Opening of Pantai Hospital Penang's Cardiac Rehabilation Ward

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Speech By Y.A.B Lim Guan En g, Chief Minister of Penang at Opening of Pantai Hospital Penang's Cardiac Rehabilation Ward.

Good Morning and Salam Sejahtera,

It is my great pleasure to be here today to officiate the opening of Pantai Hospital Penang’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Ward. This is the latest addition to Pantai Hospital Penang’s existing Cardiac Care Services; and hence will be an added benefit to the growing population of south west region of Bayan Lepas.

I am delighted that the Hospital has responded to the state’s call to develop Penang as a preferred healthcare and travel destination, especially being the only private Hospital in Bayan Lepas area, with continuous improvement and enhancement to its services & facilities to serve the people better.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Ward is equipped with a comprehensive monitoring system for better patient monitoring and patient management. With the team of top cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiac nurses and technicians who are committed to uphold Pantai's Hospital slogan of ‘Prompt Treatment Saves Lives’, as well as the addition of the latest medical technology. I am sure Pantai Hospital Penang will provide international and world-class cardiac care services to the Penangites.

Ladies & Gentlemen,

Statistics from Ministry of Health Malaysia revealed that Malaysia's medical tourism revenue recorded RM690 million in 2013. In 2012, the revenue was 594 million; with an increase of about 16 percent from the year before. Penang contributes to two thirds of medical tourism revenue in the country. The state recorded RM295 million in 2013. In 2012, the revenue was RM265 million, an increase of about 11 percent from the year before.

In 2013, Malaysia received 770,134 number of patients from around the globe while in 2012, the nation received 671,727 number of patients. Meanwhile in Penang the number of healthcare travellers increased to 351,673 in 2013 from the 297,850 number of patients in 2012. The State Government aspires to be a medical city in the region, encouraging all the hospitals to develop itself to the highest standard of healthcare. We can only achieve that by constantly innovating our line of services, upgrading and improving our existing services to compete at the international level.

Healthcare services cost in Malaysia are relatively lower compared to the United States, Europe, Australia & Hong Kong. Pantai Hospital Penang has proven itself to be constantly innovating its services and upgrading itself to be among the best in providing healthcare. In 2014, Pantai Hospital Penang launched its Stroke Centre which is the only stroke centre in the northern region of Malaysia. This new Cardiac Rehabilitation Ward will complement the Stroke Centre services for a complete comprehensive specialist care.

Here, I would like to congratulate Pantai Hospital Penang for the launching of its Cardiac Rehabilitation Ward to serve the community better.

SEMPENA MAJLIS MAKAN AMAL PEMBUKAAN THE LIGHT GRAND BALLROOM

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TEKS UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG
SEMPENA MAJLIS MAKAN AMAL PEMBUKAAN THE LIGHT GRAND BALLROOM
23 JANUARI 2015

Salam sejahtera

Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengucapkan syabas dan tahniah kepada The Light Hotel Sdn. Bhd. atas kejayaan membina sebuah hotel setaraf 5 bintang. Saya percaya lokasi The Light Hotel yang terletak di Seberang Jaya ini amat strategik berikutan permintaan yang tinggi untuk sama ada untuk penginapan mahupun penganjuran seminar dan mesyuarat di Seberang Perai.

Pembukaan The Light Hotel di Seberang Perai ini sedikit sebanyak membantu usaha Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang dalam merealisasikan hasrat menjadi negeri yang bertaraf antarabangsa dan pintar bukan sahaja di Bahagian Pulau tetapi juga untuk Seberang Perai seiring dengan pembangunan yang seimbang dan mampan.

Pembinaan The Light Hotel (M) Sdn Bhd yang menelan perbelanjaan kos sebanyak RM120 juta dilihat sangat tepat pada masanya dalam memacu pertumbuhan ekonomi di Seberang Perai memandangkan Pulau Pinang akan menyambut Tahun Melawat Pulau Pinang 2015 tidak lama lagi.

Sejumlah Keluasan The Light Hotel ialah 350,000 kaki persegi, hotel menpunyai 300 pelbagai bilik untuk pelanggan memilih, 1,533 meter persegi ballroom, restoran, kolam renang, spa gimnasium dan sebagainya. Saya dimaklumkan hotel ini merupakan hotel pertama yang setaraf 5 bintang di Seberang Perai. Tahniah kepada The Light Hotel!

Para hadirin yang saya hormati sekalian,

Dalam usaha untuk menaiktaraf infrastruktur di Seberang Perai, Kerajaan Negeri sedang melaksanakan 5 projek pada tahun 2014 yang menelan perbelanjaan hampir RM5.5 juta bagi keselesaan penduduk di kawasan tersebut. Antaranya ialah:

Kerja-kerja menaiktaraf sistem saliran di Taman Siakap, Seberang Jaya yang menelan perbelanjaan sebanyak RM1,990,917 bagi menyelesaikan masalah banjir kilat

Cadangan pembinaan rumah pam dan naiktaraf parit di Taman Seri Jaya dan Taman Sungai Rambai, Bukit Mertajam dengan perbelanjaan sebanyak RM2,409,330.

