极乐寺亮灯仪式

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槟州首席部长林冠英于2014年1月26 日出席极乐寺亮灯仪式演讲稿

谢谢极乐寺邀请槟州政府领导人一起出席今天这场意义深重的亮灯仪式。

我也代表槟州政府,感谢极乐寺让Air Itam及乔治市可以“大红灯笼高高挂”。

寺方在通往极乐寺的路上,挂满红灯笼的举动,已经迈入第3年。一路上,不管是游客或本地人,沿路就开始感染了极乐寺灯火通明的气氛,为这个佳节增加新年味道。除了槟岛,北海在新春期间也获得热心人士赞助灯笼,整个槟城可以说大红灯笼高高挂,是国内最有新年气氛的地方。

槟城州政府在2012年起,成为了我国第一个率先主办官方卫塞节庆典的州属。这是我们迈向宗教平等的一小步。

槟城是一个绿州,我们从2011年起就实施“天天无免费塑料袋”的政策。槟城领先全国,现在联邦政府也跟随槟州政府的脚步,是一件值得高兴的事。而极乐寺作为一个旅游胜地,也没有在环保工作方面落后,反之,日恒法师每年都研究如何从中国引进比较环保、比较省电的LED 灯笼作极乐寺的灯饰。这些,就是让槟城更有活力、更独特的地方。

前几天,亚依淡区州议员黄汉伟已经与警方、市政局及极乐寺信理员开会,讨论如何解决农历新年期间亚依淡区的交通阻塞问题。这也是我们民联在2008年执政后都在努力做着的工作。虽然交通阻塞问题依然存在,但,比起过去已经有很明显的改善。

我在此在感谢所有在新年期间牺牲时间出来维持交通次序的执法人员。我也吁请公众,身在槟城这个要迈向国际城市的地方,也应该学习体现国际城市人应有的思维,就是不要随意停车,请遵守交通规则,只要每个人做好本份,塞车问题就能够减轻很多了。

我也希望极乐寺能够解决从山脚停车场到极乐寺的缆车兴建的一切细节及技术问题,以便在来年,能够为到槟城极乐寺的游客提供更多的方便。

大约一个星期前,槟岛市政局的执法人员,在Teluk Bahang展开拆除非法小贩摊位时,在35名警员在场的情况下,竟然有一名高级官员被土权极端份子殴打。35个警员在场,却没有采取任何的行动。刚过的星期五,民联政府认为事态严重,执行任务的政府官员生命受到威胁,极端份子却可以目无法纪,为所欲为,所以我们召开了紧急会议:我们不会向恶势力低头,但是我们也不会挑衅其他人的底线。

希望随着极乐寺亮灯之后,万盏光明灯会照耀槟州子民,让大家度过一个平安、快乐的农历新年!也希望借观音菩萨的光,照亮和造福槟州子民。让我们在新一年,把失望变成盼望,把绝望变成希望,槟城才能旺旺旺!

祝大家新年快乐!

檳州華教事務委員會撥出432萬1000令吉給81間華小

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槟州首席部长林冠英致词稿
2014年1月27日,中午1点,光大五楼A视听室

时间过得真快,不知不觉又是我们见面的时间到了。算一算,这已经是第6年我们齐聚在一起分享这个美好的时刻,要是每年都能这样该有多好啊? !再过4天就是农历新年了,州政府也赶在春节前移交制度化拨款给学校,好让各校董事可以放心过年去。

今年,我们将拨出432万1000令吉给81间华小,其中14.6%即63万令吉是拨给正在或即将兴建新校舍用途的学校,共有4间华小受惠。大山脚明德正校是今年度获得最高拨款的学校,即40万令吉供扩建校舍用途。

