Opening Speech by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at “Government Audit: Formality or Accountability?” Forum on 23rd January 2015 (8.00 pm)
Good Evening and Salam Sejahtera,
I am pleased to be here this evening to officiate this forum jointly organised by the Penang Institute and the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) entitled, “Government Audit: Formality or Accountability?”
Although this is the Penang Institute’s maiden event on the annual Auditor-General’s Report, it is a wholly familiar issue with the Malaysian public. The Penang state government firmly believes that the public deserves a clean, effective and transparent governance, this event is a great opportunity to shed some light onto the findings of the latest Auditor-General’s Report 2013.
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Speech by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at The Opening of Penang Investment Seminar at New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel on 21st January 2015
Good Afternoon. I am honoured to be back in Hong Kong, a renowned world city synonymous with its robust financial and economic competitiveness.
As the Chief Minister of Penang, I have gone all over the world to promote Penang as a destination of choice to live, work, learn and play. Globalization and technology means you can go almost anywhere, but I am here today because I want everyone here to know that there are a whole lot of reasons why Penang is among the best investment destination.
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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister And DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 18.1.2015
The DAP Annual National Political Retreat of 37 DAP MPs and 105 State Assemblypersons held over 3 days in One-City Hotel in Subang to determine the direction of the country, the role of DAP and our role within PR for 2015. The Retreat took several decisions to focus on the difficult economic conditions that has imposed almost unbearable burdens on ordinary Malaysians, the failure of good governance as demonstrated sadly by the national flood crisis in the East Coast as well as the increasingly violent threats of extremism, racism and oppressive laws towards the moderate identity, harmonious nature and democratic character of Malaysia
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PRESS STATEMENT ON 16 JANUARY 2015 – SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG FOR PENANG HILL CORPORATION ANNUAL DINNER ON 15 JANUARY 2015
First and foremost, I would like to thank and congratulate the organizing committee for organizing the 4th Appreciation Night after the incorporation of Penang Hill Corporation.
I am very delighted to hear that the total number of visitors in 2014 has reached 1,364,074 surpassing the target set for the year (1.3 Mil) and 2013 figures of 1,233,556 passengers by 11%. Furthermore the performance of funicular operation has also been maintained and this has helped in improving the customer’s experience while taking the funicular service up to Penang Hill.
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DAP Ponggal New Year Message By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 15.1.2015.
The terrorist attacks by extremists who have exploited the good name of Islam, has struck fear because the terrorists are targeting at the fundamental base of success of the West – freedom from fear. Freedom is seen by some as an alien value and a threat to the power and status of established groups.
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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 15.1.2015.
The Mask Of Impartiality And Fairplay Has Dropped Once Again Following The Failure To Arrest Dr Mashitah Ibrahim Under The Sedition Act, Proving That Both BN And The Inspector-General Of Police Practices Selective Investigation In Investigating UMNO Leaders And Those Opposed To UMNO.
The mask of impartiality and fairplay has dropped again following the failure to arrest former UMNO Deputy Minister Dr Mashitah Ibrahim under the Sedition Act, proving that both BN and the Inspector-General Of Police(IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar practices selective investigation in investigating UMNO leaders and those opposed to UMNO.I had asked the IGP to give full public accountability why the police failed to arrest Dr Mashitah Ibrahim for her inflammatory lies during the UMNO General Assembly that the Chinese community in Kedah had burned the Quran in a prayer ritual.
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Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 13.1.2015.
Challenge BN And Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar To Prove That They Do Not Practice Double-Standards And Committed Towards Maintaining Harmony In Mult-racial Malaysia By Arresting Dr Mashitah Ibrahim For Lying That The Chinese Community In Kedah Had Burned The Quran In A Prayer Ritual And Ibrahim Ali For Threatening To Burn The Malay Or Iban Version Of The Bible.
DAP challenges BN and Inspector-General of Police(IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to prove that they do not practice double-standards and committed towards maintaining harmony in mult-racial Malaysia, by arresting former Deputy Minister and Wanita UMNO leader Dr Mashitah Ibrahim for her inflammatory lies during the UMNO General Assembly that the Chinese community in Kedah had burned the Quran in a prayer ritual, and Perkasa President Ibrahim Ali for threatening to burn the Malay or Iban version of the Bible.
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Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Sri,
PENANGGUHAN PELAKSANAAN CUKAI BARANGAN DAN PERKHIDMATAN ATAU GOODS AND SERVICES TAX (GST)
Dengan hormatnya kami ingin memaklumkan kepada YAB Dato’ Sri bahawa suatu ketetapan yang diluluskan oleh Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Pulau Pinang pada Mesyuarat Kedua Penggal Kedua tanggal 14 November 2014 seperti berikut:
Bahawa DUN Pulau Pinang mendesak Kerajaan Persekutuan untuk menangguhkan perlaksanaan Cukai Barangan dan Perkhidmatan (GST) yang bakal dilaksanakan pada 1 April 2015 sehingga negara kita mencapai status negara maju dan berpendapatan tinggi memandangkan pelbagai masalah dan implikasi buruk terhadap rakyat jelata serta negara belum bersedia untuk menghadapi inflasi yang semakin tidak terkawal di Malaysia;
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2014 Penang State Government Christmas Message By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 24.12.2014.
