A former Johor state assemblyman, who previously stood for and won the state elections convincingly, is now selling and delivering durians for a living in Malaysia.
Thorny income streams
Cheo Yee How, 37, a two-term assemblymen for Perling with the Johor Democratic Action Party (DAP), has taken up a new profession to make ends meet.
This was despite him having won with a huge majority in the 2014 general election in Malaysia.
Cheo was subsequently stood down as part of a deal that allowed chairman of the Johor DAP and DAP deputy secretary-general Liew Chin Tong to take up the Perling seat.
According to an interview with the Oriental Daily, Cheo said his income had become a problem after he left his assemblyman role.
According to Malaysia’s Centre for Public Policy Studies in 2017, a Johor state assemblyman’s income was RM7,500 (S$2,360).
Because of this, and since it was the durian season, he and three friends decided to sell durians.
Cheo was also selling dragon fruit sourced by fellow former DAP assemblyman Tan Hong Pin.
Mans stall and delivers durian
Cheo said he usually sells musang king durians.
Even though he often mans the stall, he also goes on delivery runs as he mainly sells durians online.
Cheo was popular with his constituents, and many have responded positively to the pictures.