PKR rep: Imbalance of power-sharing in Penang exco line-up

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  • Friday, 18 May 2018

GEORGE TOWN: The state exco line-up has given “too much power” to DAP and is severely imbalanced, said PKR assemblyman Dr Norlela Ariffin.

The Penanti assemblyman said the Penang line-up for the state exco sworn in on Wednesday was imbalanced compared with Selangor, Johor and Negeri Sembilan.

She said this was despite the fact that the total number of seats won by PKR, Amanah and Pribumi combined was 18 seats, which was close to the 19 seats won by DAP.

“DAP has eight posts in the line-up including the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister II.

“PKR won 14 seats and only got three posts in the state exco including the Deputy Chief Minister I post. Amanah and Pribumi got nothing,” she said in a statement yesterday.

She pointed out that the main portfolios including housing, local government, works and utilities remained the same as GE13.

Urging for the main portfolios to be shared, she said: “The elected representatives from PKR, Amanah and Pribumi similarly have experience in policy-making and implementation at federal and state levels and consist of professionals.

“Even the new DCM I (Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman), who is respected by senior officials from Public Works Department and a consultant for high-impact flood mitigation projects, did not hold a main infrastructure portfolio.”

She said in the 2013 general election, most of those who voted the state government in were “Mandarin-speaking” voters in urban areas.

“But now our voter profile has changed. Malay voters counted on us when they changed to support PKR, Amanah and Pribumi.

She said the exco line-up must be balanced and show power-sharing in key portfolios.

After the exco members were sworn in on Wednesday, journalists asked Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow about the absence of exco members from Amanah and Pribumi and he replied that the status quo was maintained for political stability.

“In the case of Cabinet or exco allocations, some parties get what they want and some get less,” he told reporters.

He likened the case to other states, where he said DAP might have won more seats but did not get the Mentri Besar or Chief Minister post.

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