PROGRAM CITY RIDE - 2 MAJLIS BANDARAYA PULAU PINANG PADA HARI AHAD, 03 JANUARI 2015

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TEKS UCAPAN Y.A.B. TUAN LIM GUAN ENG 

PADA PROGRAM CITY RIDE - 2

MAJLIS BANDARAYA PULAU PINANG

PADA HARI AHAD, 03 JANUARI 2015

 

Selamat Pagi dan Salam Sejahtera.

 

Saya ingin mengucapkan tahniah dan syabas kepada semua pihak yang telah bersama-sama menjayakan program ini dan merakamkan ucapan terima kasih ke atas kehadiran tuan-tuan dan puan-puan pada pagi yang indah ini.

 

Dengan berbesar hati saya ingin mengumumkan bahawa Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang dengan kerjasama G Club akan melaksanakan satu program berbasikal yang dinamakan City Ride - 2.  Program ini merupakan aktiviti tahunan yang dilaksanakan oleh Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang selepas pengiktirafan sebagai Majlis Bandaraya. City Ride - 2 adalah bersifat santai dan juga senaman, dan bukannya pertandingan berbasikal. Ia bertujuan menggalakkan pengamalan cara hidup sihat di kalangan rakyat Pulau Pinang, khususnya berkenaan senaman, pemakanan sihat dan semangat berpasukan. 

 

Sejak Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang dinaiktarafkan kepada status bandaraya pada 1.1.2015 salah satu sifat penting yang dapat membezakan bandaraya dengan perbandaran adalah lorong basikal khusus. Itulah sebabnya kerajaan negeri menetapkan cabaran untuk membina lorong basikal khusus sepanjang 33 km dari Tanjong Tokong melalui pusat bandar George Town serta menyusuri sebelah pantai timur ke pulau ke Batu Maung dan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Bayan Lepas yang berharga RM 30 juta. Ia melibatkan pembinaan sebuah jejantas basikal merentangi Lebuhraya Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu dan dua buah jambatan merentangi sungai, kos ini termasuk sumbangan pihak swasta. Sepanjang 12.5 km daripada laluan basikal ini telah disiapkan dan keseluruhan laluan sepanjang 33 km dijangka dapat disiapkan menjelang tahun 2020.  Sebaik Pulau Pinang menjadi negeri berbasikal maka ia akan dilihat sebagai bandaraya dengan sendirinya di kaca mata dunia.

 

Marilah kita menuju ke arah Pulau Pinang yang bertaraf antarabangsa dan pintar serta negeri yang bersih, hijau, sihat dan selamat.

 

Dengan ini saya merasmikan Program City Ride – 2 secara rasminya.

 

Sekian, terima kasih.

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 2.1.2016

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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 2.1.2016

The traffic congestion during the holiday session and huge traffic jam yesterday caused by a minor accident where a car overturned on the First Penang Bridge, will be a regular feature as Penang emerges as a regional and national tourist, services and manufacturing hub. If we do not want traffic congestion to be a regular feature for our children, there is a need for a paradigm shift towards a concept of “moving people instead of moving vehicles” that entails huge investment in public transportation and infrastructure. 

The Federal government realises how serious traffic congestion is in Penang, and has dangled a LRT system only on the island, with the Prime Minister himself promising 3 times to build one. However, just like his previous empty promises to abolish the Sedition Act, the Prime Minister has not kept his word to Penang. 

We will not allow the Federal government to choke Penang to death with traffic congestion. For this reason the Penang Pakatan Harapan state government has no choice but to take the initiative to do a comprehensive public transport system on our own that involves both the mainland and the island, and not just only the island.

The Penang state government understands concerns amongst some segments of the public about the scale and scope of a Transport Master Plan(TMP) that involves a huge sum of RM27 billion, because the TMP caters for the whole state of Penang and is not just island-centric. However these concerns stem for justifiable fears that the whole exercise will follow the BN approach of enriching BN cronies with hugely inflated costs that finally does not benefit public interest. 

