Penang State Legislative Assembly

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Penang State Legislative Assembly

Dewan Undangan Negeri Pulau Pinang
ديوان اوندڠن نڬري ڤولاو ڤينڠ
14th Penang State Legislative Assembly
Type
Type
History
Founded11 July 1959 (1959-07-11)
Leadership
Abdul Rahman Abbas
since 1 May 2001 (2001-05-01)
Speaker
Law Choo Kiang[1], PHPKR
since 28 June 2013 (2013-06-28)
Deputy Speaker
Amar Pritpal Abdullah[2], PHPKR
since 2 August 2018 (2018-08-02)
Chow Kon Yeow, PHDAP
since 14 May 2018 (2018-05-14)
Opposition Leader
Muhamad Yusoff Mohd Noor[2], BNUMNO
since 2 August 2018 (2018-08-02)
Secretary
Mohd Farulizam Che Meh
Structure
Seats40
Quorum: 13
Simple majority: 21
Two-thirds majority: 27
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Political groups
(As of 10 May 2018)

Government:
     Pakatan Harapan (37)

Opposition:
     Barisan Nasional (2)

     PAS (1)
Committees
Elections
Plurality: First-past-the-post (40 single-member constituencies)
Last election
9 May 2018
Next election
2023
Meeting place
Dewan Undangan Negeri Penang Dec 2006 003.jpg
Penang State Assembly Building, Light Street, George Town, Penang
Website
dun.penang.gov.my

The Penang State Legislative Assembly (Malay: Dewan Undangan Negeri Pulau Pinang) is the legislature of the Malaysian state of Penang. It is a unicameral institution, consisting of a total of 40 elected lawmakers representing single-member constituencies throughout Penang. The state legislature, whose members are called State Assemblymen, convenes at the Penang State Assembly Building in Penang's capital city of George Town. The Penang State Executive Council, the executive branch of the Penang state government, is drawn from among the State Assemblymen.

Out of the 40 seats, 37 are held by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) ruling coalition after the 2018 State Election. Within the coalition, the Democratic Action Party (DAP) holds 19 seats, the People's Justice Party (PKR) 14, the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (Bersatu) two and the National Trust Party (Amanah) two. The PH coalition thus commands a supermajority in the legislature.

Meanwhile, the opposition is formed by the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), which controls two seats, and the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), which occupies a single seat.

Current composition[edit]

Composition of the Penang State Legislative Assembly
37 2 1
PH BN GS


No. State Constituency Member Coalition (Party) Post
PH 37 | BN 2 | GS 1
N01 Penaga Mohd. Yusni Mat Piah GS (PAS) N/A
N02 Bertam Khaliq Mehtab Mohd. Ishaq PH (BERSATU) N/A
N03 Pinang Tunggal Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abd. Rahman PH (PKR) Deputy Chief Minister
N04 Permatang Berangan Nor Hafizah Othman BN (UMNO) N/A
N05 Sungai Dua Muhamad Yusoff Mohd. Noor BN (UMNO) Opposition Leader
N06 Telok Ayer Tawar Mustafa Kamal Ahmad PH (PKR) N/A
N07 Sungai Puyu Phee Boon Poh [zh] PH (DAP) EXCO Member
N08 Bagan Jermal Soon Lip Chee [ms] PH (DAP) EXCO Member
N09 Bagan Dalam Satees Muniandy PH (DAP) N/A
N10 Seberang Jaya Afif Bahardin PH (PKR) EXCO Member
N11 Permatang Pasir Muhammad Faiz Mohamed Fadzil PH (AMANAH) N/A
N12 Penanti Norlela Ariffin [ms] PH (PKR) N/A
N13 Berapit Heng Lee Lee PH (DAP) N/A
N14 Machang Bubok Lee Khai Loon [zh] PH (PKR) N/A
N15 Padang Lalang Chong Eng PH (DAP) EXCO Member
N16 Perai Ramasamy Palanisamy PH (DAP) Deputy Chief Minister
N17 Bukit Tengah Gooi Hsiao-Leung PH (PKR) N/A
N18 Bukit Tambun Goh Choon Aik PH (PKR) N/A
N19 Jawi H’ng Mooi Lye PH (DAP) N/A
N20 Sungai Bakap Amar Pritpal Abdullah PH (PKR) Deputy Speaker
N21 Sungai Acheh Zulkifli Ibrahim PH (PKR) N/A
N22 Tanjong Bunga Zairil Khir Johari PH (DAP) EXCO Member
N23 Air Putih Lim Guan Eng PH (DAP) N/A
N24 Kebun Bunga Ong Khan Lee [zh] PH (PKR) N/A
N25 Pulau Tikus Chris Lee Chun Kit PH (DAP) N/A
N26 Padang Kota Chow Kon Yeow PH (DAP) Chief Minister
N27 Pengkalan Kota Gooi Zi Sen PH (DAP) N/A
N28 Komtar Teh Lai Heng PH (DAP) N/A
N29 Datok Keramat Jagdeep Singh Deo PH (DAP) EXCO Member
N30 Sungai Pinang Lim Siew Khim [zh] PH (DAP) N/A
N31 Batu Lancang Ong Ah Teong PH (DAP) N/A
N32 Seri Delima Syerleena Abdul Rashid PH (DAP) N/A
N33 Air Itam Joseph Ng Soon Seong PH (DAP) N/A
N34 Paya Terubong Yeoh Soon Hin [zh] PH (DAP) EXCO Member
N35 Batu Uban Kumaresan Aramugam PH (PKR) N/A
N36 Pantai Jerejak Saifuddin Nasution Ismail PH (PKR) N/A
N37 Batu Maung Abdul Halim Hussain PH (PKR) EXCO Member
N38 Bayan Lepas Azrul Mahathir Aziz PH (AMANAH) N/A
N39 Pulau Betong Mohd. Tuah Ismail PH (PKR) N/A
N40 Telok Bahang Zolkifly Md. Lazim PH (BERSATU) N/A

