2012 Penang Chap Goh Meh Message:Penang Shall Trust The Future In The Young (en/cn)

Penang Shall Trust The Future In The Young Not Only By Practicing Integrity In Leadership And Good Governance But Also By Fulfilling The Promise Of Providing Digital Intelligence, Building A Culture Of Innovation And Good Education.

As the Chinese New Year celebration ends with Chap Goh Meh, Penang awaits another year of challenges towards greater prosperity as well as a cleaner, greener and safer Penang.

Penang shall trust the future in the young not only by practicing integrity in leadership and good governance but also by fulfilling the promise of providing digital intelligence, building a culture of innovation and good education. Whilst integrity and good governance has been the success story behind Penang as the best governed state in Malaysia, these two elements alone are not enough to secure the future for Penang.

The promise of digital intelligence must be fulfilled to connect to cyberspace. Connectivity has become as essential as roads and electricity. Once connected to the Internet, this is one of the last things anyone would be willing to give up if they had to reduce their expenses. Being connected is not only crucial for keeping up with friends’ activities socially, it increasingly means access to income.

For this reason, Penang has undertaken an ambitious first ever free wifi project in Malaysia with 1,550 free wifi hotspots throughout Penang. So far 1,300 free wifi hotspots have been installed and will be completed by next year.

The promise of building a culture of innovation must be fulfilled with the establishment of a Penang Science Council(PSC). The PSC aims to establish Penang as a center of excellence for science and technology by rekindling interest amongst the young to choose science as their career choice. PSC is unique in that despite being supported by the government and with participation by the academia, it is driven purely by industry. Amongst some of the projects:-
• the annual Penang International Science Fair, the first one in Malaysia that is held in a sports stadium;
• the proposed Penang Tech Center showcasing the latest technology available in Penang; and
• the open tender for the Penang International Research And Innovation Incubator, the first privately-funded science research center in Malaysia at Fishermen Wharf in Bayan Baru.

Penang must fulfil the promise of providing a good education through the annual allocation for schools, encouragement of more private schools of excellence in Penang and the proposed Education Hub in Balik Pulau. The Penang PR state government believes that education can bring the young together where they can be united by common goals of rewarding performance, open ideas and principled ideals regardless of race, religion or gender.

Penang shall trust the future to the young, they have longer to live in it.

Lim Guan Eng

—- Mandarin Translation —-

槟州首席部长林冠英于2012年2月5日在乔治市发表2012年元宵节献词:

槟城将把未来交付给年轻一代,不只通过廉正领导及良好施政,也会实现承诺,打造拥有数码智慧、革新文化及良好教育的环境。

随着农历新年将在元宵节的到来而结束,槟城准备迎接新一年的挑战,让槟州迈向更繁荣、更清洁、更绿意及更安全。

槟城将把未来交付给年轻一代,不只通过廉正领导及良好施政,也会实现承诺,打造拥有数码智慧、革新文化及良好教育的环境。虽然廉正和良好施政是槟城成为全马施政最好州属的背后原因,这两个因素本身还不足以保障槟城的未来。

槟州需要数码智慧 ,与网络世界接轨。道路、电供的联系也是最基本的。一旦有了网络,任谁都不会放弃,就算省吃俭用也要上网。这不只是为了保持与朋友的社交关系,也意味着增加收入来源。

因此,槟城展开了全国第一个免费无线上网计划,全槟共有1550个免费上网热点。目前,已安装好1300个上网热点,其余的将在明年完工。

在打造革新文化方面,我们成立了槟州科学理事会。槟州科学理事会的宗旨是让槟州成为卓越的科学及工艺中心,让科学事业成为年轻一代的事业选项。槟州科学理事会的独特的,它有州政府的支持、学术人员的参与、 工业界的领导,其它的项目还有:
• 一年一度槟州国际科学博览会,全马首次在体育馆举行。
• 兴建槟州科学中心,展示槟州最新的科技工艺;
• 公开招标,兴建槟州国际研究及革新培育中心,这是全马第一个私人融资的科学研究中心,位于峇央峇鲁的渔人码头。

槟州也必须打造良好的教育环境,我们每年拨款给学校、鼓励卓越的私立学校前来办学、也计划在浮罗山背兴建教育中心。槟州民联政府相信,教育可以凝聚年轻人,他们将不计种族、宗教或性别,而是因共同的目标如:追求卓越表现、开放想法、原则理想而团结起来。

槟城将把未来交付给年轻一代;他们有更多时间活在未来。

林冠英

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