Major Teoh’s Blog




I started this blog because I love, to “Ciak pah, meh Ong Tay”, which in Hokkien* means criticizing the emperor after a hearty meal. 

Literally, “Ong Tay” is emperor but when used figuratively, it could mean anybody whom you are not happy with. In old China when an emperor did wrong, no one dared advise him, let alone correct him. This led to talks, gossips and criticisms in the tea houses and in market squares. Thus the saying.

Browsing through my blog you would have noticed that I have commented on everything that comes to my mind. Sometimes I rant, fume but most of the time I babble along incoherently without making any sense. This I beg of you to ignore.

Before the advent of the internet, I carried out all these activities at my favourite mamak stalls in Penang. But now I find it more convenient doing it in the comforts of my home. The views I have expressed here are entirely mine and are not meant to influence, to incite, to inflame or to convert you to my warped and twisted ways of thinking.  

By continuing to read my blogs, I shall infer that you understand what I mean. If you have been aggrieved by what I have said, please accept my apologies.

Thank you.


Major (Rtd) Teoh


* Hokkien is one of the Chinese dialects widely spoken in Penang, Malacca and Singapore.


  1. Hi Major.. nice of you to set up this helpful blog. Penang is a nice place. Have been there for holiday many years ago. Me too am Hokkien lang.

    Comment by chasershdw — January 5, 2008 @ 9:39 pm | Reply

  2. Dear “chasershdw”,

    Thank you for your kind words.

    Major (Rtd) Teoh

    Comment by Major (Rtd) Teoh — January 6, 2008 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

  3. Mr. Teoh,

    I have question that might or might not in your interested field. It is regarding, is there any labour law act for private limited company on salary adjustment for their shareholder yearly? Should all employers or employees adhere with same rules in the company?

    Comment by hockh80 — February 3, 2008 @ 11:16 pm | Reply

  4. None. Whatever it is you must be guded by the Employment Act 1955.


    Major (Rtd) Teoh

    Comment by Major (Rtd) Teoh — February 4, 2008 @ 7:47 am | Reply

  5. Hi there Major Teoh,
    I found your blog to be very informative and useful.
    Do keep it updated with Union related matters.

    I went through your termination and lay-off benefits pages.
    Our company is making a move to re-engage us employees (not everybody)
    but selectively by areas/ location into its subsidary company.
    The management promised thus far verbally that we shall not get less
    favourable benefits but we are doubtful of what the future may bring.

    Is there anyway we can demand for assurance and request for some form
    of compensation?

    Thank you.


    Comment by alfreedo — June 17, 2008 @ 2:27 am | Reply

  6. It would be nice if you get the management to commit itself in writing to guarantee you employment.

    But, no one worth its salt would do that. It is just like putting the noose around your neck.

    Comment by Major (Rtd) Teoh — June 17, 2008 @ 9:43 am | Reply

  7. Major Teoh,

    I have not seen you posting for quite a while, I hope that you are in good health. Guess what ? I met Raja in Hotel Paradise in Penang, he has superb memory and can still remember my face and my surname..

    Have a nice weekend..


    Comment by woodyooi — September 13, 2008 @ 8:58 am | Reply

  8. Yes I know he is there as the Security Manager.

    Comment by Major (Rtd) Teoh — September 13, 2008 @ 9:25 am | Reply

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