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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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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To correct a mistake in my statement yesterday (en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 12.1.2014.

I wish to correct a mistake in my statement yesterday on IKEA’s entry into Penang. Yesterday’s statement reported that PDC had sold 245 acres of land by Penang Development Corporation(PDC) for RM 284 million to Aspen Vision Land Sdn Bhd and Ikano Pte Ltd, that is to be fully paid in 5 years.

This is wrong. The correct amount should be RM 483,951,600(rounded up to RM 484 million). This important detail was overlooked as we have been working hard over the last one week to close two historic events, namely IKEA’s entry into Penang and winning the rights to host for the first time ever the World Women Squash Championship in March 2014.

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Penang Will Host the 30th WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 On March 14-21 2014 in PISA Stadium, Penang.(en/cn)

Press Conference By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Garden Hotel, Kuala Lumpur On 11.1.2014.

Penang will host the 30th WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 on March 14-21 2014 in PISA Stadium, Penang. This follows the cancellation of the 2013 Women’s World Championship when both Hong Kong and Egypt rejected proposals to organise it last year.

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

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I will not address the rise in petrol price today but allude to some press reports that Penang’s investment situation is in a critical situation.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 9.1.2014.(Attachment with Chart)

I will not address the rise in petrol price today but allude to some press reports that Penang’s investment situation is in a critical situation. This is clearly intended to distract attention from the price hikes by the BN Federal government in sugar, petrol, power tariffs and road toll in contrast to the Penang state government not imposing any increases in water tariff, quit rent and assessment for 2014.

For the record, I wish to refer to a to a Parliamentary written reply from the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to DAP Kuching MP Chong Chien Jen in September last year,

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The Penang State EXCO has endorsed the setting up of a Penang Chinese Temple Endowment EXCO Committee(en/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 9.1.2014.

The Penang State EXCO has endorsed the setting up of a Penang Chinese Temple Endowment EXCO Committee headed by me and comprising EXCO members Chow Kon Yeow, Chong Eng, Danny Law Heng Kiang, Lim Hock Seng and Phee Boon Poh with three preliminary purposes:-

a. Uphold Article 11 of Federal Constitutional that grants the right of freedom to profess and practice his or her religion at Chinese temples;
b. Promote sustainable development and growth of Chinese temples in Penang;
c. Organise the Chinese temples into a structure with certain religious authority to impart advice to the relevant authorities without taking over or affecting the existing management and operations of Chinese temples.

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Sebagai penjelasan terakhir, Kerajaan negeri ingin menggariskan 5 fakta berkatian dengan tuduhan tidak berasas mengenai pembelian kereta Mercedes Benz S300L untuk YAB Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang. (bm/cn)

Kenyataan Akhbar Pegawai Kewangan Negeri Pulau Pinang Dato Mokhtar Mohd Jait Di Pulau Pinang Pada 3.1.2014.

Sebagai penjelasan terakhir, Kerajaan negeri ingin menggariskan 5 fakta berkatian dengan tuduhan tidak berasas mengenai pembelian kereta Mercedes Benz S300L untuk YAB Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang.

Satu, kereta baru Mercedes S300L ini dibeli semata-mata kerana pengecualian cukai dan diskaun sebanyak 56% diberikan. Tanpa diskaun 56% ini, pembelian tidak akan dibuat. Kereta baru Mercedex S300L akan menjadi milikan kerajaan negeri selama-lamanya dan mempunyai “economic value for money” dari segi jangka masa panjang. Ini adalah kerana YAB Ketua Menteri Lim Guan Eng telah menyatakan tidak akan membeli untuk sendirinya selepas bersara.

Kedua , Kelayakan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang memang berhak menggunakan 2 buah kereta Mercedes-Benz S400 dan Mercedes Benz S300. Beliau kini menggunakan sebuah kereta sahaja iaitu Mercedes-Benz S300L dengan harga RM 298,263.75 berbanding dengan harga asal RM 657,218. Perlu ditegaskan kereta Toyota Camry 2.5 yang dipakai Ketua Menteri diserahkan kepada Timbalan Speaker Dewan Undangan Negeri Pulau Pinang YB Ustaz Maktar Shapee.

Ketiga, pertanyaan yang dibuat oleh pemberita suratkhabar The Star dan suratkhabar Cina samada benar ura-ura bahawa diskaun RM100,000 yang diberikan untuk kereta itu adalah datang daripada Tan Sri Datuk Seri Tan Kok Ping. Ini adalah satu fitnah sama sekali. Diskaun RM100,000 ini diberikan oleh pembekal Mercedes di seluruh Malaysia, bukan oleh “dealer” Mercedes, dan untuk semua yang ingin pembeli Mercedes Benz S300L.

