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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DAP CEC regretfully accepted the decision of Bukit Glugor MP Karpal Singh to step aside as DAP National Chairman.(En/Cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 11.4.2014.

The DAP CEC at its meeting on 7.4.2014 regretfully accepted the decision of Bukit Glugor MP Karpal Singh to step aside as DAP National Chairman until he disposes his court case. Karpal is appealing against the Kuala Lumpur High Court decision, which fined him RM4,000 for sedition on March 11, effectively disqualifying him as DAP MP for Bukit Glugor and also barred him from holding all political posts,

Even though Karpal had stepped down as DAP National Chairman in compliance with the Societies Act, the DAP CEC resolved unanimously to reserve the CEC position vacant and await Karpal’s return. In the interim, Deputy National Chairman and MP for Cheras Tan Kok Wai, shall be the Acting National Chairman. DAP also strongly condemned the Attorney-General Chambers for filing a cross-appeal to the Court of Appeal seeking a heavier sentence.

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Speech by the Lim Guan Eng, Penang Chief Minister in the investPenang Industry Dinner (en/cn)

Speech by the Lim Guan Eng, Penang Chief Minister in the investPenang Industry Dinner at Penang Golf Club on 10th April 2014

Emerging Penang In An Emerging Asia: Escaping The Middle-income Trap

A very Good Evening,

It is indeed a pleasure speaking to you in this special occasion tonight on Business and Investment Updates in Penang.

Penang is one of the top three tourist destinations and investor location of choice in Malaysia. For the first two months of this year Penang airport domestic arrivals recorded a 33.4% increase compared to the same period last year whilst foreign airport arrivals recorded a 8.23%. Penang was the top foreign direct investment (FDI) state in Malaysia for the period of 2010 to August 2013 amounting to RM 19.7 billion or nearly 20% of Malaysia’s total FDI of RM 103 billion.

Apart from being the investment location of choice of almost all of the top electronics, L.E.D., medical devices and aerospace companies in the world, Penang has been recognised as a cost-competitive location by the International Institute for Management Development 2012 World Competitiveness Yearbook. There is no doubt that Penang is slowly emerging in an emerging Asia.

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PERLUNYA KeTTHA MELAKSANAKAN SEGERA SKIM BEKALAN AIR MENTAH SEBANYAK RM 300 JUTA DARI SUNGAI PERAK,PERAK KE PULAU PINANG -SUNGAI PERAK RAW WATER SCHEME (SPRWS) DEMI MENJAMINKAN BEKALAN AIR YANG MENCUKUPI D MULAI 2020.(bm/cn)

Rujukan Kami : 1.02.04.00005.02
Rujukan Tuan : KeTTHA:BPA(S) 666/6/31(22)
Tarikh : 07 April 2014

Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili
Menteri Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air Malaysia
Kementerian Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air Malaysia
Aras 6, Blok E4/5
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
62668 Putrajaya

YB Datuk Seri Panglima

PERLUNYA KeTTHA MELAKSANAKAN SEGERA SKIM BEKALAN AIR MENTAH SEBANYAK RM 300 JUTA DARI SUNGAI PERAK,PERAK KE PULAU PINANG -SUNGAI PERAK RAW WATER SCHEME (SPRWS) DEMI MENJAMINKAN BEKALAN AIR YANG MENCUKUPI D MULAI 2020.
Dengan hormatnya kami merujuk kepada perbualan kami di ruang Parlimen minggu lepas berkaitan surat YB rujukan KeTTHA:BPA(S) 666/6/31(22) tanggal 18 September 2013 mengenai perkara di atas.

Kami ingin menegaskan bahawa dengan siap binanya projek pembesaran Empangan Mengkuang, bekalan sumber air mentah (total reliable yield) di Negeri Pulau Pinang tidak dapat memenuhi permintaan bekalan air menjelang 2020 dan bukannya 2026 atau 2030 seperti yang dimaklumkan dalam surat YB di atas. Malah permintaan air yang kian meningkat dengan pertambahan penduduk dan pembangunan yang pesat, bekalan air di Pulau Pinang mungkin tertekan mulai 2020.

