MAJLIS PERASMIAN RAIN GARDEN DAN PELANCARAN BUKU LOST IN BAGAN

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TEKS UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG
SEMPENA MAJLIS PERASMIAN RAIN GARDEN DAN PELANCARAN BUKU LOST IN BAGAN

28 OKTOBER 2017,10:00 PAGI
TAPAK BFF, JALAN JETI LAMA, BUTTERWORTH
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Selamat pagi dan salam sejahtera.

Terlebih dahulu, saya ingin mengucapkan ribuan terima kasih kerana sudi menjemput saya untuk merasmikan Rain Garden dan melancarkan Buku Lost In Bagan.

Sebelum ini, tapak ini merupakan tempat letak kereta dan kini tapak ini telah dijadikan satu tempat yang mempunyai landskap yang cantik dan boleh dijadikan green area bagi kegunaan awam.

Saya difahamkan Rain Garden mempunyai sekelompok tanaman yang dapat berfungsi menyerap serapan air hujan yang tinggi dan bertindak sebagai penapis aliran air hujan dari permukaan tanah yang kedap air. Ianya juga adalah berkonsepkan pocket park.

Pada bulan Mac yang lalu, Majlis Pecah Tanah telah diadakan dan Rain Garden ini telah siap dijalankan pada Ogos 2017. Kos keseluruhan adalah sebanyak RM 343,918.11 di mana RM 100,000 dibiayai oleh Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang manakala baki RM 243,918.11 adalah daripada Think City. Komponen Projek adalah seperti berikut:

i. Platform (Raised Stage)
ii. Pam dan alur air (Pump & Channel)
iii. Teres (Stepped Terrace)
iv. Bangku
v. Lampu
vi. Petak letak kereta OKU dan basikal

Rain Garden ini akan diserahkan kepada MPSP dan saya ingin menyeru kepada seluruh penduduk setempat dapat sama-sama menjaga kemudahan awam yang telah disediakan di sini.

Di samping merasmikan Rain Garden pada pagi ini, kita juga akan melancarkan sebuah buku hasil dari anak Butterworth, iaitu karikatur Encik Azmi Hussin dan buku terbarunya bertajuk Lost in Bagan. Saya difahamkan buku ini juga menampilkan kenangan penulis yang membesar dengan keluarganya di Butterworth @ Bagan. Ini adalah buku ketiga Azmi selepas Tanjong Life dan Little Mamak.

Dalam bukunya, Azmi “membawa” pembaca melalui kawasan bandar untuk mencari tempat lepak kegemarannya dan makanan. Untuk makluman semua, En Azmi juga disenaraikan dalam Malaysia Book of Records sebagai bilangan karikatur yang paling banyak dalam sehari.

Dengan itu, saya merasmikan Rain Garden dan melancarkan Buku Lost in Bagan pada hari ini selaras dengan Pulau Pinang yang bersih, hijau, sihat dan selamat!

Sekian, terima kasih.

MAJLIS PERASMIAN PROGRAM SUKAN KOMUNITI DAERAH TIMUR LAUT 2017 (I LOVE PENANG MORNING WALK)

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TEKS UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG
SEMPENA MAJLIS PERASMIAN PROGRAM SUKAN KOMUNITI DAERAH TIMUR LAUT 2017
(I LOVE PENANG MORNING WALK)

28 OKTOBER 2017
TAMAN BANDARAYA PULAU PINANG
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Bersyukur kita kepada Tuhan kerana dapat bersama-sama berkumpul pada pagi hari yang indah ini sempena Sukan Komuniti Daerah Timur Laut 2017, I Love Penang Morning Walk 2017. Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengucapkan selamat datang kepada semua peserta terutamanya dari komuniti Timur Laut dan juga peserta dari seluruh Pulau Pinang.

Barisan penaja bagi program ini terdiri daripada YB Chow Kon Yeow yang menaja medal dan Syarikat Maestro Swiss yang menaja minuman VICO untuk peserta. Tuan/ Puan sekali lagi, satu tepukan gemuruh kepada semua penaja program hari ini.

Selaras dengan agenda pembangunan yang menyeluruh di Pulau Pinang iaitu untuk mengukuhkan keharmonian sosial dan memperluas penyertaan sosial termasuk golongan OKU, maka Kerajaan Negeri melalui MMK Belia dan Sukan telah melaksanakan pelbagai program sukan berbentuk komuniti untuk penyertaan masyarakat Pulau Pinang dengan hasrat untuk membentuk masyarakat yang lebih sihat dan lebih aktif. I Love Penang Morning Walk DTL 2017 diharap dapat mengukuhkan keharmonian di samping memupuk budaya sihat di kalangan komuniti Timur Laut.

