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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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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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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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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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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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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Press Statement by DAP Secretary General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng on 21 June 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.
DAP calls for new laws to be enacted by the new Malaysian Parliament by amending the Environmental Quality Act to prevent any companies from contributing to the hazardous and severe haze afflicting Singapore and Malaysia that will have harmful health consequences to the affected population. So hazardous is the haze that 200 schools in Muar, Batu Pahat and Pasir Gudang had to be shut down.
The people are expecting some sort of direct action from our new parliamentarians. I will be directing Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching to present such proposals through an urgent motion in Parliament next week.
Such proposed laws must be the immediate task of the new group of MPs which will allow Malaysia to take action against any Malaysian companies AND foreign companies operating in Malaysia that contributed or was responsible or played a par directly or indirectly in the trans-boundary fires in Indonesia that caused pollution to harmful levels, adverse health effects and economic losses across the region.
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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang and Penang Green Council Chairman, Lim Guan Eng during World Environment Day Celebration 2013 on 16 June 2013:
Thank you for joining us this morning for the World Environment Day Celebration during the Car Free Day of George Town. I would like to wish Selamat Datang or Welcome to all of you.
During 6 June, the actual date of World Environment Day, the Penang State government has announced that we will take the lead by implementing Green Public Procurement (GPP) by requiring all government purchases be given priority to green products, such as name cards printed on recycled materials using soy-ink (non-toxic). This suggests that the government to look into life-cycle costing and apply pressure on suppliers to bring more environmentally friendly products to the market place through a combination of legislation and changes in tendering policy.
According to UNEP, Government purchasing can account for up to 30% of gross domestic product. GPP harnesses the government’s immense buying power in favor of sustainable development goals, it will be a major factor in social and economic progress, innovation and environmental protection.
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Press Statement by Chief Minister of Penang and Penang Green Council Chairman, LimGuan Eng at KOMTAR on 12 June 2013:
In conjunction with the World Environment Day every 5 Jun, Penang Green Council (PGC) is organizing the World Environment Day Celebration 2013 on 16th June 2013 (Sunday), at Lebuh Pantai from 8.00 am to 12.00 noon.
The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save. Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your FOODprint. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.
Malaysians are either overeating or wasting food, throwing away up to 930 tonnes of unconsumed food daily. This is equivalent to throwing away 93,000 10kg bags of rice each day.
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Opening Speech By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng During The Launch Of The “Penang Green Report Card Roadshow” at Gurney Plaza On 19.3.2013
I am very pleased to be here today to officiate the “Penang Green Report Card Roadshow”, which presents the achievement of Penang PR government over the last five year.
Our vision is for Penang is to become an international and intelligent state – one that educates and nurtures talent; one that promotes and rewards diligence, expertise and entrepreneurship; one that is livable by being clean, green, safe and healthy; and one that practices integrity, justice and people-centric governance.
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Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng on 14 December 2012 in Kuala Lumpur.
Is the Malaysian Cabinet and in particular 4 Ministers lying or Lynas the liar, over the controversy whether the Temporary Operating License(TOL) granted to Lynas has a strict conditon that the rare earth toxic waste residue can not remain in Malaysia but must be exported out of the country? Whilst Lynas claims that it has become a political football due to impending general elections, this is a serious issue with long-term consequences lasting a lifetime that is more important than once in 5 years elections.
Many Malaysians worried about their health and children’s safety are asking following conflicting reports between both Lynas and the Malaysian government whether the TOL makes it compulsory for the wastes to be exported. Based on which party the statements were addressed to, it is clear that Lynas is telling the truth and the entire BN Cabinet is lying.
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Ladies & Gentlemen,
Good morning! I am very happy to see so many participants here today to this important issue in Penang-Eco-town Workshop. I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome delegates who are here for the first time.
I understand that the involvement of Penang in the eco-town process started since 2004 and it continues today. Since its inception, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/ International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) and the Global Environment Centre (GEC) have generously been supporting this kind of workshops in various cities in the Asia-Pacific Region.
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Opening Speech by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng During The Joint DAPSY and Wanita National Congress On 9.12.2012 in Kuala Lumpur.
DAP demands that BN should stop the operation of Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp) now or 4 Ministers should resign to take full responsibility for failing to fulfill their own promise that the rare earth waste will not remain but be exported out of Malaysia. BN’s insincerity and lack of commitment to make public health and safety the utmost priority follows a recent admission by Lynas’ Managing Director, Mashal Ahmad that no residues from the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp) would be exported out from Malaysia.
The admission by Mashal contradicts the 7-paragraph joint ministerial statement on 22 February 2012 by 4 ministers whose portfolios are directly associated with Lynas’ application to set up and operate the plant namely International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamad; Science and Technology Minister Maximus Johnity Ongkili; Natural Resources and Environment Minister Douglas Unggah Embas; and Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai as follows:
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Kenyataan Akhbar Setiausaha Agung DAP Dan Ahli Parlimen Kawasan Bagan Lim Guan Eng Di Kuala Lumpur Pada 26.10.2012.
DAP ingin mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidiladha kepada semua umah Islam dan mengirimkan harapan keamanan, kemakmuran, keadilan dan kebebasan dalam keadaan yang adil dan saksama. Konsep pengorbanan dalam Islam amatlah dikagumi, termasuk mesra dengan alam sekitar yang dikurniakan yang dikurniakan oleh Tuhan.
Demi memastikan tidak berlakunya pencemaran alam sekitar maka DAP ingin mencadangkan projek-projek pembangunan yang mencemarkan alam sekitar seperti kilang nadir bumi Lynas di Kuantan ditutup, menolak atau membatalkan cadangan kerajaan persekutuan BN membina 2 loji reaktor nuklear di Malaysia serta mengkaji semula lokasi RAPID di Pengerang, Johor.
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Speech By Penang Chief Minister and DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng At The DAP Pahang State Annual Convention In Raub On 9.9.2012.
Pahang must punish BN for breakin gits promises of building an independent Chinese school in Kuantan, protecting the people’s health in the Lynas Rare Earth Plant in Kuantan and the use of cyanide by the Raub Australian Gold Mining Sdn Bhd(RAGM) in Bukit Koman before the general elections.
In Johor the Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC) project is causing grave problems to the villagers, including eight old Chinese cemeteries. In Pahang, the problem is even more acute as a result of a powerful BN that has become arrogant and forgot to listen to the people.
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