The Penang State Christmas Open House

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang
During The Penang State Christmas Open House
on 3rd December 2017 (@ 7.30pm)
at Fort Cornwallis

WELCOME.

On behalf of the Penang State Government, we would like to warmly welcome every one of you to our Penang State Christmas Open House 2017, with the theme Grace and Truth Among Us.

As many of you know, this is an annual event jointly organised by the Penang State Government and Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) Penang. I wish everyone here a very Blessed and Joyous Christmas.

This is one reason why Christians celebrate Christmas. We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the personification of Truth that has come into the world.

Together with Truth, we need Grace. For too long, people all over the world try to proclaim what they believe to be truth and stamp it upon others through violence and war. Jesus the Son of God came with both Truth and Grace. He was gentle, humble, healing, compassionate, and He came for everyone.

In our own country Malaysia, we need voices that will proclaim healing among communities, compassionate to the poor and needy, love for all and hatred towards none. We want to build bridges across communities and be friends for one another. This is the message the Christians have to share with our country and our Penang State.

In the recent rainstorm on 4-5 Nov 2015, the worst in Penang's history, we are touched by the spirit of humanity and harmony amongst races of different religious where non-Muslims & Muslims opened their doors and their hearts to each other. We witnessed suraus giving shelters to non-Muslims in Free School Flats on the island and the Bukit Mertajam Nine-Emperor God Chinese Temple giving shelter to Muslims, displaying the true Malaysian spirit that proves why George Town is an UNESCO World Heritage city.

We would like to thank the Organizing Committee, pastors, leaders and members of various churches represented here, as well as YB Wong Hon Wai and his staff, and all those who have worked tirelessly to make this event a success. Apart form the State Government sponsoring RM93,000, we wish to thank the Management of Fort Cornwallis for the use of this place for tonight's celebration.

We especially commend the churches that have prepared for many weeks to present the items that reflect the spirit of Christmas tonight.

You may notice that this year the churches in Penang are not giving out gifts to various charities as they had done in the past. They have made a deliberate decision to channel their available funds to help in the flood relief, to the families affected by the flood last month --the cleaning up of houses and their neighbourhoods, buying of food and clothing, furniture and other household necessities.

The State Government has launched a ”Penang Bounce Back” programme of RM105 million which serves to rehabilitate and rebuild the lives of the people who were affected by the worst rainstorm and floods in the history of the state. The three main challenges faced by the state following the disaster: cleaning work, repairs of damaged properties, and replacements of what can’t be repaired.

Under the ‘Penang Bounce Back’ programme, the state government will be spending RM50 million as compensation money (in the form of) one-off RM500 to each household that was affected by the floods.

The State Government also announce that the total donation collected would be totally transferred to the flood victims with an additional RM200 for each victim. This will incur an extra RM20 million. In the event the collection of donation does not reach RM20 million, the State Government will top-up the balance (to reach that figure). This effectively brings the one-off compensation money to RM700 per application.

Furthermore, as the cleaning works for most households will involve a lot of water, the Penang Water Supply Corporation has agreed that for the next water bill cycle of two months, all Water Conservation Surcharge will be exempted. All domestic consumers in Penang will also get a 50 per cent discount on their water bill while commercial consumers will get 25 per cent discount. For this purpose, PBAPP will spend RM15 million.

Thirdly, the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) will be giving a 10% discount on assessment fees for all properties. This will cost the state government RM40 million. At the same time, all lost or damaged documents such as land titles would be replaced without any charges.

All these measures which come under the ‘Penang Bounce Back’ programme will cost around RM105 million.

For non-muslim places of worship affected by flood, a maximum of RM50,000 will be available for repair works. The State Government has given RM30 million finding for RIBI since 2008. This does not include land given.

We give thanks to our Almighty God for the way the Penang people have come together, work with one another to help those in need. This is GRACE.

HAVE A VERY BLESSED CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!
AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR FILLED WITH 
HOPE AND PEACE, GRACE AND TRUTH!

MAJLIS PERASMIAN PESTA PULAU PINANG 2017

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TEKS UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI
SEMPENA MAJLIS PERASMIAN PESTA PULAU PINANG 2017

28 NOVEMBER 2017 
TAPAK PESTA, SUNGAI NIBONG

 

Selamat Malam dan Salam Sejahtera

1. Syabas kepada Jawatankuasa Pengurusan Pesta Pulau Pinang 2017 yang telah berjaya menganjurkan Pesta Pulau Pinang 2017 bagi kali yang ke-51.

Hadirin yang dihormati sekalian,

2. Sekali lagi Pesta Pulau Pinang bersama kita. Pesta Pulau Pinang sememangnya merupakan satu 'event' yang sentiasa dinanti-nantikan bukan sahaja oleh warga Pulau Pinang tetapi juga mereka yang berada di sekitar Wilayah Utara Semenanjung. Pesta Pulau Pinang 2017 dijadual berlangsung selama 37 hari, mulai 25 November sehingga 31 Disember 2017 seiring dengan tagline ”Jom Pi Pesta”.

