Penang Will Counter UMNO’s Dangerous Games Of Playing With The Fires Of Racial And Religious Hatred With The Weapons Of Social Justice, Economic Prosperity, Good Governance And Clean Leadership.(EN/CN)

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Jade Emperor Festival Or 9th Day Of Chinese New Year Message By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 7.2.2014.

Penang Will Counter UMNO’s Dangerous Games Of Playing With The Fires Of Racial And Religious Hatred With The Weapons Of Social Justice, Economic Prosperity, Good Governance And  Clean Leadership.

During this year’s Chinese New Year festivities, the regular topic of discussion in family reunion gatherings is how the toxic atmosphere of playing with the fires of racial and religious hatred has paralysed the pursuit of happiness and hastened the brain drain by accelerating the exodus of human talent. Penang will counter UMNO’s dangerous games of playing with the fires of racial and religious hatred with the weapons of social justice, economic prosperity, good governance and clean leadership.
 
Recent events coupled with the refusal to address the pressing issues of entrenched corruption and cronyism as well as price hikes that threaten the livelihood of ordinary Malaysians, have lent credence to the view that BN has stopped governing because they no longer know how to rule. The PR Penang state government’s success in becoming the first state in Malaysian history to wipe out poverty and becoming the only state not to raise local services such as quit rent, assessment, business license fees and water tariffs has made UMNO desperate.
 
The performance of Penang PR has made UMNO more desperate when even the Prime Minister disclosed in Parliament that Penang was No.1 in attracting Foreign Direct Investment(FDI) from 2010 to August 2013, with RM19.7 billion out of Malaysia’s total FDI of RM103 billion. Penang is not only the village champion but also now a world champion when Lonely Planet listed Penang as the No.1 food destination of the world.
 
The violent demonstrations by UMNO supporters in Penang, the attack by UMNO supporters on a senior Malay civil servant carrying out enforcement action, the attempted fire-bomb attack on a Catholic church in Penang and the call by a UMNO division to ban the 200-year old practice of open selling of pork in a 95% non-Muslim area in George Town is clearly intended to distract attention from UMNO’s price hikes even at the cost of destroying the very foundations of a nation-state so assiduously built by UMNO’s founders Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tun Abdul Razak.
 
Since Merdeka, official government statistics have revealed that more than 2 millon highly-skilled and talented Malaysians have left the country. In their place are more than 5 million unskilled foreign migrant workers from Indonesia, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Vietnam – clearly a loss in exchange value in skill gaps and management expertise for Malaysia.
 
Even these unskilled foreign migrants sent back RM20 billion in remittances in 2012, a figure expected to increase to RM30 billion this year. With so many unskilled foreign migrants, some Malaysians are feeling like strangers in their own land, particularly in Sabah.
 
Malaysians must not lose hope but compel UMNO to back down from playing with the fires of religious and racial hatred by focusing on the economy. Malaysians must persist to insist in integrity and transparency to fight the cancer of corruption, the pursuit of excellence and competitiveness must not be given up, give hope to the future by providing a platform of equal opportunities not only to build human talent but allow them to realise their potential and most important of all that social harmony can only be achieved by celebrating our differences.
 
The public can not compromise in demanding good management and productivity skills in our political leaders. Political leaders must be subjected to the criteria of adopting sound management techniques of setting targets, rewarding performance and ensuring that the results can be measured.
 
Only with an objective outcome-based administration can we ensure that the pusuit of happiness is not an empty dream but a vision that can be realised through hard work, collaborative effort and respect for rule of law. There can be no rule of law when justice easily falls victim to power. There can only be rule of law when our legal system protects rights of all citizens and serve the people.
LIM GUAN ENG


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槟城首长林冠英于2014年2月7日在光大乔治市发表农历初九天公诞献词:
槟州政府会以社会正义、经济繁荣、良好施政和廉正领导为“武器”,去抵御巫统所玩弄的种族及宗教仇恨之火。


今年的华人新年期间,最常在家庭聚会中被提起的热门话题,莫过於是操弄种族及宗教憎恨之火,已瘫痪了我们追求幸福的旅程,并且加速人才的外流与出走。近期发生的一连串事情,诸如贪腐及朋党主义的肆虐、高企不下的物价造成普罗百姓的生活威胁等,国阵都拒绝对这些迫在眉睫的问题作出回应,已让人民失去信任,甚至认为国阵政府已经失灵,因为他们再不懂得如何治理。


