DAP CEC regretfully accepted the decision of Bukit Glugor MP Karpal Singh to step aside as DAP National Chairman.(En/Cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 11.4.2014.

The DAP CEC at its meeting on 7.4.2014 regretfully accepted the decision of Bukit Glugor MP Karpal Singh to step aside as DAP National Chairman until he disposes his court case. Karpal is appealing against the Kuala Lumpur High Court decision, which fined him RM4,000 for sedition on March 11, effectively disqualifying him as DAP MP for Bukit Glugor and also barred him from holding all political posts,

Even though Karpal had stepped down as DAP National Chairman in compliance with the Societies Act, the DAP CEC resolved unanimously to reserve the CEC position vacant and await Karpal’s return. In the interim, Deputy National Chairman and MP for Cheras Tan Kok Wai, shall be the Acting National Chairman. DAP also strongly condemned the Attorney-General Chambers for filing a cross-appeal to the Court of Appeal seeking a heavier sentence.

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Speech by the Lim Guan Eng, Penang Chief Minister in the investPenang Industry Dinner (en/cn)

Speech by the Lim Guan Eng, Penang Chief Minister in the investPenang Industry Dinner at Penang Golf Club on 10th April 2014

Emerging Penang In An Emerging Asia: Escaping The Middle-income Trap

A very Good Evening,

It is indeed a pleasure speaking to you in this special occasion tonight on Business and Investment Updates in Penang.

Penang is one of the top three tourist destinations and investor location of choice in Malaysia. For the first two months of this year Penang airport domestic arrivals recorded a 33.4% increase compared to the same period last year whilst foreign airport arrivals recorded a 8.23%. Penang was the top foreign direct investment (FDI) state in Malaysia for the period of 2010 to August 2013 amounting to RM 19.7 billion or nearly 20% of Malaysia’s total FDI of RM 103 billion.

Apart from being the investment location of choice of almost all of the top electronics, L.E.D., medical devices and aerospace companies in the world, Penang has been recognised as a cost-competitive location by the International Institute for Management Development 2012 World Competitiveness Yearbook. There is no doubt that Penang is slowly emerging in an emerging Asia.

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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
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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.
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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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.(en/bm/cn)

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

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.

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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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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 WILL NOT IMPLEMENT WATER RATIONING FOR APRIL BUT IMPLEMENT CONTINGENCY PLANS

Press Statement by Y.A.B. TUAN LIM GUAN ENG Chief Minister of Penang and Chairman of Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang Sdn Bhd.

PENANG WILL NOT IMPLEMENT WATER RATIONING FOR APRIL BUT IMPLEMENT CONTINGENCY PLANS TO AVOID FUTURE WATER RATIONING IF DRY SEASON CONTINUES.

PENANG, 2/4/2014: The efficient water supply management implemented by Penang Water Supply Corporation or PBAPP has allowed Penang to avoid water rationing in April 2014. If April 2014 proves to be another dry month, the Penang State Government and Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang (PBAPP) will implement a contingency action plan to avoid water rationing by further upgrading our existing efficient water supply management and implementing water demand management measures.

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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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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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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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