Updated 2.35pm on 3 June 2009
PENANG, 3 June 2009: Newly-elected Penanti state assemblyperson Mansor Othman was sworn in today as Penang deputy chief minister I before the Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas at his Seri Mutiara official residence.
Mansor, 59, was handed his letter of appointment and proceeded to take the oath of office and loyalty, and the pledge not to divulge official secrets.
Mansor, who is the Penang Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) deputy chairperson signed his letter of appointment witnessed by State Secretary Datuk Zainal Rahim Seman.
Following Mansor’s appointment as the deputy chief minister I, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng announced a minor reshuffle of four of the state executive council (exco) portfolios, involving Lim himself, Mansor and excos Wong Hon Wai and Law Heng Kiang.
Lim will now hold the Land Development and Land Affairs, Entrepreneurship Development, Information and Heritage portfolio; Mansor the Industrial Development, International Trade, Cooperatives and Community Relations Portfolio; Wong the Town and Country Planning, Housing and Arts portfolio; and Law the Tourism Development and Culture portfolio.
Previously, Lim chaired the Land Affairs and Land Development, Industrial Development and International Trade portfolio; Wong the Town and Country Planning and Housing portfolio; and Law the Tourism Development, Culture, Arts and Heritage portfolio.
Former deputy chief minister I Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin had held the Entrepreneurship Development, Information and Community Relations, and Cooperatives portfolio.
Lim said the exco portfolios should be rotated to provide the best service to the people.
He also said that he would take over the chairpersonship of InvestPenang, a state government investment promotion agency, from Abdul Malik Abul Kassim who is also the chairperson of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Committee. — Bernama