The Penang exco line-up has been unveiled.
PKR’s Batu Maung assembly member Mohamad Abdul Hamid, is deputy chief minister I. Jagdeep Singh of DAP is the new Penang deputy chief minister II.
Let’s just say that the Penang public and civil society will be watching their every move very carefully, especially in housing, sustainable mobility and the environment.
Quickly come up with a sustainable local plan. We have waited far too long for that one.
Scrap the ecologically damaging reclamation south of Penang Island.
Don’t succumb to corporate capture and developers’ greed. Build more genuinely affordable housing, ie not more than three times the annual disposal income of the bottom 40% and the middle class. Examine why there is a glut especially in higher end housing.
Free Malaysia Today:
The 11-man exco lineup, which includes seven who are serving in the state government for the first time, comprises eight DAP representatives, two from PKR, and one from Umno.
Aside from Jagdeep, the other two excos from the previous lineup are Penang chief minister Chow Kon Yeow, who is taking the finance, economy, land and communication portfolio, and DAP’s Tanjong Bunga assemblyman Zairil Khir Johari who heads the infrastructure, transport, and digital development committee.
DAP’s Paya Terubong assemblyman Wong Hon Wai, who is holding the tourism and creative economy portfolio, was previously an exco from 2008 to 2013.
The five first-time excos from DAP are Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim (social development, welfare, and non-Islamic religious affairs); Jawi assemblyman Jason H’ng (local government, and town and country planning); Padang Lalang assemblyman Daniel Gooi (youth, sports, and health); and Perai assemblyman S Sundarajoo (housing and environment committee).
Fahmi Zainol, PKR’s Pantai Jerejak assemblyman, will take on the agrotechnology, food security and cooperative development portfolio.
What should their priorities be?