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MAJLIS SAMBUTAN HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI PDC 2016

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TEKS UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG
SEMPENA MAJLIS SAMBUTAN HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI PDC 2016

19 JULAI 2016 (12.30PM)
ATRIUM, PDC

 


Salam Sejahtera dan Salam Bersih.

Bersyukur kita kerana dapat bersama-sama berkumpul pada hari ini sempena Majlis Sambutan Hari Raya Aidilfitri PDC 2016 dan terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri kepada semua warga kerja PDC dan semua jemputan yang hadir.

Di sebalik sambutan yang cukup meriah ini, janganlah dilupakan golongan yang tidak bernasib baik. Saya juga difahamkan pihak PDC telah mengadakan 2 program Tanggungjawab Sosial Korporat yang dianjurkan oleh Persatuan Kakitangan Islam PDC dengan mengadakan Program Pembelian Baju Raya bersama anak-anak yatim, fakir miskin dan asnaf zakat dari Pusat Jagaan Kasih Abadi, Seberang Jaya yang telah diadakan pada 2 Julai 2016, bertempat di Mydin Bukit Jambul. Tahniah dan syabas diucapkan.

Kerajaan Negeri akan terus melaksanakan amalan urus tadbir yang Cekap, Akauntabiliti dan Telus (CAT) bagi memastikan pentadbiran Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang bersih dari unsur-unsur negatif. Saya yakin Pengurusan dan warga PDC akan teruskan amalan ini, berkhidmat dengan prinsip CAT (Cekap, Akauntabiliti dan Telus).

Sukacita saya ingin memaklumkan bahawa bagi tahun 2015, Pulau Pinang berjaya mendapat FDI terbesar di kalangan negeri lain (projek yang diluluskan oleh MIDA), iaitu RM4.5bilion (20.5% daripada jumlah FDI untuk Malaysia). Walau bagaimanapun, bagi jumlah FDI dan DDI, Pulau Pinang menduduki tempat kelima, dengan RM6.7 bilion (9% daripada jumlah pelaburan di Malaysia). Manakala dari Januari sehingga Mac 2016, jumlah FDI dan DDI untuk negeri ini adalah RM 1.34 bilion iaitu menduduki tempat ketiga di antara negeri-negeri di Malaysia.

Sungguhpun ada kilang-kilang yang ditutup kerana penstrukturan semula dalam industri elektronik sedunia, ada kilang baru yang dibuka di Pulau Pinang. Pulau Pinang masih kekurangan pekerja dengan kadar pengangguran yang terendah sebanyak 1.5%.

Antara pelaburan baru-baru ini di Pulau Pinang bukan sahaja dalam pembuatan E&E, tetapi juga peralatan perubatan dan sektor LED termasuk :-

- Kemudahan baru Hewlett Packard seluas 20 ekar di Taman Perindustrian Batu Kawan, satu projek pelaburan lebih RM1 bilion, telah mula beroperasi dengan kira-kira 300 orang kakitangan

- Boston Scientific, peneraju global dalam peralatan perubatan, merancang untuk melabur RM223 juta dan telah memulakan pembinaan kilang mereka di Taman Perindustrian Batu Kawan

- Taman perindustrian yang sama, Broadcom (dahulunya Avago) sedang giat membangunkan pusat logistik global baru. Ini sebahagian daripada RM1 bilion (US$ 250 juta) pelaburan baru mereka di Pulau Pinang bagi produk dan ujian pembangunan, perancangan rantaian bekalan, logistik dan perolehan

- KLS Martin, sebuah syarikat yang terkenal di dunia dari segi perubatan juga telah mula beroperasi di Juru dengan 40 orang pekerja melibatkan pelaburan sebanyak RM8 juta.

- Osram Opto Semiconductor- fasiliti baru PEN 33 bernilai RM15.5 juta di BLIP Fasa 1 (sedang dibangunkan oleh PDC) akan menempatkan sehingga 300 orang pekerja daripada R&D, SSL segmen Perniagaan, Pembelian, Pengawalan dan IT.

Pulau Pinang juga telah menunjukkan pertumbuhan yang besar dari segi pelaburan baru dalam sektor Perkhidmatan Perniagaan Global (GBS), termasuk di SSO, BPO dan KTO. Berikutan penubuhan pusat perisian oleh Kerry Logistics di Cybercity Pulau Pinang, 3 buah syarikat sedang membuat persediaan untuk memulakan operasi GBS mereka. Ini akan secara rasminya diumumkan kemudian. Ketiga-tiga fasiliti ini, secara keseluruhan, akan menampung kira-kira 700 tempat iaitu peluang pekerjaan bernilai tinggi kepada rakyat.

