GEORGE TOWN — Nov. 16, 2018: Penang created history today by limiting its chief minister’s tenure to two terms when the State Legislative Assembly passed the bill to amend the state Constitution.
The decision is in line with the Pakatan Harapan manifesto for the 14th general elections that promises to limit the the tenure of chief ministers and mentri besar.
Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad recently brought up the matter in the Dewan Rakyat to ask Pakatan Harapan to speed up the political system’s reformation.
Penang thus creates history by being the first state to do so, said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow at the state assembly sitting. The proposed amendment was forwarded to the Attorney-General’s Chambers last June 11.
“On this day, it’s not just for Penang, as we are setting a fantastic example for other states. We should appreciate the chief minister’s efforts… he has only held the post for six months, the seat is not warm yet but today he has tabled the bill,” said Gooi Hsiao Leung (PH-Bukit Tengah) when debating on the bill.
Mohd. Yusni Mat Piah (PAS-Penaga), when debating, said: “The tenure for a post is not an issue because if the leader is qualified and capable, it should not be problem for him to hold the post longer in developing the country or state, provided there are no scandals.” — Bernama