GEORGE TOWN, May 16 — The Penang state government today proposed that Datuk Law Choo Kiang stay on as Penang State Assembly Speaker for the new term.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the decision to choose Law as Speaker had been determined since June last year.
“We have been discussing this since the state assembly sittings last year and Pakatan Harapan has nominated Law to remain as Penang Speaker,” he told reporters here today.
However, Chow said if there were other nominations to be submitted, the state government was willing to give consideration.
Law, former Bukit Tambun assemblyman, who was not nominated to contest in the 14th general election (GE14) had been the Penang State Assembly Speaker since 2013.
Meanwhile, Chow said the decision to appoint Penang State Executive Councillors (excos) was in line with the spirit of Pakatan Harapan (PH).
Despite, without Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) representatives, Chow said it was the strongest exco line-up to fulfil the GE14’s promise to the people.
“We maintain the status quo as this is the strongest exco line-up to ensure that we will be able to perform and fulfil the election pledges in order not to disappoint our voters,” he said.
Earlier at the handing over of credentials and swearing in ceremony, five new faces, three from DAP, namely, Soon Lip Chee (Jawi), Yeoh Soon Hin (Paya Terubong) and Zairil Khir Johari (Tanjong Bungah), and, two from Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman (Pinang Tunggal) and Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain (Batu Maung) were appointed as excos of the Penang state government.
The other four excos who retained their portfolios were Jagdeep Singh Deo (Local Government, Housing and Town and Country Planning); Phee Boon Poh (Welfare, Caring Society and the Environment); Dr Afif Bahardin (Health, Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry and Rural Development); and Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain (Domestic and International Trade, Consumer Affairs and Entrepreneurial Development).
Chong Eng has switched portfolios and is currently heading the Women and Family Development, Gender and Religious Inclusiveness and Religions other than Islam Committee. — Bernama