3. Saya difahamkan pada tahun ini, seramai 154 orang usahawan telah mengambil bahagian untuk menjual pelbagai barangan seperti barangan elektronik, produk kesihatan, pakej pelancongan, hiasan dalaman, produk berasaskan kayu, tekstil dan pakaian, produk kraftangan serta permaidani. Di samping itu, 8 usahawan yang menjual makanan dalam konsep Foodtruck turut menanti kehadiran pengunjung di Tapak Pesta. Seiring dengan prinsip CAT Kerajaan Negeri iaitu Cekap, Akauntabiliti dan Telus, Jawatankuasa Pengurusan Pesta Pulau Pinang 2017 telah menawarkan lot-lot perniagaan melalui kaedah cabutan undi dan sebut harga terbuka.

4. Untuk makluman para hadirin sekalian juga, sebanyak 74 program telah diaturkan sepanjang Pesta Pulau Pinang 2017 berlangsung yang mengambil kira program bercorak kekeluargaan, kesukanan dan riadah. Pengunjung akan disajikan dengan pertunjukan hiburan pentas, program bercorak kesukanan seperti Pertandingan Silat Antarabangsa, Pesta Tinju Antarabangsa dan Pesta Muay Thai Challenger 2017 termasuk persembahan kucing di bawah penganjuran Jabatan Veterinar Negeri Pulau Pinang dan pertunjukan akrobatik.

5. Bagi pertandingan yang berkonsepkan hiburan pula, Pesta Pulau Pinang bagi tahun ini masih meneruskan beberapa pertandingan bertujuan untuk mencungkil bakat-bakat baru, muzik dan lagu.

6. Pihak urusetia telah menempatkan ruang atau sudut swafoto (selfie) untuk pengunjung mengabdikan foto mereka yang berkunjung ke Pesta Pulau Pinang 2017 antaranya Halaman I Love Penang di ruang pintu masuk utama Pesta Pulau Pinang.

7. Pada tahun ini juga, pencahayaan Pesta Pulau Pinang 2017 juga telah ditambahbaik dengan menaiktaraf pencahayaan yang akan menyerikan lagi Tapak Pesta kali ini.

8. Seperti pada tahun-tahun lepas, Jawatankuasa Pesta Pulau Pinang turut menjemput penyertaan daripada Pavilion Thailand, Pavilion Sumatera Barat, Pavilion Sumatera Utara dan Aceh selain daripada pelbagai agensi kerajaan yang mengadakan pameran berkaitan aktiviti dan perkhidmatan yang ditawarkan dalam Pesta ini. Agensi-agensi yang terlibat selain daripada jabatan-jabatan Kerajaan Negeri ialah Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM), Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP), Perbadanan Pembangunan Pulau Pinang (PDC) dan Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya (SPR) yang mempamerkan pelbagai maklumat dan perkhidmatan yang ditawarkan untuk kemudahan pengunjung. Di samping itu, Bank Rakyat juga turut serta dalam menyediakan kaunter khidmat pelanggan dan mesin ATM.

Hadirin yang dihormati sekalian,

9. Sambutan popular daripada orang ramai ke Pesta Pulau Pinang juga akan menjanakan banyak peluang perniagaan dan pekerjaan. Itulah sebabnya Kerajaan Negeri bersedia untuk membelanjakan sebanyak RM2.4 juta untuk menganjurkan program ini.

10. Sukalah saya mengucapkan penghargaan kepada pihak Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM), Jabatan Pertahanan Awam (JPAM), Unit Skuad Khas Pesta Pulau Pinang dan mereka yang telah bekerjasama bagi menjayakan Pesta Pulau Pinang pada tahun ini.

11. Selamat beriadah bersama keluarga di Pesta Pulau Pinang. JOM Pi Pesta

Sekian, terima kasih.

PENANG BRIDGE INTERNATIONAL MARATHON PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
PENANG BRIDGE INTERNATIONAL MARATHON PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY

ON 26TH NOVERMBER 2017

First of all I would like to congratulate the Penang Bridge International Marathon Committee for another successful event. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone here today especially the wonderful runners, sponsors and volunteers who have been participating in the Penang Bridge International Marathon annually.

The Penang Bridge International Marathon is a unique run that brings thousands of people to Penang to enjoy the beautiful view from the iconic Penang Bridge. This year we are delighted to welcome 35,000 runners from 65 countries to Penang.

Named as the “Largest Bridge Marathon” for 4 consecutive years, the Penang Bridge International Marathon has placed Penang as one of the leading destinations for Sports Tourism in the region. We are Number 1 in investments in Malaysia, we also want to be Number 1 in marathon in Malaysia! Aside for the annual run, Penang is also home to a variety of sports events such as the “I Love Penang Run” which has recently entered the Malaysian Book of Records. In addition to that, Penang will also host the renowned Asia Pacific Masters Games in 2018.

Long distance running is not merely a sport but also a test of patience and perseverance. The Penang Bridge International Marathon has long served as a platform for both professional athletes and amateur runners to personally challenge themselves physically and mentally to endure our challenging route and tropical weather.

The Penang State Government have always been an aggressive advocate for healthy living. I believe Penang Bridge International Marathon reflects the spirit of our state motto “Safer, Cleaner, Greener and Healthier Penang.”

I hope all the runners today had an enjoyable time and hope to see you again at Penang Bridge International Marathon 2018!