Resolve Malaysia’s Education Crisis By Rejecting “One Size Fits All” Uniformity In Favour Of Customization That Returns To The Basic Principles Of Pursuing Excellence And The Teaching Of Cognitive And Non-Cognitive Skills.

Speech By Chief Minister of Penang Lim Guan Eng During The Official Opening of the Karpal Singh Penang Learning Centre & Penang Badminton Academy At Jalan Kaki Bukit, Bukit Gelugor, Pulau Pinang On Friday, 9 May 2014.

First let me thank Dato’ Seri Kalimullah and ECM Libra Foundation not only for the RM 4 million donation for which we are grateful but also for the kind suggestion to name it as Karpal Singh Penang Learning Centre. We will accept as directed. Thank you.

We live in an ever fast-changing world environment where the one assured path to success is a sound education system. Not only can education reduce income inequality, but it too, can provide social mobility and economic opportunity to all. In short education is the lifeboat to our future.

The World Bank in its report notes that a lynchpin of Malaysia’s transformation into a high-income, sustainable and inclusive economy is ensuring the country has a high-performing education system. It added that “Access to schooling is a necessary but insufficient condition for building human capital that will propel economic growth. In addition to ensuring the system has the broadest possible coverage (quantity), the quality of education is perhaps even more critical,”.
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Tamil New Year And Vasakhi Message (en/bm/cn)

Tamil New Year And Vasakhi Message By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in Komtar, George Town On 15.4.2014.

Resolve Malaysia’s Education Crisis By Rejecting “One Size Fits All” Uniformity In Favour Of Customization That Returns To The Basic Principles Of Pursuing Excellence And The Teaching Of Cognitive And Non-Cognitive Skills.

Malaysia’s education crisis is in a downward spiral following the latest Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report on education assessment that only one out of 100 15-year-old Malaysian students able to solve complex problems. We are willing to work together with the Federal government to address the wide disparity between its best and worst performers in order to improve educational standards.

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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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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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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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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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39 Top Students Receiving Full Marks of CGPA 4.0 But Still Not Being Selected For Public University Places For Their Preferred Courses Is A National Shame That Will Stain The Pursuit Of Merit, Excellence And Merit As Well As Cripple The Elusive Search For National Unity After 56 Years Of Merdeka.(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 5.8.2013.

39 top students receiving full marks of Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) 4.0 but still not being selected for public university places for their preferred courses is a national shame that will stain the pursuit of merit, excellence and merit as well as cripple the elusive search for national unity after 56 years Of Merdeka. Depriving qualified students, including those with a CGPA of the maximum 4.0 from places in public universities, will only exacerbate the brain drain, make it harder for Talent Corporation to generate a brain gain and make it easier for neighbouring countries to steal our best and brightest.

No democratic and humane country in the world would consider as just in rejecting top students who scored the perfect CGPA of 4.0, but were offered courses that were not their chosen option. Even though MCA, MIC and Gerakan leaders have openly attacked the Ministry of Education(MOE) for this injustice, MOE has clearly dismissed these BN component parties as staging a sandiwara as they did not pull out from BN.

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By Depriving And Destroying The Future Of Our Top Students, Malaysia Is Also Destroying The Future Of Excellence And Malaysia’s Hope Of Being A High-Income Nation.(en/bm/cn)

Points Made By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng During The DAP CEC Meeting In Kuala Lumpur On 16.7.2013.

DAP must focus on providing a clear alternative vision for economic growth and prosperity that can be enjoyed by all Malaysians instead of being distracted by the nefarious lies employed by UMNO to divide Malaysians through fear and hatred. As a social democratic movement, DAP has always given priority to policies of social protection especially on health, education and welfare assistance for the poorer sections of society.

However such social protection policies can neither be funded nor sustained if it is not underpinned by policies that encourage growth and prosperity. For this reason, overcoming inequality alone may not generate growth. There is no doubt that growth is dependant on certain basic prerequisites of respect for the rule of law, transparency and accountability, less cumbersome red-tape and regulations, good and clean governance as well as a ready supply of human talent from a quality education system. This will be the model followed by DAP

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After 56 Years Of Merdeka, Time For All Political Parties And The Education Ministry Not To Focus On Race But On Why Qualified Students Cannot Get Places In Local Universities On Merit.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 15.7.2013.

