GEORGE TOWN: Two-term Penang executive councillor Phee Boon Poh, 66, gained fame as a vocal opposition leader when he took on 38 Barisan Nasional representatives in the state assembly when he was the sole DAP assemblyman from 2004 until 2008.
Despite being overwhelmed, the “lone ranger” raised many issues.
Although PAS was represented by Mohd Hamdan Abdul Rahman, it was Phee who questioned the policies of the state administration headed by Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.
Phee began his political career by winning the Bagan Jermal state seat in 1990, only to lose it to Barisan’s Tan Sri Dr Sak Cheng Lum in 1995.
In 1999, he contested the Sungai Puyu seat but lost to Barisan’s Loo Ah Dee. In 2004, he wrested it from Loo with a 607-vote majority.
In 2008, he retained his state seat with a 9,201-vote majority and was appointed state Welfare and Caring Society chairman.
He later took over the environment portfolio from state exco member Chow Kon Yeow.
In the 2013 general election, he beat MCA’s Sum Yoo Keong by 16,207 votes.
Phee is a distant relative of businesswoman Phang Li Koon, who has been charged with abetment in the two corruption cases against Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.