Sunday, April 20, 2008

Former Gerakan man to head Penang state bodies - The Star

PENANG: April 20, 2008 by Andrea Filmer

The state government has appointed former Gerakan deputy secretary-general Datuk Lee Kah Choon as director of InvestPenang and Penang Development Corporation (PDC), two of the state’s economic development agencies.

Lee, a former Jelutong MP and parliamentary secretary of the Health Ministry, has also accepted the post of InvestPenang executive committee chairman.

Lee, a 48-year-old lawyer, said he would withdraw from active politics to dedicate his time to his new appointments.

“I have accepted Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s offer after serious thought, consultation and considerations. I think everyone understands it was a very difficult decision to make, especially if we follow partisan politics,” he said in a press conference at the Chief Minister’s office on Sunday.

“However, after evaluating all options and consequences, I concluded these new roles would not compromise my original purpose of serving Penang and its people," Lee said.

Although he remains a Gerakan member, Lee said politics is “history” to him.

Lee said his resignation as Gerakan deputy secretary-general last month was not influenced by offers from the state government, adding that he was only approached last week for the posts.

Meanwhile, Lim also announced that the state would retain the services of Datuk Ho Mooi Ching and former state Barisan secretary Tan Sri Khalid Ahmad Sulaiman as chairman and vice-chairman of the Penang Planning Appeal Board.

Their tenure lasts until 2010.

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