Pakatan Harapan promises two-term limit for chief minister post

Supporters peruse the Penang Pakatan Harapan manifesto after its launch in George Town April 25, 2018. Picture by KE Ooi
Supporters peruse the Penang Pakatan Harapan manifesto after its launch in George Town April 25, 2018. Picture by KE Ooi

GEORGE TOWN, April 25 — Penang Pakatan Harapan (PH) in its election manifesto promised to impose a two-term limit for the position of chief minister.

The two-term limit is one of the 68 pledges in the Penang PH manifesto that was unveiled by its chairman Lim Guan Eng at Penang Chinese Town Hall today.

When reading out the manifesto of 11 main thrusts titled “I Love Penang”, Lim said this manifesto contains PH’s vision for the state for the next five years.

“Our manifesto is different from Barisan Nasional’s (BN) manifesto because they only promise to cancel all major infrastructure projects that we proposed while we promise to implement these projects,” he said.

Lim said Penang PH will continue to push for its planned RM6.3 billion undersea tunnel and three paired highways project along with an LRT project to connect the island with the mainland.

He said BN wanted to cancel those projects without any alternatives to resolve the traffic issues in the state.

He said Penang PH promises to push for the Penang bridge toll to be abolished but BN did not make such a promise in its manifesto.

“This is why they do not qualify to be the Penang state government,” he said.

Lim said PH had fulfilled all its promises in the last five years and will once again fulfil the 68 promises in its manifesto if given a third mandate.

“There is a lot more that we need to do and if given the mandate, we will fulfil Penang’s dreams of having an LRT and abolishing the Penang bridge toll,” he said.

In the manifesto, Penang PH also pledged to appoint the Opposition leader as the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) with additional resources to enhance the office of the Opposition leader.

“We will build 75,361 units of low-cost, low-medium cost and affordable housing for the people,” he said.

Other promises in the manifesto included RM50 million to develop small and medium enterprises in the form of a SMART Centre; RM20 million for vernacular and religious schools; RM275 million for sports infrastructure; and RM20 million to upgrade the Penang state museum.

Apart from that, the manifesto also included an increase in welfare payments for senior citizens and the disabled from RM130 to RM200, and cost of living assistance of RM1,000 per year for women and mothers in households earning less than RM2,000 a month, among others.