From political blogger to state rep


Wong (centre) getting congratulatory kisses from her father Wong Fook Keong and mother Chin Kooi Seng after winning the Balakong by-election. — filepic Wong jogging with Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Ong Kian Ming at Lake Valley, Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, during the campaigning period for the by-election. — filepic

BEFORE becoming a politician, Balakong assemblyman Wong Siew Ki was a blogger writing on politics and current issues.

The Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)graduate, who is currently pursuing a Master’s in Chinese Language Studies, later decided to put her words into moving pictures when she made her first documentary.

Her first documentary discussed Teoh Beng Hock’s death.

She went on to make more documentaries highlighting the Jalan Sultan heritage, the fight to preserve Kampung Pantai Dalam and Kampung Railway village, Anti-Lynas issue and the fourth called Akta Hasutan.

Wong has big shoes to fill but is determined to do things her way with help from a strong team.
Wong has big shoes to fill but is determined to do things her way with help from a strong team.

In 2013, she was invited by current Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah to be his political secretary.

She also made a short documentary series for DAP.

Wong was sworn in as a councillor at Subang Jaya Municipal Council in 2016.

This year, she was nominated as a candidate for the Balakong constituency after second-term assemblyman Eddie Ng passed away.

Taking over from the late Ng, who was well-known among the people in Balakong, was not easy for newly-minted assemblyman Wong.

The 32-year-old, however, is picking up where Ng left and is making plans for Balakong’s future.

Her first big project is to change people’s perception of the township.

Wong jogging with Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Ong Kian Ming at Lake Valley, Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, during the campaigning period for the by-election. — filepic

“People think Balakong is just an old industrial area but the area is much more than that. I want to turn Balakong into a young and energetic constituency,” she said.

Wong is planning to form a youth team, in a move to lower the voting age to 18.

She said this particular pilot project would require the participation of schools.

“The project will allow youths especially those aged between 13 and 18 to have more connection and more awareness of current issues,” she said adding that she would approach schools after finalising her plan.

The youth team will be exposed to social work, given an understanding on democracy and provided a space to learn how they can contribute to society and country.

Wong, however, said she planned to do things differently in Balakong.

“Some people are used to Ng’s ways. He was visible everywhere, no matter how big or small an issue,” said Wong.

“Smaller issues will be handled by the area councillors. People want to see me there but it is not that I do not want to handle the issue but I will put my trust in the councillors.”

Wong said there was plenty for her to catch up on and was thankful to have Ng’s great team and friends who were willing to lend a helping hand.

Aside from developing Balakong’s image, Wong said there were pending issues such as traffic and floods that needed to be addressed.

She said flood hotspots, upgrading works on drains had begun especially in areas like Bandar Damai Perdana.

With regard to Taman Megah in 11th Mile Cheras, Wong said she would need to reach out to residents to practise proper waste disposal, as the drainage system there was old and clogged with rubbish.

There are also places where drains are covered.

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