- Penang State Legislative Assembly
Penang State Legislative Assembly
Dewan Undangan Negeri Pulau Pinang
Type Type Unicameral Leadership Speaker Abdul Halim Hussain, Pakatan Rakyat - PKR Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Pakatan Rakyat - DAP
since March 8, 2008
Opposition Leader Azhar Ibrahim, Barisan Nasional - UMNO Members 40 Meeting place Light Street, George Town Website http://dun.penang.gov.my/
The unicameral state legislature, whose members are called state assemblymen, convenes at the neoclassical Legislative Assembly building at Light Street. It has 40 seats, 29 of which are held by the Pakatan Rakyat compromising the Democratic Action Party which has 19 seats, nine by Parti Keadilan Rakyat and one by Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party defeating the Barisan Nasional with only 11 seats since the 2008 general elections. It was a sharp reversal from the 38 seats held by BN in the 2004 elections and only the second time since Independence that the state fell into non-BN control, the last being in 1969.
The Penang State Assembly's main function is to enact legislation and policies relating to the State List and Joint List as defined in the Federal Constitution. Its members also provide oversight on the state's executive branch of government, ensuring the state departments and agencies enforce the aforementioned legislation. Debates in the Assembly are presided over by the Speaker.
The leader of the party or coalition with a majority in the Assembly is appointed Chief Minister by the Governor of Penang. The Chief Minister heads the state's executive, known as the State EXCO, whose members are also drawn from the Assembly.
Penang State EXCO Portfolio EXCO Chief Minister
Land Affairs and Land Development, Entrepreneur Development, Information and Heritage
Lim Guan Eng Deputy Chief Minister I
Industry Development, International Trade, Cooperatives and Societal Relationship
Mansor Othman Deputy Chief Minister II
State Economic Planning, Education and Human Resources, Science, Technology and Innovation
P. Ramasamy Local Government and Traffic Management Chow Kon Yeow Religious Affairs, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Abdul Malik Abul Kassim Public Works, Utilities and Transport Lim Hock Seng Tourism Development, Culture, Arts and Heritage Law Heng Kiang Health and Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Phee Boon Poh Agriculture and Agro-based Industries, Rural Development and Flood Mitigation Law Choo Kiang Town and Countryside Planning, Housing Wong Hon Fai Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Ong Kok Fooi Non-representatives State Secretary Zainal Rahim Seman
The State Assembly also consists of committees to handle administrative matters. The committees include:
- Public Accounts Committee
- Rights and Privileges Committee
- Assembly Committee
- Rules of Proceedings Committee
- Constitutional Committee
- For complete list of members, see List of Penang State Assemblymen.
election resultsSummary of the 8 March 2008 Penang State Assembly Votes % of vote Seats % of seats +/– Pakatan Rakyat:
(Formal coalition formed after election)
319,757 58.9 29 72.5 27 Democratic Action Party (DAP) 175,067 32.2 19 47.5 18 Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) 110,872 20.4 9 22.5 9 Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) 33,818 6.2 1 2.5 Barisan Nasional: 222,339 41.0 11 27.5 27 United Malays National Organization (UMNO) 93,923 17.3 11 27.5 3 Malaysian People's Movement Party (Gerakan) 71,255 13.1 0 0.0 13 Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) 50,123 9.2 0 0.0 9 Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) 7,038 1.3 0 0.0 2 Independents 760 0.1 0 0.0 Overall total 542,856 100 40 100
Source: The Star, Malaysia
- ^ Role and Membership of the State Assembly Penang State Assembly Portal
- ^ Penang State Government: EXCO
- ^ List of State Assembly Committees Penang State Assembly Portal
- ^ MALAYSIA DECIDES 2008 > General Election 2008 Results > Penang
- ^ Mohammad Fairus quits Penanti seat The Nut Graph. April 16, 2009
- ^ Penanti: Dr Mansor wins with 6,052 votes out of 7,100 The Star. May 31, 2009
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