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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The Mysterious Privatisation Of Penang Port Under A Restricted Tender Raises Serious Questions Of Public Interest, Accountability And Transparency.(en/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 27.3.2014.

The mysterious privatisation of Penang Port under a restricted tender raises serious questions of public interest, accountability and transparency. This follows the revelation in a written answer to my parliamentary question by Minister in the Prime Minister Deparment Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid Omar that the agreement between the successful bidder Seaport Terminal (Johore) Sdn Bhd was finalised in a supplemental agreement on 23 November 2013.

Unless a full public announcement is made by the Transport Ministry, this privatisation will be seen as just another piratisation exercise similar to the highway toll concessionaires. The refusal of the Transport Ministry so far to make any public clarification of how this privatisation exercise benefits public interest smacks of arrogance, secretiveness and mismanagement which is steeped in the BN ethos of reciprocal favours, patronage and conspiracy.

According to the Minister in the Prime Minister Deparment written reply on 24.3.2014 as attached :-

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Penang International Green Carnival: Be the Solution, ACCT now! -The Low Carbon Diet Monday (The Meatless Monday)

Welcoming Speech by Penang Chief Minister and Chairman of Penang Green Council, Lim Guan Eng during the Press Conference of “Penang International Green Carnival 2014” on 24 March 2014 at KOMTAR:

Penang International Green Carnival: Be the Solution, ACCT now! -The Low Carbon Diet Monday(The Meatless Monday)

Penang Green Council and Penang Save Earth Association (Penang SEA) are jointly organising Penang International Green Carnival 2014 on 13 & 14 September (Sat & Sun), 9am-6pm at Esplanade, Penang. The organizing committee consists of MPPP, MPSP, PBA, GBI, TNB, Penang Institute, Agriculture Department, Forestry Department, Department of Environment, Malaysian Nature Society and Han Chiang High School.
Co-organisers include: ESCAPE, JCI Entrepreneur Metropolitan, JKKK Sungai Emas, JKKK Tanjung Bunga, Pusat Khidmat Parlimen Bayan Baru and Pusat Khidmat DUN Perkampungan Jawi.

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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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Only Ubah Can Allow Malaysia To Escape The Middle-Income Trap (en/bm/cn)

DAP’s 48th Anniversary Message by DAP Secretary General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng On 18th March 2014 in Kuala Lumpur.

While the nation prays for MH370 in sombre mood, the DAP is not celebrating its 48th anniversary today apart from this note to acknowledge the party has come into existence since 18 March 1966. This day 48 years ago, a group of patriotic Malaysians came together to form the Democratic Action Party to bring forth a Malaysia that is just and fair to all, regardless race, creed and gender.

Right from the beginning, it has been an epic uphill battle fighting an authoritarian regime that not only persecutes our leaders and members but also conduct widespread electoral manipulation in elections that are not free and fair, media restrictions, detention without trial and other forms of repressive measures.

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A Sound Education System With Emphasis On STEM Teaching Of Science, Technology, English and Maths Is Our Lifeboat To The Future.(en/cn)

Opening Speech by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Wawasan Open University On The Nishimura Lecture Organised By The Penang Institute On 17 March 2014.

A very good afternoon I bid to all of you. It is my pleasure to welcome the esteemed Professor Kiyohiko Nishimura, former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan and Dean of the Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo, to Penang. He will be delivering a very important lecture that touches on the lessons from the recent financial crises and its relevance to the future of our region.

Economic uncertainty

The significance of this lecture cannot be over-emphasised, given the looming clouds of economic uncertainties. These uncertainties come from different directions and I shall delve into three main themes.
Firstly, the tapering of quantitative easing by the Fed has commenced, though the pace of tapering may change subject to the robustness of US economic recovery. As we all know, quantitative easing has been an important factor in Asia in the last few years as it allowed extra liquidity to flow into this region. The question is, what will happen when capital leaves? Certainly, there is bound to be an impact on Malaysia.

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