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SILVER JUBILEE ANNUAL HOME DINNER

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 OPENING SPEECH BY YAB TUAN LIM GUAN ENG

SILVER JUBILEE ANNUAL HOME DINNER

The Silver Jubilee Home was established in 1935 and will be 80 years old this year. The Home is well supported by generous donors from all walks of life and now it is one of the most established old folks home in Malaysia. Being a free home,it has helped many poor and needy old folks to be able to lead a decent life.

There are currently 165 residents in the Home of various races. The Home provide various activities for the residents like xiang gong exercise, karaoke singing sessions, Astro channels for T.V. viewing. A recreation centre has been set up and is managed by a qualified Occupational Therapist. The centre has a library,handcraft room,kitchen for cooking and baking , television viewing area,board games and also a table-tennis table.

The Rehabilitation Centre provide daily therapy exercise sessions for the residents and is managed by a qualified Physiotherapist. Dental care is provided by Klinik Kesihatan Air Itam and medical consultation by volunteer visiting doctors.

The CNY dinner is held annually at the Home to bring together all the staff and the volunteers of the Home as a show of appreciation for their services to the Home.

Let us ensure that when Penang becomes an international and intelligent city, we can showcase our old folks home here as an example of Penang attaining world-class standards, even in charity and care.

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

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Ambulance Hand Over Event

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Speech by YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang
during Ambulance Hand Over Event
on 01 March 2015, 3pm
at Koleksi Vipasana, 170 Beach Street, 10300 Penang

Let me first begin by congratulating Koleksi Vipasana for this auspicious event, the handover of one unit of fully equipped Class A ambulance to St John Ambulance Malaysia Pulau Pinang.

I am very proud that Koleksi Vipasana have stood out to pool their resources to serve the community better. I must sincerely thank Koleksi Vipasana for doing a great service to the people of Penang.

Since 2006, Koleksi Vipasana had undertaken various CSR initiatives. Past CSR initiatives undertaken are namely, the raising of funds to purchase 6 motorised wheel chairs for the Penang Cheshire Home in 2008 as well as the raising of funds to purchase 2 dialysis machines for the Penang Rotary Foundation in 2007, 3 dialysis machines for Penang Fo Yi Haemodialysis Society, 3 dialysis machines for Province Wellesley Renal Medifund in 2009 and one unit of Class A ambulance to St John Ambulance Malaysia Pulau Pinang in November 2011, which cost RM263,000. A total of RM1.3 million collected by Vipasana to various charity organizations since 2006.

Today’s event is the handover of another unit of Class A ambulance to St John Ambulance. This current unit is a commuter type which is much bigger for long distance travelling and it is the first commuter ambulance for St John Ambulance Malaysia, Penang Branch.

The project to purchase a Class A fully equipped commuter ambulance has took Koleksi Vipasana approximately 2 years to realize. Funds were raised through direct donations from the devotees of Kruba Akliyachat, customers and friends. The total amount collected was RM 300,000. This has shown that Penang people care. I was told that all donations were made payable to St John, directly and solely for such purpose without deducting a single cent for their expenses and as for today’s function, all expenses are fully borne by Koleksi Vipasana.

Let me congratulate St John Ambulance Malaysia, Penang Branch to have another fully equipped new ambulance to serve the communities of Penang and also to take over the service and maintenance of this ambulance.

I hope more organizations will come out with more ambulances to help the St John Ambulance Malaysia Rescue team to carry out their job and duty to the community.

The Penang State Government advocates a caring society to look after the welfare of the poor, weak, defenseless and disadvantaged. The state government spent RM 287 million in cash aid and disbursements since 2008 or 12% of our annual budget surpluses since 2008. In fact the Penang state government recorded RM 453 million in budget surpluses over a 6 year period from 2008-2013. This is bigger than the RM 373 million in accumulated surpluses over 50 years from 1957-2007. In other words, the Penang State Government's performance over the last 6 years is better than the previous 50 years.

