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If It Takes Higher Domestic Water Tariffs To Reduce Domestic Water Consumption So That Penang Can Avoid Water Rationing And Succeed In Implementing The RM 2 Billion SPRWS, Then This Has To Be Done.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 24.4.2014.

As a people-centric government, the Penang PR state government will take into account the views by the rakyat and NGOs when formulating the water tariff hike as one of the measures to avoid water rationing. This follows public calls not to increase the first band of water tariff of “0-20 m3 at 22 sen/m3” (No change) to reward those who save water.

I have reiterated to Penang Water Supply Corporation(PBAPP) General Manager Jaseni Maidinsa that the water tariff hike must reduce the high water usage in Penang and yet neither overburden the poor nor penalise conscientious water users. After the tariff hike, PBAPP has been directed to ensure that Penang’s domestic tariffs for the first 35,000 litres would still be the lowest in Malaysia.

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Condemns The Escalating Use of Coal-Fired Power Plants Where Federal Government Cronies In 1Malaysia Development Bhd(1MDB) Will Benefit With 2 Huge Coal-Fired Of 1,000 MW Plants Each In Negeri Sembilan.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 16.4.2014.

Energy, Green Technology And Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili’s has reiterated that the Federal government is not making any decision about nuclear energy usage until a comprehensive study is conducted in his written reply to my Parliamentary question on 8th April 2014.(see attached).

DAP hopes that the Federal government will not proceed with nuclear energy due to its inherent dangers that were exposed in the Fukushima nuclear plant following the earthquake tsunami in Japan on 11.3.2011. Despite the nuclear disaster, the previous Minister Datuk Peter Chin had announced BN’s insistence and intention to build not one, but two nuclear-power generating plants in Malaysia.

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PERLUNYA KeTTHA MELAKSANAKAN SEGERA SKIM BEKALAN AIR MENTAH SEBANYAK RM 300 JUTA DARI SUNGAI PERAK,PERAK KE PULAU PINANG -SUNGAI PERAK RAW WATER SCHEME (SPRWS) DEMI MENJAMINKAN BEKALAN AIR YANG MENCUKUPI D MULAI 2020.(bm/cn)

Rujukan Kami : 1.02.04.00005.02
Rujukan Tuan : KeTTHA:BPA(S) 666/6/31(22)
Tarikh : 07 April 2014

Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili
Menteri Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air Malaysia
Kementerian Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air Malaysia
Aras 6, Blok E4/5
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
62668 Putrajaya

YB Datuk Seri Panglima

PERLUNYA KeTTHA MELAKSANAKAN SEGERA SKIM BEKALAN AIR MENTAH SEBANYAK RM 300 JUTA DARI SUNGAI PERAK,PERAK KE PULAU PINANG -SUNGAI PERAK RAW WATER SCHEME (SPRWS) DEMI MENJAMINKAN BEKALAN AIR YANG MENCUKUPI D MULAI 2020.
Dengan hormatnya kami merujuk kepada perbualan kami di ruang Parlimen minggu lepas berkaitan surat YB rujukan KeTTHA:BPA(S) 666/6/31(22) tanggal 18 September 2013 mengenai perkara di atas.

Kami ingin menegaskan bahawa dengan siap binanya projek pembesaran Empangan Mengkuang, bekalan sumber air mentah (total reliable yield) di Negeri Pulau Pinang tidak dapat memenuhi permintaan bekalan air menjelang 2020 dan bukannya 2026 atau 2030 seperti yang dimaklumkan dalam surat YB di atas. Malah permintaan air yang kian meningkat dengan pertambahan penduduk dan pembangunan yang pesat, bekalan air di Pulau Pinang mungkin tertekan mulai 2020.

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The Penang State Government Made The Choice To Avoid The Risk Of Water Rationing At All Cost By Reducing High Domestic Water Usage Through Increasing Tariff Rates.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 7.4.2014.

The Penang state government is extremely concerned by the statement made by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel yesterday of the likelihood of El Niño or prolonged warming in the Pacific Ocean, developing in the second half of this year that will worsen dry weather conditions. Palanivel said that the likelihood of El Nino was disclosed by the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre’s (ASMC) during a recent conference in Brunei and rainfall is expected to be below average for most parts of the southern region until end of the southwest monsoon season in early October.

I have asked Penang State Secretary Datuk Farizan Darus to request a special briefing from Palanivel’s Ministry to Penang State EXCO, on the likelihood of El Nino causing reduced rainfall until October this year. The unusually long drought has caused water rationing to be imposed not only in Selangor and Johor but also in Taiping, the wettest town in Peninsular Malaysia.

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Penang’s Proposed Water Tariff Hike Is To Avoid Water Rationing, Whose Proceeds Goes Towards Government’s Water Projects, Is Different From Sugar Price Hike That Benefits Not The Government But Only Private Cronies.(en/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 5 April 2014.

