Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 14.12.2014.
The police report lodged by Batu Kawan Umno vice-chief Khairuddin Abu Hassan against 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) for mismanagement of funds has exposed the intense internal power struggle and crisis within UMNO. UMNO cannot distract attention from the UMNO internal crisis over 1MDB by bullying me with lies that I am trying to interfere in Islamic affairs for my statement that an Islamic religious edict or fatwa is not applicable on non-Muslims because Islamic laws cannot be imposed on non-Muslims.
This position that a fatwa does not apply to non-Muslims is not only human and morally right but also sanctioned by the Federal Constitution and even embodied by the Administration of the Religion of Islam(State of Penang) Enactment 2004. Section 49(1) of the Enactment states that a fatwa shall be binding on every Muslim in the state…, without mentioning non-Muslims, clearly restricting its application on Muslims.
Continue reading ‘UMNO Cannot Distract Attention From The UMNO Internal Crisis Over 1MDB By Bullying Me With Lies That I Am Trying To Interfere In Islamic Affairs For My Statement That An Islamic Religious Edict Or Fatwa Is Not Applicable On Non-Muslims Because Islamic Laws Cannot Be Imposed On Non-Muslims.(e/c)’
Berat sama dipikul, ringan sama dijinjing.
Gunung sama didaki, lurah sama dituruni.
Biar putih tulang, jangan putih mata.
Salam Ubah dan salam Bersih kepada semua.
I thank all invited guests, delegates and observers for being here, especially to those who traveled afar.
Today we are gathered here at the DAP National Conference 2014 in Subang Jaya to chart the future of the party and Malaysia for we believe that together with all other progressive Malaysians, we hold the key to Putrajaya and to a new and better Malaysia.
Continue reading ‘Policy Speech by DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng at DAP National Conference 2014 on 14th December 2014 in Subang Jaya.(e/m/c)’
Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 7.12.2014.
DAP strongly disagrees with former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over Christoph R Mueller’s appointment as chief executive officer-designate of Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAS NewCo) shows that Malaysians are stupid in not knowing how to manage aviation incurring billions of ringgit of losses since its inception.
In fact, it is BN and not Malaysians who is stupid, by relying on racism to cloak incompetent cronies instead of spotting talented Malaysians right before their very eyes such as the Air Asia team of Tony Fernandes, Datuk Kamarudin Meranon and Azran Osman Rani. The success of Air Asia is well-known internationally. Without a single cent in government support and subsidies, they have transformed the airline industry by offering affordable fares where “everyone can fly”.
Continue reading ‘BN Not Malaysians Are Stupid By Relying On Racism To Cloak Incompetent Cronies Instead Of Spotting Talented Malaysians Right Before Their Very Eyes Such As The Air Asia Team Of Tony Fernandes, Datuk Kamarudin Meranon And Azran Osman Rani.(en/cn)’
SOCDEM Asia Conference on Lessons and Best Practices on Local Democracy and Governance in the 21st Century
Keynote address by Rt. Honourable Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang
2 December 2014 | George Town
The George Town Conurbation (GTC) consists of the highly urbanised Penang Island, Seberang Perai, Sungai Petani, Kulim and the surrounding areas (see map). With a population of 1.6 million according to the National Cencus in 2000, it was the second-largest metropolitan area in Malaysia after the Kuala Lumpur conurbation (Klang Valley), which had a population of 4.9 million. Johor Bahru had 1.5 million. The population of the GTC is now estimated at 2 million.
A conurbation is defined as “an urban area that encompasses several cities or towns physically agglomerated and forming a built-up area through population growth”.
Continue reading ‘Technological Competence And Democratic Institutional Change Based On Talent, Technology And Tolerance Of New Ideas.(e/c)’
Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 30.11.2014.
Police reports will be lodged against Penang UMNO leaders like UMNO Permatang Pauh Division Chairman Datuk Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said, for criminal defamation and seditious lies made with malicious intent to incite racial hatred, including lies that the political and economic strength of the Chinese in Penang comes from illegal economic activities such as illegal gambling, prostitution and entertainment outlets. The Penang state government is under no illusions that any action will be taken by the Federal government against UMNO leaders.
Despite the likelihood that no action will be taken, police reports must be lodged for the record to defend the dignity and honour of the people of Penang, including the Chinese community who are being taunted by such humiliation. Everyone in Penang can succeed whether Chinese, Malay or Indian, if they are honest and work hard. To accuse the Chinese who have succeeded as being engaged in illegal activity is an insult and contempt towards those who are clean, honest and hard-working.
