Penang govt submits names to Agong for consideration as new state governor

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government has submitted names to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah for consideration as the new state governor.

It was reported that Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow met with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for about an hour on Friday (March 19).

He was accompanied by state exco member Zairil Khir Johari, state secretary Datuk Abdul Razak Jaafar and state legal adviser Datuk Norazmi Mohd Narawi.

The topic of discussion during the meeting was believed to be the new governor to replace Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas, whose term ends next month.

When contacted, Zairil said he was not at liberty to discuss the meeting.

Speculation is rife in political circles here that former Balik Pulau MP Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya is among ruling coalition Perikatan Nasional's preferred choices for the governor's post.

The veteran Umno leader was a deputy health minister and served as a state exco member during the administration of third chief minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.

A Malay language newspaper included Penang Malay Association president Tan Sri Mohd Yussof Latiff in a list of names speculated to be submitted for consideration.

Yussof expressed shock to learn that his name was among those submitted for consideration.

He said on Sunday (March 21) that he had no idea his name was on the list proposed.

"I don't know, it is quite a shock," said the Umno veteran, adding that it would be better for the state government to confirm the matter.

Yussof, 91, was the political secretary under first Penang chief minister Tan Sri Wong Pow Nee from 1964 to 1969.

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