GEORGE TOWN: While the main reason for Teh Yee Cheu possibly leaving DAP is his frustration over the party’s policies, the Tanjung Bungah representative also cited former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s involvement in the Opposition pact, as another factor.
In an interview with The Malaysian Insight, Teh said that it was one of the contributing factors besides other issues he has been having with the DAP since 2013.
Teh said that apart from disagreements in environmental issues and LGBT issues among others, he cannot accept Mahathir now leading the Opposition after what he has done.
“Dr Mahathir Mohamad was also a factor. He caused many of the problems we face today. He comes in, without making apologies; and now he leads the opposition. In the past, he didn’t care about the opposition, but now he is making use of the opposition,” he was quoted as saying.
He also said Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) which is led by Mahathir has questionable ideology.
Saying that PPBM doesn’t have a clear ideology nor a clear direction for the nation, Teh said he felt that the original pact of DAP, PKR and Amanah was already doing alright without PPBM.
He revealed that a number of veteran DAP leaders were also unhappy with the new partnership.
Teh, also known as “The Green YB” for championing environmental issues in Penang has been critical of the DAP led state government on issues such as hill clearing and protection of the environment.
The October 21 landslide which killed 11 came as a last straw for Teh after his repeated warnings on the strong possibilities of natural disasters occurring in Penang should the state government keep at clearing hills and lands for development projects.
He has been consistent with his vocal “objections” with the DAP especially against the state’s pro-developer policy.
Yesterday, Teh told a press conference that he could no longer tolerate DAP’s policy and the October 21 landslide in Tanjung Bungah which killed eleven people was the last straw for him.
He also said he could no longer work with a party which does not accept criticism and advice.
On Oct 29, Teh announced his decision to leave the party as soon as the state assembly is dissolved. – MO