MAJLIS PERASMIAN PINTU GERBANG PERKAMPUNGAN PERMATANG TINGGI

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TEKS UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG
SEMPENA MAJLIS PERASMIAN PINTU GERBANG

24 SEPTEMBER 2018
PERKAMPUNGAN PERMATANG TINGGI

YB Chong Eng
EXCO Pembangunan Wanita dan Keluarga, Keterangkuman Gender & Agama Selain Agama Islam Negeri Pulau Pinang

YB Steven Sim Chee Keong
Timbalan Menteri Belia dan Sukan merangkap Ahli Parlimen Bukit Mertajam

YB Lee Khai Loon
ADUN Machang Bubuk

Dato’ Sr Haji Rozali bin Mohamud
Yang DiPertua, Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP)

Puan Ong Bee Leng
Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif
Perbadanan Pembangunan Wanita Pulau Pinang (PWDC)

Encik Boo Jak Seak
Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kemajuan dan Keselamatan Kampung (JKKK) Permatang Tinggi

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Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan yang dihormati sekalian

Selamat pagi dan salam sejahtera.

Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengambil kesempatan untuk mengucapkan jutaan terima kasih kepada jawatankuasa penganjur yang sudi menjemput saya bagi merasmikan Pintu Gerbang Perkampungan Permatang Tinggi pada pagi yang mulia ini.

Syabas kepada penduduk di Kampung Permatang Tinggi, Machang Bubuk, kerana telah terlibat secara langsung dalam proses pembuatan keputusan dan bajet di peringkat KADUN Machang Bubuk di bawah projek pembangunan rakyat yang dikenali sebagai ‘Duit Kita Hak Kita’.

Projek ini adalah selari dengan tema ketiga Wawasan Pembangunan Negeri Pulau Pinang atau lebih dikenali sebagai “Penang2030” iaitu memperkasa rakyat demi mengukuhkan sistem masyarakat sivil; bahkan sejajar dengan Matlamat Pembangunan Mampan (SDG) Ke-11 iaitu ke arah mewujudkan sebuah bandaraya yang selamat, berdaya saing dan mampan (safe, resilient and sustainable city).

Wawasan Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang dan SDG telah diterjemahkan menerusi Projek Perdana Gender Responsive and Participatory Budgeting (GRPB) di Pulau Pinang yang dimudahcarakan oleh Perbadanan Pembangunan Wanita Pulau Pinang (PWDC) dengan kerjasama pintar Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP) dan SUARAM Pulau Pinang.

Kejayaan Projek Bajet Penyertaan Rakyat Machang Bubuk yang julung kali diadakan di Malaysia ini juga disebabkan komitmen oleh 2 orang wakil rakyat di kawasan ini iaitu YB Steven Sim, Ahli Parlimen Bukit Mertajam dan YB Lee Khai Loon, ADUN Machang Bubuk yang masing-masing telah memberikan peruntukan kewangan bernilai RM50,000 menjadikan jumlah keseluruhannya bernilai RM100,000.

Komitmen dan kesungguhan kedua-dua wakil rakyat ini dalam memberikan kuasa kepada rakyat dalam menentukan projek pembangunan mengikut keperluan mereka menerusi bajet yang diperuntukkan telah membuktikan bahawa demokrasi dipupuk dan dibudayakan dengan giatnya di peringkat akar umbi Negeri Pulau Pinang. Pelaksanaan Projek Perintis Bajet Penyertaan Rakyat di KADUN Machang Bubuk di bawah Parlimen Bukit Mertajam ini cukup membanggakan kerana telah memulakan langkah pertama dalam mengejar cita-cita pemberdayaan masyarakat negeri ini.

Justeru itu, Projek Bejet Penyertaan Rakyat yang julung kali kali diadakan di Pulau Pinang dan Malaysia ini tidak wajar terhenti setakat di Kampung Permatang Tinggi dalam KADUN Machang Bubuk dan Parlimen Bukit Mertajam, tetapi harus direplikasi di kesemua KADUN dalam Negeri Pulau Pinang dan menjadi model kepada 221 Parlimen lain di Malaysia.

Walaupun Projek Perintis yang dilaksanakan di KADUN Machang Bubuk ini berhadapan pelbagai cabaran dan rintangan, saya yakin banyak pengajaran yang telah dikenalpasti oleh pasukan GRPB-PWDC dalam menambahbaik projek dan menyebarluaskannya di seluruh Pulau Pinang.

Tahniah kepada lapan (8) daripada tujuh belas (17) Jawatankuasa Keselamatan dan Kemajuan Kampung atau JKKK dalam KADUN Machang Bubuk yang telah berjaya membuat bancian penduduk dalam Fasa 1 Projek “Duit Kita, Hak Kita” dan tiga (3) JKKK yang telah berjaya melaksanakan Kumpulan Tumpu Bincang untuk Fasa 2.

