GEORGE TOWN: The motion to restrict the chief ministership to two terms has been rejected by the state legislative assembly, says maverick DAP Tanjung Bungah assembyman Teh Yee Cheu.
“I’m not disappointed. I’m going to try again in the next sitting later this year.
“I wanted to debate on this tenure for the good of all,” he told reporters after the opening of the fourth term of the Penang Legislative Assembly here today.
Teh said he was informed in writing about the rejection from state assembly Speaker Law Choo Kiang.
Teh added that if he was given a chance, he would ask Parliament to limit the terms of lawmakers to two terms.
“But it is too bad that the law does not allow term limits,” he said.
Teh had proposed that the tenure for the post of chief minister be limited to two terms.
This was the second time he had made such a proposal, with the earlier one obtaining more nays than yeas in the assembly.
He said the term limit for chief ministership was needed to rejuvenate the leadership and avoid cronyism.
Teh submitted the proposal to the Constitutional Committee of the State Legislative Assembly, which is headed by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
However, Teh’s proposal was met with fierce opposition from his own party men.
Berapit DAP chairman Ang Tun Keat and 50 other veteran DAP members sounded off Teh for “attacking his own party”, telling him to resign if he continued to carry on with his ways.
Teh however retaliated saying DAP was a democratic party and “we could exchange our opinions and views.”