Chow Kon Yeow is Penang’s new Chief Minister

Opalyn Mok
New Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (third left) with the new Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow (fourth left). ― Picture by Opalyn Mok

GEORGE TOWN, May 13 ― Penang Pakatan Harapan chairman Lim Guan Eng today announced that Padang Kota assemblyman Chow Kon Yeow will succeed him to be the fifth Penang Chief Minister.  

Lim said Chow will be officially sworn in as the new Chief Minister tomorrow, while the latter thanked the party leadership for appointing him.

“We will work hard to fulfill all the promises in the manifesto,” Chow said in a packed press conference in Komtar here.

He also said the state will work closely with the federal government especially with Lim, who was appointed Finance Minister.

“I hope with the promise by the new Finance Minister to always keep Penang close in his heart that we can work closely with the federal government and get more allocations to implement many projects in Penang,” he said.

He said he is yet to decide on the new line-up of state executive councillors for PH’s third term in Penang.

“The exco will be sworn in on Wednesday, if the lineup is ready by then,” he said.

He refused to elaborate except to stressed that the media will be informed of the lineup once it is ready.

When asked about funding for Penang’s ambitious infrastructure projects such as the Penang Transport Master Plan, Chow hoped the federal government will provide the financial support.

“We will look at different funding options and whether the federal government can support, if not, we still have alternative funding options,” he said.

Earlier, Lim said he is leaving Penang with a “heavy heart” as this was the state where PH had made its mark in running a state government successfully.

“You can take me out of Penang but you cannot take Penang out of me, it is because of this, I am proud to have the heart of a Penang lang,” he said.

“I will always miss Penang, this is the starting point of the PH state government and without the chance given by Penang, we won’t be able to prove that we can successfully administer a state government,” he added.

He announced the many successes that Penang had experienced in the past 10 years while stating this will the last time for him to announce the state’s many successful policies.