Monthly Archive for January, 2014

Penang’s Outcome-Based Model Of Governance That Is Centred On Competency, Accountability And Transparency Will Bring Dignity To The Rakyat And Hope For A Brighter Future.(e/c)

2014 Chinese New Year Message By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 29.1.2014.

Penang’s outcome-based model of governance that is centered on competency, accountability and transparency will bring dignity to the rakyat and hope for a brighter future. Penang can be the hope of a new model of governance where moderation is preferred over extremism and performance wins over cronyism.

The state government has relentlessly pursued a transformation of Penang into an international and intelligent city that allows Penang to escape the middle-income trap into a high-income economy as well as ensuring economic equity with balanced development in infrastructure and economic programs, cash aid and creating history as the first state in Malaysia to wipe out poverty. All this is achieved without any price hikes in 2014 by the state government whether in quit rent, assessment, business licenses or water tariffs.

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Penang Will Host the 29th WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 On March 15-23, 2014 in sPICE, Penang.(en/cn)

Press Conference By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town, Penang On 29.1.2014.

Penang will host the 29th WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 for the 1st time in our history on March 15-23, 2014 at sPICE (Subterranean Penang International Conference & Exhibition Centre) in Penang. This follows the cancellation of the 2013 Women’s World Championship when both Hong Kong and Egypt rejected proposals to organize it last year.

Penang aspires to be a sporting city as part of a clean, green, healthy and safe Penang. WSA’s agreement to permit Penang to host this event is a strong recognition that Penang possesses the facilities, amenities and infrastructure of a fitting location for an international event as well as the experience and expertise to organize a world championship.

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UMNO Should Not Politicise The Recent Incidents In Penang By Blaming It On The Opposition Parties, When It Is UMNO That Plays The Fires Of Racial And Religious Hatred, Unlike The Opposition’s Focus On Price Hikes In Sugar, Petrol, Power Tarrifs and Highway Tolls.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 29.1.2014.

DAP condemns UMNO for trying to politicise the recent incidents in Penang with its statements blaming it on the opposition parties, when it is UMNO that plays the fires of racial and religious hatred, unlike the opposition’s focus on price hikes in sugar, petrol, power tarrifs and highway toll.

I wish to remind UMNO that the Penang state government had never organised any demonstrations. The Penang state government was even severely criticised when we advised an anti-price hike demonstration by NGOs to be postponed after the Chinese New Year.

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Penang State Government Will Neither Bow Down Nor Provoke Retaliatory Acts Against Religious Extremists And Racial Bigots(en/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 27.1.2014.

Penang State Government Will Neither Bow Down Nor Provoke Retaliatory Acts Against Religious Extremists And Racial Bigots Now Laying Siege To Penang But Unite All To Defeat Their Violence And Hatred With The Weapons Of Social Justice And Sustainable Development.

In this critical hour with shadowy extremist and racist forces conducting sustained aggression to destabilise the Penang state government, 1.6 million Penangites must reaffirm commitment for the past 200 years to protect, preseve and promote respect for cultural diversity, racial and religious harmony by rejecting both violence and hatred.

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Penangites Must Remain Calm And Prove BN and UMNO Wrong That Their Efforts To Provoke The Fires Of Racial And Religious Hatred Will Not Jeorpardise The Multi-racial and Multi-cultural Harmony Assiduously Built Up In Penang Over 200 Hundred Years.(en/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 25.1.2014.

DAP urges all Penangites to remain calm and prove BN and UMNO wrong that their efforts to provoke the fires of racial and religious hatred will not jeorpardise the multi-racial and multi-cultural harmony assiduously built up in Penang over 200 hundred years. This singular success of not just tolerance but more importantly respect for diversity achieved by Penang, has won international recognition and was a key factor behind the listing by UNESCO of George Town as a World Heritage site.

The latest effort by UMNO to raise tensions in Penang happened yesterday when UMNO Tanjung supported a Muslim non-governmental organisation demands that local authorities ban the open selling of pork in the state. Solidarity and Charity Organisation (Isco) claimed that the selling of pork openly in areas like Lebuh Chulia, Jalan Kuantan, Jalan C.Y. Choy was a disregard to Muslim sensitivity in the state.

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Visit to the PSDC-IME Rapid Model Development Lab

Penang Chief Minister’s Official Visit to the PSDC-IME Rapid Model Development Lab 24 January 2014 | 10.30 am – 11.45 am | PSDC

For Penang to have a digital technological cluster that works, it must be profitable in the market place. First, we need to have a sizeable startup colony (“ecosystem”) and also hundreds of startup schools (“accelerators”) to drive and propel the ecosystem forward. In between there is a need for entrepreneurial talent with digital knowhow or technopreneurs to make digital technology work in the marketplace by being profitable. The Penang state government can provide some seed money and a platform but the basis of success will still depend on the private sector, individual entrepreneurs and digital experts. This effort to build clusters will be driven by the Penang Science Council and investPenang and even PSDC.

