GEORGE TOWN: After months of speculation, Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) chief Teng Chang Yeow today confirmed his candidacy for the Tanjung Bungah state constituency which is expected to be a hotly contested seat on the island.
He immediately fired his first salvo at his main challenger, DAP’s Zairil Khir Johari.
“He writes well, hopefully he can serve well,” Teng said when asked for his views on the Bukit Bendera incumbent.
Teng also said he was ready to face multi-cornered fights from new parties such as Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) and the Malaysian United Party (MUP).
Besides Zairil, ex-journalist Chua Cheong Wee and MUP’s Lee Zheng Yong have also said they will stand in Tanjung Bungah.
Teng said the Tanjung Bungah seat was closed to his heart as he was concerned over the “environmental deterioration” in the constituency.
“I had options to choose other seats, but after taking into account other scenarios, we picked Tanjung Bungah.
“Besides environmental concerns, we are concerned over the lack of consultation between the present state government and the people of Tanjung Bungah,” he said.
Teng, who is a former Penang environment exco, also promised to listen and attend to the growing cries from civil society groups over the development of hill slopes.
Teng, 54, contested the Bukit Tengah state seat on the mainland but lost to PKR in the 2013 general election.
He held the Padang Kota seat for three terms, from 1995 to 2008. He also served as state executive councillor in charge of tourism development and the environment from 2004 to 2008.
Tanjung Bungah was once a Gerakan stronghold, with former Penang chief minister Koh Tsu Koon holding the seat between 1990 and 2004.
Tanjung Bungah made headlines last year after a 10m hill slope collapsed next to a construction site not far from the Tunku Abdul Rahman College campus.
Eleven people were killed in the incident.
The constituency has been served by DAP’s Teh Yee Cheu for two terms since 2008. Teh has since offered a public apology over the landslide tragedy.
He also quit the party after Parliament was dissolved and will now contest the Sungai Pinang seat under the socialist ticket.
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