Seminar Pelaburan / Perniagaan & Majlis Penandatanganan Memorandum Persefahaman

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Seminar Pelaburan / Perniagaan & Majlis Penandatanganan Memorandum Persefahaman

Selamat datang.
Kami amat berbesar hati dan gembira dengan kehadiran anda semua ke Seminar Pelaburan / Perniagaan & Majlis Penandatanganan Memorandum Persefahaman kerjasama dalam bidang  Promosi Pelaburan di antara Invest-in-Penang Berhad dengan Badan Penyelaras Investasi Aceh.

Terima kasih kerana sudi terbang dari jauh untuk hadir ke majlis pada pagi ini. Ini menunjukkan betapa pentingnya hubungan Aceh dengan Pulau Pinang.

Untuk pengetahuan semua, pada tanggal  20 September 2010, investPenang dan Badan Penyelaras Investasi Aceh (yang dahulunya dikenali sebagai Badan Investasi dan Promosi Aceh) telahpun menandatangani satu memorandum persefahaman kerjasama dalam bidang promosi pelaburan untuk jangka masa 3 tahun.

Tempoh tiga tahun tersebut telahpun tamat. Pihak investPenang dan Badan Penyelaras Investasi Aceh telah bersetuju untuk melanjutkan kerjasama tersebut untuk jangka masa empat (4) tahun lagi iaitu dari tahun 2014 sehingga tahun 2017. Ini adalah bertujuan untuk mengukuhkan hubungan dan jalinan kerjasama dalam bidang pelaburan dan perniagaan di antara Pulau Pinang dengan Aceh. Sektor yang disarankan pada penggal ini adalah pembangunan pelancongan, pembangunan sumber manusia, perdagangan dan pelaburan serta industri halal.

Hubungan perdagangan Pulau Pinang dengan Aceh telahpun terjalin semenjak kurun ke 18 dan 19 lagi. Pulau Pinang merupakan pasaran bagi aktiviti jual beli rempah ratus dari Aceh. Pada era tersebut, bahan mentah seperti cili telah di bawa masuk ke Pulau Pinang dan di kilangkan di sini bagi tujuan untuk dieksportkan.

Oleh sebab itu, kebanyakkan orang Aceh telahpun berhijrah keluar dari Aceh untuk menetap di Pula Pinang. Selain terlibat dalam aktiviti perdaganagan rempah ratus, kebanyakkan mereka juga mengusahakan perniagaan kedai buku dan media cetak. Dengan itu, tidak hairanlah nama Aceh sangat terkenal di Pulau Pinang. Di sini, terdapat sebuah masjid yang dikenali sebagai Masjid Aceh. Masjid ini merupakan antara masjid yang terawal di bina di Pulau Pinang. Di sini juga terdapat juga sebuah jalan yang dikenali sebagai Lebuh Aceh. Pantai Aceh di mana terletaknya hutan terpelihara seluas 1,200 hektar terletak di hujung barat laut Pulau Pinang

Dengan terjalinnya hubungan yang sebegitu lama di antara Pulau Pinang dengan Aceh, kami berharap agar hubungan ini akan terus dapat dikekalkan dan menjadi lebih erat lagi. Saya percaya hubungan ini akan berjaya dikekalkan kerana terdapat banyak peluang dan potensi pelaburan yang boleh diterokai dan diusahakan bersama terutamanya dalam bidang pelancongan, perdangangan, industri halal serta banyak lagi bidang – bidang yang lain.

Bidang seperti pelancongan kesihatan / perubatan di Pulau Pinang sangat membanggakan. 60% daripada jumlah keseluruhan pelancongan kesihatan / perubatan yang datang ke Malaysia merupakan mereka yang mendapatkan rawatan di Pulau Pinang.   Kebanyakkan pelancongan kesihatan / perubatan yang datang ke Pulau Pinang merupakan mereka yang datang dari Indonesia. Merujuk kepada rekod yang dicatatkan pada tahun 2013, bahawa 300,000 pelancong kesihatan yang mendapatkan rawatan di Pulau Pinang adalah dari Indonesia. Ini adalah kerana kemudahan perubatan yang ada di Pulau Pinang setaraf dengan kemudahan yang ada di negara-negara maju yang lain tetapi Pulau Pinang menawarkan rawatan dengan kos perubatan yang berpatutan. Industri ini menunjukkan potensi untuk terus berkembang pada masa akan datang.