Similar concerns were expressed about why would Penang need the RM300 million sub-terranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition(sPICE) Centre in Bayan Baru. However despite severe criticism, the decision of the state government to press on in building sPICE has been proven correct with the refurbishment carried out sold out bookings for sPICE.

The Penang state government can allay such concerns about the TMP by adopting the CAT governance of competency, accountability and transparency of conducting open competitive tenders, full disclosure of information under the Freedom of Information Act; and public hearings to gain public feedback BEFORE the state government decides whether or not to proceed. 

The people of Penang will make the final decision and if they choose to reject the RM27 billion TMP, in accordance with democratic principles the state government will humbly accept their decision. The state government has come out with the TMP and we are willing to “fail trying” than fail to try.

Questions have also been raised why we would adopt a 5-in-1 solution involving buses, taxies, LRT/monorail, water taxies/ferries and cable car. To improve connectivity, we must try to have as many links as possible between both the mainland and the island to reduce traffic bottlenecks. The ferry service has failed abysmally to perform its public duty under the Federal government and the traffic accident in the First Penang Bridge yesterday only underlines the importance of the proposed under seabed tunnel and the cable car.

To win the future, we must invest in the future. To invest in the future is not about investing in building a new underground city but investing in people, education and public transport. There is no doubt that an efficient public transport benefits the poor more than the rich. This is the rationale why the public in Penang has so far being overwhelmingly positive, even though the RM27 billion cost will have to be financed through land reclamation.

The Penang state government is not surprised at Penang BN’s new-found opposition towards land reclamation when they had issued out land reclamation contracts to their cronies when they were in power before 2008. Lembaga Kemajuan Ikan Malaysia(LKIM) is now opposing land reclamation allegedly to protect fishermen in Penang, despite supporting the tens of thousands of acres of reclamation recently approved by other BN-controlled state governments. Can LKIM explain whether there any difference between Penang fishermen and those fishermen from other states? 

Malaysians are not so gullible to believe in such double-standards and hypocrisy by BN and LKIM. The present Penang state government has even secured a higher compensation payout to fishermen for the Tanjung Pinang land reclamation project approved by the previous BN state government – the highest in Malaysian history. 

Penangites want a secure future for their children – to be able to live in a liveable city that is clean, green, safe and healthy free from crime and traffic congestion. Only a clean leadership and good governance can transform Penang into an international and intelligent city.

LIM GUAN ENG

 

槟州首席部长林冠英于201612日在乔治市光大发表文告:

槟城一逢假日期便出现塞车,更甚的是,昨天大桥发生一起小车祸,旋即引起交通大阻塞。然而,这种现象未来将会是槟城的常态,因为槟城已崛起成为区域及国内的旅游、服务及制造业重镇,如果我们不想让下一代继续面对交通阻塞的问题,势必要做典范转移,即“移动人群而非交通工具”,对公共交通及基础设施做出重大的投资。

联邦政府固然知道槟城的交通阻塞有多严重,首相亦三次允诺要在槟岛兴建轻快铁,只是,一如过去他曾表示要废除煽动法令一样,这些诺言最终都没有履行。

我们不能因为联邦政府的袖手旁观而让交通阻塞问题断了槟城的生路,职是之故,槟州希望联盟政府在别无他法之下,着手处理一套网络遍布槟岛及威省的公共交通系统,让两岸都能受惠而非仅此槟岛。

槟州政府明白,有些民众对于这个耗资270亿令吉的交通大蓝图其规模及范围会有些疑惑,毕竟此大蓝图涵盖槟威两地,而非仅仅以槟岛为中心。凡此种种忧虑及恐慌其来有自亦可谅解,因为大众担心有关计划遵循国阵的模式,最终惠及的是朋党,而非公众。

