GEORGE TOWN, Nov 24 – A DAP backbencher’s recent proposal for the Penang Chief Minister’s tenure to be limited to two full terms has received backing from a political rival. State Gerakan Oh Tong Keong, who described the proposition as “timely and ideal”, agreed with Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu’s proposal during the recent state assembly sitting, saying it would stop a person from overstaying his welcome as a Chief Minister.
“A prolonged tenure would also create a Chief Minister who is bankrupt of ideas. This will be detrimental to the state’s progress,” Oh said. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is currently serving his second term after being appointed in 2008 following the 12th General Election. “A two-term limit, between eight and 10 years, will open up opportunities for others, including women, to become Chief Ministers.”
He also said it would reduce internal politicking, factionalism and centralisation of power that usually accompanied a prolonged tenure for a Chief Minister. He brushed aside suggestions that limiting one’s tenure would deter one from delivering his election promises or development agenda. “A two-term limit would suffice for a Chief Minister to deliver. If he can’t deliver, he is not fit enough to lead the state government. “When we change every two terms, we can have Chief Ministers with plenty of new ideas that will benefit the people, state and country.”