Speech By Chief Minister Of Penang
At The Silver Jubilee Home Annual Dinner
Sunday, 5th February 2017, 6pm
Penang's Silver Jubilee Home was established in 1935 and is 82 years old this year. The Home stands on a piece of 22.5 acres of land donated by Mr. Cheah Leong Keah. The Home provides free food, shelter and activities for the poor and needy. The Home is one of the most established and well managed in Malaysia. Indeed we are proud that in our quest to transform Penang into an international and intelligent city, the Penang Silver Jubilee Home is one truly world-class Home for the poor and needy in Malaysia!
The Home's expenditure comes up to RM 200, 000 per month and that makes up to RM 2.4 million annually. Its commendable that the Home is self-sufficient and independent by managing its expenses by donations alone. The State Government have been giving an annual nominal amount of RM20,000 since the 1980's. The State Government does not need to come out with any additional funds when their RM 2.4 million expenditures are fully funded by donations and sponsors. Sponsors are willing to fund the Home because they are confident in a Home that is run professionally, efficiently and cleanly. This is a good example of CAT administration in action.
The Home has a total of 165 residents and the CNY dinner is held annually at the Home to bring together all the staff, volunteers and sponsors of the Home in appreciation of their kind contribution and services to the Home. In conclusion, I would once again want to thank Mr Saw Soon Kooi, the new Chairman, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Tan Kok Ping, the Executive Advisor & Chairman of Development Committee, Mr. Bernard Kok Yin Fook, Legal Advisor and the rest of the general committee in the Board of Directors for your invitation and your efforts in working closely together with the State Government to develop Penang.