WORLD WATER DAY 2019

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

AT WORLD WATER DAY 2019

27 APRIL 2019

BUKIT DUMBAR RECREATIONAL PARK

Yang Berbahagia Dato Ir Jaseni Maidinsa

Chief Executive Officer, PBAPP Sdn Bhd

Professor Dr Chan Ngai Weng

President, Water Watch Penang

PBAHB Group Board of Directors

PBA Group Heads of Division and Heads of Department

Distinguished Guests

Members of the Media

Ladies and gentlemen

Good morning.

I am pleased to be here today with you to commemorate World Water Day 2019 in Penang.

Every year, we commemorate “World Water Day” to remind ourselves about the importance of water. In 2018, PBAPP continued to meet the expectations of Penang water consumers, by providing 100% urban water supply coverage and 99.8% rural supply coverage, 24 hours a day, everyday… for the benefit of the 1.77 million people in our state.

Penang tap water has been sampled, tested and certified to be safe for consumption. This is why our nasi kandar curries are so good and popular. We are fortunate. There has been no water rationing; no arsenic and ammonia pollution; and no 86-hour water supply interruption in Penang.

So, water-wise, everything seems good. But, even when things are good, we must think about the future. In fact, the State Government and PBAPP are very concerned about the future of water supply in Penang. Our main challenge is raw water sufficiency.

As Dato’ Ir. Jaseni mentioned, Penang has become too dependent on only one raw water resource: Sungai Muda. This river has served as our main raw water source for 46 years, since 1973. Last year, more than 80% of Penang’s raw water came from this river.

Please remember that Sungai Muda is a raw water resource that we share with Kedah. We should always remember that PBAPP abstracts water from Sungai Muda downstream of 14 Kedah water treatment plants and 4 irrigation intakes.

Moreover, Kedah is now undertaking the Jeniang Transfer Project, with a capacity of 2,592 million litres per day, or MLD. When the Jeniang Transfer Project is ready, Kedah will be able to transfer more water from Sungai Muda… upstream of Penang’s Lahar Tiang Intake.

Even without the Jeniang Transfer, it should be noted that Sungai Muda may only be able meet Kedah and Penang’s combined raw water needs until Year 2025.

As such, Penang urgently needs a second, or alternative, raw water resource soon.

Our best solution is to tap the raw water from Sungai Perak, as proposed in the Sungai Perak Raw Water Transfer Scheme (SPRWTS).

There are 5 reasons why the SPRWTS is the best solution for the future of water supply in Penang.

   

  1. The SPRWTS provides one solution for two states - Penang and Perak.
  2. The SPRWTS can guarantee water security in Penang and North Perak until 2050. In other words, it is a long-lasting solution.
  • The development cost for the SPRWTS is lower than development costs for water re-cycling, rainwater harvesting and desalination projects of a similar scale.
  1. In terms of operating costs, the SPRWTS is more cost-efficient than water re-cycling, rainwater harvesting and desalination.
  2. Since it is an inter-state raw water transfer project, the SPRWTS will be partly funded by the Federal Government.

Please note that water supply project development costs and PBAPP’s operating costs will have a direct impact on water tariffs; and we must ensure that water tariffs in Penang are reasonable.

Penang has been asking for the SPRWTS since 2011. However, in the period 2012 – 2018, the previous Federal Government failed to implement the project. Now that Pakatan Harapan is heading the Federal Government, we are hoping for fast-tracked approval and implementation of the SPRWTS.

On 1st of March 2019, representatives of the Penang State Government and the Perak State Government met with officials from the Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources (KATS) in Putrajaya.

Both Penang and Perak are keen on tapping Sungai Perak as a future raw water resource. However, while Penang is seeking raw water from Sungai Perak, Perak is keen to sell treated water from Sungai Perak to Penang.

