Was reading this Sunday Times when this article caught my attention. Well, am not a political freak but, world of politics often gives lotsa of enthusiasm. Keep the story short, i keep my admiration in this guy, not over his idealism in politics realm, but his attitude n determination over his own principle. He is one of the Msia’s best-known activisit for human rights and political reform, yet not many ppl had know bout him including me. Tian Chua is his name, currently sitting as PKR’s information chief and is the newly elected MP for Batu. In the eyes of authorities, he is a law-breaker, and was duly arrested countless times, bashed about and even imprisoned. But today, the recent election had proved that his vision and his idealism was being shared by the rakyat when he is elected as MP for Batu with 9+++ majority.
At a glance in the pic, well he looked like the average-Joe reed-thin and boyish looking, mild mannered and soft spoken. Graduated from Australia,University New South Wales in Philosophy where he was overly exposed to peace movements, and human rights, environmental issues and human rights around the world. He was then become an active student leader(SRC la..student representatives council) There he protested against the imposition of university fees on foreign student, which eventually brings him to his first arrest in Sydney. He was there looked upon by East-Timor to help prepapre newsletter. 2 years later he left for Hong Kong, as a researcher on regional labour issues, and then received a scholarship in Master Degree pursueing Employment and Labour Studies in Netherlands. And after he studies, this guy actually came bac tanahair via the land route which took him 3 months. He enjoyed it and described it as the most enjoyable n freest time in his youth.
Bac to Msia then, then the age of his renaissance started. There’s when he started his politics. Prior to tat, he was immediately caught up by the East-Timor movement, in year 1996, before 1997 when Msia’s financial crisis started. It takes him 2 years to get well rooted to the problems in Msia’s politics, thinking of a change before he finally joined PKR in 1999 when it was stil headed by Anwar’s wife, Dr.Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. Along the way, he was actively involved in the opposition movements which by one of the famous pics was when he defied a water cannon truck, which described by ppl as being ‘real nutter’ and ‘drama queen’. but to him, stil he is following the peaceful protest and non-confrontational approach as practised by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
In year 2001, he was arrested under ISA and was sent to Kamunting Detention, and according to him, he was willing arrested without any protest. He was imprisoned for 2 years, but bear in mind tat detention under ISA isn’t as bad like those Sg.buluh jail , or like those in Prison Break series. He was then keep himself busy by dabbliing his love in painting and drawing. He drew insects tat entered his cell and made over 100 Hari Raya Cards and Chinese New Year for friends n family. Apart from tat, he was leaning Thai, Norwegian , Arabic, Freach n Sanskrit which he has mostly forgotten by now. His father however took his detention in some humour, where his father at least knoe where he is now, n where to find him. Adding to tat, his father always thinks tat he is safer in detention rather than leading demontrations everywhere.
2003, he is released bac again, he was in form again. 2004 , again he was into detention for being involved in a rally-calling for police reforms and inquiry into the deaths. but tat doesn;t end long. He lost in 2004 general election in Batu. One of the biggest casualties during that time was his relationship wit his long-term gf where they remained apart when his gf was arrested and blacklisted and deported bac to HK.
Although he has been imprisoned, injured and lost his gf, there are no regrets according to him. According to him, ‘Life is wat u choose to put into it, mine is natural unfolding of choices I’ve made. I believe i am part of a bigger society and movement. We all are and we either choose to stay away or stay in it. He always consider himself lucky of wat he is doing, where he had the opportunity to study overseas, a car by his dad, and a house by his late-mother. To him, given such privileges, he is guilty if he don do wat he is doing. His motto sums up his life’s philospohy ;La vie existe grace aux choice, which means life exist because of choice- choices tat he made.
He is the man who lives averagely like most of us, but stand still of doing things in wat he believed in.