Seating arrangement[edit]

The seating arrangement of the Penang State Legislative Assembly is as follows.[3]

N2 Bertam N40 Telok Bahang N25 Pulau Tikus N32 Seri Delima N17 Bukit Tengah N24 Kebun Bunga N11 Permatang Pasir N38 Bayan Lepas
N30 Sungai Pinang N28 Komtar N36 Pantai Jerejak N23 Air Putih
N35 Batu Uban B Vacant
N6 Telok Ayer Tawar N20 Sungai Bakap
N33 Air Itam N12 Penanti C A N7 Sungai Puyu N8 Bagan Jermal
N19 Jawi N14 Machang Bubuk N29 Datok Keramat N34 Paya Terubong
N39 Pulau Betong N31 Batu Lancang N15 Padang Lalang N37 Batu Maung
N18 Bukit Tambun N9 Bagan Dalam N16 Perai N22 Tanjong Bunga
N27 Pengkalan Kota N1 Penaga N3 Pinang Tunggal N10 Seberang Jaya
N13 Berapit N4 Permatang Berangan State Legal Advisor State Financial Officer
N21 Sungai Acheh N5 Sungai Dua (Opposition Leader) Secretary N26 Padang Kota (Chief Minister) State Secretary
Speaker
Yang Di-Pertua Negeri

Role[edit]

The Penang State Legislative Assembly's main function is to enact legislation and policies relating to the State List and Joint List as defined in the Federal Constitution. Its members also provide oversight on the state's executive branch of government, ensuring the state departments and agencies enforce the aforementioned legislation.[4] Debates in the Assembly are presided over by the Speaker.

The leader of the party or coalition with a majority in the Assembly is appointed as the Chief Minister by the Governor of Penang. The Chief Minister heads the state's executive, known as the State Executive Council, whose members are also drawn from the Assembly.