As a result, KATS has agreed to undertake technical studies to determine the best option for mutual benefit: Penang’s raw water proposal, Perak’s treated water proposal or a third “hybrid” proposal… incorporating transfers of both raw water and treated water to Penang and Perak water supply infrastructure.

On our part, we have also stated that the Phase 1 of the SPRWTS must be commissioned by 2025. Remember: Sungai Muda may only meet Kedah and Penang’s combined raw water needs until 2025.

So, it is critical for the SPRWTS to take off as soon as possible. We are running short of time.

As such, the Penang State Government, Penang MPs and PBAPP will focus on reminding KATS and the Federal Government about the importance and urgency of the SPRWTS.

We are aware of the importance of due diligence in regard to KATS’ technical studies. However, we hope that the studies may be completed promptly so that the Federal Government, Penang and Perak may reach an agreement quickly. We need to get this historic project going in a timely manner.

The SPRWTS is a priority for Penang because for the first time in our history, Penang will have a major back-up raw water resource to guarantee water security until 2050.

Today, we enjoy fulfilling lives in Penang because we have sufficient water to support our daily needs and socioeconomic activities.

As such, it is our duty to ensure that our children and future generations of Penangites also have enough water supply to realise their dreams and aspirations.

Penang’s hope of achieving water security lies in Sungai Perak. We are working to turn hope into reality.

Thank you.

PENANG INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL 2019 CLOSING CEREMONY

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

AT PENANG INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL 2019 CLOSING CEREMONY

28 APRIL 2019

 

First and foremost, thank you for inviting me to join all of you this evening and to share this joyous moment of the closing ceremony.  It is a great honour for me to be here tonight. The aroma of Ikan Bakar is making me very hungry. I can’t wait to get in line for a plate of freshly caught and grilled ikan pari wrapped in banana leaf!

Ladies and gentlemen,

The tourism industry in Penang continues to be one of the key pillars of our economy with growth at record levels. The services sector, including tourism now contributes nearly 50 percent of the state’s GDP, overtaking the manufacturing sector, even though the manufacturing industry has been in the lead for the past 30 to 40 years. 

One of Penang’s main tourism products is our diverse culinary offerings, which is a manifestation of our diverse culture, shaped by the state’s melting pot background since its founding. Many believe that eating local dishes while having a vacation in tourist destinations is a great boost to their travelling experience which brings them closer to our culture. Because of that, PIFF was introduced in 2017 not only to promote Penang as the food paradise of Asia, but also to enhance our guests’ traveling experiences.

The inaugural PIFF 2017 attracted some 400,000 hungry food lovers. In 2018, PIFF managed to attract some 705,000 festival goers, a testament to Penang’s status as the Food Paradise of Asia.

For the past two weeks, visitors to Penang indulged themselves in our culinary culture through immersive food walks, unique dining experiences, cooking demonstrations, competitions, and photo exhibition. For the food walks especially, visitors were taken to some of the best street food outlets in Pulau Tikus market and Raja Uda Apollo market. Through the tour, they were given explanation about the history of the local area and culture while sampling our street food. This is the kind of value-added experiences we hope to provide.  I believe that such a food tour is a creative way of connecting people with one other and the food in local neighbourhoods, while the unique dining experiences is a great chance for visitors to experience Penang from a new perspective where heritage, creativity and experimentation come into play.

Ladies and gentlemen,

We are gathered here this evening for the closing ceremony of PIFF 2019 in Seberang Perai because there is so much to be proud of and be positive about the state’s tourism industry, especially in Seberang Perai.

In 2016, Design Village Outlet Mall became Malaysia's biggest outlet mall. In 2018, Batu Kawan stepped into the global spotlight by securing a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for holding the Largest Food Truck Rally, where 158 food trucks gathered to serve their grubs in one place, at the same time. Also in 2018, the Central Island Park, which is situated not far from here, is opened to the public, suitable for visitors wanting to connect with nature in an urban setting. The park houses a man-made lake featuring a 50-metre water jet display and an enchanting floral arch. This year, Swedish furniture brand IKEA has opened its first outlet in the northern region since March 14.