拨款中的83万1000令吉(19.3%),是用在维修学校建筑结构方面,如屋顶、天花板泄漏、水槽破裂等,45万500令吉(10.4%)则是用作会构成安全威胁用途,如消灭白蚁及维修电缆等用途,20万5000令吉(4.7%) 用作装置遮阳板等装修用途,95万7000(22.1%)用来维修学校设备,如维修厕所及沟渠排水系统,23万7500(5.5%)则是建设有盖走廊等用途,21万令吉(4.9%)用来维修篱笆、门、围墙等,47万6000令吉(11 %)提升学校设备, 如视听室、科学室、课室、食堂等,26万4000令吉(6.1%)用来购买用具如科学室用具,其他的用途是6万令吉(1.4%)。

和往年一样,今年度的制度化拨款同样是依据申请准则,以急需为优先考量。拨款除了以急需为主,同时也优先考虑郊区、微型华小及贫穷社区的学校。由章瑛行政议员领导的槟州华校事务协调委员会于去年9月27日至11月8日提早让各校做出申请。

国、州议员在截止日期后,在当地华社、董家教与校方的协助到学校进行实地考察,鉴定各校提出申请之急需项目,以及视察去年向州政府申请拨款作为维修校舍或添购设备等事项的进展工程。各州议员及华协会委员在进行校园实地考察工作后呈上审核表格,并在1月13日及1月20日向委员会汇报考察的结果。华协委员经过会议讨论后,才决定制度化拨款的分配。

在这里,我再次感谢华协会, 国、州议员及董家教三大机构的合作,让我们制度化拨款的工作可以顺利完成。

各位,

我觉得很欣慰,一些学校了解州政府的拨款有限,因学校没有急需维修的事项而自动放弃申请,将机会让给其他更需要的学校。我再次强调,教育是中央政府的权限,也是中央政府义不容辞的责任,州政府的拨款应被视为一个额外的'红利',这是州政府对基本硬体建设及软体的需求,以及对整体教育的发展所作出的承诺与努力。

槟州政府制度化拨款实施至今已迈入第6年,远的不说,就从第一次即2009年槟州分发制度化拨款开始,我和章瑛已多少次呼吁中央政府制度化拨款,可惜,他们却视而不见,听而不闻,久久都没有行动。不仅如此,中央政府还把去年拨作学校维修用途的华小拨款从1亿令吉削减至5000万令吉,而国民型中学更是一分钱都没有。

在座的董事会成员和校长当中,也曾为师资问题而头痛不已吧?从爸爸的年代开始至今40多年,为什么师资短缺和不具华文资格师资的课题总是上演着?我相信大家都知道答案,从这里可见中央政府在处理这问题的诚意。

槟州政府注重人力资源的栽培,也珍惜教育工作者的付出,因此,从2012年开始拨每人200令吉回馈金给独中教职员,当时有364位教职员获得共7万2800令吉回馈金。2013年则拨出7万9600令吉回馈金给398位独中教职员,以感激及表扬他们协助州政府将槟城打造成为一个培育、提升、吸引及留住国际人才的区域中心。

槟州政府强调民主化教育,因此,不会因为部分的董事来自其他政党,而不拨款给该校,所以,我们也希望中央政府不要政治化教育,因为这样不仅抹杀莘莘学子的未来,还导致国家人材外流失。

谢谢!

Penang State Government Will Neither Bow Down Nor Provoke Retaliatory Acts Against Religious Extremists And Racial Bigots Now Laying Siege To Penang But Unite All To Defeat Their Violence And Hatred With The Weapons Of Social Justice And Sustainable Devel

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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 27.1.2014.

Penang State Government Will Neither Bow Down Nor Provoke Retaliatory Acts Against Religious Extremists And Racial Bigots Now Laying Siege To Penang But Unite All To Defeat Their Violence And Hatred With The Weapons Of Social Justice And Sustainable Development.

In this critical hour with shadowy extremist and racist forces conducting sustained aggression to destabilise the Penang state government, 1.6 million Penangites must reaffirm commitment for the past 200 years to protect, preseve and promote respect for cultural diversity, racial and religious harmony by rejecting both violence and hatred.

