OPENING OF TECH DOME PENANG

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

AT THE OPENING OF TECH DOME PENANG

16 JULY 2016

 

I would like to firstly thank all of you for being present here today to join in this historic occasion to mark the official opening of Tech Dome Penang, our very own Science Discovery Centre.

The setting up of Tech Dome Penang represents the State Government’s commitment and initiative to not only maintain Penang’s position and status as a globally-renowned centre of technological excellence but to also take it to the next level and beyond through innovation, research and development.

We do realise that this mission could not possibly be realised merely through the vision and support of the State Government and industry players but would require a very essential component which is a highly skilled and knowledgeable human capital. Human talent is the new oil of the 21st century. In building human talent, we must recognise that government cannot do it alone but requires a PPP model of Public Private Partnership.

The Tech Dome Penang journey was mooted back in 2011 due to concerns about the continuous decline in standards of English, Mathematics and Science among students below 15 years of age (as evidenced through studies under the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)) over the years.

It remains a major concern today as, according to their latest ranking released for 2015, Malaysia was ranked a lowly 52 out of 76 countries assessed, well below regional powerhouses like Singapore (1st), Hong Kong (2nd), South Korea (3rd), Taiwan and Japan (joint 4th).

What was alarming was that even a comparatively new player like Vietnam was ranked 12th. If Malaysia cannot even surpass Vietnam, how then can we be a manufacturing powerhouse. The urgency to return Penang's position as the Centre of Excellence (COE) for Science and Technology is now even more critical.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my utmost appreciation to all of you present here today and especially to major sponsors like Penang Development Corporation, IJM, Dell and Altera (now Intel) for your contribution for the project and also other corporate and many personal donors who have helped in the mission to make Tech Dome Penang a reality.

I would also like to thank the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) for the sponsorship of RM4 million and also for the free use of our Dome building in Komtar. Besides that, the Penang State Government had also provided seed funding of RM1.15 million making a total of RM5.15 million cash. Hence, out of the RM27.5 million raised, about RM22.35 million actually came from the corporate and private sectors.

I am particularly touched by the contribution from the general public during the “Magic of Science” road shows, especially from young parents who see the need of such a Centre to help spur the interests and knowledge of their children in Science and Technology. Thank you for sharing our vision.

Needless to say, the Tech Dome project of this magnitude could not possibly have taken off with just financial contributions and it is, without doubt, the encouragement, inputs and support from various spectrums comprising industry players, academia and various government bodies which has contributed to the Centre. Thank you all for joining in this journey to set up Penang’s very first Science Discovery Centre.

Going forward, Tech Dome will need further support from the industry, corporate sector and the general public to help ensure that its future success. Although set up as a non-profit entity, it is imperative that it remains viable to ensure that it will continue with its mission. We hope that more corporate sponsors can pitch in funds to be our partner for tomorrow – establishing a COE for science and technology for the future.

You can help by supporting the various marketing and educational programmes which the Tech Dome team will come up with or, as a parent, by bringing your children to experience the thrill of Science and Technology coming alive before their very eyes! We are very excited that Penang is the first in the world to exhibit the Digital Autopsy Machine which will only be displayed in London and New York next year. With an array of over 120 exhibits, mostly interactive, from Science Alive (New Zealand and Huttinger (Germany) and also those from locally-based MNCs and local corporations, they will surely be amazed.

Indeed, the Penang Tech Dome would not be out of place in cities like London, New York, Singapore or San Francisco. I take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported and helped make Tech Dome Penang a reality. Let us embrace science and technology by investing in education to win the future!

I am confident that, when you step into the new Centre after this ceremony, you will truly be impressed by its design, set-up and exhibits content.

I would, therefore, like to take this opportunity to thank the Steering Committee Chairman, Dato’ Wong Siew Hai and his fellow committee members for a superb job. I personally know that it entailed a lot of blood, sweat and tears on the part of the Steering Committee in pre-planning, execution and co-ordination to bring us to where we are today. However, I am sure that they would derive personal satisfaction with the final outcome of their hard work.