After 56 Years of Merdeka, the time has come for all political parties and the Education Ministry not to focus on race but on why qualified students cannot get places in local public universities on merit. Depriving qualified students, including those with a CGPA of the maximum 4.0 from places in public universities, is not only a waste of top talent but will serve to drive away our best and brightest overseas.

This will only exacerbate the brain drain, make it harder for Talent Corporation to generate a brain gain and make it easier for other countries like Singapore to happily snatch away our crème de la crème. The Education Ministry must stop such short-sighted policies that will only cause Malaysia to lose out but also mental anguish annually to our young who are deprived of their future. How can we prepare the young for the future or the future for our young when we permit such painful injustice?

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PR And DAP Will Fight Legally In Courts And Seek Support From All Malaysians Malay, Chinese, Indian, Iban And Kadazan To Protect Chinese And Tamil Vernacular Schools From Being Abolished By UMNO Supporters Like Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Arshad.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 14.5.2013.

Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Arshad dares to call for the abolition of Chinese and Tamil vernacular schools because with assured UMNO support behind him, he knows he will neither be sacked as pro-Chancellor Of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) nor charged for making such seditious remarks. Abdul Rahman’s call for the abolition of Chinese and Tamil vernacular schools in favour of a single stream school is seditious and a BN MP Mark Koding was even convicted of sedition in 1982 for making the very same suggestion in Parliament in 1978.

Rahman blamed vernacular schools as the barrier towards racial unity in the country, and causing increasing racial polarisation that led to BN losing the popular vote 47% to PR’s 51% in the recent general elections. Clearly BN supporters are choosing easy victims to blame by targeting the Chinese community, vernacular schools and the DAP.

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Tan Twan Eng’s Success As An English Author Shows The Importance Of Preparing The Young For The Future By Being The First Malaysian To Win The US$30,000 “Man Asian Literary Prize”.(en/cn)

Press Statement by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in Komtar, George Town on 17.3.2013.

On behalf of the people of Penang, I wish to offer my heartiest congratulations to Tan Twan Eng for making Penang proud by becoming the first Malaysian to win the prestigious Man Asian Literary Prize.

Tan’s novel, The Garden of Evening Mists, tells the story of Yun Ling Teoh, the survivor of a Japanese prison camp who looks back at the early 1950s and her relationship with the mysterious creator of then-Malaya’s only Japanese garden.

Described as “far-ranging and intricately layered”, Tan’s post-war novel managed to pip four other authors, including Turkish Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk, for the USD30,000 (RM93,000) prize. Last year, Tan had also been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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Will Muhyiddin still say that our education system is better than the US, UK and Germany when Malaysia’s ranking has fallen in the recently released Trends in TIMSS 2011 from 20th to 26th in the Mathematics and from 21st to 32nd in Science?(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 12.12.2012

Our Minister of Education and Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, said in March 2012 that our education system is better than that of the US, UK and Germany, using selective results from the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report’s statistics. His claims have now been totally repudiated by the recently released TIMSS 2011 findings.

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Speech by Penang Chief Minister YAB Lim Guan Eng for the Penang Science Council Life Sciences & Medical Health Young Laureates Award 2012 Prize Giving Ceremony (en/cn)

It is indeed a pleasure to see so many bright minds here today. I am told that the PSC Young Laureates Program is an ambitious program to nurture the students’ ability to learn independently and to communicate science effectively. I must congratulate the effort the school teams have put in to understand and communicate the science that won the Nobel Prize for Medicine 2011.

Once again, Penang Leads! Penang is fortunate to be the first to organize such an event and to be home to the annual PSC Young Laureates Program. Congratulations and thank you to the PSC Life Sciences & Medical Health Pillar, headed by B.Braun Medical Industries, for organizing this event and inviting me to share this with you.

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To Improve The Standard Of English To Maintain Our International Competitiveness, The Education Ministry Should Consider To Make it Compulsory to Pass the English Language Paper in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia(SPM) And That A Credit Is Essential To Obtain Grade 1 In SPM.(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 6.6.2012.

To Improve The Standard Of English To Maintain Our International Competitiveness, The Education Ministry Should Consider To Make it Compulsory to Pass the English Language Paper in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia(SPM) And That A Credit Is Essential To Obtain Grade 1 In SPM.

To improve the standard of English to maintain our international competitiveness, the Education Ministry should consider to make it compulsory to pass the English language paper in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia(SPM) and that a credit is essential to obtain Grade 1 in SPM.

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