The Opening Ceremony of Convent Green Lane New Block

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Speech by Chief Minister Of Penang
The Opening Ceremony of Convent Green Lane New Block

18 Feb 2017

Ladies and gentlemen

A very good morning and thank you for inviting me to this opening ceremony of this new additional building costing RM2, 514, 628.39.

Mission schools have played an important role in the education system of Malaysia. When the Sisters first came to Malaya, they dedicated themselves to the education of young girls, to train them in the love of God and give them the knowledge necessary for young people of simple ranks.

The common feature of all Convent schools is that there is no distinction nor discrimination in terms of race, religion or social class.

Give us your lost, least and last and we will train them to be productive citizens with moral fibre and upstanding integrity as the rallying cry of these mission schools.

The British Government in the 19th century accepted the Convent schools as part of the education system and called them the grant-in-aid schools. This meant that all the teachers’ salaries were paid by the government and a certain grant per child was given each year. Missionaries were given a minimal allowance.

The Government Act of 1961, classified the missionary schools as fully assisted schools under the direct control of the Ministry of Education. The Act states that there would be a maximum consultation in the appointment of principals so that the special character of these schools were preserved. However, the appointment of the staff and admission of students come entirely under the control of the Education Department.

SMK Convent Green Lane is a well-known and popular school in Penang. Although small in size and only partially funded by the government, SMK Convent Green Lane has a strong track record of academic and co-curricular excellence. The school has always been the school of choice by many parents, even more so after attaining the status of Cluster School of Excellence in 2011.

As the years progressed, SMK Convent Green Lane was in need of a new building. It was one of the few schools left in the country still running two school sessions per day due to a lack of space. The new block was built to meet the challenges of the future and to provide a more conducive environment for the benefit of the students. This new building has allowed SMK Convent Green Lane to go single session in 2017 and this has indirectly helped ease the traffic congestion along Jalan Masjid Negeri in the evenings.

The Penang State Government appreciates the effort taken by the Building Committee and the IJ Sisters and acknowledges the role missionary schools play in the Education system in Penang. That’s why the State Government has always helped to sponsor needy development projects in all missionary schools. The State Government of Penang is proud to acknowledge SMK Convent Green Lane as a Cluster School of Excellence and has contributed a total of RM 526,000 towards the building of this new block.

My heartiest congratulations to the school on the opening of this new block and may SMK Convent Green Lane continue to excel and prosper.

Thank you.

MAJLIS PECAH TANAH PROJEK PEMBANGUNAN STESEN PEMINDAHAN SISA PEPEJAL BATU MAUNG

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SEMPENA MAJLIS PECAH TANAH PROJEK PEMBANGUNAN

STESEN PEMINDAHAN SISA PEPEJAL BATU MAUNG

16 Februari 2017

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan sekalian

Terlebih dahulu, saya ingin merakamkan penghargaan kepada semua pihak berkepentingan yang telah menggembeling segala usaha untuk merealisasikan hasrat rakyat negeri Pulau Pinang ke arah melaksanakan projek untuk membangunkan Stesen Pemindahan Sampah Batu Maung pada hari ini.

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan yang dihormati sekalian.

Negeri Pulau Pinang komited dalam usaha memelihara alam sekitar melalui initiatif Cleaner, Greener, Healthier and Safer Penang. Kita sedia maklum bahawa kita perlu merancang pembangunan negeri ini khususnya dalam mewujudkan bidang pengurusan dan pengasingan sisa pepejal yang mesra alam. Projek pembinaan Stesen Pemindahan Sisa Pepejal di Batu Maung merupakan salah satu bukti komitmen Kerajaan Negeri dan Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang untuk tujuan pengumpulan sisa pepejal sebelum dihantar ke tapak pelupusan akhir sampah.

Adalah menjadi cabaran kita untuk melaksanakan sesuatu projek pelupusan di negeri ini walaupun terdapat faktor kekangan dari segi keperluan dan kegunaan tanah.

Stesen Pemindahan ini akan memainkan peranan sebagai pusat transit untuk sisa pepejal sebelum dilupuskan di tapak pelupusan yang terletak di Pulau Burong, Seberang Perai Selatan. Ia terletak dalam lokasi yang paling strategik dan ideal dari segi pengurusan bagi pelupusan sisa dan memenuhi kehendak asas persekitaran mengikut “Guidelines For The Siting and Zoning of Industry and Residential Areas”.

Projek ini merupakan salah satu projek yang memberi impak yang tinggi kepada rakyat di Negeri ini yang melibatkan kos perbelanjaan sebanyak RM61,436,722 yang dibiayai oleh Eurasia Express Sdn. Bhd., pemaju projek yang dilantik oleh Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang. Syarikat turut dipertanggungjawabkan untuk mengendali pengoperasian projek ini bagi tempoh selama 16 tahun yang akan dibiayai oleh Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang.

Para hadirin sekalian,

Stesen Pemindahan Sampah yang dibangunkan merupakan pemangkin kepada salah satu insfrastruktur bagi sistem pengurusan sisa pepejal yang bersepadu. Ianya merupakan langkah penyelesaian untuk mengatasi masalah kepada sistem pelupusan sisa domestik dan sisa pukal serta sisa kebun. Namun, Kerajaan Negeri masih berusaha kepada cabaran untuk mengatasi masalah kepada pelupusan lain-lain jenis sisa seperti sisa binaan dan tanah korekan.

