'Two-term limit for chief ministers would lead to greater motivation to serve the people'

GEORGE TOWN: A round table dialogue to limit the chief ministership tenure to two terms today opined that such a move would lead to greater motivation from the minister to serve the people. 
 
The dialogue, featuring politicians from both sides of the political divide, attended the half-day session today, which discussed the topic "Should a chief minister term be limited to two terms". 
 
Among the panel speakers was DAP Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu, the sole representative from the Pakatan Harapan coalition who had his motion to limit the tenure of chief ministership to terms rejected by the state legislative assembly sitting due to technicalities. 
 
Teh said the time limit for the chief ministership to two terms would be an initiative to ensure the person at the helm would carry out the duties to the people with more urgency. 
 
"The limited time in the office compels the chief minister to carry out the ground works with a renewed sense of urgency. 
 
"The proposal will prompt the chief minister to perform at his level best for the people in light of the time factor," he said in the dialogue. 
 
Also present were Penang Gerakan Youth acting chief Jason Loo, Teluk Bahang assemblyman Datuk Shah Headan Hussain Ayob Shah, as well as branch leaders from MCA and the People's Progressive Party, who took turns to share their different views on the topic. 
 
Loo said he would document the diverse views from the panel speakers into working papers, adding that he would consider handing it to the state government as a memorandum. 
 
At the end of the dialogue, 64 per cent of the views concluded there should be a timeline for the chief ministership with up to three terms. 




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