Pelantikan untuk kajian dan menyediakan pelan sistem perparitan induk di Kawasan Perindustrian Sungai Lokan, SPU sebanyak RM455,434.

Cadangan pemasangan pintu air di Parit Monsun Taman Bagan, SPU sebanyak RM400,000.

Cadangan kajian mengatasi banjir di Taman Machang Bubok, SPT sebanyak RM249,912.

Pada tahun ini, Kerajaan Negeri di bawah bantuan MPSP telah bercadang menaiktaraf parit konkrit di Taman Kerjasama, SPT dan menaiktaraf sistem perparitan di Lengkok Tenggiri Seberang Jaya, dengan anggaran kos sebanyak RM1,541,000.

Kerja-kerja menaiktaraf di Jalan Raja Uda akan memasuki fasa kedua pada tahun ini. Selain itu, Kerajaan Negeri telah memperuntukkan RM8.7juta untuk pelebaran Jalan Siram, yang dijangka siap kerja pada tahun ini.

Akhir kata, saya mengucapkan selamat maju jaya kepada pihak The Light Hotel Seberang Jaya. Semoga hotel ini sentiasa memainkan peranannya sebagai sebuah hotel yang unik dari segi perkhidmatan – perkhidmatan yang ditawarkannya kepada para pelanggan.

Sekian. Terima kasih.

Official Opening of Penang Hill Multi-storey Car Park

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Speech by YAB Chief Minister of Penang
Official Opening of Penang Hill Multi-storey Car Park
on Monday, 19th January 2015 at 1.00 pm

I am pleased to be here this afternoon on the auspicious occasion of the launching of the RM11.49 million Penang Hill Multi-Storey Car Park, which was constructed and funded by the Penang Development Corporation.

I am also pleased to note that this Penang Hill Multi-Storey Car Park, which was built to cater for the increasing number of visitors to Penang Hill as well as to facilitate traffic flow and dispersal, has facilities for a total of 306 parking lots for vehicles and 182 lots for motorcycles, and 5 special parking lots for the physically challenged people (OKU).

There is also a commercial area on the ground floor, including 11 stalls, one food court as well as bus lay-by for buses to drop and take passengers. The car park is also fitted with disabled-friendly ramps with direct access to passenger lift.

This is a vast improvement on the facilities provided for the visitors to Penang Hill as well as locals, compared to the original car park completed in March 2011 which provided only 96 car parks, and whereby the State Government had decided to demolish the said building in June 2012.

Although the completion of this car park building was timed for November 2013, the construction was initially delayed due to the need to remove vast quantity of rocks and boulders during the piling works which took up a lot of time, as State Government and PDC had to be cautious to ensure the safety of nearby residents and visitors to Penang Hill.

The project was eventually completed on 7 November last year, pending the issuance of certificate of completion and compliance (CCC) for the building, almost a year from its original contract completion date of Nov 25, 2013.

Ladies and gentlemen, looking forward, I am confident that this new facility will play an instrumental role in solving the parking woes experienced by visitors especially during peak period of visitors to Penang Hill like the recent school holidays and the coming Chinese New Year period.

The car park will complement the facilities provided by the Penang Hill Corporation (PHC) funicular railway to provide visitors with an enjoyable and meaningful visit up Penang Hill.

On this, I am pleased to inform that due to the efforts of the State Government through the PHC, the visitor arrivals to Penang Hill, one of Penang’s premier tourism destinations have increased by leaps and bounds over the years.

I am very delighted to hear that the total number of visitors in 2014 has reached 1,364,074 surpassing the target set for the year (1.3 Mil) and 2013 figures of 1,233,556 passengers by 11%. Furthermore the performance of funicular operation has also been maintained and this has helped in improving the customer’s experience while taking the funicular service up to Penang Hill.

The total collection of ticket sales and other incomes of PHC have increased about 14.9% from the year 2013. What a great memorable year to remember and next year our target should be 1.45 million passengers.

Indeed Penang Hill has carried out so many meaningful projects last year such as hill top view deck together with slope stabilization, micro biological balancing technology implemented in food waste and in septic system and heritage trail.

Our vision of Penang Hill being “The Hill Resort of Choice In Malaysia” can only be achieved if we stay united with team spirit, determination to improve our competency by acquiring knowledge and maintaining our integrity in our work performance.

The current cars’ and motorcycles’ parking rates are as follows:
Payment                     per hour (RM)   “Season Parking” (RM)
Cars (1st Hour)           RM2
After 1st hour (hourly) RM1                 RM120 per month
Motorcycles                        FREE

To optimise the usage of the building, the Penang Hill Corporation, which is also experiencing a shortage of office space, will also be taking up floor space at the car park.

I wish to again congratulate the Penang Development Corporation for its perseverance and fortitude in bringing this project to fruition, inspire of the initial setbacks. The efforts of the PDC in this project are a testimony of the commitment of the State Government/PDC to complete the project for Penang Hill visitors and locals, including residents in the area, before the Chinese New Year, as promised.

My grateful thanks also go to the various Government agencies, Federal and State, including TNB, for their assistance and support to the project, and to the residents of this area, I thank you for your patience and support which has resulted in the project finally taking off.

On this note, I am pleased to officially launch the Penang Hill Multi-Storey Car Park.

Thank you.