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Senseless Loss of Heritage – Destruction of An Ancient Hindu Temple in Bujang Valley, Kedah.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 9.12.2013.

Senseless Loss of Heritage – Destruction of An Ancient Hindu Temple in Bujang Valley, Kedah.

DAP is surprised at the Kedah state government proposal to relocate significant structures from the ancient Lembah Bujang civilisation that is scattered over a 200km square area to a single site. This is out of character of most archaeological excavations of an entire civilisation that are done “in-situ”, except when certain items such as vases or clay figurines can be taken away for display at a museum.

Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said it would be more practical to assemble the structures in one location, as the ruins and remnants from the oldest civilisation in the region were scattered “too far and wide”. But to move or remove them from the original site would risk the danger of detracting, diminishing and even devaluing the unique historical significance of the site chosen by the original inhabitants 2,000 years ago, that is known internationally as the Bujang Valley civilisation. Let the experts decide whether this approach is sound and proper.

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Zeniths Signs Preliminary Agreement on Undersea Tunnel Project With Penang State Government (en/cn)

ZENITH SIGNS PRELIMINARY AGREEMENT ON UNDERSEA TUNNEL PROJECT WITH PENANG STATE GOVERNMENT

Penang, 6 October 2013: The Penang State Government today signed a preliminary agreement with Consortium Zenith BUCG Sdn Bhd jointly with China Railway Construction Corporation International (CRCC) and Beijing Urban Construction Group to undertake feasibility studies and detailed design works (FSDD) for the planned RM6.3 billion Penang highway and traffic mitigation projects involving 3 major inland road works and an undersea tunnel linking Gurney Drive and Bagan Ajam in Butterworth.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and President and Chairman of CRCC International Co.Ltd. Zhuo Lei.

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The New China’s Consulate-General Office In Penang Reflects The Burgeoning Increase In Chinese Arrivals By 50% For Tourism And Business Air Travellers At The Penang International Airport.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 5.10.2013.

The Penang state government welcomes the announcement by Chinese President Xi Jinping that a new China Consulate-General office will be set up in Penang. The new China’s Consulate-General Office in Penang reflects the burgeoning increase in Chinese arrivals by 50% for tourism and business air travellers at the Penang International Airport.

The 50% increase was recorded for the period between 2012 compared to 2011 and again another 50% increase for the first 6 months of 2013 compared to the corresponding period in 2012. The involvement of Chinese contractors in the RM 4.5 billion 2nd Penang Bridge project and the RM 1.2 billion expansion of the Mengkuang Dam is a strong indication of the growing presence of Chinese companies.

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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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The New Malaysian Parliament Must Amend The Environmental Quality Act To Punish Malaysian Companies and Foreign Companies Operating In Malaysia That Contributed To The Haze By Directly Or Indirectly Causing Forest Fires In Indonesia.(en/bm/cn)

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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Embracing Change To Win The Future: Challenges and Development of Pakatan Rakyat As A Government-in Waiting In Accordance With The Will Of The Majority 51% Of Malaysians To Rule Putrajaya

Speech By Penang Chief Minister and DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In London School of Economics In London On 24.5.2013

Salutations: Moderator Professor Danny Quah,

1. First of all, I would like to say thank you to all the students present here today who are preparing for their exams. I have been informed that this week is the start of your exams here at LSE and I am sure that all of you, being higher achievers, are already well prepared which is why you are here attending my talk this evening. Nonetheless, I would like to wish you all the best and good luck for your exams.

2. I stand here today as a proud Malaysian. I am proud of the 11.2 million Malaysians who stood in the hot sun for many hours waiting to exercise their democratic right. I am proud of the old, the young, the not so young or old, West Malaysians and East Malaysians, Malay, Chinese, Indian, Orang Asli, Eurasian, Melanau, Iban, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu, Kadazan, Murut, Bajau and everyone else who turned out to vote. 84.5% of Malaysians cast their vote on the 5th of May, a record in Malaysian electoral history. 86.8% of voters in Penang cast their vote, also a record.

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Building Human Talent And Reversing The Brain Drain Is Critical To Arresting The Decline In Malaysia’s Global Competitiveness . (en/cn)

Some newspapers highlighted Talent Corporations’s success in getting 30% of 130 Malaysian specialist doctors in Taiwan to consider and think about coming home in 3 years. How can Talent Corporation regard as a success when not a single specialist doctor in Taiwan has confirmed 100% their return home immediately but are only willing to consider and think about coming home in 3 years time?

