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Friday May 10, 2013

Governor swears in new Penang exco lineup, watched by CM

LAWYER Jagdeep Singh Deo, the eldest son of DAP chairman Karpal Singh, is among four new faces in the state government’s new executive committee lineup.

The 42-year-old Dato Keramat assemblyman replaces former Penang Town and Country Planning and Housing Committee chairman Wong Hon Wai.

Pledge to the people: Jagdeep Singh Deo who takes up the Town and Country Planning, and Housing portfolios. Pledge to the people: Jagdeep Singh Deo who takes up the Town and Country Planning, and Housing portfolios.

His appointment together with fellow DAP member Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy marked the first time two Indians have been appointed to the state executive committee.

Perai assemblyman Ramasamy will also chair the state Economic Planning, Education and Human Resources, Science, Technology and Innovation committee.

Describing his portfolio as “very challenging”, Jagdeep said his immediate priority was to ensure that the implementation of the state government’s affordable housing projects was expedited.

“I want to see the affordable housing project in Jalan S.P. Chelliah kick off — that’s a priority.

“Also, I will be looking into the issuance of strata titles for home owners as this is a hot issue that requires our attention,” he said.

PKR’s newly elected Mohd Rashid Hasnon is the new Deputy Chief Minister I.

He also heads the Industrial Development and International Trade, Cooperatives and Community Relations and Entrepreneur Deve-lopment Committee.

The other new appointees were Chong Eng (DAP-Padang Lalang) and Dr Afif Bahardin (PKR-Seberang Jaya).

Pledge to the people: Chong Eng handed the Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development, and Arts portfolios Pledge to the people: Chong Eng handed the Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development, and Arts portfolios

The former will head the Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development and Arts portfolios while the latter chairs the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, rural Development and Health Committee.

They were sworn in to serve as state executive councillors for the 2013 — 2018 term before Penang Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

The ceremony was witnessed by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at Dewan Sri Pinang.

Lim, who is also the Land Matters and Land Development, Information and Heritage and Non-Islamic Religious Affairs Committee chairman, said the new lineup would empower, enable and enrich the rakyat of all races, religions and political backgrounds with knowledge, education, rights and responsibilities.

“I believe this new team reflects Pakatan Rakyat’s pure intentions to speak up for all, act fairly and help everyone,” he said in a statement.

Thanking former exco members Wong, Law Choo Kiang and Lydia Ong who were dropped, he said they would still be given “important roles” to transform Penang into a cleaner, greener, healthier and safer state.

He said the state government respected the rights of Barisan Nasional supporters who voted for the Opposition, assuring them that their welfare would not be neglected.

“We will work harder to repay the rakyat for their support as votes for Pakatan increased from 58% in 2008 to 66% in the recent elections.

“Among our focus will be to curb crime in areas like Seberang Prai Tengah by installing more street lights and CCTVs.

“Also, we will start giving out RM100 under the Senior Citizens Appreciation Programme starting on Saturday,” he said.

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