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Thursday April 10, 2008

Sivaji fan

My MP: Teluk Intan

Full name: M. Manogaran
Party: DAP
Age: 48
Marital status: Married
Number of children: Three girls and a boy
Constituency: Teluk Intan, Perak
Profession: Lawyer
E-mail: mano.telukintan@gmail.com

M. MANOGARAN has found a new interest and he’s been spending plenty of time on this passion.

We are talking about the local coffee of Teluk Intan, which the MP has recently discovered and he is now a big fan of the brew.

But the father-of-four maintains that the best is still his wife’s home-cooked meals, and lists his missus’ sardine curry as one of the best.

Apart from that, Manogaran indulges in retro music, especially rock numbers from the 70s and 80s, and lists among his favourite the Eagles’ Hotel California, Frank Sinatra’s My Way and songs by Lobo.

How much time to do you spend on the computer?

Not as much as I’d like to. I use it mainly for e-mail, and catching up on the news.

Do you blog?

Occasionally, but since the elections I have not updated my blog regularly. I plan to include links to other bloggers who have touched on the elections, specifically about Teluk Intan.



Do you play a musical instrument, dance or sing?

No, neither do I dance nor sing. But I enjoy listening to the guitar and sitar (Indian classical instrument).

Are you into movies? Name a favourite movie.

Yes. Hercules, Gladiator, and all of Bruce Lee’s movies.

Favourite actor?

Sivaji Ganesan from India. He is a great actor. My all time favourite movie of his is Thiruvillaiyadal.

What do you read?

Fiction and non-fiction.

What was the last book you read?

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda.

Are you into English Premier League football?

No, I lost interest. I used to support Arsenal, and Brazil in the World Cup.

If not football, what’s your favourite sport?

Unfortunately, given my commitments, I don’t have much time for sport. But I practise yoga.

What do you play?

Occasionally, tennis with friends, and badminton with friends and family.

Coffee or tea?

Teh halia and teh tarik. I am beginning to be a big fan of Teluk Intan local coffee.

What is your usual drink?

As a social drinker, beer and Bacardi Coke.

Do you smoke?


What is the gadget you can’t do without?

Handphone, and my trusty pen for writing on the go.

What’s your favourite food?

Besides my wife’s cooking, char koay teow and Teluk Intan popiah.

You have a weakness for ...

Cars, specifically classic cars.

Any pets?

Yes, our family dog is called Pixie – a five-year-old Corgi and Dachshund breed.

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

Mercedes E240, for four years now.

What is your contribution to environmental conservation?

During my tenure as president of the Tamil Education and Research Foundation, I have organised the Young Nature Campers programme for Tamil schools around the country – to educate students on the importance of nature conservation. I recycle my office and home waste, and teach my children that it is our obligation and responsibility to look after Mother Earth for future generations.

Name an idol (dead or alive) whom you look up to and why.

Lord Denning, for his sense of justice. Some of Lord Denning’s decisions subsequently became law in England. He opened up new frontiers in legal reasoning.

Any phobias?

Yes, I have claustrophobia.

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


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