THE PENANG STATE GOVERNMENT AFFORDABLE HOUSING EXPO 2018

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang  

At The Penang State Government Affordable Housing EXPO 2018

on 31st March 2018 (Saturday)

Sunway Carnival Mall, Seberang Jaya

 

I am very proud to be here today to deliver this keynote address at the Penang State Government Affordable Housing EXPO 2018. 

The Penang State Housing Department should be commended for having such an Affordable Housing EXPO, which initially began as "Mission Home-Possible" Roadshows commencing in 2014. Since then, a total sum of 12 Mission Home-Possible Roadshows and EXPOs have been conducted. This is the first EXPO for the year 2018.  

As you are aware, the Penang State Government, in the delivery of affordable housing to Penangites, has in the pipeline some 18 projects which will  see some 27,306 units of various types of affordable housing ranging from RM42,000 to RM300,000 being delivered to Penangites. 

Under this administration, a total sum of 25,555 units of Low Cost, Low Medium Cost and Affordable Housing (Maximum RM300,000) has been delivered from 2008 till now. Additionally, 49,806 units of such affordable housing have been approved to be built of which 19,828 units have started construction.

In fact, it should be the previous Minister of Housing, Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan that should be reprimanded for allowing an increase of the price of Low and Low Medium Cost housing from RM42,000 and RM72,500 to RM60,000 and RM100,000 respectively. I challenge the Federal Government to review their stand especially having regard to the fact that applications for housing loans by applicants of Low and Low Medium Cost priced even at the current RM42,000 and RM72,500, are suffering high loan rejection rates. 

This is a fact which cannot be denied even by the BN-led Federal Government. This is because where Penang is concerned, the BN Opposition had agreed with the Penang Pakatan State Government to issue a Joint Motion dated 22 February 2017 to the Prime Minister and Bank Negara Malaysia to address the said high loan rejection rate issue. Unfortunately, to date there has been no progress on the said joint motion as not a single meeting has been convened to discuss this. This clearly shows the insincerity of the BN-led Federal Government in addressing this issue. 

In any event, where Penang is concerned, we will continue to ensure various affordable housing ranging from RM42,000 to RM300,000 are made available to Penangites. The 18 projects will deliver 27,306 units of various types of affordable housing.

This is totally unlike the Federal Government which has completely failed Penang where under the 1 Malaysia People's Housing Programme (PR1MA), to date not even one unit of PR1MA has been built. On the other hand, the Penang State Government affordable housing project in Batu Kawan had obtained its Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC) on 22 February 2018. 

This Penang State Government is certainly on track in the provision of adequate affordable housing for Penangites. We will succeed where BN has failed provided that Bank Negara relaxes lending guidelines to allow applicants to get financing. It is ridiculous that Bank Negara restricts lending to the poor to buy RM42,000 low-cost houses but can allow bank to freely lend billions of Ringgit to 1MDB to Jho Low. If Bank Negara stubbornly refuses to relax lending for the poor, then when we change the Government in 60 days, we will change such unreasonable rules against the poor and the first-time house buyers.

With these words, I wish to congratulate the entire Penang State Housing Department on their successful organization of this Penang State Government Affordable Housing EXPO 2018. 

Syabas and all the best!

MAJLIS PELANCARAN LAMAN WEB HACKFEST MPSP 2018

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TEKS UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG

SEMPENA MAJLIS PELANCARAN LAMAN WEB HACKFEST MPSP 2018
 

31 MAC 2018AUDITORIUM MPSP

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Selamat pagi dan salam sejahtera.

Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengucapkan ribuan terima kasih kepada Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP) kerana sudi menjemput saya hadir pada pagi ini. Saya juga mengambil kesempatan ini untuk mengucapkan syabas dan tahniah kepada YDP MPSP kerana mengambil inisiatif dalam perancangan dan penganjuran program hackfest yang pertama yang dibuat oleh PBT di seluruh Malaysia.

