CM Chow to move from Balik Pulau to official residence

  • May 16, 2018
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Newly-minted Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow has decided to move into Seri Teratai, the official residence of the state's chief minister, on Jalan Macalister.

The residence used to be named "Rumah Tetamu", but its name was changed after Pakatan Rakyat (now Harapan) seized Penang from BN in 2008.

At a press conference in Komtar today, Chow said he would shift residence when asked if he would continue to reside in Balik Pulau.

To this, Chow, who is Penang's fifth chief minister, replied: "Thank you for understanding my predicament."

The DAP state chief said his travel time from Balik Pulau to Komtar would take roughly 1.5 hours daily.

"I would have 1.5 hours less in a day compared to others, I think with this appointment, it is no longer tenable for me to live in Balik Pulau.

"My wife and I have visited Rumah Teratai, and we have decided to move there, but not immediately as it is not in a proper living condition. We will do the needful, so that in a few months, we can move in, for us to stay nearer to the Komtar office," Chow said.

The previous chief minister, Lim Guan Eng(photo) - who is the finance minister designate - had declined staying at the official residence for various reasons, including termite problems, which made the house inhabitable.

The former chief minister under Gerakan, Koh Tsu Koon, also lived in his own residence in Tanjung Bungah.

Asked if he could take the burden of being chief minister, state assemblyperson for Padang Kota, as well as the Member of Parliament for Tanjung, Chow said it was for this reason that he had decided not to contest in two seats in the 2013 election.

"In 2008, we were new in the administration, and we were not too wise in terms of time management, and the various challenges we faced.

"But after 10 years in government, in the most challenging portfolios, I think this time, as we grow older, we become a little wiser and hope to have better time management.

"The MP's post will allow me to bring state-related matters to Parliament and federal ministries, so that we can highlight the issues of Penang to the federal government and ministers," he added.

Chow said Guan Eng's experience of being the chief minister and MP for Bagan has paved the way for him to use the opportunity to the fullest to have direct access to federal ministers when he meets them during Parliament sessions.

"I hope this will be put into good use to ensure voices of Penangites reach the ministers directly in the Dewan Rakyat," Chow added after attending the swearing-in ceremony of his 10 state executive councillors at Dewan Sri Pinang this morning.