Keempat, tujuan asal untuk membeli kereta Mercedes kepada 15 ahli EXCO(termasuk Ketua Menteri) dan Speaker Dewan Undangan Negeri Pulau Pinang kerana ia lebih selamat dan kukuh. Ini tidak tercapai kerana kos cukai dan duti yang dikenakan adalah terlalu tinggi dan pengecualian cukai tidak dapat diperolehi.

Lagipun pembekal Mercedes enggan memberikan surat jaminan bahawa pengecualian cukai boleh diperolehi. YAB Ketua Menteri dan ahli EXCO enggan memakai kereta Mercedes yang tanpa diskaun dan yang perlu bayar cukai, sepertimana yang dilakukan oleh kerajaan negeri Terengganu pada tahun 2008 dan negeri-negeri lain, kerana kosnya terlalu tinggi.

Prosedur permohonan untuk pengecualian cukai adalah pemohon mesti membeli kereta dahulu dan sekiranya pengecualian cukai tidak diberikan, maka pemohon harus membayar cukai disamping kos kereta. Oleh itu, kerajaan negeri juga mahu pembekal memberikan jaminan akan mengambil balik kereta tanpa bayaran oleh kerajaan negeri sekiranya pengecualian cukai gagal diberikan. Pembekal enggan berbuat demikian untuk 15 buah kereta.

Itulah sebabnya pembelian kereta 15 buah kereta Toyota Camry diteruskan untuk Ketua Menteri, Ahli EXCO dan Speaker. Hanya selepas 15 buah Toyota Camry diserahkan pada 31.10.2013, barulah pembekal kereta Mercedes memberikan surat jaminan yang diperlukan tetapi hanya untuk sebuah kereta Mercedes S300L. Barulah Mesyuarat EXCO Pulau Pinang memutuskan secara sebulat suara untuk membeli kereta Mercedes S300L pada 20 November 2013.

Kelima, berdasarkan pengecualian cukai yang diperolehi dan perbezaan besar di antara harga asal RM 657,218 dengan harga diskaun RM 298,263.75 ataupun pengurangan RM358,954.25 sebanyak 56%, ia tidak banyak berbeza dengan harga kereta lama Mercedes Benz S320L yang dibeli 18 tahun dulu pada 4 September 1995 sebanyak RM 271,331.22.

Lagipun kereta Mercedes memang bertahan lama dan penggunaan kereta Mercedes Benz S320L yang lama boleh dipakai dengan kos penyelenggaraan yang lebih rendah. Sebagai contoh kos kereta Perdana PAC 77 dibeli pada 14 Oktober 2004 dengan harga RM117,026.36. Kos penyelenggaraannya untuk 9 tahun pertama sehingga 2013 adalah RM 178,105.10, iaitu lebih tinggi daripada harga pembelian asal RM 117,026.36. Ini amat merugikan kerajaan negeri.

Bagi Mercedes Benz S320L yang dibeli pada 4 September 1995 dengan harga RM 271,331.22, kos penyelenggaraan ialah sebanyak RM110,000 untuk tempoh 9 tahun pertama. Tambahan pula, kereta Mercedes masih ada harga penjualan kereta terpakai(second hand value) bukan macam kereta lain.

MOKHTAR MOHD JAIT

—–Mandarin Version—

槟州财政司拿督莫达莫哈末加益于2014年1月3日在槟州发表声明:

作为此项课题最后一次回应,州政府谨此列出五项事实,以反驳有关针对槟州首席部长购买马赛地S300L毫无根据的不实指控。

第一, 州政府购买新车马赛地S300L纯粹是因为获得免税及折扣56%。如果没有折扣,我们绝不考虑购买。马赛地S300L将是州政府的永久资产,长远来说,在经济上它“物有所值”。而首长林冠英也已经表明他在退休后也绝不会购买来做为私人用途。

第二, 槟州首长有权使用两辆马赛地S400及S300。而林冠英现在只是使用马赛地S300L而已,而且购买价为29万8263令吉75仙,不是原价65万7218令吉。我们要声明,原本首长使用的丰田佳美2.5将移交给副议长玛达沙比。

第三, 《星报》和中文报都质问有关10万令吉的折扣是否来自丹斯里陈国平。这简直是诽谤。有关10万令吉的折扣是全国的马赛地供应商给的折扣,而不是经销商,欲购买马赛地S300L的人士都能获得这项折扣。