Continue reading ‘Datuk Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said Should Not Be So Ignorant, By Pretending Not To Know I Have No Powers Over The Police, But Should Have The Courage to Give Information Of Illegal Gambling, Prostitution And Entertainment Outlets In Penang To The Penang Chief Police Officer.(e/c)’
Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 28.11.2014.
If The Prime Minister Can Blithely Break His Thrice-Repeated Promise To Repeal The Sedition Act Without Consulting The Cabinet, Can He Be Trusted To Keep His Promises To Fight Corruption, Reduce Debts And Income Inequality As Well As Not Close Down Chinese And Tamil Schools When MCA, MIC, Gerakan, SUPP And PBS Are Political Parasites That Are Stooges And Sycophants Of UMNO?
If Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak can blithely break his thrice-repeated promise to repeal the Sedition Act without consulting the Cabinet, can he be trusted to keep his promises to fight corruption, reduce debts and income inequality as well as not close down Chinese and Tamil schools when MCA, MIC, Gerakan, SUPP and PBS are political parasites that are stooges and sycophants of UMNO? In announcing that the Sedition Act would not be repealed but instead strengthened, Najib said that he arrived at his decision after consulting UMNO leaders, UMNO supporters and NGOs.
MIC Deputy President Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam had confirmed the non-Malay BN component parties’ status as political parasites that are UMNO’s stooges and sycophants when he admitted that neither MIC nor Cabinet was consulted prior to Najib’s unilateral announcement. Despite this humiliation by Najib, or MCA and Gerakan’s earlier call to abolish the Sedition Act, we can expect both MCA and Gerakan leaders to obediently support and comply with UMNO to impose even harsher restrictions in the Sedition Act.
Continue reading ‘If The Prime Minister Can Blithely Break His Thrice-Repeated Promise To Repeal The Sedition Act Without Consulting The Cabinet, Can He Be Trusted To Keep His Promises ? (e/m/c)’
Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 28.11.2014.
Penang UMNO’s grievous insults, outrageous slurs and lies that the political and economic strength of the Chinese in Penang comes from illegal economic activities such as illegal is also directed at Penang Police who had openly denied such activities. Penang UMNO Permatang Pauh Division Chairman Datuk Mohd Zaid Mohd Said said such illegal activities flourished because the Malays are mild-mannered and the relevant authorities are turning a blind eye to them. This is not only irresponsible but wrong.
This contradicts the repeated assertions by Penang Chief Police Officer Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi that there are no such illegal activities in Penang. As late as the end of last month, Datuk Abdul Rahim said that the police had conducted raids on the gambling dens adding that, “For the record, Penang has zero illegal gambling machines.” .
Continue reading ‘Penang UMNO’s Grievous Insults, Outrageous Slurs And Lies That The Political And Economic Strength Of The Chinese In Penang Comes From Illegal Economic Activities Such As Illegal Gambling , Prostitution And Entertainment Outlets Is Also Directed At Penang Police Who Had Openly Denied Such Activities.(e/m/c)’
Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 27.11.2014.
The UMNO General Assembly should stop manufacturing lies to foment religious and racial hatred against non-Malays and non-Muslims but focus instead on the economic distress suffered by Malaysians and debate how a young Malaysian Jho Low became so wealthy, until he can donate US$25 million to the United Nations. Reuters reported that Jho Low, a Hong Kong-based philanthropist will be granting a US$25 million (RM83.7 million) 15-year investment to allow the United Nations (UN) to spin off its humanitarian news service Integrated Regional Information Networks (Irin) as an independent Swiss-based foundation.
How come no questions were raised about how a wealthy Malaysian is not giving the same attention to do charity in his own country? Is the loud silence by UMNO General Assembly related to impressions that Jho Low is untouchable due to his close links with top UMNO personalities as well as with the controversial 1MDB?
Continue reading ‘The UMNO General Assembly Should Stop Manufacturing Lies To Foment Religious And Racial Hatred Against Non-Malays And Non-Muslims But Focus Instead On The Economic Distress Suffered By Malaysians And Debate How A Young Malaysian Jho Low Became So Wealthy, Until He Can Donate US$25 Million To The United Nations.(e/m/c)’
Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 24.11.2014.
The Prime Minister’s promises of not abolishing Chinese primary schools as demanded by UMNO leaders will only be credible if these UMNO leaders are charged for sedition as done in the past and the Prime Minister fulfills his thrice repeated promise to abolish the Sedition Act 1948. Whilst DAP opposes the Sedition Act that violates fundamental human rights and freedom of expression, the failure to implement the sedition laws fairly and impartially proves that the Sedition Act is being exploited as a political weapon against opposition leaders, academics who question BN policies and dissenters.
