Will Pakatan limit the tenure of CM to 2 terms only?

GEORGE TOWN: Penang DAP chairperson Chow Kon Yeow caused a stir during the inaugural Pakatan Harapan (PH) state convention when he announced that the alliance was considering limiting the tenure of the chief minister to just two terms.

Chow's announcement has sparked a wave of debate, especially among the state DAP leaders who spoke to theSun.

Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari said that he welcomed the proposal as there must be streamlining of such an idea at the state and federal level.

Zairil was referring to PH's proposal to limit the tenure of prime minister to just two terms.

He said it does not make sense if something is outlined at the federal level and not at the state level as well.

"It needs to be discussed further as well," he told theSun.

Zairil also said that a proper and legal procedure must be adhered to if the proposal becomes a reality.

Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Seri Abdul Rashid Hasnon from PKR told theSun that the final decision has to be made by PH's senior leaders.

It was Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu, who got the debate going in Penang when he made a similar proposal in 2013.

An associate of Teh said that the proposal could guarantee present Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng another two terms if Pakatan follows through on the matter, despite the fact that he is currently into his second term.

"Lim if he stands again, would be going into his third term. I wonder what happened to the previous contention drawn up by former DAP icon Karpal Singh about limiting the terms of the DAP elected representatives to two," said the associate.

State Gerakan vice - chairperson Oh Tong Keong said Pakatan has tried to portray the matter as such (on limiting the terms of leaders), taking into consideration that the general election is approaching.

He said this was actually openly announced by the state's Opposition back in 2008.

"They said that such a proposal will take effect if they took charge. What has happened now?"

Oh said that swift action must be taken immediately instead of waiting until the next election.

"Don't take the Penang voters for granted," he urged the DAP-led state government.