第四, 原本我们要为全体15名行政议员(包括首席部长)及议长购买马赛地,因为它更安全及稳定。但是买不成,因为其税务太高,也无法获得免税。

再说,马赛地供应商也拒绝给予保证书,保证能免税。首长及行政议员也不愿意在使用没有折扣、必须缴税的马赛地,像登嘉楼政府于2008年及其它州属那样,因为其成本太高。

根据免税的申请程序,申请者必须先购车才申请,一旦免税不被批准,申请者就必须缴税及车价。因为,州政府要供应商保证,如果无法获得免税,州政府分文不付而供应商需拿回有关轿车。供应商不愿保证15辆轿车。

因此,我们为首长、行政议员及议长购买了15辆丰田佳美。供应商在2013年10月31日交货后,马赛地的供应商才发出保证信,但是只保证一辆马赛地S300L。行政议会才在2013年11月20日的行政议会上一致决定,购买马赛地S300L。

第五、免税后,马赛地的售价为29万8263令吉75仙,与原价65万7218令吉有很大的差别,费用减少了35万8954令吉25仙(或56%)。这与18年前1995年9月4日购买马赛地S320L的价格27万1331令吉22仙相去不远。

再说,马赛地的确比较耐用,而旧的马赛地S320L的维修费也比较低。以2004年10月14日购买的国产将相PAC77为例,车价为11万7026令吉36仙。截至2013年,过去9年的维修费达17万8105令吉10仙,高出原售价11万7026令吉36仙。这让州政府损失很多。

至于1995年9月4日以27万1331令吉22仙购买的马赛地S320L,首9年的维修费为11万令吉。而且,马赛地还有二手价值,与其它轿车不同。

莫达莫哈末加益

Pembelian Kereta Mercedes-Benz S300L Dengan Harga RM 298,263.75 Berbanding Dengan Harga Asal RM 657,218 Untuk YAB Ketua Menteri.

Kenyataan Akhbar Pegawai Kewangan Negeri Pulau Pinang Dato Mokhtar Mohd Jait Di Pulau Pinang Pada 31.12.2013.

Pembelian Kereta Mercedes-Benz S300L Dengan Harga RM 298,263.75 Berbanding Dengan Harga Asal RM 657,218 Untuk YAB Ketua Menteri.

Saya telah diarahkan untuk mengumumkan butiran lanjut berkaitan dengan pembelian kereta Mercedes-Benz S300L dengan harga RM 298,263.75 berbanding dengan harga asal RM 657,218.(sila lihat lampiran) oleh kerajaan negeri untuk YAB Ketua Menteri Tuan Lim Guan Eng.

Di bawah kelayakan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang memang berhak menggunakan 2 buah kereta Mercedes-Benz S400 dan Mercedes Benz S300. YAB Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang kini menggunakan sebuah kereta sahaja.

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2014 Penang New Year Message (en/cn)

2014 Penang New Year Message By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 31.12.2013.

2014 Portends A Pivotal Year That Will Make Or Break Penang’s Promise As A Destination Of Choice For Tourists, Livable City Of Choice For Residents As Well As A Location Of Choice For Manufacturing, Services and Business Process Outsourcing(BPO) Hub.

2014 portends a pivotal year that will make or break Penang’s promise as a destination of choice for tourists, livable city of choice for residents as well as a location of choice for manufacturing, services and Business Process Outsourcing(BPO) hub. The PR Penang state government has invested resources since 2008 to transform Penang into a high-income economy as not only the sweatshop but also the smartshop of the manufacturing and services sector.

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Penang’s New Housing Rules Effective 1 February 2014(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in Komtar, George Town on 18.12.2013

Penang’s Housing Rules From 1 February 2014 Designed To Protect Penang From Being Adversely Affected By A Property Bubble As Well As Ensuring That Public Housing And Affordable Housing Are Bought By Genuine Purchasers Who Are Qualified First Time Buyers From Lower and Middle-Income Groups.

The new housing rules announced in the 2014 Penang state Budget approved at the Penang State Assembly and proposed to be effective from 1 February 2014 are designed to protect Penang from being adversely affected by a property bubble as well as ensuring that public housing and affordable housing are bought by genuine purchasers who are qualified first time buyers from lower and middle-income groups.

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Penang PR State Government Is Willing To Be Mercilessly Punished By “Heartless Critics” Of PR’s 3-Prong Approach To Help First Time Buyers Of Affordable And Public Housing.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 15.12.2013

Penang PR State Government Is Willing To Be Mercilessly Punished By “Heartless Critics” Of PR’s 3-Prong Approach To Help First Time Buyers Of Affordable And Public Housing.

