The Lease Signing of Wisma Yeap Chor Ee

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Speech by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at The Lease Signing of Wisma Yeap Chor Ee on 29th June 2014

Wisma Yeap Chor Ee as a Hub for Creative Animation Triggers and Penang Science Cluster Allow Penang to Escape the Middle-Income Trap and Become a High-Income Economy.

Yb. Dato’ Mohd Rashid Hasnon
Deputy Chief Minister of Penang (1)

Yb. Puan Chong Eng
State Executive Councillor

Yg. Bhg. Dato’ Rosli Jaafar
General Manager, Penang Development Corporation

Puan Ir Hartini Ali,
Deputy General Manager (II), Penang Development Corporation

Yg. Bhg. Dato’ Seri Stephen Yeap Leong Huat
Chairman, Wawasan Open University Sdn. Bhd.

Yg. Bhg. Prof  Dato’ Ho Sinn Chye
Vice Chancellor & Chief  Executive Officer
Wawasan Open University Sdn. Bhd.

Members of  The Penang State Executive Council (EXCO)

Pillar Heads  from Penang Science Cluster & Techdome Penang

Distinguished guests

Members from the media

It is a great pleasure for me to be here today to witness the signing of the lease of Wisma Yeap Chor Ee between PENANG DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION and WAWASAN OPEN UNIVERSITY SDN BHD.

The significance of this signing underlines the state government’s commitment in promoting science and technology, as well as creative animation, by creating the space necessary through leasing this lovely Wisma Yeap Chor Ee heritage building. This will be the hub for Creative Animation Triggers (CAT) in Georgetown, and will house the Penang Science Café operated by the Penang Science Cluster. Together, the CAT and the Penang Science Café provide the best means to promote, develop and build an interactive connection between science and students; creative industries and end users; innovating and inspiring our future generations towards a high income, service oriented economy.

Investing in the Future

The Penang state government’s vision is to transform Penang into an international and intelligent city while maintaining its renowned heritage and preferred tourist location in Malaysia. Over the last 40 years, Penang’s economy has shifted from extraction in the 1960s to industrialisation, from the export of raw commodities to manufacturing. In other words, Penang’s economy was factor-driven by relying on basic commodities before being efficiency-driven by relying on manufacturing. Penang needs to be not only efficiency-driven but also innovation-driven in manufacturing, services and even the public sector.

The key to future economic success is not an over-reliance on one sector but to seek convergence of not only the manufacturing sector but also both the services and government sector. Services sector includes not only tourism, medical treatment and education but ICT, shared services & outsourcing (SSO) and creative multimedia content.

We are helping to build the capacity of the state as it moves toward a knowledge economy by maximizing local content, adding value through integrated industrial parks, and promoting economic diversification and entrepreneurship.

The focus is to encourage the production of content which is of high quality, innovative and creative, hence, build the foundation for a thriving and lucrative creative multimedia industry to optimise the mature development of the digital network. Fostering creative industries can spur economic growth and create jobs. I hope to propel Penang further up the value chain via its focus on high value-added industries such as creative multimedia content.

BPO-ITO Hub Component of Creative Animation Triggers (CAT)

The creative multimedia industry is making its mark as one of the most sought-after industries in the world, with prospects ranging from post production, special effect studio, publishing, animation, computer games, interactive content, mobile content, applications, and also interactive media. In other words, the creative multimedia industry acts as glue that bonds technology and arts together in harmony.

Penang has the potential to become an animation cluster for Malaysia in the future. Here in Penang we have universities, colleges and academies that train creative multimedia talents. Our talents are also very deep in creativity in areas such as arts, 3D animation and animation touches, not just illustration and artistry.

To incubate this emerging knowledge cluster, the George Town World Cultural Heritage Enclave has been identified as the centre of creative multimedia development with a total of 100,000 sq. feet office space known as Creative Animation Triggers (CAT). The signing today of Wisma Yeap Chor Ee is part of this dream. We take one step closer to realising this dream with 42,402 sq. feet for 30 years, at monthly rental of RM42,402 per month, at RM1 per sq. feet, with an increase of 10% once every three years. The restoration costs to be financed by PDC works out to be RM5 million. We will ensure that the heritage elements of this building remains.

Creative Animation Triggers (CAT) aims to enhance capacity, capability and competency in Penang’s creative industry to produce world-class content and ultimately become a global hub for multimedia information and digital content services as well as drive entrepreneurship in the creative industry.
 