Thank you.

MAJLIS PELANCARAN PENGASINGAN SISA DIPUNCA DI TANJUNG TOKONG

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TEKS UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI NEGERI PULAU PINANG
SEMPENA MAJLIS PELANCARAN PENGASINGAN SISA DIPUNCA DI LORONG BATU BUKIT 2, TANJUNG TOKONG
PADA 17 JUN 2016

 

Bersyukur kita kerana dengan limpah dan kurnia-Nya dapat kita bersama-sama berhimpun pada hari yang mulia ini untuk meraikan Majlis Pelaksanaan Pengasingan Sisa Di Punca di kawasan Lorong Batu Bukit, Tanjung Tokong. Terlebih dahulu, saya ingin merakamkan penghargaan kepada YB Cheah Kah Peng kerana menganjurkan majlis ini dan Bahagian Kerajaan Tempatan bersama MBPP yang telah memberi sokongan bagi menjayakan majlis ini.

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan yang dihormati sekalian,

Segala transformasi di bawah Dasar Cleaner Greener Safer Healthier Penang yang dilaksanakan oleh Kerajaan Negeri mulai tahun 2010 telah berjaya mempertingkatkan sistem dan kaedah pengurusan sisa pepejal dan pembersihan awam negeri. Kini wujud satu sistem yang lebih teratur, mampan dan maju yang setanding dengan bandar-bandar antarabangsa maju lain melalui pelbagai program PBT dengan penduduk khasnya Local Agenda 21.

Para hadirin yang dihormati sekalian,

Setiap hari, setiap penduduk negeri Pulau Pinang membuang secara purata 1.1 kg sampah dan oleh itu sejumlah 1,700 tan sampah dikutip dari seluruh negeri untuk dilupuskan di tapak Pelupusan Pulau Burung. Pengurusan sampah dan pembersihan awam menelan belanja yang tinggi yang harus dipikul oleh Kerajaan khasnya MBPP dan MPSP. Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan kita iaitu Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP) dan Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP) telah memperuntukan RM95.64 juta dan RM98.99 juta masing-masing dalam bajet tahun ini bagi menguruskan sisa pepejal dan pembersihan awam. MBPP dan MPSP bersama Kerajaan Negeri telah berusaha untuk mengurangkan sisa yang dijana melalui kaedah 3R, kompos dan pelbagai kaedah dalam negeri agar dapat mewujudkan persekitaran yang bersih dan hijau.

Pihak Kerajaan Negeri serius dalam langkah pro-aktif hijau dan mempelapori dasar “No plastic Bag” di negara yang kini dijadikan sebagai kayu pengukur dan contoh bagi negeri-negeri lain. Disamping itu, kempen haramkan beg polistirena, kempen makan sampai habis diperkenalkan untuk mengurangkan bukan sahaja pembaziran tetapi juga jumlah sisa organik yang dihantar ke tapak pelupusan tunggal di Pulau Burung. Kejayaan dasar ini telah membawa impak yang nyata sekali kerana sisa organik atau sisa dapur terdiri daripada 40% sampah yang di lupus di Pulau Burung. Tindakan Kerajaan Negeri dalam menangani masalah penjanaan sisa dalam pembangunan pesat negeri menjurus kepada sasaran zero waste yang kini diamalkan di banyak negara maju.

Kejayaaan sesuatu sistem pengurusan sisa pepejal yang moden dan mampan bukan sahaja bergantung kepada operasi dan program yang dilaksanakan oleh agensi kerajaan sahaja, tetapi juga oleh NGO, pakar swasta dan pelaksanaan Sistem Pengasingan Sisa di Punca yang lebih sistematik.

