FROM a civil servant to a green activist and educator, Pola Singh is a man who wears many hats.
However, his most memorable experience was serving as a diplomat of the Asean Secretariat in Jakarta from 2002 to 2006.
“Using my previous experience at the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department, I was tasked with narrowing the gap between least developed countries and the rest of the Asean countries.
“The task had impact as we firmed up the economic roots of the least developed countries.
“It was very fulfilling for me as we put an effort to uplift the livelihood and well-being of the people and help them prosper through a series of programmes focused on their needs,” he said.
Pola, who will turn 70 on Monday, is still going strong.
He regularly writes letters to newspapers highlighting community issues, besides assisting in soup kitchens, fighting for green lungs in the city and being involved in education.
For example, Pola is a familiar face in the Taman Rimba Kiara development issue by virtue of being a TTDI Residents’ Association committee member and contributing his expertise to various government agencies.
“Some of the issues highlighted have brought positive changes, such as parking woes at the TTDI morning market.
“The parking spaces were previously taken up by motorists who worked nearby but now, market visitors benefit.
“I may have retired but I have not retired from life, so there is no slowing down for me as far as contributing to the community is concerned.
“Strangers have approached me at malls and the park, and told me that they enjoy reading my articles.
“With that, I enjoy what I do as I find it fulfilling,” he said.
These days, Pola devotes his time to the betterment of society by imparting writing skills to the public as well as being a motivational speaker on ageing gracefully.
“I would like to thank those who made a difference in my life and contributed to where I am today, especially those who left footprints in my life,” he said.