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Knowing Me

Recently I found this old article from STAR online, my earliest interview as soon as  elected as ADUN Rawang. I would like to share this with you for knowing me better.

Friday March 28, 2008
Rawang assemblyman goes for rounds on her motorcycle

MY ADUN: Rawang

Gan’s trusted companion: Four years and still going strong.

Full name: Gan Pei Nei
Party: PKR
Age: 27
Marital Status: Single
Currently residing in: Taman Bersatu in Rawang
Education: Degree in Mass Communication (Universiti Sains Malaysia)
Profession: Full time politician
Constituency: Rawang (under the Selayang parliamentary constituency)
Service centre: At 33A Jalan Bersatu 10, Taman Bersatu in Rawang and is open from 9am to 6pm. Gan meets up with the people every Wedneday and Friday from 5pm to 10pm. Gan can also be reached at 03-6093 7033
Gan’s trusted companion: Four years and still going strong.

SHE might be an elected representative of the state, but Rawang assemblyman Gan Pei Nei still prefers to keep it simple in every aspect of her life.

Apart from her new role, everything else remains the same. Transportation for her is still a Modenas Kriss 110cc motorcycle, a trusted companion that she’s has had for the past four years.

“I prefer riding a motorcycle as it’s easier to manoeuvre through traffic jams and of course the view is always much better,” said Gan.

During the election, Gan, who used to live in Section 5, travelled daily on her motorcycle to give ceramahs.

“The only inconvenience is when it rains or there is lightning, otherwise it’s a pretty comfortable ride,” said Gan who currently resides in Rawang.

“But I personally feel that riding a motorcycle makes me more approachable to the people here,” said Gan.

The PKR candidate won the state seat with 10,467 votes against BN’s Goh Ai Ling who got 6,275 seats and independent candidate Chandrasegaran Arumugam who secured 704 votes.

She joined PKR in 2004 and headed the PKR service centre in Batu before being asked to set up a PKR branch in Rawang early this year.

StarMetro: How much time to do you spend on the computer?

Gan: Three hours each day.

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

Gan: Sentimental and Jazz, My favourite song is Come Away With Me by Norah Jones.

StarMetro: What do you read? What was the last book you read?.

Gan: Magazines especially the ones on political figures. The last book I read was Hilary to Rice by Yokiko Kishimoto.

StarMetro: How do you stay healthy?

Gan: I swim once a week at Universiti Malaya and play badminton once a week at Subang Jaya. Whenever I am free, I go for jungle trekking at Bukit Gasing.

StarMetro: What languages do you speak?

Gan: Mandarin, Cantonese, English and Bahasa Malaysia

StarMetro: What is the gadget you can’t do without?

Gan: My mobile since it links me to the people and I can surf the net too.

StarMetro: Do you have any pets?

Gan: Not at the moment since I don’t have the time. But I am thinking of getting a dog in the future.

StarMetro: Name a person you look up to and why?

Gan: It has to be Wan Azizah since she’s all about championing people’s right.

StarMetro: Favourite actor and why?

Gan: Stephen Chow because he is a funny actor and most of his movies have good social messages.

Women to the Fore

This is my early stage interview by STAR , 23 Mac 2008 when i was just elected as an assemblywomen for Rawang.

Gan Pei Nei, assemblywoman for Rawang

Her choice of meeting place, a McDonalds outlet, was refreshing.

“My life will not change drastically. I will still be the same person with simple tastes and a modest lifestyle. And that is what we want to do, too, to create a new political culture and change people’s perception of what a politician should be like – no flashy cars or wealthy lifestyles,” says Gan Pei Nei, the new assemblywoman for Rawang.

At 26, Gan was the youngest candidate in the recent elections but she is no greenhorn when it comes to politics.

“I have always been interested in politics and took part in campus elections while in university. I even got into trouble in my final year when I helped out in the 2004 general election. But contesting in this election was an eye-opener because I had to really go down to the community and work with them,” adds the slight-built young woman.

Gan won the state seat with 10, 467 votes against BN’s Goh Ai Ling who got 6,275 seats and independent candidate Chandrasegaran Arumugam who secured 704 votes. She joined PKR in 2004 after graduating from Universiti Sains Malaysia with a Mass Communications degree, and headed the PKR service centre in Batu before being asked to set up a PKR branch in Rawang early this year.

Her family was afraid for her at first, she says.

“Like many Chinese families, they thought it wasn’t a good career move – especially joining an opposition party. If it was (ruling party) BN it was okay,” she jokes.

But they soon came around and when she told them of her decision to run in the elections, she got their full blessing.

When asked if her age and gender were a hindrance to her, she replies: “At first the community in Rawang found it hard to accept that I was young and a woman but after meeting me and hearing what I had to say, they said, why not, the incumbent has been there for 20 years and many problems have not been addressed.

“They said they’d give me a chance,” relates Gan, whose aim is to address the problems caused by the irregular development of Rawang such as traffic jams, floods in the area and lack of recreational centres.

Like many of the woman candidates in the general elections, money was a problem.

“I did various fundraising activities to raise the money needed to run a campaign. Now I have to raise funds for my service centre in Rawang because after calculating the ADUN (state assembly representative) salary and allowance I am getting (about RM8,000), it is still not enough for the service centre. I have to get the funding from other means,” she says.