Monthly Archive for June, 2011

Pemotongan subsidi barangan keperluan harian membebankan rakyat (BM/BC)

Kenyataan YAB Lim Guan Eng, Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang merangkap Ahli Parlimen Kawasan Bagan dan Setiausaha Agung DAP pada 29 Jun 2011 di Komtar, George Town, Pulau Pinang

Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang merangkap Ahli Parlimen Bagan Y.A.B. Lim Guan Eng terkejut apabila mengetahui Kerajaan Persekutuan mengenakan pemotongan subsidi barangan keperluan harian yang membebankan rakyat tetapi masih kekalkan subsidi tinggi bagi gas petroluem cecair, diesel dan petrol yang menguntungkan Penjana Tenaga Bebas (IPP).

Mengikut jawapan yang diberikan oleh Perdana Menteri dan Menteri Kewangan, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak di Dewan Rakyat baru-baru ini, subsidi kerajaan bagi barangan keperluan harian seperti padi, beras, gula dan tepung hanya 10% daripada subsidi yang diberikan kepada gas petroluem cecair, diesel dan petrol.
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What Is The Extraordinary Investment For A Global Center From An American Company Which Dr Koh Tsu Koon Claimed On 16 May 2011 That He Had A Role To Play In Bringing To Penang? (En/Bm/Cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister And DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town & Kuala Lumpur On 24 June 2011.

What Is The Extraordinary Investment For A Global Center From An American Company Which Dr Koh Tsu Koon Claimed On 16 May 2011 That He Had A Role To Play In Bringing To Penang?

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon should prove that he has the courage to own up to his own mistake of a false investment announcement by an American company instead of trying to cover up his failure with another lie. Dr Koh must fully account to Malaysians what is the extraordinary investment for a global center from an American company which he claimed on 16 May 2011 that he had a role to play in bringing to Penang.

Dr Koh claims that he had never announced that Motorola was investing RM4 billion in Penang. However Koh is not being honest. Reports in all main newspapers, such as the Star and the Sun on 17 May 2011 had reported Koh as saying that the Prime Minister will announce an extraordinary investment to set up a global center by a United States firm during his visit to the US.
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22/6/2011- Statement (En/BM/Cn) By Lim Guan Eng in Komtar, Penang : The Chua Family Should Not Lie That Penang PR Has A Deficit (En/Bm/Cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister And DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 22 June 2011.

The Chua Family Should Not Lie That Penang Under Pakatan Rakyat Has A Deficit When PR Has An Unblemished Record Of Three Straight Years Of Surpluses Since 2008 By Relying On Corruption-Free And Good Governance Based On Competency, Accountability And Transparency (CAT).

The Chua family in MCA comprising MCA President Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and his Deputy Minister son Chua Tee Yong should not persist in lying that Penang under Pakatan Rakyat has suffered a deficit when PR has an unblemished record of 3 straight years of surpluses since 2008 by relying on corruption-free and good governance based on CAT. Chua Tee Yong had followed up on his father’s claims that Penang was now running a RM108 million deficit budget that affected Penang’s economic growth.

This is untrue as Penang PR has an unblemished record of 3 straight years of surpluses since we took over from BN in 2008 by relying on corruption-free and good governance based on CAT. This has been confirmed by the Auditor-General’s Report that Penang is the best financially managed state for two years running. Penang is the only state or Federal government in Malaysian history that has been praised by Transparency International for fighting corruption.
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UMNO’s tacit support for Perkasa’s inflammatory and dangerous threats shows that 1Malaysia is nothing but lip service and an empty slogan (En/Bm/Cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister And DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 20 June 2011.

UMNO’s tacit support for Perkasa’s inflammatory and dangerous threats shows that 1Malaysia is nothing but lip service and an empty slogan.

Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali’s recent vile actions and malicious remarks at the launch of the Bersih 2.0 counter-protest at Kampung Baru are nothing short of seditious. Not only were pictures of Bersih chairperson Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan burned and stomped upon, flyers were distributed describing her as a ‘dangerous Hindu woman’.

