Monthly Archive for September, 2013

First Solar Setting Up Their Shared Services Outsourcing(SSO) Facility In Penang And Not In Kulim, Provides Confidence That Heavy Investment By The Federal Government In Kedah Would Also Ultimately Benefit Penang.(en/cn)

Press Release By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng On The Occasion Of A Formal Visit To US Robotic Software Technology Leader, National Instruments(NI), Facility In Bayan Lepas Released On 30.9.2013.

First Solar Setting Up Their Shared Services Outsourcing(SSO) Facility In Penang And Not In Kulim, Provides Confidence That Heavy Investment By The Federal Government In Kedah Would Also Ultimately Benefit Penang.
Penang is proud to have the USD 80 million investments by NI, a global market leader of robotic software with annual revenues of USD 1.15 billion. With a headcount of 410 employees that is expected to increase to 1,500 in 10 years time, NI’s new facility here just feels like a carbon copy of NI’s headquarters in Austin Texas, which I visited in 2009.

Malaysia and Penang’s economy has shifted from extraction in the 1960s to industrialisation, from the export of raw commodities to manufacturing. In other words, Penang’s economy was factor-driven by relying on basic commodities before being efficiency-driven by relying on manufacturing. Penang needs to be not only efficiency-driven but also innovation-driven in manufacturing, services and even the public sector.

Penang wishes to learn from NI to upgrade our manufacturing industries and expand to services so that we can move up to the next level. The key to future economic success is not an over-reliance on one sector but to seek convergence of not only the manufacturing sector but also both the services and government sector. Services sector includes not only tourism, medical treatment and education but shared services such as finance, accounting and data processing.

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Speech During The DAP 2013 National Special Congress On 29 September 2013(en/bm/cn/tm)

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Speech By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng During The DAP 2013 National Special Congress On 29 September 2013 in One World Hotel, Selangor.

The Malaysian Dream – A People-Centric Democracy With Maximum Governance, Minimum Government And Focused On Winning The Future By Educating For Unity, Integrity And Competency.

Salam Ubah dan Salam Bersih kepada semua,

I wish to welcome all party delegates gathered here this morning for one simple purpose. To save the DAP from the threats of harsh, unfair and arbitrary action by the Registrar of Societies, including possible de-registration of the DAP.

We are in a state of crisis because we are a victim of our own success. In the 47 year old history of the DAP, never has the party achieved such huge electoral successes as in the 13thGeneral Elections. We have won seats from Kedah to Sabah with 38 parliamentary seats and 107 state seats and is now the second largest political party in Malaysia.

We are a partner in power with state governments in Penang and Selangor. We have elected representatives from all ethnic groups and religious faiths, let me name some of the new DAP Malay warriors like Ahli Parlimen Bukit Bendera Sdr Zairil Khir Johari, Ahli Parlimen Raub Dato’ Mohd.Ariff Sabri bin Hj. Abdul Aziz, ADUN Mentakab Tengku Zulpuri Shah bin Raja Puji and our first Kadazan ADUN from Kepayan Dr Edwin Bosi.

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Penang PR State Government Has Poured Tens Of Millions Of Ringgit In Funding Since 2008 Which Benefits BN-Held Parliamentary Seats.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 28.9.2013.

Penang PR State Government Has Poured Tens Of Millions Of Ringgit In Funding Since 2008 And Sited The 2 Penang CAT Dialysis Centres In Balik Pulau And Seberang Jaya As Well As The Over RM 4 Billion Undersea Tunnel Link To Bagan Ajam Which Benefits BN-Held Tasek Gelugor And Kepala Batas Parliamentary Seats.

The Penang PR State government has never neglected opposition-held areas but has instead poured tens of millions of ringgit in funding since 2008 and even sited the 2 Penang CAT Dialysis Centres in Balik Pulau and Seberang Jaya as well as the over RM 4 billion undersea tunnel link to Bagan Ajam which benefits BN-held Tasek Gelugor and Kepala Batas parliamentary seats. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan should not label in Parliament two days ago the Penang government’s move to give RM40,000 annual allocation to the 10 opposition UMNO Assemblyman as a publicity stunt, but see this as a positive step forward for a healthy functioning democracy and the politics of inclusion.