Committees[edit]

The State Assembly also consists of committees to handle administrative matters. The committees include:[5]

  • Public Accounts Committee
  • Committee on Privileges
  • House Committee
  • Standing Orders Committee
  • Constitution Committee

Speakers Roll of Honour[edit]

The following is the Speaker of the Penang State Legislative Assembly Roll of Honour, since 1959:[6]

No. Speaker Term start Term end
1 Sulaiman Ahmad 6 January 1959 1 April 1964
25 April 1964 19 March 1969
2 Harun Sirat 10 May 1969 31 July 1974
24 August 1974 16 June 1978
3 Hassan Md. Noh 8 July 1978 29 March 1982
4 Teh Ewe Lim 22 April 1982 19 July 1986
5 Ooi Ean Kwong 3 August 1986 5 October 1990
6 Abdul Rahman Abbas 21 October 1990 4 April 1995
7 Yahaya Abdul Hamid 25 April 1995 10 November 1999
29 November 1999 2 March 2004
21 March 2004 12 February 2008
8 Abdul Halim Hussain 8 March 2008 27 June 2013
9 Law Choo Kiang 28 June 2013 Incumbent

Election pendulum[edit]

The 14th General Election witnessed 37 governmental seats and 3 non-governmental seats filled the Penang State Legislative Assembly. The government side has 25 safe seats and 2 fairly safe seats. However, none of the non-government side has safe and fairly safe seat.

GOVERNMENT SEATS
Marginal
Pinang Tunggal Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abd. Rahman PKR 38.76
Bertam Khaliq Mehtab Mohd. Ishaq BERSATU 41.20
Sungai Acheh Zulkifli Ibrahim PKR 44.19
Telok Ayer Tawar Mustafa Kamal Ahmad PKR 44.40
Penanti Dr. Norlela Ariffin PKR 44.95
Permatang Pasir Muhammad Faiz Mohamed Fadzil AMANAH 45.33
Sungai Bakap Amar Pritpal Abdullah PKR 45.56
Telok Bahang Zolkifly Md. Lazim BERSATU 45.65
Pulau Betong Mohd. Tuah Ismail PKR 49.63
Seberang Jaya Dr. Afif Bahardin PKR 53.12
Fairly safe
Bayan Lepas Azrul Mahathir Aziz AMANAH 56.17
Batu Maung Abdul Halim Hussain PKR 58.72
Safe
Bukit Tengah Gooi Hsiao-Leung PKR 66.16
Sungai Pinang Lim Siew Khim DAP 68.79
Machang Bubok Lee Khai Loon PKR 68.98
Bagan Dalam Satees Muniandy DAP 72.54
Pantai Jerejak Saifuddin Nasution Ismail PKR 73.45
Datok Keramat Jagdeep Singh Deo DAP 75.25
Tanjong Bunga Zairil Khir Johari DAP 76.37
Jawi H’ng Mooi Lye DAP 78.58
Air Itam Joseph Ng Soon Seong DAP 79.76
Batu Uban Kumaresan Aramugam PKR 80.43
Bukit Tambun Goh Choon Aik PKR 81.54
Pulau Tikus Chris Lee Chun Kit DAP 82.32
Perai Prof. Dr. Ramasamy Palanisamy DAP 82.46
Seri Delima Syerleena Abdul Rashid DAP 82.54
Komtar Teh Lai Heng DAP 84.64
Bagan Jermal Soon Lip Chee DAP 85.37
Air Putih Lim Guan Eng DAP 85.61
Padang Kota Chow Kon Yeow DAP 85.76
Kebun Bunga Jason Ong Khan Lee PKR 86.27
Paya Terubong Yeoh Soon Hin DAP 88.59
Padang Lalang Chong Eng DAP 88.66
Pengkalan Kota Gooi Zi Sen DAP 88.87
Batu Lancang Ong Ah Teong DAP 89.01
Sungai Puyu Phee Boon Poh DAP 90.17
Berapit Heng Lee Lee DAP 92.06
NON-GOVERNMENT SEATS
Marginal
Permatang Berangan Nor Hafizah Othman UMNO 37.87
Sungai Dua Muhammad Yusoff Mohd. Noor UMNO 41.07
Penaga Mohd. Yusni Mat Piah PAS 53.55

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nambiar, Predeep (2 August 2018). "Guan Eng, Saifuddin to make history in Penang assembly". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b Dermawan, Audrey (2 August 2018). "'Lawan tetap lawan, kawan tetap kawan, dewan tetap dewan'". New Straits Times. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Persidangan Dewan Undangan Negeri Keempat Belas" (PDF). Penang State Legislative Assembly. 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  4. ^ Role and Membership of the State Assembly Penang State Assembly Portal
  5. ^ List of State Assembly Committees Penang State Assembly Portal
  6. ^ Senarai Yang di-Pertua Dewan Undangan Negeri

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