak Federation of Women’s Institutes, she has worked hard for the development of women in the state and does not plan to stop any time soon.

“The expectations of women in Sarawak are very high on me now. I’m glad I’ll be able to continue championing women’s issues in a different capacity as an MP, be it social issues or entrepreneurial issues, or building women’s skills,” she said.

Nancy said her interest in community work came from her parents.

“My parents were actively involved in community programmes and I naturally followed them. My family has always been very community-orientated,” said Nancy who is assistant secretary-general of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) and secretary of the women’s wing.

How much time do you spend on the computer? Do you blog? One to two hours a day. No, I don’t blog.

Do you play a musical instrument, dance or sing?

I don’t dance nor play any musical instrument. I do have talent for singing though.

What kind of music do you listen to? Name a favourite song.

I am inclined to sentimental/pop music (as long as it is not rock music). One of my favourite songs is You Light Up My Life by Linda Ronstadt.

Are you into movies? Name a favourite movie.

I am not really a movie person, though I watch movies on my laptop whenever I go travelling. I am attracted to Yasmin Ahmad’s productions. Her Sepet got me hooked to my laptop.

What do you read? What was the last book you read?

I like biographies. The last biography I read was Life of Clinton. Right now I am struggling to finish River Town by Peter Hessler.

Are you into English Premier League football? Favourite team?

No, but I sometimes ask my husband which team won. If I have to choose, it would be Manchester United. That’s because when I was in England, MU was the first football team that I learnt of.

What’s your favourite sport then?

Currently, I am only into swimming.

What else?

I used to represent my school in badminton, hockey and athletics (running).

Coffee or tea?

English Breakfast. I also drink fruit tea.

Got a nickname? How did it come about?

My very close friends call me Nan. I suppose that’s short for Nancy.

What languages can you speak?

I speak English, Malay, bits of Mandarin, Hokkien and Iban.

Do you smoke?

Never.

Gadget you can’t do without?

Handphone.

Favourite food?

Boiled sayur terong assam Sarawak.

You have a weakness for ... Shoes.

What car do you drive and how long have you had it?

I am driving an Unser which is going to be five years old in May.

What is your contribution to environmental conservation?

Plant greens, save energy, segregate wastes and advocate environmental conservation through awareness campaigns.

What do you like most about Malaysia?

Food.

What do you dislike most about Malaysia?

Poor service and filthy toilets.

Which sector in Malaysia would you like to see improvement? Civil service.

If there is one thing you can wish for in the country, what would that be?

Minimum income of RM3,000 per month for each individual.

Okay now name an idol whom you look up to.

Margaret Thatcher.

Favourite actor?

P. Ramlee – his messages are still relevant today.

Favourite actress?

Julia Roberts, she is so natural and beautiful.

Lastly, any phobia? Cockroaches.

For more profiles on Members of Parliament and state assemblymen, go to thestar.com.my/myrepresentative.

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