PWCC Gala Dinner

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PWCC Gala Dinner

19 Mei 2018

Jen Hotel

Salam Harapan & a very good evening to all of you.

First of all, I would like to thank the Penang Women Chamber of Commerce (PWCC) for inviting me to grace your momentous first anniversary celebration. When the acronym PWCC cropped up in the invitation card I received and for me to discover what the 4 letters stand for, I know without the slightest doubt that the event of this evening is not one that I should give a miss. 

The reason for this is simple. I will be in the midst of the many successful women of substance and significance in the state who have contributed greatly towards the economic success of Penang. Such an opportunity is hard to come by.

And I have been proven right by the sheer scale and success of this gala dinner. Penang is a successful place because of you, the resourceful business and working women, and for the same reason, I believe the men who are also here with us in this ballroom right now are successful men because they chose the right partner in life. I know that for sure and that's the reason my wife is here with me this evening.   

The success of Pakatan Harapan in taking over Putrajaya in the recently concluded GE14 resulted in revived vigour and aspirations for a new Malaysia. In many fronts, we are all witnessing the renewed dynamism that Malaysia was once equated with especially in the 80s and 90s. But this dynamism in its current form is the fight against corruption by those who wielded unwarranted influence, those who walked the corridors of power in the old regime, the abolishing of laws that stifled press freedom, individual freedom and to a certain extent, laws that even prevent one from distinguishing what's real and fake. 

Given this renewed dynamism working its magic around us everyday, one important area that none of us must overlook is the empowerment of women and gender equality in Malaysia. This is best reflected by the appointment of Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the nation's first Deputy Prime Minister and also the Minister for Women and Family Development by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. At state level, this same dynamism is most apparent in the changes I made to certain portfolios of the State Executive Council sworn-in only 3 days ago (May 16). The addition of 'Gender Inclusiveness' for your adviser, YB Chong Eng's portfolio, is testimony of the will of the state government for women to have a louder voice, to have more say in the matters that most affect them whether at home, at the workplace, at schools but above all, the right to self-determination in making the right choices in life.    
I thank all of you for the confidence and trust given to me in leading the state of Penang. I also thank all of you who have voted in Pakatan Harapan and whose unwavering support had enabled a change of federal government for the first time in 61 years. I now urge all of you to walk alongside me in this path of continued excellence for Penang. Together, we can make Penang scale greater heights and ensure all Penangites have a deserving share of this great place.  

Lastly, I would like to congratulate Datin Annie Chin and your dedicated team of great women for a job well done not only for the gala dinner event but for making the first of many bold steps in getting the voice of your fellow women heard loud and clear. 


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Salam sejahtera,


Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengucapkan ribuan terima kasih kepada Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai kerana sudi menjemput saya hadir pada malam ini untuk merasmikan Taman Malam Bercahaya (Night Park) yang pertama di Seberang Perai. Konsep taman malam bercahaya ialah inisiatif baru untuk menggalakkan penggunaan oleh orang awam pada waktu malam.


Pada hari ini, kita dapat menyaksikan penyempurnaan projek pemasangan lampu jalan di keseluruhan Taman Tunku Seberang Jaya yang akan memanfaatkan para pengguna Taman Tunku. Projek ini telah mula dilaksanakan pada 13 Mac 2018 dan berjaya disiapkan pada 30 Mac 2018


Saya telah dimaklumkan bahawa MPSP telah membelanjakan sebanyak RM 116,770.72 untuk pemasangan 15 unit tiang konkrit, 1 tiang highmast, 15 unit Lampu Jalan LED (90watt / unit), 3 unit Lampu Jalan LED (120 watt /unit), 6 unit Lampu Limpah LED (100 watt / unit).


Disamping itu, MPSP juga menaiktaraf pencahayaan sediaada di Taman Tunku dengan membelanjakan RM 19,639.00 yang melibatkan 6 tiang dekoratif konkrit dengan 12 unit Lampu Limpah LED (100 watt / unit) .


Hadirin yang saya hormati sekalian,


Untuk makluman semua, fasa pada kali ini ialah fasa ketiga yang dilaksanakan di sepanjang laluan trek jogging di Taman Tunku, Seberang Jaya. Fasa pertama telah dilaksanakan di sebelah Sungai Pertama berdekatan Safira Country Club pada 18 Oktober 2017 yang melibatkan pemasangan dua puluh (20) batang tiang dan sebelas (11) unit lampu awam jenis konkrit TNB (150 watt) di laluan trek jogging sepanjang 626 meter yang menelan belanja sebanyak RM 60, 496.60.