Sistem pendidikan di Pulau Pinang juga tidak kurang hebatnya. Terdapat 2 buah Universiti Awam, lebih dari 40 buah institusi pengajian tinggi, 10 buah Sekolah Antarabangsa dan beberapa Pusat Latihan Kemahiran Industri.

Pulau Pinang mempunyai lapan (8) Taman Perindustrian yang diuruskan oleh Perbadanan Pembangunan Pulau Pinang. Terdapat juga taman perindustrian di Pulau Pinang yang dikhususkan untuk aktiviti produk dan perkhidmatan yang berkaitan dengan industri halal. Taman Indusrti ini merupakan perkhidmatan “One-Stop Service” dengan teknologi pembuatan bertaraf dunia. Oleh kerana, Islam merupakan populasi terbesar di Aceh, kerjasama dengan Pulau Pinang dalam industri halal adalah satu sektor  atau satu peluang yang harus dipandang berat.

Dengan terdapatnya begitu banyak peluang pelaburan di Pulau Pinang, saya berharap Aceh dan Pulau Pinang akan meneruskan kerjasama serta mempereratkan lagi ikatan hubungan yang sediada dalam bidang pelaburan, perniagaan dan perdagangan.

Saya ingin merakamkan penghargaan dan rasa besar hati menerima kehadiran Tuan Yang Terutama Dr. Zaini Abdullah yang sudi hadir ke Majlis ini serta akan menjadi saksi bagi upacara penandatanganan memorandum persefahaman yang akan berlangsung sebentar saja lagi.

Sebelum menjemput Tuan Yang Terutama Dr. Zaini Abdullah untuk memberi ucapan, sekali lagi saya mewakili Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang mengucapkan terima kasih kepada delegasi dari Aceh yang hadir bagi menjayakan Majlis ini.

Sekian, terima kasih

YAB Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang

OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 29TH WOMEN'S WORLD SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP

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SPEECH BY PENANG CHIEF MINISTER LIM GUAN ENG DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 29TH WOMEN'S WORLD SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP IN Sub-terranean Penang International Convention & Exhibition or SPICE Arena OM 18 MARCH 2014.
 
PENANG AS A SPORTING CITY -  “SIMPLY THE BEST!”
 
Good evening distinguished guests, the players we are celebrating and most importantly the wonderful people of Penang gathered here in Sub-terranean Penang International Convention & Exhibition or SPICE Arena.
 
To all our guests from near and far, Selamat Datang ke Pulau Pinang.
 
I would like to acknowledge our friends not only from Malaysia but from all over the world – thank you for coming to Penang to witness the 29th edition of the Women's World Squash Championship. Penang is proud to be organising a world championship for the first time in our history and would like to express our gratitude to the Women Squash Association (WSA) for granting us this honour.
 
We would like to thank our title sponsors CIMB group and Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang or PBAPP the water providers in Penang. We would like to thank Mr Thomas Chan of Nusmetro for being the event organiser for free, for without Thomas, the Penang state government would not even consider putting up the money for this world event. Also thanks to SP Setia for letting us use the SPICE Arena for free and all of Thomas’ developers friends for their support.
 
Tonight is a culmination of all the hard work put in day and night by all of them to realise one dream of holding a world championship in Penang and one ambition of making Penang a sporting city of choice in Malaysia.
 
We have shown to the world that Penang has not only the sporting facilities and supporting infrastructure but most importantly we have the talent, energy, expertise and creativity to produce a world-class event.
 
Let us show that we have not only Dato Nicol David as a world woman squash champion but that every Penangite is a champion in their own field from our squash association, coaches and trainers to our Penang State EXCO Chong Eng, my sporting officer Lily Heng and volunteers. And the incredible display in the opening ceremony proves indeed that “You are simply the best!”
 
We thank everyone here for making tonight possible and witness a week of tenacious and exciting matches to produce a world champion in SPICE in Penang.  This is possible only because the people of Penang made it possible. Remember why you are all special because you are SIMPLY THE BEST!
 
