Monthly Archive for January, 2010

PR Penang Greatest Achievement To Malaysia And Greatest Threat To BN’s Stranglehold On Power Is To Prove That The Right Policies Can Make Malays and Malaysians Compete And Succeed Against The Best.

Ever since the Pakatan Rakyat Penang state government took power in March 2008, we have made integrity and CAT governance(Competency, Accountability and Transparency) the hallmark of financial administration.

New measures implemented includes competitive and public open tender, payments directly to recipients without going through middle-men, priority given to Penang contractors, e-tender through the internet and a 2 week objection period to ensure that successful contractor no longer need “political cables” but “computer cables”. There is no doubt that competitive open tenders saves costs and improve quality.

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Chow Kon Yeow: Zahrain Should Not Allow Political Frustrations to Break Up Penang PR

Press Conference Statement By DAP Penang Chair Chow Kon Yeow In DAP Penang Headquarters On 30.1.2010:-

Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohd Hashim Should Not Allow Political Frustrations And Lim Guan Eng’s Refusal To Endorse His Decision To Award The Tender of The Management Of Bukit Jambul Golf Club To A RM2 Company To Make Baseless Personal Attacks And Attempt To Break Up Penang Pakatan Rakyat.
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Thaipusam Message 2010

DAP wishes all Hindus a Happy Thaipusam, a celebration of the triumph over evil and overcoming the evil teachings of greed, hatred and arrogance. DAP hopes that Malaysian can also defeat greed by successfully fighting corruption, reduce arrogance with a people-centric government that listens to the people and replace hatred with love compassion and mutual respect.

Never is the necessity for Malaysians to show solidarity for love, peace and compassion greater now when places of religious worship are being attacked by irresponsible elements out to sow hatred, disunity and violence. Churches, a Sikh temple and mosques have been burnt and desecrated.
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More attacks on places of worship – hatred and violence versus love and peace

It saddens me that less than one week after the arson attempts on two suraus in Muar, more despicable incidents took place in the Klang Valley today, whereby the heads of wild boars were found at the Masjid Jumhuriyah in Taman Dato Harun and the Al- Imam Tirmizi mosque at Taman Sri Sentosa near Old Klang Road this morning.

This reminded us of the infamous “cow head” incident that took place last year in Shah Alam where irresponsible parties tried to fan religious and racial sentiments by hurling insults against fellow Malaysians who are Hindus. Such actions were condemned by Malaysians of all religious backgrounds and similar condemnation must be directed against the culprits who caused today’s “pig-head” incident in mosques.

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Encouraging Our Youth To Be Innovative And Creative In Science

Thank you for taking time to attend the first Protem Penang Science Council meeting. The Penang state government has decided to take a step forward in setting up the Penang Science Council due to the shortages faced by the industry in terms of experienced and qualified electrical engineers. From the state government’s perspective, the state has been successful in attracting many R&D and high-tech industries into Penang and there is an urgent need to recalibrate our education agenda. Therefore, we are not only addressing the short term issues at hand but also the long-term issues which will eventually shape the industry in Penang.

When I announced this initiative in December last year, many academicians and industry captains expressed interest to play a part in this council. The main objective of the Penang Science Council is to encourage more young children and young adults to be innovative and creative in the area of Science. We intend to start with young minds, to inculcate a healthy interest in science subjects by organizing quiz and science related competition so that they will start to learn sciences via innovative methods.

Here, the Science Council wants to promote awareness of the contribution of professional scientists to science and society. Continue reading ‘Encouraging Our Youth To Be Innovative And Creative In Science’

In Memoriam To The Dragon Boat Mishap: Building Our Youth For The Future

Penang has generally been overwhelmed by deep sorrow over the tragic loss of a teacher and 5 students of Chung Ling National Type Secondary School during the dragon boat training mishap in waters off Macallum Street Ghaut on Sunday 17 January 2010. These are no ordinary students and teacher.

Goh Yi Zhang, 17, Brendon Yeoh, Wang Yong Xian, 16, Jason Ch’ng, 17, and Cheah Zi Jun, 17 were top students, the creme de la creme who excelled in academic studies, extra-curricular activities and social involvement. The teacher Chin Aik Siang, 28, was even more outstanding scoring straight As in STPM. Living in a low-cost flat in Bagan, Chin qualified to study medicine but switched a few weeks later to his love, teaching.