This Christmas is a most challenging one as it forces Malaysians to choose between two groups, one comprising politicians and opportunists against another group comprising political leaders and statesmen. The former take the easy way out by spewing out hatred and lies to preach extremism and racism whilst the latter takes the difficult approach of adopting the straight line by advocating moderation, justice, freedom and democracy.
Non-Muslims and moderate Muslims have courageously stood together for moderation against forces of extremism. For the fight for moderation over extremism to succeed, we need to show that justice only has meaning when there is also justice for the poor, voiceless, ill and the weak.
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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 20.12.2014.
Extremist UMNO supporters and Perkasa leaders’ unruly and uncivilised behaviour during demonstrations against the Penang state government in Komtar and the Perak DAP state headquarters in Ipoh, are masquerading as defenders of Islam by not daring to demonstrate against MCA, which demanded the repeal of the Administration of the Religion of Islam(State of Penang) Enactment 2004. Such proposed repeal by MCA would effectively mean also the abolition of the Majlis Agama Islam Negeri Pulau Pinang, a gross insult and interference in Islamic affairs.
Even extremist UMNO supporters and Perkasa leaders have the right to demonstrate, but must be done peacefully, even if they oppose the legally valid and factually correct position of the Penang state government, that fatwas are only applicable on Muslims and not on non-Muslims. Their unruly and uncivilised behaviour yesterday physically harrassed the Continue reading ‘Extremist UMNO Supporters And Perkasa Leaders’ Unruly And Uncivilised Behaviour During Demonstrations Against The Penang State Government In Komtar And The Perak DAP State Headquarters In Ipoh, Are Masquerading As Defenders Of Islam By Not Daring To Demonstrate Against MCA, Which Demanded The Repeal Of The Administration of the Religion of Islam(State of Penang) Enactment 2004.(e/c)’
Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 20.12.2014.
PAS’ arguments for wanting to implement hudud laws on Muslims in Kelantan despite being not part of the PR Common Policy or 2013 General Election Manifesto is centered on 3 key points. One, that this is PAS democratic right and PR component parties can agree to disagree. Two, the hudud laws were proposed in Kelantan before PR was established and hence not relevant to PR. Finally it is only implemented on Muslims and does not affect non-Muslims.
Such arguments are both self-contradictory and fallacious. Whilst PAS can pursue its hudud agenda within the democratic context, it must do so within the framework of PR as a coalition partner that trusts its partners and keep its promises. Worse, this violates the PR consensus painstakingly achieved since 2008 as set out in the Common Policy and 2013 General Election Manifesto that did not mention hudud laws at all. Further such actions can even be considered dishonourable as a result of PAS’ willingness to work with its mortal enemy UMNO and against the wishes of both PKR and DAP.
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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 18.12.2014.
The Penang State Government would equally defend the Administration of the Religion of Islam(State of Penang) Enactment 2004 against repeal by MCA as well as uphold the fundamental principle that fatwas are not applicable on non-Muslims.
UMNO extremists and racists would fundamentally alter the basic character and identity of our Federal Constitution and deprive the inalienable constitutional rights of non-Muslims by insisting that religious fatwas are applicable on non-Muslims as on Muslims. The Penang state government stands firm and uphold the present laws that fatwas are not applicable on non-Muslims and only on Muslims.
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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 16.12.2014.
Would UMNO, Including Ministers Like Khairy Jamaludin, Dare To Lodge Police Reports And Condemn Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem For Opposing Hudud And That Religious Fatwas Are Not Applicable On Non-Muslims?
I am not surprised that an Oxford University graduate like Youth Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar continues to adopt the extremist and fundamentalist position to condemn me for my statement that syariah laws and fatwas are applicable on Muslims but non on non-Muslims. Non-Muslims can be charged for religious offences such as preaching to Muslims, but only under civil laws such as Penal Code, but not under syariah laws because to do so would be a dangerous and unacceptable imposition of Islamic laws on non-Muslims.
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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 14.12.2014.
The police report lodged by Batu Kawan Umno vice-chief Khairuddin Abu Hassan against 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) for mismanagement of funds has exposed the intense internal power struggle and crisis within UMNO. UMNO cannot distract attention from the UMNO internal crisis over 1MDB by bullying me with lies that I am trying to interfere in Islamic affairs for my statement that an Islamic religious edict or fatwa is not applicable on non-Muslims because Islamic laws cannot be imposed on non-Muslims.
This position that a fatwa does not apply to non-Muslims is not only human and morally right but also sanctioned by the Federal Constitution and even embodied by the Administration of the Religion of Islam(State of Penang) Enactment 2004. Section 49(1) of the Enactment states that a fatwa shall be binding on every Muslim in the state…, without mentioning non-Muslims, clearly restricting its application on Muslims.
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Berat sama dipikul, ringan sama dijinjing.
Gunung sama didaki, lurah sama dituruni.
Biar putih tulang, jangan putih mata.
Salam Ubah dan salam Bersih kepada semua.
I thank all invited guests, delegates and observers for being here, especially to those who traveled afar.
Today we are gathered here at the DAP National Conference 2014 in Subang Jaya to chart the future of the party and Malaysia for we believe that together with all other progressive Malaysians, we hold the key to Putrajaya and to a new and better Malaysia.
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