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26th April 2015 AIR ITAM DAM


Good Morning.
As we commemorate World Water Day 2015 at the Air Itam Dam today, I would like to emphasise 3 key points about water supply in Penang:

1. Firstly, the Penang State Government intends to keep its promise of avoiding water rationing in Penang at all costs.

In 2014, rationing was implemented in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor as well as in some districts in Perak (Taiping), Negeri Sembilan and Johor. There was no rationing in Penang in 2014.

Earlier this year, Negri Sembilan and Johor had to implement water rationing due to water shortages. Certain parts of Selangor experienced water interruptions due to contaminated raw water sources during the recent dry season. There is no rationing in Penang thus far in 2015.

I would like to commend PBAPP for doing an effective and efficient job in avoiding water rationing. PBAPP will have to keep up the good work because we do not want to cause hardships for the people and losses to the thousands of businesses that provide employment to the people.

2. Secondly, the Penang State Government and PBAPP need the people’s cooperation to avoid water rationing. All we are asking is for you to use less water, and to use water wisely. As mentioned by Ir. Jaseni, please visit for water saving tips today.

We need you to conserve water because of climate change. Compared to 10 years ago, it is now hotter, hazier and drier in Penang at certain times of the year. The annual rainfalls that fill our dams are less predictable. We cannot fight climate change, so we have to adapt by using less water so that we always have enough for all.

We also need you to conserve water because the Federal Government and Perak have stalled or turned their backs on their promise of developing the Sungai Perak Raw Water Transfer Scheme (SPRWTS). The SPRWTS was proposed by Penang to allow us to tap a second and alternative raw water resource in this age of climate change towards Year 2050. However, the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, or KeTTHA, does not want to mediate discussions between Perak and Penang. Instead, KeTTHA has asked us to “negotiate” directly with Perak on the SPRWTS.

Meanwhile, Perak has indicated that it only wants to sell Penang treated water when what we need is raw water. Clearly, this idea by Perak is not practical because their price will be too high. Our water tariffs will at least triple if not more if we are forced to buy treated water from Perak.

That said, the Penang State Government and PBAPP will not give up on the SPRTWS. The Federal Government must be held accountable for undertaking this critical raw water resource development project in accordance to the 2011 agreements signed when Penang migrated to the National Water Services Re-structuring Initiative. We will continue to push but we do not know when this project will materialise.

Until the Federal Government keeps this promise to Penang, we ask all Penangites to “save water”, just to be “safe.”

3. Thirdly, as your “people-friendly” State Government, we would like to emphasise that there is a good benefit or reward to using water wisely in Penang. If you use water wisely, your household will enjoy the most “people-friendly” average domestic tariff for the first 35,000 litres per month at RM0.32 per 1,000 litres.

Please let me be clear about this: no one else charges RM0.32 per 1,000 litres for the first 35,000 litres per month, anywhere else in Malaysia.

Please do not be fooled or misled by certain parties who proclaim that water tariffs have been raised too many times, or that Penang’s tariffs burden the
people, or that the timing of the water tariff review is “untimely”, “suspicious” or whatever. We have only raised domestic tariffs once since the 90s and this
is to conserve water as water is wasted when the
tariffs are too low.

Instead, consider the following simple facts and figures:

 If your household uses less than 35,000 litres of water per month, you pay an average of RM0.32 per 1,000 litres.

 More than 7 out of every 10 households in Penang use less than 35,000 litres of water per month.

 Penang’s RM0.32 per 1,000 litres is less than 50% of the national average of RM0.66 per 1,000 litres. Kedah charges RM0.67, Perak charges RM0.73 and Johor charges RM1.05.

As such, 75.3% of all households in Penang enjoy the most “people-friendly” domestic tariffs in Malaysia today. This is a fact. It is the simple truth that nobody can deny.

Moreover, the remaining 24.7% of households are given the option of conserving water to enjoy the same privilege. Unlike the GST that burdens everyone, that nobody can avoid, Penang households can reduce consumption to avoid paying more for water supply.

As such, the Penang Water Tariff Review 2015 is an urgent water demand management initiative to
reduce water consumption in Penang so that we may avoid water shortages and rationing.

It is also a “people-friendly” initiative that rewards the majority of domestic households in Penang who use less than 35,000 litres of water per month. We cannot avoid the effects of the Federal Government’s GST, but if you make the right choice, you can pay much, much less than the national average for domestic water supply in Penang.

So, please choose Penang’s “people-friendly” option. Save water and use water wisely today.

Thank You.


