GEORGE TOWN, May 12 – Penang Gerakan chairman Teng Chang Yeow will be on a sabbatical for six months, starting May 15, to allegedly settle some business issues. This was confirmed by Penang Gerakan vice-chairman Oh Tong Keong when contacted. In turn, state Gerakan vice chairman Oh Tong Keong is now the acting chairman.
“Teng wants to settle his matters. Despite going on leave, Teng would continue to lead the Penang Gerakan and would be notified of any problems that arose during his absence. Penang Gerakan approved his leave on May 9,” Oh told reporter when contacted yesterday.
About two weeks ago, an online news portal speculated that Teng was likely to submit a resignation letter during the party’s meeting last Monday. However, he did not. Teng also denied having any intention of stepping down from his party post, but said he would consider it in the event he became politically irrelevant.
However, the online portal said Teng should restructure Penang Gerakan. Its portal also believed his move to go on leave was likely a way for him to slowly relinquish his post. Other than helming the state party chapter, Teng is also the Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) chief.
The latest move is rumored to be one of the steps Penang Gerakan is taking to reshuffle and renew the state committee to gear up for the 14th General Elections. Gerakan has led the Penang government since 1969 but lost to a rising opposition movement in 2008 and failed to regain the administration in 2013.