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Gerakan to DAP: Who is the Chief Minister candidate for Penang? [NSTTV]

Jul 11, 2023

GEORGE TOWN: Gerakan has told DAP to come clean on its chief minister candidate, ahead of the upcoming state election.

Gerakan deputy president Oh Tong Keong said caretaker Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow and DAP national chairman Lim Guan Eng should respond to a recent news report about the possibility of DAP nominating its national deputy chairman Gobind Singh Deo as the next chief minister.

Oh, who is Penang Gerakan Chairman, said although it was DAP’s internal affairs, the candidate for the Penang Chief Minister would affect the future development of Penang.

“Since the DAP is part of the ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) government, they (Chow and Lim) have the responsibility to frankly and clearly explain to the people of Penang the chief minister candidate so that voters can have an in-depth consideration before voting.

“The people have the right to know who their chief minister is if the current caretaker government retains power in the state election.

“As such, DAP cannot say that this is their ‘family business’, which cannot be made public,” Oh said today.

As the incumbent caretaker state government, he said the people have an absolute right to know that if DAP wins again, would Gobind Singh be the chief minister or would Chow to be re-elected.

In response to Tasek Gelugor member of parliament Datuk Wan Saiful Wan Jan and DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke’s discussion on the next Penang Chief Minister candidate, Oh asked Loke whether it was so embarrassing to support Chow as the Chief Minister.

“As the top decision-maker of the DAP, Loke did not dare to accept Wan Saiful’s challenge, but said if Pakatan Harapan continues to govern Penang, the DAP will be re-elected as the Chief Minister of Penang.

“Could it be that the DAP has other arrangements? Chow is really not the only candidate for the head of the DAP.

“Is it really that Deputy Finance Minister Steven Sim, former Bukit Bendera member of parliament Wong Hon Wei and Deputy Education Minister Lim Hui Ying may hold the post? Or even central leaders such as Gobind Singh?” he asked.

According to Oh, Chow’s personal style as the chief minister was very different from that of his predecessor, Lim Guan Eng.

“Is this why rumours are flying that the DAP intends to replace the chief minister candidate?” he further questioned.

The issue of the Penang Chief Minister candidate has been an issue of contention prior to the dissolution of the state legislative assembly.

This followed news report on a move to oust Chow.

PH leaders have also called on Perikatan Nasional to name their chief minister candidate should the coalition win in the state election.

Failure by Barisan Nasional to name its chief minister prior to the 2008 general elections was one of the reasons it failed to retain Penang back then.

PH has ruled Penang for the past 15 years.

Amendment to the state constitution has limited the chief minister’s post to two terms.

Also, former Chief Ministers, who had served for two terms before or after the amendment of the state constitution, could not be reappointed to hold the position.

Article 7 Clause 2 (a)(ii) of the Penang State Constitution states that the Chief Minister shall be appointed from among individuals who have never at any time held that position for two terms.

Besides Penang, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu will also have their respective state election.