Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar George Town On 2.1.2013.
The New Straits Times(NST) have once again shown itself not only to be a mouthpiece of BN employed principally to spread lies but also a racist organisation that spews racial hatred against PR leaders with distorted news. Both the NST and Utusan Malaysia are owned by UMNO and the NST is an English carbon copy of the virulent racist Utusan Malaysia. Utusan Malaysia openly advocates the celebration of thousands of non-Malays murdered during the May 13 racial riots in 1969 as a sacred day.
In any country, Utusan Malaysia would be punished for inciting murder but not in 1Malayia, demonstrating that 1Malaysia is a big propaganda tool to deceive voters. So vitriolic are NST and Utusan Malaysia’s lies and so intense their racial hatred, that I dare not send them written press statements to both these papers, much less give verbal answers at press conferences in their presence.
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DAP 2012 Christmas Day Message By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 24.12.2012
Let Us Advance Efforts To Establish A People-Centric Government Based On Integrity That Puts People Over Profits To Put A Stop To All Future Lynas Rare Earth Plant, Automated Enforcement System(AES) And The RM 871 Billion Dirty Money Scandals.
Christmas celebrates the blessings of peace, prosperity, forgiveness and salvation. Similarly, a people-centric government can also bring peace and prosperity based on the principles of truth, freedom, justice, democracy and integrity.
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Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng on 18 December 2012 in Kuala Lumpur.
Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak must fully account to 28 million Malaysians for the shocking RM 200 billion in dirty money siphoned out of Malaysia in 2010 and the scandal of RM 871 billon lost over the last 10 years or else admit the failure of his ETP. Najib’s stubborn silence and failure to act over this RM 871 billion scandal demonstrates not only his failure to uphold pubic accountability but that the BN government condones the practice of outflow of illict or dirty money.
Washington-based financial watchdog Global Financial Integrity (GFI), in its latest report which tracks capital flight, says the level of illicit flows from Malaysia in 2010 was the highest in 10 years. RM 197 billion of dirty money was siphoned out of Malaysia in 2010 compared to RM 93 billion in 2009, an increase of 112 %. Malaysia has the shameful record of being the No.2 country in the world after China, of illicit outflow of dirty money.
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Penang’s Clean Governance Revolves Around Benchmarking Government Decision-Making Against CAT And Formulating A System Of Institutions Built Around The 6 Integrity Measures Of Fighting Corruption That Can Both Strengthen Democracy And Sustain Socio-Economic Justice.
I would like to begin by congratulating the Penang Institute for bringing to Penang another ASEAN great. It is not every day that a former head of state visits our island, and what’s more the former President of Indonesia. On behalf of the Penang state government, I wish to warmly welcome His Excellency Dr BJ Habibie, the third President of Indonesia, for his first ever visit to Penang.
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Kenyataan Akhbar Ketua Menteri Pulau Pg Lim Guan Eng Di Komtar George Town Pada 28.11.2012
Adakah Kerajaan Persekutuan BN Bercadang Menaikkan Harga Tol Jambatan Kedua Pulau Pinang Lebih Tinggi Daripada RM9.40 Yang Pasti Akan Dikenakan Juga Untuk Jambatan Pertama Yang Kini Pada Tahap RM7? BN harus menjawab soalan penting ini berikutan keengganan YB Menteri Kerja Raya menjawab soalan saya di Parlimen tentang kadar tol yang akan dikenakan sebaik jambatan Kedua Pulau Pinang dibuka untuk lalulintas pada Nov 2013.
Dalam jawapannya kepada saya secara bertulis pada 26 Nov 2012, YB Menteri hanya menyatakan bahawa kadar tol ini akan diumumkan setelah keseluruhan projek ini disiapkan kelak pada Sept 2013. Sebelum ini Kerajaan Persekutuan BN menyatakan kadar tol Jambatan Kedua Pulau Pinang telahpun ditetapkan pada harga RM9.40. Ini bermakna bahawa kadar tol untuk Jambatan Pertama Pulau Pinang akan dinaikkan daripada RM7 kepada RM9.40 kerana tidak ada sesiapa akan gunakan Jambatan Kedua sekiranya kadar tolnya jauh kebih tinggi daripada Jambatan Pertama. Malah berkemungkinan besar pengguna kenderaan akan lebih memilih Jambatan Pertama sungguhpun kadar tol kedua-dua jambatan adalah sama kerana jarak Jambatan Kedua sepanjang 23.5km adalah lebih panjang dan memakan duit minyak berbanding dengan Jambatan Pertama sepanjang 13km.
