TWO-term Kinrara assemblyman Ng Sze Han’s involvement in local government started with him taking on the post of local councillor in 2008. His responsibility has since grown by leaps and bounds, both at work and at home as a father of three children below the age of five.
Among the challenges he has faced over the years is dealing with public’s preference for the top-to-bottom approach instead of reporting issues in their neighbourhood through the proper channels first, said Ng, 47.
“People come to me when they have any form of issues now that I also chair the state Local Government, Public Transport and New Village Development Committee. While I welcome feedback, I do hope the public will start with the basic, which is to approach their local council first,” he said.
Having said that, he acknowledged that public engagement was crucial and necessary in Selangor as the people were more aware of current happenings and they demanded greater transparency along with the best service in every aspect.
Among the steps taken to improve service was the Smart Selangor Parking App, a project he helped oversee.
“People like this app a lot because they do not need to keep at hand multiple booklets of parking tickets for various local councils. Since the pilot project, local councils in Kajang and Sepang have doubled their parking revenue.
“People are also happy that they do not have to go through the hassle of finding coins and a parking machine that works.
“Those who are environmentally conscious are glad to see reduction in paper waste,” said the Batu Pahat-born who studied Engineering and worked as an engineer before going into politics full-time.
He said his involvement in politics was part of his responsibility to society.
“I do not see what I do as a job or a career; I see this as my responsibility,” he declared.
With the latest major water cut still fresh on the mind, Ng said he was optimistic that there would be fewer water cuts in future as Air Selangor was managing it well.
On the personal front, he seems to be managing fatherhood well.
He said he would wake up almost every hour in the first six months following the birth of his twins.
“My twins are now two. The most challenging times were when they were under six months old.
“One baby would wake up for feeding and just as we put the baby to sleep, the other twin would wake up wanting milk. It was a long period of sleepless nights,” he recalled.
Ng does not want to miss out on watching his children grow, so he makes it a point to get home by 6pm and spends as much time as he can with his children.
“My weekends are the busiest. I try to go home early on weekdays and try to minimise evening events so that I can chat and play with my children,” said Ng, who has a flair for cooking fusion food.
He also loves to dive, although it is hard to find time for that now.
“I think the last I dived was about four years ago. I have been to many places in the world for diving and Sipadan is still the best spot to me,” he said.
He feels strongly about issues related to the environment, partly because of his children.
“As a parent, I want my children and all other children to have a good environment to inherit and live in,” he said.
Ng, who enjoys gardening, is happy to note that his constituents are an active bunch in community gardening.