Perutusan Ramadhan Al-Mubarak

Saya ingin berdoakan agar keberkatan dan kesucian bulan Ramadhan Al-Mubarak pada tahun 1431 Hijrah ini dapat dihalusi dan dinikmati semua berdasarkan perkongsian, pengorbanan dan sumbangan kepada masyarakat.

Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Pulau Pinang akan terus berusaha mendirikan kerajaan berjiwa rakyat dengan berteraskan prinsip 3P – Perkayakan Rakyat, Perkuasakan Rakyat dan Perkasakan Rakyat- dan urus tadbir kerajaan Cekap, Telus dan Akauntabel (CAT). Prinsip integriti dan kebenaran adalah penting dalam pentadbiran negara.

Kerajaan yang baik dan bersih akan dapat jimatkan wang untuk dikongsi bersama rakyat. Ini boleh dilihat buat pertama kalinya semua warga emas yang melebihi 60 tahun telahpun menerima RM 100 setiap tahun dan waris akan menerima buat pertama kalinya RM1,000 untuk urusan jenazah. Di samping itu, Pulau Pinang merupakan negeri pertama di Malaysia yang berjaya basmikan miskin tegar pada 2009.
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Speech at International Integrity Conference 2010

1. Welcome to the Caliph Umar bin Abdul Aziz International Integrity Conference 2010 on the Reinventing the Future of Good Governance

2. Firstly I wish to express my gratitude to the organizing chairman YB Abdul Malek Abul Kassim and committee who made this conference possible. To all the distinguished speakers, I trust this event will be very beneficial and fruitful for all of us.

3. Good governance has been described as how public institutions conduct public affairs and manage public resources in order to guarantee the realization of human rights. Without good governance, we can forget about realizing our goal of transforming Penang into an international city that is a location of choice for investors, a destination of choice for tourists and a habitat of choice for those who desire sustainable living.

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No Practice Of Issuing Business Support Letters For Government Procurement Or Contracts In Penang Because Of Open Tender System.

Penang elected representatives do not engage in the practice of issuing business support letters for state government procurement or contracts. The Penang state government and its agencies do not require nor entertain such business support letters for any contractor to secure government projects.

There is no need for such practices of issuing business support letters as government projects are given under the open tender system. CAT governance based on competency accountability and transparency has adopted the e-tender approach through online computer applications, which also minimizes contact between government officers and contractors bidding for the project.

CAT governance and the open tender system has won praise not only from Class F contractors, who have an equal opportunity to win government jobs, but also from Transparency International. This is the first time that any government in Malaysia has received praise from Transparency International.

Elected representatives are still allowed to issue letters of support for welfare assistance, appeals of reductions of summonses compounds, application of hawkers’ licenses, education loans and scholarships. However such letters of support must still be subject to existing rules. Penang government departments and agencies are required to evaluate the applications on such rules based on merits and needs.