Incubation of this knowledge cluster in the centre of George Town UNESCO world cultural heritage enclave will grow our heritage community, boost the standard of professionalism and quality of the creative content entrepreneurs, and making Penang a creative city. It is for the community’s use to form a central arts district that can inspire creativity and offer an avenue for artists to gather.

Penang has a long way to go compared with more developed creative industries in developed nations like United States, South Korea and Japan which have contributed over five per cent to their GDP. (MyCreative, 17 February 2014)

CAT can help create over 1,000 highly-skilled, knowledge-intensive and high-value job opportunities.

As a result of all these activities and investment, we can only look forward to better, faster options in the creative multimedia landscape, as well as science and technology, pushing Penang from the middle-income trap.

 

Thank you.
LIM GUAN ENG

On What Basis Has The IGP The Right To Act And Arrest For Sedition Those Who Question Court Decisions, When He Himself Has Flagrantly Broken The Law With An Unlawful Of Refusing To Obey And Enforce A Direct Court Order?

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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 26 June 2014.

On What Basis Has The IGP The Right To Act And Arrest For Sedition Those Who Question Court Decisions, When He Himself Has Flagrantly Broken The Law With An Unlawful Of Refusing To Obey And Enforce A Direct Court Order?


Inspector-General of Police(IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar should stop making threats of taking action for sedition, against those who question the decision of the Federal Court that the BN Federal government had a right to ban the Catholic weekly “The Herald” from using kalimah “Allah”. The IGP’s warnings is unbecoming for a  police chief charged with protecting the public, and smacks of double-standards when no action is taken against UMNO leaders from Perkasa, who on 23 June 2014 repeated their calls for the closure of the vernacular Chinese and Tamil primary schools.

Malaysians have a legal and constitutional right to question any court decision that is finally decided. This is in accordance with political, social, and judicial norms of our country since Merdeka. Criticism of court decisions based on the law also complies with international practices and natural laws. If court decisions can not be questioned, then this is no longer a democracy governed by rule of law but a dictatorship governed by men pretending to act under divine laws.

Police failure to act against those who bully and threatens minority groups or PR leaders who oppose BN only shows how the IGP has politicized the police force into becoming a tool of BN. Instead of upholding the law, the IGP has chosen to break the law by refusing to enforce child custodial orders issued by the Ipoh High Court. The High Court’s order to the police that the Muslim parent who had unilaterally converted the child, must return the child to the mother, is following universally and internationally accepted practices of human decency and humanity of reuniting mother and child.

The refusal of the IGP to comply with civil court orders is clearly a breach of statutory duty that has exposed Khalid Abu Bakar as completely unfit for such a high and important position because he has conveniently forgotten one of the primary police duties under Section 20 of the Police Act 1967 is to execute any orders of summons, subpoenas, warrants  legally issued by the courts. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s suggestion of referring such child custody cases to the Federal Court fails to address, correct and punish such open contempt of courts and defiance of the IGP’s statutory duty.

On what basis has the IGP the right to act and arrest for sedition those who question court decisions, when he himself has flagrantly broken the law with an unlawful of of refusing to obey and enforce a direct court order?

LIM GUAN ENG
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槟城州首席部长林冠英于2014年6月26日在乔治市光大发表的文告

当全国总警长连自己都公然地违法,违抗法庭的谕令拒绝执法采取行动,他本身还能基于什么权力以煽动罪名对付及逮捕质疑法庭判决者?

全国总警长丹斯里卡立阿布巴卡应该停止威胁要以煽动法令对付那些质疑法院裁决者,只因为他们质疑联邦法院裁决国阵联邦政府有权禁止天主教《先锋报》刊物使用“阿拉”一词。全国总警长的警告,根本不符合作为保护公众的警界一哥。而且,全国总警长还双重标准,没有采取行动对付在6月23日重复恫言要关闭华小与淡小的土权巫统领袖。

马来西亚人拥有法律及宪法的权力质疑任何法院最终的裁决。这都权力是来自独立以来依据政治、社会及司法的惯例。以法律观点批评法院裁决也是符合国际惯例与自然法。若法院的裁决不能被质疑,那就不再是以法治为基础的民主施政,而是伪装成神规戒律,行人治独裁施政之实。

警方无法采取行动对付那些只因为反国阵,就欺凌及恐吓少数群体及民联领袖的滋事份子,这证明了全国总警长已经将警力政治化,成为国阵的工具。原理应维护法治的全国总警长,却选择违抗法律,拒绝怡保高庭谕令在改教扶养权争议中执法采取行动。高庭谕令警方必须要单方面将孩子改教的穆斯林父亲,将孩子归还给母亲,这乃是依据人性尊严及人道主义,让母亲与孩子团聚的普世与国际社会可接受之惯例。

