Monthly Archive for December, 2011

Celebrating Hope In Penang By Establishing A People-Centric Government Based On Integrity. Good Governance And Letting The People Realise Their Full Potential.

2011 Penang Christmas Message By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 24.12.2011.

Celebrating Hope In Penang By Establishing A People-Centric Government Based On Integrity. Good Governance And Letting The People Realise Their Full Potential.

Christians celebrate not just the birth of Jesus Christ but also hope on Christmas Day. We pray for peace, joy and goodwill to all. Penang also celebrates hope by establishing a people-centric government based on integrity, good governance and letting the people realise their full potential.

Penang has benefited from a clean government. It is not just praise for good financial management from the Auditor-General or from Transparency International for implementing open tenders and fighting corruption. Penang has recorded budget surpluses for the state government, MPPP and MPSP since 2008.
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With A Malaysian Household Debt Service Ratio Of 47.8 Per Cent In 2010, Malaysians Have No Choice But To Work Longer And The BN Should Extend The Retirement Age Of Private Sector Workers Similar To That Of The Public Sector.(en/bm/cn)

DAP proposes bipartisan support for the retirement age of private sector workers be extended to the same age as the public sector to the current 58 years old or the proposed 60 years old. The time has come for the BN government to implement this extension of the retirement age for the private sector before the next general elections.

Around the world, it is increasingly difficult to find countries that set the retirement age at less than 60. Most European countries have 65 as the retirement age, while in others like the United States and Germany it is set at 67. Even our neighbouring countries like Thailand have already set it at 60.
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Independent Power Producers or IPPs Should Be Forced To Contribute RM1 Billion Annually To The Renewable Energy(RE) Fund To Develop Solar Energy And Ensure That All Malaysians Can Become Nano-IPPs.(en/cn)

Speech by Penang Chief Minister and Chair Of The Penang Green Council(PGC) Lim Guan Eng at the Penang Mini Green Expo- Conserving for Tomorrow – Solar Chapter, at 1st Avenue on December 17, 2011, 12 pm

Independent Power Producers or IPPs Should Be Forced To Contribute RM1 Billion Annually To The Renewable Energy(RE) Fund To Develop Solar Energy And Ensure That All Malaysians Can Become Nano-IPPs.

Thank you for inviting me to officiate the opening of the Penang Mini Green Expo themed “Conserving for Tomorrow – Solar Chapter” and Penang Green School Award Presentation Ceremony today. I am pleased to see so many participants with great interest in exploring issues on climate change, carbon reduction and solar energy.
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A “First-Come-First Serve” Basis For Applying For Feed-in-Tariff (FIT)Should Be Replaced By “Fit For All” Basis To Ensure That All Malaysians That Are Efficient Energy Producers Benefit To Become Nano-IPPs According To 1% Levy Paid And IPPs Contribute RM1 Billion Annually To The Renewable Energy(RE) Fund.(en/bm/cn)

Malaysia has at long last implemented the feed-in-tariff (FIT) as a means to encourage the generation of renewable energies, be it from the sources of solar, hydro, biogas / landfill or biomass / solid waste. For the general public, feed-in-tariffs (FIT) are payments per kilowatt-hour for electricity generated by a renewable resource. FITs
are thus far, the most successful policy mechanism for stimulating the rapid development of renewable energies in the world, today.

Germany, Spain, Denmark and over 40 other nations have pioneered policies and legislations, more popularly known as the FIT, since 1991, that have proven to promote the fastest, cheapest and widest growth of renewable energy. As FIT are meant for producers of renewable energy or to increase their production of renewable energy, both individuals and businesses will benefit from it.

FIT means additional source of income. The RE industry is estimated to generate at least RM70bil worth of revenue for the private sector and this will translate into tax revenue of at least RM1.76bil for the Government by 2020. In order to attract the RE industry for Penang, the state government is considering some form of land pricing incentives which will be announced early next month.

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Public spat between Karpal and Ramasamy resolved – DAP leadership to move forward as one united team to face the challenges of 13GE

Joint Media Statement by DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng, DAP Life Advisor Dr. Chen Man Hin and DAP Parliamentary Leader, Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, 15th December 2011:

Public spat between Karpal and Ramasamy resolved – DAP leadership to move forward as one united team to face the challenges of 13GE

On Tuesday, 13th December 2011, the DAP Central Executive Committee entrusted a three-man committee to resolve the differences between the DAP National Chairman Karpal Singh and DAP Penang Deputy Chairman and Penang Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. P. Ramasamy.
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DAP CEC decided to entrust a 3-man committee

Media statement by DAP Secretary-General, YAB Lim Guan Eng, on 14 December 2011 in Kuala Lumpur

The DAP Central Executive Committee (CEC) met last night at the Party National Headquarters and decided to entrust a 3-man committee comprising the Party Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng, Party Parliamentary Leader Lim Kit Siang and Party Life Advisor Dr Chen Man Hin to resolve the matter involving the Party National Chairman Sdr Karpal Singh and Deputy Secretary-General Sdr Prof Ramasamy as quickly as possible.