Manfaat ketara yang dapat diperolehi daripada pembangunan projek Stesen Pemindahan Sampah di Batu Maung ini adalah pengurangan kesan alam sekitar yang dihadapi oleh masyarakat di Permatang Pauh dan pengguna jalan raya di Jambatan Pulau Pinang disebabkan oleh kemasukan sebanyak 69 unit kenderaan daripada kawasan pentadbiran Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang sejak tahun 2011 ke Stesen Pemindahan Ampang Jajar .

Selain daripada penyediaan sistem dan infrastruktur, usaha turut dipergiatkan untuk pengurangan sampah yang akan dilupuskan di Tapak Pelupusan. Masyarakat perlu mengutamakan kebersihan dan pengasingan sisa dalam kehidupan seharian dengan membuang sampah yang diasingkan dan mengambil kira kesan terhadap alam sekitar.

Sungguhpun Pulau Pinang boleh bangga apabila kadar kitar semula di negeri ini adalah yang tertinggi di Malaysia iaitu 32% berbanding dengan purata kebangsaan hanya 10.5% sahaja. Kita seharusnya sedar bahawa masyarakat negara maju mempunyai infrastruktur dan budaya masyarakat yang mengutamakan amalan kebersihan dalam kehidupan mereka.

Akhir kata, saya dengan ini merasmikan Majlis Pecah Tanah Projek Pembangunan Stesen Pemindahan Sisa Pepejal Batu Maung.

Investment by Scandinavian IBS (Sweden) at Penang Science Park

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang
Investment by Scandinavian IBS (Sweden) at Penang Science Park
14 February 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen

Good morning. I am pleased to announce a new investment from Scandinavian IBS (SIBS), a Sweden based Industrialized Building System (IBS) company in Penang Science Park. This is another reflection of the consistent inflow of foreign investments into Penang, a strong signal of confidence in Penang as a location of choice for investors.

Penang investment flows

Despite the challenging economic landscape, Penang is still recording stable inflows of foreign direct investments (FDIs) and domestic investments. Penang has consistently recorded a higher record of FDIs into the state compared to domestic investments. In the period of 2008-2015, Penang’s FDI stood at RM36.7 billion which is twice the amount of domestic investments recorded at RM18.3 billion. This total amount of RM 55 billion is 90% higher than the RM 29 billion recorded in the similar 8 year period from 2008 – 2015. In terms of FDI from Sweden, the total Swedish investment in Penang for the period of 2008 to Sept 2016 is worth over RM29 million.

Industrialized Building System (IBS) Market

The Industrialised Building System (IBS) is successfully adopted in countries like Sweden, Finland, Japan, Germany and Singapore where off-site technologies had eventually modernised and improved the industry. IBS is the way forward for housing and construction industry and it is also a focus of the Malaysian Industrial Development Board (MIDA) and the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).

Sweden is one of the countries in the world that leads in the IBS technology. This investment by SIBS is in line with Malaysian Industrial Development Authority’s (MIDA) target to attract 100 IBS companies into Malaysia by 2020. These industrial building modules are of high standards, built with the latest technology and are suitable for various climates. Many large construction companies have acknowledged the benefits of lower costs and higher efficiency by using IBS, and in recent years more.

Scandinavian IBS Investment – Modern IBS Manufacturing and R&D Facility

Scandinavian IBS (SIBS) is a Sweden based company involved in the manufacturing of Industrialized Building System (IBS), primarily pre-casted apartment modules. The investment by Scandinavian IBS from Sweden stands at RM100 million for a facility to manufacture Industrialized Building System (pre-casted apartment units), which is the production of steel frame modular multi-dwelling family houses for the Swedish and European market. The company’s 150,000 sq. ft. facility is located at a 7.2 acres of land in Penang Science Park. It is expected that this facility in Penang will produce an estimated 500,000 sq. ft. of apartment modules per year. This is one of the largest Swedish investments in Penang.

SIBS joins the list of other notable Swedish investors in Penang such as Nolek, Nolata, Monitor ERP and soon-to-be launched Ikea.

I am pleased to note that SIBS’ investment does not only includes a modern and advanced manufacturing facility with robotics and automated machinery, but also a state-of-the art Research and Development (R&D) facility, which will be focused on Production Process and Building Material. The production facility is also environmental friendly with no production chimneys, clean production process and has low energy consumption.

Investment benefits

This investment is expected to create about 180 new jobs in Penang, with spill over benefits to local small medium enterprises (SMEs).

The facility is expected to begin construction in the first quarter of this year and to start operating end of this year. The company’s products will cater to the export market, which contributes to Malaysia’s external trade earnings.

Penang welcomes SIBS

The State Government welcomes Scandinavian IBS to Penang which will provide high manufacturing jobs, with spill over effects to SMEs in the building industry. This investment is a clear testament of the continuous confidence of investors in Penang. We hope, with SIBS and other Swedish companies such as IKEA, Nolek, Nolato and Monitor ERP in Penang, we will see more businesses from Sweden. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank InvestPenang, Penang Development Corporation (PDC), MIDA and other agencies for their continuous effort to make Penang a destination of choice for investors.

Thank you.