Set CM, PM and MB’s tenure at two terms, says DAP rep

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  • Wednesday, 13 May 2015

GEORGE TOWN: A DAP assemblyman has renewed his call – set the limit for the Chief Minister’s post at two terms, no more.

Teh Yee Cheu (DAP-Tanjung Bungah) said the cap should also apply to the Mentri Besar and Prime Minister’s posts.

“It was also supported by Nga Kor Ming (DAP-Taiping) in 2011,” he said at the Penang State Assembly yesterday.

Teh’s proposal was seconded by state Opposition Leader Datuk Jahara Hamid (BN-Telok Ayer Tawar), who told the sitting that changes were needed in the spirit of “Penang Leads”. “I request Teh not to give up,” she said.

At the state assembly sitting in 2012, Teh proposed that the Chief Minister and his two deputies should serve only two terms.

Yesterday, Teh ruffled feathers among his own comrades holding state executive councillor posts when he rated them based on their Key Performance Indicators (KPI).

He gave the highest score (74 points) to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (DAP-Air Putih) and the lowest (47) to Phee Boon Poh, the exco on caring society, environment and welfare. The other nine excos received between 55 and 72 marks.

Teh’s evaluation raised the ire of Phee (DAP-Sungai Puyu), who questioned Teh’s absence in the district action council meeting, berating him for failing to do his “homework” before giving his assessment.

“This is a straightforward evaluation. I’m just a backbencher trying to perform a ‘check and balance’. If I am wrong, I will say sorry,” Teh replied.

Meanwhile, exco on local government Chow Kon Yeow (DAP-Padang Kota) said Teh’s evaluation was in the interest of transparency and accountability.

“It is a creative way to stimulate debate,” he said.

Exco on housing Jagdeep Singh Deo (DAP-Dato Keramat) said he was open to constructive criticism, especially from his own party members.

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