Chief Minister Dr Koh Tsu Koon's successor must be proficient in Mandarin, English, and Malay as well as have good ties with the local business community. Penang Chinese Town Hall (PCTH) chairman Lim Gait Tong said PCTH had informed Dr Koh that his successor must have such qualities.
Language proficiency is important but it is also important to look at other intrinsic qualities of the next CM. I would like to add that the next CM must be able to carry the election clarion of the BN to "Reinvent Penang". Reinventing Penang is a dynamic term. Reinvention requires new ideas, new inspirations and a bundle of creative energy.
Reinvention comes must come from something fresh or fresher than what the past administration had offered. Reinvention cannot come from a tired leader suffering from physical and emotional fatique.
The new CM must demonstrate ability to implement proposals and ideas contained in the last 3 Penang strategic plans. His ability to implement these proposals will ensure that Penang will be able to accelerate ahead of its competitors and catch up with the region's leading economies.
The new CM should represent all Malaysians and not appeared to be acceptable only to a particular community. He must not only be multilingual but most importantly he must speak the language of Malaysians which is about harmony, mutual respect, unity and understanding.
He must also be IT savvy and able to connect himself with the IT generation who are below 35 years old. Malaysia has a young society. The ability to harness the strengths and talents of our young people will ensure Penang's ability to replenish and enhance its skilled human resources. The generation gap must essentially not be too huge.
A wrong choice will not only affect the morale of the people. Granted the representatives from more than 500 active Chinese associations have spoken on their choice. The BN leadership will now have to listen to more than 2 million Penangites consisting of various communities.
This is Malaysia! We want a Malaysian CM and not a Chinese CM, an Indian CM or a Malay CM.