Penang State Legislative Assembly

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Penang State Legislative Assembly
Dewan Undangan Negeri Pulau Pinang (Malay)
13th Penang State Legislative Assembly
Type
Type
History
Founded 11 July 1959
Leadership
Yang di-Pertua Negeri
Abdul Rahman Abbas
Since 1 May 2001
Speaker
Law Choo Kiang, PHPKR
Since 28 June 2013
Deputy Speaker
Maktar Shapee, PHPKR
Since 28 June 2013
Chief Minister
Lim Guan Eng, PHDAP
Since 11 March 2008
Opposition Leader
Jahara Hamid, BNUMNO
Since 28 June 2013
Secretary
Mohd Farulizam Che Meh
Structure
Seats 40
Quorum: 13
Simple majority: 21
Two-thirds majority: 27
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Political groups

(As of 24 February 2016)
Government
     Pakatan Harapan (29)

EXCO Members: 11
Backbenchers: 18
  •      DAP (19)
  •      PKR (10)

Opposition
     Barisan Nasional (10)

  •      UMNO (10)
     PAS (1)
Committees
Elections
Plurality: First-past-the-post (40 single-member constituencies)
Last election
5 May 2013
Next election
on or before 28 August 2018
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 is the state 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 unicameral state legislature, whose members are called State Assemblymen, convenes at the Neoclassical Penang State Assembly Building at Light Street in George Town, Penang's capital city. Since 2008, State Legislative Assembly proceedings have been broadcast live on the internet.

The State Legislative Assembly has 40 seats, 29 of which are held by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) ruling coalition that comprises the Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). Out of the 29 PH seats, the DAP has 19 seats and PKR holds the remaining 10. Meanwhile, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) of the Barisan Nasional (BN) opposition coalition controls 10 seats. Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS), another opposition party, holds the one remaining seat.

This represents a sharp reversal from the 38 seats that BN won during the 2004 State Elections and only the second time Penang comes under the control of the federal opposition, the last being in 1969.

Current composition[edit]

Composition of the Penang State Legislative Assembly
29 10 1
Pakatan Harapan Barisan Nasional PAS

Seating arrangement[edit]

The seating arrangement of the Penang State Legislative Assembly is as follows.[1]

Sungai Pinang Kebun Bunga Pengkalan Kota Bukit Tengah Seri Delima Tanjong Bunga Paya Terubong Bagan Dalam
Permatang Pasir Penanti Berapit Air Itam
Komtar Sungai Bakap
Pulau Tikus Sungai Dua Padang Lalang Seberang Jaya
Jawi Permatang Berangan Batu Maung Datok Keramat
Machang Bubuk Penaga Padang Kota Sungai Puyu
Batu Uban Sungai Acheh Perai Batu Lancang
Bayan Lepas Pinang Tunggal Pantai Jerejak Bagan Jermal
Telok Bahang Pulau Betong State Legal Advisor State Financial Officer
Bertam Telok Ayer Tawar State Legislative
Assembly Secretary
Air Putih State Secretary
Speaker
Bukit Tambun

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.[2] 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 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:[3]

  • 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:[4]

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

Penang state election, 2013[edit]

Penang state election, 2013
Penang
← 2008 5 May 2013 (2013-05-05)

All 40 seats in the Penang State Legislative Assembly
21 seats needed for a majority
Turnout 86.93%
  First party Second party
  LimGE.jpg Teng Chang Yeow.jpg
Leader Lim Guan Eng Teng Chang Yeow
Party Pakatan Rakyat Barisan Nasional
Leader since  ()  ()
Leader's seat Air Puteh
(ran in Bagan, won)
Bukit Tengah (lost contest)
Last election 29 seats, 58.90% 11 seats, 40.96%
Seats before 29 11
Seats won 30 10
Seat change Increase1 Decrease1
Popular vote 490,978 233,246
Percentage 67.53% 32.09%
Swing Increase8.63% Decrease8.87%

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Chief Minister before election

Lim Guan Eng
Pakatan Rakyat

Chief Minister-designate

Lim Guan Eng
Pakatan Rakyat

e • d Summary of the 5 May 2013 Penang State Legislative Assembly election results
Party Candidates Vote Seats
Votes % Won % +/–
Democratic Action Party DAP 19 19 47.50 0
National Front[a] BN 40 10 25.00 -1
United Malays National Organisation UMNO 15 10 25.00 -1
Malaysian Chinese Association MCA 10 0 0.00 0
Malaysian People's Movement Party Gerakan 13 0 0.00 0
Malaysian Indian Congress MIC 2 0 0.00 0
People's Justice Party PKR 16 10 25.00 +1
Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party PAS 6 1 2.50 0
Love Malaysia Party PCM 3 0 0.00 0
Homeland Human's Wellbeing Party KITA 1 0 0.00 0
Independents IND 18 0 0.00 0
Valid votes
Invalid/blank votes
Total votes (voter turnout: %) ' 100.00 40 100.00 0
Did not vote
Registered voters '
Voting age population (aged 21 years and above) '
Penang's population '

Source:

  1. ^ Contested using dacing election symbol on the ballot papers.

Penang state election, 2008[edit]

e • d Summary of the 8 March 2008 Penang State Legislative Assembly election results
Party Candidates Vote Seats
Votes % Won % +/–
Democratic Action Party DAP 19 19 47.50 +18
National Front[a] BN 40 11 27.50 -27
United Malays National Organisation UMNO 15 11 27.50 -3
Malaysian Chinese Association MCA 10 0 0.00 -9
Malaysian People's Movement Party Gerakan 13 0 0.00 -13
Malaysian Indian Congress MIC 2 0 0.00 -2
People's Justice Party PKR 16 9 22.50 +9
Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party PAS 5 1 0.00 0
Independents IND 3 0 0.00 0
Valid votes
Invalid/blank votes
Total votes (voter turnout: %) ' 100.00 40 100.00 0
Did not vote
Registered voters '
Voting age population (aged 21 years and above) '
Penang's population '

Source:

  1. ^ Contested using dacing election symbol on the ballot papers.

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