Clearly Malaysia’s failure in reversing the brain drain and getting them to come home plays a huge part in Malaysia’s drop in the Global Competitiveness Index 2012-2013 to 25th spot from 21st last year. Malaysia needs to focus on the 3 critical success factors of upgrading technological readiness especially in internet connectivity, improving public safety by containing crime escalation and building human capital formation to arrest the decline in Malaysia’s global competitiveness.

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Revival Of Adelaide Week In Penang And Penang Week In Adelaide To Strengthen City Sister Ties That Is Bonded By Blood, Tested By Time And Driven By Shared Values.

Speech By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng During The Adelaide City Council Official Reception By Adelaide Lord Mayor Michael Harbison In The Adelaide Town Hall Released On 2.10.2010 In Penang

The Penang state government proposes a revival of Adelaide Week in Penang and Penang Week in Adelaide to strengthen city sister ties between both cities that is bonded by blood, tested by time and driven by shared values. Medan was the first sister city for Penang. As Adelaide was our second sister, established far back in December 1973, there is no reason for allowing what was once a close relationship to lapse and wither away.

This is the reason why the Penang state government has led a high-level delegation to reconnect with Adelaide and link again our two peoples not just based on trade, tourism, education but also our common heritage. Both Penang and Adelaide share the same forbears. Captain Francis Light founded Penang in 1786 whilst his son, Colonel William Light, founded Adelaide exactly 50 years later. Colonel William Light’s mother is a native Malay and it is this cultural ties that bonds our people by blood.
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DAP strongly condemns a plan by a Christian pastor in the United States to burn copies of Al-Quran

DAP strongly condemns a plan by a Christian pastor in the United States to burn copies of Al-Quran to mark the terrorist attack by Al-Qaeda on September 11, that wiped out the famed Twin Towers of New York. Such acts will only breed more hate and violence among people of different faiths.

DAP is against any form of hate crime, racism and extreme religious act whether it is committed locally or internationally. We stand for dialogues, consultation and debates rather than violence and extremism.

We call on all Malaysians regardless of race and religion to condemn this dangerous and moronic act of desecrating copies of the holy book of Quran. The American authorities must prevent this proposed burning of the Quran from happening so as not to inflame sentiments amongst Muslims especially when they are celebrating the holy Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

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Israeli Attack on Freedom Flotilla Condemned

The Penang Chief Minister and the Honorary Consuls in Penang, which met in Komtar, George Town, Penang, today condemns the Israeli attack on “Freedom Flotilla” humanitarian mission.

The Israeli army attacked a convoy of ships known as the “Freedom Flotilla” in international waters, about 65km off Gaza. The ambush killed more than 10 activists and injured at least 30 others on the ships which were heading for Gaza to deliver 10,000 tones of humanitarian aid.

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Hu Jin Tao & A China Transformed!

Napoleon Bonaparte once said of China, “Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.”

As Malaysia welcomes the visit of China’s President Hu Jin Tao on 10-11 November, no one needs to be reminded how critically important China is both to Malaysia and China when President Jiang Ze Min last visited 15 years ago. China’s successful staging of the most impressive Olympics ever in 2008, her sporting prowess, huge engineering feats of the Three Gorges Dam or the 1,142 km highest railway track in the world and her space exploits all pale into insignificance compared to her USD 2.3 trillion in foreign reserves and economic achievements.

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The Penang State Government condemns Israeli aggression on Palestinians

The Penang State Government condemns the barbaric bombing and attack of UN compounds, offices and destruction of food and medical relief supplies by the Israeli government. Such naked aggression has highlighted the nature of the Israeli’s army as no different from the very terrorists they condemn.

The Penang State Government wishes to reaffirm our state’s policy of maintaining our investor friendly policies and sound relationship with all the Multinational Companies (MNCs) in the state, especially those from USA. We value such investments which have benefited both parties in the form of profits and employment opportunities.

The recent presence of the Penang Chief Minister of Penang at the demonstration at Kapitan Keling Mosque is to reaffirm the state government’s stand against the Israeli aggression on the Palestinian in Gaza. Also, the state government hopes that the American government will not continue to give blind support to the Israeli Government to oppress the Palestinians and will use its influence to get Israel to comply the UN Security Council resolution of a immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza.

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