最近一系列事件很明显示巫统不愿正视我国人民所面对的贪污猖獗、朋党垄断以及百物上涨的生活民生问题,国阵已经让人民觉得他们因为“不懂如何治国而停止治国”。而槟城民联政府成为我国历史上第一个扫除贫穷的州属,并且维持政府收费,如租金、门牌税、水费、执照费,都让巫统抓狂。


当首相在国会宣布槟城于2010年至2013年8月期间,所获外国投资额为全国第一,达197亿令吉(全国外国投资总额为1030亿令吉),槟城民联的表现也让巫统更加绝望。槟州不再只是甘榜冠军,也是世界冠军,孤独星球(Lonely Planet)投选槟城成为2014年全球最佳美食榜首。


巫统支持者在槟城举办暴力集会、攻击一名正在执法的马来公务员、企图在槟城的天主教堂发动爆炸袭击、以及一个巫统区会要求禁止200多年来公开在乔治市95%非穆斯林地区贩卖猪肉的做法,很明显地,巫统是在转移公众对百物上涨的视线,甚至不惜摧毁巫统奠基人敦姑阿都拉曼及敦阿都拉萨辛辛苦苦建立起来的立国根基。
 
自独立以来,官方统计数据显示,超过200万名高技能及有才华的马来西亚人离开这个国家。取代他们的是500万令吉来自印尼、孟加拉、缅甸及越南的非技术外劳,这显然造成我国的技术鸿沟及管理专才的流失。


上述非技术外劳在2012年寄出的外汇达200亿令吉,我们估计今年会达到300亿令吉。外劳之多,让马来西亚人都觉得自己像在国土里的陌生人,特别是沙巴。


马来西亚人不能丧失希望,而是要逼迫巫统马上停止玩弄宗教及种族仇恨,并把焦点摆正在经济课题上。马来西亚人必须坚持廉正及透明度以对抗贪污、追求卓越、竞争不放弃、对未来充满希望,提供平等机会的平台,不只要培育人才,也要让他们发挥所长,最重要的是通过赞美多元维持社会和谐。


民众对于政治领袖必须有所要求,对于后者的管理能力及生产力等技术要求绝对不能妥协。而政治领袖亦要掌握管理技巧,如设定目标、奖励绩效,同时确保成果可以被量化。


唯有放眼以成效为基础的治理,我们才能确保追求幸福不是梦,而是一个愿景,我们可以通过努力工作、合作经营及尊崇法治做到这一点。
 
唯有认真当推行“成果型施政模式”,国人追求幸福的目标才不至于沦为一场梦。而这个目标可以透过努力工作、共同合作及遵从法治得以落实。当权力腐蚀正义,我们就没有了法治,反之,当我们的法律能够保护所有人的权益、为民众服务之际,那么,法治就得以实现了。


林冠英

Penang Will Host the 29th WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 On March 15-23, 2014 in sPICE, Penang

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Press Conference By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town, Penang On 29.1.2014.

Penang Will Host the 29th WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 On March 15-23, 2014 in sPICE, Penang.

Penang will host the 29th WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 for the 1st time in our history on March 15-23, 2014 at sPICE (Subterranean Penang International Conference & Exhibition Centre) in Penang. This follows the cancellation of the 2013 Women’s World Championship when both Hong Kong and Egypt rejected proposals to organize it last year.

Penang aspires to be a sporting city as part of a clean, green, healthy and safe Penang. WSA’s agreement to permit Penang to host this event is a strong recognition that Penang possesses the facilities, amenities and infrastructure of a fitting location for an international event as well as the experience and expertise to organize a world championship.

The cancellation of the Women’s World Squash Championship last year meant world No. 1 Nicol David was compelled to keep her world crown for an extended period. The Penang state government felt that it was a real shame that Penang’s very own world squash queen will not be able to add to her already impressive collection of seven world titles earned in 2005, 2006, 2008 - 2012. Malaysians, especially Penangites, are eagerly awaiting her to defend her title for a record eighth time.

For this reason, the Penang state government decided to step in to allow the 2013 championship to continue as well as give Penangites an unique opportunity to see our very own squash queen in action, and hopefully live up to expectations by winning the World title again. The Women’s Squash Association (WSA) premier event, which may cost up to RM1 million, will involve a prize money of USD 120,000. The state government will be approaching sponsors to assist in sharing the cost of this tournament. We are also happy to announce that Eastin Hotel will be the official hotel for this Championship.

