List of Chief Ministers of Penang

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Chief Minister of Penang
Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang
Coat of arms of Penang.svg
MALAYSIA GE13 (8678833148).jpg
Lim Guan Eng

since 11 March 2008
Style Yang Amat Berhormat (The Most Honourable)
Appointer Abdul Rahman bin Haji Abbas
as Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Penang
Term length While commanding the confidence of the Penang State Legislative Assembly
Inaugural holder Wong Pow Nee
Formation 31 August 1957; 57 years ago (1957-08-31)
Deputy Rashid Hasnon
P. Ramasamy

The Chief Minister of the State of Penang is the head of the executive branch of the government in the Malaysian state of Penang. The Chief Minister is appointed by the Yang di-Pertua Negeri, from the State Legislative Assembly.

List of Chief Ministers of Penang (1957-present)[edit]

The following is the list of Chief Ministers of Penang since 1959:[1]

Chief Minister
Picture Term of office Party Coalition
Took office Left office Days
1 Wong Pow Nee
(ADUN for Bukit Mertajam)
31 August 1957 12 June 1959 1 year, 285 days Flag of the Malaysian Chinese Association.svg MCA Alliance
12 June 1959 12 May 1969 9 years, 334 days
2 Lim Chong Eu
(ADUN for Padang Kota)
12 May 1969 1 January 1973 3 years, 234 days Gerakan logo.png Gerakan
1 January 1973 25 October 1990 17 years, 297 days Barisan Nasional
3 Koh Tsu Koon
(ADUN for Tanjong Bunga)
Koh Tsu Koon.jpg 25 October 1990 11 March 2008 17 years, 138 days Gerakan logo.png Gerakan Barisan Nasional
4 Lim Guan Eng
(ADUN for Air Puteh)
MALAYSIA GE13 (8678833148).jpg 11 March 2008 Incumbent 7 years, 84 days Democratic Action Party Logo.svg DAP Pakatan Rakyat

Note: Wong Pow Nee was formally appointed as first chief minister of Penang in 31 August 1957 since the proclamation of Malaya independence. He was re-elected to Penang State Legislative Assembly and re-appointed as chief minister in 1959 which is on the year Malaya first general election was held. When Lim Chong Eu took the oath of office in 1969, Gerakan was under the Opposition before they joined the Barisan Nasional in 1973.


  1. ^ Penang Accessed 12 June 2010