Loh Seng Kok

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Barisan Nasional MCA

Loh Seng Kok 卢诚国
Member of Parliament for Kelana Jaya
雪州格拉那再也区国会议员
(2004 - Feb 2008)

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Victorious living after electoral defeat

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Thursday May 15, 2008

Victorious living after electoral defeat

By LIM CHIA YING

 

It has been more than two months since the March 8 general election. People are curious to know what the defeated incumbents are now doing. StarMetro speaks to some former elected representatives in the Klang Valley on what keeps them busy nowadays and their lives post-election.

Loh Seng Kok, former MP for Kelana Jaya:

Loh said he has been reading a lot lately. His latest book is an account of British politician and philanthropist William Wilberforce (born 1759) who was a social reformer of various causes, the most outstanding being the abolition of slavery in the British Empire.

Loh said the book was most inspiring to him as reading about Wilberforce’s experiences has taught him about patience and perseverance through the hardships of life.

Catching up: Loh has been doing a lot of reading lately and he also has more time to spend with his children.

“Wilberforce persevered for 44 years to see the act that gave freedom to all slaves in the British Empire being passed. As an MP, he used his power to campaign endlessly against the slave trade and slavery and his efforts came through just days before his passing,” Loh said.

“It gives me hope that the rights of people I’ve previously fought for will turn out in the end. Maybe what I’m encountering is nothing compared to the 44 years Wilberforce had to go through fighting for a cause he believed in,” he said.

Reading aside, Loh said much of his time was now dedicated to his family, which he described as his strongest pillar of support.

“I do not have a job now but am exploring some business opportunities,” Loh said.

“My three children are still schooling and I still need to provide for the family and pay the bills. So far, I’m setting up appointments every day and am making calls to people to see if there’s anything that I can work out with them,” he said.

“I’m going through the job advertisements too. Nothing specific. I’m just keeping my options open to employers who may have something suitable for me,” he said.

Loh said he was appreciative of a very understanding and good wife who had resigned from her job when their second child was born just to be there for the children when he’s away on his busy schedule as a full-time politician then.

“I’m grateful to my wife for her devotion and commitment to the upbringing of our children. They were taught to be thrifty from young so they have no problem adjusting to a thriftier lifestyle now, since we have to be more prudent with our spending,” he said.

“While I need to think twice now about taking my family for an overseas trip, my best holiday is just being at home with them,” Loh said.

Loh said that he and his wife had just started attending the Alpha marriage course that was aimed at imparting family values to married couples.

“The seven-week course is conduced once a week on Sundays. Through it we are learning to appreciate each other more. I also read a lot to my children now, and while previously my son had to wait to play chess with me, now it’s my turn to wait for a game with him,” he said.

“But there’s no giving up. I’m hopeful things will turn out for me eventually, and hopefully for the better,” Loh said.

 

 

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