Moving forward, Seberang Perai will become a major attraction for businesses and leisure visitors to the northern region because two international hotels will be opened. The first hotel, the Holiday Inn Juru Sentral, will be a RM280-million four-star international hotel. It is set to be built by 2021. The second hotel, Aloft Hotel, is set to be opened by 2023.

I see a lot of potential here. Seberang Perai is poised to become a tourist hotspot due to its beautiful natural assets such as mangrove swamps, migratory birds and Sungai Perai. We want to shine a spotlight on some of Seberang Perai’s undiscovered and hidden holiday gems, showing there’s much more to Penang. As such, I assure you that the state government will continue to work out a tourism master plan that will include ecotourism in Seberang Perai for our vibrant tourism industry to continue to grow and prosper.

Having said all these, it is my sincere wish that visitors to PIFF 2019 have had a wonderful time because at the end of the day, what truly matters is that time well spent with your family, friends and loved ones is a step closer to the realization of a family-focused green and smart state that inspires the nation as envisaged the state government’s Penang2030 vision.

Enjoy. See you again at the Penang International Food Festival next year!

Thank you.

KARNIVAL KEMPEN KESIHATAN AMAL ONE HOPE CHARITY

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UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG

TUAN CHOW KON YEOW DI KARNIVAL KEMPEN KESIHATAN AMAL ONE HOPE CHARITY

 

28 APRIL 2019

DEWAN NG YAM HUAT, BUKIT MERTAJAM

Yang Berusaha En. Chua Sui Hau

Pengerusi One Hope Charity

Dato Seri R.Arunasalam

Penasihat One Hope Charity

Ang Beng Hock

Penasihat One Hope Charity

Dr. Abdul Aziz Bin Yahaya

Penasihat One Hope Charity dan ketua Jabatan Unit Orthopedic & Traumatology

YB Chong Eng, YB Phee Boon Poh, YB. Dr. Afif Bahardin

Exco Pulau Pinang

YB Heng Lee Lee

Adun Berapit

Abdul Wahab Bin Long

CEO Yayasan Foodbank Malaysia

Dato Sr Hj Rozali Bin Hj Mohamud

Yang Di-Pertua MPSP

Dr. Hj Saiful Azlan Bin Hj Sharif

Pengarah Hospital Seberang Jaya

Dr.Nur Aslina Binti Bahakodin

Pengarah Hospital Bukit Mertajam

Dr. Elizabeth A/P Anthony

Timbalan Pengarah JKN Pulau Pinang

Ir Hjh Rosnani Bt Hj Mahmod

Setiausaha Perbandaran MPSP

Dato Chong Hut Hoo

Pengerusi Hock Teik Cheng Sin

Rakan -rakan media

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan yang saya hormati sekalian

Selamat Pagi dan Salam Sejahtera.

Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengambil kesempatan untuk mengucapkan jutaan terima kasih kepada One Hope Charity atas kesudian menjemput saya bagi bersama-sama memeriahkan Karnival Kesihatan Amal pada pagi yang berbahagia ini.

Sememangnya karnival seperti ini adalah penting dalam memupuk kesedaran kepada masyarakat tentang betapa pentingnya pendidikan dan penjagaan kesihatan dalam kehidupan seharian. Saya difahamkan terdapat 13 jenis perkhidmatan pemeriksaan yang ditawarkan pada hari ini meliputi pemeriksaan secara keseluruhan, merangkumi pemeriksaan mata hingga ke kaki, serta pemeriksaan luaran hingga ke organ dalaman badan seperti pengimbasan hati, pemeriksaan jantung dan pelbagai lagi tanpa mengenakan sebarang bayaran kepada para pengunjung. Tidak ketinggalan, karnival pada hari ini turut menawarkan pemeriksaan pemeriksaan darah merangkumi pemeriksaan indeks barah.

