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Green Pinang 3A (Achievements, Awards & Accolades) Gala 2014

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Opening speech by Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Penang and Chairman of Penang Green Council during Green Pinang 3A (Achievements, Awards & Accolades) Gala 2014 at Lim Lean Teng Hall on 20 Nov 2014

First of all, I would like to extend a warm welcome for your gracious presence at tonight’s environmental excellence award ceremony, also marking the end of the last chapter in 2014. It is an honour for me to officiate the Green Pinang 3A Gala 2014, where 3A stands for Achievements, Awards & Accolades.

Tonight, Penang State Government is acknowledging all green spirits, who have had outstanding contributions and achievement in environmental conservation. This is also an appreciation night to honour 11 individuals and organisations in Penang that obtained recognition nationally or regionally for their contributions and hard work in the sustainability and environmental excellence, which is a great prestige this evening.
On top of that, we are also presenting awards to the winners of Penang Green School Award, Penang Green Office Project Certification, Penang Green Innovation Incentive, Penang Green Journalism Award and Penang Green Video Contest.

Penang Green School Award is an environmental audit programme for both primary and secondary schools in Penang launched by the Penang State Government in 2010. A significant rise in the audit application numbers from both primary and secondary schools in Penang and Seberang Perai for the award, from 54 schools in 2010 to 138 schools, this year.

Aside from that, we have 10 more offices being certified as Penang Green Office tonight. They have successfully fulfilled the Green Office Project’s criteria in both online-assessment and site-audit by practicing green initiatives in their workplace. Adding to a total of 32 Green Offices in Penang since the Penang Green Office Project was launched in September 2012. Starting next year, PGC will be working with PBA (Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang Sdn Bhd) to further enhance green office practices in Penang. Aqua Save Certification will be incorporated in Penang Green Office by April 2015. It will be a “double bliss” where applicants could obtain two certifications at once – Penang Green Office and Aqua Save. We hope by doing so, offices in Penang can be both water and energy efficient. 

We would like to congratulate winners of Penang Green Journalism Award, Penang Green Video Contest and Penang Green Innovation Incentive. We hope that your contributions in writings, photos, videos and innovations will inspire environmental sustainability solutions that benefit our community in general.

In promoting Zero Waste, Penang has banned free plastic bags in the supermarkets and hypermarkets since 2009, and followed by the ban of polystyrene food containers in all eateries. The solid waste recycling rate has reached 28% and 34% for MPPP and MPSP respectively. We are proud to see that in 2014, Penang achieved a 32% recycling rate which exceeds the country’s targeted 20% rate for 2020.

Although we achieved the highest recycling rate in the country, we should not be complacent. Recently, the Federal Government has announced that mandatory separation at source will be implemented in stages from September next year.  The state government is studying the model and practices of the Federal government so that we can make the necessary enactment in the bylaw to make sure waste separation at source will be implemented smoothly throughout the state. In our drafted bylaws, there will be a “2+1” waste collection. The recyclables and food waste will be collected once a week while the non-recyclable trash will be collected twice a week.

For example, if the current daily waste collection of MPPP 750 tonnes is reduced to 550 tonnes, we will save RM4mil starting from 2015, we can pay less to the contractor assigned to collect, transport and provide treatment to the waste at Pulau Burong landfill. The lifespan of the landfill will also be lengthened.

I would like to express our sincere gratitude to Penang Green Innovation Incentive review panels, Penang Green Office Project committees and all the judges.

We would also like to extend our appreciation to our working partners, co-organisers and sponsors: both MPPP and MPSP, Continental Automotive Components Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Sunway Grand Sdn Bhd, Eastern & Oriental Berhad, Suiwah Corporation Berhad, Matahari Uniform Centre Sdn Bhd, Popular Book Co. (M) Sdn Bhd, OHL Gallery, Guppy Plastic Industries, Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA), NetPix Sdn Bhd, U.P. Multimedia Production Sdn Bhd, Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

Lastly, congratulations and kudos to all! I commend you for your outstanding accomplishments and commitment to the positive environmental change. You cared. We thank you. As we go forward, I hope to inspire more such ventures to strive as a sustainable and livable city by providing cleaner, greener, healthier and safer living environment for everyone in Penang.

Thank you!

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Penang State Industrial Manufacturing Conference, Vistana Hotel Penang

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Keynote Speech by the Rt. Hon. Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Penang Chief Minister on 20 November 2014 – Penang State Industrial Manufacturing Conference, Vistana Hotel Penang.

