GEORGE TOWN: Tanjung Bungah DAP assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu today reaffirmed his support for PKR Penanti state representative over the Kampung Sungai Lembu saga.
Teh, who is well known for his vocal and assertive ways, said Dr Norlela Ariffin has his support for knowing her facts when it comes to her constituency and the gripes of the local folks.
“She has been known to do her research well when it comes to issues faced by the rakyat before bringing them up in the state assembly sitting and she is very knowledgeable about her field and also other matters as she heads many important committees, being a doctor herself.
“Just like me, she brings up issues and problems faced by the local folks and it all depends on how much patience the decision makers in certain committees have in hearing people like us out based on our research and findings we receive including our points of view and advice.”
He said disagreement happens because there are times when the committee chairperson has already made a decision as advice and feedback is being given. Either that, or they might have a different point of view, he added.
Teh however warned Norlela that she should still practice caution and strategic planning but did not elaborate his reason for saying so.
Norlela recently made headlines after the illegal factory issue she highlighted two years ago in a state assembly sitting was given attention by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) which subsequently saw Penang Environment Exco Phee Boon Poh’s office raided by the commission.
Asked why he is the only one showing support for Norlela, as well as the silence from her PKR comrades, Teh said, “They have their strategy to tackle certain issues but like me and Norlela, we go straightforward but there are still some very brave representatives out there; maybe their approach is different.
“I still respect their strategy as they have their own set of strategies to tackle certain issues,” said Teh, who expressed his wish to visit Kampung Sungai Lembu.
Teh explained that with certain issues such as the transgender rights issue he has been known to fight for, some elected representatives would just “pull the handbrakes” and refrain from being involved.
He also explained that his approach is more socialist than capitalist.
“I think the capitalistic approach will entail more monitoring,” he said.
Earlier, Teh announced a proposed website for those affected by the North Coastal Paired Road (NCPR) to cast their votes on whether they are for the project or against it.
The NCPR is a 10.53km four-lane road from SK Teluk Bahang until the L-shaped bend of Lembah Permai at Sri Vazhikattum Munis-warar shrine.
It is one of three new roads planned as part of the traffic dispersal system of the Penang Undersea Tunnel project under the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP). – MO