CM: Chow likely to be named Penang

Penang DAP chief is set to be sworn in as Penang chief minister on Monday. However, the post of first Deputy CM is still a toss-up between PKR sec-gen Saifuddin Nasution and PKR deputy youth chief Dr Afif Bahardin.

GEORGE TOWN: With the naming of DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng as finance minister, it is now more than likely that Penang DAP chief Chow Kon Yeow will be named the next chief minister of Penang.

FMT has also confirmed this with a highly-placed source in DAP who said Chow would be sworn-in as Penang's fifth chief minister on Monday.

Chow, 60, was elected to the Tanjong parliamentary seat and Padang Kota state seat in the recent general election.

He had been a senior member of the state executive council, and held the portfolio for local government, traffic and flood mitigation,

Lim has been the chief minister since 2008 and had been anticipated to have a role in Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's new Cabinet.

The choice of first Deputy CM would be filled by PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, 54, or PKR deputy youth chief Dr Afif Bahardin, 32.

However, Saifuddin, who was an aide to Lim, is rumoured to be under consideration for a position in the federal Cabinet as well, Afif would then be the odds-on choice.

Penang DAP vice-chairman P Ramasamy, 69, is expected to continue as second Deputy CM, a post he has held since 2008.

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