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DAP’s Covenant With Middle Malaysia

Speech By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng During The 15th DAP National Conference In Ipoh On 17 January 2010:

When I first took over as DAP Secretary-General in 2004, my colleagues and I were determined to lead a party that aspires not to be in perennial opposition but to be in government. A political party that has no aspirations for political power to implement programs beneficial to the people has no right to exist.

When DAP first put forth this vision in 2005 on being a full partner in power within 10 years, few shared our hopes. But we had pinned our hopes on ordinary Malaysians yearning for change. DAP had persevered since 1966 due to our faith in Malaysians whether Muslims or non-Muslims wanting a fair deal, live in peace and harmony, prosper together and their children to grow up in a better world than they lived in.

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TRANSFORMASI KE ARAH INOVASI DAN KREATIVITI DI KALANGAN PENTADBIRAN AWAM DEMI MELONJAKKAN PULAU PINANG SEBAGAI EKONOMI BERPENDAPATAN TINGGI DARIPADA PER CAPITA PENDAPATAN SEBANYAK RM 33,000 SEKARANG KEPADA RM 50,000 PADA 2020.

1. Bersyukur kita kepada Tuhan kerana dapat bersama-sama berkumpul pada pagi yang mulia ini sempena Majlis Perhimpunan YAB Ketua Menteri Bersama Anggota Perkhidmatan Awam Negeri Pulau Pinang Tahun 2010. Saya juga ingin mengambil kesempatan ini untuk mengucapkan ribuan terima kasih kepada semua Anggota Perkhidmatan Awam kerana dapat menghadiri majlis ini. Majlis sebegini merupakan satu platform penting di antara Pemimpin Tertinggi Kerajaan Negeri dan Warga Perkhidmatan Awam Negeri Pulau Pinang untuk memperbaharui azam dan tekad bagi mentransformasikan perkhidmatan awam ke arah lebih berinovatif dan kreatif. Justeru, tema majlis perhimpunan pada pagi ini iaitu ”TRANSFORMASI KE ARAH INOVASI DAN KREATIVITI” amatlah relevan dengan keadaan semasa.

2. Ramalan sebelum ini adalah Pulau Pinang Dijangka Mengalami Kesusutan Ekonomi Sebanyak 4% Pada 2009 Dan Pertumbuhan Keluaran Negara Kasar (KNK)Melebihi 4% Untuk 2010. Kita harapkan prestasi yang lebih baik bila data dan statistik dikumpulkan tetapi krisis ekonomi merupakan cabaran ke atas wawasan kerajaan negeri menjadi negeri bertaraf antarabangsa yang dapat dikecapi semua sebagai ekonomi berpendapatan tinggi.

3. Innovasi dan kreativiti dalam pentadbiran awam adalah penting sekiranya Pulau Pinang mahu berjaya melonjakkan diri SEBAGAI EKONOMI BERPENDAPATAN TINGGI DARIPADA PER KAPITA PENDAPATAN SEBANYAK RM 33,000 seorang setahun SEKARANG KEPADA RM 50,000 seorang setahunPADA 2020. Ia merupakan asas sebuah ekonomi berpengetahuan berteraskan sektor perkhidmatan dan berteknologi tinggi. Pendidikan dan penguasaan ilmu adalah penting dan mahu tak mahu, suka tak suka, rela tak rela, pentadbiran awam adalah salah satu pemangkin kepada kejayaan transformasi.
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Visit to Taiwan

Press Statement by Cheong Yin Fan, Press Secretary to Chief Minister of Penang:

Penang Chief Minister YAB Lim Guan Eng will be visiting Taiwan from 10 th – 13 th January 2010.

While in Taiwan, the Chief Minister will meet Taiwanese businesses, industrialists who are interested in Penang. This visit is part of YAB Lim Guan Eng’s efforts strengthen existing business and industry ties between Penang and Taiwan after face of turbulent economic outlook. Taiwan is one of the primary contributors and important player in business, investment, ICT and manufacturing.

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Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang akan memohon status bandaraya bagi MPPP dalam tahun ini

Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang akan memohon status bandaraya bagi Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang dalam tahun ini

1. Bersyukur kita kepada Tuhan dengan keredhaannya kita dapat berkumpul menyaksikan upacara angkat sumpah oleh Ahli-ahli Majlis MPPP. Saya ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Yang Berhormat dan ahli-ahli Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang, tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekalian kerana sudi meluangkan masa untuk menghadiri upacara pada pagi ini.

