Bill will forbid elected reps from being CM more than twice

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  • Thursday, 07 Jun 2018

GEORGE TOWN: The state government will table a Bill that forbids an elected representative from being appointed as chief minister more than twice.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state hoped to do this at the state assembly sitting which will take place in August.

He said the state legal advisers had come up with a simple proposed amendment to the state constitution’s provision for the executive council by inserting an additional sub-clause 7(2A).

It stated that “no member of the Legislative Assembly may be appointed as Chief Minister more than twice”.

Chow said the amendment did not use “two-term limit” as earlier suggested due to challenges in defining the word “two-term”.

“Two-term means two election terms, which could run to five years or even three years. But the spirit is to ensure that a person appointed as the chief minister will not be holding the position for too long or beyond 10 years.

“So, if we refer to ‘term’, we could not control how long a term would be. So, the advice of the legal advisers were to use ‘twice’ instead of ‘two terms’,” he said yesterday.

Chow said the people could give their opinions on the matter.

“Hopefully, this is a national discourse, which is confined not just to Penang, because this has to be implemented nationally,” he added.

Pakatan Harapan made 68 promises in Penang.

Among them was the limiting of a chief minister’s tenure should it get two-thirds of the state assembly. It did.

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