Monthly Archive for September, 2011

CM apologies to Johor Sultan and his subjects, the people of Johor (en/bm/cn)

The Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar had said that he was offended by the statement made by me against Johor. Out of respect to the Johor Sultan, I wish to fully apologise to the Johor Sultan and his subjects, the people of Johor. I have no intention whatsoever to discredit Johor or any other state.

The Sultan had also said that politics should be left to politicians and the people should not be dragging rulers into politics. I agree with the Johor Sultan.
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Transcript of Interview at ABC Radio Australia (en/cn)

Asia Profile:Human rights and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng
Updated September 20, 2011 14:01:54

Lim Guan Eng is the Chief Minister of the Malaysian state of Penang and the Secretary General of Malaysia’s Democratic Action Party, the DAP.

Mr Lim has brought resounding progress to Penang under his system of governance based on the principles of ‘Competency, Accountability and Transparency’.

On Monday, the Chief Minister delivered a speech on human rights and transparency at a function sponsored by the Centre for Malaysian Studies at Monash University’s Asia Institute here in Melbourne.

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Jawatankuasa Siasatan Khas Ke atas Stesen Parkir Kereta Bertingkat Bawah Bukit Bendera(Penang Hill) Yang Dipengerusikan Oleh Bekas Pengarah JKR Pulau Pinang Shahawai bin Awang.

Kerajaan negeri bercadang untuk menubuhkan satu jawatankuasa siasatan khas ke atas stesen parkir kereta bertingkat bawah Bukit Bendera(Penang Hill) yang dipengerusikan oleh En Shahawai bin Awang, bekas Pengarah JKR Pulau Pinang dan dianggotai oleh President Persatuan Arkitek Malaysia Pulau Pinang Ar Lawrence Lim Hua Kwang dan bekas Presiden Institute of Engineers Malaysia(IEM) Pulau Pinang Ir Lim Kok Khong.

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Human Rights and Transparency in Malaysia

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much for inviting me to speak at the Monash Asia Institute, an important research center at my alma mater. I would like to especially thank Professor Greg Barton and my dear friend Dr Wendy Smith as well as send my thanks to the Monash University’s leadership. As you know, Monash University has a sister campus in Kuala Lumpur and although it is sadly not in my state, the university plays an important role in educating future leaders of our country.

As a Malaysian, I am very grateful for this collaboration and hope we can strengthen ties between Monash and Malaysia further. On a personal level, as many of your know I received my economics and accounting degree here and was quite active in student politics. I was never an outstanding student but what little I gleaned has helped me to formulate new economic and industrial policies in Penang that is now acknowledged as the best run state in Malaysia with strong growth, record budget surpluses and record FDIs coupled with a labour shortage.

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Happy 48th Malaysia Day! (en/cn)

Let Us Ensure That Not A Single State Nor Citizen Is Left Behind!

48 years ago Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore took the bold step to form Malaysia. Singapore subsequently left 2 years later in 1965 but both Sabah and Sarawak remained. Unfortunately all the economic and social indicators show that Sabah and Sarawak continue to be left behind whilst Singapore has soared to surpass Malaysia in 2010 as the 3rd largest economy in ASEAN after Indonesia and Thailand.

Why did 7% continuous economic growth for more than 25 years leave behind not only oil-rich states like Sabah and Sarawak but also Terengganu? The “Growth Commission” Report (2008) by Economics Noble Laureate Michael Spence identified Malaysia as one of the 13 countries in the world that enjoyed sustained growth of 7% for more than 25 years based on 5 common characteristics:-
1. fully exploited world economy;
2. maintained macroeconomic stability
3. exhibited high savings and investment;
4. relied on markets to allocate resources; and
5. committed and credible governments

The answer why Sabah, Sarawak or Terengganu is left behind is corruption in Peninsular Malaysia, endemic and entrenched in Sabah and Sarawak. Continue reading ‘Happy 48th Malaysia Day! (en/cn)’

Malaysia Day Message For Penang (en/cn/bm)

Malaysia Day Message For Penang By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 15.9.2011

The Next 6 Months Will Determine Whether The Boldest Political Experiment Of Establishing A People-centric Government Will Prevail Or Perish From Penang?

The next 6 months will determine whether the boldest political experiment in the 2008 general elections of establishing a people-centric government will prevail or perish from Penang. Over the last 3 and a half years, there is a not only a cleaner, greener and safer Penang but also witnessed a change of mindset and renewed confidence.

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“Powering Penang Growth by Adapting to China-AFTA”- A Key Gateway For China to ASEAN From A Cleaner, Greener & Safer Penang

YAB Mr. Lim Guan Eng’s speech to the MCTIIC 2011 (Sep 10, 2011, 4pm) on “Powering Penang Growth by Adapting to China-AFTA”- A Key Gateway For China to ASEAN From A Cleaner, Greener & Safer Penang

1. When the China-Asean Free Trade Area (CAFTA) came into effect on the 1st of January, 2010, it was already evident to many of us that this will be Asia’s decade. Somewhere along this decade, China’s economy, measured in Purchasing Price Parity (PPP) terms, will overtake the US economy to become the largest economy in the world. With worries of managing government debt continuing to plague the European Union as well as the United States, Asia will have to take the lead in driving economic growth for the rest of the world.

