Residents group stands by maverick rep

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015

GEORGE TOWN: The Tanjung Bunga Residents Association (TBRA) has voiced support for Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu, who supported an Umno motion on land reclamation project during the recent state assembly sitting.

Its chairman Datuk Renji Sathiah said Teh was not only right to follow his convictions, but also expressed the people’s opposition to reclamation.

He said TBRA members remembered how he shaved his head over Bukit Relau, or infamously known as Botak Hill.

He added that Teh had also called on the state government to preserve the seagrass bed at the Middle Bank, off the Penang Bridge, as a conservation and heritage site.

“So, how could Teh be expected to vote against a demand for independent environmental impact assessments (EIAs), public hearings for feedback, opinions and recommendations to be seriously considered before embarking on reclamation projects?

“We pay tribute to Teh who followed his conscience and voted for a principle,” said Renji in a statement, adding that short-term party politics seemed to have taken priority over major environmental concerns.

On Friday, a motion tabled by Muhamad Farid Saad (BN-Pulau Betong) drew attention when Teh voted for it together with all the nine Barisan assemblymen present in the House while five PKR assemblymen abstained.

Teh, however, apologised during a hastily called press conference by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng on that night after the House adjourned sine die.

Teh told reporters that he had made a mistake in voting for the motion, apologised and recommitted himself to the interest of the party.

Meanwhile, Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Abdul Rashid Hasnon denied talks that there was a coup to wrest his post in the Pakatan Harapan-led government.

“I wish to clarify that there is no truth to the speculation. I am together with the state PKR leadership and all its elected assemblymen.

“We are united in our struggle in bringing changes and reformation, and to bring hope to the people of Penang,” he said in a statement.

Rashid, who is Pantai Jerejak assemblyman, believed “the issue and those related to it” could be resolved amicably in the spirit and framework of Pakatan leadership.

Penang Barisan Nasional chairman Teng Chang Yeow said when the motion was tabled in the state assembly sitting, Barisan had known it would be defeated since they only have 10 assemblymen.

“But the motion has to be tabled to highlight the concern of the people. Since then, Lim has been harping on the defeated motion which has no impact to the state.

“Lim should address the problem within the party and coalition. He has failed to demonstrate that he is a leader in facing adversity,” he said in a statement.