全国总警长拒绝履行法庭谕令,已经是明显的渎职,并暴露出卡立并不胜任全国总警长这么高阶及重要的职位。因为他已经轻易忘了在1967年警察法令第20条文下,警方的首要任务就是执行法庭合法发出的任何传召、传讯及搜查或逮捕令。还有,首相拿督斯里纳吉一边厢只会建议将孩童扶养权的争议案交给联邦法院,但他却完全没有指出、纠正及惩罚公开违抗法院谕令的渎职全国总警长。

当全国总警长连自己都公然地违法,违抗法庭的谕令拒绝执法采取行动,他本身还能基于什么权力以煽动罪名对付及逮捕质疑法庭判决者?

林冠英

Teng Chang Yeow Should Answer Why He Opposes 2 Runways For An Established International Airport Like Penang When Kedah Can Seek RM 1.6 Billion To Build An Entirely New 3rd Kedah International Airport In Kulim

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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 25.6.2014.
 
Teng Chang Yeow Should Answer Why He Opposes 2 Runways For An Established International Airport Like Penang When Kedah Can Seek RM 1.6 Billion To Build An Entirely New 3rd  Kedah International Airport In Kulim.

Penang BN Chairman Teng Chang Yow should not try to distract attention but answer questions as to the real Penang BN position when he opposes but yet Penang UMNO supports Kedah Mentri Besar (MB) Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir’s proposal to build a new international airport in Kulim, Kedah. More importantly, Teng should answer the question why he opposes 2 runways for an established international airport like Penang when Kedah can seek RM 1.6 billion to build an entirely new 3rd  Kedah International Airport in Kulim with 2 runways.
 
Mukhriz had said the RM 1.6 billon costs included land acquisition, the building of basic infrastructure of the airport and two runways. Mukhriz further said that the Penang International Airport had reached its maximum capacity in 2 years and its one runway showed limited capacity to accommodate more aircraft. 
 
However instead of building a 2nd runway, a new integrated air cargo hub and a Maintenance Repair and Overhaul or MRO facility for Penang that costs RM600 million, BN is more intent on spending RM 1.6 billon for a completely new airport in the middle of the jungle in Kulim, Kedah. Like Teng, Mukhriz had said it was not easy for Penang airport to have a second runway as the factories were located near it, adding the suggestion of sea reclamation to extend the runway was “easier said than done”.
 
The Penang state government disagrees strongly with the intention of the BN Federal government to neglect and bypass Penang for Kedah. Clearly this is seen as a undemocratic and vindictive punitive action against Penang for supporting PR with the largest  mandate of 68% of the popular votes in the 2013 general elections.
 
Instead of addressing these questions on why he opposes the 2nd airport runway for Penang and what is BN Penang’s real stand when UMNO Penang takes a contradictory position from Teng, Teng has decided to focus on irrelevant and petty issues. Penang is proud of what we had achieved in making Penang as a location of choice of investors. For the 6 year period under PR rule from 2008-2013, Penang recorded an investment of RM 40,049 million which is nearly double BN’s total 6 year figures from 2002-7 of RM 21,095 million.
 
And yet BN criticize the state government for any drop in investments last  year but when investments go up the following year, BN claims credit instead. Let the people of Penang decide whether it is for BN to blame the state government when investment goes down but then forget to praise the state government but claim credit when investment rises. Instead, it is the 1.6 million Penangites that should claim the credit for Penang’s success as the top investment state in Malaysia.
 
For BN to question falling investor confidence in Penang is at best ignorant and at worst a pretence of being unaware that Temasek Holdings had just signed a joint-venture agreement to develop a High Technology Industrial Park valued at RM11.3 billion for the manufacturing and services sector. BN should drop all pretence and concede that PR performed much better during our 6 years in power with RM40,049 million in investments as compared to the BN’s previous 6 years of RM 21,095 million.
 
I have no interest in Teng;s tactics of politicizing investment figures by even questioning the answers provided by the Prime Minsiter Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Parliament. The Penang state government has received little to no cooperation from federal government agencies. There is even no replies to our formal letters on many issues. For this reason, we are forced to rely on parliamentary questions. Unfortunately even Parliamentary questions sometimes elicit very little information.
 
