PERASMIAN PROJEK MENAIKTARAF SEBAHAGIAN JALAN MASJID NEGERI DI ANTARA BULATAN UDINI DAN JALAN DELIMA

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TEKS UCAPAN YAB KETUA MENTERI UNTUK PERASMIAN PROJEK MENAIKTARAF SEBAHAGIAN JALAN MASJID NEGERI DI ANTARA BULATAN UDINI DAN JALAN DELIMA

1. Jalan Masjid Negeri merupakan sebahagian daripada jalan lingkaran utama mengelilingi pinggiran George Town yang menampung aliran lallintas yang tinggi setiap hari. Jalan Masjid Negeri berserta jalan-jalan lingkaran tempatan lain iaitu Jalan Tunku Kudin Jalan Scotland, Jalan Utama, Jalan Gottlieb dan Jalan Bagan Jermal menjadi tulang belakang kepada rangkaian jalan di Pulau Pinang dengan ketiadaan lebuhraya dan jalan pintas pada masa sekarang. Lebih kurang 66,000 kenderaan menggunakan Jalan Masjid Negeri setiap hari dan tidak dapat dinafikan bahawa kesesakan lalulintas berlaku pada waktu-waktu puncak.

2. Kerajaan Negeri bersama Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang telah berusaha menangani masalah kesesakan lalulintas di Pulau Pinang secara amnya dan George Town secara khususnya sejak tahun 2008. Sehubungan ini, Kajian “Concept Plans for Immediate Measures to Alleviate Traffic Congestion within George Town and its Vicinity” telah ditauliahkan pada tahun 2009 untuk mencari jalan penyelesaian yang terbaik dalam jangka masa pendek dan sederhana. Kajian ini telah disiapkan pada tahun 2010 dan projek-projek menambahbaik aliran lalulintas seperti pelebaran dan menaiktaraf jalan telah dilaksanakan secara berperingkat dan berterusan sejak tahun 2010 di samping pelaksanaan sistem jalan sehala. Semua ini telah direalisasikan melalui tender-tender terbuka yang telah dipanggil oleh Kerajaan Negeri dan MBPP.

3. Pelaksanaan Projek Pembinaan Jalan Masjid Negeri di antara Bulatan Udini dan Jalan Delima telah menghadapi banyak cabaran dan akhirnya dapat disiapkan dengan berjayanya pada bulan April 2015 ini. Jumlah kos projek ini adalah RM 7.3 juta. Kesesakan lalulintas telah dikurangkan pada waktu-waktu puncak lalulintas dan aliran lalulintas dengan menjadi lebih licin pada masa-masa lain. Pengguna jalan raya secara umumnya berpuas hati dengan penambahbaikan lalulintas sebanyak lebih kurang 15% yang wujud sejak projek ini disiapkan.

4. Seterusnya, MBPP juga sedang mengambil tindakan untuk memulakan satu projek lain untuk melebarkan sebahagian Jalan Masjid Negeri di antara persimpangan Jalan Hamilton/ Lorong Batu Lancang/ Jalan Masjid Negeri ke persimpangan Jalan Ayer Itam/ Jalan Scotland/ Jalan Masjid Negeri untuk melancarkan lagi aliran lalulintas. Tender terbuka sedang dipanggil untuk pelaksanaan projek ini dan kerja-kerja dijangka bermula pada bulan Ogos 2015.

5. Setakat ini, MBPP telah melaksanakan 7 buah projek untuk menambahbaik aliran lalulintas di Jalan Masjid Negeri, Jalan Ayer Itam, Jalan Gottlieb, Jalan Bagan Jerrmal dan kawasan sekitarnya dengan jumlah kos RM 22.6 juta. Selain daripada ini, sebuah projek berada pada peringkat pelaksanaan serta 2 buah projek lagi berada pada peringkat panggilan tender dengan jumlah kos RM 50.8 juta. Ini memberikan jumlah keseluruhan kos menambahbaik aliran lalulintas di Jalan Masjid Negeri, Jalan Ayer Itam, Jalan Gottlieb, Jalan Bagan Jerrmal dan kawasan sekitarnya adalah RM 73.4 juta.

