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Informed PBAPP That “Heads Will Roll” If Water Rationing Is Imposed In Penang And Will Not Agree To A 200-300% Domestic Water Tariff Hike Proposed By NGOs.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 22.4.2014.

The Penang state government wishes to assures investors, tourists, the business community and residents unequivocally that the directive of “no water rationing” in Penang is a top priority. Therefore the state government would adopt every measure possible to conserve our water resources, including increasing domestic water tariffs for the first time since 1993, to avoid water rationing.

The statement by Penang Water Supply Corporation(PBAPP) General Manager Jaseni Maidinsa on Sunday that Penang may still face water rationing because of lower than expected rainfall this month is unacceptable. Ir. Jaseni cited three key reasons for this:
· Less rainfall in April 2014 when compared to the past average;
· The level of Sungai Muda and the effective capacities of Penang’s three main dams have not fully “recovered” yet; and
· Penang’s per capita domestic consumption, at 311 l/c/d, is at an all-time high due to the lowest water tariff in Malaysia.

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Personal Eulogy To Karpal Singh – For True Believers (en/cn)

Personal Eulogy To Karpal Singh By Penang Chief Minister and DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Penang On 18.4.2014.

Karpal Singh – For True Believers

As I sit here at my home in Penang at 4 am in the morning of 17 April 2014, waiting for my driver to come and pick me up to go to Ipoh Hospital, I felt numbed by the shocking news relayed to my wife Betty through my sister Hui Ying an hour earlier. I had gone to bed early as I was unwell and was still groggy when the import of her words sunk in.

DAP National Chairman Karpal, who meant so much to us, was gone. A man filled with such vitality, brilliance and energy was no more. A leader who gave forth so much strength, vision and guidance had left. A true friend in our darkest days whether in the depths of prison cells or the abyss of electoral defeat had departed. A loving father and an even more loving husband had suddenly passed away on the early hours of this terrible rainy 17th April 2014.

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DAP is shocked that the RM365 million Integrated Transport Information System (ITIS) has completely failed (e/m/c)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 14.4.2014.

DAP is shocked that the RM365 million Integrated Transport Information System (ITIS) launched by the Federal Government to solve Kuala Lumpur’s traffic congestion problem in 2002 has completely failed and required an additional tender of RM 200 million this year to rescue and revive the traffic management system. The new RM 200 million project was awarded this year to GTC Global Sdn Bhd, which has since been taken over by Telekom Malaysia Bhd.

In other words, about RM 565 million will have been spent on a traffic management system that failed when similar systems in other countries such as Singapore or Hong Kong are successful. This begs the question why other countries can succeed whilst ours fail despite spending hundreds of millions of ringgit.

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New Straits Times Should Be Severely Punished For Acting Against The National Interests By Trying To Exploit The MH370 Tragedy(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 13.4.2014.

New Straits Times Should Be Severely Punished For Acting Against The National Interests By Trying To Exploit The MH370 Tragedy With Treacherous Intent Of Sensational And False Reporting Without Due Regards For Facts And The Feelings Of Family Members Of The Passengers.

New Straits Times(NST) should be severely punished for acting against the national interests by trying to exploit the MH370 tragedy with treacherous intent of sensational and false reporting without due regards for facts and the feelings of family members of the passengers. As NST is owned by UMNO and regarded as both UMNO and the Federal government’s mouthpiece, its front-page world exclusive expose on 12 April 2014 has caught the world’s attention.

Indeed if true, the report was sensational, boldly titled “MH370’s desperate call for help” with the sub-heading of “Investigators have revealed that co-pilot Fariq Abdul Rahman had made a call from his mobile phone as the plane flew low near Penang. Who he was trying to reach remains a mystery?”. Unfortunately, this so called world exclusive by NST is a bare-faced lie.

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The Inspector-General Of Police Statutory Duty Under The Police Act Is To Punish Crime And Uphold The Law, Not Play Politics According To His Personal Whim And Fancy.(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 13.4.2014.

The Inspector-General of Police’s(IGP) statutory duty under the Police Act is to punish crime and uphold the law, not play politics according to his personal whim and fancy. Otherwise he is not fit to hold the post of IGP but definitely fit to enter politics and contest in the general elections.

The abduction of a son of a Seremban woman, S. Deepa, from her lawful custody by her ex-husband is a sad family affair. But what started out as a personal family matter is turning into a national controversy because of the refusal of the IGP to uphold the law. Two former law ministers Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz and Datuk Seri Zaid Ibrahim have even taken the police to task over their claim that they could not act on S. Deepa’s ex-husband because he had obtained a custody order from the Syariah Court.

