Great Eastern Viper Arena 2017

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Speech of Penang Chief Minister

Great Eastern Viper Arena 2017

25 March 2017, 8.00pm at Batu Kawan Stadium

 

Ladies and Gentlemen.

First of all, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all the eager participants of tonight’s inaugural Great Eastern Viper Arena 2017 in the beautiful state of Penang, the Pearl of the Orient. This Asia’s Biggest Obstacle Event, and what better place than to hold it in our premier stadium, the Penang State Stadium in Batu Kawan.

More than 120,000 participants have had the time of their lives at Viper Challenge’s numerous events, ever since their first one in 2013. For tonight, 10,000 participants all over the region including Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Johor, and KL had signed up and going to take on the challenge of the Great Eastern Viper Arena 2017.

For the 3rd consecutive year, Penang has been promoting Visit Penang Year, and this year, the theme being, ‘Where the excitement never ends’ is aptly showcasing vibrant and exciting events that include religious, cultural and arts happening throughout the year in Penang. Adding to this unending excitement, visitors to Penang can also experience the amazing new tourist attractions here such as Entopia, The Habitat @Penang Hill, The Top @KOMTAR, Penang Tech Dome and Design Village. In the next few months, we are also looking forward to having the inaugural Penang International Food Festival happening from 15th to 30th April to showcase why Penang street food is the best in the world.

Recently, CNN listed Penang as ‘One of the 17 best places to visit in 2017’ and TripAdvisor ranked George Town No. 10 in its 'Destinations on the Rise - Asia' for 2017. Last year itself, there were six international accolades that included Forbes, CNN, Lonely Planet and Los Angeles Times where Penang had been listed as one of the top and must-visit destinations, best for discerning and budget travelers as well as Penang Laksa was listed as one of the hottest street food.

So whilst you invest in your fitness that allows you to tuck in your stomachs and bellies, remember to tuck in all the delicious food afterwards.

With that, it is my absolute delight and privilege to launch the Great Eastern Viper Arena 2017 and all the best to all!

MAJLIS PELANCARAN PEMBINAAN JALAN YANG MENGHUBUNGKAN PENANG SCIENCE PARK DAN JURU

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UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG

SEMPENA MAJLIS PELANCARAN PEMBINAAN JALAN YANG MENGHUBUNGKAN PENANG SCIENCE PARK DAN JURU


25 MAC 2017 (SABTU)
MASA : 10.00 PAGI
DI ATAS PLOT E, UTARA SCIENCE PARK, SPT, PULAU PINANG


Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan yang dihormati sekalian

Saya berasa amat berbesar hati pada pagi ini dapat bersama–sama untuk Majlis Pelancaran Pembinaan Jalan yang menghubungkan Penang Science Park dan Juru.

Projek ini telah dilaksanakan oleh Perbadanan Pembangunan Pulau Pinang (PDC) dengan kos projek sebanyak RM7.8 juta, yang dibayar oleh PDC sebagai sebahagian daripada tanggungjawab korporatnya untuk meningkatkan dan mempercepatkan pembangunan infrastruktur di Negeri Pulau Pinang, terutamanya di bahagian seberang Pulau Pinang.

Projek infrastruktur ini, yang telah diberikan melalui tender terbuka kepada MMA Air-Cond Engineering Sdn. Bhd, selaras dengan prinsip CAT Kerajaan negeri iaitu (Cekap, Akauntabiliti & Telus), bermula pada 28 November 2016 dan tarikh jangka siap pada 27 Feb 2018. Pembinaan jalan baru arteri ini yang berukuran 880 meter adalah dari Utara Penang Science Park ke Persimpangan Jalan Estate, yang akan menghala ke Juru. Saya gembira untuk memaklumkan bahawa kemajuan projek yang sedang dijalankan ini adalah baik dan mengikut jadual yang ditetapkan.

Projek jalan ini akan memainkan peranan sebagai jalan arteri menghubungkan Juru dengan Penang Science Park dan ini juga akan mengurangkan masalah kesesakan di persimpangan Tambun, seterusnya meningkatkan rangkaian pengangkutan jalan raya di kawasan ini, di samping menyediakan tol alternatif akses percuma kepada rakyat.

