Air Putih state assemblyperson and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng was just sworn as Penang’s fourth chief minister.
The ceremony took place at the governor’s residence Seri Mutiara.
This is the first time a DAP-led government will rule the state, which was held by Gerakan since 1969.
Also present in the ceremony were Lim’s father Kit Siang – a party stalwart – and his wife Betty Chew, herself a state assemblywoman for Kota Laksamana in Malacca.
Outgoing CM and Gerakan acting president Dr Koh Tsu Koon was also present. His party was routed in the general election by a rampant DAP-led opposition.
Lim said that among the first thing that his administration would do is to enact a Freedom of Information Act and seek all public office bearers to publicly declare their personal assets.
He has also said that the government will look at restoring local council elections and will hold open tenders for all government procurement and contracts.
In one of his first acts as the new chief minister, Lim has waived all summonses issued by the local councils against hawkers and parking offenders.