Penang gets Teohlogy

Ex-Radio DJ Patrick Teoh was at Gurney Plaza, Penang last weekend to promote his newly launched book, Teohlogy: The Word According to Patrick Teoh.

Teohlogy is a compilation of articles that Patrick wrote for his column of the same for Off The Edge magazine for five years. Written from a first-person’s perspective a la Patrick Teoh, ‘Teohlogy’ is unabashedly penned with wit and a liberal amount of stinging but good Malaysian humour. One reviewer described the book as ‘ascerbic’.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng dropped by to congratulate Teoh on his book. When the representative from Popular Bookstore pinned an orchid corsage onto the shirt of the CM, the 100-odd crowd responded just as directed and rehearsed by Patrick: “Huwah… so cute!”

During his speech, Teoh commented that Penang had become so clean and nice that he felt like he was in a different country the moment he crossed the Penang Bridge. As Teoh praised the Lim for his good management, the crowd rose to give the CM a standing ovation.

Teoh also hoped to sell enough books so that he could purchase a piece of property here in Penang.

“Penang property prices are so expensive,” he quipped.

Getting competitive, he noted that a book on Dr Mahathir Mohamad had managed to sales of 40,000 copies to date, and he was targetting to the million-mark.

Teohlogy is a fun read to those who interested in the home truths of local politics. And who isn’t?

“As you read from page to page, there is a familiarity about this book. In each article, that familiarity comes off the pages because they are the everyday concerns of the everyday Malaysian,” said Lim.

At 303 pages, Teohlogy is priced at RM38 each and is available in bookstores nationwide.