YB who looks up to Gandhi


My ADUN: Tronoh

Name: V. SivakumarParty: DAPAge: 38Marital Status: MarriedNumber of children: TwoEducation: MBA, B.EC (hons), B. JurisprudenceProfession: Full time politician (A training consultant before the general election)Constituency: Tronoh, PerakContact number: 012-5599105

BARELY two weeks after being elected the new Tronoh assemblyman, V. Sivakumar wasted no time in getting to the ground to meet the constituents and noting down their grouses.

“Since I started my rounds at my constituency, I have been greeted with complaints of potholes, uncollected garbage, non-functioning street lights, loan matters and some police matters,” said Sivakumar.

“I have managed to settle some of the problems and there are still a lot of work left to be done,” he said.

Sivakumar defeated Barisan’s Lee Kim Choy in the 12th general election.

“Normally, we lose heavily here. This time, we were stunned with the big swing in our favour,” he said, adding that Tronoh had always been one of the weakest areas for the DAP and he was surprised when he defeated Lee with a 2,571-vote majority.

Sivakumar is formerly Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran’s political secretary and has been with the DAP since 1997.

At work: Sivakumar taking down his constituents' complaints.

How much time do you spend on the computer? Between half an hour and an hour.

Do you blog?

Yes

Do you have a website?

Yes. www.sivakumar.blogsome.com

Do you play a musical instrument, dance or sing?

I love singing.

What kind of music do you listen to? Name a favourite song.

Sentimental songs. Can’t think of one right now.

Are you into movies? Name a favourite movie.

Very seldom.

What do you read? What was the last book you read?

Books on politics, business and self-development. The last book I read was An Autobiography of a Yogi.

Are you into English Premier League football? What’s your team and favourite player?

No.

If not football, what’s your favourite sport?

Badminton.

What do you play? Who is your favourite sports star?

Badminton. No favourite stars.

Coffee or tea? Name your brew.

Tea. I have no preferred brew. I take just about any type of tea.

Got a nickname? How did it come about?

Ragu. My family gave the name to me.

What languages can you speak?

English, Bahasa Malaysia, Tamil.

Do you smoke?

No.

What is the gadget you can’t do without?

Handphone.

What’s your favourite food?

Any vegetarian food works fine for me.

You have a weakness for ...

None.

Do you have a dog/cat?

No.

What car do you drive and how long have you had it?

I have been driving my Perodua Kembara for three years.

What is your contribution to environmental conservation?

I’m a green lover. I love plants and nature.

Name an idol (dead or alive) that you look up to and why?

Mahatma Gandhi. For his non-violent perseverance in liberating India from the British empire.

Any phobia? Scared of spiders, enclosed spaces, etc?

I’m afraid of frogs.

Favourite actor, and why

None.

Favourite actress, and why

None.

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