Pembinaan jalan ini juga akan menggalakkan pembangunan Penang Science Park, terutamanya di utara Penang Science Park yang merupakan kawasan perindustrian kira-kira 482 ekar. Sebanyak 98 ekar (Fasa 1) telah ditetapkan bagi Zon Makanan. Setakat ini, PDC telah menjual 37 ekar tanah kepada 16 buah syarikat yang berkaitan dengan industri makanan. Bagi Fasa 2, sebanyak 200 ekar telah diperuntukkan untuk industri yang digalakkan dan secara am.

Saya ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Perbadanan Pembangunan Pulau Pinang atas kerja yang proaktif dan perancangan untuk masa hadapan dalam memberi sokongan dalam infrastruktur dan ‘connectivity’ untuk memudahkan keperluan pembangunan perniagaan di Pulau Pinang.

DENGAN INI SAYA MERASMIKAN PEMBINAAN PROJEK JALAN INI YANG AKAN MENGHUBUNGKAN PENANG SCIENCE PARK DAN JURU.

Sekian, terima kasih.

Penang Green Agenda Workshop

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

During the Penang Green Agenda Workshop

on 24 March 2017

at Penang Institute

 

Ladies and Gentlemen

Good morning everyone.

First and foremost, it is a great honour for me to officiate the two- year policy planning project - Penang Green Agenda. Today’s workshop is the first consultation activity for the Penang Green Agenda, involving the public sector and Key NGOs comprising environmental leaders on the continued sustainability of Penang.

Penang State Government has a vision of making Penang a “Cleaner, Greener, Safer, Healthier, and Happier” state launched in 2010. Since then, we kicked start a series of environmental initiatives to promote resource efficiency such as free CAT BUS, No Free Plastic Bags Every day, total ban on polystyrene food containers, giving incentives to green buildings, building cycling lanes, implementing Waste Segregation at Source policy.

We have achieved the highest recycling rate in the country of 32% as compared to the national average of 10.5% and hope to increase the current recycling rate from 32% to 40% by 2020. We are the first state to oppose Nuclear power energy plants in Malaysia and will continue to do so. We had never allowed logging on permanent forest reserves, not a single square inch has been touched. Furthermore, we have planted more than 271,000 new trees in Penang since 2008.

We have built dedicated bicycle lanes in our quest to make Penang a bicycle state. We have also set up Link Bike stations where anyone can rent a bike from any of the 25 stations and return it at another station. These bikes serve as a short distance transit vehicle to reduce/replace the use of motor vehicles, helping to avoid traffic congestion and reduce environmental pollution.

People often say that the environmental sustainability is driven by the demand of a affluent and developed society. We do not want to see environmental sustainability only as a luxury of the rich. Instead, we hope to see environmental sustainability as a driver of the economic opportunities. Who will benefit most from a cleaner, greener, safer, healthier and happier Penang? After all, it is the rakyat, you and me, all of us.

Climate change is considered the most serious global challenge of humankind. Recent data provided by the meteorological department shows that the minimum temperature in Penang has increased 1.5 degree Celsius over the last 51 years (1966-2015). A few months ago, Penang Green Council has conducted a “Public Survey on Climate Change in Penang in 2016” together with USM and Water Watch Penang.

From the 1373 respondents, the results indicate that the majority (73.2%) feel that the climate of the past ten years has changed when compared to the present climate. More than 40 percent of the respondents rated environmental (45.7%), crime(43.8%), and economic issues(42.1%) as extremely important.

In terms of the Penang public’s general perception and understanding of climate change, the survey results indicate that the Penang public hold humans to be much more responsible for climate change than natural causes.

These results also revealed that the respondents’ knowledge on Carbon Footprint and Green House Gases is very limited. We hope that the Penang Transport Master Plan will eventually become a low carbon transportation plan which will also reduce carbon emission and air pollution in the state as well as resolve traffic congestion in the state.

Soon, Malaysian-based public listed companies with a market capitalisation over RM2 billion will be required to disclose their Sustainability Statement in their annual reports issued for the financial year ending on or after 31 December 2016. This means economic players can no longer neglect their responsibilities towards environmental and social sustainability.

This is the right time for us to work on the Penang Green Agenda that combines environmental protection and economic growth to achieve sustainable development. Penang should be proud of having citizens with such dedication to secure the environment for the sake of our children’s future!

Let us make Penang the first green state in Malaysia. Make our world green so that our kids will remember us for the good we have done. I seek your cooperation and commitment to stay until end of the workshop. With great pleasure, the Penang Green Agenda Project will now officially begin!

Thank you.