Elopura’s young CDL, Chan lauds Au and Musa as “mentors”

 

By JAMES LEONG

SANDAKAN: At 24 when he took his oath of office as Elopura Community Development Leader before Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman on 16 March 2007, Chan Tzun Hei became one of the youngest candidates in Sabah to be appointed to the post.

Ten years down the road and now into his third term as Elopura Community Development Leader, Chan is grateful to his boss, Elopura Assemblyman Datuk Au Kam Wah, and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman, for having confidence and trust in him.

Reflecting the early days when he was appointed to the post back in 2007, Chan said although he had served three years as Elopura Area Development Officer, the new job came with bigger responsibilities.

Being relatively new to the job, he found it quite stressful when he first started off because Community Development Leader is an important post and the expectation from political leaders particularly the seniors in his party.

Chan said he was fortunate to have Au who stood by him and gave him guidance. Today he has gained a lot of experience. His active involvement in youth bodies and NGOs has also helped to build up his confidence and motivation to better serve the people.

He recollected that one of the biggest challenges in his ten years as Elopura Community Development Leader was the occurrence of floods and mudslides in his constituency between 2011 and 2012.

“It was Chinese New Year, Datuk Au and I had to work relentlessly in dealing with the relevant government departments and agencies to race against time to resolve the problem.

“Over the years however, my disappointment is the presence of Little Napoleons in some government departments that have been obstacles to Assemblymen and their representatives in addressing rakyat complaints and problems promptly,” Chan said.

They (government departments) have to be more pro-active, work closely with elected representative offices and their staff so together we can serve and tackle problems affecting the people effectively and efficiently, Chan added. As the Community Development Leader, Chan heads the Elopura Community Development Leader Unit comprising a group of 12 staff. He is the personal assistant and representative to Elopura Assemblyman Datuk Au Kam Wah.

His other tasks include to coordinate special development fund allocation for the State Assemblyman, ensuring the fund is distributed equally, effectively and efficiently based on priority in the constituency, handle grassroots problem in term of social, economy and politics, receive complaints from public and safeguarding the people’s rights, attend municipal council management, development and policy making meetings.

Chan completed his STPM education at Sung Siew Secondary School in 2003. His other academic achievements include an Executive Diploma in Engineering Business Management majoring in Business Leadership and Strategic Management from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Executive Master of Commerce (General Management) from the Open University Malaysia.

When SAPP left BN in 2008, Chan together with his boss, Datuk Au, and other colleagues remained “Pro-BN” until they opted to join BN component party Gerakan in 2009.

Today, Chan is the Gerakan State Deputy Youth Chief and a member of the party’s National Youth Central Committee.

“Barisan Nasional’s power sharing concept is still the best choice for Malaysians because its track record has proven that no community is left behind as the country continues to enjoy progress and development en route to achieving a developed nation status,” Chan said.

He believes Malaysia needs a strong and stable government. Malaysians irrespective of race and religion should remain united to safeguard what we have already achieved. We must not gamble away our future.

In Sabah, the State Barisan Nasional Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman, is constantly striving to fulfill the needs and aspirations of all Malaysians in the State. We continue to enjoy progress and a sound economy under Datuk Seri Musa, Chan said.

 
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New Sabah Times