PETALING JAYA: With Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year just days apart, questions of love and marriage and whether the two have to be sacrificed for one’s career are likely to surface.
One group of people who will be faced with such questions are politicians. Are they too busy serving the public or fighting for a cause to be having candlelight dinners or presenting roses to their sweethearts come Feb 14?
Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan confessed that she has never celebrated Valentine’s Day.
“You love a person every day, not only on one particular day,” said the attractive 33-year-old law graduate, who was quick to add that she was all for those who wished to observe Valentine’s Day.
The DAP Socialist Youth vice-chairman, known as a firebrand in the Dewan Rakyat, is “still single but not available”.
“I am seeing somebody,” she said.
Fong, who was the youngest MP to be elected in the 1999 elections, does not believe that love and marriage, and politics are a zero-sum game.
“It is all about what you want and how you manage your time.”
Another politician who has never celebrated Valentine’s Day is Ooi Chuan Aik.
Neither has the 44-year-old Bagan Jermal assemblyman celebrated Chap Goh Meh, the Chinese Valentine’s Day which falls on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar.
He said he did not believe in such celebrations but that did not mean that he wished to remain single forever.
“I will settle down when the time comes and I leave this to destiny,” the Penang MCA politician said.
Unlike many Chinese singles who constantly have to deal with the when-are-you-getting-married question during the Chinese New Year, Ooi said he had been spared this so far.
After all, two of his six brothers are still bachelors. The three bachelors stay with their mother. Their father had passed away.
The other bachelor among MCA’s 97 male MPs and assemblymen is Gan Ping Sieu.
The 40-year-old Gan, a lawyer by profession, has also been referred to as “the most eligible and sought-after bachelor” in the party by some of the Wanita MCA members.
While single male politicians may be a rare breed in MCA, that is not the case among females.
Of the 10 female MPs and assemblymen, three are single – PJ Utara MP Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, Padang Serai MP Christina Lim Bee Kau and Kajang assemblyman Low Lee Leng.
Other female politicians who are single include Gerakan Wanita chief and Bukit Gantang MP Datuk Tan Lian How and Seputeh MP Teresa Kok.
“No man, no plan” was Kok’s answer when asked whether she had any plans to get married.
The 43-year-old DAP Wanita secretary said: “God willing, hopefully.”
Kok does not see politics as depriving her of the chance to meet her Mr Right.
“I meet so many people all the time,” she said, but added that no one had caught her attention just yet.
She said she would be going out with friends for a meal on Feb 14.
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