Seperti yang anda sedia maklum, PDC juga telah menandatangani perjanjian usaha sama RM1.3 bilion dengan pihak Singapura Temasek dan Economic Development Innovations Singapore (EDIS) bagi pembangunan Projek BPO Prime di sini di Bayan Baru. Pada masa yang sama, Malaysia's state-owned enterprise (SOE) Sime Darby juga memeterai RM2 bilion perjanjian usaha sama dengan PDC untuk membangunkan teknologi tinggi SME park. Dengan kedua-dua Kerajaan ' Malaysia dan Singapura yang melabur di Pulau Pinang, ini akan memberikan satu keyakinan masa depan yang cerah untuk PDC dan Pulau Pinang.

Kerajaan bersih boleh memanfaatkan rakyat biasa. Kebenaran bahawa Kerajaan Negeri dan pemimpinnya bersih dibuktikan dalam lebihan Belanjawan setiap tahun, hutang Kerajaan Negeri yang paling rendah di Malaysia sebanyak RM69 juta daripada keseluruhan hutang oleh Kerajaan Negeri lain sebanyak RM18.1 bilion serta pemberian bantuan kewangan sebanyak RM400 juta kepada rakyat sejak tahun 2008 atau 12% daripada Belanjawan tahunan.

Lagipun, Bonus Raya yang lebih oleh Kerajaan Negeri tahun ini sebanyak 0.75 bulan (berbanding dengan 0.5 bulan tahun lepas) dengan minima RM700 untuk kesemua anggota pentadbiran Kerajaan Negeri juga diharapkan dapat memeriahkan dan mengimarahkan sambutan Hari Raya di Pulau Pinang. Kerajaan Negeri akan terus membuktikan yang kita adalah bersih dan tidak makan wang selaras dengan seruan “Amar Maaruf Nahi Mungkar”.

Harus juga dijauhi gejala fitnah dan pembohongan yang bukan sahaja akan mengancam perpaduan rakyat dalam masyarakat majmuk tetapi memberi kesempatan kepada para ekstrimis untuk menangguk di air keruh. Kenyataan bahawa orang bukan Islam daripada DAP adalah kafir harbi, di mana darah selepas dibunuh dan harta benda yang dirampas adalah halal, hanya mengundang pemikiran songsang ISIS yang sungguh merbahaya dan menggugat keamanan, harmoni dan hubungan silaturahim di Malaysia.

Sememangnya fitnah jahat bahawa Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang dan pemimpinnya adalah anti-Islam masih berleluasa sampai ke tahap yang karut bahawa Kerajaan Negeri telah mengharamkan laungan azan. RM50 juta diperuntukkan oleh Kerajaan Negeri untuk Hal Ehwal Islam setiap tahun yakni 100% lebih tinggi daripada kerajaan sebelum ini.

Pihak yang tidak bertanggungjawab juga mendakwa bantuan kewangan kepada sekolah agama rakyat hanya RM1.75 juta setahun. Sejak 2008 hingga 2015, Kerajaan Negeri telah menghulurkan peruntukan sebanyak RM41.6 juta dan sekiranya mengambilkira kos pengambilan tanah untuk SAR diambikira, jumlah tersebut akan mencecah RM45 juta. Baru-baru ini Kerajaan Negeri baru mengumumkan tambahan RM15 juta untuk membina sebuah SAR di Teluk Kumbar.

Dalam aspek tanah, Kerajaan Negeri juga menyumbangkan tanah bernilai RM80 juta untuk membina Kompleks Kehakiman dan Mahkamah Tinggi Syariah Pulau Pinang di Jalan Scotland sebagai lambang penghormatan kepada agama Islam.

Akhir kata, marilah kita mengamalkan kehidupan yang bersih dalam kehidupan seharian kita. Janganlah yang hitam jadi putih atau putih jadi hitam atau yang maaruf jadi mungkar dan yang mungkar jadi maaruf.

Saya dengan ini, sekali lagi ingin mengucapkan ‘Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri’ kepada semua muslimin dan muslimat yang hadir pada hari ini dan seterusnya dengan penuh rasa kesyukuran, dengan ini merasmikan ‘MAJLIS SAMBUTAN HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI PDC 2016’.

Maaf Zahir dan Batin!

Sekian, terima kasih.

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Bon Odori Festival 2016

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang
Bon Odori Festival 2016
16 July 2016

 

A very warm welcome to the most anticipated cultural event of the year, the annual Penang Bon Odori festival 2016!

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the organizers of Bon Odori Festival 2016; Penang Tourism, the Malaysian Japanese Society (MJS), Penang Japanese Association (PJA), Penang Japanese Language Society(PJLS) Japan Graduates’ Association of Malaysia-Northern Branch (JAGAM), and Alumni of Overseas Technical Scholarships for the success of Penang Bon Odori Festival year after year.

This year we celebrate 20 years of friendship and partnership between Penang State Government, the Consulate General of Japan and the various Japanese NGOs that’s worked so hard for 20 years to make the Penang Bon Odori Festival the festival that it is today.The Bon Odori Festival in Penang as I understand, is one of the biggest such Bon Festivals held outside Japan and it is held in July each year.

