Is Dominic Lau the Chief Minister nominee if PN wrests control of Penang?

A COMBO of the statements by Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Gerakan president Datuk Dr Dominic Lau Hoe Chai in the last two days poses the question whether the latter will be PN’s nominee for the Chief Minister of Penang post in the forthcoming Penang state polls.

This question evokes three further questions:

  • Whether Dominic Lau as the PN Chief Minister-designate has got the agreement of Penang Gerakan and in particular the Penang Gerakan chairman and party deputy president Oh Tong Keong;
  • Will Gerakan get the most number of state assembly seats to contest in Penang in the forthcoming state election or will Gerakan leaders be at the beck-and-call of both PAS and Bersatu leaders; and
  • Whether Dominic Lau will win a seat in the Penang state assembly and whether he will be able to retain his deposit.

There is another question that Dominic Lau can answer:

  • Does he want the people of Penang to choose whether to be pig herders or cow herders and whether he is prepared to openly tell PAS president Tan Sri Hadi Awang why he is wrong.

Can PN and Gerakan answer these questions? I don’t think so.

The most important question is whether the Penang voters are prepared to do both a national and state service by coming out in bigger numbers in the Penang state polls than in the 15th national general election (GE15) on Nov. 19 last year to vote for Malaysia and Penang to become world champions again. – June 19, 2023


Veteran lawmaker and retired DAP supremo Tan Sri Lim Kit Siang was the former MP for Iskandar Puteri.

The views expressed are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Focus Malaysia.

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