6. Dalam jangkamasa panjang, Kerajaan Negeri dan MBPP telah merancang untuk melaksanakan Projek Pembinaan By-pass dari Lebuhraya Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu ke Ayer Itam untuk melegakan kesesakan dan menambahbaik aliran lalulintas di kawasan Jalan Masjid Negeri, Ayer Itam dan sekitranya. Kajian kemungkinan (feasibility studies) untuk projek ini telah disiapkan dan rekabentuk terperinci sedang disediakan sekarang. Adalah dijangka projek ini dapat dimulakan pada pertengahan tahun 2016 selepas Kajian Terperinci Kesan kepada Alam Sekitar disempurnakan. Projek ini dianggarkan akan menelan belanja RM 1.04 billion dan dijangka dapat disiapkan pada tahun 2019.

7. Di samping ini, panggilan tender terbuka telah dibuat untuk Projek Pembinaan dan Penyambungan Jalan Berkembar Jalan Paya Terubong (Jalan Bukit Kukus) dari Lebuhraya Thean Tek ke Lebuh Bukit Jambul yang dijangka bermula pada September 2015 dan disiapkan pada Ogos 2018. Jumlah kos yang terlibat adalah RM 230 juta.

8. Pendekatan yang diambil oleh Kerajaan Negeri dan MBPP dalam menangani masalah lalulintas adalah dengan meneruskan projek-projek pembinaan dan menaiktaraf jalan serta pada masa yang sama menggalakkan dan meningkatkan penggunaan pengangkutan awam. Dari segi pengangkutan awam, Request for Proposal secara terbuka untuk Perlantikan Project Delivery Partner telah diadakan dan projek-projek berkaitan dijangka bermula secara berperingkat pada akhir tahun 2015 atau awal 2016.

9. Dengan kedudukan kewangan Kerajaan Negeri dan MBPP yang lebih kukuh tahun demi tahun, lebih banyak peruntukan dapat disediakan bagi projek-projek menambahbaik aliran lalulintas dan pengangkutan awam untuk manafaat penduduk Pulau Pinang dan membentuk Pulau Pinang menjadi sebuah bandar antarabangsa.

Dengan ini, saya merasmikan Majlis Menaiktaraf Sebahagian Jalan Masjid Negeri di antara Bulatan Udini dan Jalan Delima.

SEMICON SEA 2015 Opening Ceremony

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Welcome Address By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for SEMICON SEA 2015 Opening Ceremony On April 22 2015 at SPICE Arena.

Good Morning,

It is a great pleasure to welcome all of you to SEMICON SEA 2015 here in SPICE Arena. It’s wonderful to be able to stand here today and to welcome all of you to Penang, dubbed the Silicon Valley of the East yet rich in the diversity of our heritage and culture.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

SEMICON Southeast Asia is the region's only trade and technology event that covers the entire microelectronics manufacturing ecosystem, from process materials and equipment to packaging, test, and assembly technologies. And for the first time, this prestigious event is held in Penang, Malaysia. This isn’t just a pat on our back; this is another milestone marked for us to continuously empower the semiconductor industry in Penang as well as in Malaysia, to greater heights.

40 years Industrial Ecosystem and Sound Economic Growth

Penang industrialization record of 40 years provides an outstanding combination of attributes that are the cornerstone of the thriving semiconductor industry in Malaysia. All the top names in the E&E industry are here and we have nearly 1,000 factories all over Penang.

FDI will continue to push Penang's economy ahead. Penang has received about 13% of Malaysia's total investment between 2008 and 2013. Within the same time span, Penang captures almost 15% of Malaysia's FDI. Investment statistics released by MIDA recently, showed that Penang has recorded a 109% increase in investments last year over 2013’s volume of RM3.91 billion to RM8.16 in 2014. Penang’s investment for 2008 to 2014 is RM 48.2 billion, a 93.6% increase over similar period from 2001 to 2007 of RM 24.9 billion. 62.5% of the total investment came from FDI. This proves that foreign direct investments have fueled Penang attractiveness a preferred investment location. Penang with its vibrant E&E ecosystem of over 3,000 well diversified and competent local suppliers. Thus, Penang now contributes about 8% of back end semiconductor output globally. With the increasing number of investments, both domestic and foreign, Penang has emerged as a state that has world class capabilities, robust supply chain, proven track
record and critical support services that help to provide shorter development cycles, steeper learning curves, reduced cost and time to market.

Penang towards Generating Higher Pool of Knowledge Workers

With 40 years of cumulative industrial intelligence, developing the state’s talented young people to move up the value chain has become a priority of the State Government. In Penang, there are over 40 public and private universities and colleges, in addition to the eight reputable international schools. We have set up learning and training centers, such as Penang Skills Development Centre - a world-class, non-profit training and educational centre built on a tripartite partnership model between the Government, Industry, and Academia as we believe it is important to nurture talents that caters specifically for the industrial and services sectors.

