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by winnie yeoh
GEORGE TOWN: Former Pulau Tikus assemblyman Koay Teng Hai is venting his displeasure online after he was dropped as the director of Penang International Halal Hub.
The controversial Koay, who is from DAP, said in his Facebook posting that he tendered his resignation after he was ordered to do so by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who is the party secretary-general.
“I will release more inside information via Facebook,” said Koay, who on Tuesday posted a Chinese proverb ri jiu wei bi sheng qing, dan ri jiu yi ding jian ren xin (time might not forge a closer relationship but it definitely shows the true colours of a person).
Koay told Chinese daily Kwong Wah Yit Poh the following day that he has more information to reveal on Facebook, just like “new developments in a soap opera”.
He said the proverb referred to Lim, but did not elaborate.
Koay added that he was still director of Penang Global Tourism Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of the Penang Development Corporation.
However, Koay texted that he has “no comments” when contacted by The Star.
On Jan 11, Koay was suspended for six months by DAP, which was later reduced to one month, for not attending a crucial meeting in the state assembly on Nov 1, 2012, meant to pass the Penang Constitutional Enactment (Amendment) Bill 2012. The Bill was intended to prevent party-hopping among Penang state assemblymen.
Three days into his suspension, Koay removed all DAP logos from his service centre and announced that he would serve his constituents as an “independent” representative.
Koay’s wife’s Facebook posting during that period also became a talking point after she stated that her husband was in that situation as he did not pray to the tokong (deity).
Nanyang Siang Pau and China Press reported that Lee Su Li posted in Chinese: “Teng Hai, Teng Hai! You pray in almost all the temples in Penang but you forget to pray to ‘The One’”.
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