Good morning. I would like to thank the organizer for inviting me to speak in this prestigious event.

Theme: “Productivity Innovation: The Penang Experience” by Addressing the 5 key Challenges Mentioned In the World Competitiveness 2014-15 Report.

This Penang State Industrial Manufacturing Conference is the first ever Industrial Manufacturing Conference be held by Penang State Government. It offers a platform for industry leaders and consultants to come together to share their success stories, knowledge and exchange ideas. Participants can also gain new insights about latest industrial trends.

Ladies and gentlemen,

ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)

The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) with over 600 million population and USD2 trillion GDP is set to come into force from 31 December 2015, will bring about greater opportunities. I urge you to look at ASEAN as a market due to the immense opportunities available, especially with the AEC, which would see more doors opening for them. The Penang State Government hopes that companies here can take advantage of these opportunities into consideration. These are opportunities that you do not want to miss.

Promotion of High Growth Industries

To transform into a high income economy, we need to go beyond the factor-driven model of growth. We must focus on productivity and innovation. Productivity and innovations are the keys to prosperity.

A more sustainable growth strategy will be needed, and this essentially means exercising economic reforms are crucial. Some key challenges we are facing include; infrastructure investment and investing in human capital in order to produce highly-skilled workers and professionals, among others to effect productivity on a broader scale.

Transforming our economy cannot be achieved merely by changing structures but there must also be a major shift in people’s attitudes including knowledge for development. We need to change our mindset to improve labour productivity, be innovative and boost economic activities and growth in all sectors.

In 2013, manufacturing and services sectors remained as main sources of growth of Penang; manufacturing sector grew at 3.5 percent while services sector at higher growth rate of 5.8 percent.

Shared services and outsourcing (SSO) sector in Malaysia raked in revenue of RM12.8 billion last year, a 22 per cent rise from 2012 (MDeC). Analyst firm Gartner has estimated a global SSO market size of US$443 billion by 2014.


Ladies and gentlemen,

Move towards hi-tech and high value production and activities

Penang is the backbone of the nation’s E&E manufacturing and exports for the past four decades. Penang’s economy was contributed 48% by manufacturing and 47% by services in 2013. Penang manufacturers have evolved to move-up the value chain to produce higher value-added products.

Penang must also develop our services sector so that we can seek convergence with products, technology and services. This convergence requires companies and governments not only to create new eco-systems but also adapt to changing eco-systems to survive. It is a Penang State Government’s policy to enhance the knowledge content of the economy.

Emphasis will also be made on the promotion of higher value added manufacturing and related services as well as knowledge-based services such as Shared services and Outsourcing (SSO) Centre.

In Penang, the Cybercity has been successful in catalyzing the growth of the IT industry in Penang. Today, many companies in the electronics industries have made Penang their administrative and manufacturing hub. This will also enhance Penang’s efforts to establish a services hub in addition to the existing manufacturing hub in Penang. Most of the SSO operations in Penang are those involving MNCs centralizing their functional operations such as human resource, finance and accounting as well as IT in Penang, such as AMD, Dell, Intel and Motorola. Other companies that have set up their shared services here include Citigroup, Wilmar, Air Asia, IHS, Atmel, Toll Forwarding and Jurong Shipyard.

To stimulate future growth, the Penang State Government has set aside land in Bayan Baru (BPO Prime), Bayan Lepas (BPO Park) and a 100,000 sqft Creation Animation Triggers (CAT) in the George Town heritage enclave to be the Penang IT-BPO Hub. BPO Prime & BPO Park are to offer at least 1.7 million sq. ft. of exterior space within the next three to five years. The 74 acres Penang BPO hub will be Penang’s biggest BPO project. Penang is investing in the shared services sector that will see the creation of tens of thousands of high-paying and knowledge-intensive jobs.

The setting up of BPO hub will be among some of the initiatives taken by the State to attract and retain talent in Penang. This is in line with Penang’s economic development and investment strategy and I am confident that BPO’s success in Penang will also be Penang’s and Malaysia’s success.


Ladies and gentlemen,

Preparing Penang for the Future:
Boosting Growth via Productivity and Innovation

Malaysia’s Total Factor Productivity (TFP) growth at 2.3 percent per annum (NPC Annual Productivity Report) is very low for the middle-income group of countries.