2. Saya juga mengambil kesempatan ini untuk mengucapkan tahniah kepada semua Ahli Majlis di atas pelantikan mereka oleh Pihak Berkuasa Negeri dan kepada mereka yang tidak dilantik bagi tahun ini diucapkan terima kasih di atas sumbangan perkhidmatan mereka. Yang baru disambut, yang tinggal disanjung.

3. Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang harus berdepan dengan hasrat orang awam untuk melihat perkhidmatan yang berkualiti dan “value for money”. Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang bukan sahaja sekadar memberikan perkhidmatan kerajaan tempatan yang asas, tetapi juga memainkan peranan utama dalam melaksanakan program Kerajaan Negeri yang boleh menyumbang kepada pertumbuhan ekonomi negeri serta membangunkan Pulau Pinang sebagai sebuah negeri bertaraf antarabangsa. Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang harus meneruskan perjuangan ini dengan tiga teras pembangunan ekonomi yang digariskan oleh Kerajaan Negeri iaitu merancakkan pertumbuhan ekonomi (pro-growth), mewujudkan peluang pekerjaan (pro-jobs) dan menjamin keadilan sosio-ekonomi (pro-poor).

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Kerajaan Negeri Menghulurkan Pinjaman RM10 juta Dan Bantuan RM1.3 juta untuk Kos Pentadbiran Dan Pembekalan Kelengkapan Kutip Sampah Kepada MPSP

Kerajaan Negeri Menghulurkan Pinjaman RM10 juta Dan Bantuan RM1.3 juta untuk Kos Pentadbiran Dan Pembekalan Kelengkapan Kutip Sampah Kepada MPSP Yang Menghadapi Masalah Kewangan Besar Selepas Kehilangan RM230 juta Dalam 7 Tahun Agar Dapat Mendirikan MPSP Yang Cekal Dan Celik

Pertama sekali kita perlu bersyukur kepada tuhan kerana diberi kesihatan dan juga kekuatan sehingga dapat berkumpul di Dewan Kenanga, MPSP dalam majlis Angkat Sumpah Penerimaan Jawatan Ahli Majlis MPSP tahun 2010 – untuk menjalankan satu lagi amanah rakyat.

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Visit Churches to Show Concern

Lim Guan Eng will be visiting two Churches in Penang to express his concerns over the firebombs attacks at three churches in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya:
(1) Holy Spirit, Green Lane, Penang Island, 6pm
(2) Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary , Jalan New Ferry, Bagan Dalam, 9pm

New Straits Times To Be Sued For Defamation For Publishing Lies

Press Statement By Jeffrey Chew Special Investment Officer Of The Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Penang On 8 January 2010.

New Straits Times To Be Sued For Defamation For Publishing Lies That The Penang State Government Gave Free Land Worth Tens Of Millions Of Ringgit Of Free Land To A Private Company.

The Penang Chief Minister’s office regrets that the New Straits Times has continued to publishing letters written by BN spin masters that has a clear agenda to support BN by undermining the state government with deceit and lies. At the same time the New Straits Times have refused to give a clear undertaking that they will give the Penang state government the right to reply over distorted or untrue news published.

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Penang As A Green State: We Are Willing To Lose Our Popularity But Not Lose The Next Generation

Saya berasa amat gembira kerana dapat berhimpun bersama semua hadirin pada tahun baru ini bagi merasmikan Majlis Pelancaran Hari Tanpa Beg Plastik setiap Isnin, Selasa dan Rabu mulai Januari 2010. Saya juga ingin mengambil kesempatan ini untuk merakamkan penghargaan kepada semua pihak yang terlibat dalam menjayakan Majlis ini.

The inconclusive UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen last month has only provided fresh impetus for individuals to make up for the failure of the leaders of developed countries to reduce carbon emissions to fight climate change. Whether as a Penangnite or the state of Penang, we are too small to have any impact on reducing carbon footprints. But that does not mean we do nothing. Every individual counts.

Penang State government is willing to take the lead to make every individual count by launching off for the first time in Malaysia, a state-wide campaign to reduce plastic bag consumption. We believe that every individual and state can make a difference, only question is whether we are bold enough to start. Penang has decided to take the bold step to start. I know that this decision will not please anyone and we expect criticisms and opposition, which was printed in the New Straits Times. The state government also expects to lose popularity. However, for the sake of our children and our unborn grandchildren, we are willing to face such risks. We are willing to lose our popularity but not our next generation.
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