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Price Hikes In Sugar, Petrol, TNB Power Tariffs And Highway Road Tolls Together With The Minimum Wage Enjoyed By All Foreign Workers Could Adversely Result In A Clear And Definite Danger Of Either Inflation Or Business Closures Of SMEs.(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 24.1.2014.

The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers’ (FMM) warning that an increase in tolled road charges will raise prices of raw materials, which will be passed on as higher prices consumer goods, is not surprising. FMM said that the recent increase in electricity rates and the proposed toll hikes would also dampen domestic consumption and affect export competitiveness.

FMM’s survey of their members showed that transportation providers are expected to increase their transportation fees by up to 30% when toll charges were increased, coupled with an increase in travelling claims of their staff. However the full impact of the implementation of minimum wage policy that covers foreign workers have not been factored in, especially the adverse impact on Small and Medium scale Enterprises(SMEs).

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SG’s Message To Penang DAP members (en/bm/cn)

Remember DAP Is Not Interested In Only Being Better Than BN. Penang DAP Wants To Advocate A New Model Of Governance For Malaysia Based On Institution That Is Built Around Integrity And Centred On Competency.

All comrades from Penang,

Happy New Year 2014, Selamat Maulidur Rasul, Happy Ponggal and Thaipusam and Happy New Year of the Horse!

January 2014 is proving to be a big month with a whole series of important announcements that allowed Penang to start off the new year with a bang. The state government has relentlessly pursued a transformation of Penang into an international and intelligent city that allows Penang to escape the middle-income trap into a high-income economy as well as ensuring economic equity with balanced development in infrastructure and economic programs, cash aid and creating history as the first state in Malaysia to wipe out poverty.

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The Attorney-General Chambers(AGC) Should Answer Implicit Allegations Of Racist Bias And Even Selective Prosecution By Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik Over The RM12.85 Billion Port Klang Free Trade Zone Scandal.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng And MP For Bagan In Kuala Lumpur On 18.1.2014.

DAP calls for a Royal Commission of Inquiry if the Attorney-General Chambers(AGC) refuses to answer implicit allegations of racist bias and even selective prosecution by former Transport Minister and ex-MCA President Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik over the RM12.85 billion Port Klang Free Trade Zone(PKFZ) scandal. These implicit allegations were made to a Chinese newspaper where Liong Sik accused AGC of looking down and disrespecting the country’s Chinese leaders who have contributed to the country.

Ling was acquitted of deceiving the Cabinet by failing to disclose an additional interest rate of 7.5% to the purchase price of RM 25 per sq ft in the PKFZ deal, despite knowing that the interest rate was included in the price. Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad testified in court that he had not been cheated by Ling.

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Not Just DAP But Chinese, Indian, Malay, Kadazans and Ibans Do Not Want A May 13 Incident, Only UMNO Is Issuing Such Threats To Play With The Fires Of Racial And Religious Hatred To Run Away From Their Responsibility For Price Hikes(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister and DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 19.1.2014.

Whilst UMNO Penang must be condemned for living in the past and raising the threat of May 13 again, the real victim is Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s 1Malaysia. No one is surprised that 1Malaysia is rarely if ever mentioned nowadays by UMNO or BN.

Police Reports will be lodged by Penang DAP elected representatives against Penang UMNO for their racist attacks against non-Malays and issuing threats such as ‘Because of DAP’s leaders mouth, May 13, 1969 happened… Want some more?’. This threat is a tacit admission by UMNO that they caused the May 13 bloody riots in 1969 that caused the loss of thousands of innocent lives.

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Dr Afif Bahardin Will Write To The Federal Government Opposing The Hardhearted Privatisation Of Hygiene Of Hawkers By The Health Ministry That Will Impose Additional Financial Burdens Which Benefit The Few At The Expense Of Many.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 17.1.2014

The Penang state government is extremely concerned about the hardhearted privatisation of hygienic standards of hawkers in Malaysia by the Health Ministry that will only impose additional costs to low-income hawkers, already reeling badly from rising prices imposed by the BN Federal government. Hawkers in Penang are rushing to register themselves for a food-handling course for fear of being fined or jailed after the January 23 deadline to obtain a certificate.

Hawkers are liable to a maximum fine of RM 10,000 or a maximum jail term of two years, or both imposed by the Health Ministry health officers, if the hawkers fail to obtain the certificate on time under the 2009 Food Hygiene Regulations.The Health Ministry allows 6 companies in Penang to impose a charge of RM 50 for a simple food-handling course, which both the Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang (MPPP) and Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai(MPSP) conducts free of charge.