The Penang state government is committed towards being competitive. To attracting investors to Penang, we realize that we cannot rely only on our comparative advantages but also creating new competitive advantages.


According to the WEF World Competitiveness Report 2014-15, Malaysia has much to improve in areas of
1. Corruption
2. Inefficient government bureaucracy
3. Poor work ethic in national labour force
4. Insufficient capacity to innovate
5. Inadequately educated workforce

Penang enjoys a well-deserved reputation of being the most efficient and cleanest government in Malaysia through implementation of CAT governance of competency, accountability and transparency. Penang is the only state government in Malaysian history that has been praised by Transparency International for implementing open competitive tenders.

We have an established reputation of a good work ethic in the manufacturing sector built up over 40 years of tradition and experience – making Penang one of the most dynamic electronics and medical devices cluster in the world. We emphasis especially on productivity enablers specifically focusing on promoting the development of concentrated industrial clusters and supporting ecosystem and increase target investment quality.

We will continue the strong collaboration between academia and business as well as strong focus on education to increase productivity and good work ethic with skills development to facilitate industries to move up the value chain through centers of excellence such as the Penang Skills Development Corporation (PSDC).

In the same time, Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are also encouraged mechanization, automation and upgrading of its capacity to increase innovation and productivity.
Education is our lifeboat to the future. Not only can it reduce inequality, it can provide mobility and opportunity to all. Only a sound education foundation can provide ladders of opportunity and escalators to mobility. Penang state government is adopting a 3-prong approach towards strengthening our education system:-
• Giving annual funding to existing half-funded vernacular and religious schools;
• Building Learning centers that focus of STEM teaching of science, technology, Engineering and Mathematics; and
• Attracting world class universities as well as adopting the German vocational school system within multi-national corporations.
In order to cope with IT innovation, the Penang State Government has established the Penang Science Council (PSC) to reinforce the talent pipeline from schools to industries and businesses, and to make Penang into the centre of excellence for science and technology. PSC has been generating interest in science and technology amongst the youth and inspiring them to adopt a career in science and technology as well as cultivating innovative and dynamic thinking. A Penang Tech Center will be set up to rekindle interest in science and technology. We have the most dynamic Penang International Science Fair and successful exhibitions which have to be held in the sports stadium.

Finally, to improve the quality of our workforce requires us to improve the quality of our educational institutions. Beyond cultivating interest in science and technology, the Penang State is also attracting world-class institutions of higher education to establish in Penang. The United Kingdom’s Hull University together with the local KDU University have committed to Penang offering liberal arts courses, engineering, accounting, business studies, logistics and law. The Penang State Government aims to attract the bright brains from other parts of Malaysia and the world to learn, live and then work in Penang.

We focus on productivity improvements and innovation capabilities to ensure export dynamism. Clearly we have met the 5 challenges outlined in the World Competitiveness Report.

Ladies and gentlemen,

CLOSING

The ECA International has voted Penang to the most liveable city in Malaysia, and the 8th in Asia due to our excellent healthcare and educational infrastructure. Being voted the most liveable city in Malaysia further enhances Penang’s attractiveness as a BPO Hub by offering more to the best and the brightest talents. By having a pool of knowledge workers to support the knowledge intensive activities, the overall economy and wellbeing of Penang will be further enhanced, thus making in Penang an Intelligent City.

Both the government and private sector must focus on what works and ignore what don’t. Building human talent, retaining knowledge and focus are the key ingredients for developing IT, services and R&D. Better productivity and innovation are key components in keeping the Penang economy competitive.

Before I end my speech, I would like to thank all for collaboration to make today’s event a success. I would also like to welcome the distinguished speakers for taking time out of their busy schedule to be with us. I hope all of you will have a fruitful time; gaining knowledge and exchanging ideas. I wish you all a productive and inspiring seminar.

Thank you.

LIM GUAN ENG

 

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The Penang State Government Will Be Seeking A Meeting With 1MDB For Full Accountability Of Its Plans For 234 Acres Land In Air Itam Purchased For RM1.38 Billion As Well As The RM 41.9 Billion Loans Incurred That Increased Its Financing Costs To RM 2.4 Bil

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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 18.11.2014.

The Penang State Government Will Be Seeking A Meeting With 1MDB For Full Accountability Of Its Plans For 234 Acres Land In Air Itam Purchased For RM1.38 Billion As Well As The RM 41.9 Billion Loans Incurred That Increased Its Financing Costs To RM 2.4 Billion From RM 1.6 Billion That Caused Losses Of RM 665.3 Million For The Financial Year 31 March 2014.

