For the last few years, you would spot this interesting character in the Sarikei coffeeshops (kopitiam). You won't miss his gaudy outfit with a tie. He is fondly known as Sarikei "No.1" by local denizens. He proclaimed himself as "Tun No. 1" on his hat. He wears a tag with the text "No. 1, Malaysia. Tun Datuk Patinggi Lau Siew Hung". In Chinese, he is known as 刘 "阿凤".
What is his story? Behind every face is a story waiting to be told.
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He is from Merudu area. In the 1960s, he was peddling lottery tickets. At one stage, he was a real estate agent and tailor. Later he was cheated by people of his hard earned money for functions in an election campaign. He lost in the election and also his election deposit. He tried to enter election a second time but didn't run.
He is a guy with a sense of humour and speaks loudly. He is mentally sound (in case you had judged him from his weird outfit). He can even tell your fortune. He is in his late 70s now and has the good support of his wife and children. His wife works in a timber camp and his children are working outside Sarikei.
His kindness is known to some because he would pay for people's meals in the next table to his without their prior knowledge. He would offer teenagers RM1 every now and then. He would offer tidbits like keropok to passengers sitting next to him on bus journeys.
If he's No. 2 in Sarikei, no one can claim to be No. 1. Would you dare to bare your soul with such an outfit to declare your manifesto?
Update: He passed away at home in January 2015 after only a slight recovery from a serious motorbike accident at the Sarikei Repok Road/ Nyelong Road/ Jalan Masjid Lama traffic light junction. He was treated at Sibu ICU before been transferred back to Sarikei Hospital. His passing brought out huge emotion and support from Sarikeians on facebook.