Penganjuran karnival seperti ini menyediakan platform kepada mereka yang kurang berkemampuan terutama dalam membantu mengesan dan mengawal penyakit kerana kita semua percaya konsep ‘mencegah sebelum parah” itu adalah sangat perlu. Kos pemeriksaan kesihatan yang tinggi telah menjadi beban yang berat kepada golongan ini. Lazimnya, ada segelintir mereka yang telah menghidap sesuatu penyakit telah berada pada tahap yang agak serius dan sudah terlambat untuk melakukan rawatan.

Oleh itu, penganjuran karnival kesihatan sebegini daripada pihak swasta dan badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) sangatlah membantu dan bertepatan. Saya difahamkan kesemua pemeriksaan kesihatan ini akan dilakukan oleh pakar dan doktor perubatan serta pasukan perubatan yang bertauliah  dari hospital kerajaan dan klinik swasta.

Nama One Hope Charity sebenarnya sudah gah dan sangat dikenali di negeri ini. Usaha yang berterusan dalam membantu golongan yang kurang berkemampuan tanpa mengira perbezaan kaum dan agama sangat-sangat membantu pentadbiran Kerajaan Negeri dalam menyediakan segala bentuk keperluan kepada golongan ini. Saya difahamkan, untuk tahun 2018 sahaja, One Hope Charity yang telah memulakan operasinya sejak 17 tahun lalu telah membelanjakan sebanyak RM5,256,254 untuk tujuan amal dan kebajikan.

Tahniah dan syabas kepada One Hope Charity.

Bagi pihak Kerajaan Negeri, kami mengiktiraf segala bentuk bantuan yang ditawarkan terutama daripada pihak swasta dan badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) demi kelangsungan rakyat di negeri ini. Kerajaan Negeri bangga untuk menyatakan selama 11 tahun mentadbir negeri ini di bawah urus tadbir Cekap, Akauntabiliti dan Telus (CAT), kebajikan rakyat sentiasa menjadi keutamaan dan aspirasi kepada pentadbiran ini.

Pentadbiran ini akan terus bekerja keras bagi memastikan segala perancangan dan pembangunan negeri ini dipacu dengan lebih berkualiti dan memberi manfaat yang menyeluruh kepada rakyat Pulau Pinang tanpa meminggirkan mana-mana pihak, sejajar dengan harapan dan Visi Penang2030.

Pulau Pinang berada di landasannya yang tersendiri terutama dalam pelaksanaan program-program bantuan dan kebajikan. Sejak tahun 2008, Kerajaan Negeri telah memperkenalkan pelbagai program bantuan seperti program i-Sejahtera yang merangkumi program pemberian bantuan Warga Emas, Ibu Emas, Anak Emas, Orang Kelainan Upaya (OKU), Pelajar Emas dan lain-lain. Program ini mendapat sambutan dan telah dinikmati oleh hampir 1.6 juta rakyat Negeri Pulau Pinang dengan jumlah bantuan kewangan yang diberikan sebanyak RM412.63 juta sejak ia dilaksanakan bermula tahun 2008.

Selain daripada itu, Kerajaan Negeri turut memperkenalkan Program Agenda Ekonomi (AES) di mana tumpuan diberikan kepada keluarga miskin tegar untuk memastikan kelompok ini mampu keluar daripada kepompong kemiskinan dan memperolehi pendapatan sekurang-kurangnya RM790 sebulan.

Kesemua program ini adalah salah satu daripada usaha berterusan daripada Kerajaan Negeri dan kita akan dipastikan ianya mencapai sasaran sekaligus dapat meringankan beban golongan yang kurang berkemampuan ini. 

Akhir kata, saya berharap penganjuran karnival ini dapat mencapai sasarannya dan diteruskan lagi dari masa ke masa dengan lebih ramai pihak untuk tampil menghulurkan bantuan sebegini. Sekian, terima kasih.