Adalah menjadi hasrat Kerajaan Negeri untuk memajukan Pulau Pinang sebagai Negeri Pintar Bertaraf Antarabangsa. Kita sekarang menuju ke arah Industri 4.0, di mana kepakaran dalam teknologi digital sangat diperlukan.

Hadirin yang saya hormati sekalian,

Pada masa ini, sumbangan Ekonomi Digital kepada KDNK adalah sebanyak 17.8%. Adalah menjadi hasrat kita untuk  meningkatkannya kepada 20% menjelang tahun 2020. Menurut Laporan Komuniti Global Neilsen Global 2014, terdapat lebih daripada 18 juta akaun berdaftar di laman rangkaian sosial utama, yang mencerminkan kesediaan penduduk untuk menyertai ekonomi perkongsian dan menandakan potensi pertumbuhan yang tinggi dalam sektor ini.

Sehubungan itu, di Silicon Valley, ‘Data is King'. Tetapi untuk Kerajaan Negeri pula 'Talent is Everything’.  Kita harus melahirkan modal insan yang dapat mencetuskan inovasi dan kreativiti berdasarkan teknologi baru supaya dapat memeluk Revolusi Industri 4.0. Seperti mana yang semua sedia maklum, Industri 4.0 merangkumi Analisa Data Besar (Big Data Analytics), Bidang Pengkomputeran Awan (Cloud Computing), Kecerdasan Buatan (Artificial Intelligence (AI)) , Robotik (Robotics), Internet of Things (IoT) dan E-Commerce dan fintech. 

Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang merancang untuk menggunakan Artificial Intelligence (AI) sebagai cara untuk membanteras penyebaran masalah demam denggi di negeri ini. Definasi secara mudah bagi Artificial Intelligence (AI) ini adalah, satu teknologi sains yang menggunakan komputer bagi menggantikan keupayaan intelektual manusia dalam melakukan sesuatu kerja. Komputer tersebut akan mengumpul dan menganalisis data dengan tepat. Sistem tersebut akan mengkaji dan meneliti data-data bagi mengenalpasti corak (pattern) dan membuat ramalan sesuatu data tersebut. 

Program yang dikenali sebagai CAT (Crush Aedes Totally) ini menelan perbelanjaan RM423,333.33 setahun dan ditanggung sepenuhnya oleh Kerajaan Negeri. Sekiranya program ini berjaya, Pulau Pinang akan mendahului sekali lagi. Penang leads again! Teknologi AI ini akan mengawal aktiviti kawalan nyamuk aedes di peringkat awal sebelum ianya berlaku. Teknologi ini mampu menjangka kedatangan wabak denggi di mana-mana lokasi  sebelum ianya benar-benar berlaku. Ini bermaksud sekiranya  terdapat  wabak denggi di sesuatu kawasan, aktiviti seperti fogging dan sebagainya akan dilakukan terlebih dahulu oleh pihak berwajib.

Program ini membolehkan orang awam memberi pandangan atau idea yang kreatif bagi membantu MPSP memperbaiki mutu penyampaian perkhidmatan dengan  “Cyber Counter". 

Saya dimaklumkan juga bahawa bagi yang berjaya terutama yang mendapat hadiah utama, MPSP berminat untuk menjalinkan kerjasama untuk membangunkan konsep dan prototype yang telah diusahakan di dalam program ini. Hal ini menunjukkan bahawa MPSP jelas mendokong dasar inklusif seperti yang dijanjikan kepada penduduk Seberang Perai dalam memberikan perkhidmatan yang terbaik dan tidak meminggirkan mana-mana pihak dalam membuat sesuatu perubahan.

Saya berharap program Hackfest MPSP 2018 akan menjadi permulaan yang positif dengan kerjasama yang sihat dan menjadi contoh kepada perkhidmatan awam dalam pembangunan penyelesaian kepada masalah yang dihadapi oleh perkhidmatan awam bagi menyediakan perkhidmatan yang berkualiti kepada rakyat.