A permanent show court or demountable all-glass court must be used for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the Championship. This world championship would generate truly worldwide TV and general media coverage.

The Women’s World Championship feature a 32 player main draw played over 5 / 6 days as agreed, and a preceding maximum 64 player qualification draw played over 3 days, March 15th to 17th. The qualification draw will be held at the Nicol David International Squash Center, Bukit Dumbar with the final games at sPICE.

World class players from 20 countries will be involved. Streamers publishing this World Championship will be put up in Penang beginning today and we urge all Penangites to give their support. Tickets for the world championship will be sold after Chinese New Year.


LIM GUAN ENG


槟城州首席部长林冠英于2014年1月29日在槟城乔治市光大发表声明。

槟城将于2014年3月15至23日在槟城湖内国际体育馆主办2013年第29届世界女子壁球锦标赛。

槟城州政府于2014年3月15至23日,在槟城国际会展中心承办2013年第29届世界女子壁球锦标赛,这是槟城史上首次承办这项国际锦标赛。原本2013年世界女子壁球锦标赛是因为香港和埃及相继拒绝承办曾被迫一度腰斩。

为了符合更干净、绿化、健康及安全的城市大方向,槟城立志要成为一座爱好运动的城市。世界女子壁球总会允许槟城主办这项国际赛事,是肯定槟城的运动设备、赛事设施及基础设施是足以举办世界级活动项目,而槟城的经验及专业能力更是赢得主办这项世界锦标赛的条件。

随着去年赛事被取消,意味着世界第一的妮科大卫自动获得延长保留其世界冠军头衔。槟城州政府对于槟城自家的世界壁球王后无法继2005、2006及2008至2012称霸7届世界冠军之后,无法在2013年凭她的实力在赛场上卫冕世界冠军觉得说不过去。马来西亚人,尤其是槟城人是渴望看到妮科可以第8度成功卫冕世界冠军。

因此,槟城州政府决定毛遂自荐让2013年世界女子壁球锦标赛重生,同时让槟城人借机现场亲睹我们的壁球女王,希望能在槟城父老面前再次荣获世界冠军头衔。世界女子壁球总会的顶级赛事举办费用多达100万令吉,这包括了12万美元的参赛奖金。州政府将会寻求其他赞助支持活动经费,而州政府也欣然宣布易思廷酒店(Eastin Hotel)将会成为赛会指定酒店。

世界女子壁球锦标赛的八强、半决赛及冠军战必须是在永久式壁球场或是可拆卸式玻璃壁球场地中举行。这项世界女子壁球锦标赛将会获得世界国内外的电子及主要媒体广泛报导。

届时,世界前32名种子选手将在5至6天内竞技争冠,多达64位选手在3月15日至3月17日参与入选赛,15日至17日在妮可大卫国际壁球中心,接着赛事将会在槟城国际会展中心(sPICE)进行竞技。

这项赛事将会吸引来自20个国家的世界顶级壁球选手参加。而主办单位将会在今天悬挂赛会宣传布条,因此我们呼吁槟城人民积极支持响应这项世界级的运动赛事。相关比赛的入门票将会在农历新年后公开发售。

林冠英

2014 Chinese New Year Message (EN/CN)

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2014 Chinese New Year Message By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 29.1.2014.

Penang’s Outcome-Based Model Of Governance That Is Centred On Competency, Accountability And Transparency Will Bring Dignity To The Rakyat And Hope For A Brighter Future.

Penang’s outcome-based model of governance that is centered on competency, accountability and transparency will bring dignity to the rakyat and hope for a brighter future. Penang can be the hope of a new model of governance where moderation is preferred over extremism and performance wins over cronyism.

The state government has relentlessly pursued a transformation of Penang into an international and intelligent city that allows Penang to escape the middle-income trap into a high-income economy as well as ensuring economic equity with balanced development in infrastructure and economic programs, cash aid and creating history as the first state in Malaysia to wipe out poverty. All this is achieved without any price hikes in 2014 by the state government whether in quit rent, assessment, business licenses or water tariffs. 

It is critical that we rely not only on savings and cost-cutting but also on generating revenue sources. The state government is moving up the value chain from a budget-based to an outcome-based administration, with emphasis not just on optimizing “value for money” but also on the broad effectiveness in achieving the desired socio-development goals.