Unveiling of The Design Village in Batu Kawan, Penang

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Speech by The Right Honourable Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang in Unveiling of The Design Village in Batu Kawan, Penang at Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion on 23rd April 2015

Good evening, everyone.

The Penang State government wishes to transform Penang into an international and intelligent state. Batu Kwan is part of that vision - An international location that welcomes all types of retail businesses including the premium category.

By 2016 the first premium outlet mall of the north will open to mark Penang’s status as an international shopping destination. Indeed with 6.0 million tourists a year in 2013, it is not difficult to see how popular it already is.
Batu Kawan is growing into a major investment hub not just for the manufacturing and the services sectors, but also the knowledge and IT industries with the likes of Temasik, Citibank, HP, SanDisk and Seagate investing billions into its future.

The total land area of Design Village is 40 acres amounting to RM65 million for the development to be paid to PDC.

This Design Village will be well-served by transport links. The good connectivity includes the proposed MRT/LRT network that will run through Batu Kawan. Savills, who are the international property developer and listed company supporting this development, have confirmed that most premium brands are signing up here. In total the 40 acre development, will exceed RM1 billion in value when completed.

Design Village will have 150 branded shops supported by 2,500 car parks on 28 acres of land. It will create more than 1,500 jobs directly and more than 5,000 in support industries in the state. We envisage that together with its neighbours like KDU University and Ikea, thousands more jobs and opportunities will become available very quickly.

When fully developed, Batu Kawan should have a total population of 300,000, one-sixth of the state’s current population. With all its planned commercial, leisure, retail and industrial developments underpinnned by a comprehensive infrastructure, it is clear that residential real estate will be popular with both Penang and non-Penang residents.

PE Land’s project is on target to open for Christmas 2016, but the Design Village has in fact brought together the best local, regional and international creative and retail minds. They could have taken the easy route and just build a normal brick and mortar but, instead, we have here tonight the most creative people from Penang and the top names from Japan, Bangkok, China and New York.

We hope that PE Land can bring the most creative minds to curate Design Village to be a development that is not merely unique and the only one of its kind in all of Batu Kawan, but in fact the catalyst that will brand Penang as a world-class retail destination.

Let them showcase and unveil the Design Village here tonight, Penang indeed deserves the best because it is simply the best!



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Good afternoon.

It is indeed a great pleasure for me to attend this luncheon, held in conjunction with the official opening of the Battery Separator Film Division at Penfibre this morning.
On behalf of the government and people of Penang, I would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to Toray for another milestone in your business expansion, particularly in the State of Penang.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

From a humble beginning where Toray Industries Inc., Japan first invested in Penang in 1973, we are proud to see that TORAY Group (Malaysia) has grown and expanded tremendously over the last 40 over years. With approximately RM4.5 billion investment to date and annual sales revenue of over RM4.1 billion from Penfibre, Penfabric, Toray Plastics (Malaysia) and Toray BASF PBT Resin, Toray is now one of the single largest investors in Penang and Malaysia. Thank you to Toray for providing thousands of job opportunities to our Malaysians over the last 4 decades.

Penang’s approved manufacturing investments increased to RM 8.2 billion in year 2014 compared to RM 3.9 billion in year 2013, a significant 109% increased. This made Penang the top 3 State with the highest investment, after Johor and Sarawak. Total investments in Penang has increased 93.6% to RM48.2 billion for the seven years period of 2008 to 2014, compared to the previous seven years period of 2001 to 2007 which was only RM24.9 billion. The jobs created has also increased 20.1% to 109,592 compared to 91,252 for the same period.

Going forward, it is important for Penang to stress on establishing Penang as a centre of science and technology through the Tech-Dome Penang project. Supported by our strong commitment to the Penang Government’s CAT policy, which stresses on “Competency”, “Accountability” and “Transparency”, it is our fervent hope that the bond and cooperation between all stakeholders will bring about a better tomorrow for every one of us.

I am happy to note that TORAY Group (Malaysia) has never failed in coming forward to support our nation building, through the various community projects under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), namely:

• the RM2.5 Million Seberang Jaya Swimming Pool Complex in 1982,

• the RM6.0 Million Electronic Scoreboard at Batu Kawan Stadium in 1999,

• the establishment of the Malaysia Toray Science Foundation (MTSF) in 1993 to promote science and technology in Malaysia,

• the setting up of the “TORAY-USM KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER CENTRE” with a donation of RM4.0 Million to Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), and

• the recent cash contribution of RM300 thousand towards the Tech-Dome Penang project.

In conclusion, I would like to once again congratulate Toray for having successfully established this new BSF Division in Penang. I am confident that Toray Group will enjoy even greater success in your future endeavors.
Thank you.