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The Penang state government regrets the irresponsible attempt of Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Donald Lim at a Penang MCA economic forum to manipulate economic data to benefit BN politically. Donald Lim’s claims that Penang Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth for the first nine months of this year showed a drop to 1.8% is not reflected by business sentiment nor the worker shortage in Penang.
The BN Federal government should not politicise economic data that Penang has recorded negative economic growth when this is not the reality on the ground and even small and medium enterprises (SMEs) complain that their biggest problem is in finding workers. Only on Thursday whilst attending the Small and Medium Enterprises Association(SAMENTA) dinner at E&O Hotel, I was told by its President that business orders were firm and their biggest problem was finding workers.
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Penang is a small island located off the northwest coast of Malaysia. With a total land area of about 1,031 sq km when combined with the mainland portion of the state, we make up the second smallest state in Malaysia. However, though we may be small in size, I am sure many of you here in Singapore will agree with me when I say that good things come in small packages.
We share many similarities with Singapore. Penang, being a part of the Straits Settlements, had its humble beginnings as a prosperous port city. Naturally blessed with the strategic geographical advantage as the gateway into the Bay of Bengal and a pivotal point in the spice and silk trades, Penang was able to carve a commercial niche as an international transhipment hub and entrepôt.
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Speech By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng During The 4th World Chinese Economic Forum In Melbourne Convention Centre On 13 November 2012.
Many Asian Countries, Including Malaysia, Faces A Talent Cliff That Will Not Only Blight Economic Growth And Innovation But Also Affect Efforts To Establish Integrity In Public Life.
1. The United Nations Population Fund(UNFPA) estimated that in 2008, for the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population will be living in cities. With 3.3 billion people living in cities today this number will double by 2050 where 75% of the world’s population will live, with urban growth concentrated in Africa and Asia. For this reason whilst I agree with the Asian century, I am more inclined to think that the Century of Cities will have more relevance to us.
2. In principle, cities offer a more favourable setting for the resolution of social and environmental problems than rural areas. Cities generate jobs and income. With good governance, they can deliver education, health care and other services more efficiently than less densely settled areas simply because of their advantages of scale and proximity.
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Deepavali Message By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng During The Penang State EXCO Open House At Padang Kota Lama, George Town On 11.11.2012
Pakatan Rakyat’s Agenda Ekonomi Saksama(AES) or Equitable Economic Agenda That Wipes Out Poverty In Penang By 2013 Will Ensure All Households Have A Minimum Monthly Income Of RM770 Benefits All, Including The Indian Poor.
I wish all Hindus in Penang and Malaysia a Happy Deepavali to celebrate the Festival of the Light. To commemorate this festivity, the Penang state government has decided to shine the light on the lives of the poor by becoming the first state in Malaysia to wipe out poverty by 2013.
Pakatan Rakyat’s Agenda Ekonomi Saksama(AES) or Equitable Economic Agenda that wipes out poverty in Penang by 2013 will ensure all households have a minimum monthly income of RM 770 benefits all, including the Indian poor. Penang became the first state in Malaysia to wipe out hard-core poverty(households with monthly income of less than RNM400) in 2009 and had intended to wipe out poverty by 2015.
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Press Statement by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in Komtar, George Town on 6.11.2012
The Objective Of The Penang State Government’s HAPPY! Programme Is To Make People Happy And Not For Political Gain.
According to news reports yesterday, Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin was quoted as saying that the Penang state government’s Housing Assistance Programme of Penang, Yes! (Happy!) should not be politicised. He also added that the state government should be aware that it is the Federal government which is putting up 70 to 90% of the cost needed to repair and paint the low-cost (LC) and low medium-cost (LMC) flats under the 1Malaysia Maintenance Fund (TP1M).
The Penang state government regrets Raja Nong Chik’s statement as there is no intention whatsoever of politicising the issue. The purpose of the RM50 million HAPPY! programme is to supplement the balance of the cost of upgrading or repairing low-cost housing by the Federal government’s TP1M programme. This is to help the Federal government by ensuring that people living in LC and LMC flats will be able to live in dignity.
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Kenyataan Akhbar Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng Di Komtar George Town Pada 15.10.2012.