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The Penang State Government Made The Choice To Avoid The Risk Of Water Rationing At All Cost By Reducing High Domestic Water Usage Through Increasing Tariff Rates.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 7.4.2014.

The Penang state government is extremely concerned by the statement made by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel yesterday of the likelihood of El Niño or prolonged warming in the Pacific Ocean, developing in the second half of this year that will worsen dry weather conditions. Palanivel said that the likelihood of El Nino was disclosed by the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre’s (ASMC) during a recent conference in Brunei and rainfall is expected to be below average for most parts of the southern region until end of the southwest monsoon season in early October.

I have asked Penang State Secretary Datuk Farizan Darus to request a special briefing from Palanivel’s Ministry to Penang State EXCO, on the likelihood of El Nino causing reduced rainfall until October this year. The unusually long drought has caused water rationing to be imposed not only in Selangor and Johor but also in Taiping, the wettest town in Peninsular Malaysia.

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Poor Quality Of Malaysia’s Education System Is Equally As Big A National Economic Threat As Rising Levels Of Private Household Debt Which Can Derail Vision 2020 Of Transforming Malaysia Into A Developed Country.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Penang On 6.4.2014.

DAP disagrees with the World Bank that the poor quality of Malaysia’s education system is more worrying than the level of debt in its households. Dr Frederico Gil Sander, who is World Bank senior economist for Malaysia, explained that the country’s substandard education system would affect the pool of skilled talent it needs to grow its economy to become a high-income nation, while high household debt is not necessarily a problem if the economy continues to grow and citizens are gainfully employed. Malaysia records the second highest household debt in Asia from 81.1% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2012 to 86.8% of GDP in 2013.

DAP believes that both are equally as big a national economic threat to Malaysia and likely to derail Vision 2020 of transforming Malaysia into a developed economy. High household debt diminishes the quality of life with social records invariably showing that children’s education would be amongst the first to suffer when economic distress strikes. Further our income is not growing quickly enough to provide a discernible improvement in the quality of life and our citizens are not gainfully employed with rising-income jobs.

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Replace The Election Commission Members Or Set Up A New Agency To Ensure That There Is No Gerrymandering In The Current Constituency Redelineation Exercise.(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 6.4.2014.

Whilst attention is focused on the Malaysian Government’s handling of the MH370 airplane that disappeared on 8 March 2014 and on the unfortunate kidnapping of 2 women from the Singamata Reef Resort, Sabah 2 days ago by armed Filipino terrorists, Malaysians should not forget the importance of the constituency redelineation exercise presently conducted by the Election Commission(EC). This exercise is important because it would determine not only the future of the country but also the fate of democracy, especially whether the principle of “one-person, one-vote, one-value” can be upheld.

The whole world can see for themselves the competency level of the Malaysian government from these two crisis, but only Malaysians shall determine whether it is fit enough to rule. If Malaysians want their vote to count and to bring about change, an independent, free and fair EC is critical to ensure there is no gerrymandering(the malapportionment of electoral boundaries) in the redelineation exercise.

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DAP strongly condemns the Attorney-General Chambers for filing a cross-appeal to the Court of Appeal seeking a heavier sentence against DAP National Chairman Karpal Singh(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 5.4.2014.

DAP strongly condemns the Attorney-General Chambers for filing a cross-appeal to the Court of Appeal seeking a heavier sentence against DAP National Chairman Karpal Singh, who was fined RM4,000 for sedition by the Kuala Lumpur High Court on March 11. Karpal had appealed against both his conviction and sentence which would disqualify him as DAP MP for Bukit Glugor and also barred him from holding all political posts,

Karpal had stepped down as DAP National Chairman in compliance with the Societies Act. The Court of Appeal could impose the maximum RM5,000 fine or a maximum of 3 years jail. Deputy public prosecutor Noorin Badaruddin Continue reading ‘DAP strongly condemns the Attorney-General Chambers for filing a cross-appeal to the Court of Appeal seeking a heavier sentence against DAP National Chairman Karpal Singh(en/cn)’