Dengan ini, saya dengan sukacita dan berbesar hati melancarkan Laman Web Hackfest MPSP.

Sekian, terima kasih.

CITILINK INDONESIA’S INAUGURAL FLIGHT FROM JAKARTA TO PENANG

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penan

At Citilink Indonesia’s Inaugural Flight from Jakarta to Penang

25 March 2018, 1.15pm @ Penang International Airport

 

 

Good afternoon.

It’s my honour and great pleasure to extend a very warm welcome to all of you to Penang.

This is indeed a momentous occasion because today, 25th March 2018, marks the start of the inaugural flight from Jakarta to Penang by Citilink Indonesia.

Penang with its strategic location within ASEAN is immensely proud to be chosen by this 4-star Low Cost Carrier airline for its second international route after Dili (Timor Leste). The 66 flight routes with 268 frequency flights per day to 33 cities in Indonesia and region through the use of 50 units of Airbus A320 enabled Citilink Indonesia to be awarded 4 stars by Skytrax.

Penang is a world-class travel destination, one that is known far and wide for offering what is unique for a modern international island city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lush greenery from its age-old rainforests, beautiful hill station, shopping galore and of course, fabulous food. This Northern Malaysian state, furthermore, is also making significant inroads and gaining recognition as a preferred Business Events destination.

Hotel occupancy has gone up and our Penang International Airport is the third busiest airport in Malaysia. The services and tourism sector is growing in importance and we have developed and revived world-class attractions such as restoration of heritage buildings in George Town, theme parks, green parks, shopping malls and South-East Asia’s first underground convention centre, Subterranean Penang International Convention & Exhibition (SPICE) Centre. 

Penang is noted not only for our internationally renowned heritage enclave of George Town, but also for celebrating diversity and harmony with the famous annual George Town Festival. There are also beautiful natural attractions, only a 15-minute drive from the hills or the beaches, to world-class tourist sites such as Penang Hill, Gurney Drive tourist belt, the sandy beaches of Batu Ferringhi, complete with theme parks and an outstanding butterfly farm in what's now called Entopia, as well as our science tech buildings and the first & only Penang Digital Library (the library without any books) with a strong emphasis on STEM education.

Of course, who can forget our food, mouth-watering to say the least – and widely acknowledged as the best street food in the world! For those of you who love durians, Penang also has the best durian in the world and they are available at very attractive prices with real value for money.

But best of all, is the people of Penang, who welcome visitors with warmth and generosity. After all, Penang has been a cosmopolitan and international city for over 200 years, which began when the British first took over in 1786.

Small wonder we have received a string of international accolades from the New York Times, Lonely Planet and CNN, having the best food, best place to retire, best for discerning and budget travellers. Even Yahoo Travel listed us as among the 8 top islands in the world you must explore before you breathe your last. Indeed since everyone's been here and done all that Penang has to offer, we can all die happy & with no regrets!

Passenger traffic (departure and arrival) at the Penang International Airport (PIA) hit an all time high at 7.2 million passengers last year, an increase of 8% comparing to just 6.6 million passengers in 2016. This has exceeded the airport’s maximum capacity of 6.5 million, the number projected to reach in year 2020. Plans have been approved to expand our airport from 6.5 million passengers to 12 million passengers.

The Penang State Tourism Bureau together with state agency, Penang International Halal Hub or PIHH, have been undertaking various efforts to promote Penang as a premier modern Muslim hub. A complete travel guide called "Experience Penang - A Muslim Travel Guide'’ is available to aid their discerning needs and interests when on leisure or business trips to Penang. The travel guide can also be downloaded via the PIHH website or phone apps for fast and efficient access of information. 

I wish to take this opportunity to thank Citilink Indonesia once again for including Penang in its great web of flight destinations. 

We most certainly look forward to a profitable and productive relationship with Citilink Indonesia. 

Thank you everyone and enjoy a great evening!