So long as the Sedition Act exists in the statute books, it must be enforced fairly and impartially without fear or favour. In the 1970s BN leaders who called for the abolition of Chinese primary schools were immediately charged under the Sedition Act. Even a Sabah MP Mark Koding was stripped of all his privileges and benefits as an MP after he was convicted for sedition for calling for the abolition of Chinese schools in 1978.
Continue reading ‘The Prime Minister’s Promises Of Not Abolishing Chinese Primary Schools As Demanded By UMNO Leaders Will Only Be Credible If These UMNO Leaders Are Charged For Sedition As Done In The Past And The Prime Minister Fulfills His Thrice Repeated Promise To Abolish The Sedition Act. (e/m/c)’
Opening Speech By Penang Chief Minister And DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In The DAP Penang State Annual Convention In Bukit Mertajam On 23.11.2014
The DAP intends to showcase the PR Penang state government as a model of good governance because we believe in the ideal of a government as good as its people – especially those who are honest and hardworking. The attributes of Penangites as honest and diligent are reflected in a Penang state government that is clean, efficient and effective. Indeed, the commendation accorded on Penang in the annual Auditor-General Reports and even by Transparency International, proves that a clean government can do better than a corrupt administration.
DAP has proven that we are an effective opposition party that is a fearless voice and defender of the rakyat but that our record in Penang, shows we can also govern within PR much better than BN. Since we took over on 8 March 2008, we have recorded annual surpluses every year and surpluses from 2008-2013 amounts to RM453 million, reduced our state debts by 90% and increased our reserves by more than 50% or RM500 million to RM1.3 billion
Continue reading ‘A Government As Good As Its People – People Who Are Honest And Hard Working(e/m/c)’
Opening Speech By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In The DAP State Annual Convention In Kota Kinabalu On 22.11.2014 Released Also In Kuala Lumpur.
DAP will stand solidly behind DAP National Publicity Secretary, Selangor DAP Chair and Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua against the defamation suit filed against him by Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Abdul Razak pertaining to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) controversy. DAP National Legal Bureau Chairman and MP for Puchong will be tasked with assembling a panel of top legal practitioners to defend Tony Pua.
This is a historic case as this is the first time in Malaysian history that a Prime Minister is filing a legal suit against an opposition lawmaker. Clearly this will not be a routine defamation action relating to the personal standing of the Prime Minister but also possesses far reaching consequences for the political implications.
Even though the Prime Minister has only issued a notice of demand to Tony Pua, the Prime Minister clearly
had already made up his mind to go all the way and sue. As such, DAP does not wish to make further comments on the proposed legal suit by the Prime Minister but to let the courts decide. Continue reading ‘Whilst The Defamation Suit By The Prime Minister Against Tony Pua Is Personal And Private, The Management Decisions Taken By 1MDB And The Finance Ministry Is Public And Of National Interest, Should Not Stifle Public Discourse And Choke Off Any Media Coverage On 1MDB When It Involves RM41.9 Billion In Debt And RM 49 Billion In Total Liabilities.’
Opening speech by Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Penang and Chairman of Penang Green Council during Green Pinang 3A (Achievements, Awards & Accolades) Gala 2014 at Lim Lean Teng Hall on 20 Nov 2014:
First of all, I would like to extend a warm welcome for your gracious presence at tonight’s environmental excellence award ceremony, also marking the end of the last chapter in 2014. It is an honour for me to officiate the Green Pinang 3A Gala 2014, where 3A stands for Achievements, Awards & Accolades.
Tonight, Penang State Government is acknowledging all green spirits, who have had outstanding contributions and achievement in environmental conservation. This is also an appreciation night to honour 11 individuals and organisations in Penang that obtained recognition nationally or regionally for their contributions and hard work in the sustainability and environmental excellence, which is a great prestige this evening.
On top of that, we are also presenting awards to the winners of Penang Green School Award, Penang Green Office Project Certification, Penang Green Innovation Incentive, Penang Green Journalism Award and Penang Green Video Contest.
Continue reading ‘Opening speech by Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Penang and Chairman of Penang Green Council during Green Pinang 3A (Achievements, Awards & Accolades) Gala 2014′
Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 18.11.2014.
The Penang State Government Will Be Seeking A Meeting With 1MDB For Full Accountability Of Its Plans For 234 Acres Land In Air Itam Purchased For RM1.38 Billion As Well As The RM 41.9 Billion Loans Incurred That Increased Its Financing Costs To RM 2.4 Billion From RM 1.6 Billion That Caused Losses Of RM 665.3 Million For The Financial Year 31 March 2014.