Both UMNO leaders can disagree with the Penang state government’s move to give RM40,000 annual allocation because BN refuses to respect democracy and the choice of voters by giving annual development funds to other PR elected representatives in BN-controlled states. However they are wrong in saying that Penang PR state government only gives the RM40,000 annual allocation to BN-held areas.

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Felda Is Openly Defying One Of The Main Thrusts Of The Federal Government’s Economic Transformation Plan(ETP) Of Divestment Of Non-Core Assets With Its Recent Investment Of Nearly RM700 Million In Local And London Hotels.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 28.9.2013.

Felda is openly defying one of the main thrusts of the Federal Government’s Economic Transformation Plan(ETP) of divestment of non-core assets with its recent investment of nearly RM 700 Million in local and London hotels. Felda and its 39 percent-owned subsidiary Felda Venture Global Holdings (FGV) has raised questions whether such open defiance is related to the UMNO party polls following the acquisition of:-
• The four star Grand Borneo Hotel, located in Kota Kinabalu for around RM86 million,
• 25% stake in Bursa listed Iris Corp that makes smart cards and agricultural villages for RM110 million, and
• Grand Plaza Service Apartments for 98 million pounds (almost RM497 million) in London, United Kingdom.

What has operating and owning eight hotel properties spread out across Perak, Terengganu, Negeri Sembilan, Sabah and London, any remote connection to oil palm plantations? How does investing RM 700 million into running hotels here and in London benefit the lives of more than one million people living in the Felda settlements across Malaysia?

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DAP Shall Abide And Comply With The Decision Of The Kuala Lumpur High Court Tomorrow On Whether DAP Can Hold Re-elections On Sunday 29 September 2013 Through A National Special Congress Which Is Expressly Provided For In The DAP Party Constitution.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 26.9.2013.

DAP shall abide and comply with the decision of the Kuala Lumpur High Court tomorrow on whether DAP can hold re-elections on Sunday 29 September 2013 through a National Special Congress, which is expressly provided for in the DAP Party Constitution. Should the High Court allow the injunction, then the National Special Congress can not proceed on Sunday to conduct re-elections.

DAP is shocked that the ROS director-general Datuk Abdul Rahman Othman continues to insist that the DAP has not complied with the directive to hold a National Congress. To date, he has only communicated through the press without any letter in writing. He has also behaved most unprofessionally and irresponsibly by refusing to give reasons for his decision on the holding of re-elections in writing, causing the DAP not to know what wrongdoing has the party committed.

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Kolej Damansara Utama(KDU) University Will Be Established On A 10-Acre Site In Batu Kawan Offering Degree Courses In Engineering, Accounting. Information Technology And Hospitality.(en/cn)

PRESS CONFERENCE STATEMENT BY PENANG CHIEF MINISTER LIM GUAN ENG, ON 26.9.2013 AT KOMTAR, GEORGE TOWN.

Kolej Damansara Utama(KDU) University Will Be Established On A 10-Acre Site In Batu Kawan Offering Degree Courses In Engineering, Accounting. Information Technology And Hospitality.

The Penang State Government and PDC’s efforts to promote quality education received another boost with the sale of 30 acres of land for the purpose of setting up a KDU University College and a future KDU University in Batu Kawan. The sale of land is to Paramount Corporation Berhad (Paramount), parent company of Paramount Property and the KDU Education Group.

This is the second university project in Batu Kawan following the announcement two days ago of the University of Hull from United Kingdom. Hull University will be offering by the latest 2017 courses in law, accounting, logistics, engineering and business studies.

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Changing Personalities Without Transforming Policies That Can Effectively Combat Corruption Is Akin To Putting Old Wine In New Bottles.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng And MP For Bagan In Kuala Lumpur On25.9.2013.

Changing Personalities Without Transforming Policies That Can Effectively Combat Corruption Is Akin To Putting Old Wine In New Bottles.

The battle to root the cancer of corruption in Malaysia and establish integrity in leadership will be a lost cause it is done on an ad-hoc basis through appointing one person without any systemic reform of governance. Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is only paying lip service and indulging in empty rhetoric with his vow to make corruption a part of Malaysia’s past and not its future.

Creating a new governance and integrity ministry and appointing former Transparency International- Malaysia(TI-M) Paul Low to the job is merely an insignificant matter of style over substance. Changing personalities without transforming policies that can effectively combat corruption is akin to putting old wine in new bottles.