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DAP’s Greatest Twin Successes In The Last 45 Years Is Becoming A Partner In Government Especially Capturing Power In Penang And Proving Our Competency By Providing Good Governance For Penang. (en/bm/cn)

Speech By DAP Secretary-General And Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In The Penang DAP State Annual Convention At Pearl View Hotel In Prai, Penang On 11.12.2011.

DAP’s greatest twin successes in the last 45 years is becoming a partner in government, especially capturing power in Penang, and proving our competency in providing good governance for Penang. When we were in political wilderness, our leaders and members were not only hounded and persecuted by the BN government, we were also ridiculed and humiliated for daring to dream of a better Malaysia by replacing BN.

I would like to thank all our veteran leaders and members who have played an important historical role in DAP’s march to history and power. Without your sacrifices and contribution in our glorious past we will not be here in the present today.

As difficult it is to win power, retaining power is equally difficult. We have to overcome not just inexperience but also skeptics from our political opponents to our own supporters who doubted our ability to govern well.
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Diving With The Scorpene Submarine KD Tun Abdul Razak Does Not Dispute The Fact That The Submarine Could Not Dive Upon Delivery (en/bm/cn)


Diving With The Scorpene Submarine KD Tun Abdul Razak 21 Months After Challenge Was Issued By Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi Does Not Dispute The Fact That The Submarine Could Not Dive Upon Delivery Nor Whether The Purchase Price Tag Of RM3.68 Billion For 2 Submarines And RM534 Million Service Contract Or “Commission” Was Value For Money.

Diving with the Scorpene submarine KD Tun Abdul Razak 21 months after challenge was issued by Defence Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi does not dispute the fact that the submarine could not dive upon delivery nor whether it was value for money for the purchase price tag of RM3.68 billion for two submarines.

However these 2 points of waiting 21 months and the necessity for such a high price tag were not highlighted by the BN mainstream media from Utusan Malaysia to Bernama which instead shamelessly focused on my so-called admission justifying the purchase of the two expensive submarines. Malaysians should not trust such BN media reports which are distorted, twisted and corrupted into outright lies to help BN face the coming general elections.

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6 Integrity Measures To End Money Politics And Address Transparency International’s Concerns About The Police Force That Can Cleanse Malaysia From Corruption, Cronyism And Abuse Of Power.(en/bm/cn)

United Nations International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December 2011 can only be celebrated meaningfully in Malaysia by ending money politics through 6 integrity measures. Malaysia performed dismally in the latest 2011 Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index(CPI), dropping 4 spots to No. 60 out of 183 countries this year from No. 56 out of 178 last year.

Malaysia’s 2011 CPI dropped for the third year running, slipping to 4.3 this year, leaving it in 60th place out of 183 countries compared with 37th place when Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi took over as prime minister in 2003. TI Malaysia Deputy President Mohammad Ali even noted that Malaysia’s CPI has continued to decline as “elements of state” that facilitated ‘grand corruption’ were still prevalent.

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Jemputan DS Zahid Hamidi tidak dapat menyembunyikan hakikat bahawa kapal selam itu tidak dapat menyelam (BM/BI/BC)

Jemputan Menteri Pertahanan Datuk Seri Zahid Haidi kepada saya untuk menyelam dalam kapal selam kelas Scorpene KD Tun Razak 21 bulan selepas saya menerima cabarannya tidak dapat menyembunyikan hakikat bahawa kapal selam itu tidak dapat menyelam semasa penyerahannya kepada TLDM dan juga tidak menjawab soalan-soalan tentang kos pembelian sebanyak RM3.68 bilion dan kontrak perkhidmatan atau “komisyen” sebanyak RM534 juta.

Untuk membuktikan bahawa kapal selam yang dibeli itu berupaya menyelam, Zahid telah mencabar saya dalam sidang Parlimen 17 Mac 2010 untuk menyelam dalam kapal tersebut. Walaupun Zahid meyakinkan saya bahawa kecacatan mekanikal dalam kapal selam pertama negara kita telah pun dibetulkan, saya tetap berkeras meminta agar Kerajaan menukarkan kapal selam itu dengan sebuah lagi yang baru. Walau bagaimanapun, Zahid menolak cadangan saya dan mencabar saya untuk menyelam dalam kapal selam tersebut.

