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北海光华学校前行人天桥开幕典礼

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北海光华学校前行人天桥开幕典礼

首先,本人非常荣幸能够出席主持北海光华学校前天桥的开幕仪式,见证这座长47公尺,檳州首个空中走廊经营权概念的行人天桥启用典礼。

自民联执政槟州,檳州政府接到北海光华学校董事部和家协理事申请在该校前建设一座行人天桥,不仅能够让学生安全过马路,也能够舒缓拉惹乌达路交通阻塞。经过多番考量和计划后,州政府决定与私人界合作建造这座行人天桥。出资兴建行人天橋的承包商享有经营权长达21年。

赞助商永加高控股有限公司共耗资55万令吉兴建,行人天橋长47公尺、宽1.8公尺及高度为5.5公尺,足够让所有交通工具从下方经过。

众所皆知,北海光华学校是一间A型华小,学生人数超过2000人,因此每逢上下课时间都会造成严重的交通阻塞,州政府希望隨著行人天桥建竣后,能够舒缓拉惹乌达路繁忙的交通,同时也能够保障学生們的安全,一举两得。

槟州政府已经兑现早前答应光华学校的3件事情,包括:

1.       当时市价约90万令吉的校园后方的地段,以折扣75%的价格,即23万令吉售卖予该校,并取得永久地契。

2.       檳州政府耗资120万令吉协助扩建校园后方的排水沟渠,并盖上洋灰沟盖。

3.       興建一座行人天桥。這項工程由永加高控股有限公司出资兴建。

槟州政府自2009年开始实施制度化拨款予州内各源流学校,今年共拨出432万令吉予州内81间华小,其中北海光华学校获得9万令吉拨款。從2009年至今,該校共获得42万令吉制度化拨款。

槟州政府已经将全场4.6公里的拉惹乌达路从2车道提升至4车道,耗资200万令吉。

另外,北海西南路4车道计划也在如火如荼进行中,这项工程的建筑费是4875000令吉,而土地征用费4425000令吉,总共930万令吉,预计将在明年完工,届时以美食为名的峇眼将会以另一个全新的面貌迎接外来的游客。

最后,我正式宣布北海光华学校前天桥正式启用,同时也祝福大家身体健康,谢谢。

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THE OFFICIAL LAUNCHING OF MAPEX CITY 2014

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 SPEECH BY THE RT. HONORABLE CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG IN CONJUCTION WITH THE OFFICIAL LAUNCHING OF MAPEX CITY 2014

 

I am very pleased to be invited here today to officiate the MAPEX CITY 2014 put together by REHDA and Henry Butcher. MAPEX (1) held earlier this year in February at G Hotel as I understand was very well received by potential house buyers.

2. I would like to congratulate REHDA and Henry Butcher Penang, the organizers of MAPEX CITY 2014 for the excellent organization of today’s event which is also the second launch of MAPEX within the same year. 

3. Penang remains a favourite destination for property investments. With the announcement of the opening of IKEA and its accompanying RM 8 billion development at Batu Kawan followed by the RM 11.3 billion joint-venture agreement with Singapore Temasek Holdings to develop the high tech industrial park. More property development will take place not only in Batu Kawan but also in the neighbouring areas and around Penang. 

4. The new housing guideline on the implementation of a 3% levy on property purchase by foreigners and RM 1 million limit and RM 2 million for landed property on the island has not deterred them from investing in real estate in Penang. Penang continues to be a location of choice for living and working in the manufacturing and services sector where beaches and hills are within minutes of each other. Principally Penang is attractive not only because we are a UNESCO World Heritage city but also clean, green, safe and healthy.  

5.On top of that, we are also a cultural capital and, most important of all, home to the best food in the world. This is the reason in February 2014, Penang was voted by Lonely Planet as the top culinary spot in 2014 and recently in September, Forbes.com voted George Town as the top 3 amongst the 7 Best Places to Retire Abroad. 

6. The Penang State Government will continue its strenuous efforts to transform Penang into an international and intelligent city that is a location of choice for investors, a destination of choice for tourists and a habitat of choice for residents who desire sustainable living. We will continue our plan to make Penang, the first green state in Malaysia. The “Car Free Day” held every Sunday at Beach Street, our month long George Town Festival has gained popularity amongst locals and tourists alike. More and more people are cycling around George Town and it is a fun way to discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site besides promoting healthy living. 

7. However the most critical success factor as a livable city is a people-centric government. A government is only as good as its people by relying and keeping faith in the judgment, wisdom and wishes of the rakyat, our success is assured. 

 

8.The Penang state government again urges Bank Negara to reinstate Developer Interest Bearing Scheme(DIBS) for first-time buyers as well as increase and extend Syarikat Jaminan Kredit Perumahan(SJKP) to buyers of affordable homes costing from RM72,500 up to RM400,000. Ever since DIBS was abolished, many first-time buyers of affordable housing could not obtain bank loans to buy their own homes.

