Sdr Tan Kok Wai Will Be DAP CEC By-election Director Whilst Sdr Chow Kon Yeow Will Be Penang By-Election Director For Bukit Gelugor Parliamentary Seat(en/cn)

Media Statement by Lim Guan Eng, DAP Secretary-General in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, 24 April 2014:

Sdr Tan Kok Wai Will Be DAP CEC By-election Director Whilst Sdr Chow Kon Yeow Will Be Penang By-Election Director For Bukit Gelugor Parliamentary Seat Vacated Following The Death Of DAP National Chairman, 8-term Member of Parliament and formerly 4-term state assembly man in Kedah and Penang, Sdr Karpal Singh.

Sdr Tan Kok Wai Will Be DAP CEC By-election Director whilst Sdr Chow Kon Yeow will be Penang By-Election Director for Bukit Gelugor Parliamentary seat vacated following the death of DAP National Chairman, 8-term Member of Parliament and formerly 4-term state assembly man in Kedah and Penang, Sdr Karpal Singh. Sdr Tan is the Acting DAP National Chair whilst Sdr Chow is the DAP Penang State Chair and Senior State EXCO member.

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If It Takes Higher Domestic Water Tariffs To Reduce Domestic Water Consumption So That Penang Can Avoid Water Rationing And Succeed In Implementing The RM 2 Billion SPRWS, Then This Has To Be Done.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 24.4.2014.

As a people-centric government, the Penang PR state government will take into account the views by the rakyat and NGOs when formulating the water tariff hike as one of the measures to avoid water rationing. This follows public calls not to increase the first band of water tariff of “0-20 m3 at 22 sen/m3” (No change) to reward those who save water.

I have reiterated to Penang Water Supply Corporation(PBAPP) General Manager Jaseni Maidinsa that the water tariff hike must reduce the high water usage in Penang and yet neither overburden the poor nor penalise conscientious water users. After the tariff hike, PBAPP has been directed to ensure that Penang’s domestic tariffs for the first 35,000 litres would still be the lowest in Malaysia.

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The Penang State Government is extremely honoured that an international collaboration between UK’s New Productions Ltd and local company, Biscuit Films Sdn. Bhd. has chosen Penang as the filming location for an international drama series.(en/cn)

STATEMENT BY THE RIGHT HONOURABLE CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG, Y.A.B. LIM GUAN ENG ON THE PROPOSED TV DRAMA SERIES FILMING PROJECT BY NEW PRODUCTIONS LTD., UNITED KINGDOM THROUGH BISCUIT FILMS SDN. BHD. AT CRAG HOTEL AND WOODSIDE BUNGALOW.

The Penang State Government is extremely honoured that an international collaboration between UK’s New Productions Ltd and local company, Biscuit Films Sdn. Bhd. has chosen Penang as the filming location for an international drama series. The drama series, which will be titled ‘Indian Summers’, is a major new ten part British and American television drama series to be filmed on Penang island from late April, 2014. It is also the first international television production to be filmed entirely on location right here in Penang.

Indian Summers tells the story of the final years of British colonial rule in India. Set between the sweeping grandeur of the Himalayas and tea plantations of Northern India, Indian Summers tells the rich and explosive story of the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India – seen through both British and Indian eyes.

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Informed PBAPP That “Heads Will Roll” If Water Rationing Is Imposed In Penang And Will Not Agree To A 200-300% Domestic Water Tariff Hike Proposed By NGOs.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 22.4.2014.

The Penang state government wishes to assures investors, tourists, the business community and residents unequivocally that the directive of “no water rationing” in Penang is a top priority. Therefore the state government would adopt every measure possible to conserve our water resources, including increasing domestic water tariffs for the first time since 1993, to avoid water rationing.

The statement by Penang Water Supply Corporation(PBAPP) General Manager Jaseni Maidinsa on Sunday that Penang may still face water rationing because of lower than expected rainfall this month is unacceptable. Ir. Jaseni cited three key reasons for this:
· Less rainfall in April 2014 when compared to the past average;
· The level of Sungai Muda and the effective capacities of Penang’s three main dams have not fully “recovered” yet; and
· Penang’s per capita domestic consumption, at 311 l/c/d, is at an all-time high due to the lowest water tariff in Malaysia.

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As DAP does not support the implementation of the hudud, the issue of PR supporting the hudud does not arise.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 21.4.2014.

Pakatan Rakyat’s common policy platform and 2008 as well as 2013 general election manifesto does not include the implementation of the hudud or the establishment of the Islamic state. This has been agreed to by all the component parties of PAS, PKR and DAP in Pakatan Rakyat.

