Former chief minister and former state Gerakan chairman Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said now that Pakatan Harapan (PH) leads both the federal and state governments, there should be less politicking and blame games played between Putrajaya and George Town. File pix

GEORGE TOWN: Under the stewardship of new Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, the Penang government should focus more time, attention and efforts on initiatives for the benefit of the people.

Former chief minister and former state Gerakan chairman Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said now that Pakatan Harapan (PH) leads both the federal and state governments, there should be less politicking and blame games played between Putrajaya and George Town.

“With a clearly strong mandate from the people in the 14th general election, Chow and his team have the daunting task of delivering a better quality of life to the people.

“This can be achieved through more environment-friendly development, better traffic management and more affordable housing, besides sustaining healthy and inclusive economic growth,” he said when extending his congratulations to Chow and his team.

Koh also noted that as opposition representation in the state legislature has been very much reduced, the media and civil society must play a larger role in providing checks and balances.

“It is hoped that the new chief minister and his administration will be more open and responsive to the media and civil society, in the true spirit of democracy,” he added.

PH was returned to power in Penang for a third term in the recent polls. It also managed to garner seven additional state seats to add to its previous tally of 30 state seats.

The other three state seats were won by Barisan Nasional (two) and Pas (one).

At the Parliamentary level, BN only managed two seats.

Altogether, 40 state seats and 13 Parliamentary seats were contested in the state.

Chow was sworn in as the state’s new chief minister after his predecessor, Lim Guan Eng, was named the Finance Minister-designate in Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s cabinet.

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