GEORGE TOWN: Jun 14, 2008
Jagdeep Singh Deo is happy to be a state representative.
Datuk Keramat state assemblyman Jagdeep Singh Deo used to swim and play squash and badminton regularly, but since the dissolution of Parliament, he has had to give them up.
The lawyer, who is married with three children, said he also used to go to the gymnasium with his two older children three times a week.
"But now, I do not have the energy to do that as I am working seven days a week."
Jagdeep finds that he has very little time for himself as he battles to juggle his roles as a lawyer, assemblyman and family man.
But even with the increasing workload, Jagdeep is, in his own words, "extremely happy to be a state representative".
In the elections, Jagdeep defeated Gerakan incumbent Ong Thean Lye with a 1,855-majority.
"Now is the time for me to serve the best I can. I hope I will be able to discharge my duties well."
A typical day for Jagdeep begins at the courthouse, after which he will rush to his service centre at Jalan Datuk Keramat here.
Jagdeep has his hands full overseeing his constituency.
The issues he has to deal with include drainage and irrigation problems and people being unable to secure low-cost housing, he said.
During the state assembly sitting, Jagdeep will be raising the issue of transportation and reduction of traffic jams and crime, as well as the status of complaints on abuse of power and corruption involving the previous state government.