MAJLIS PELANCARAN BAGI CADANGAN MEMBAIKPULIH 6 UNIT BANGUNAN WARISAN MILIKAN MAJLIS BANDARAYA PULAU PINANG BERALAMAT NO.94, 96, 98, 100, 102 DAN 102A LEBUH KIMBERLY

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UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG

SEMPENA MAJLIS PELANCARAN BAGI CADANGAN MEMBAIKPULIH

6 UNIT BANGUNAN WARISAN MILIKAN MAJLIS BANDARAYA PULAU PINANG BERALAMAT NO.94, 96, 98, 100, 102 DAN 102A LEBUH KIMBERLY

PADA 04.05.2017 (KHAMIS), JAM 9.30 PAGI
LEBUH KIMBERLY, PULAU PINANG

 

 

Selamat pagi dan Salam Bersih kepada tuan-tuan, puan-puan, dan pihak media.

Saya amat berbesar hati kerana berpeluang menyaksikan detik bersejarah di Majlis Pelancaran bagi Cadangan Membaikpulih 6 unit Bangunan Warisan Milikan Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP) beralamat No. 94, 96, 98, 100, 102 dan 102A Lebuh Kimberly pada pagi ini.

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan, sila beri perhatian kepada ruangan dan gaya senibina terunggul yang terdapat pada bangunan warisan yang kita duduki sekarang. Bangunan warisan ini merupakan bangunan warisan Kategori 2 yang terletak di dalam Zon Penampan Tapak Warisan Dunia George Town dengan gaya senibina Eklektik ‘Cina Selatan’ (Southern Chinese Eclectic Style).

Penilaian struktur yang dijalankan oleh MBPP pada tahun 2007 mendapati bahawa keadaan struktur kesemua bangunan adalah dalam keadaan yang usang dan mengalami kerosakan yang agak ketara. Di antaranya, dinding pemisah (party wall) telah mengalami keretakan teruk (major cracks), struktur lantai kayu dan lantai papan di bahagian atas bangunan telah reput.

Dengan pelancaran projek baikpulih ini, kita akan menyaksikan makeover yang baru untuk bangunan berusia lebih 100 tahun ini dalam masa 14 bulan darisekarang apabila kerja-kerja membaikpulih ini berjaya disempurna seperti yang dijadualkan.

Selepas kerja-kerja menaiktaraf ke-enam unit bangunan ini, ia akan diubahsuai kepada 8 ruangan yang baharu di mana bangunan beralamat 94, 96, 102 dan 102A, Lebuh Kimberley akan dibahagikan kepada 6 ruangan yang mempunyai akses, dapur dan tandas individu. Ruangan yang berasingan ini akan membolehkan penghuni memiliki ruangan yang diperlukan dengan sewa yang lebih mampan. Kita juga akan membaikpulih bangunan beralamat 98 dan 100 sebagai rumah kedai yang bakal didiami oleh dua penghuni yang berasingan.

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan,

Semasa dalam tempoh kerja-kerja membaikpulih ini, pihak MBPP akan bekerjasama dengan Geroge Town World Heritage Incorporated untuk mengadakan kursus/bengkel kepada perunding arkitek, kontraktor dan pemilik bangunan. Dengan ini, semua kerja-kerja membaikpulih yang terlibat dalam projek ini akan direkodkan melalui video dan foto untuk dijadikan sebagai sumber rujukan untuk pendidikan.

Selain itu, untuk merealisasikan komitmen Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang ke arah Hijau, projek ini juga telah bekerjasama dengan Green Building Index Sdn. Bhd. untuk mewujudkan GBI Tools yang baru khusus untuk bangunan warisan, iaitu GBI Heritage Tools.

Untuk maklumam tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekalian, Pasar Chowrasta yang baru-baru ini dibaikpulih merupakan satu-satunya bangunan warisan dalam Tapak Warisan Dunia George Town yang memiliki Sijil GBI. MBPP sedang berusaha untuk mencapai tahap GBI yang paling tinggi melalui projek ini demi menjadi teladan dan pengalaman yang baru untuk kerja-kerja konservasi bangunan warisan di George Town.

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan,

Jawatankuasa Projek Kimberley Street ini telah ditubuhkan bagi mengurus dan meneliti pelaksanaan projek ini agar berjalan dengan lebih teratur, terperinci dan menepati keperluan projek dan bersedia mendengar pandangan dan maklum balas daripada pihak awam dan komuniti setempat.

Untuk makluman, projek ini telah diserahkan kepada Syarikat Kejuruteraan Asas Teguh Sejagat sebagai kontraktor utama projek ini pada 16 Februari 2017 melalui proses tender terbuka. Kerja-kerja naiktaraf yang melibatkan kos sebanyak RM2,993,840.50 (tidak termasuk GST) dijangka siap pada 15 Jun 2018.

Saya juga telah dimaklumkan bahawa pihak George Town World Heritage Incorporated dalam proses merancang program-program dan insentif yang bakal disediakan untuk penghuni-penghuni baru selepas kerja-kerja membaikpulih bangunan-bangunan secara fizikal ini disempurnakan. Penghuni baru akan diberikan ruangan yang bersesuaian dengan keperluan pekerjaan masing-masing, malah mereka juga akan diberikan bantuan teknikal dari segi usahawan inovasi, kreativiti dan pengurusan pasaran yang penting dalam memastikan aktiviti warisan tradisi ini boleh bersaing dalam pasaran tempatan malah di peringkat antarabangsa. Kadar sewa dan penghuni yang dipilih akan ditetapkan kemudian.