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DAP Secretary General’s message in the run-up to the DAP Special Congress 2013 on 29 September 2013 (bm/en/cn/tm)

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Media Statement: DAP Secretary-General, Lim Guan Eng’s message in the run-up to the DAP Special Congress 2013 on 29 September 2013:

Dari meja Setiausaha Agung…

Saya sebenarnya hendak mengutuskan surat ini lebih awal, untuk menyeru semua cawangan dan perwakilan jawatankuasa pusat supaya menghadiri Kongres Khas Kebangsaan bagi melaksanakan pemilihan semula Jawatankuasa Eksekutif Pusat (CEC) pada 29 September 2013 di One World Hotel di Bandar Utama, Selangor; demi memastikan kesinambungan parti kita ini. Yakinlah bahawa ROS belum berputus asa dalam menggugat kewujudan DAP.

Namun disebabkan pergerakan jentera ROS yang dikawal UMNO, kami mahu untuk sentiasa mutakhir dengan siri taktik kotor yang digunakan terhadap DAP. Jangan kita sangsi bahawa taktik kotor untuk mensabotaj pemilihan semula party serta merendah-rendahkan kredibiliti parti dan integriti pemimpin parti adalah satu tindakan balas dendam di atas kejayaan DAP dalam Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13.

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University of Hull Will Establish Their School Of Engineering, Law, Accountancy and Logistics In A 5-Acre Site In Batu Kawan, Penang (en/bm)

Press Conference Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng On The tie-up between PKT Logistics and University of Hull, United Kingdom on 24th September 2013 at 12.30pm Komtar, George Town

Penang will achieve another feather in the cap with the availability of courses in engineering, business, law and accountancy offered by the prestigious University of Hull, United Kingdom in Penang, thus reinforcing Penang’s role as a regional education hub. Construction is expected to commence in 2014 and courses are expected to begin by the latest 2017.

PKT Logistics Sdn Bhd, through its subsidiary, is expected to sign a franchise agreement with the University of Hull, UK in early October. This education project called ‘The Ship Campus’ is a component of PKT’s One Auto Hub in Batu Kawan, that has been approved by the State Government through its agency, PDC.

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Special Branch Has Never Provided Any Reports To The Pakatan Rakyat Penang Chief Minister Since Assuming Office In 2008 But Presumably Only To The Home Minister.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 23.9.2013.

The police Special Branch has never provided any reports to the PR Penang Chief Minister since assuming office in 2008 but presumably only to the Home Affairs Minister. Clearly such practice of providing reports to the chief minister on the performance of elected representatives and their electoral chances, as exposed by former Penang state exco member Toh Kin Woon in the Bersih People’s Tribunal, has been discontinued by the police after PR took over.

Even though I hold monthly meetings of the State Public Order And Security Council chaired by me and attended by the State Chief Police Officer, only crime is discussed. There have been no feedback from the Special Branch and the state has no access to information about the performance of any elected representatives nor of any weak areas that need attention.

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10 Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Pembangkang UMNO Di Pulau Pinang Diberikan Peruntukan Untuk Projek Pembangunan Kecil Sebanyak RM40,000 Setahun Mulai 2014.(bm/cn)

Kenyataan Akhbar Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng Di Komtar, George Town Pada 22.9.2013.

10 Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Pembangkang UMNO Di Pulau Pinang diberikan peruntukan untuk projek pembangunan kecil sebanyak RM 40,000 setahun mulai 2014. Keputusan ini dibincangkan dalam mesyuarat EXCO negeri pada 18.9.2013 dan telahpun diluluskan secara prinsip. Selepas mekanisma peruntukan RM40,000 setahun ini ditetapkan, maka ia akan dibentangkan dalam Belanjawan 2014 kepada Dewan Undangan Negeri Pulau Pinang pada akhir tahun ini.

Selepas kemenangan PR dengan tambahan undi popular sebanyak 10% ke 68% dalam Pilihanraya Umum 13(PRU13) pada bulan Mei ini, ada 30 ADUN PR dan 10 ADUN UMNO. Sebelum ini Kerajaan negeri telah cuba menjemput ADUN-ADUN UMNO untuk menyertai keahlian jawatankuasa Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri agar mereka ada buat kerja sambil menerima peruntukan. Akan tetapi tawaran ikhlas kerajaan negeri telahpun ditolak sama sekali dengan begitu angkuh sekali oleh ADUN UMNO kerana tidak mahu bekerjasama dengan kerajaan PR.

