GEORGE TOWN: Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow was formally sworn in as the state's fifth chief minister here today.
In a brief but historic occasion, Chow, 58, took his oath before the Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Dr Abdul Rahman Abbas and pledged his commitment to safeguard state secrets.
The Kuala Lumpur-born Chow was a journalist before joining the socialist party in the 1980s. He was also a political secretary to DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang.
Chow will enjoy a strong majority in the 40-member state legislative assembly as the Pakatan Harapan state government has a two-third majority by grabbing 37 state seats.
The full state executive councillors line-up is expected to be unveiled later this week.