All the component parties can adhere to their respective objectives within the democratic framework. However focus and priority should be on PR’s common policies that have been agreed to by all 3 parties such as fighting corruption, pursuing good governance establishing rule of law and justice, ensuring that economic prosperity can be shared equitably with the rakyat and not enjoyed only by the cronies.

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The Penang state government wishes to thank the 25,000 Malaysians and Penangites who turned up to pay their last respects during the public funeral of Karpal Singh(en/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 21.4.2014.

The Penang state government wishes to thank the 25,000 Malaysians and Penangites who turned up to pay their last respects during the public funeral of DAP National Chairman and MP for Bukit Glugor Karpal Singh organized by the state government at Dewan Sri Pinang yesterday. The mammoth crowd was unexpected. We wish to apologise to all who came from far and near but did not have the opportunity to pay their last respects to Karpal Singh at Dewan Sri Pinang.

We hope that the public can forgive and overlook any shortcomings during the public funeral. The police did not turn up as planned to conduct crowd control outside Dewan Sri Pinang. The state government would conduct a post-mortem to determine the reasons behind the police not turning up as planned and work towards overcoming the weaknesses that may have caused any inconvenience to the public.

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Mourn Karpal Singh, But Honour Him By Celebrating His Accomplishments And Realising His Aspirations Of Justice, Integrity and Freedom.(en/bm/cn)

UCAPAN SEMPENA MAJLIS PENGHORMATAN NEGERI BAGI MENDIANG KARPAL SINGH A/L RAM SINGH PADA 20 APRIL 2014 (AHAD), DI DEWAN SRI PULAU PINANG

Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang dan seluruh rakyat Negeri Pulau Pinang dengan penuh takzim menzahirkan rasa dukacita dan menyampaikan ucapan takziah kepada YBhg. Puan Gurmit Kaur dan keluarga atas pemergian mendiang YB Karpal Singh pada 17 April 2014 yang lalu.

Mendiang Karpal adalah Ahli Parlimen Bukit Gelugor dan Jelutong selama lapan (8) penggal serta pernah menjadi Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri di Kedah dan Pulau Pinang untuk empat (4) penggal, bermula pada tahun 1974.

Karpal amat terkenal dengan ngaumannya yang garang dalam menegakkan keadilan dan memperjuangkan nasib golongan yang kurang berkemampuan sehingga ada kalanya sanggup mengorbankan dirinya untuk orang lain. Keunikan dan karismatik yang dimiliki oleh beliau, sukar dicari ganti dan kami akan menjadikannya sebagai inspirasi.

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Personal Eulogy To Karpal Singh – For True Believers (en/cn)

Personal Eulogy To Karpal Singh By Penang Chief Minister and DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Penang On 18.4.2014.

Karpal Singh – For True Believers

As I sit here at my home in Penang at 4 am in the morning of 17 April 2014, waiting for my driver to come and pick me up to go to Ipoh Hospital, I felt numbed by the shocking news relayed to my wife Betty through my sister Hui Ying an hour earlier. I had gone to bed early as I was unwell and was still groggy when the import of her words sunk in.

DAP National Chairman Karpal, who meant so much to us, was gone. A man filled with such vitality, brilliance and energy was no more. A leader who gave forth so much strength, vision and guidance had left. A true friend in our darkest days whether in the depths of prison cells or the abyss of electoral defeat had departed. A loving father and an even more loving husband had suddenly passed away on the early hours of this terrible rainy 17th April 2014.

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This morning, Malaysians mourned the untimely and unexpected passing of DAP National Leader and Member of Parliament for Bukit Gelugor, Sdr Karpal Singh.(en/bm/cn)

Media Statement by Lim Guan Eng, DAP Secretary-General in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, 17 April 2014:

DAP National Leader, 8-term Member of Parliament and formerly 4-term state assembly man in Kedah and Penang, Sdr Karpal Singh will forever be remembered as a Malaysian patriot who stood valiantly for justice, integrity and freedom without fear or favour

This morning, Malaysians mourned the untimely and unexpected passing of DAP National Leader and Member of Parliament for Bukit Gelugor, Sdr Karpal Singh.

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Condemns The Escalating Use of Coal-Fired Power Plants Where Federal Government Cronies In 1Malaysia Development Bhd(1MDB) Will Benefit With 2 Huge Coal-Fired Of 1,000 MW Plants Each In Negeri Sembilan.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 16.4.2014.

Energy, Green Technology And Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili’s has reiterated that the Federal government is not making any decision about nuclear energy usage until a comprehensive study is conducted in his written reply to my Parliamentary question on 8th April 2014.(see attached).