Rekod Lebihan Surplus Yang Paling Tinggi Dalam Sejarah Pulau Pinang Yang Naik 312% Kepada RM 138 Juta Pada 2011 Berbanding RM 33 Juta Pada 2010 Adalah Usaha Gigih Rakyat Pulau Pinang Dan Semangat Berpasukan Semua Anggota Pentadbiran Kerajaan Negeri.
Pengesahan Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2011 bahawa lebihan surplus yang paling tinggi dicatat dalam sejarah Pulau Pinang yang naik 312% kepada RM 138 juta pada 2011 berbanding RM 33 juta pada 2010 adalah usaha gigih rakyat pulau pinang dan semangat berpasukan semua anggota pentadbiran kerajaan negeri. Pentadbiran Cekap Akauntabel dan Telus atau CAT kerajaan negeri PR telahpun membolehkan surplus naik RM 105 juta dalam setahun ke rekod RM 138 juta berdasarkan kenaikan hasil yang dikutip yang naik RM 192 juta atau 47% daripada RM 411 juta pada 2010 kepada RM 603 juta pada 2011 sungguhpun perbelanjaan mengurus naik RM 88 juta atau 23% daripada RM 377 juta pada 2011 kepada RM 465 juta pada 2011.
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Budget Parliamentary Speech By DAP Secretary-General And Member Of Parliament For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 1.10.2012.
The 2013 Budget has been seen as a handout and goodies laden budget put forth with the intention to ‘buy’ the votes of the Malaysian public in the run up to the next general election. The unprecedented scale and scope of the handouts announced shows that the BN is scared and running nervous that the voters are fed up of 55 years of mismanagement and corrupt rule.
Although the 2013 budget seems to have allocated a large sum of money to be distributed to the people, through programs such as BR1M 2.0, book vouchers for college students, vouchers for primary and secondary school students, smartphone rebates for young people, the amount that will be given out to cronies and that which will be wasted through corruption will far surpass this.
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Even though many goodies where announced during yesterday’s Budget 2013 speech by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, this budget has failed the Malaysian people by not addressing three crucial areas which are necessary to guarantee the long term well-being of our country and its people – namely fiscal prudence, economic sustainability and cost of living increases.
Firstly, even though the budget deficit is projected to come down from 4.5% in 2012 to a ‘mere’ 4.0% in 2013, this figure masks the poor track record of the BN government in sticking to its spending plans. For example, total expenditure for Budget 2012 was announced at RM232.8b in last’s year’s budget speech. But in this year’s Economic Report 2012 / 2013, total expenditure for 2012 is projected to total up to RM252.4b. This is almost RM20b more than the projected expenditure announced last year.
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Opening Speech by Lim Guan Eng at Debate 2.0 on 8 July 2012
CEO of ASLI Tan Sri Michael Yeoh, my learned opponent, ladies and gentlemen: Salam bersih kepada semua.
Kita berkumpul di sini untuk menentukan dasar parti manakah yang lebih boleh memberi manfaat kepada rakyat Malaysia. Seharusnya, satu perbahasan patut diadakan di antara Perdana Menteri, Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak, dan Ketua Pembangkang, Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Malangnya Perdana Menteri enggan berbahas dengan Anwar. Adakah Najib enggan berbahas dengan Anwar kerana beliau bimbang selepas perbahasan, rakyat akan membuat pernilaian bahawa Anwar lebih layak menjadi Perdana Menteri Malaysia?
In fact, MCA is not qualified to be here to discuss about policies because MCA does not decide, it is UMNO that decides. MCA claims to speak only for the Chinese, and yet only the Chinese in the Peninsula, and not the Chinese in Sabah and Sarawak. This is different from the DAP, that wants to speak for all Malaysians. DAP mahu bersuara untuk semua orang Malaysia: Melayu, Cina, India, Kadazan dan Iban, kerana kita semua rakyat Malaysia, bukan macam MCA, yang kononnya mahu mewakili orang Cina sahaja.
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BN must adopt a bold innovatice approach to overcome corruption and adopt market-oriented reforms based on CIMB Group chief Datuk Seri Nazir Razak proposals to transform Malaysia into a high-income economy. This follows the startling admission by Nazir in a Financial Times interview that not enough has been done to either overcome corruption and adopt market-oriented reforms that would affect Malaysia’s efforts to escape the middle-income trap by 2020.
Nazir had suggested granting an amnesty for those involved in minor corruption, as has been done in Hong Kong; rolling back government in business, both in terms of bureaucracies but also in terms of its direct involvement. Probably Nazir was referring to loss making government-linked corporations or GLCs ranging from MAS to Proton.
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