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Bank Negara Should Reinstate Developer Interest Bearing Scheme(DIBS) To First-Time Buyers As Well As Increase And Extend Syarikat Jaminan Kredit Perumahan(SJKP) To Buyers Of Affordable Homes Costing From RM72,500 Up To RM 400,000.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Penang On 12.4.2014.

The Penang state government urges Bank Negara to reinstate Developer Interest Bearing Scheme(DIBS) for first-time buyers as well as increase and extend Syarikat Jaminan Kredit Perumahan(SJKP) to buyers of affordable homes costing from RM72,500 up to RM400,000. Ever since DIBS was abolished, many first-time buyers of affordable housing could not obtain bank loans to buy their own homes.

Up to 70% of the housing loan applications, including low-cost and low-medium cost(LC/LMC), have been rejected by private banks. Bank Negara should reinstate the Developer Interest Bearing Scheme(DIBS) for first-time buyers to enable them to realise their dream of owning their own homes. Legal fees should be part of the DIBS package and stamp duty should be waived to lower the initial entry cost for first time home buyers.

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Replace The Election Commission Members Or Set Up A New Agency To Ensure That There Is No Gerrymandering In The Current Constituency Redelineation Exercise.(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 6.4.2014.

Whilst attention is focused on the Malaysian Government’s handling of the MH370 airplane that disappeared on 8 March 2014 and on the unfortunate kidnapping of 2 women from the Singamata Reef Resort, Sabah 2 days ago by armed Filipino terrorists, Malaysians should not forget the importance of the constituency redelineation exercise presently conducted by the Election Commission(EC). This exercise is important because it would determine not only the future of the country but also the fate of democracy, especially whether the principle of “one-person, one-vote, one-value” can be upheld.

The whole world can see for themselves the competency level of the Malaysian government from these two crisis, but only Malaysians shall determine whether it is fit enough to rule. If Malaysians want their vote to count and to bring about change, an independent, free and fair EC is critical to ensure there is no gerrymandering(the malapportionment of electoral boundaries) in the redelineation exercise.

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DAP strongly condemns the Attorney-General Chambers for filing a cross-appeal to the Court of Appeal seeking a heavier sentence against DAP National Chairman Karpal Singh(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 5.4.2014.

DAP strongly condemns the Attorney-General Chambers for filing a cross-appeal to the Court of Appeal seeking a heavier sentence against DAP National Chairman Karpal Singh, who was fined RM4,000 for sedition by the Kuala Lumpur High Court on March 11. Karpal had appealed against both his conviction and sentence which would disqualify him as DAP MP for Bukit Glugor and also barred him from holding all political posts,

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Poor Quality Of Malaysia’s Education System Is Equally As Big A National Economic Threat As Rising Levels Of Private Household Debt Which Can Derail Vision 2020 Of Transforming Malaysia Into A Developed Country.

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Speech By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng During The Supplementary Budget 2014 In Dewan
Rakyat, Kuala Lumpur On 31.3.3014.

DAP disagrees with the World Bank that the poor quality of Malaysia’s education system is more worrying than the level of debt in its households. Dr Frederico Gil Sander, who is World Bank senior economist for Malaysia, explained that the country’s substandard education system would affect the pool of skilled talent it needs to grow its economy to become a high-income nation, while high household debt is not necessarily a problem if the economy continues to grow and citizens are gainfully employed. Malaysia records the second highest household debt in Asia from 81.1% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2012 to 86.8% of GDP in 2013.

DAP believes that both are equally as big a national economic threat to Malaysia and likely to derail Vision 2020 of transforming Malaysia into a developed economy. High household debt diminishes the quality of life with social records invariably showing that children’s education would be amongst the first to suffer when economic distress strikes. Further our income is not growing quickly enough to provide a discernible improvement in the quality of life and our citizens are not gainfully employed with rising-income jobs.

Labour unions claim that generally during the last decade, productivity rose by 6.7% annually but real wages inched up by just 2.6% each year. The situation in the manufacturing industry is more distressing with real wages of export-oriented industries increasing by 1.9% whilst that of domestic-oriented industries rose by 1.4% after 1997.

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Fixing A Toll Rate Of RM 8.50 For Cars On The Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge That Is 21.4% Higher Than The First Penang Bridge Will Not Help To Reduce Congestion At The Traffic Choke Point Of The First Penang Bridge(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 31.3.2014.

Fixing a toll rate of RM 8.50 for cars using the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah(SAHMS) Bridge that is 21.4% higher than the First Penang Bridge will not help to reduce congestion at the traffic choke point of the First Penang Bridge. Furthermore there is no 20% discount for “Touch and Go” card users from Penang unlike that given for the First Penang Bridge for the RM7 toll rate.(RM5.60 for Penangites)

The Malaysian Highway Authority(MHA) announced that the rate is RM1.70 for motorcycle (Class 0); RM8.50 for cars except taxis and buses (Class 1), RM30.50 for two-axle and six-wheeled vehicles except buses (Class 2), RM70.10 for three-axle or more vehicles except buses (Class 3), RM8.50 for taxis (Class 4) and RM26.20 for buses (Class 5).