Ibrahim Ali also then raised the threat of another May 13, by proclaiming himself a ‘war general’ and warning of severe repercussion for the Chinese community if they proceed with the Bersih march. He also suggested that the Chinese community may have to stock up on food should anything happen.
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Surat YAB Lim Guan Eng kepada Menteri Kesihatan Malaysia Dato Seri Liow Tiong Lai untuk Membatalkan Kontrak Perkhidmatan Penyelenggaraan oleh Faber Medi-Serve Sdn Bhd untuk Semua Hospital di Pulau Pinang demi Menjamin Keselamatan Awam (Bm/Cn)

20 Jun 2011

YB Dato Sri Liow Tiong Lai
Menteri Kesihatan Malaysia
Ibu Pejabat KKM Blok E1, E6, E7 & E10
Kompleks E, Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
62590 Putrajaya

Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri,

MEMBATALKAN KONTRAK PERKHIDMATAN PENYELENGGARAAN OLEH FABER MEDI-SERVE SDN BHD UNTUK SEMUA HOSPITAL DI PULAU PINANG DEMI MENJAMIN KESELAMATAN AWAM

Dengan segala hormatnya saya ingin menarik perhatian Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri kepada perkara di atas.

2. Kerajaan Negeri ingin meluahkan rasa kesal terhadap Faber Medi-Serve Sdn Bhd, sebuah syarikat yang dilantik oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan untuk memberi perkhidmatan penyelenggaraan kepada 72 buah hospital kerajaan di seluruh Negara.
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Soi Lek Should Explain Why He Supported And Campaigned For A Corrupt BN Sarawak & Taib Mahmud (En/Bm/Cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister And DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 18 June 2011.

Chua Soi Lek Should Explain Why He Supported And Campaigned For A Corrupt BN Sarawak And Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud During The Sarawak General Elections.

MCA President Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek should explain why he supported and campaigned for a corrupt BN Sarawak and its Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud during the Sarawak general elections. Chua was reported in Malaysian Insider that DAP may fail to repeat its Sarawak polls success in peninsular Malaysia as the Chinese vote swing there was based on dissatisfaction against cronyism and an allegedly corrupt state administration.

Instead of attacking corruption, Dr Chua has chosen to attack the Chinese voters for voting against BN by threatening to withdraw from government if MCA loses again in the next general elections. Clearly, Dr Chua’s was only forced to this tacit admission of the stench of corruption hanging over Tan Sri Abdul Taib after Switzerland President Micheline Calmy-Rey ordered a full investigation of money laundering against Abdul Taib to demonstrate the Swiss government’s commitment to fighting against corruption and the restitution of embezzled funds to respective countries.
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Changing Penang in a Changing World (En/Cn)

Speech by The Honourable Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang At Foreign Correspondents Club, Hong Kong, June 17, 2011 : Changing Penang in a Changing World: Transforming Penang Into An International And Intelligent City.

Ladies and gentlemen thank you very much for inviting me here to speak. I come here as the Chief Minister of Penang, one of four states led by Pakatan Rakyat or the People’s Pact, the opposition coalition in Malaysia. I am from the Democratic Action Party, one of three coalition partners. I hope by the end of my remarks you will consider coming to visit and invest in Penang, as it continues to be an attractive location for business and pleasure alike.

It is wonderful to be in Hong Kong. We have so much in common; small states that have punched above our weight economically through the hard work and creativity of our people. Today, nearly a third of Malaysia’s exports come from Penang – more than half of the country’s electronics are produced there – and we are among the top tourist destinations in Malaysia with a record numbers of visitors. Like Hong Kong, we appreciate the importance of good food and open discussion. We both have worked hard to put ourselves on the map internationally, and done so successfully.
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RM13 Billion Additional Spending Or 8% Increase Over And Above 2011 Budget Of RM 163 Billion For Only First Half Of 2011 Highlights That Subsidy Cuts Were Caused By The Failure Of BN To Control Spending And Cut Down Waste (En/BM/Cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister And DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 15 June 2011.

RM13 Billion Additional Spending Or 8% Increase Over And Above 2011 Budget Of RM 163 Billion For Only First Half Of 2011 Highlights That Subsidy Cuts Were Caused By The Failure Of BN To Control Spending And Cut Down Waste.