Setinggi-tinggi syabas saya tujukan kepada JKKK Perkampungan Permatang Tinggi yang telah memenangi undian dalam Fasa 3 dan berjaya melaksanakan Projek Pelancongan Perkampungan Permatang Tinggi yang telah dirancang dalam Fasa 4.

Saya berasa cukup berbangga dapat berada di sini pada hari ini bagi merasmikan Pintu Gerbang Perkampungan Permatang Tinggi yang bukan sahaja menjadi mercu tanda kepada pembudayaan demokrasi dan pemerkasaan rakyat, tetapi diharapkan dapat menjadi mercu cita-cita penduduk untuk menjadikan Permatang Tinggi sebagai sebuah perkampungan model di seluruh Malaysia yang Bersih, Hijau, Selamat dan Berbudaya.

Malaysia Baru, Pulau Pinang terus memacu.

Sekian, terima kasih.

“WOMEN IN ECONOMY: RETHINKING ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR TODAY’S WOMEN” CONFERENCE

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang 

 for “Women in Economy: Rethinking Entrepreneurship for Today’s Women” Conference 

24 September 2018
Ixora Hotel, Seberang Perai, Penang

Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Dr. Wan Ismail
Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Women, Family and Community Development

Yang Berhormat Puan Chong Eng
Penang State EXCO for Women and Family Development, Gender Inclusiveness and Non- Islamic Religious Affairs

Yang Berhormat Dato’ Haji Abdul Halim Haji Hussain
Penang State EXCO for Domestic and International Trade, Consumer Affairs and Entrepreneur Development

Yang Berhormat Tuan Soon Lip Chee
Penang State EXCO for Youth and Sport

Yang Berusaha Ms. Ong Bee Leng
Chief Executive Officer, Penang Women’s Development Corporation

Yang Berusaha Ms. Cynthia Hwang 
Executive Director, Suiwah Corporation and Chief Executive Office, Sunshine Wholesale Mart

Yang Berhormat Ahli-ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri

Ahli-ahli Majlis

Members of Board of Directors, Penang Women’s Development Corporation

Strategic Partners

Collaborators

Distinguish Speakers

Members of the Media

Ladies and Gentlemen

Salam Harapan and a very good morning to all of you. I take great pride that I have this opportunity to address a room full of potential game-changers that can make a difference to Penang’s economy in the near future.

With us today, is the first woman Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, whom I hold with high regards. Having a woman Deputy Prime Minister is one of Malaysia’s most significant milestones in achieving gender parity and it is my hope that our country will continue to progress in this aspect. When a society acknowledges the contributions of women, the nation will prosper to even greater heights.

Albert Bandura, a renowned psychologist, believes that a person’s behavior both influences and is influenced by personal characteristics and the social environment. The theory of “Reciprocal Determinism”, as it is known, suggests that a person’s behavior can be conditioned through consequences in the environment, which then changes the way he thinks and act, and impact his surroundings in a reciprocal way.

In simple terms, once the barriers for women to succeed are removed, there will be a substantial shift in realising what women could have contributed as equals. If for instance, women are reluctant to participate in the economy due to the many challenges, providing a positive environment that is conducive for development and growth, will definitely encourage them to step up and lean in. This will reciprocate a change of behavior and will allow women to actively contribute to the economy.

According to a report by McKinsey Global Institute, $12 trillion could be added to global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality. And in a “full potential” scenario, as much as $28 trillion, or 26 percent, could be added to global annual GDP.

Here is an extract from the report:
“Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. If women—who account for half the world’s working-age population—do not achieve their full economic potential, the global economy will suffer.”

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Sustainability is most often defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. Economic is one of the three pillars of sustainable development. The other two are environmental and social; informally referred to as people, planet and profits.

These three pillars, together with the discussion on realising gender equality have equivalent and interrelated importance in achieving sustainable development goals. This is the aspiration of the United Nations and certainly for Penang as well.

The Penang State Government has continuously addressed many issues with a people-centric stance that is based on the principles of competency, accountability and transparency.

We are committed to achieving sustainable development goals including to promote decent work and economic growth. There are many competitive forces that will continue to demand future entrepreneurship excellence. To achieve this, efforts will be engineered to drive focus on learning, quality of delivery, strategic partnership and gender inclusiveness, so that we optimize all the resources that we have, to achieve growth and sustainability.

According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2017 published by the World Economic Forum, Malaysia was ranked 87 out of 144 countries for gender equality in economic participation and opportunity, which means that we are at the 60th percentile. Regionally, Malaysia was only ranked higher than Indonesia.