Penang PR state government’s proposed water tariff hike is intended to avoid carrying out water rationing, where the proceeds goes towards government’s water projects. This is different from sugar price hike that benefits not the government but only private cronies controlling the sugar business. Pro-BN mainstream media has adopted the MCA and Gerakan line of attack on the proposed water tariff hike by equating the water tariff hike to the sugar price hike.

Equating the rationale for the water and sugar price hike is illogical and a specious fallacy because the proposed water tariff hike intends to avoid water rationing in the future. The sugar price hike is not to avoid any sugar rationing. When the Federal government decided not to subsidise sugar by removing the 20 cents subsidy, the private cronies controlling the sugar business did not lose a single cent but still recorded profits. These profits continued to be earned at the expense of the people who paid a higher price.

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Penang will still enjoy the lowest water tariffs in Malaysia. (En/Cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 4 April 2014.

I am not surprised that New Straits Times and the mainstream media has politicised the state government’s decision to raise water tariffs instead of focusing on our main intention of reducing water consumption to avoid water rationing in future. The mainstream media had either selectively published distorted and inaccurate information or reduced our explanation to the local pages whilst prominence is given to criticisms in the national pages.

The state government has a responsibility to do everything possible to avoid water rationing and will not allow the important issue of water resources and availability to be politicised. Despite Penang having the best water supply management of a Non-Revenue Water(NRW) at 17.6% as compared to the national average NRW of 36.4%, Penang has the worst water demand management in the country with a consumption of 311 liters per capita per day.
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The Penang State Government’s Priority Is To Avoid Any Water Rationing, Where Efficient And Effective Water Supply And Water Demand Management Is Essential.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 3 April 2014.

The Penang state government’s priority is to avoid any water rationing, where efficient and effective water supply and water demand management is essential. For the last 6 years, focus has been on water supply management to meet not only increasing demands from Penang’s growing population but also accelerated development and investment projects. This is proven by Penang’s Non-Revenue Water(NRW) of 17.6%, the lowest in the country, as compared to the national average of 36.4%.

There is no doubt that the pace of development in Penang over the last 6 years is more than the previous 18 years. Penang as a location of choice for investment is demonstrated by being the top FDI recipient in Malaysia for the period of 2010 to August 2013, of RM 19.7 billion or nearly 20% of Malaysia’s total FDI of RM103 billion. Previously Penang was never the top investment state in Malaysia but achieved that distinction twice in 2010 and 2011.

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Penang State EXCO Will Decide At Its Weekly Meeting On 2 April 2014 Whether To Follow The Perak State Government In Imposing Water Rationing In Taiping.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister And Penang Water Supply Corporation Chairman Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 30.3.2014.

Penang State EXCO Will Decide At Its Weekly Meeting On 2 April 2014 Whether To Follow The Perak State Government In Imposing Water Rationing In Taiping.

The Penang state EXCO will decide at our weekly meeting on 2 April 2014 whether to follow the decision of the Perak state government to impose water rationing in Taiping. I was shocked to learn that the Perak state government will embark on water rationing for the first time ever in the wettest town in Peninuslar Malaysia, which is Taiping next week.

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Senior Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang or PBAPP Officials Will Be Sacked If False Information Is Given About Water Stocks In Penang Dams And Water Rationing Imposed In March 2014.(en/cn)

Press Statement by Penang Chief Minister and Chairman of PBA Holdings Lim Guan Eng in Komgtar George Town on 27 February 2014.

Senior PBAPP officials will be sacked if false information is given about water stocks in Penang dams and water rationing imposed in March 2014. This shows how serious and committed the state government towards dealing with the severe drought season afflicting Peninsular Malaysia in ensuring that there is no disruption in water supply as well as in the daily lives of 1.6 million Penangites and investors.

From daily briefings given by PBAPP, senior officials have given assurances that there is adequate water with the Air Itam Dam at 70% capacity, Teluk Bahang Dam at 90% capacity and Mengkuang Dam at 50% capacity,brought down to 50% because of ongoing contruction works to more than double its capacity. PBAPP officials have assured me that there is no water shortage and no need for water rationing even if the rains do not fall in March.

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4th anniversary of Green Building Index

Speech by Penang Chief Minister YAB Lim Guan Eng
At the 4th anniversary of Green Building Index
At Auditorium F, Komtar on 12 October 2013

First and foremost, I wish to thank the organizers, Green Building Index, GBI, for inviting me to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the launch of GBI in Penang.

Secondly, I would like to thank all the owners and developers who have made time to come and receive the Certificates of Appreciation. Penang is the first state to acknowledge and appreciate the effort put in by them to make their buildings green, and in the process, promoting sustainability in the state.

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Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang memandang serius keadaan jerebu yang kini kembali melanda Pulau Pinang dengan tahap pemandangan yang kian merosot.(bm/cn)

Kenyataan Akhbar oleh Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, YAB Lim Guan Eng pada 24 Julai 2013 di KOMTAR, George Town.

