How Much Has The Federal Government Allocated For Penang Under the 10th Malaysian Plan?

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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 14.2.2011

 

Penang hopes that Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop can urge the Federal government to reveal how much has been allocated for Penang under the 10th Malaysian Plan. So far no information has been forthcoming about the projects and funding for Penang even though the 10th Malaysian Plan was unveiled on 10 June 2010 in Parliament by the Prime Minister.

 

RM230 billion was set out for the 10MP with 60 % physical development and 40 % non-physical development based on 7 key thrusts identified namely

·        Charting development for a high income nation

·        6 pct growth target

·        Per capita income to increase to RM38,845 (US$12,139) by 2015

·        Creating private sector-led economy

·        Supporting innovation-led growth

·        Full employment

·        Restructuring of subsidies

 

However 9 months after the 10MP was launched, the Penang state government still does not know how much was Penang allocated and what projects would be identified. To-date, we are uncertain whether the Federal government has decided on the allocation for the respective states under the 10MP. It is only fair for Penang to receive its fair share in view of the annual sum of nearly RM4 billion in contributions to the Federal government.

 

Penang No. 1 In Implementing 9MP Projects But What Are They?

 

The only information available is the statement by Tan Sri Nor that Penang recorded the highest percentage in utilisation of funds, compared with other states, in expenditures on development projects implemented by the federal government. Tan Sri Nor said that 91.84 per cent of the RM7.176 billion allocated for development projects in Penang under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) had been utilised.

 

Again the Penang state government hopes that Tan Sri Nor can reveal the details of the projects under the 9MP, which shows the progress and effective implementation by the federal government in Penang.  This will also assist in determining the reasons for the delay so that such weaknesses will not be repeated again. There is no doubt that delayed completion of projects causes losses detrimental to public interest. Such delays can be avoided with proper planning and supervision.


LIM GUAN ENG

 

Penang Willing To Be Briefed By Pemandu

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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 13.2.2011.

 Penang Willing To Be Briefed By Pemandu To Co-ordinate And Co-operate On Successfully Implementing The 95 Entry Points Projects(EPPs) In Penang Over The Next 10 Years.

 

Penang welcomes the assurances in yesterday’s Bernama by the Performance Management and Delivery Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department or Pemandu that Penang has not been left out of the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). The Penang state government is willing to meet and be briefed by Pemandu on the 95 entry points projects (EPPs) to co-ordinate and co-operate on its successful implementation in Penang over the next 10 years within 11 National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs).

 

So far the state government had not received any details of where the 95 EPPs supposed to be located in Penang and what type of EPPs are they. Apart from the Tourism and the Electrical & Electronic NKEA revealed by Pemandu, what are the other NKEA identified?

 

Neither did Pemandu revealed the amount of investments investments, the increase in per capita Gross National Income(GNI) nor the number of jobs expected to be created. In contrast, when 19 EPP was unveiled last month, Pemandu disclosed that a total of RM67 billion in investments would generate a per capita GNI of RM 35 billion and generate 35,000 jobs.

 

It is wrong for Pemandu to reject the proportional approach to determine the amount of investment that a state is entitled to. If the ETP is a focused, inclusive and sustainable initiative that will transform Malaysia into a high-income nation by 2020, then there must be at least one EPP in each of the 13 states in Malaysia, excluding Federal Territory. Not a single EPP out of the 19 EPP announced last month was located in Penang.

 

How can the ETP be inclusive and share the wealth of the country with all segments of the population, whether urban or rural, regardless of gender and in all regions, if Penang is left out? Further how can the 95 EPPs promised for Penang over the next 10 years be successfully implemented and completed without the co-operation of the state government?

 

The Penang state government should be fully informed and not kept in the dark. To only know through the media that there are 95 EPPs over the next 10 years after being compelled to highlight publicly the perceived neglect of Penang is distressing and does not lend confidence to its professional execution. Execution is key and requires full disclosure which not only promotes transparency but also engagement with all stakeholders. The Penang people has a right to know the full details of the 95 EPPs promised, and not see it being wrapped up in some mysterious dark secrets.


LIM GUAN ENG

Perkasa Can Censor Key Provisions In The New Economic Model(NEM)

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Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 9.2.2011.

 

What Difference Is BN From Perkasa When Perkasa Can Censor Key Provisions In The New Economic Model(NEM) Such As Establishing An Equal Opportunities Commission And A Performance-Based System?

National Economic Advisory Council member Zainal Aznam Mohd Yusof revelations that Perkasa can censor key provisions in the NEM's such as proposing an equal opportunities commission, political reforms and a performance-based system. Speaking yesterday at a forum in Kuala Lumpur, Zainal Aznam added that listening to Perkasa meant that the cabinet had failed the test on reforms.

 

He added that "This was the government's litmus test and at this time, I have to say that there is no political will.”  What difference is BN from Perkasa when Perkasa can exercise such strong influence to completely sabotage the NEM?

 

Zainal also said that the appointment of former Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad as Felda chairperson sends the wrong signals in reference to Mohd Isa's track record of graft. UMNO had barred Isa from contesting in the UMNO elections in 2005 for being involved in money politics. Former Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir also criticized the worsening state of corruption in Malaysia in the same forum.

 

The failure to act and resolve several corruption scandals involving MIC such as the MAIKA scandal, MCA’s Port Klang Free Trade Zone scandal and UMNO’s RM52 billion bumi shares scandal that ‘disappeared” instead of being given to poor Malays/bumis. Worse, is the biggest scandal reported by the US-based financial watchdog Global Financial integrity (GFI) that illegal money  outflows from Malaysia for the period 2000-2008 topped US$291 billion or RM888 billion!

 

RM888 billion in only 9 years is a huge sum by any measure, and more than four times our 2011 National Budget. If RM888 billion was given to 27 million Malaysians, each man woman and child would receive nearly 33,000/- each over 9 years. The refusal of BN to come clean will not only cause greater losses in the future, there is a possibility that the country may even go bankrupt by 2019 as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala had warned.

 

The failure by these so-called independent groups such as Perkasa to demand stern action against corruption only proves that they are supporting BN to prevent any changes that will threaten the politics of patronage and cronyism. By supporting Perkasa’s successful sabotage of the NEM, UMNO and BN has shown once again that 1Malaysia is an empty slogan that will not embrace the future with hope but serve to withdraw us into the past with fears and threats.

 

LIM GUAN ENG