Thursday, August 6, 2009

Parents don't want sons to be aides

By Jennifer Gomez

SHAH ALAM: Ean Yong Hian Wah is finding it difficult to replace his political secretary, the late Teoh Beng Hock.

The Seri Kembangan assemblyman said that at present, many parents were discouraging their children from taking up such work.

"Even some of my assemblymen friends say that some of their aides are facing pressure from their parents to resign.

"The job has become dangerous, they fear, after what happened to Teoh," Yong said outside the inquest here yesterday.

"Not only that, one of my current assistants is facing the same pressure from his parents who want him to quit and do something else."

Yong added that it would also be tough to find another aide like Teoh, who was "hardworking and had very good public relations skills".

"He handled documentation to do with allocations and also helped with my constituency work."

Yong is not spared the concern from his parents, admitting that they now call him several times a day to check on him.

He, however, added that they had not pressured him to leave politics.

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