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Salam Sejahtera. First and foremost, I would like to welcome all of you to this simple but meaningful occasion to witness the signing of Sale & Purchase Agreement by the purchasers of Affordable Housing Scheme, Dua Residensi, Teluk Kumbar, Pulau Pinang.

This AHS project at Teluk Kumbar is a State Government initiative under the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) to develop more affordable homes for Penang, whereby 694 units of medium cost (MC) and low medium cost (LMC) affordable homes have been built over 5.889 acres at Teluk Kumbar. These public and affordable housing units are financed by the State Government's RM500 million Public and Affordable Housing Fund undertaken by PDC. The development cost for Dua Residensi is RM145 million and the project is contracted to Teh Kien Sai Sdn Bhd via open tender.

Besides providing affordable housing for the people, this scheme also alleviates squatter problem, with allocation of 30 units to the fishermen there. The breakdown of the components of the project are:-

1 Block 26-Storey Medium Cost (348 units) 
174 units (1000 sf) @ RM330,000
174 units (850 sf) @ RM250,000 
*1 Free carpark is allocated to each unit 

1 Block 25-Storey Low Medium Cost (346 units) @ RM72,500

1 Block 7-Storey Carpark

7 units shop offices (2 units 4-Storey & 5 units 3-Storey)

Presently the total number of units allocated to applicants by the State and given to PDC is 574, out of the total available units of 694 for both the LMC and MC. Facilities available are playground, hall, surau, management office, tadika, guard house, access card accessibility and centralised rubbish collection centre. These facilities will serve as a good community living and integrated neighbourhood for all, as aptly linked to the project tagline “Kehidupan Baru Penuh Kedamaian”. We hope to build the best quality affordable homes with good facilities and community infrastructure.

The State has now 14 projects in the pipeline, which we will see 26,255 units of low cost, low medium cost and affordable housing in all the five (5) districts in Penang. The projects are Bandar Cassia (Batu Kawan), SP Chelliah, Teluk Kumbar, Jelutong, Pintasan Cecil, Sandilands, Kampung Jawa, Ampang Jajar, Bukit Mertajam, Juru, Mak Mandin, Perak Road, Kampung Main Road and Ujung Batu. Works have started for 3 projects i.e. Bandar Cassia, Teluk Kumbar and Kampung Jawa.

Delivery of its first in affordable housing namely Phase 1 of Bandar Cassia, Batu Kawan whereby 520 units of affordable housing which started in July 2014 is pending issuance of Certificate of Completion and Compliance by end of this year. In this regard, I would like to congratulate Penang Development Corporation (PDC) in bringing the Affordable Housing project to fruition, for the people of Penang.

Although there were significant demand for affordable housing, the high loan rejection rates, particularly for the low and low medium is relatively high makes it almost impossible for low-income families to own their own homes. All the efforts by the Penang State Government to provide Lcs and LMCs will be wasted if Bank Negara does not direct banks to loosen existing strict guidelines.

I am pleased to inform that since 2008, the State has built 21,535 units of low and low medium cost houses (Type A & Type B) for the lower and middle income families in Penang.

As regards to construction of Affordable Housing Scheme (AHS), the number of AHS units currently built by the State/PDC are :

-520 units Bandar Cassia, Batu Kawan, which is pending CCC at the end of the year 
-Four (4) other projects under construction, namely Teluk Kumbar (694 units), Kampong Jawa (707 units), SP Chelliah (2,093 units) and Sandilands (803 units)

The Penang State Government prioritizes the supply of various types of affordable housing for the people of Penang: where the Penang State Government owns 17 projects that will supply 27,230 units of various affordable housing in the five districts of Penang, whereby the price is within RM42,000 (867 units); RM72,500 (9,283 units) and RM150,000 to RM300,000 (17,080 units).

Besides that, since the introduction of 100% Affordable Housing Guidelines for the private sector, I am pleased to say that 36,759 units have been approved for private sector development in the State of Penang. This excludes Type A and B Affordable Low Cost (Low Cost and Medium Low) built since we took over the Penang State Government of 21,535 units.

For information, the 21,535 units are 4 times the total of 5,154 units that were built in the same 7 years before we take over the administration of the Penang State Government. This clearly shows that the Pakatan Harapan Government has shown a performance achievement in terms of the provision of affordable housing, far better than the previous Barisan Nasional Government.

On this optimistic note, I now have the pleasure of officiating the signing of the Sale & Purchase Agreement by the purchasers of Dua Residensi, Teluk Kumbar.

Thank you.

Taiwan Invention’s Exhibition

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang
At Taiwan Invention’s Exhibition

2 October 2017



Ladies and gentlemen

Today marks a special milestone for Tech Dome Penang. After just over a year of operation, with so many activities and events to promote science and technology to our young, Tech Dome Penang has successfully brought in its first international exhibition to Penang – the Inventions Exhibitions from the National Science and Technology Museum, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

We wish first of all, to thank Dr CHEN Shiunn-Shyang [陈训祥] of the National Science and Technology Museum (NSTM), his dedicated staff and management team for having taken a lot of effort to bring this special exhibition here to Penang.

I understand this exhibition has travelled to Guangdong, Chongqing, Macau and now it has come to Malaysia to educate Penangites and Malaysians about the process of innovation and invention. We are very honoured and privileged that the prestigious NSTM has chosen to have this in Tech Dome.

