If Teng Chang Yeow Is Opposed To The Penang International Airport’s Expansion, Then He Should Explain How Is The Interests Of Penang Best Served By No Airport Expansion?

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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 21.6.2014.

If Teng Chang Yeow Is Opposed To The Penang International Airport’s Expansion, Then He Should Explain How Is The Interests Of Penang Best Served By No Airport Expansion?

The Penang state government regrets the irresponsible and continued misrepresentation made by opposition BN in blaming the Pakatan Rakyat state government for not having any proper or long-term planning for the Penang international airport that resulted in the Kedah state government asking for a new international airport to be built in Kulim. 5 facts must be stated here.

One, it is the Federal government and not the Penang state government that owns, operates and regulates the Penang International Airport. The Penang state government has no choice but to comply with the Transport Ministry on any expansion plans which are solely decided by them. During the last RM 250 million Penang International airport expansion project, contractors were appointed by the Transport Ministry and the state government has no say and was never consulted. And yet, BN continues to blame the Penang state government for the shameful flooding at the Penang International Airport. Is BN also going to blame the Penang state government for the airport roof leaking every time it rains or the dirty toilets?

Two, Penang BN Chair Teng Chang Yeow opposes the building of a new international airport in Kulim that is supported by Penang UMNO. This conflicting position between Teng and UMNO Penang is confusing. Can Teng and UMNO get its act together, meet and decide what is the actual and consistent position of BN Penang? Does Penang UMNO’s or Teng’s position represents BN Penang’s position?

Three, priority should be given to expanding the Penang International Airport to two runways, an integrated air cargo hub and a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul(MRO) facility. This is not only cheaper at RM600 million compared to building a new international airport in Kulim costing at least RM2 billion. It is also more productive and economically feasible to leverage on Penang’s position as a world-class electrical and electronic cluster, manufacturing hub, tourism destination and services sector.

Four, economic figures show that Penang International Airport has been annually the second or the third busiest passenger airport in Malaysia for the last 6 years due to Penang’s strong tourist arrivals and health tourism. The Penang air cargo facility is also the top two most profitable in Malaysia. Penang is also No.1 in terms of foreign direct investment (FDI) from 2010 to August 2013 with RM 19.7 billion or nearly 20% of Malaysia’s total FDI. As FDIs focus on exports, there is huge potential for future increasing volumes in air cargo. Further the growing services industry in Penang promises exciting possibilities and opportunities which can benefit the establishment of an integrated air cargo hub and a MRO facility, since there is none in the northern region. It is untrue for Teng to claim that the services industry alone with the existing companies of Wilmar, HIS and Citigroup which was set up after 2010 justifies the need for two runways. The strong growth in the 3 sectors of manufacturing FDI, services and tourism justify the need for an expansion airport upgrade.

Finally, it is not true that the state government has not followed up with the Federal government or has no more available land. Around 60 acres of land was first acquired near the airport after 2008 and with sea reclamation, there is between 300-500 acres for any future expansion needs of the Penang International Airport. Bear in mind that the RM250 million airport expansion project commenced after PR took power in 2008. After that, the state government has numerous discussions with the Federal government, especially Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Idris Jala, without any conclusive action.

The growing congestion at the Penang International Airport has resulted in public complaints that the domestic departure lounge looks at times look like a “pasar malam”. Last year there were 5.5 million passengers and is expected to reach the enforced maximum capacity of 6.5 million passengers by next year. An expansion is urgently needed.

It is regrettable that Teng opposes the Penang state government’s request for expansion of the Penang International Airport to 2 runways, an integrated air cargo facility and a MRO hub. If Teng is opposed to the Penang International Airport’s expansion, then he should explain how is the interests of Penang best served by no airport expansion?

















OXA’s 90th Anniversary

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Speech by YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang at the OXA’s 90th Anniversary – Trader’s Hotel Penang at 7pm 21st June 2014

First, I wish to congratulate the Old Xaverians’ Association on occasion of its 90th anniversary. I am pleased to be here tonight to join all of you in celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the Old Xaverians’ Association. Like its Alma Mater, St Xavier’s Institution which recently celebrated its 160th Anniversary in 2012, the Old Xaverians’ Association has an important role in not only promoting friendship and closer unity among the former students of SXI but also with the community of Penang.

The Old Xaverians’ Association’s initiative in the formation of the Malaysia Federation of La Sallian Alumni Associations in 1976 is indeed an outstanding achievement by your Association and a step towards safeguarding the interest and the development and progress of La Sallian education institutions. I am overwhelmed by your Association’s 90 colourful years history since its inception in 1924 where it has promoted the Xaverian spirit of friendship and cooperation irrespective of race and religion.

The La Sallian education system, under the guidance of the La Sallian Brothers, not only provides academic education but also inculcates the spirit of friendship and also the charitable spirit which is evident by your Association’s annual donations to the various charities and to your Alma Mater, St. Xavier’s Institution.

The giving of education grants to your Association’s Junior Members who pursue further education in institutions of higher learning is another exemplary attribute of your good Corporate Social Responsibility.

Lastly I congratulate Old Xaverians’ Association for its achievement in its 90 years of existence and hope that Old Xaverians’ Association shall continue to go from strength to strength to make further contributions for the benefit of the people of Penang. In the spirit of the motto of St Xavier’s Institution, “Labor Omnia Vincit” which means “Labour Conquers All “, let us work hard together towards excellence especially transforming Penang into an international and intelligent city.
Thank you.