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Bersihkan Malaysia Demi Menghalang BN Menang Balik Pulau Pinang Dan Majoriti 2/3 Pada PRU-13

Ucapan Pembukaan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Dan Setiausaha-Agung DAP Lim Guan Eng Dlam Kongres DAP Wanita Pulau Pinang Pertama Di Red Rock Hotel, Pulau Pinang Pada 5.12.2011.

Bersihkan Malaysia Demi Menghalang BN Menang Balik Pulau Pinang Dan Majoriti 2/3 Pada PRU-13, Di mana Rakyat Akan Dipimpin Oleh Puak Rasis Yang Anggap Bukan Melayu Warganegara Kelas Ketiga Dan Melayu Mudah Ditipu Supaya Rasuah Bermaharajalela.

Pertama sekali, tahniah diucapkan kepada Wanita DAP Pulau Pinang kerana berjaya menganjurkan Kongres yang bersejarah ini. Kongres ini bukan saja merupakan kongres Wanita DAP yang pertama di Pulau Pinang, malah merupakan kongres Wanita DAP yang julung kali dalam sejarah Parti kita. Sekali lagi Pulau Pinang telah menonjolkan semangat “Penang Memimpin” dalam mengorak langkah memperkukuhkan jentera Parti melalui pengupayaan sayap Wanita. Syabas kepada Ketua Wanita DAP Kebangsaan Sdri Chong Eng dan ahli EXCO Pulau Pinang Sdri Lydia Ong.

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The BN Federal Government Practicing Double-standards By Dismissing The Unfavourable TI Corruption Perception Index (e/m/c) As Subjective

The BN Federal Government Practicing Double-standards By Dismissing The Unfavourable Transparency International(TI) Corruption Perception Index(CPI) As Subjective But The Favourable Global Competitiveness Index Is Objective.

The BN federal government is clearly practicing double-standards by dismissing the Transparency International(TI) Corruption Perception Index(CPI) as subjective because it is unfavourable but the favourable Global Competitiveness Index(GCI) by the World Economic Forum is objective. Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said that Malaysia’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) rankings slide was “subjective” and “questionable”, saying that measures based on perception should not be used as an ultimate gauging method.

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The State Government has decided to demolish,redesign and reconstruct the entire multi-storey car-park at foot of Penang Hill (en/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 3.12.2011.

Project Background

The construction works of multi-storey car park at foot of Penang Hill were physically completed in Mar 2011. However, it could not be opened to public. Certificate of Compliance and Completion (CCC) could not be issued and plan approval could not be obtained from Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang (MPPP). Major reasons being, the construction was not in compliance to minimum requirements stipulated in MPPP guidelines.

Ceiling value allocated for this project amounting RM5Million to provide one hundred and twelve (112) numbers of car parks and six (6) numbers of bus parking area. This four (4) storey car park at a total build-up area of 69,991.30 square feet was part of the ministry’s RM73Million Penang Hill Funicular Train upgrading project, under budgetary of RMKe-9.

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Deputy IGP Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar Should Be Issued With A Gag Order And Stop Trying To Clear The “Cows and Condos’ Issue (en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 3 December 2011.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar Should Be Issued With A Gag Order And Stop Trying To Clear The “Cows And Condos” Issue Of Any Wrongdoing Or Else He Might As Well Resign And Join Politics.

DAP calls on Minister of Home Affairs Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein to issue a gag order to Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar and stop trying to clear up the “cows and condos” issue of any wrongdoing or else Khalid might as well resign and join politics. Hishamuddin said that Putrajaya has not closed the RM250 million National Feedlot Centre scandal(in Gemas, Negri Sembilan) linked to Cabinet minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil’s family although police investigations have not yet revealed any element of criminal breach of trust (CBT).

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Malaysia’s Worst Score In 10 Years Under The 2011 TI Corruption Perception Index Underscores The Failure PM’s GTP (en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 2 December 2011.

Malaysia’s Worst Score In 10 Years Under The 2011 Transparency International Corruption Perception Index Underscores The Failure Of Prime Minister’s Government Transformation Programme(GTP) Of Fighting Corruption And Economic Transformation Programme Of A High-Income Economy By 2020.

Malaysia’s worst score in 10 years under the 2011 Transparency International(TI) Corruption Perception Index(CPI) underscores the failure of Prime MinisterDato Seri Najib Tun Razak’s GTP of fighting corruption. Failure to fight corruption will certainly lead to failure of his ETP of transforming Malaysia into a high-income economy by 2020.

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