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After polls, Malaysia’s 6 states begin installing leaders, with Penang taking lead
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After polls, Malaysia’s 6 states begin installing leaders, with Penang taking lead

The political coalitions which got victory in Malaysia’s recen elections in six states started on Sunday because of the installation of their particular state rulers. Mr Chow Kon Yeow from the Democratic Action Party (DAP) was the foremost to be pledging in on Sunday, as chief minister of the northern state of Penang for a second term. Then happened a two-thirds majority win by the Pakatan Harapan-Barisan Nasional (PH-BN) coalition in Saturday’s polls.

DAP is a member of PH. Mr Chow commited oath of office before Penang Governor Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak at the head of state’s official residence, Seri Mutiara. Mr Chow, who is also state PH chairman, resulted in the PH-BN coalition to a two-thirds majority win , winning 29 of the 40 seats in the state legislature. The coalition, which rules Malaysia with parties from Sarawak and Sabah, regained its three state assemblies of Penang, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan in Saturday’s polls.

The opposition Perikatan Nasional (PN) alliance also regained its three states in the elections, which are called as Kelantan, Terengganu and Kedah. Below the Malaysian federation, the so called state rulers– called menteri besar (MB) in the nine states ruled by a Malay ruler – will later form their state Cabinets, or executive committees, to set local rules and budget. Previous British colonies Penang, Melaka and Sabah call their state rulers chief minister. The 13th Malaysian state and one another pervious British colony, Sarawak, names its ruler premier.

In Selangor, where PH-BN won 34 of the 56 state seats, there was no date provided yet on when the fresh MB would be sworn in. Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, who is also PH chairman, conveyed in the month of July that Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari from PH linchpin Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) would be reelected MB should PH-BN win. In the southern part, the state of Negeri Sembilan, the new MB is due to be sworn in on Monday at 3pm, revealed by PH caretaker MB Aminuddin Harun.

But he gave no clues about if he would be reelected. PN won all its three states with majority of votes. The swearing-in ceremony for Kedah is criticized for Monday. Kedah was gained victory with gaining 33 out of 36 state seats, whilst PN pulled all 32 state seats in Terengganu.