PENANG: April 19, 2008
Former Gerakan deputy secretary-general Lee Kah Choon will be offered a key post in InvestPenang by the Pakatan Rakyat state government to help woo investors.
It is learnt that Lee, a lawyer by profession, will also be made a director on the board of the Penang Development Corporation (PDC), the state’s economic development agency.
A source said the proposal to appoint Lee to InvestPenang and PDC was decided at the state executive council meeting on Wednesday.
An announcement on the new PDC board will be made by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng tomorrow.
InvestPenang was created by the previous administration in 2005 to sustain, rejuvenate and further promote the business milieu in Penang, through continued investments and the high-technological development of its industrial sector.
Although Lee is from Barisan Nasional, the source said DAP and PKR executive council members had agreed he could serve well on the PDC board and InvestPenang as they were impressed with his performance when he was former Jelutong MP and parliamentary secretary of the Health Ministry.
The board will be headed by Lim, as traditionally the board chairman’s post is held by the Chief Minister. The former chairman was Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.
Other members include Lim’s two deputies Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin and Dr P. Ramasamy as well as several executive council members.
The PDC board of directors will also include non-political administrators. Lee will be the only Gerakan representative on the board.
Lim said he would announce the names of all the directors tomorrow but declined to elaborate.
Lee could not be reached for comments.