This exhibition is very timely, as Penang under the present State Government has put a lot of effort to promote Science, Technology, English and Mathematic (STEM) and Innovation. Recently, we launched Penang STEM 4.0., which is an initiative to pull together all the STEM related agencies in Penang including the RM28 million Tech Dome. The other agencies are the Malaysia's first digital library the RM3.5 million Penang Digital Library (PDL), the Penang Skills Development Center (PSDC), the RM23 million @CAT (an incubator) and Penang Science Cluster, and RM6 million the Karpal Singh Learning Center. 

The development of STEM and an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset is especially vital for the survival of Penang especially as we are now in a digital economy. We must be actively participating in Industry 4.0 if we are to survive, covering areas from artificial intelligence, robotics, cyber-security, big data analytics, cloud computing and IoT. If data is king, then talent is everything. We need to develop STEM teaching to build up human talent so that Penang can establish itself as a Centre of Excellence for science and technology. We hope that an exhibition like this will inspire our young people and show them not just what are innovations but also how, with a bit of work, they too can participate in the innovative process and be innovators themselves.

I like to congratulate the team at Tech Dome for the many creative activities and events, including this “Inventions Exhibition”, that they have put through at a rapid pace over the year. These events and activities have delighted and inspired Penangites and Malaysians in promoting STEM.

Lastly, I like to say a very big thank you on behalf of the Penang people, to NSTM, Dr. Chen, for your kind generosity for funding the entire exercise of bringing the exhibit here to Tech Dome, to the tune of approximately RM400,000. More than the expenses that NSTM has incurred, it is the learning and the shaping of minds that the exhibits will bring. This will be invaluable to our young people.

Let’s put our hands together to the dedicated teams of NSTM and Tech Dome Penang working together with the common purpose of educating and inspiring the new generation about STEM. With this, I like to declare the “Inventions Exhibition” from the National Science and Technology Museum, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, opened.

Thank you.


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Ucapan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang 
Sempena Majlis Pelancaran Program Ke Arah Pewartaan Larangan Merokok 
Di Kawasan Bukit Bendera

1 Oktober 2017



Saudara-saudari yang saya hormati sekalian

Selamat pagi dan salam sejahtera.

Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengucapkan ribuan terima kasih kepada pihak pengurusan Perbadanan Bukit Bendera (PBBPP) kerana sudi menjemput saya bagi Majlis Pelancaran Program Pewartaan Larangan Merokok pada hari ini.

Seperti yang sedia maklum, Program Ke Arah Pewartaan Larangan Merokok di Kawasan Bukit Bendera adalah salah satu langkah inisiatif Kerajaan Negeri dalam melindungi penduduk negeri Pulau Pinang khususnya dari bahaya asap rokok bagi memastikan kualiti dan persekitaran hijau yang sentiasa bersih dan segar. Program ini juga adalah hasil kerjasama bersama Jabatan Kesihatan Negeri Pulau Pinang dalam memperluaskan skop Program Pulau Pinang Bebas Asap Rokok (PENBAR).

Bukit Bendera telah mencatatkan lebih kurang sebanyak 1.6 juta pengunjung pada tahun 2016. Manakala pada bulan Januari – Ogos tahun 2017, Bukit Bendera telah menerima bilangan pegunjung sebanyak 1,048,740 berbanding pada bulan Januari – Ogos tahun 2016, sebanyak 936,846 jumlah pengunjung telah melawat Bukit Bendera. Perkara ini menunjukkan bahawa terdapat peningkatan jumlah pegunjung pada tempoh masa yang sama ke Bukit Bendera pada tahun 2017 iaitu sebanyak 11.9% berbanding pada tahun 2016. Bukit Bendera memang menuju ke matlamat menjadi bukit peranginan pilihan umum di Malaysia.

Enam (6) taman awam dan rekreasi di sekitar Pulau Pinang telah diwartakan sebagai kawasan larangan merokok di bawah Peraturan 22, Peraturan-Peraturan Kawalan Hasil Tembakau 2004 pada 2 Oktober 2012 iaitu Empangan Air Itam, Taman Perbandaran, Taman Botani, Empangan Teluk Bahang, Taman Bandar Ampang Jajar, dan Empangan Mengkuang. Usaha murni ini diteruskan dengan memperluaskan lagi kawasan larangan merokok di bawah Program Pulau Pinang Bebas Asap Rokok (PENBAR) dengan mewartakan Tapak Warisan Dunia George Town (Georgetown World Heritage Site) sebagai kawasan larangan merokok pada 4 Julai 2015. Sehubungan dengan itu, kita juga berhasrat untuk menjadikan Bukit Bendera sebagai kawasan larangan merokok.

Pada awal tahun ini, berkuatkuasa pada 1 Februari 2017, di bawah Peraturan 11 (1), Peraturan-Peraturan Kawalan Hasil Tembakau 2004 pindaan 2017, semua Taman Awam dan Taman Negara di Malaysia telah diwartakan sebagai kawasan larangan merokok.

Disamping permohonan kawasan larangan merokok, Perbadanan Bukit Bendera juga dalam proses permohonan untuk mewartakan Bukit Bendera dan kawasan sekelilingnya sebagai Unesco Biosphere Reserve. Maka, dengan kedua-dua usaha ini akan menjadikan Bukit Bendera sebagai tempat pelancongan yang terunggul di Malaysia dan Asia.

Saya dengan sukacitanya melancarkan Program Ke Arah Pewartaan Larangan Merokok Di Kawasan Bukit Bendera.

Sekian, terima kasih.