Penang 2015 New Year Message By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 31.12.2014.
Depending Not On Personalities But Building Institutions Based On Systems, Policies And Principles That Works To Preserve A Prosperous Way Of Life As Well As Spread Opportunities Of Upward Mobility To The Poor, Women And Youth.
The Penang state government wishes to extend our sympathy, support and solidarity to the nearly 250,000 flood victims in the Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak, Kedah and Perlis. Despite being a small state, the Penang state government has followed Selangor in donating RM 1.5 million to show our concern and let the flood victims know that they are not alone in their sufferings. We wish to record our deepest appreciation to 1.6 million Penangites who had also generously donated to our fellow Malaysians in their hour of need.
The Penang state government extends our condolences to the families of 162 persons on board the Air Asia flight QZ 8501, which crashed into the Java Sea on 28.12.2014. We also remember those who lost their lives tragically in the two MAS flights MH370 and MH 17 earlier this year. We hope that the real cause of this disasters can be determined and justice done to give closure to the family members.
Whilst Penangites can give our prayers of thanks for being spared the worst flood in Malaysian history, we must not forget victims of a freak storm yesterday in Balik Pulau that damaged 367 houses, especially the 220 houses in Sungai Rusa and 100 houses in Permatang Pasir. State government agencies have responded quickly to normalise the situation and we would assist in repair works.
These disasters remind us all that whilst we are helpless in facing the power and wrath of nature, we can mitigate the adverse impact provided we have an effective mechanism and efficient crisis management. The time has come for good governance to depend not on personalities but building institutions based on systems, policies and principles that works to preserve a prosperous way of life as well as spread opportunities of upward mobility to the poor, women and youth
We should not only be focused about preserving a prosperous way of life that works well for most people who are in secure jobs or retired on adequate pensions but also to spread the opportunities around, especially our youths. For instance, youth unemployment in Spain is 54%, in Italy 44% and in France 25% where the young despair of ever finding work. In Penang, we have a shortage of workers and youths who want to work have no problem getting jobs.
Apart from job opportunities, the Penang state government has worked hard to expand opportunities for young families by providing affordable housing, building 22,545 units whilst the private sector would also contribute a similar number. The largest number ever built by a state government in Malaysian history has resulted in Penang being recognised as the ONLY state in Malaysia offering an almost adequate amount of low-cost housing proportionate to its population. The Malaysian average is 5.5% while Penang is at 13.15% of low-cost unit over total population!
Penang would continue with our golden cash contribution programmes amounting to RM 287 million distributed to more than 200,000 Penangites since PR took power in 2008. In 2015 RM 117 million has been allocated for this social purpose. Penang has also succeeded best in Malaysia in bridging income inequality, with Penang’s Gini Coefficient improving by 12% in only 3 years from 0.42 in 2009 to 0.37 in 2012.
Penang’s investment improved to RM6 billion for the first nine months of 2014, far exceeding the RM3.9 billion for the entire year of 2013. Since PR took power in 2008, Penang has attracted investments of RM40 billion for the 6 year period between 2008-2013, which is 90% higher as compared to RM21 billion for the corresponding period between 2002-2007.
The effort to make Penang the safest state in Malaysia continues with the crime index achieving its Key Performance Indicator(KPI) of declining by 5.3% this year. However there is concern that whilst the crime index has continued to drop every year since 2008, street crime has increased for the first time in 2014. The Penang state government is looking towards marrying policing with technology by implementing cloud computing and Big Data Analytics (BDA).
Finally Penang was granted its overdue city status by the Federal government, joining 12 other towns that have been granted city status earlier. Penang Municipal Council had long ago achieved the minimum qualifying criteria of having a total population exceeding 500,000 people and an annual revenue exceeding RM100 million.
The biggest challenge is still to establish a public transport system to fix up traffic congestion brought about by a vibrant and dynamic manufacturing and tourism sector. In our effort to overcome the Federal government’s stubborn refusal to fulfil its promise to establish a public transport network or even approve the state government’s application for a public transport license, the RM 27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan was launched. We are hopeful that there may be light at the end of the tunnel following the unexpected positive response from all quarters to the RM 27 billon Penang Transport Master Plan.
LIM GUAN ENG
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我们也继续努力，让槟城成为全马最安全的州属，以达到罪案率下跌5.3%的关键表现指标（KPI）。但是，我们关注的罪案率虽然自2008年以来每年下跌，街头罪案在2014年却是第一次增加。槟州政府正寻求方案，将警力与科技结合，采用云端电脑系统及Big Data Analytics (BDA).