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan yang dihormati sekalian,

Pada 1 Jun 2016, saya telah melancarkan dasar pengasingan sisa di punca dalam satu majlis di KOMTAR. Kini kita sudah 11 hari dalam pelaksanaan dasar ini. Dengan pelaksanaan dasar ini, saya yakin Negeri Pulau Pinang akan mengalami satu paradigm shift atau peralihan paradigma dalam pengurusan sisa pepejal dan pembersihan awam. Dasar ini mampu mengurangkan sisa dilupus, kos perbelanjaan memajukan industri kitar semula dan mewujudkan persekitaran yang bersih dan hijau.

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan yang dihormati sekalian,

Kadar kitar semula negeri Pulau Pinang yang kini pada 32% adalah tertinggi di Malaysia dan adalah 3 kali ganda kadar kitarsemula kebangsaan pada 10.5% dan yang hanya disasarkan mencapai 20% menjelang tahun 2020. Saya yakin dengan pelaksanaan dasar ini, kadar kitar semula negeri akan meningkat lagi dan akan setanding dengan kadar kitar semula negara maju yang melebihi 40%.

Pelaksanaan Pengasingan Sisa di Punca dalam negeri akan mengurangkan jumlah sisa pepejal dihantar ke tapak pelupusan di Pulau Burung. Langkah ini membolehkan Kerajaan Tempatan MBPP dan MPSP untuk menjimatkan wang dalam pengurusan sisa pepejal dari segi kos kutipan sampah, kos pengangkutan sampah dari stesen pemindahan sampah ke tapak pelupusan sampah serta kos tipping fi yang dikenakan bagi sampah yang dilupuskan di Pulau Burong.

Kos pengangkutan sampah dari Stesen Pemindahan Sampah Ampang jajar ke Tapak Pelupusan Sampah Pulau Burong menelan belanja sebanyak RM1.2 juta sebulan, manakala kos tipping fi adalah RM20.20 setan. Disamping itu, perlu juga dikira kos tanah seluas 157 ekar yang disediakan khas sebagai tapak pelupusan. Sekiranya dasar dapat melencongkan 4% jumlah sampah daripada memasuki tapak pelupusan, dianggarkan RM2.5 juta dijimatkan setiap tahun.

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan yang dihormati sekalian,

Sekiranya masyarakat hanya tahu dan sedar akan amalan pengasingan sisa ini tetapi tidak mengamalkannya, tentunya aspirasi negeri untuk menjadi di antara bandaraya antarabangsa terbersih di dunia akan menjadi impian semata-mata. Oleh itu, perkara penting yang perlu dilaksanakan adalah mendidik masyarakat supaya mereka boleh berfikir tentang kesan-kesan yang berlaku sekiranya masyarakat tidak menguruskan sisa pepejal secara mampan.

Para hadiran yang dihormati,

Pihak media juga turut memainkan peranan yang penting bagi membantu mendidik masyarakat untuk mengasingkan sisa di punca seterusnya menjadikan Negeri Pulau Pinang sebuah negeri yang bersih, indah dan sejahtera. Saya berharap agar semua pihak mengambil inisiatif yang bersepadu dan strategik bagi memastikan dasar ini dapat dicapai dengan jayanya.

Sekian, terima kasih.

Launching Ceremony for George Town Heritage Celebrations 2016

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

During The Launching Ceremony for George Town Heritage Celebrations 2016

7 July 2016

Armenian Park, George Town


A very good morning to all of you and welcome to the Launching Ceremony for George Town Heritage Celebrations 2016.

I would like to commend George Town World Heritage Incorporated and the working team of George Town Heritage Celebrations 2016 for putting this together with the 11 existing and 9 new partners from the local communities. Their contributions and participation in this annual affair is integral towards its success by giving us the opportunity to showcase the diverse culture and heritage of George Town.

I also wish to thank the City Council of Penang Island, Penang Global Tourism, Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO, and George Town Festival; for extending their assistance in one way or another towards this celebration.

On 7 July 2008, we were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with Melaka based on three Outstanding Universal Values – each of which defines the historical significance of both the tangible and intangible heritage found in the city. Our unique architectural and cultural townscape is unparalleled anywhere in East and Southeast Asia – as pronounced by UNESCO – but my personal belief is that the true gem of George Town is our living heritage, and the ability of different faiths and cultures to co-exist in harmony and to respect one another mutually.