Pada kesempatan ini, saya ingin mengucapkan terima kasih di atas penglibatan para peserta yang menyertai I Love Penang Morning Walk DTL 2017. PDTDTL telah berjaya mempromosikan konsep Kerajaan Negeri yang Cleaner, Greener, Healthier and Safer Penang melalui penganjuran program DTL Morning Walk 2017 ini. Satu tepukan kepada PDTDTL atas kejayaan ini.

Dengan ini, saya merasmikan Program I Love Penang Morning Walk DTL 2017. Syabas dan tahniah kepada pihak penganjur dan semua peserta.

Sekian, terima kasih.

THE CONCLUSION OF THE PENANG BIOBLITZ 2017

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG 
AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE PENANG BIOBLITZ 2017
THE HABITAT PENANG HILL, PENANG, MALAYSIA

on 26th October 2017 6.30pm

 

Ladies and Gentlemen

1. It gives me great pleasure to speak to you all today at the conclusion of the Penang Hill BioBlitz 2017 in this unforgettable location, under the stars and surrounded by our 130-million year old rainforest on Penang Hill.

2. From all accounts, it is clear that this event has been a tremendous success, both in terms of enlisting the participation of so many accomplished scientists and experts from Malaysia and the United States, and in the new records and discoveries that will undoubtedly help give us a more complete picture of the biodiversity of Penang Hill.

3. I am also excited to hear how, with the participation of the team from Jason Learning, the wonders of the tropical rainforest of Penang Island are being shared through various digital learning platforms to over 3.5-million students around the world. This is in line with the Penang State Government’s Policy to promote S.T.E.M. 4.0 or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Learning to prepare for the next industrial revolution or Industry 4.0.

4. Our common future depends on instilling a deep connection with the environment among future generations. I would like to thank Harry Cockrell and his family, and the management of the Habitat Penang Hill for investing RM35 million to establish The Habitat, and for their determination and commitment to realise the vision of creating world-class infrastructure to bring people back into the nature-loving forest.

5. I believe that The Habitat Penang Hill initiative is a fine example of a public-private partnership that has done the Penang people proud. We are creating a world class rainforest discovery centre which showcases nature and continues to draw local and international visitors, while playing an important role in environmental education within the community.

6. Penang Hill is unique as a rainforest site as it is located at the door step of a major population centre of 1.6-million people and also just 6km from a UNESCO World Heritage Site, our capital city of George Town.
7. I am excited to see that the new Canopy Walk is in the final stages of construction and look forward to returning to The Habitat again next month for the official opening.

8. Being able to experience this beautiful ancient 130 million year old rainforest is an incredibly humbling experience. It is a reminder that we humans are here but for a short time. These forests, which are brimming with life, are also vital to sustain human life. It is our duty to ensure that they endure for the benefit of current and future generations.

9. The Penang State Government has shown its commitment to this objective by protecting the forest of Penang Island within a complex of gazetted forest reserves, water-catchment areas and Penang National Park – which holds the record as the smallest national park in the world. Unlike many other states, Penang is the only state in Malaysia which has not cut a single square inch of permanent forest reserve.

10. We had never allowed logging on permanent forest reserves, the only state in Malaysia where not a single square inch has been touched since 2006. In comparison, Pahang, the biggest culprit, cut down 161,379 hectares, followed by Kelantan 157,919 hectares and Perak 74,032 hectares. And we have planted more than 271,000 new trees in Penang since 2008.

11. Even Penang was praised by Qatar Airways for our "magnificent natural scenery" as a factor why they choose Penang, when Qatar Group announced that they will be flying direct from Doha to Penang in February next year. And yet we are falsely accused of clearing hills when nothing is further from the truths. Penang is well on its way to be the first green state in Malaysia.

12. We are also proud to be preparing the nomination of the forests of Penang Hill as part of a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve. I would like to thank Mr. Cheok Lay Leng, General Manager of the Penang Hill Corporation (PHC) for leading the process which is conducted in collaboration with other government agencies and stakeholders. I would also like to thank The Habitat Foundation for its generous support in helping to fund the preparation of the dossier.

13. On behalf of the Penang State Government, I would like to register our sincere appreciation to all scientists and naturalists who have been part of the Penang Hill Bio Blitz 2017. I am certain that the discoveries from the top-to-bottom exploration of the forest over these past two weeks, which I am told is a world-first, will not only strengthen the nomination but provide insights into the forests of Penang Hill that will engage and inspire us all.

14. For those who are leaving to return to home countries, thank you for coming to Penang and we wish you a safe journey home. For those from Penang, thank you for your participation in the Penang Hill BioBlitz 2017 and to you also, a safe journey home.

15. Congratulations and thank you once again to the management of The Habitat Penang Hill and The Habitat Foundation for organizing a successful event.

Thank You and enjoy the rest of your evening.