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Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s Special Cabinet Committee To Tackle the Cost of Living Changes Nothing If The BN Government Knows Only How To Increase Prices Without Increasing Salaries, Especially Minimum Wage To RM 1,100 Monthly, (With A Grace Period Of 5 Years To SMEs For Foreign Workers).

DAP 2014 Thaipusam Day Message By DAP Secretary General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 16.1.2014.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s Special Cabinet Committee To Tackle the Cost of Living changes nothing if the BN government knows only how to increase prices without increasing salaries, especially minimum wage to RM1,100 monthly(with a grace period of 5 years to Small and Medium Enterprises(SMEs) for foreign workers). Muhyidin used a lot of fancy academic terms without addressing the two main issues of concern to 28 million ordinary Malaysians – Is BN going to reduce prices or increasing salaries?

What is the use of the BN government spending money to create a special laboratory for two weeks beginning today to study measures to ease the burden of the people when they can not even understand the price rises is not about the price of “kangkung’ alone. Is the BN government going to appoint expert consultants again, where RM7.2 billion have been spent since 2008? Failure to address reducing prices or increasing salaries will render this Special Committee a toothless tiger, a mere talk-shop with full of meaningless flowery words without action to lessen the financial burden of the rakyat.

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Has The Transport Ministry And Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) Resolved The Problems At Padang Besar Inland Dryport Railway Station That Prevented Penang Port From Earning Revenue Of Between RM75 Million To RM100 Million Annually?(en/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 15.1.2014.

The Penang state government urges Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishamudin Tun Hussein Onn to come clean on the status of the privatisation of Penang Port, whether operational control has been granted to Seaport Terminal owned by tycoon Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhari, the terms of this privatisation exercise and how it benefits Penang and the public, particularly when there was no open competitive tender. If the Transport Ministry is unable to convince the public of the real benefits to the public of this closed privatisation exercise, then a fresh open competitive tender should be called.

This lack of direction, certainty and clarity by the Transport Ministry over the future of Penang Port is not only a loss to the logistics business in Penang but can also jeopardize Penang’s potential to establish itself as a hub in the Indonesia, Malaysia Thailand Growth Triangle as well as transform into an international and intelligent city. The Transport Ministry must take full responsibility for the powers granted to them to run our country’s ports. By failing to do so, they also surrender the power to change the people’s future for the better.

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If BN Continues To Trivialise The Climate Of Fraud, Bribery And Corruption That Is Presently At A “Rather Dangerous” Trend, Malaysia Will Not Be Able To Eliminate Poverty And Remain Stuck In The Middle-Income Trap.(en/cn)

DAP 2014 Ponggal Day Message By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 14.1.2014.

BN continues to turn a blind eye to the shocking survey results by international accounting firm KPMG that fraud, bribery and corruption are at a “rather dangerous” trend and an inevitable part of doing business in Malaysia. KPMG’s survey conducted between March and August 2013, received about 100 responses from some 1,000 public-listed companies. Over a quarter of the respondents were either chief executive officers (CEOs) or Chief Financial Officers (CFOs).

About 80% believe that bribery and corruption have increased over the last three years, while 64% say that business cannot proceed unless bribes are paid. 81% agreed that they paid bribes to secure routine administrative approvals from government agencies. 83% acknowledged that fraud was a problem when doing business in Malaysia.

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The Acquittal Of Chang Kong Choy From Cheating Former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi On The RM12.85 Billion Port Klang Free Trade Zone Scandal Is A Sad Fact That No Senior Leader Is Responsible And Punished For Such Collosal Losses Of Public Funds.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 13.1.2014.

The acquittal of Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chang Kong Choy from 3 charges of cheating former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on the RM12.85 Billion Port Klang Free Trade Zone scandal is a sad fact that no senior leader is responsible and punished for such collosal losses of public funds. Chan was charged on February 28, 2011 with cheating Abdullah over the RM1.9 billion trans-shipment project between 2004 and 2006. He faced up to five years’ jail on each count.

Chan’s predecessor as Transport Minister, Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, had being acquitted on October 25 last year on charges of cheating the Cabinet on the same scandal In acquitting Dr Ling, High Court judge Datuk Ahmadi Asnawi ruled that the former minister could not be held accountable for any mistake, misleading information, or inaccuracy in the preparation of the ministry’s documents regarding the land acquisition, although Ling signed the documents.”If any, the blame should be apportioned wholly and squarely upon the officers of the Transport Ministry who drafted and prepared the documents,” the judge said.

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