This celebration of diversity is the basis of the basis of George Town Heritage Celebrations. The Penang State Government, together with the communities living here, would like to keep this alive, year in and year out. We are committed to preserve and retain our heritage – tangible and intangible – because by understanding our past, we can be better connected to the present so as to face the challenges of the future.

Just last month, the Penang State Government announced a RM10 million plan to rehabilitate and transform a row of dilapidated buildings along Victoria Street into a centre for traditional trades and creative workspace to nurture the talents of both the past and the future under one roof. The traditional trades reflect the once bustling hive of George Town as a commercial hub and a significant port of call in this region, and we would like to recognise this by creating a space for the trades to continue their stories, and to inspire future talents which will create a new dimension for these trades.

The state government is also proposing legislation to reinstitute a version of rent control or restriction of pre-war shophouses within the George Town Heritage site to prevent gentrification such that original inhabitants are not driven out by high rents. Whilst we respect property owners’ rights, owners of such heritage pre-war shophouses within the heritage enclave have a special responsibility to ensure the living heritage can continue to exist.

The state government will have full public consultation and feedback before implementing these proposals. We are however mindful of our existing legal authority and jurisdiction. Whilst rent restriction is a state power under Schedule 9 of the Federal Constitution, the Federal government had invoked Article 76(4) to abolish Rent Control Act in 1997 to ensure uniformity of laws in Malaysia. In the nineties, all states including Penang, had assented and surrendered their powers to the Federal government to abolish rent restriction and led market forces decide. Whilst we sort out the legal intricacies whether the state has legal authority to do so now after vacating our powers then or whether we need to petititon to the Federal government to act on our behalf, there is a need for a prior consensus as much as we can possibly arrive at amongst all stakeholders. YB Chow Kon Yeow will handle the public consultation and feedback whilst YB Jagdeep Singh Deo will handle the legal issues.

On top of this, the proposed Penang Arts District to a much bigger space in Ghat Leboh Nordin to accommodate the ever-growing arts community in Penang – and to position us as a hub for the arts, culture and heritage in this country. We hope that the nearly RM50 million investment required can also be sourced from the private sector.

Further we are proud of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) has evaluated George Town as significant and worthy to be considered a partner through a Memorandum of Understanding with us to assist Penang to preserve, protect and promote George Town. The memorandum serves as an acknowledgement and endorsement by AKTC – an acclaimed international body - towards the potential of Penang, as well as the unique Outstanding Universal Values of George Town World Heritage Site.

The RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan will be another breakthrough in our sustainable development of an efficient and effective network of public transportation – connecting both people and places together so as to create a liveable city with high quality of life. Each of these plans by us is developed with the community in mind, because they make the city and inject the spaces with life and purpose. It is also for this reason that we would like to celebrate the communities and their cultures – and to appreciate the things that define them – one such as simple as games and sports.

UNESCO recognises the significance of traditional sports and games as an opportunity for the community to demonstrate its interpretation of life and the world, and that they are a priceless part of humanity’s cultural heritage. They serve as constant reminder to us that our practices, whether contemporary or traditional, leisure or labour, even routine or irregular, remain strongly rooted in our valuable traditions – and that they function as foundations for us to build the future together.

Today marks the 8th Anniversary of George Town’s inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the same time, it is the second day of Hari Raya for our Muslim friends – and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyoneSelamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin. Tomorrow is a replacement holiday for Heritage Day and Saturday the 9th is the birthday of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Pulau Pinang – a long weekend holiday for all of us, and George Town Heritage Celebrations 2016 is set to present a line-up of activities which will keep everyone both entertained and educated.

On behalf of George Town World Heritage Incorporated and its event supporters, I would like to invite and welcome everyone to the celebrations this year, and may it be one of the best we have ever seen yet. Remember as custodians of UNESCO George Town World Heritage Site we have a special responsibility not only to Penang and Malaysia but also to all humanity.

Thank you.