Penang is also successful in attracting talents from overseas. The Penang Career Assistance and Talent (CAT) Centre is assisting an international internship programme, in collaboration with universities in Japan, New Zealand, Germany and Switzerland. 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.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Convergence of Manufacturing and Services Sector is the Key to Future Economic Success

Although we strive for excellence in the manufacturing sector, we do believe that the key to Penang’s future economic success is not through over-reliance on one sector but to seek convergence between manufacturing and services sectors as well as the government sector. This convergence that is taking place in Penang is making progress towards revolutionizing Penang’s intellectual capability towards a high income state.

Incorporating Desirable Work-Life Balance to Residents

No matter how much I have talked about the attractiveness of Penang investment-wise, Penang is the destination of choice because it is a great place to live.

With a UNESCO World Heritage site, the best street food in the world and a mere 10 minute drive from either the beaches or the hills, it is no wonder that the paper, Guardian UK has named Penang as the Top 10 “World’s Must Visit Destinations in 2014”.

If you need further convincing, please take the opportunity today to talk to those existing companies in Penang, they will be our best reference. We also have MIDA and investPenang booths in this exhibition where you can pay a visit and have your enquiries answered. If your time permits, I also recommend you to participate in investPenang’s arranged site visit to Batu Kawan Industrial Park and selected factories; so that you will be able to see for yourself Penang’s semiconductor ecosystem. investPenang’s officials will also be on standby for the next 3 days to meet you individually.

Penang offers our hand as a partner who will stand by you. We will not guarantee that there will be no problems but we assure you that we will help to resolve them together.

Thank you very much.

LIM GUAN ENG

 

Official Opening of EcoWorld Gallery

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Speech by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Penang Chief Minister on 21 April 2015

Eco Marina, Batu Kawan Acceptance of Letter of Award from Penang Development Corporation witnessed by YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang & Official Opening of EcoWorld Gallery @ Macalister

Good morning.

I wish to commend Eco World Development Group Bhd for the fine work done in restoring heritage on the EcoWorld Gallery in Jalan Macalister. Apart from the honour of George Town being a Unesco World Heritage site, there is something else that Penangites are very proud of and that is the architectural wonder of the Penang Bridge.

The first Penang Bridge was then the longest bridge in Asia and the 5th largest in the world at that time, helping to close the gap between the island and the mainland, with easier access and connectivity for the people.

Who would have thought that three decades later, Penang would celebrate yet another iconic landmark with the construction of a second bridge, from Batu Maung on Penang Island to Batu Kawan on the Prai side.

Opened on 1 March 2014, the second bridge now holds the record for the longest in Southeast Asia at 24km. It has become the catalyst in opening up the southern part of mainland Penang, and the emergence of the new satellite township of Batu Kawan.

The Penang state government is committed to building up Batu Kawan as the most modern satellite township in Malaysia. In industry and services, the Batu Kawan Industrial Park has already attracted industry giants such as Bose System Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Automative Lighting Sdn Bhd, Boon Siew Honda and VAT Manufacturing Malaysia to set up their manufacturing plants there. In education, we have Hull University from UK and our local KDU University. In commerce and retail, there is the branded designer’s retail outlets and of course Ikea opening up its first flagship store in the Northern region.

Finally, in property, we are pleased to announce this morning, we have EcoWorld. We witness the letter of award by Penang Development Corporation to EcoWorld for the development of 470 acres of land in Batu Kawan to be known as Eco Marina, comprising 150 acres of hill land will be a golf course and the remainder 320 acres of mixed development. This is conducted through an open tender and EcoWorld will be paying RM796 million to PDC.

Eco Marina, a gated & guarded strata township promises to be a new benchmark for residential, lifestyle and commercial developments in Penang. With its unique 2.5km coastline and a 150-acre golf course that also serves as a green lung – Eco Marina is set to emerge as another must-visit tourist destination for the state.

In our quest to be an international and intelligent city, the Penang State Government must ensure inclusive growth to bring about balanced development. We believe that EcoWorld fits the bill due to its proven track record, experienced management and competent leadership led by Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin.

We hope that this project will help to make Batu Kawan as a destination of choice for tourists, location of choice for investors and habitat of choice for human talent in a most attractive place to live, learn, work, play. Batu Kawan and Seberang Perai can help drive Penang’s economic growth, create job opportunities and provide balanced and inclusive growth not only on the island but also on the mainland.