Monthly Archive for June, 2010

7 Elements Of Change Towards Retaining Penang’s Premier Position As The Most Livable And Vibrant City In Malaysia.

Speech by Hon. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang, at World Cities Summit’s Ministerial Dialogue on “Leading the change: building liveable and vibrant cities” in Singapore on 30th June 2010.

Penang’s focus is on Penang’s human resources to propel Penang forward as an international city, high-income & knowledge economy with a GDP of USD20 billion and per capita income of USD15,000 by 2020. Penang GDP has grown from approximately RM1.3 billion in 1970 to RM33billion to date and this increase is largely due to the expanding manufacturing sector that now accounts for 39% of Penang’s economy, with the services sector 57%. Penang contributes nearly one third of Malaysia’s exports value and more than 50% of electronic exports. From March 2008, Penang has attracted investments of nearly USD 3bilion and is the Silicion Valley of Malaysia with quality companies such as Intel, Dell, Agilent, Motorola, Sony, Honeywell Aerospace Avionics Malaysia, Philips, Osram, National Instruments, B Braun and St. Jude Hospital.
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Don’t Cover Up RM5.4 million False Claim Scandal In The Contruction Of The RM65 million Swettenhem Pier Redevelopment Project

In a written reply to my question in Parliament on 14 June 2010 Minister in the Prime Minister Department Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said that investigations into the RM5.4million false claim scandal was still ongoing. He said the investigation papers have yet to be forwarded to the Attorney General chambers as investigators were still working on the case.

The Penang State Government is calling upon the Attorney-General’s Chambers, the Transport Ministry and the Penang Port Commission to reveal what transpired in the RM5.4million progressive payment fraud two years ago in the construction of the RM65 million Swettenhem Pier redevelopment project and not try to cover it up.

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The Penang State Government opposes the RM9.40 toll rate

The Penang state government will call for an all party meeting to mobilize and unite support amongst all Penangites against the proposed RM9.40 toll rate for both the Penang first and second bridge. I’m surprised at Gerakan’s opposition to the increase in toll rate to RM9.40 by 2013 for both bridges when the Cabinet, including Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon, has already approved the toll increase.

Does it mean that Barisan National component party do not know what they are doing in Cabinet or the tail does not know what the head is doing. Or is this another example of double faced politics?

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Safety Of Places Of Religious Worship In Penang Secure And Under Control.

Penang police have given assurances that the safety of places of religious worship in Penang are secure and under control. Penang state government is deeply concerned about press reports that places of religious worship in Penang has been targeted by terrorist militants with links to Al Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiah(JI).

As Penang possesses the largest number of temples in Malaysia, it was reported in English papers that some of the prominent ones such as the internationally renowned Kek Lok Si Temple in Ayer Itam has been targeted by militants led by Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir.
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RECOGNITION FOR “WATER-FRIENDLY” ORGANISATIONS

15/6/10, PENANG: The Penang State Government and Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang Sdn Bhd (PBAPP) will issue certificates of recognition to “water-friendly” organisations under its “Aqua Save” programme.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the first certificates would be issued from the 4th quarter of 2010.

“Our objectives are to recognise water-friendly organisations and to encourage water efficiency in a water-stressed state. Penang is a small state and we have limited water resources. We want to create awareness and get organisations involved in sustaining good water supply for Penang,” he said while launching the programme today.

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Visiting Germany

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

Penang Chief Minister YAB Lim Guan Eng will be visiting Germany on 8th- till 13th June 2010 to attend the PhotoVoltaic (PV) InterSolar 2010 Exhibition.

This visit will include 30 delegates of local Malaysian companies and MIDA senior officers. The Malaysian delegates will attend the Intersolar 2010 Exhibition where they will network and explore business opportunities with German counterparts who are in the solar industry. The Chief Minister will also meet some other Solar energy industrialists while in Germany.

Besides that, delegates will also have the opportunity to visit Solar Parks located at Munich and Freiburg (Solar City) where they will have first hand information of how the German cities are utilizing the state of the art solar energy to power their communities and industries.

The Chief Minister will then be visiting B.Braun corporate Headquarters at Mulsungen on 10th June 2010 to reciprocate the visit made by CEO/Chairman Dato’ Prof. Dr. Braun last year to Penang. During this visit, The Chief Minister will meet Board of Directors and senior management staff of B.Braun to know more of the comprehensive roadmap of B.Braun’s future directions in Penang. To date, B. Braun has invested RM1 billion to provide more than 4,700 employment opportunities in Penang. B. Braun will continue to invest RM1.75 billion in 5 years by 2013 as part of its expansion plans in its Penang plant. B. Braun has also committed to investing RM500 million into its R&D capabilities last year.

The Chief Minister will be accompanied by his wife, YB Betty Chew, Yang Berbahagia Dato Lee Kah Choon, Executive Chairman for InvestPenang, Miss Anna Ong , Senior Manager – Corp and Knowledge Management and Events and Communications for InvestPenang and Jeffrey Chew, Special Officer to the Chief Minister (Investment/Manufacturing).

A “Cleaner, Greener Penang” Through Education, Enforcement and Appreciation To Make Penang The Most Environmentally Sound And Livable City In Malaysia.

The state government will continue with efforts to make Penang the most environmentally sound and livable city in Malaysia with our initiative of a “Cleaner, Greener Penang” through Education(Pendidikan), Enforcement(Penguatkuasaan) and Appreciation(Penghargaan).

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Sustainable Forest Governance should be adopted to preserve bio-diversity

- World Environment Day 2010 Message (National)- Sustainable forest governance should be adopted, wildlife corridor and people’s livelihoods should be preserved or restored in the forest conversion for the well-being and sustainable future for our children.

This year, the theme of the United Nations World Environment Day is “Many Species. One Planet. One Future”, it echoes the urgent call to conserve the diversity of life on our planet.

The latest Global Biodiversity Outlook report points out that all governments have failed to achieve biodiversity targets set in 2002. Human activities have caused the massive clearing of the original forest and wetlands, depleted three quarters of all fish stocks, and emitted enough heat-trapping gases to keep our planet warming for centuries to come. The destruction of the natural world costs the global economy some $2 to $5 trillion every year. All of us have to bear the consequences from the loss of biodiversity that bring negative impacts to our clean water, fertile soil, flood protection, food and medicines, and livelihoods for the people.

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Penang’s Focus On Penang’s Human Resources To Propel Penang Forward

KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG LIM GUAN ENG AT THE PENANG OUTLOOK FORUM 2010
On 3 JUNE 20101 IN SINGAPORE:

Penang’s Focus On Penang’s Human Resources To Propel Penang Forward As An International City, High-Income & Knowledge Economy With A GDP Of RM 45 Billion And Per Capita Income Of RM50,000 By 2020.

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Israeli Attack on Freedom Flotilla Condemned

The Penang Chief Minister and the Honorary Consuls in Penang, which met in Komtar, George Town, Penang, today condemns the Israeli attack on “Freedom Flotilla” humanitarian mission.

The Israeli army attacked a convoy of ships known as the “Freedom Flotilla” in international waters, about 65km off Gaza. The ambush killed more than 10 activists and injured at least 30 others on the ships which were heading for Gaza to deliver 10,000 tones of humanitarian aid.

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