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Peguam Negara Mesti Tegas Dalam Menegakkan Undang-undang Dan Bertindak Ke atas Perbuatan Samseng Tanpa Kira Kedudukan Demi Menjaminkan Ketenteraman Awam, Harmoni Kaum Dan Agama Di Pulau Pinang.(bm/cn)

Kenyataan Akhbar Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng Di Komtar, George Town Pada 28.3.2014.

Peguam Negara Mesti Tegas Dalam Menegakkan Undang-undang Dan Bertindak Ke atas Perbuatan Samseng Tanpa Kira Kedudukan Demi Menjaminkan Ketenteraman Awam, Harmoni Kaum Dan Agama Di Pulau Pinang.

Peguam Negara mesti tegas dalam menegakkan undang-undang dan bertindak ke atas perbuatan samseng tanpa kira kedudukan demi menjaminkan ketenteraman awam, harmoni kaum dan agama di Pulau Pinang. Ini adalah berikutan jawapan bertulis pada 25 Mac 2014 oleh Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi di Parlimen bahawa kertas siasatan polis berkaitan peristiwa ini telah dirujuk kepada Timbalan Pendakwaraya.

Sekiranya mereka yang terlibat, termasuk pemimpin UMNO, dilepaskan begitu sahaja tanpa sebarang tindakan dijalankan maka ia akan menggalakkan lebih banyak peristiwa yang tidak diingini sedemikian oleh kumpulan samseng ini untuk terus menggugat keselamatan negara.

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DAP Calls Upon Turkey To Uphold Freedom Of Speech And Expression By Withdrawing The Ban On Twitter (en/bm/cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 23 March 2014

DAP Calls Upon Turkey To Uphold Freedom Of Speech And Expression By Withdrawing The Ban On Twitter

In a delusional move that befits a tin-pot dictatorship more than the democracy that the world believes Turkey to be, the Turkish Government moved to block access to popular social media application Twitter.

This high-handed and repressive action came hours after Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan announced his intention to block the social media network, during a campaign rally in Bursa on March 20. According to news reports, Erdogan was quoted as saying “We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic.”

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Bank Negara Should Reinstate Developer Interest Bearing Scheme(DIBS) And Introduce A Shared Ownership Scheme(SOS) For First-Time Buyers Of Public Housing And Affordable Homes.(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 21.3.2014.

The latest Bank Negara Annual Report 2013 has revealed that Bank Negara is being short-sighted and uncaring at best or irresponsible and unprofessional at worst towards the problem of Malaysia having the second highest level of household debt in Asia. Bank Negara dismissed the rise in the level of household debt in Malaysia from 81.1% of Gross Domestic Product(GDP) in 2012 to 86.8% of GDP in 2013 as not posing any risk to financial stability.

Bank Negara should realise that the reason for is that our income levels are stuck in a “glacial trap” with inflation outpacing wage rises. This has forced many households to rely on credit loans to make ends meet and even resort to loan sharks when they are unable to get loans from financial institutions.

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PENANG AS A SPORTING CITY – “SIMPLY THE BEST!”(en/cn)

SPEECH BY PENANG CHIEF MINISTER LIM GUAN ENG DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 29TH WOMEN’S WORLD SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP IN Sub-terranean Penang International Convention & Exhibition or SPICE Arena OM 18 MARCH 2014.

Good evening and salam sejahtera.

Good evening distinguished guests, the players we are celebrating and most importantly the wonderful people of Penang gathered here in Sub-terranean Penang International Convention & Exhibition or SPICE Arena.

To all our guests from near and far, Selamat Datang ke Pulau Pinang.

I would like to acknowledge our friends not only from Malaysia but from all over the world – thank you for coming to Penang to witness the 29th edition of the Women’s World Squash Championship. Penang is proud to be organising a world championship for the first time in our history and would like to express our gratitude to the Women Squash Association (WSA) for granting us this honour.
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Adenan can make his mark by resolving 3 major issues(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 1.3.2014.

DAP congratulates 70 year old Adenan Satem for being appointed as Sarawak’s fifth chief minister after taking his oath of office before Yang Dipertua Negeri Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Barieng yesterday. Even though Adenan is taking over from the longest serving Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who held the post for 33 years, Adenan can make his mark by resolving 3 major issues.

One, ensuring Sarawak has a fair share of its own natural resources by getting the BN Federal government to increase the oil and gas royalties from the present 5% to 20%. Increasing royalty payments would help Sarawak to enjoy as good a highway and basic infrastructure as in Peninsular Malaysia.

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