Following mum’s footsteps in career and charity


Like mother, like daughter: Ooi (left) congratulating her daughter Zee Min with a peck on the cheek.

GROWING up with a politician mother who is always active in helping the less fortunate and marginalised, it is no surprise that the passion to help others is ingrained in Chong Zee Min, 24.

The only daughter and eldest child of MCA central committee member and Penang Wanita MCA chief Datuk Ooi Siew Kim had been actively following her mother on visits to old folk’s homes and orphanages since her preschool days.

Zee Min said the experience of mingling and volunteering to help the underprivileged had opened her eyes and made her realise there was still much that needed to be done.

She also said that women tended to be sidelined, and there were many areas of law that were unfair to the fairer sex, such as maintenance issues and property distribution.

“There is a need to amend or set up new laws concerning women, and also a need to train more women to be financially independent,” said Zee Min.

Inspired by her mother, Zee Min followed in her footsteps and pursued a career in law, with the aim of helping the less fortunate and upholding justice.

The former Penang Chinese Girls High School student was called to the Malaysian Bar before High Court Justice Mohd Zaki Md Yasin at the courthouse yesterday.

Zee Min, who read law in England, graduated with first class honours in her law degree in 2012. She also received an award for the best performance by an international student the same year, and was called to the English Bar in 2013.

She did her chambering with her mother, and now hopes to specialise in family and commercial law at her mother’s firm.

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