By Norrasyidah Arshad
SHAH ALAM, July 4 — Bandar Baru Klang incumbent Dato’ Teng Chang Khim has expressed his eagerness to assist Pakatan Harapan (Harapan) in its campaigning for the state election, despite his decision to sit out the polls.
Teng said he is willing to help candidates of the Bandar Baru Klang or any other seat contested by Harapan.
He said he is confident Harapan can retain Selangor, going by its performance over the past few years.
“I don’t see a significant threat in this election because the current administration has developed the state’s economy and social aspects well.
“Selangor has achieved an impressive level of progress and development that sets it apart from other states,” he told Selangor Journal.
Teng, who is in charge of state investments, is also confident in Selangor’s strong economy, even though he will no longer be involved in administration and development plans following his decision not to contest in the election.
“I have laid a strong foundation for development, including comprehensive strategies and action plans.
“I believe and trust that the new administration will follow the established plans to ensure Selangor continues to progress,” he said.
Teng, 60, has been actively involved in mainstream politics for 28 years.
He entered public office after winning the Bukit Gasing state seat in 1995 under a DAP ticket. In 1999, he won the Bandar Klang (now Bandar Baru Klang) seat.
Teng’s winning streak continued as he secured victories in the Sungai Pinang (now Bandar Baru Klang) state seat in 2004, 2008 and 2013, with an increased majority each time.
In the 2018 election, Teng secured a significant victory, defeating MCA’s Teoh Kah Yeong with a majority of 39,828 votes in the newly established Bandar Baru Klang seat.
In 2008, following Pakatan Rakyat’s historic victory in Selangor, Teng was appointed Selangor assembly speaker.
This position allowed him to play a crucial role in facilitating the legislative process and maintaining order during assembly sessions.
Since 2013, Teng has held various state executive council positions, including holding different portfolios.
Most recently, he was entrusted with the trade and investment portfolio, reflecting his expertise and dedication to promoting economic growth and attracting investments to the state.