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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY FORUM 2015 AND BOOK LAUNCH

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OPENING SPEECH BY YAB TUAN LIM GUAN ENG
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY FORUM 2015 AND BOOK LAUNCH
ON 22ND MARCH 2015, SUNDAY, 2.30 PM

Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen and welcome to the International Women’s Day Forum 2015 and the book launch of “Becoming Hannah, A Personal Journey” by YB Hannah Yeoh who is also the Speaker of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly.

YB Hannah has been a symbol of what a woman can achieve when everyone treats one another in an equal environment. That has always been the stand of the DAP as well as the Pakatan Rakyat Penang State Government. Of course, this is not the pinnacle of what a woman can achieve; a woman can also be a Chief Minister, Menteri Besar or even the Prime Minister. There should never be a barrier to what a woman can achieve.

The DAP is proud of our women from Hannah Yeoh to our DAP Wanita Chief Chong Eng. And this year the party decided to amend its constitution to fix a 30% quota into its elected Central Executive Committee. This is a first for Malaysia and is essential as we want to make sure that women have a place in leadership in the main decision making body of the party.

Seated here as well, we have YB Hannah Yeoh, YB Lim Siew Khim, YB Yap Soo Huey, YB Yeo Bee Yin, YB Kasthuri Patto, Ms Syerleena Rashid and Ms Connie Tan who are undoubtedly the young women of the next generation of leaders for the party. And these women are also part of the administration of both Selangor and Penang. I am very proud of the women in our party as well as their participation in the Penang State Government. The Penang State Government is the first in Peninsular Malaysia to appoint the female Municipal Council President and female District Officers. We shall also be making history to have the first female Lord Mayor of a city council in Malaysia.

To show how much we love our women, the Penang State Government has set up free mammogram examinations for women age 35 and above as well as contributing RM 100 yearly to all Single Mothers and homemakers who do not work . We encourage women participation in the workforce by encouraging the setting up of child care centres.

For this book, YB Hannah Yeoh is a mother as well as the first female speaker of the Selangor State Assembly. A woman should never have to choose between her family and her career. This is a book about YB Hannah’s journey to the DAP and to the Selangor State Government. Her life’s achievements were all within her reach thanks to the support of her family, friends and her strong beliefs in God.

I hope all of you thoroughly enjoy her book as well as well as the forum today. Today I hope that we can make the difference for an equal society for both men and women. Only we can make that happen so let us together “Make It Happen!”

 

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SEMPENA MAJLIS PERASMIAN PROJEK PELEBARAN JALAN DAN MENAIKTARAF JAMBATAN DI JALAN SONG BAN KHENG, DAERAH SEBERANG PERAI TENGAH, PULAU PINANG

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TEKS UCAPAN YAB. TUAN LIM GUAN ENG, KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG

SEMPENA MAJLIS PERASMIAN PROJEK PELEBARAN JALAN DAN MENAIKTARAF JAMBATAN DI JALAN SONG BAN KHENG, DAERAH SEBERANG PERAI TENGAH, PULAU PINANG

Terlebih dahulu, izinkan saya merakamkan sekalung penghargaan kepada semua pihak yang telah terlibat di dalam penganjuran majlis yang amat bermakna ini khususnya kepada pihak Unit Perancang Ekonomi Negeri, Jabatan Kerja Raya, Pejabat Daerah dan Tanah Seberang Perai Utara serta Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai yang telah bertungkus-lumus menyiapkan segala keperluan bagi memastikan kesempurnaan majlis ini.

Para hadirin yang saya dihormati sekalian,

Saya juga ingin merakamkan ucapan ribuan terima kasih kepada para jemputan yang sudi hadir ke Majlis Perasmian Projek Pelebaran Jalan dan Menaiktaraf Jambatan Di Jalan Song Ban Kheng, Daerah Seberang Perai Tengah iaitu sebuah lagi projek Kerajaan Negeri yang akan memberi faedah kepada penduduk-penduduk di kawasan sekitarnya.

Dalam menunaikan komitmen Kerajaan Negeri untuk memantapkan dan meningkatkan lagi pembangunan infrastruktur dan kemudahan asas di bandar dan luar bandar, sejumlah RM32.7 juta disediakan pada tahun 2015, khususnya untuk enam (6) projek pembinaan dan menaiktaraf jalan dengan anggaran kos berjumlah RM86.3 juta. Keenam-enam projek yang dimaksudkan ialah Projek Pelebaran Jambatan dan Menaiktaraf Jalan Dari Satu Lorong ke Dua Lorong dari Jalan Perusahaan hingga ke Persimpangan Lampu Isyarat Jalan Tok Kangar, SPT; Pelebaran Jalan Bukit Minyak-Alma, Bukit Mertajam; Cadangan Pembinaan Jalan Sambungan di Jalan Bunga Hinai dengan Jalan Bunga Kaca Piring sekitar SRJK(C) Hun Bin, DTL; Pembinaan Jambatan Sungai Machang Bubok di Jalan Gajah Mati, SPT; Menggantikan Pembentung Konkrit ke Jambatan Konkrit di Jalan Padang Lalang, SPT dan Projek Membina Jambatan Baru Merentasi Sungai di atas Laluan P.169, Kg. Tanjung Berembang, SPS.