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                      SEMPENA PELANCARAN GALERI  JUALAN PDC                    

                                     22 JUN 2014                                       


Saya sangat bersukacita  berada di sini pada pagi ini untuk merasmikan Galeri Jualan PDC di Bandar Cassia Batu Kawan, yang akan meningkatkan lagi perkhidmatan dan kemudahan yang disediakan oleh PDC kepada orang ramai terutamanya di dalam skim perumahan mampu milik di bandar Batu Kawan yang  moden dan baru ini.

Tuan–tuan dan Puan–puan yang saya hormati sekalian, sejajar dengan inisiatif Kerajaan Negeri untuk menyediakan perumahan mampu milik serta berkualiti kepada warga Pulau Pinang, PDC, sebagai agensi Kerajaan Negeri utama yang menyediakan perumahan berkualiti, telah menerajui  pembangunan Skim Perumahan Mampu Milik Bandar Cassia.

Pembangunan ini adalah di antara yang pertama dalam siri skim perumahan mampu milik yang diperkenalkan oleh Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang di Seberang Perai dan Pulau ini.

Projek Skim Perumahan Mampu Milik (Projek AHS) ini  yang meliputi  tanah seluas 200 ekar bakal menyediakan 11,800 unit kediaman mampu milik yang berkualiti yang akan dibangunkan dalam tempoh 10 tahun.

Pembangunan ini akan menjadi pembangunan konsep  hijau pertama yang akan menukar lanskap kepada bandar eko Batu Kawan dan menggerakkan rentak pembangunan kediaman pada masa hadapan di Bandar Cassia.

Dengan laluan masuk serta hubungan yang baik  ke lebuhraya utama, jambatan ke Pulau Pinang terutamanya Jambatan Kedua Pulau Pinang serta  lapangan terbang, skim ini akan melengkapkan pembangunan sedia ada di Bandar Cassia, pembangunan  Bandar  eko bersepadu  yang terbesar di Pulau Pinang.

Dengan tujuan untuk menyediakan perumahan mampu milik kepada warga Pulau Pinang, Kerajaan Negeri telah memutuskan bahawa harga unit adalah sekitar RM72,500 untuk pangsapuri berkeluasan 800 kaki persegi sehingga maksimum RM220,000 untuk unit-unit yang lebih besar; oleh itu; kita menyediakan perumahan  berkualiti yang  mampu dimiliki oleh semua lapisan masyarakat. Fasa satu yang mengandungi 520 unit kediaman akan disiapkan pada awal tahun 2017.

Sejajar dengan pendekatan perancangan holistik PDC ke arah perancangan, kemudahan awam yang sempurna seperti surau, pavilion terbuka, tadika, medan selera, pasar serta kemudahan lain akan disediakan untuk menampung keperluan sosial dan kerohanian serta pembangunan penduduk.

Sukacita saya dimaklumkan bahawa integrasi dan interaksi sosial di dalam projek AHS ini akan dipertingkatkan lagi melalui lorong berbasikal dan  laluan pejalan kaki yang teduh serta penyediaan kawasan awam untuk aktiviti masyarakat di dalam tapak pembangunan ini. Ini merupakan pembangunan pertama di Pulau Pinang yang menyediakan persekitaran hijau  yang lengkap. Semua kemudahan yang disediakan ini ditempatkan berdekatan dengan blok-blok kediaman iaitu lima minit berjalan kaki sahaja.

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan, saya berasa sukacita untuk memaklumkan bahawa PDC  melaksanakan projek perumahan mampu milik ini sebagai sebahagian daripada program tanggungjawab sosial korporatnya. Direkabentuk oleh Surbana International Consultants yang terkenal dengan pembangunan rumah-rumah Lembaga Pembangunan Perumahan Singapura (HDB), rumah mampu milik di Bandar Cassia tidak boleh ditandingi dari segi mutu, rekabentuk dan konsep.

Ini adalah sejajar dengan aspirasi Kerajaan Negeri dalam mentransformasi Batu Kawan kepada bandar eko dan hab pertumbuhan serta pintu masuk ke tanah besar Pulau Pinang. Skim perumahan mampu milik ini akan mengubah lanskap Batu Kawan selaras dengan transformasi Batu Kawan dengan adanya jenama unggul seperti Temasek, EDIS (Economic Development Innovation of Singapore), IKEA, Penang Designer Village, University of Hull, UK, KDU serta banyak lagi industri-industri besar seperti Haemonetics – peneraju global dalam sistem pengurusan darah. Di samping itu, perancangan sedang dibuat untuk mengadakan resort golf dan taman tema antarabangsa serta kampung pekerja di Bandar Cassia, Batu Kawan.

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan, Galeri Jualan PDC di samping memaparkan 3 unit pameran (show units) akan juga mempamerkan projek-projek perumahan PDC yang lain serta menyediakan maklumat mengenai SME Village yang baru di Batu Kawan.

Bagi menampung permintaan yang semakin meningkat untuk industri terutamanya IKS tempatan, PDC telah merancang pembangunan SME Village seluas 150 ekar di Batu Kawan yang terdiri daripada plot tanah, 298 unit kilang teres dan unit berkembar yang akan dibangunkan dalam lima fasa. Fasa 1 yang terdiri daripada 44 unit kilang yang sedang dibina pada masa ini dan akan siap dibina pada awal tahun 2015 kini dibuka untuk jualan dan 50% daripadanya telah dijual.  Fasa-fasa yang lain masih di peringkat perancangan untuk keperluan dan permintaan masa hadapan.    

Semua ini merupakan  petanda baik untuk transformasi strategik  Bandar Cassia, Batu Kawan kepada bandar eko antarabangsa dan hab masa hadapan.

Dengan perasaan yang optimistik ini, saya dengan sukacitanya, merasmikan Galeri Jualan PDC di Bandar Cassia, Batu Kawan.

Sekian, terima Kasih.