同样的疑虑,其实也反映在过去州政府坚持在峇央峇鲁兴建价值3亿令吉的国际会展中心之际。但,如今有关中心在完成后已被抢用一空,证明当初决定无误。

对于民众在大蓝图的疑虑,槟州政府在决定采用蓝图与否之前,将以能干、负责及透明的原则应对,包括采取公开竞标、在资讯自由法下让资料自由流通、举行公听会来收取民众意见,以昭公信。

槟州人民将会做出最终的裁决,如果大家最终选择拒绝此项计划,州政府将基于民主原则,谦虚地接受大家的决定。无论如何,我们推出这个选项无非希望做出改变,我们宁愿尝试后失败,也不愿什么都不做,什么都不尝试。

有人也对我们采用巴士、德士、轻快铁/单轨火车、水上德士/渡轮及空中缆车——五合一的蓝图感到疑惑。要改善公交的连接性,我们就得尝试各种不一样的方式,把槟威两地连接起来,解决交通瓶颈。在联邦政府管辖下的渡轮服务差劲,一旦发生像昨天一样的大桥车祸事件,海底隧道、空中缆车这两个选项就变得重要了。

要在未来脱颖而出,我们现在就必须敢于投资未来。要投资未来,并不是砸大钱广建大楼就足矣,而是投资在人民、教育及公共交通之上。毋庸置疑的是,一套有效率的公共交通,比起有钱人,一般穷人更能受惠。这也说明为什么当此270亿令吉大蓝图宣布时,人民的反应普遍是正面且积极的,即便我们必须要借填土来获得资金。

对于国阵在2008年前执政槟城时,曾批准朋党的各项填海计划,槟州政府并不感到诧异。现在,大马渔业发展局以保护渔民之名反对填海,却不反对国阵批准的数千英亩填海计划,实在令人纳闷。大马渔业发展局是否能解释槟州与其他各州的渔民有什么分别吗?

马来西亚人自然不会轻信于国阵及大马渔业研究发展局的虚伪及双重标准。现任槟州政府甚至给予受前朝政府批准的丹绒槟榔填海计划影响之渔民史无前例的高赔偿,创下大马的新高记录。

槟城人无不希望下一代拥有一个安全美好的未来,让子孙们可以生活在一个宜居的城市,这里干净整齐,绿意遍布,同时安全又健康,没有罪案,更没有交通大阻塞。而这个想象,只有一个廉洁及善治的政府领导,才能予以落实,使槟城成为一个真正的国际智慧城市。


林冠英

2016 New Year Message By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 31.12.2015

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2016 New Year Message By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 31.12.2015

2016 A Transformational Year For Penang

Penang is emerging as a national and regional hub for tourism, services and high-tech manufacturing. The continued investment by global companies into services and manufacturing shows the success of the state government’s emphasis on quality that focuses on high-value, high-tech and capital intensive rather than quantity that relies on labour-intensive that only results in foreign workers. Our focus continues to be on breeding innovation and entrepreneurship as catalysts for economic growth.

The influx of tourists during this holiday season is best epitomised by crowds at Penang Hill which broke the previous record of 1.36 million tourists last year and is expected to reach 1.5 million this year. Tourism in Penang may be a transformational year for 2016 with the completion of renewal projects worth hundreds of millions of ringgit on Komtar and Penang Hill. Many hotels have recorded an occupancy this year as good as last year despite the poor economic conditions and the tragic triple airline disasters involving MAS and Air Asia planes last year.

2016 holds out hope for a more promising year. However success bring its own problems with traffic congestion being the critical challenge. When the present Pakatan Harapan government won power in 2008, we identified 3 major challenges – cleanliness, crime and traffic congestion. We have succeeded against all odds in making Penang clean again and together with the police brought down the crime rate. However we need to work harder to make Penang the cleanest and safest state in Malaysia.