The Penang state government will be seeking a meeting with 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) for full accountability of its plans for 234 acres land in Air Itam purchased for RM 1.38 billion as well as the RM 41.9 billion loans incurred that increased its financing costs to RM 2.4 billion from RM 1.6 billion that caused losses of RM 665.3 million for the financial year 31 March 2014. Even though 1MDB chairman Tan Sri Lodin Wok Kamaruddin had a media briefing session yesterday, he left questions unanswered on the extent of Federal government liability, including the letter of support given by the Federal government for a US$ 3 billion loan issue, and also for other loans taken by 1MDB.
Continue reading ‘The Penang State Government Will Be Seeking A Meeting With 1MDB For Full Accountability Of Its Plans For 234 Acres Land In Air Itam Purchased For RM1.38 Billion As Well As The RM 41.9 Billion Loans Incurred That Increased Its Financing Costs To RM 2.4 Billion From RM 1.6 Billion That Caused Losses Of RM 665.3 Million For The Financial Year 31 March 2014. (En/Cn)’
Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 16.11.2014.
PAS Misses The Simple Truth That The DAP Central Executive Committee (CEC) Unanimous Resolution For PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang To Attend PR Leadership Council Meetings Is To Restore Public Trust And Confidence In PR That All 3 Component Parties Keeps Its Promises And Fulfill Its Commitments.
Since DAP publicly urged PAS President Hadi Awang to be present at all Pakatan Rakyat Leadership Council meetings, PAS leaders have responded negatively. Clearly, PAS misses the simple truth that the DAP Central Executive Committee’s (CEC) unanimous resolution for PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to attend PR Leadership Council Meetings is to restore public trust and confidence in PR, that all 3 component parties keeps its promises and fulfill its commitments.
Continue reading ‘Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 16.11.2014. (EN)’
YAB KETUA MENTERI TUAN LIM GUAN ENG
PERSIDANGAN DEWAN UNDANGAN NEGERI PULAU PINANG
MESYUARAT KEDUA PENGGAL KEDUA
DEWAN UNDANGAN NEGERI KETIGA BELAS
Yang Berhormat Dato’ Yang di-Pertua Dewan
Ahli-ahli Yang Berhormat
1. Terlebih dahulu saya ingin merakamkan penghargaan dan syabas kepada semua Ahli Yang Berhormat kerana telah turut serta mengambil bahagian dalam sesi perbahasan Bajet Negeri 2015.
2. Menyentuh statistik yang telah saya bentangkan dalam Bajet 2015, Pulau Pinang terus menjadi destinasi pilihan pelabur. Walaupun pelbagai tohmahan dikeluarkan, jelas sepanjang 2008 – Julai 2014 data yang diberikan oleh Lembaga Kemajuan Perindustrian Malaysia (MIDA) membuktikan kemampuan Kerajaan Negeri menarik pelaburan. Statistik MIDA menunjukkan Pelaburan Langsung Domestik (DDI) pada 2002-2007 ke Pulau Pinang adalah RM5,669.61 juta manakala setelah Kerajaan Negeri ditadbir oleh Pakatan Rakyat, DDI 2008-2013 adalah RM12,995.47 juta. Peningkatan sebanyak 129.21% dicatat dalam tempoh enam (6) tahun pentadbiran. Selain itu, peningkatan 75.38% dalam Pelaburan Langsung Asing (FDI) juga telah dicapai dalam tempoh yang sama. Bagi 2002-2007, FDI adalah RM15,426.13 juta dan semasa pentadbiran Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat 2008-2013, jumlah FDI yang dicapai adalah RM27,054.94 juta. Dalam tempoh pemerintahan Kerajaan BN dari 2002-2007 keseluruhan pelaburan berjumlah RM21,095.74 juta manakala dalam tempoh pemerintahan Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat dari 2008-2013 keseluruhan pelaburan yang berjaya diperolehi berjumlah RM40,050.41 juta, iaitu peningkatan sebanyak 90%. Sekiranya Kerajaan Negeri mendapat kerjasama penuh daripada Kerajaan Persekutuan, nescaya jumlah pelaburan ini akan meningkat lagi.
Continue reading ‘UCAPAN PENGGULUNGAN YAB KETUA MENTERI TUAN LIM GUAN ENG PERSIDANGAN DEWAN UNDANGAN NEGERI PULAU PINANG MESYUARAT KEDUA PENGGAL KEDUA DEWAN UNDANGAN NEGERI KETIGA BELAS (BM/CN)’