I have known Teh Yee Cheu since the day I joined DAP in 2003. We used to work together on many traffic, heritage and environmental projects together. We will climb Penang Hill, survey Gurney Drive, goes to the industrial estates together to bring out the problems that must be solved by the then Koh Tsu Koon’s government. We appeared in many press conferences together and Yee Cheu will provide photos that we took to the reporters. He always stressed that pictures speaks louder than words. I still keep the press clippings to this day.
Heritage is also his main concern and I remember both of us searching for the graveyards of prominent peoples in Penang and asked for it to be preserved and be made a tourist destination. We found the grave of Koh Lay Huan, the first Chinese Kapitan in Penang when at that time; people don’t even know who is Koh Lay Huan. Then we also discovered the grave of Chung Keng Kwee which was in bad condition and asked for it to be preserved.
I still remember we took a boat together to Pulau Tikus, a little rocky island off the coast of Tanjung Bungah to do heritage study related to Tua Pek Kong, the god of Prosperity. I have learned a lot from him and respect his commitment to the party and the community. It is not his nature to be outspoken unless he can’t bare it any longer. He is also a strong party man. When I left DAP, we no longer speak to one another.
I am not going to comment about what kind of action DAP is taking for his public remark about hill slopes projects in his constituency. Whether he should speak it internally or in public is only for him to know the consequences. I left the party mainly because it restricts members from speaking out. Tunku Aziz left the party for the same reason. Many others like Kua Kia Song, Sim Kwang Yang, Wee Choo Keong and Gooi Hock Seng, just the name a few, also quit for more or less the same issues.
After so many years in DAP, Yee Cheu must have seen a lot and know what kind of master he is serving.
I wish him all the best in his political career although I have the feeling that he can kiss his position as State Assemblymen for Tanjung Bungah goodbye in the next general elections. Every dog has its day and it is Teh Yee Cheu’s now. So much for speaking out!