SUBANG JAYA: Besides his mobile phone, he carries two walkie-talkies with him most of the time.
That’s how Kelvin Chew Weng Keong keeps tabs on his neighbourhood.
He goes around on a motorcycle, keeping an eye out for uncollected trash, clogged drains and other problems affecting the residents.
This has been his routine for the past decade.
Chew recalls and incident where a resident sent out an S.O.S to the neighbourhood chat group, saying that her car was hit by a vehicle driven by a foreigner who sped off.
“It was almost midnight. She was a single mother, who moved here recently. She did not have many friends then. So I rushed over to help,” said Chew.
On another occasion, he had to mediate when some of the dwellers were unhappy with a resident, whom they accused of selling them undersized ayam kampung.
That’s Chew, the go-to guy of USJ 13, who attends to almost everything from urgent to trivial matters.
“They call me for all sorts of things,” said Chew, 57, who is now into his third and final term as the Rukun Tetangga chairman.
He is also the treasurer for Zone 3, which covers USJ 7 to USJ 22.
Activities such as anti-dengue drive, gotong-royong and Ops Tikus to get rid of rodents will be carried out from time to time.
His community work takes up much of his time.
In the morning, he takes care of his company business, which deals in fire safety systems. But right after work, he will be keeping an eye on the neighbourhood.
There are patrols on certain nights when his teams cycle around the area, which has about 1,000 houses.
The security guards will alert him of any problems via the walkie-talkie.
Another walkie-talkie is to relay to him medical emergencies being handled by the Subang Jaya community ambulance service.
“It took about four years for the plan to take off, including raising the needed funds,” he said.
Chew is also involved in Children’s Wish Society of Malaysia, in which he has been serving as the secretary for the past eight years.
The society works towards making dreams come true for terminally-ill children.
“There was this 14-year-old leukaemia patient, who is confined to a wheelchair and wanted a pair of Puma shoes.
“So we collaborated with a shopping mall, fulfilled the wish of the boy, plus got him a movie treat and a chance to play arcade games.
“It’s seeing the smiles of these less fortunate kids that touches our hearts,” he said.
As for his community work, Chew said it was not for those who want to make a name for themselves.
“Community work is a commitment,” he said.