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Learning from holidays in slums

A good life is when you can be useful to others
The Straits Times - March 30, 2014
By: Cassandra Chew
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Learning from holidays in slums Mr Ulung Rusman, 37, of the Nasdem Party, is campaigning for better health care and education for those in poverty.

When he was a child, Mr Ulung Rusman spent his holidays in the slums of Jambi, Sumatra, at the insistence of his father, who wanted him to learn that everyone, rich or poor, was equal.

This was how he began to feel for the poor, said the construction company owner, who is campaigning for better health care and education for those in poverty.

Since August last year, Mr Ulung, 37, has been recruiting nutritionists to volunteer at government clinics, where mothers are taught how best to feed their children. They are also given nutritious food such as milk and eggs.

"If I am elected, I will seek a greater budget for the programme so we can also give out vitamins and supplements," said the father of two boys, aged five and two. "Nutrition is important to boost the intelligence of children"

Looking out for others comes naturally to Mr Ulung, who was a pro-democracy activist during his university days in the 1990s, and secretary of the Chinese Indonesian Association, a national organisation which lobbies for Chinese issues, for 14 years.

Now, the first-time candidate hopes to do even more by securing a seat in the national Parliament from Jakarta with the Nasdem Party.

"My father always said that a good life is when you can be useful to others," he told The Sunday Times.

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