The Late Datuk Yong Cheong Fah

A teacher turns politician. This rings true to The Late Datuk Yong Cheong Fah who quitted his teaching job to be in full time politics during the Berjaya era in the 1970s.

In the early 70s, the need to have major changes in the political outlook in Sabah became imminent and Cheong Fah joined the many political aspirants then to fight the mighty government then led by USNO Party.

In 1976, he became the then Secretary for the Berjaya Kudat Division until 1988.

In 1989, he joined LDP and became the Secretary for the Party’s Kudat Division which was then led by the Party’s President Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat.

Cheong Fah had worked in various capacities as a P.K.R. as well as the Political Secretary to Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat when the latter became the Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister during the Berjaya Government in the 1980s and subsequently the Minister in the Prime Minister Department in mid 1990s.

Dedication and loyalty are the motto in Cheong Fah’s political life. He has never escaped the heavy responsibilities entrusted to him and he would always ensure that work is completed according to schedule.

He served as Sabah Park Chairman from 2000 to 2007.

True to his color as a teacher, Cheong Fah always places discipline as an important virtue of a political party. Just like in any class, the students must be disciplined. So the same goes to a political party. The members must have discipline. Without discipline, the whole structure of the political party will tumble.

When it comes to the black sheep, Cheong Fah’s belief is to get them out as quick as possible before they spoil the whole herd.

The bitter experience suffered by the Party during the leadership crisis in mid 1990s had made Cheong Fah more resolve in wanting to have a strong and discipline Party that made up of members who are not only conscientious but loyal and dedicated. He wants the young echelons to observe the code of ethics of the Party in carrying out the various responsibilities entrusted to them.

Born in Kudat, Cheong Fah was proud of the many transformations in Kudat that have made this once sleepy town of the north a vibrant and bustling town.

The changes in the skyline of Kudat cannot be achieved without the major contribution of the State Assemblyman for Kudat which was later changed to Tanjung Kapur.

Cheong Fah had since passed away in 2007. His demised has been a great loss to The Party.