Penang to reassess its earlier stand, may hold state election concurrently with national election


THE Penang government will reassess its earlier stand that the state would not hold state election concurrently with the national election.


Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the decision would depend on how soon the 15th General Election (GE15) is called.


“Our earlier stand was made many months ago. I have said before that we have to reassess the situation when the variables change, and the variables have changed.


“Hence, we have to reassess our earlier position.


“Penang will consider holding the state and national elections concurrently if GE15 is called at the end of this year,” he said during the ‘Jelajah ❤️ Penang’ programme in Tasek Gelugor today.


Speaking about facing the election in Penang, Chow said the Opposition has not been able to put up a strong case to convince the people to give them their votes.


“Nevertheless, we will not underestimate anyone.


“We are monitoring the sentiments on the ground and we will make sure that our election machinery is ready.


“We are very confident of public support,” he said.


Chow added that the state DAP election machinery is always progressing.


“The machinery is always ongoing.


“We have not selected our candidates. Any prospective new candidate will have to make his or her preparation without knowing whether he or she will be allocated a constituency to contest in,” Chow, who is also Penang DAP chairman, said.