Michael Chong: Much respected for his public service

  • People
  • Friday, 06 Jan 2017

Chong feels guilty if phone calls go unattended. Photo: The Star/Azman Ghani

Covering Michael Chong’s press conferences is always interesting for journalists for he highlights all kinds of social problems, with the victims in tow to tell their often heartbreaking stories. In the 30 years that Chong has served the public, he has earned the respect of many, including Star Media Group Bhd group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai.

“Michael Chong is an extraordinary person. Many political parties have tried to set up similar public complaints bureaus but have failed miserably.

It takes more than just commitment. Chong passionately believes in helping people.

It is always easy to issue press statements condemning others to be popular, which many politicians resort to.

But Chong is the man doing the work with his fine team of staff and lawyers to assist him.

A 1992 article from the archives by Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai on Chong.
A 1992 article from the archives by Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai on Chong.

Not many people are aware that Chong has saved many lives. Babies have been saved because Chong has the ability to raise funds swiftly to enable these babies to have medical treatment including surgeries. Generous donors pass him the money for quick help because they trust him.

Chong also has the special abilities to handle both the authorities and the underworld.

The police and enforcement teams hold him with respect and so does the underworld. They salute him for his integrity

Chong has one of the most difficult jobs in Malaysia. He is a rarity and in my 32 years as a journalist, Chong has a record that no one can match.

How many of us dare to confront gangsters including loan sharks and mean characters?” 

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