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Reducing Income Inequality, Not Creating More Millionaires, Will Help Resolve Malaysia’s 4 Real Problems And Realise The Merdeka Promise Of A Prosperous And Just Malaysia That Is Safe Clean, Green And Healthy.(en/bm/cn)

DAP 2013 Malaysia Day Message By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 15.9.2013.

As Malaysia celebrates its 50th anniversary of the formation of Malaysia with Sabah and Sarawak, we must recognise the failures beneath the veneer of success. Whilst some may be blinded by the economic progress made, we must not lose sight that we have performed relatively worse than countries like South Korea and Taiwan that were poorer than us 50 years ago.

Malaysians ignore at their peril the wide disparity in infrastructure development both between and within the urban-rural divide, the income inequality and social injustices as well as the lack of empowerment and human dignity. Instead of wiping out absolute poverty such as providing basic needs of water, roads, internet connectivity and electricity in Sabah and Sarawak as well as reducing relative poverty amongst the many in the urban areas in terms of equal opportunities, the BN Federal government appears to be more interested in enriching the few.

Reducing income inequality, not creating more millionaires will help resolve Malaysia’s 4 real problems and realise the Merdeka promise of a prosperous and just Malaysia that is safe clean, green and healthy. Policy failures beget failed communities and dependant societies. The response by entrenched interests and those in power, is not to focus on the 4 real problems, but by diverting attention through raising extremist issues relating to race and religion.

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The Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry Has Still Not Informed Neither Local Councils Nor District Offices In Penang To Take Over The Approval And Processing Of Direct Funding For New Villages.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 14.9.2013.

The Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry has still not informed neither local councils nor district offices in Penang to take over the approval and processing of direct funding for new villages. This follows newspaper reports that were then confirmed by MCA on September 12, 2013, that the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry is expected to cease direct funding to the 607 new villages in Peninsular Malaysia.

Instead funds needed for any infrastructural development in future will require approval from local councils. Such a decision will affect the development of 607 new villages comprising 450 Chinese new villages, 113 Kampung Tersusun and 44 Chinese-majority fishing villages.

Infrastructural development funding for new villages amounted to RM 50 million yearly, which were then increased to RM70 million for the 13th General Elections this year. In the past the direct funding method was employed, which was simple and effective. Allocations were given to new village development and security committees (JKKK) which can directly approve applications based on development needs, such as roads, drainage and building public halls or sports facilities.

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Penang Green Expo 2013 is a fun event tailored for family day that will inspire every participants.(En/Bm/Cn)

Press Statement by Penang Chief Minister and Chairman of Penang Green Council Lim Guan Eng on 13 September 2013 during the Press Conference for “Penang Green Expo 2013” at KOMTAR:

Penang Green Expo 2013 is a fun event tailored for family day that will inspire every participants, Penang can be in the frontline of cultivating ideas and initiatives, developing products and technology that will leverage the sustainable and low carbon green environment.

Penang Green Council is organizing the Penang Green Expo 2013, the details are as follows:

Venue: PISA
Date: 21-22 Sept 2013 (Saturday, Sunday)
Time: 10am-6pm

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BN Minister And BN-Controlled English Mainstream Media Should Stop Its Ridiculous And Malignant Lies That I Run Down Malaysia To Hong Kong Investors In An Investment Mission In Hong Kong But Should Instead Take English Tuition Lessons To Improve Their Vocabulary.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 11.9.2013

BN Minister and BN-controlled English mainstream media should stop its ridiculous and malignant lies that I run down Malaysia to Hong Kong investors in an investment mission in Hong Kong but should instead take English tuition lessons to improve their vocabulary. How can I get foreign investors to come to Penang if I run down my own country as Penang is part of Malaysia?

As part of my trip to Hong Kong from 3-5 September 2013, I had met the Penang diaspora for dinner, which are those from Penang but now working, studying or residing in Hong Kong. I had released the text of my speech to them in Penang. I hope that this speech will be reprinted in full by those BN media that did not print my original text but only published those attacking my speech.

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