The Penang state government will be seeking a meeting with 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) for full accountability of its plans for 234 acres land in Air Itam purchased for RM 1.38 billion as well as the RM 41.9 billion loans incurred that increased its financing costs to RM 2.4 billion from RM 1.6 billion that caused losses of RM 665.3 million for the financial year 31 March 2014. Even though 1MDB chairman Tan Sri Lodin Wok Kamaruddin had a media briefing session yesterday, he left questions unanswered on the extent of Federal government liability, including the letter of support given by the Federal government for a US$ 3 billion loan issue, and also for other loans taken by 1MDB.

1MDB’s asset base increased to RM 51.4 billion, compared with RM 44.6 billion in FY2013, with borrowings rose from RM 36.2 billion to RM 41.9 billion. Its total revenue increased by 50%, from RM 2.6 billion last year to RM 4.3 billion this year. This caused 1MDB to suffer a loss of RM 665.3 million in the financial year ending March 31, 2014, mainly due to finance costs of RM 2.4 billion, compared with RM 1.6 billion for the previous financial year.

Whether 1 MDB possesses the funds to repay its loans and interest and remain solvent when its assets include public assets of the highest priority given in trust for national economic development and public interest, is the critical question of national importance. One of the investments by 1MDB is its purchase for RM 1.38 billion of 234 acres of land in Air Itam, that include thousands of squatters that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak promised to build 9,999 of public housing and affordable housing during the 2013 general elections.

During the last Penang State Assembly meeting, I had offered to form a delegation comprising of the Penang Opposition Leader Jahara Hamid to meet 1MDB, on this Penang issue after Jahara had also expressed unhappiness at 1MDB investing in Air Itam. With losses from this Air Itam project estimated at RM1.3 billion, 1MDB had indicated that it intended to recoup its losses by developing other profit-making projects on the land. This is contrary to the earlier assurances that the land is solely utilised for building public and affordable housing.


LIM GUAN ENG

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槟州首席部长林冠英于2014年11月18日在光大乔治市发表声明:

槟州政府希望能与一马发展有限公司(1MDB)会谈,要求后者交代在亚依谈以13亿8000万令吉购买234英亩土地的计划,另外,截至财政年2014年3月31日,由于它负债419亿令吉,导致1MDB集团的融资成本从16亿令吉增加至24亿令吉,亏损掉6亿6530万令吉!

槟州政府希望能与一马发展有限公司(1MDB)会谈,要求后者交代在亚依谈以13亿8000万令吉购买234英亩土地的计划,另外,截至财政年2014年3月31日,由于它负债419亿令吉,导致1MDB集团的融资成本从16亿令吉增加至24亿令吉,亏损掉6亿6530万令吉!虽然1MDB主席丹斯里罗丁沃昨天举办了媒体说明会,但是,他还是没有回答有关联邦政府的负债问题,包括联邦政府针对一笔30亿美元贷款的支持信,以及其它1MDB的贷款。

1MDB的资产比起2013年财政年的446亿令吉,已经增加至514亿令吉,而其贷款也从362亿令吉增加至419亿令吉。其总收入从去年26亿令吉,增加50%至今年43亿令吉。导致1MDB在2014年3月31日亏损6亿6530万令吉的主因是融资成本增加,从上一个财政年度的16亿令吉,增加至24亿令吉。

由于1MDB的资产涵盖了基于国家经济发展及公众利益而托付它优先管理的公共资产,因此,无论1MDB是利用资金偿还债务及利息、持有偿债能力,都 是关乎国家利益的重要课题。1MDB的其中一项投资是就以13亿8000万令吉在亚依谈收购了面积达234英亩的土地,影响几千户非法住屋的居民,首相拿督斯里纳吉曾在2013年大选承诺在该土地上兴建9999个廉价屋及可负担房屋单位。

在上一届槟州议会,我提议组织一个代表团,连同槟州反对党领袖查哈拉针对这件事与1MDB见面,因为就连查哈拉也不满1MDB投资在亚依谈。随着他们在亚依谈的计划损失了13亿令吉,1MDB已经表明它有意在上述地段兴建有利可图的发展计划,以弥补它的损失。这有违他们收购土地的原意,即兴建公共用途的建筑及可负担房屋。

林冠英