The tabling of a Supplementary Supply Bill in Parliament yesterday seeking RM 13 billion of additional spending for only the first half of the year due or 8% increase over and above the 2011 Budget of RM 163 billion, highlights that subsidy cuts were caused by the failure of BN to control spending and cut down waste. The people are also paying the penalty for BN’s failure to control spending when drastic subsidy cuts of sugar, electricity, natural gas and diesel have not brought about any improvements in our budget deficit.

The biggest additional spending is to cover transfer payments of RM 6 billion under Treasury. The social sector accounted for the second largest quantum of RM3.62 billion.
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Koh Tsu Koon Should Be Constructive By Delivering On His Promise Of A New RM4 Billion Investment In A Global Excellence Centre By A US Company Instead Of Trying To Politicise And Sabotage The Greater Penang Masterplan(GPM)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 15 June 2011.

Koh Tsu Koon Should Be Constructive By Delivering On His Promise Of A New RM4 Billion Investment In A Global Excellence Centre By A US Company Instead Of Trying To Politicise And Sabotage The Greater Penang Masterplan(GPM).

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon should be constructive in his role to help Penang by delivering on his promise of a new RM4 billion investment in a Global Excellence Centre by a United States company instead of trying to politicise and sabotage the Greater Penang Masterplan (GPM). Koh had announced on May 16 2011 that Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib Abdul Razak would be revealing an extraordinary investment by an American company in Penang when Najib visited US last month.

Koh claimed that he played a major role as an adviser to the American company in making its decision to invest RM4 billion to set up a Global Excellence Centre in Penang. However to-date there is no news and concrete evidence of this new RM4 billion investment in a Global Excellence Center by the American company.
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No Difference Whether MCA Is Inside Government Or Not When MCA Leaders Dare Not Object Inside Cabinet But Oppose Outside To The Press Against The Diesel Subsidy Cuts And The Abuses In The PSD Overseas Scholarships For Top Students (En/Bm/Cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister And DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 14 June 2011.

No Difference Whether MCA Is Inside Government Or Not When MCA Leaders Dare Not Object Inside Cabinet But Oppose Outside To The Press Against The Diesel Subsidy Cuts And The Abuses In The PSD Overseas Scholarships For Top Students.

DAP is not surprised at the expose by Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri that MCA President Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek did not object to diesel subsidy cuts during the National Economic Council(NEC) meeting when the matter was decided. Ismail even scolded Chua for being unfair to the BN government for siding with the C2-class fishing trawler operators protesting against the increase in diesel prices from RM1.25 to RM1.80 instead of defending the government.

Has Chua got the guts to deny and demand that Ismail Sabri withdraw and apologise for making these allegations?

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Malaysians Have No Faith That A BN Cabinet Committee To Evaluate Gas Subsidies And TNB’s Power Purchase Agreement With The Independent power producers (IPPs) Will Side With The People When No Action Was Taken On The RM 52 Billion Bumi Shares Scandal (En/Bm/Cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister And DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 13 June 2011.

Malaysians Have No Faith That A BN Cabinet Committee To Evaluate Gas Subsidies And TNB’s Power Purchase Agreement With The Independent power producers (IPPs) Will Side With The People When No Action Was Taken On The RM 52 Billion Bumi Shares Scandal.

Malaysians have no faith that a special BN Cabinet committee formed to evaluate gas subsidies and TNB’s power purchase agreement with IPPs will side with the people when no action was previously taken on the RM52 billon bumi shares scandal. Only a Royal Commission of Inquiry or a bi-partisan committee comprising of both BN and PR elected representatives can instill public confidence that Malaysians will not lose out on renegotiating the IPPs as they have lost out when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad imposed these lopsided gas subsidies and unfair contracts in favour of IPPs.

The government had given out RM54 billion in bumi shares but only RM2 billion remained, the RM52 billion cashed out by the few UMNO and BN leaders for dishonest profit. If the RM52 billion of bumi shares were still retained, bumi corporate equity would now easily exceed 40%.
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If Datuk Seri Rais Yatim Wants To Promote Art Then He Need Not Spend RM100 Million But Only RM2 Million On The Month-Long George Town Heritage Festival By Malaysian And International Performers (En/Bm/Cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister And DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 12 June 2011.

If Datuk Seri Rais Yatim Wants To Promote Art Then He Need Not Spend RM100 Million But Only RM2 Million On The Month-Long George Town Heritage Festival By Malaysian And International Performers.

Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim should explain the rationale of wasting RM100 million for the 2011 Artistes Day on May 29 that received a lukewarm response from art activists. DAP is shocked by a Bernama report that RM100 million was allocated for the event that was criticised by art activists.

DAP suspects that the Bernama report is false and Datuk Seri Rais explain the actual amount spent. It is difficult to believe that the government can be so reckless as to allocate RM100 million for the 2011 Artistes Day event when 27 million ordinary Malaysians are hurting from rising prices caused by BN’s subsidy cuts.
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A Full Royal Commission of Inquiry To Review IPP Contracts With TNB And Also Determine The Real Impact Of Increasing Electricity Tariffs, Diesel And Sugar Subsidy Cuts On Inflation And Rising Prices (EN/BM/CN)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister And DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 12 June 2011.

A Full Royal Commission of Inquiry To Review IPP Contracts With TNB And Also Determine The Real Impact Of Increasing Electricity Tariffs, Diesel And Sugar Subsidy Cuts On Inflation And Rising Prices.

DAP declares full support for Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry(RCI) to probe and review Tenaga Nasional Berhad’s (TNB) contracts with independent power producers (IPPs). The RCI would determine how severely the lopsided deals are burdening consumers with the rise in electricity tariffs and introduce measures to either reduce or remove this huge financial burden on the people.

Up to end 2010, Petronas has extended about RM131.3 billion in gas subsidy to both the power and non-power sectors. The greatest beneficiaries of the RM131.3 billion gas subsidies are IPPs who also benefit from a guaranteed buyer through the compulsory Power Purchase Agreement signed by TNB.

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BN’s Failure To Enact A Minimum Wage And Increase Real Wages Has Forced PR Penang To Use Our Limited Resources To Increase Welfare Aid To The Poor, RM100 Yearly To 115,000 Senior Citizens, Set Up A Dialysis Centre In Balik Pulau And Allocate 150 Acres For Public Housing.

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister And DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 11 June 2011

BN’s Failure To Enact A Minimum Wage And Increase Real Wages Has Forced PR Penang To Use Our Limited Resources To Increase Welfare Aid To The Poor, RM100 Yearly To 115,000 Senior Citizens, Set Up A Dialysis Centre In Balik Pulau And Allocate 150 Acres For Public Housing.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will not succeed in his new role as an agitator provocateur or “batu api” to try to goad PAS to fight with the DAP by saying DAP won just because of PAS’ emphasis on a welfare state. Elections are won in the centre and DAP can understand Najib’s concern that PAS stand on the middle ground, especially on helping the poor who are affected by UMNO’s subsidy cuts will cost UMNO and BN votes in the next general elections.

The latest subsidy cuts on daily essential goods such as petrol, sugar, gas, electricity tariffs and rice affecting 27 million ordinary Malaysians but not gas subsidies for the few Independent Power Producers(IPPs) has shown how the rich benefit from BN at the expense of the poor. That is why DAP challenges Najib to enact a minimum wage and increase real wages in tandem with the subsidy cuts.
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Penang Pakatan Rakyat Has An Unblemished Record Of Three Straight Years Of Surpluses Since We Took Over From BN In 2008 (en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister And DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 10 June 2011.

Penang Pakatan Rakyat Has An Unblemished Record Of Three Straight Years Of Surpluses Since We Took Over From BN In 2008 By Relying On Corruption-Free And Good Governance Based On Competency, Accountability And Transparency (CAT).

MCA should stop believing its own lies when MCA President Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek claimed in a Malaysiakini interview published fully in The Star today that, “Penang had allowed the water tariff to increase by 20 percent while Penang was now running on a deficit budget, which he expects to deepen next year.”

This is untrue as Penang PR has an unblemished record of 3 straight years of surpluses since we took over from BN in 2008 by relying on corruption-free and good governance based on CAT. This has been confirmed by the Auditor-General’s Report that Penang is the best financially managed state for two years running. Penang is the only state or Federal government in Malaysian history that has been praised by Transparency International for fighting corruption. Continue reading ‘Penang Pakatan Rakyat Has An Unblemished Record Of Three Straight Years Of Surpluses Since We Took Over From BN In 2008 (en/bm/cn)’