DAP hopes that the Federal government will not proceed with nuclear energy due to its inherent dangers that were exposed in the Fukushima nuclear plant following the earthquake tsunami in Japan on 11.3.2011. Despite the nuclear disaster, the previous Minister Datuk Peter Chin had announced BN’s insistence and intention to build not one, but two nuclear-power generating plants in Malaysia.

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Tamil New Year And Vasakhi Message (en/bm/cn)

Tamil New Year And Vasakhi Message By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in Komtar, George Town On 15.4.2014.

Resolve Malaysia’s Education Crisis By Rejecting “One Size Fits All” Uniformity In Favour Of Customization That Returns To The Basic Principles Of Pursuing Excellence And The Teaching Of Cognitive And Non-Cognitive Skills.

Malaysia’s education crisis is in a downward spiral following the latest Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report on education assessment that only one out of 100 15-year-old Malaysian students able to solve complex problems. We are willing to work together with the Federal government to address the wide disparity between its best and worst performers in order to improve educational standards.

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DAP is shocked that the RM365 million Integrated Transport Information System (ITIS) has completely failed (e/m/c)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 14.4.2014.

DAP is shocked that the RM365 million Integrated Transport Information System (ITIS) launched by the Federal Government to solve Kuala Lumpur’s traffic congestion problem in 2002 has completely failed and required an additional tender of RM 200 million this year to rescue and revive the traffic management system. The new RM 200 million project was awarded this year to GTC Global Sdn Bhd, which has since been taken over by Telekom Malaysia Bhd.

In other words, about RM 565 million will have been spent on a traffic management system that failed when similar systems in other countries such as Singapore or Hong Kong are successful. This begs the question why other countries can succeed whilst ours fail despite spending hundreds of millions of ringgit.

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New Straits Times Should Be Severely Punished For Acting Against The National Interests By Trying To Exploit The MH370 Tragedy(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 13.4.2014.

New Straits Times Should Be Severely Punished For Acting Against The National Interests By Trying To Exploit The MH370 Tragedy With Treacherous Intent Of Sensational And False Reporting Without Due Regards For Facts And The Feelings Of Family Members Of The Passengers.

New Straits Times(NST) should be severely punished for acting against the national interests by trying to exploit the MH370 tragedy with treacherous intent of sensational and false reporting without due regards for facts and the feelings of family members of the passengers. As NST is owned by UMNO and regarded as both UMNO and the Federal government’s mouthpiece, its front-page world exclusive expose on 12 April 2014 has caught the world’s attention.

Indeed if true, the report was sensational, boldly titled “MH370’s desperate call for help” with the sub-heading of “Investigators have revealed that co-pilot Fariq Abdul Rahman had made a call from his mobile phone as the plane flew low near Penang. Who he was trying to reach remains a mystery?”. Unfortunately, this so called world exclusive by NST is a bare-faced lie.

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The Inspector-General Of Police Statutory Duty Under The Police Act Is To Punish Crime And Uphold The Law, Not Play Politics According To His Personal Whim And Fancy.(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 13.4.2014.

The Inspector-General of Police’s(IGP) statutory duty under the Police Act is to punish crime and uphold the law, not play politics according to his personal whim and fancy. Otherwise he is not fit to hold the post of IGP but definitely fit to enter politics and contest in the general elections.

The abduction of a son of a Seremban woman, S. Deepa, from her lawful custody by her ex-husband is a sad family affair. But what started out as a personal family matter is turning into a national controversy because of the refusal of the IGP to uphold the law. Two former law ministers Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz and Datuk Seri Zaid Ibrahim have even taken the police to task over their claim that they could not act on S. Deepa’s ex-husband because he had obtained a custody order from the Syariah Court.

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Bank Negara Should Reinstate Developer Interest Bearing Scheme(DIBS) To First-Time Buyers As Well As Increase And Extend Syarikat Jaminan Kredit Perumahan(SJKP) To Buyers Of Affordable Homes Costing From RM72,500 Up To RM 400,000.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Penang On 12.4.2014.

The Penang state government urges Bank Negara to reinstate Developer Interest Bearing Scheme(DIBS) for first-time buyers as well as increase and extend Syarikat Jaminan Kredit Perumahan(SJKP) to buyers of affordable homes costing from RM72,500 up to RM400,000. Ever since DIBS was abolished, many first-time buyers of affordable housing could not obtain bank loans to buy their own homes.

Up to 70% of the housing loan applications, including low-cost and low-medium cost(LC/LMC), have been rejected by private banks. Bank Negara should reinstate the Developer Interest Bearing Scheme(DIBS) for first-time buyers to enable them to realise their dream of owning their own homes. Legal fees should be part of the DIBS package and stamp duty should be waived to lower the initial entry cost for first time home buyers.

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