Meskipun Pulau Pinang belum mencapai paras Indeks Pencemaran Udara (IPU) yang berbahaya seperti yang melanda Malaysia sebulan yang lalu, Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang ingin meminta rakyat supaya lebih berhati-hati dalam menjalankan urusan harian mereka khususnya dalam aspek penjagaan kesihatan.

Kerajaan Negeri akan membincangkan isu-isu yang berkaitan dengan masalah jerebu dalam Mesyuarat Majlis Perundingan dan Ketenteraman Awam Negeri Pulau Pinang pada hari esok untuk menggariskan langkah-langkah yang perlu diambil sekiranya keadaan jerebu semakin meruncing.

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Penang Will Support Kedah’s Efforts To Seek Federal Funds To Help Conserve The Muda River Basin And Water Catchment Areas. (en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On7.7.2013

Penang Will Support Kedah’s Efforts To Seek Federal Funds To Help Conserve The Muda River Basin And Water Catchment Areas.

Penang will support Kedah State Government’s efforts to seek federal funds to help conserve the Muda River Basin and water catchment areas for the benefit of three states – Kedah, Penang and Perlis. We should be clear that the Muda River does not only benefit Penang. Kedah also draws water from the river for their water supply and irrigation needs. The Muda River is also an important water source for the southern area of Perlis.

As such, the preservation of the Ulu Muda catchment in Kedah is a federal issue because it involves three states’ water supply as well as the conservation of a natural forest area for the benefit of all Malaysians. As noted on the Friends of Ulu Muda (FoUM) website (saveulumuda.com), the catchments in Ulu Muda, which cover an area of 160,000 hectares, has been under threat by prospect of logging since 2002, as well as forest conversions, illegal and unregulated extraction of forest resources and unsustainable tourism development. As such it has been recommended that:-

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The Penang State Government Urges The Education Ministry Not To Risk Our Children’s Health But To Automatically Close Down All Schools When The Air Pollution Index(API) Exceeds 150.(en/cn)

Press Statement by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 25 June 2013.

The Penang state government urges the Education Ministry not to risk our children’s health but to automatically close down all schools when the API exceeds 150. The current guidelines of automatic closure of schools where the API is more than 300 and that schools must remain open if the API is below 250, is not practical and just too low.

If even adults feel like falling sick with sore eyes and throats from prolonged exposure when the API exceeds 150, what more young children? The Penang state government feels that public health and safety cannot be compromised and to wait until the API exceeds more than 300 before there is school closure, is just irresponsible.

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All Areas With Air Pollutant Index (API) Readings Of 300 Or More Should Be Under A State Of Emergency And Not Wait Until It Exceeds 700 And Schools Should Be Automatically Closed When The API Reaches 150.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 24 June 2013.

Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak should not share Natural Resources and Environment Minister G. Palanivel’s lackadaisical and irresponsible attitude in handling the haze crisis by announcing an emergency status in Muar and Ledang, not when the Air Pollutant Index (API) readings reached 300, but only after it reached 746 on 23.6.2013. What is shocking is that Palanivel was more concerned about completing the panda house than dealing immediately with the haze crisis.

The Department of Environment states that an API reading of more than 300 is hazardous to health. All areas with API readings of 300 or more should be under a state of emergency and not wait until it exceeds 700. In other words Melaka should also be under a state of emergency as the API reading there is above 300.

Many are already falling sick in Johor, Selangor, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan. All school principals in areas with API above 100 should be given the full discretion to decide whether to close schools whilst automatic closure of schools should be implemented when the API reaches 150.

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Not Just Indonesia But Malaysia Too Must Prosecute And Punish Any Malaysian Plantation Companies Who Are PROVEN To Be Involved In The Outlawed Slash-and-Burn Methods Of Clearing Land For Their Plantations In Sumatera.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng on 24 June 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.

Indonesian Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya’s claims that eight companies with Malaysian ownership were contributing to the haze pollution by using the cheap but outlawed slash-and-burn methods to clear land for their plantations must be fully verified. If true, not just Indonesia but Malaysia too must prosecute and punish any Malaysian plantation companies who are proven to be involved in the outlawed slash-and-burn methods of clearing land for their plantations in Sumatera.

Balthasar said that the allegations will be followed up by Riau Police. One of the alleged offenders is PT Tunggal Mitra Plantation, a unit of Minamas Plantation, a subsidiary of Malaysia-based Sime Darby Plantations, one of the world’s largest listed oil palm plantations. Another is PT Adei Plantation, owned by Kepong Berhad. The others are PT Langgam Inti Hibrida, PT Bumi Reksa Nusa Sejati, PT Udaya Loh Denawi, PT Jatim Jaya Perkasa, PT Multi Gambut Industri, and PT Mustika Agro Lestari.

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