 

9.Up to 70% of the housing loan applications, including low-cost and low-medium cost(LC/LMC), have been rejected by private banks. Bank Negara should reinstate the Developer Interest Bearing Scheme(DIBS) for first-time buyers to enable them to realise their dream of owning their own homes. Legal fees should also be part of the DIBS package and stamp duty should be waived to lower the initial entry cost for first time home buyers.

  

10.Lastly, I am happy to note that REHDA believes in giving back to the community through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. REHDA has assisted the less fortunate inmates of charitable homes by providing wheelchairs, walking sticks, bed frames, pillows, bed sheets, lunch and entertainment besides helping to paint the building. REHDA’s corporate social responsibility in rendering assistance for the less fortunate communities will be a step forward aimed at inculcating a CSR mindset not only for REHDA but also all developers.

11. Today once again, I am informed that for the first time, the organizers of a property event will be donating a sum of RM50,000 to charitable organizations. I want to congratulate REHDA and Henry Butcher Penang for successfully organizing this event and for their generous contributions to the community. 

I hereby officially declare open MAPEX CITY 2014.

 

 

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Press Conference Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng On 24.9.2014

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Press Conference Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng On 24.9.2014 In Komtar, George Town.

1 Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) Must Answer 3 Main Questions Posed In The Edge Weekly’s Expose Of The RM1.38 Billion Purchase Of 234 Acres Of Land In Air Itam, Penang.

 

1 Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) must answer 3 main questions posed in the Edge Weekly’s Expose(22-28 September 2014) of the RM1.38 billion purchase of 234 acres of freehold land in Air Itam, Penang. The land was were transacted in two deals on April 29, 2013 – just six days before the May 5, 2013 general election with a third and final deal on Sept 23 2013.

The 3 main questions were

  • Why was the purchase price of RM 1.38 billion, 95% higher than what some of the land was valued at just two years earlier in December 2011 and what would be the benefit to 1MDB and finally the people of Malaysia that owns 1MDB?
  • What happened to the 2013 general election promise by BN to build 9,999 units of public and affordable housing via 1MDB, comprising 6,666 low-cost flats of 700 sq ft each and 3,333 affordable homes of 1,000 sq ft each?
  • Based on the acre-age of the land and the number of new homes that the federal government has promised to build, would 1MDB be facing a loss of over RM1.5 billion and who will ultimately bear the losses?

Even if 1MDB does not proceed with fulfilling BN’s promise to build 9,999 units of public and affordable housing, it will still incur financial losses. Assuming a financing cost of 4%, interest payment on the RM1.38 billion it spent on buying the land, works up to RM 55 million interest cost a year.

Can 1MDB give a full explanation not only because public funds are involved but because it affects the lives of the nearly 3,000 families residing on the 234 acres of freehold land for 50 years?

LIM GUAN ENG 

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槟城州首席部长林冠英于2014924日在乔治市光大的记者会文告

针对《The Edge》财经周刊揭露一个马来西亚发展公司以13亿8千万令吉购买位于亚依淡的234英亩土地一事,一马发展公司需立刻回应3大问题,以解民惑。

针对《The Edge》财经周刊(2014922-28日)揭露一个马来西亚发展公司以13亿8千万令吉购买位于亚依淡的234英亩土地一事,一马发展公司需立刻回应3大问题,以解民惑。有关土地共分四次交易,首两笔是在201355日全国大选前的六天,即2013429日完成,第三跟最后一笔交易,则于2013923日完成。

一马发展公司需回应的三大问题:

  • 为何13亿8千万令吉购买价竟然比之前2年,也就是201112月的估价高出达95%?一马发展公司有因此获得了什么利益?最终拥有一马发展公司的全体人民又获得了什么利益?
  • 2013年大选期间,国阵承诺透过一马发展公司建造共9999单位的公共房屋及可负担房屋,当中6666单位属于700方尺的廉价组屋,3333单位1000方尺的可负担房屋。如今这些大选承诺到底怎么了?
  • 基于该地段的面积及联邦政府所承诺的新房屋数量,一马发展公司会否损失15亿令吉?谁最终要负起这笔亏损?

就算一马发展公司没有履行国阵之前的承诺,即兴建9999个可负担及公共房屋单位,他们仍会出现亏损。单单利息方面,13亿8千万的购买土地成本,若以4%计算,每年的利息就要高达5500万令吉。

一马发展公司到底能不能全面解答这些问题?因为这234英亩永久地契的地段不只牵涉公共款项,更牵涉了需要迁徙已经在这土地上居住了长达50年的3000户家庭。

林冠英