GEORGE TOWN: Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu (pic) says he will leave DAP the moment the state assembly is dissolved, as he “cannot follow the party any longer”.
“I am not in line with the party leadership. There has been no reforms. It’s time for me to go,” he told The Star yesterday.
For now, he will continue serving the people as a DAP representative as he was elected under the party’s ticket. Teh has been vociferously critical of the state government on issues such as hill clearing and environment protection.
The last straw was when state government leaders kept claiming that the landslide in Tanjung Bungah on Oct 21 where 11 people died was on flat land.
On Friday, he posted 10 photographs of the land – which he took between 2014 and 2015 before construction began – on Facebook to prove that the project was on hilly land.
Asked if the party leadership knows about his intention, Teh said: “The party knows and understands.”
He said there were urgent things that needed to be said at the state assembly next month. “Since people voted me in as a DAP man, I will speak as one,” he added.
The second meeting of the fifth session of the 13th state assembly starts on Thursday. On his future plan’s, Teh said he would remain a full-time politician. “But I will not join Barisan Nasional or any party friendly to it.
“I also have no intention of joining any Pakatan Harapan party, nor will I become an independent candidate. That leaves me with a small, narrow road, but I cannot tell you now because I am still a DAP man.”
Teh is branded a maverick because he pulls no punches even against DAP secretary-general and Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.