Malaysia’s male labour force participation rate stands at 80.1% while female labour force participation rate is at only 54.7%. This indicates a huge gender gap in labour force participation rate. However, I would like to view that we have a huge talent pool that remains to be tapped into. Penang Government is steadfast in putting in place policies and programmes to ensure that more women are able to participate in the economy sphere. That is the reason that we have representatives from the state and local governments in this conference. They are here to identify, plan, implement, facilitate and enable women to succeed in entrepreneurship.

In the demographic structure of modern society, as more women receive higher education, Penang’s share of the highly educated labour force has quadrupled over the past 30 years. We need to create, fine-tune and strengthen the ecosystem to enable and empower well-educated women to move effectively into this space, too.

Penang has recently launched Penang 2030, an action plan that focuses on improving liveability, economy, civic participation, and societal resilience to achieve “A Family-Focused Green and Smart State that Inspires the Nation”. One of the four themes had specifically called for upgrading the economy to raise household incomes. Having more women in the workforce or be entrepreneurs will augur well in realizing this objective, which would also spur progress in social development.

Penang 2030 calls for the involvement of stakeholders from all levels of representation from the government, corporations, community, and public, in unison to push for economic, infrastructural and socio-cultural development in Penang.

We are open to affiliating with like-minded associates to create awareness to build capacity and collaborate to empower women for entrepreneurship roles. Thus, it is beyond a doubt that we will need all the human resources available to grow the economy.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Your presence here today is very consequential and as we embark on a new journey of Hope, or Harapan, we have the opportunity to implement changes that will impact the future of our state and our country.

The time is apt for this conference as it serves as a critical tool to build a strategic network with partners and stakeholders, as well as a platform to learn and share with like-minded associates. I wish all delegates a fruitful and enjoyable conference.

With this, I declare the conference open.

PESTA TANGLUNG 2018 ANJURAN BERSAMA JKKK LEBUH CHULIA DAN NG FOOK THONG CANTONESE DISTRICTS ASSOCIATION

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UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG
SEMPENA PESTA TANGLUNG 2018 ANJURAN BERSAMA JKKK LEBUH CHULIA DAN NG FOOK THONG CANTONESE DISTRICTS ASSOCIATION

23 September 2018
407, Lebuh Chulia, Pulau Pinang

Dato Cheah Phee Guan 
Pengerusi JKKK Lebuh Chulia

Encik Leong Keng Fei DJN 
Pengerusi Ng Fook Thong Cantonese Districts Association

Encik Mak Tong Lee 
Pengerusi Pesta Tanglung

Encik Loke Hon Wah
Naib Pengerusi Pesta Tanglung

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Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekalian

Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengucapkan tahniah kepada kepada jawatankuasa penganjur iaitu JKKK Lebuh Chulia dan Ng Fook Thong Cantonese Districts Association kerana sudi menjemput saya sempena Pesta Tanglung pada tahun ini. Ini merupakan tahun ke-4 Pesta Tanglung ini diadakan oleh JKKK Lebuh Chulia.

Seperti mana yang semua sedia maklum, Pesta Tanglung anjuran JKKK Lebuh Chulia ini telah menjadi seperti acara tahunan di kawasan ini. Ia diadakan bagi memperkenalkan budaya masyarakat Cina kepada pelancong luar negara terutamanya memandangkan kawasan Lebuh Chulia sangat dikenali dan menjadi tumpuan pelancong asing di samping dalam masa yang sama dapat mengeratkan hubungan silaturahim di antara masyarakat setempat.

Saya difahamkan antara jemputan pada petang ini adalah dari St Joseph’s Home, Salvation Army Boys Home, Kawan Drop-in Centre dan The Lighthouse Drop-in Centre.

Tahun ini merupakan tahun pertama JKKK Lebuh Chulia bekerjasama dengan Ng Fook Thong Cantonese Districts Association. Kerjasama tahun ini telah membolehkan Pesta Tanglung ini diadakan pada skala yang lebih besar dengan adanya tarian tradisional Cina Selat iaitu Tarian Nyonya, teka-teki tanglung, serta perarakan tanglung. Dan yang lebih menarik pesta tanglung pada malam ini akan disajikan dengan Tarian Singa, Pancaragam Sekolah Li Tek dan kereta berhias.

Aktiviti-aktiviti ini adalah sejajar dengan perayaan Pesta Tanglung, yang juga dikenali sebagai Perayaan Kuih Bulan. Kuih bulan adalah kuih tradisi orang Cina yang dimakan semasa Perayaan Kuih Bulan dan disambut pada hari ke-15 pada bulan ke-8 dalam kalendar Cina iaitu ketika bulan mengambang dan terang.

Akhir kata, saya berharap Pesta Tanglung ini dapat terus dikekalkan diteruskan untuk mengekalkan kebudayaan majmuk rakyat Pulau Pinang.

Sekian, terima kasih.