FAMILY remains a priority for Lee Chin Cheh, even after he was elected as the Kajang assemblyman in the 13th General Election.
“I have breakfast with my family, and try to have dinner with them at least thrice a week,” said the father of two, who subscribes to the adage ‘charity begins at home’.
“My wife, an accountant by profession, is the pillar of the family and the person who keeps me in check.”
The 42-year-old is a practising lawyer specialising in corporate law and conveyancing.
“I took the less conventional route of getting my degree via distance learning while working as a clerk in Kuala Lumpur,” said Lee, who earned his Bachelor of Law degree from University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
“I was lucky to have a good boss who offered me a loan to help with my tuition fees. I enjoyed the entire journey as it was very fulfilling.
“Working in a legal firm then helped me gain practical experience and understanding from an academic to legal point of view.”
Lee said he was inspired by a conversation he had with Wan Ismail Wan Mahmood, the father of Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, to join PKR in 2008 after being a Gerakan member for 10 years.
Although he resides in Shah Alam and works at a legal practice in Petaling Jaya that he set up with several partners, Lee said he did not mind the commute.
“I get to experience the differences between councils, services and infrastructure,” said the former Petaling Jaya City councillor.
“Kajang has a diverse identity as it is a meeting point for the old and new. Its demographic is roughly 50% Malay, 40% Chinese and 10% Indian.”
Lee said some of the key issues were traffic congestion and town planning, lack of basic infrastructure in traditional Malay villages, and beautification and uplifting the image of Kajang.
“With four stations located within the constituency, we are hopeful that the MRT line will partially address the congestion in Kajang,” he said.
“However, we would also like to see how the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) can come up with a plan to alleviate congestion in the town centre.
“I understand that MPKj is under financial constraints because it has a huge area to cover, but the council has to look at ways to balance its revenue and projected expenses.”
Lee said his one-year tenure as councillor helped him understand where issues or problems were formed, and that he had pushed for the MBPJ to have a master plan for its drainage system.
“My other visions during my term as assemblyman are to push for the Selangor Legislative Assembly Service Commission Enactment (Selesa) bill, which was mooted by former state speaker Datuk Teng Chang Khim,” he said.
“The bill aims to give more autonomy to the state legislative, and make it a more independent and impartial body that is separate from the state executive.
“I hope the Standing Committee on Local Council will look into improvements in the delivery service of local councils, and that a master framework is formed to promote transit-oriented development to encourage people to live and work near places with train services.”
Lee’s service centre is located at No 17 (1st Floor), Jalan Metro Avenue 1, Metro Avenue, Kajang, Selangor.
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