GEORGE TOWN: A DAP assemblyman has called on Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to withdraw from chairing the State Planning Committee (SPC) or Land Committee pending his corruption trial.
"Usually, we urge a politician to take leave while allowing investigations on the charges against him to be completed. If such a suggestion is difficult to accept, then a more progressive step can be taken where, for the sake of justice, the leader is advised to not chair and manage things in the SPC or Land Committee for the time being until there is a final court decision," said Teh Yee Cheu (DAP-Tanjung Bungah), in reference to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's corruption trial.
Teh, who was debating the Budget 2017 at the state assembly meeting Tuesday, also said if he has the chance, he would make changes to the state constitution to limit the term of the Chief Minister to two terms.
"We are in the Westminster system that carry out the function of separation of power that comprises the legislative, executive and judiciary.
"And now we are in a crisis where the judiciary is in the process of investigating the executive pertaining to some charges.
"In our system, one of its structures is responsibility. A leader should practice collective responsibility when facing a controversy so that the public interest is secured and governance is defended," he added.
Lim was not present in the state assembly when Teh delivered his speech.
On a separate matter, Teh said the transgender committee that was formed had also carried out two symposiums this year.
"These symposiums have been made into a report which can be tabled in the assembly.
"If possible, I will also present the report to the state Women, Family and Community exco to be accepted and tabled in the state assembly as a statement in the meeting next year.
"This is important because the symposiums will provide information on the transgender community so that there will be more assistance, policies, or actions that can be given to this group in the future," he said.
Teh also said he hoped that the transgender people can be made on the agenda by the state Women, Family and Community exco to solve problems that the group is facing.
He also thanked those involved who made both the symposiums a success.