Penang PR state government is willing to be ruthlessly and mercilessly punished by “heartless critics” of PR’s 3-prong approach to help first time buyers of affordable and public housing:-
· Compel private housing developers to build public and affordable housing;
· Establish a RM 500 Million Public and Affordable Housing Fund to build 20,000 units by Penang Development Corporation(PDC);and
· Implement new housing rules effective 1 February 2014 that amongst other, impose 5-years sale restrictions on affordable housing and 10-year sale restriction for public housing subject to exemptions for appeal in certain cases.

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Surat Kepada Menteri Dalam Negeri(bm/cn)

PSUKPP/21/0752/3(3441/2013)

11 Disember 2013

YB Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid bin Hamidi
Menteri Dalam Negeri,
Kementerian Dalam Negeri,
Aras 12, Blok D1, Kompleks D,
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
62502 PUTRAJAYA

YB Dato’ Seri,

PERTIMBANGAN VISA SEMASA KETIBAAN (VOA) KEPADA PELANCONG CHINA DAN INDIA YANG TIBA DARI NEGARA KETIGA MEMASUKI PULAU PINANG

Sukacitanya saya ingin menarik perhatian YB Dato’ Seri berhubung perkara di atas.

2. Saya merujuk kepada pengumuman YB Dato’ Seri berhubung kelonggaran sekatan visa bagi pelancong dari India dan China sempena Tahun Melawat Malaysia 2014 baru-baru ini. Saya difahamkan pelancong dari kedua-dua negara ini akan diberikan visa semasa ketibaan atau “Visa On Arrival” (VOA) sekiranya mereka memasuki Malaysia melalui Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA), Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Johor Bahru, Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuching, Sarawak dan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

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Seandainya Ketua Pembangkang DUN Pulau Pinang terasa hati secara peribadi kerana saya memanggilnya seorang nenek yang rasis kerana ia terkait dengan gendernya, maka saya akan memanggilnya seorang rasis sahaja.(bm/cn)

Kenyataan Media oleh Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng di KOMTAR, George Town pada 10 Disember 2013

Seandainya Ketua Pembangkang DUN Pulau Pinang terasa hati secara peribadi kerana saya memanggilnya seorang nenek yang rasis kerana ia terkait dengan gendernya, maka saya akan memanggilnya seorang rasis sahaja. Saya memohon maaf kerana menggunakan perkataan ‘nenek’. Namun beliau tetap seorang yang rasis kerana memainkan api kebencian terhadap kaum dan agama melalui pembohongannya, konon saya telah meluluskan penukaran nama Pulau Jerejak menjadi Pulau Mazhu (seorang dewa Cina) kerana saya telah meluluskan tokong Mazhu. Pembohongan ini memainkan sentimen agama sedangkan pulau Mazhu ini tidak wujud pun.

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New Housing Rules From 1 February 2014 To Protect Penang From Being Adversely Affected By A Property Bubble (en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 8.12.2013.

New Housing Rules From 1 February 2014 To Protect Penang From Being Adversely Affected By A Property Bubble As Well As Ensuring That Public Housing And Affordable Housing Are Bought By Genuine Purchasers Who Are Qualified First Time Buyers From Lower and Middle-Income Groups.

The new housing rules announced in the 2014 Penang state Budget at the Penang State Assembly and proposed to be effective from 1 February 2014 are designed to protect Penang from being adversely affected by a property bubble as well as ensuring that public housing and affordable housing are bought by genuine purchasers who are qualified first time buyers from lower and middle-income groups.

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Keeping The Malaysian Dream Alive By Making Penang No.1 In Malaysia.(en/cn)

Opening Speech By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng During The 2013 Penang State Ordinary Convention In George Town Hotel On 1.12.2013.

Keeping The Malaysian Dream Alive By Making Penang No.1 In Malaysia.

I wish to congratulate all Penang DAP leaders and members under the leadership of Sdr Chow Kon Yeow for your hard work and unity in helping PR achieve a great victory in the 2013 general elections with an additional state seat by winning 30 out of 40 state seats and an increased popular vote of 68%, the highest in the country. DAP obtained increased support from all Penangites, including Malays. Despite BN’s politics of racial and religious hatred, PAS leader Dr Zulkifli Ahmad cited Penang as one of the two states that PR won an increased Malay support(2%), the other being Terengganu(4%).

On behalf of PR and DAP, we humbly thank Penang voters for their confidence by helping us to retain power in Penang. With power comes responsibility.

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