For 20 years, this festival have showcased some of the finest traditional performers from Japan and promoted cross cultural relationship between people of Penang andJapan. The Penang Bon Odori festival has also become a platform for locals, tourists and Japanese residents of Penang to come together and socialize while enjoying the traditional Japanese games, delicious food and talented performers for the evening.

This year we are also joined by the world famous “Rilakumma” bear and the official mascot of Ehime Prefecture, “Mikyan”. The is also a Samurai performance by Samurai Maeda Toshi group from Japan.

I hope all of you today will take the opportunity to enjoy yourself this evening and don’t forget to stay for the fireworks at 10.00pm sharp.

Thank you and have a great evening.

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OPENING OF TECH DOME PENANG

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

AT THE OPENING OF TECH DOME PENANG

16 JULY 2016

 

I would like to firstly thank all of you for being present here today to join in this historic occasion to mark the official opening of Tech Dome Penang, our very own Science Discovery Centre.

The setting up of Tech Dome Penang represents the State Government’s commitment and initiative to not only maintain Penang’s position and status as a globally-renowned centre of technological excellence but to also take it to the next level and beyond through innovation, research and development.

We do realise that this mission could not possibly be realised merely through the vision and support of the State Government and industry players but would require a very essential component which is a highly skilled and knowledgeable human capital. Human talent is the new oil of the 21st century. In building human talent, we must recognise that government cannot do it alone but requires a PPP model of Public Private Partnership.

The Tech Dome Penang journey was mooted back in 2011 due to concerns about the continuous decline in standards of English, Mathematics and Science among students below 15 years of age (as evidenced through studies under the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)) over the years.

It remains a major concern today as, according to their latest ranking released for 2015, Malaysia was ranked a lowly 52 out of 76 countries assessed, well below regional powerhouses like Singapore (1st), Hong Kong (2nd), South Korea (3rd), Taiwan and Japan (joint 4th).

What was alarming was that even a comparatively new player like Vietnam was ranked 12th. If Malaysia cannot even surpass Vietnam, how then can we be a manufacturing powerhouse. The urgency to return Penang's position as the Centre of Excellence (COE) for Science and Technology is now even more critical.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my utmost appreciation to all of you present here today and especially to major sponsors like Penang Development Corporation, IJM, Dell and Altera (now Intel) for your contribution for the project and also other corporate and many personal donors who have helped in the mission to make Tech Dome Penang a reality.

I would also like to thank the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) for the sponsorship of RM4 million and also for the free use of our Dome building in Komtar. Besides that, the Penang State Government had also provided seed funding of RM1.15 million making a total of RM5.15 million cash. Hence, out of the RM27.5 million raised, about RM22.35 million actually came from the corporate and private sectors.

I am particularly touched by the contribution from the general public during the “Magic of Science” road shows, especially from young parents who see the need of such a Centre to help spur the interests and knowledge of their children in Science and Technology. Thank you for sharing our vision.

Needless to say, the Tech Dome project of this magnitude could not possibly have taken off with just financial contributions and it is, without doubt, the encouragement, inputs and support from various spectrums comprising industry players, academia and various government bodies which has contributed to the Centre. Thank you all for joining in this journey to set up Penang’s very first Science Discovery Centre.

Going forward, Tech Dome will need further support from the industry, corporate sector and the general public to help ensure that its future success. Although set up as a non-profit entity, it is imperative that it remains viable to ensure that it will continue with its mission. We hope that more corporate sponsors can pitch in funds to be our partner for tomorrow – establishing a COE for science and technology for the future.

You can help by supporting the various marketing and educational programmes which the Tech Dome team will come up with or, as a parent, by bringing your children to experience the thrill of Science and Technology coming alive before their very eyes! We are very excited that Penang is the first in the world to exhibit the Digital Autopsy Machine which will only be displayed in London and New York next year. With an array of over 120 exhibits, mostly interactive, from Science Alive (New Zealand and Huttinger (Germany) and also those from locally-based MNCs and local corporations, they will surely be amazed.

Indeed, the Penang Tech Dome would not be out of place in cities like London, New York, Singapore or San Francisco. I take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported and helped make Tech Dome Penang a reality. Let us embrace science and technology by investing in education to win the future!

I am confident that, when you step into the new Centre after this ceremony, you will truly be impressed by its design, set-up and exhibits content.

I would, therefore, like to take this opportunity to thank the Steering Committee Chairman, Dato’ Wong Siew Hai and his fellow committee members for a superb job. I personally know that it entailed a lot of blood, sweat and tears on the part of the Steering Committee in pre-planning, execution and co-ordination to bring us to where we are today. However, I am sure that they would derive personal satisfaction with the final outcome of their hard work.

Thank you.