GEORGE TOWN, August 16 – In a recent development, Datuk Dr Mohammad Abdul Hamid, the Batu Maung assemblyman from the People’s Justice Party (PKR), has been officially appointed as the new Deputy Chief Minister I of Penang for this term. The inauguration ceremony, held in the presence of Penang State Governor, Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak, took place at Dewan Sri Pinang on Wednesday. In this latest administrative reshuffle, Datuk Dr Mohammad Abdul Hamid has also been entrusted with the leadership of the Islamic Affairs, Education, Higher Education, and Social Unity Committee. He is among the seven newly-appointed members of the Penang State Executive Council (Exco).

Further announcements revealed that Datok Keramat assemblyman, Jagdeep Singh Deo, will assume the role of Deputy Chief Minister II. In addition, he will oversee the Human Capital Development, Science, and Technology Committee. These appointments reflect the state’s focus on harnessing technology and fostering human capital growth. Reaffirming its commitment to balanced representation, the newly-formed Exco includes members from various parties, embodying a diverse spectrum of expertise and perspectives. The Exco members’ portfolios have been meticulously allocated to ensure the holistic development of Penang.

Among the notable assignments, ADUN Tanjong Bungah, Zairil Khir Johari, has been reappointed as the head of the Infrastructure, Transport, and Digital Development Committee. This reflects the state’s dedication to enhancing digital infrastructure and connectivity. In a bid to promote sustainable urban and rural development, ADUN Paya Terubong, Wong Hon Wai, will take the helm of the Tourism and Creative Economy Committee. Meanwhile, UMNO’s successful candidate for the Sungai Acheh constituency, Rashidi Zinol, will lead the Trade and Entrepreneurial Development & Rural Areas Committee.

The Penang State Exco also includes several incumbent ADUNs who have been re-elected, such as Lim Siew Khim (Sungai Pinang), H’ng Mooi Lye (Jawi), and Daniel Gooi Zi Sen (Padang Lalang). Their involvement signifies the continuity of effective governance and leadership. The recent political landscape in Penang witnessed a coalition victory by the PH-BN alliance, securing a two-thirds majority with 29 out of 40 contested state assembly seats. This election outcome has set the stage for a dynamic administration, focusing on the state’s continued growth and progress.

The latest appointments are a reflection of the state’s determination to harness a diverse range of talents for the betterment of Penang’s residents. As the state moves forward, it remains dedicated to creating a balanced and progressive environment that addresses the needs of its people.

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