However traffic congestion can only be overcome if Penang is allowed to implement our RM27 billion Transport Master Plan(TMP), a five-in-one public transport solution involving LRT/monorail, ferry/water taxis, taxis, buses and cable cars. The TMP was undertaken at the Penang state government’s initiative following the failure of the BN federal government to fulfil its promises made 3 times in 8 years to build the LRT, but was never implemented. 

Penang will be heading for a transformational year that will either help to resolve our traffic congestion problems or else proves whether the Federal government acts on national or the people’s interest but instead practices the politics of vengeance. The Penang state government regrets the political vengeance by some national federal agencies against the proposed land reclamation to finance the TMP, when they had previously made no similar objections against land reclamation approved by the previous BN Penang state governments or the tens of thousands of acres of land reclamation by other BN-controlled state governments.  

Why do these federal agencies suddently express concern about affected fishermen when they have shown no such interest in the fate of fishermen when much more land reclamation was approved by the previous BN state government or other BN state governments? In fact the Penang fishermen received higher compensation under the present Penang state government compared to that offered by the BN state governments. Such hypocrisy is not only double-standards but also cruel and oppressive because it serves to deny and deprive the rakyat.

Penang will fight against those who seek to deny and deprive the poor from their fundamental economic rights to food, shelter, education and work. In seeking these fundamental economic rights, development must be sustainable and inclusive in an environment that is clean, green, safe and healthy.

LIM GUAN ENG

 

 

 

槟州首席部长林冠英于20151231日在光大乔治市发表2016年元旦献词:

2016年是槟城的转型年

槟城是国家及区域的旅游、服务及高科技制造业中心。全球各地不断有投资者前来投资服务业及制造业,证明州政府强调素质、重视高价值、高科技及密集资本行业的成功,而不是依赖劳工密集导致大量外劳引进的行业。我们的焦点将是继续孕育革新及企业精神做为经济发展的催化剂。

去年游览升旗山的人数约136万人,今年已破记录并可能上达150万人。由此可以得知这个假日涌入槟城的游客人数。随着光大及升旗山数项价值数千万令吉的提升项目陆续竣工,槟城的旅游业在2016年可能是个转型年。今年很多酒店的入住率也与去年一样火红,尽管经济不景及去年三起涉及马航及亚航的严重航空灾难。

2016年也希望是为令人鼓舞的一年。但是,无论有什么成就,交通阻塞的问题始终是一项严竣的考验。当希望联盟在2008年赢得大选时,我们列出的三大挑战:清洁、罪案和交通阻塞。我们成功地让槟城更加清洁,也与警方携手降低罪案。但是,我们还需更加努力,让槟城成为全马最清洁及最安全的州属。

但是,要解决交通阻塞问题,槟城必须能够执行270亿令吉交通大蓝图,这是一个五合一的公共交通方案,涵盖轻快铁或轻轨、渡轮或水上德士、巴士及缆车。交通大蓝图是槟城政府的主动措施,国阵联邦政府违背自己在八年内许下的三次承诺,从来没有兴建轻快铁。

槟城也将朝向一个转型年,我们或者能解决交通阻塞问题,或者证明联邦政府是为国家或人民利益着想还是进行政治报复。槟州政府对于一个联邦机构对槟州政府填海融资推行交通大蓝图采取政治报复手段感到遗憾,他们不反对之前槟州国阵政府批准的填海地段,也不反对其它国阵州属数万英亩的填海计划。

为什么这些联邦机构突然那么关心受影响的渔民,在前朝国阵政府或其它国阵州属批准更多填海地段时,他们并没有关心这些渔民的命运。事实上,槟州渔民获得的赔偿比前朝政府给的更多。这些联邦机构假惺惺不只双重标准,也很残忍及压迫,因为它否认及剥夺人民的权利。

槟城会继续反对那些否认及剥夺穷人衣、食、住、行基本经济权利的人。在追求这些基本经济权利的同时,发展必须是可持续及包含净、绿、安、康的环境。

林冠英