Let the work of Vipasana be a part of our efforts towards transforming Penang into an international and intelligent city – where our community work and charitable efforts must also scale world-class standards. Let there be no doubt that the state government appreciates your efforts especially in putting others before self. Individually, we became a more complete person when our society is better.

With active non-NGOs like Vipasana, I believe that we can work together to aid the underprivileged. Together, we can create unity, tolerance, social justice and equal opportunities for all, in order to achieve a more sustainable and promising future. Penang as liveable city that is clean, green, safe and healthy is ideal for those with energy, expertise and entrepreneurship.

Thank you.

 

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大山脚明德正校宏源楼开幕典礼

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槟城首长林冠英致词稿

大山脚明德正校宏源楼开幕典礼

日期:2015228

时间:早上10

大家好。非常高兴今天再次出席明德正校宏愿楼开幕典礼,这是一场值得大家欢庆及骄傲的典礼。本人也感到十分荣幸到来为宏愿楼主持开幕,这是一场不简单的仪式,一场汇聚不少华社心血的开幕仪式。

今天是年初十,我要趁着这新春的美好时刻,恭祝槟州各界人士羊年大吉大利,羊年行好运。

回顾4年前,明德正校从槟岛旧学校的8位学生,至搬迁以来就迅速发展。目前已有600位学生。现在更有了这座(时尚)宏愿楼,且可堪称为最华丽的学校之一,我本身对此深感敬佩。董事会们在三年内发动2次的建校扩建工程,工程耗资近千万,精神可嘉,创举精神可是建校榜样。我在此代表全体槟州子民感谢明德正校董事会全体同仁的用心。

各位,槟州民联政府在协助州内华小发展向来都是排在第一位,我们知道华小对马来西亚华社的重要性,那是一场含血含泪的抗争,它的存在及地位是绝对不容许任何人剥削掉的,这一场战,槟州政府绝对会陪伴及支持华社一路走下去,不止确保华小的存在,且还要确保它持续性的发展。

槟州政府深深体会到大家的苦处。虽然教育是联邦政府的责任,但是,我们会尽我们所能,每年制度化拨款650万令吉给华小、国民型中学及教会学校,同时也分发200万令吉给州内的5所独中,6年来已拨出近6000万令吉。在制度化的拨款下,槟州政府能确保所有拨款,一分也不少存入校方的户头,不会假手予第三方中间人。

槟州政府有能力拨出这些款项,主要是坚持公信、能干与透明的施政方针(CAT),为政府自2008年以来,每年都带来盈余。这6年来我们已经创下的4亿5300万令吉的盈余,甚至比前朝过去50年,即从1957年至2007年的总预算盈余3亿7300万令吉还要高!这证明了民联执政槟州6年来,比国阵政府执政50年,做得更好。

2008年我们已经共拨出了3630万令吉给华校及教会学校及1100万令吉给槟州5家独中。同時,州政府已经协助拨出34英亩土地给华校当校地,其中包括0.6英亩土地充作明德正校草場用途。全国华裔已苦等了50年,中央政府应向民联政府看齐制度化拨款給华教,毕竟华教对国家经济发展贡献良多。

2009年至2014年,州政府6年来共拨出59万令吉予明德小学。

历年拨款款额如下:

2009 --1万令吉

2010 --1万令吉

2012 -- 10万令吉

2013 -- 7万令吉

2014 -- 40 万令吉

总额:59万令吉

华小这么多年来在我国都面对各种严峻挑战及逼迫,但就因为有一群像今天在座的热心人士,你们无私奉献的精神让华小没有萎缩,且一直在进步,今天这场开幕典礼就是最好的认证。教育是国家未来的基石,我们不欢迎任何企图打压华小的人,我们要求的是互相尊重的国民,唯有彼此尊重,同理相待,那才是我们期盼的马来西亚。

各位,今天的明德正校可谓抗战成功,目睹这所学校的发展,我由衷的感动,再次谢谢所有的善长仁翁,特別是董事会的努力,你们确实做得很捧。明德正校于去年荣获槟教局颁发的卓越表现董事会表扬证书,,可谓受之当之无愧。

最后,敬祝大家新年快乐,顺心如意。