Para hadirin yang saya dihormati,

Projek Menaiktaraf Jalan Song Ban Kheng telahpun dimulakan pelaksanaannya pada 15 Februari 2012. Walaupun menghadapi pelbagai cabaran ketika pelaksanaannya, projek ini akhirnya telah berjaya disempurnakan pada 21 Januari 2015.

Skop projek ini melibatkan pelebaran jalan dan juga penaiktrafan jambatan di di Jalan Song Ban Kheng sepanjang 3.2 kilometer. Projek ini melibatkan pelebaran jalan daripada 2 lorong kepada 4 lorong iaitu 2 lorong sehala kiri dan kanan. Kos projek adalah berjumlah RM20.4 juta dan tiada pengambilan balik tanah dibuat. Projek ini bertujuan untuk meningkatkan sistem aliran trafik dan menjadi pemangkin ekonomi di Bukit Mertajam.

Walaupun kos yang ditanggung oleh Kerajaan Negeri adalah tinggi, namun Kerajaan Negeri sanggup melaksanakan projek jalan ini demi kepentingan dan kesejahteraan rakyat. Pembanguan ekonomi yang pesat di Bukit Mertajam membuktikan betapa pentingnya impak Jalan Song Ban Kheng. Kesanggupan kerajaan negeri menjalankan projek jalan bergantung kepada keupayaan kewangan kerajaan negeri. Mujurlah kerajaan negeri mencatatkan lebihan belanjawan atau untung setiap tahun. Sejak 2008-2013, kerajaan negeri telah mencatat lebihan belanjawan sebanyak RM453 juta berbanding dengan tempoh 50 tahun sebelum ini di antara 1957-2007 sebanyak RM373 juta. Dengan kata lain, prestasi kerajaan negeri dalam masa 6 tahun jauh lebih baik daripada prestasi kerajaan negeri sebelum ini untuk 50 tahun.

Dengan pelaksanaan GST, semua projek kerajaan negeri awam juga akan dikenakan 6%. Ini akan menambahkan kos dan beban kewangan sebanyak 6%. Kami bernasib baik ada sedikit sumber kewangan untuk menampung tambahan kos ini. Kalau tidak, semua projek kerajaan awam sama ada buat jalan atau longkang akan dihentikan. Itulah keburukan GST projek untuk rakyat pun tidak dilepaskan.

Para hadirin yang saya dihormati sekalian,

Akhir kata, saya dengan sukacita dan berbesar hati merasmikan Projek Pelebaran Jalan dan Menaiktaraf Jambatan di Jalan Song Ban Kheng, Daerah Seberang Perai Tengah pada pagi ini.

Sekian, terima kasih.

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PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY OF PENANG HILL HERITAGE FOREST CHALLEGE

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SPEECH BY Y.A.B. LIM GUAN ENG, PENANG CHIEF MINISTER ON 22/3/2015 - PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY OF PENANG HILL HERITAGE FOREST CHALLEGE

I would like to thank and congratulate Penang Hill Corporation for organizing the second Penang Hill Heritage Forest Challenge 2015 in collaboration with Penang Amateur Athletic Association, the ADUN Air Putih , the JKKK Bukit Bendera, and the Penang Hill Residents’ Association. This event is also fully endorsed by the Penang State Committee for Youth and Sports, and Women, Family and Community Development, under the charge of YB Chong Eng.

As chairman of Penang Hill Corporation, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the participants. I am sure there's a great sense of achievement for all of you who have reached the top, after slogging 14 KM all the way up from Botanical Garden to the top.

For this year, the organizers have arranged the routes to be slightly longer compared to last year to make the Hiking Challenge more interesting by exploring new routes among the vast hiking trails in Penang Hill. As this 14 km challenge from Taman Rekreasi Kuari, Botanical Garden to the top of Penang Hill encompasses a heritage route which is 200 years old, we named it as Penang Hill Heritage Forest Challenge.

Last year a record of 1.365 million visitors come up to Penang Hill. This year the figure is expected to hit the 1.45 million.

On 8th February the Viewing Deck or Skywalk costing RM9.05 million (inclusive of lift) was opened to the public where you can have a 360° and bird’s eye view of George Town from 800 meters above sea level.

A couple of new projects are already in the pipeline to add new attractions to Penang Hill and this will be announced later.

In line with the motto of a cleaner, greener, healthier and safer Penang, the Penang Hill Corporation is making Penang Hill attractive to our citizens who like to hike to exercise in the cool fresh air here by introducing promotion rate on train tickets between 6.30 to 9.00 am in the morning. (Except public holiday, school holiday)