For this reason, when viewed within the context of Penang operating practically on our own, Penang’s achievement as the top investment location in Malaysia is more remarkable. The challenges for Penang will only increase with Kedah now openly using its political connections with the Federal government to undermine Penang’s competitiveness.
 
Even though Kedah is not in the picture at all nationally or regionally in terms of investments, Penang is not afraid of competing with another new international airport in Kulim, but on a level playing field by giving us an additional runway, integrated air cargo facility and MRO hub. The question is whether Teng and UMNO Penang will support Penang’s International Airport upgrade expansion proposals with deeds rather than empty words to compete fairly with the proposed new international airport in Kulim.

 
LIM GUAN ENG

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槟州首席部长林冠英于2014年6月25日在乔治市光大发表声明:
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邓章耀应该解释清楚,当吉打寻求16亿令吉在居林兴建州内的第三座新国际机场时,为何他却反对槟国际机场扩建至两条跑道。
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槟州国阵主席邓章耀不应转移视线,而是老实地告诉大家,为何当他反对在居林兴建一座全新的国际机场之际,槟城巫统却支持吉打州务大臣拿督斯里慕克里的这项计划?更重要的是,邓章耀应该解释清楚,当吉打寻求16亿令吉在居林兴建拥有两条跑道的第三座新国际机场时,为什么他却反对槟国际机场扩建至两条跑道。
 
慕克里说,有关新机场的16亿令吉造价,包含了土地征用、机场基建以及两条跑道的费用。慕克里也提及,槟国际机场再过两年就会达到客流承载量的极限,而其仅有的一条跑道局限了它承载更多客机的可能。

即便在槟国际机场增建新一条跑道、综合空运设施,以及一座航空保养、维修及检查中心,仅需6亿令吉,不过国阵却意图耗费更多钱,用高达16亿令吉在居林一片丛林中央,换取一座全新的机场。慕克里的说辞和邓章耀同出一辙,即槟机场不容易兴建第二条跑道,因为附近都被工厂包围了。至于填海索地,根本就是“说易行难”。
 
槟州政府强烈反对国阵联邦政府刻意舍槟城取吉打的行为,明显的,这是一项针对槟城人的惩罚行为,因为槟城人在2013年全国普选时,鼎力支持民联,使民联获得68%的选票,进而续任政府。国阵若因此斗气式的惩处槟城人,是非常不服民主精神的。

邓章耀理应回答,为何他反对槟机场增建新跑道?同时他也要告诉大家,为什么槟巫统和他的立场背道而驰,那槟国阵真正的立场到底是什么?但目前来看,邓章耀选择以无关痛痒的事情来转移视线,企图避重就轻。槟州深感自豪,因为已经成了投资者的选择。在民联执政后的2008年至2013年,槟州获得的有记录投资额为400亿4900万令吉。这个数字是国阵在2002年至2007年执政槟州时所带来的210亿9500万令吉的近乎一倍。然而,现在国阵因去年投资额下跌而批评槟民联政府,但来年要是上升了,他们准会来邀功。就让全体槟城人来决定是否让国阵在投资额下跌时责备民联政府,可是,当投资额上升时,不但没有称赞州政府,还跑过来邀功。说实在,槟城攀升至全国投资额第一名,真正的功劳乃属160万个槟城人。

国阵质疑外资对槟城的信心下滑,是不是故意不看淡马锡控股刚和槟城签署合约,共同发展价值113亿令吉高科技科学园区内的制造业及服务业?国阵应该丢开所有借口与成见,承认民联执政以来吸引的投资额达400亿4900万令吉,远比国阵在之前六年执政槟州时所带来的210亿9500万令吉,表现得更好。

邓章耀在首相于国会上给予的数据上大作文章,我对于邓政治化这些问题不感兴趣。槟州政府向来只获得少部分联邦政府机构的合作与配合,有时候我们去函询问某些课题,甚至连回应都没有。基于这个问题,我们唯有寻求在国会上获得答案,可悲的是,有时国会的答案资料也十分不足。 职是之故,在槟城自力更生的脉络下审视我们获得全国投资额的第一,将更显弥足珍贵。现在,吉打运用其和联邦政府的政治连接,促使降低槟城的竞争力,会是我们槟城的一大挑战。

在投资一事上,吉打于全国或区域上称不上是焦点,槟城也并不害怕和居林的新机场竞争,但在公平竞争的前提下,请让我们得以增建新一条跑道、综合空运设施,以及一座航空保养、维修及检查中心。现在的问题是,邓章耀或槟巫统会不会给予实际的支持?