NIBONG TEBAL, April 22 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today announced that Gerakan secretary-general Teng Chang Yeow will succeed Senator Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon as the new chairman of Penang Barisan Nasional (BN).
He said the appointment of Teng, a former state executive councillor and former assemblyman of Komtar, was effective today.
“I wish to thank Penang Gerakan chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan for his understanding that this the reality of politics, although he has contributed greatly to the party all this while,” said Najib.
He made the announcement when meeting members of Penang BN’s main election machinery at the Bukit Jawi Golf Resort here.
At the function, the prime minister also launched 345 election machinery for the whole of Penang state.
He said said the new appointment was a significant change for all parties to work together as a team to strengthen the coalition in the state.
“In the context of Penang, we need to have renewal and that is why in my discussions with Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, he was aware of this fact and took the decision not to contest in the upcoming general election and will also step down from his government post later because he knows this is the reality…thank you (Tan Sri) Koh Tsu Koon,” he said.
Also present were former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Nadawi, Koh, who is also Gerakan president and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, Penang MCA chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, who is also Tourism Minister, and leaders of the component parties of Penang BN.
Najib further stressed thet Teng’s appointment would serve as a catalyst to “fire up” the BN election machinery in Penang.
Najib, who is on a one-day working visit to Penang, is also scheduled to attend a 1Malaysia people’s feast in Kampung Simpang Tiga and hold meetings with Indian and Chinese NGOs and Universiti Sains Malaysia’s (USM) lecturers, student leaders and students at Kompleks Cahaya Siswa, USM.
In his speech, the prime minister urged party members to work and serve the people and voters in earnest so that they could be victorious in the upcoming general election.
He said they need to win the hearts and minds of the people to support the BN.
“So if you want to win, do the kind of work of people who want to win, not just talk but do nothing … must do work, must smile a lot and not put on a sour face and expect the people to support us,” he said.
He said leaders should not put self-interest above the party and supporters.
“Do not sulk when not selected (as a candidate for the election) later, close operations rooms, do not want work and even worse sabotage the party…this should not happen…I also work on Saturday’s just like a normal working day, it does not matter as long as we win big.
“We won’t feel tired when we win, so we must package strategies for us to achieve victory, we must accept the reality, we must have reform in the BN at all levels,” he added.
Source : Bernama