Developing and attracting human talent is the critical success factor for Penang. An ecosystem of high quality educational system from primary to tertiary level, good and reliable healthcare as well as a dynamic entertainment, art,culture and heritage center that will allow the best and brightest to live, learn work and play in Penang.

Penang was No.1 in terms of investment in Malaysia from 2010 to August 2013. On the tourism front, we have now two theme parks Escape Theme Park and WWW water theme Park in Batu Ferringhi.

We have finally succeeded in drawing in IKEA to come to Batu Kawan, the first IKEA store outside Kuala Lumpur.  A premium retail outlet, the second one in Malaysia after Johor, will also be in Batu Kawan. Batu Kawan will also be the home of universities like KDU and UK’s Hull that will offer courses in law, engineering, logistics, business studies and accounting.

Penang has been voted by Guardian newspaper of United Kingdom as the 8th best tourist destination in the world, the only one from South-East Asia. Penang and Kuala Lumpur is also the 3rd best place to retire in the world. Finally for the first time in history, Penang will make Malaysia proud by hosting the first World Women Squash Championships in Malaysia in March 2014. 

In this Year of the Horse, we strive to preach pragmatism that seek practical solutions that can broaden opportunities for the young and seek a stronger presence of women.  We are mindful of the fact that there can be no rule of law when justice easily falls victim to power.  Any legal system or established set of institutions must be solely devised to protect the rights of citizens and serve ordinary people.

We believe that Penang can prove that social harmony is best achieved through celebrating our differences not depriving or oppressing another’s rights. Let us prove that economic prosperity can best be achieved by giving everyone equal opportunities, integrity in leadership and sustainable development.

LIM GUAN ENG

槟州首席部长林冠英2014 年华人农历新年献词:

槟城所谓能干、公信、透明的宗旨就是以成果型施政模式为槟城人民带来尊严及光明的未来。

槟城所谓能干、公信、透明的宗旨就是以成果型施政模式为槟城人民带来尊严及光明的未来。槟城可以中庸胜过极端主义,表现好过朋党主义的新施政模范带来新的希望。

州政府努力地让槟州转型成为国际及智能城市,让槟城逃离中等收入陷阱,成为高收入经济体,同时也确保经济公平、基建及经济平衡发展、提供现金补助、创造历史成为马来西亚第一个成功除贫的州属。州政府在2014年没有让任何价格上涨,包括租金、商业执照费、门牌税或水费。

我们的任务非常重要,我们不能只是依赖节约及减少成本,我们也要制造收入来源。州政府已经提升价值链,从预算基础行政转移至成果型行政,我们不只强调“物有所值”,我们要在达致社会发展目标方面起着更广的作用。

发展及吸引人才是槟城成功的关键因素。一个拥有从小学到大学的高素质教育体系,良好可靠的医保设施、活力四射的娱乐、艺术、文化及古迹中心,将吸引最优秀的人才前来居住、学习、工作及休闲。

槟城在2010年至2013年期间,在投资额方面排名第一。旅游业方面,我们在峇都丁宜增添了两个主题公园,它们是ESCAPE世外逃园以及WWW海上乐园。

我们也成功吸引宜家家居来到峇都加湾,成为宜家家居第一个在吉隆坡以外的分行。柔佛州的名牌专卖商场,也将在峇都加湾建立全马第二家。KDU大学学际及英国赫尔大学也将在峇都加湾设立分校,提供法律、工程、物流、商业课程及会计。

槟城也被英国《卫报》投选为世界第8最佳旅游胜地,是东南亚唯一获选的。槟城与吉隆坡都是世界第三最佳退休地。最后,槟城也让马来西亚自豪,我们将在2014年3月首次主办世界女子壁球锦标赛。

在迎接马年,我们应该更务实及脚踏实地的方案,扩大机会给年轻人,及确保能有更大的空间给女性同胞。我们确实认为当正义成为权力的受害者,根本不可能会有法制。任何法制系统所成立的机构,一定只能纯碎为了保护公民权力及为人民服务。

我们深信,槟城能证明,要迈向社会融洽,是通过欢庆我们的多元化,而不是剥夺其他人的基本权力。让我们证明若要落实经济繁荣,就是要给人民平等机会、领袖要塑立诚信及施行永续发展。
林冠英