Dengan ini, saya dengan berbesar hati merasmikan majlis pelancaran bagi Cadangan Membaikpulih 6 unit Bangunan Warisan Milikan MBPP di Lebuh Kimberly ini.

Sekian, terima kasih.

QNET V-Malaysia Convention 2017

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Speech byChief Minister of Penang
QNET V-Malaysia Convention 2017
Subterranean Penang International Convention & Exhibition Center
3 May 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen

Welcome everyone to the island of Penang! I am honoured to have been accorded this opportunity once again to speak to this energetic audience, especially all our Guests from abroad. I must thank QNET for inviting me to this extraordinary Convention which every year does uplifts Penang and undoubtedly QNet itself!

The last time I was here two years ago, I still remember how the Convention kick-start with a flurry of artistic performances, a Malaysian cultural dance, an acoustic fusion of Malaysian and Irish music, a fantastic Chinese Dragon Dance, and the dynamic drums. It was a great start to the event itself, and as we believe, an auspicious one too!

QNet has a remarkable business and track record, and that over the years its grown from strength to strength in the ecommerce sector, with innovative and progressive ideas. I am very happy to note there that QNET has brought successful entrepreneurs to Malaysia, particularly to Penang for the fourth consecutive year.

Once again, we have a sold-out conference. Every seat has been taken and in fact was overbooked at this SPICE Arena. This should definitely go into the Malaysia Book of Records.

Today, we are a world-renowned tourist destination and acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Heritage City. But your presence here has made Penang known and certified that Penang is indeed an international city. You have chosen the right location. Even CNN had ranked Penang as the No. 2 of the 17 of the best places to visit in the world for 2017. And for this faith and confidence in the state of Penang, I would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Dato’ Sri Vijay Eswaran and his wonderful team at QI Group.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am glad to acknowledge Dato’ Sri Vijay Eswaran, the Executive Chairman of the QI Group, as another Penang entrepreneur who in turn has helped create many successful entrepreneurs in this country and around the world. Dato’ Sri Vijay is indeed a man of vision, and his faith in hard work, knowledge and determination continues to inspire global citizens around the world to pursue greater success and he has chosen the Conference's theme – Limitless.

Finally, I would like to wish all of you a very successful V-Malaysia 2017 in Penang. Please take some time off from your schedules to enjoy this beautiful island which has plenty to offer especially its delicious food and the different cultural experience.

Thank you, Terima Kasih, Sastrikal, Shukran, Nandri.

German Energiewende Exhibition

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang
German Energiewende Exhibition

on 2nd May 2017

 

Going Green the German Way

Do you believe that industrial progress and sustainable green environment is an impossibility, a mismatch? The German Energy Transition Energiewende has already shown the world that going green sustains and supports the economic growth of one of the biggest industrial nations in the world.

Since its debut in Beijing in April 2016, this ambitious and forward-looking governmental project has been making its rounds around the world as a travelling exhibition and is finally hitting South East Asian shores for the first time with a grand unveiling here in Penang in this wonderful exhibition area until 7th May.

About the German Energiewende exhibition:

The German Energiewende exhibition illustrates clearly and in depth, the German government’s pursuit of a focused and ambitious road map which will see the country derive at least 80% of electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2050. Already, remarkable strides have been made on this front with about 32% of electricity and more than 13% of heating and cooling derived from renewable energy sources. This rigorous shift of the German energy system will rely on three pillars, namely an enhanced usage of renewable energy, improved energy efficiency and the phasing out of nuclear energy. The exhibition will also cover new technological developments such as ‘Smart Grids’. The German Energiewende is the German pathway into a sustainable future that is environmentally friendly, reliable and economically profitable.

Safe and secure ultra-long-term storage of nuclear waste is still unresolved. Many developed countries such as Germany have gradually opted out nuclear power plants. Government's investment on energy efficiency and renewable energy is becoming more appealing and affordable than nuclear power plants alongside policies introduced by their governments. Germany's nuclear energy usage has been reduced to 6.9% in 2016 from 10.9% in 2010 and the last nuclear power plant will be shut down by 2023.

Penang is the first state in Malaysia to oppose Nuclear power energy plants in Malaysia and we will continue to do so. Since 2010, the Federal government has proposed building not one but two two mega nuclear power plants in Malaysia. How can nuclear energy be safely used in Malaysia with our poor safety record when even advanced scientific countries like Japan and Germany are reducing their reliance on nuclear energy?

It is unacceptable that the Government continues to keep the rakyat in the dark over its plan to build nuclear power plants. Given the latest development, we are deeply concerned that the Government is pushing ahead to adopt this highly-controversial energy source as it continues to pay lip service to stakeholders' consultation.

The State Government also has a vision to make Penang a “Cleaner, Greener, Safer, Healthier, and Happier” state. Since 2010, we have 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 GBI certified buildings, building cycling lanes and introduce Link Bike sharing system, implementing Waste Segregation at Source policy. The state government also wants all the state government offices to be certified as Penang Green Office by Penang Green Council (PGC) and complete their carbon reporting by 2020. The local governments are also gradually replacing street lights with LED lightings.

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 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.

I am very satisfied that Germany is bringing this informative exhibition to Penang, as part of the celebrations of 60 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Malaysia in 2017.