Over the last 1 week, Malaysians witnessed ugly scenes of racial hatred and violence manifested in these incidents attended by top UMNO leaders, elected representatives, members and supporters in Penang.

• A rally in Seberang Jaya on January 18th protesting against the ‘I Love Kangkung’ flash mob organised by PKR Machang Bubuk assemblyperson Lee Khai Loon. Despite this being organized by PKR, DAP was blamed with Lim Kit Siang and myself targeted and threats of May 13 riots issued. Lies and a seditious banner was displayed ‘Because of DAP leaders’ mouths, May 13 happened...want some more?’;
• A second rally in Taman Alma, Bukit Mertajam on January 19 where the picture of myself, Lim Kit Siang and Khai Loon’s effigy was burnt whilst a motorist was assaulted, beaten up and his motorcycle stolen;
• For the first time in Malaysian history a senior Malay government officer Senior Assistant District Officer Abu Hassan Osman was openly assaulted on January 21 in front of 35 policemen supposed to be protecting him in Teluk Bahang. Even though Abu Hassan’s shirt was torn after the attack, the assailants were not immediately arrested but only after I had contacted the Penang Chief Police Officer. Abu Hassan was leading an enforcement team to demolish 14 empty, abandoned or new structures(NOT illegal stalls already operating for years) after receiving complaints from local Malay residents;
• A memorandum submitted by a Muslim NGO and supported by UMNO Youth Tanjung Division Vice-Chairman demanding a ban on open selling of pork in areas like Lebuh Chulia, Jalan Kuantan and Jalan C.Y. Choy. Such open selling of pork and hanging the meat in stalls have been practiced ever since British colonial days and even when BN was in power. Why should this be an issue now and when these areas are 95% non-Muslim residential areas?

All these incidents are clearly directed to distract attention from the price hikes in sugar, petrol, TNB power tariffs and highway road tolls. The Penang state government will maintain no price increase in state government services such as quit rent, assessment, water tarrifs and business licenses and continue with our successful poverty eradication programme.

For Umno liaison committee chairperson Zainal Abidin Osman to state that UMNO did not ask for the ban of open selling of pork because the Tanjung UMNO Youth leader was attending in his personal capacity is an act that deceives no one except himself. Zain even claimed that these rallies released the feelings and grievances of those who carried the banner as all these years they have felt oppressed, insulted, not defended or treated well by the elected PR government.

Claims that only Malay illegal stalls were targeted are false and dangerous lies intended to create hatred by racialising a common issue that occurs throughout Malaysia. If these feelings are genuine and widespread how come the Penang UMNO State Chairman lost by a bigger majority to PR in the Nibong Tebal parliamentary seat during the 2013 general elections? In this constituency where Malays form the biggest bloc with 45% of the voters, Zainal had lost by 3,087 votes during the 2008 general elections, but lost by a bigger margin of 8,598 votes in the 2013 general elections.

Finally, the attack on the Church of the Assumption in Lebuh Farquhar early this morning by 2 unknown men, when 2 Molotov cocktails were hurled where one exploded whilst the other fell on the grass. This follows the hanging of 3 inflammatory banners with the word “Allah” outside churches in Penang, including the Church of Assumption which was attacked, to stoke religious animosity and hatred between Muslims and Christians.
 
These inflammatory banners were not put up by the churches and the churches have lodged police reports. The Penang Chief Police Officer Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi have also confirmed that these banners have nothing to do with the churches and are intended to heighten Muslim anger. He described the actions by unknown groups as extreme and police are investigating under the Sedition Act.

The Penang state government will continue to work with all parties and the police to main public order and security. All Penangites are urged to remain calm and stand united against these racist and extremist groups so as to maintain peace and harmony. The Penang state government will neither bow down nor provoke retaliatory acts against religious extremists and racial bigots now laying siege to Penang but unite all to defeat their violence and hatred with the weapons of social justice and sustainable development.
 