2. The China-AFTA pact (CAFTA) is the result of a visionary proposal by former Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji at the ASEAN-China Summit in November 2000. Even then, it was already clear to Premier Zhu and the leaders of the respective ASEAN countries that the rapidly expanding trade between China and ASEAN would grow by even greater leaps and bounds with the institutionalization of a Free Trade Area (FTA).

3. From 1991 to 2000, ASEAN-China trade grew at an average annual rate of 20.4%, much faster than either the growth in China’s global trade (15%) or in ASEAN’s global trade (11%). This rate accelerated to 30% in 2002, a clear sign of the dynamic economic activity that was taking place between China and ASEAN.
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Summary of Concession Agreement For Build-Operate-Transfer (B.O.T) of the Project Facilities of the Penang’s People’s Park

Summary ( Prepared By: Legal Unit, Municipal Council of Penang Island) of Concession Agreement For Build-Operate-Transfer (B.O.T) of the Project Facilities of the Penang’s People’s Park namely:

(I) Subterranean Penang International Convention & Exhibition Centre (sPICE) and Complementary Retail/F& B Outlets/ Offices
(II) Refurbishment and Rectification Works to Existing PISA Indoor Stadium
(III) Refurbishment and Rectification Works to Existing PISA Aquatic Centre

1. As instructed by the Penang Chief Minister YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng, MPPP is making public the concession agreement for the BOT of the above 3 project facilities known collectively as the Penang’s People’s Park that would yield a 7 acres green public park free for the public.

2. The Concession Agreement has been signed on 19/08/2011 between MPPP and Eco Meridian Sdn Bhd (EMSB), a wholly owned subsidiary of S.P Setia as the Concessionaire of the Project Facilities. The Concession Agreement has been duly stamped on 24/08/2011.

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Laporan Awal Projek Tempat Letak Kereta Bertingkat Di Stesen Bawah Bukit Bendera(bm/cn)

LAPORAN AWAL PROJEK TEMPAT LETAK KERETA BERTINGKAT DI STESEN BAWAH BUKIT BENDERA OLEH DATO ROSLI JAAFAR, PENGURUS BESAR PDC KEPADA KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG DAN PENGERUSI PENANG DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION(PDC) LIM GUAN ENG PADA 6 SEPTEMBER 2011:

YAB LIM GUAN ENG TIDAK DIMINTA BERIKAN KELULUSAN KERANA PROJEK STESEN BAWAH BUKIT BENDERA(PENANG HILL) TELAHPUN DILULUSKAN LEBIH AWAL DI BAWAH KERAJAAN PERSEKUTUAN DAN NEGERI PADA 2007.

LATAR BELAKANG PROJEK
Projek di atas adalah merupakan projek untuk meningkatkan kemudahan di Stesen Bawah Bukit Bendera yang merangkumi penyediaan kemudahan tempat letak kereta bertingkat dan juga hentian bas pelancongan.

Kemudahan-kemudahan yang perlu disediakan di tapak adalah atas kehendak serta kelulusan Majlis Tindakan Pelancongan Negeri Pulau Pinang di bawah Kementerian Pelancongan. Peruntukan bagi projek ini diluluskan oleh Kementerian Pelancongan Malaysia di bawah RMK9. Jumlah siling peruntukan yang diluluskan adalah berjumlah RM5.0 juta.

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The PR state government will not bow to threats from BN Penang to sue the state government for exposing their scandals (en/cn)

BN Penang & Teng Hock Nan’s 3 Lies That The Penang PR State Government Had Approved Berjaya Development Plans For Penang Hill Will Not Stop The Printing Of Pamphlets To Expose BN’s Refusal To Come Clean On The RM40 Million Tang Hak Ju Land Scam, RM30 Million Pulau Jerejak Scandal And MPSP RM230 Million Loss Scandal.

BN Penang & Teng Hock Nan’s 3 lies that the Penang PR state government had approved Berjaya Development Corp’s plans for Penang Hill will not stop the printing of pamphlets to expose BN’s refusal to come clean on the RM40 million Tang Hak Ju land scams, RM30 million Pulau Jerejak scandal and Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai(MPSP) RM 230 million loss scandal. This public campaign will also exert pressure on BN to return as much as possible of the money lost to the people of Penang.

Instead of expressing remorse over such loss of public funds, BN has continued to brazenly lie about the Penang state government secretly approving Berjaya’s development plans for Penang Hill. BN dares to continue lying because no action has been taken by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission(MACC) despite the state government lodging a report on the RM40 million Tang Hak Ju land scam.
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CM will be in Guangzhou from 31 Aug to 2 Sept 2011(en/cn)

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng will lead a 50 person delegates from Penang to Guangzhou, China from 31st August till 2nd September 2011 for the China (Guangzhou) International Tourism Industry Expo 2011. The expo will be held at Poly World Trade Center Expo, Guangzhou from September 2nd – 5th, 2011.The delegation will comprise members from MATTA, Penang Peranakan Mansion, REHDA and Malaysian Association of Hotels and Budget Hotel Association.
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