Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Four embark on cycling tour to Xiamen

Four embark on cycling tour to Xiamen

FOR the next 50 days, Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu will be away from the state, cycling across five countries to Xiamen, China, to raise funds for charity.

Proudly displaying his state assemblyman's car emblem on the front of his mountain bike, the 50-year-old said he would be travelling in the name of the state go-vernment and all Penangites. The 5,000km tour will cover Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and China.

Teh and three other Penangites Errol Theodor Rinsche, 35, Sam Yeoh, 30, and Tan Chai Khim, 48 have embarked on their ‘Le Tour de Love’ to raise RM500,000 for St John Ambulance Malaysia (Pe-nang), National Cancer Society Malaysia (Penang), Penang Family Planning Association, Penang Du Zhong Education Association and Tamil Foundation Malaysia.

“I am quite calm and even slept early last night. There is not much to worry about because I have got the consent and support from Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and my party DAP,” he said, during the flag-off by Lim at St John Ambu-lance headquarters on Grove Road yesterday.

Raring to go:Teh(third from left)with his cycling mates and other supporters passing Jalan Air Itam after the flag-off in Penang.

Teh said other than raising funds for charity, the tour was also meant to promote a green environment, healthy lifestyle and love.

Teh's wife Cheong Choy Yoke, said she would miss her husband the next two months.

The 40-year-old businesswoman said she had prepared him some special soup last night and some pao shen (American ginseng) for his long and tough journey up north.

A group of supporters, including several DAP assemblymen were present to lend their support.

Lim said he and state execu- tive councillors had given Teh both moral and financial sup- port although it was not a state event.

“It is natural for us to be concerned about his safety, especially now when he is an assemblyman.

“But I finally approved his journey after seeing how committed and passionate he is towards the whole thing,” Lim told the reporters.

Describing the four as “charity heroes”, Lim said he hoped that the team would accomplish their mission and return safely to Penang.

He said should the first journey be a success, the state would consider making the tour an annual event.

“The state is supporting such activities in our effort to promote a caring society.

“Other than giving aid, we want to send a message to all needy people so that they know they are not alone in this world and that society has not abandoned them,” he added.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Number ‘five’ that dominates his life

Engineer on a green mission

The Star Online > North Monday April 21, 2008

Engineer on a green mission


A PENANG-BORN engineer has embarked on a mission to cycle over 9,000km covering Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and China to raise awareness on global warming.
Sam Yeoh, 30, is promoting cycling as the alternative mode of transportation which is pollution free throughout his mission.

He quit his job as a quality assurance engineer in Singapore recently just for the mission,
He is also selling the idea of vegetarian diet and adopting ‘Go Veggie, Go Green – Save Our Planet, Save Our Lives’ as his catchphrase during his trip.
Yeoh said he learnt about the danger of global warming while watching a documentary in December.

Long distance trip: (From left) Teh, Yeoh and Rinsche showing the routes to be taken for their cycling trip from Penang to Xiamen.
“I was shocked when National Aeronautics and Space Administra-tion (NASA) climate scientist Dr Jay Zwally predicted that nearly all the ice sheets could be gone from the Arctic Ocean by the end of summer 2012.

”As such, the rising of sea levels, extreme floods and worldwide catastrophes are expected to escalate, threatening the lives of millions of people,” he said when met at the Penang Municipal Park recently.

Yeoh completed his journey from Singapore to Penang in 18 days. Since March 10, he put up at bus stops, temples and friends’ houses.“So far, no untoward incidents had taken place,” said the lad from Teluk Kumbar in Penang, adding that he distributed flyers about the dangers of global warming to people along his journey.

And for the cycling trip to China, Yeoh will join Tanjong Bunga assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu and his navigator Errol Theodor Rinsche.Teh had earlier announced that he hoped to raise RM500,000 for six organisations in Penang through cycling.

They will embark on the journey on May 10 from Penang and are scheduled to reach Xiamen, China, within 50 days.From there, Yeoh said he would cycle alone for an additional two months before arriving at Beijing, China. After completing the journey, he will take either a flight or a train to Taiwan to continue his mission.

Yeoh said he spent only RM200 for his journey from Singapore to Penang and survived on vegetarian diet.

Those interested to know about their latest progress can log on to For details, call 04-2825191 or Teh at 017-4729990.

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