LIM GUAN ENG

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槟州首席部长林冠英于2014年1月27日在乔治市光大发表声明:

槟州政府不会向目前困扰槟城的宗教极端或种族狂热分子妥协、我们也不会挑起报复行动,而是团结全民,以社会正义和可持续发展为“武器”,去打击他们的暴力及仇恨。

这是个紧要关头,有人企图利用极端及种族恶势力的侵犯手段动摇槟州政府,全体160万名槟城人必须意志坚定,保护、维护及推广过去200年对文化多元、种族及宗教和谐的尊重,拒绝暴力及仇恨。

过去一个星期,马来西亚人见证了种族仇恨及暴力的丑陋面,从槟州的巫统高层领袖、民选议员、党员及支持者涉及下列事件可以看出:
• 1月18日,威省公正党马章武莫州议员李凯伦发起一场“我爱蕹菜”快闪集会。尽管这是公正党主办的活动,巫统却责怪林吉祥和我,513事件再次被提起。谎言及煽动性布条写着《因为行动党的嘴,513发生了,你们还要吗?》
• 1月19日,第二场集会位于大山脚阿尔玛花园,我、林吉祥和李凯伦的肖像被焚烧,一名电单车骑士被攻击、殴打,其电单车也被偷走。
• 1月21日,我国历史上第一次一名马来高级县属官员阿布哈山,在直落巴巷执法时,被人在35名警员面前袭击。阿布哈山的衣服被扯破,袭击者在我联络的槟州警长后才被捕。阿布哈山当时率队执法,拆除14个空置、被遗弃或新建的构造(并非经营了很多年的非法档口),这是他们接获当地马来居民的投诉后采取行动。
• 一个穆斯林非政府组织提呈了备忘录、由巫统青年团丹绒区部副主席支持,要求禁止在牛干冬、关丹路、过港仔路公开贩卖猪肉。如此公开贩卖猪肉及在档口摆挂猪肉的做法在英殖民时代已经开始,甚至是国阵时代也如此。为什么现在会成为课题?而上述地区95%的居民为非穆斯林。
• 这些事件很明显示地是要转移公众对百物上涨的视线,国阵政府让白糖、汽油、电费及过路费涨价。而槟州政府的政府收费将维持不变,如租金、门牌税、水费、执照费,我们也将继续扶贫。

针对巫统联委会主席再纳阿比丁指出,巫统没有要求禁止公开摆卖猪肉,而丹绒巫统青年团团长是以个人名义发表谈话,这是自欺欺人的做法。再纳甚至说,上述集会让高举布条人士发泄他们的愤怒,这些年他们感觉被压迫、被侮辱,民选的民联政府并没有捍卫他们也没有善待他们。

他们宣称只有非法马来档口被对付,这是虚假及危险的谎言,是为了通过将全马的普通问题种族化,然后制造仇恨。如果示威者的感觉是真的,为什么槟州巫统州主席在2013年竞选高渊国会选区时输给民联议员、流失更多选票?在高渊国会选区,马来选民占了45%,再纳于2008年以3087张票败北,在2013年再次以8598张选票败北。

最后,今天早上两名男子向槟城华盖街圣母大教堂抛掷两颗燃烧弹,一颗爆炸、另一颗落在草地上。事前,有人在槟城基督教堂张挂有关“Allah”字眼的煽动性教党,包括圣母大教堂,他们企图煽动宗教敌意,在穆斯林及基督教徒之间制造仇恨。

上述煽动性布条不是教堂张挂的,而有关教堂也已经报警。槟州总警长拿督阿都拉欣也已经确认上述布条与教堂无关,他们刻意刺激穆斯林。他形容这群不明人士的行为极端,而警方正以煽动法令调查。

槟州政府将会继续与各界人士、警方合作,而维持公共秩序和安全。我们促请全体槟州人民保持冷静、团结起来对付种族及极端分子以维持和平及和谐。槟州政府不会向目前困扰槟城的宗教极端或种族狂热分子妥协、我们也不会挑起报复行动,而是团结全民,以社会正义和可持续发展为“武器”,去打击他们的暴力及仇恨。

林冠英