Manakala fasa kedua pula telah siap dilaksanakan pada 10 Januari 2018 dengan memasang sebanyak sebelas (11) batang tiang konkrit dan lapan (8) unit lampu (150 watt) di laluan trek jogging sepanjang 328 meter yang menelan belanja sebanyak RM 42, 700.00. Jumlah kos keseluruhan adalah sebanyak RM239,606.32.


Pemasangan lampu LED di taman ini bukan sahaja bertujuan untuk mengurangkan kegunaan tenaga elektrik, kos elektrik tetapi juga merendahkan tahap pengeluaran karbon dioksida.


Kita harap kita berpeluang lagi untuk menaik taraf taman malam bercahaya ini sebagai usaha ke arah menjadikan Pulau Pinang sebagai negeri hijau.


Dengan itu, saya sukacita merasmikan Projek Pemasangan Lampu Jalan di Taman Tunku, Seberang Jaya.


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19 APRIL 2018 (THURSDAY), 9.30 AM



A very good morning to all of you.


Cultural and religious diversity and tolerance in Malaysia are the hallmarks of a harmonious and progressive society. Only a harmonious and progressive society can a state be international and intelligent.


Where else , in the world can you find a Street of Harmony, where 4 major religious buildings/temples are just meters apart from each other along a short 800-meter street:


  1. For the Chinese we have the Goddess of Mercy Temple
  2. For the Muslims, there is Kapitan Keling Mosque
  3. For the Hindus, we have Sri Maha Mariamman Temple; and
  4. For the Christians, the St George’s Church


The proximity of these places of worship shows Penang’s rich multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious population that has respect for each other and able to co-exist in harmony. In the old days, Harmony Street was the main street in George Town where people meet, work, play and pray in peace. Hence, the appropriate name of Street of Harmony was coined.


The idea of this Harmony Center is built upon this premise where the unique and rich diversity of Penang people from various cultural and religious backgrounds, especially for religions other than Islam, can share a common venue, to hold and promote their various activities throughout the year.



The Harmony Centre will be a permanent home and activity centre for all religious bodies in Penang, potentially becoming a universal community space for religious activities for all walks of life. This Centre is set up to manage affairs specifically for Penang Non-Islamic Religions Executive Council portfolio


Four major functions intended for the Harmony Centre: -

  1. Learning;
  2. Administration;
  3. Events; and
  4. Meetings & Seminar,


which are programmed into different spaces within the existing 4,300 sq.ft.bungalow, such as offices, function rooms, dining areas and conference rooms. A new building of 2,800 sqft community hall will be constructed beside the bungalow to accommodate larger events. The centre is expected to have a capacity of 300 persons at once. It will be complemented by the vast green lawn around the site which will be used for public outdoor activities in the future.


This Harmony Centre will be a venue for religious activities and events that are non-Islamic. These events can be in the form of yoga lessons, meditation sessions, arts and music, religious talks/seminars/ conventions and meetings.


The State government has allocated RM3 million to refurbish and expand this building and we target to open this by February 2019.


The State Government will continue to support and has implemented 11 measures to uphold the Federal Constitution's guarantees of freedom of worship.


  1. Establishing a Penang Executive Council (EXCO) for religions other than Islam portfolio that is headed by the Penang Chief Minister
  2. Allocating land for places of religious worship for religions other than Islam
  3. Providing funding amounting to RM30 million since 2008
  4. Granting approval by local government councils for construction of places of religious worship for religions other than Islam
  5. Granting a yearly allocation of RM1.5 million to the Hindu Endowment Board
  6. Giving a building in Macalister Road for Hindu Endowment Board to manage theirs affairs
  7. Ensuring that housing developers must provide for an equal amount of religious land for religions other than Islam
  8. Giving a building in Scotland Road to manage affairs specifically for Penang Executive Council (EXCO) for Religions Other Than Islam portfolio
  9. Annual allocations of RM50,000 to Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taosiam (MCCBCHST)
  10. Annual allocations to missionary or religious-based schools registered under the Ministry of Education.
  11. Apply for approval of paid leave for state government servants to non-Muslims conducting religious pilgrimage similar to Muslims performing their haj and umrah.


The Penang State Government has pledged to ensure that the Federal Constitution's provision of freedom of worship is upheld and we have proven by delivering our commitments since 2008.


I hereby officiate the RM3 million Harmony Centre Project.


Thank you.


YAB Lim Guan Eng

19 April 2018