MELAKA: First-time executive councillor Low Chee Leong is having sleepless nights as he is being watched like a hawk by “bosses”.
The Melaka Health and Anti-Drugs committee chairman has not taken a single day off since he took on the position in May as he needs to be on par with his peers.
Furthermore, his leaders were keeping a close eye to see whether newcomers like Low were easily swayed by lucrative offers which are apparently made for development projects in Melaka and even honorary titles.
Low admitted he never anticipated his party leaders would watch him so closely to gauge whether he performs his tasks efficiently and ensure he resolves outstanding issues in his constituency as well as attend to matters within his portfolio.
“I do not blame them as I am considered a novice and the leaders want to ensure zero complaints surface here,” he said when met at the Qing Ling Gong Association lantern festival at Kota Laksamana on Wednesday.
Low said he has gone without a day off for the past five months as there was too much work and he needed to learn the ropes within a short period of time.
He is also growing to love his job, especially attending grassroots-level events at night.
“The honeymoon period is over for me and I have to wake up before the sun is up and return home late at night. And this is almost a daily routine.
“Before becoming an executive councillor, I focused on party preparation for the General Election.
“So, in a nutshell, I have not gone on a holiday with my family outside of Melaka since early last year, even to nearby Port Dickson,” he said.
Low said he fulfilled the stringent key performance indicators (KPI) and sometimes, he had to complete the task in just a day.
“Luckily, I have secretaries and personal assistants who work additional hours to help me complete the jobs delegated to me,” he said.
Low has also been driving his humble Perodua Myvi to selected events to avoid taxing his driver who would need to work overtime.
He confided that people had come to him to canvass for Datukship and even government contracts.
“I have to be frank with them. My hands are tied as my bosses are observing me and those who qualify will get the contracts and honorary titles without paying a single sen as kickbacks,” he said.
Low realised that there were some who criticised him for being lurus-bendol (straightforward) and he did not know the art of political survival.
“I stand by my principles that deserving cases will not be denied and there should be no backdoor attempts,” he said.
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