Let the show begin!

-- CN version --

槟州首席部长林冠英于2014年3月18日在国际地下会展中心(SPICE)第29届世界女子壁球锦标赛开幕礼上发表演讲,重点如下:

槟城做为体育城- 实在太好了!

槟城感到光荣,这是我们历史上第一次筹办世界锦标赛,我们想要对女子壁球协会表示感激。

我们也要感谢对我们的主题赞助商联昌集团及槟城供水机构。我们要感谢Nusmetro的陈国权免费筹办这场活动,要不是陈国权,槟州政府根本不会考虑出钱资助这项比赛,我们也感谢SP Setia让我们免费使用SPICE以及全体陈国权发展商朋友的支持。

今晚是所有单位日以继夜不停工作实现一个梦想,在槟城主办世界锦标赛的梦想,以及实现槟城成为马来西亚体育城市的抱负。

我们已经向世界展示,槟城不只拥有体育设备及基础建设,我们也有人才、精力、专才及创意来筹办世界级的活动。

让我们展示,我们不只拥有像拿督妮歌大卫做为世界女子壁球冠军,而是每一个槟城人在自己的领域都是冠军,从壁球协会、教练、到槟州行政议员章瑛、我的体育官员王丽丽及志工们,以及令人大开眼界的开幕典礼,都证明“你们实在是太好了!”

AGREEMENT SIGNING CEREMONY FOR JICA PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME

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SPEECH BY Y.A.B. TUAN LIM GUAN ENG,
CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
AGREEMENT SIGNING CEREMONY FOR JICA PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME ON 18/3/2014

1. Thank you for joining us today to witness the agreement signing ceremony of the JICA Partnership Programme that will officially launch an international initiative to reduce non-revenue water, or NRW, in Malaysia.

2. As some of you are aware, NRW represents water loss in the water supply industry.  The reduction of NRW is important because less water loss means more water availability for consumers.  As such, the reduction of NRW is important to all of us because we always need to have enough water for use at home and at work in the future.

3. Specifically, NRW refers to water loss in the water supply process.  It is commonly calculated as the difference, in percentage, of treated water that is produced and supply that is actually billed to consumers.  For example: if a water supply operator produces 100 million liters of treated water from its treatment plant but bills consumers for only 80 million liters, the NRW would be 20%.

4. That 20% water loss may be caused by underground leaks, burst pipes, water theft or even water used for fire fighting.  Whatever the causes may be, NRW represents loss for a water supply operator.  More importantly, it also represents loss of water, a precious resource for daily life.
5. As such, NRW percentage is regarded worldwide as key performance indicator in the water supply industry.  To put it simply, a water supply operator with a low NRW percentage is generally regarded to be an efficient water supply operator.

6. In 2012, Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang Sdn Bhd, or PBAPP, recorded a NRW percentage of 17.6% for Penang, as compared to the national average of 36.4%, as reported in the Malaysia Water Industry Guide 2013.  In short, Penang’s NRW percentage was less than half of the national average.  It was, in fact, the lowest amongst all the states in Malaysia.

7. As Chairman of the PBAPP Board, I would also like to mention that since PBAPP was incorporated in 1999, Penang’s NRW percentage has consistently been the lowest in Malaysia.  In other words, for 14 consecutive years from 1999 to 2012, PBAPP has proved itself to be the most efficient water supply operator in Malaysia, in terms of NRW management.

8. Accordingly, on 21 November 2013, PBAPP received the inaugural “Water Supply Operator of the Year” and “Efficiency Award” from the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, or KeTTHA.  It is good to know that the Federal Government acknowledges our good results in water supply management in Penang.  That said, there is always room for further improvement.


9. This year, in 2014, we have been chosen by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, or JICA, to serve as the lead organisation for the implementation of the JICA Partnership Programme on “NRW (Non-Revenue Water) Reduction Technology Training and Capacity Building in Malaysia”. 

10. The aim of this project is for PBAPP to acquire the latest Japanese technology in NRW management to further reduce water loss in Penang.   Moreover, a team of PBAPP engineers and technicians will be trained to serve as NRW lecturers.  Once this team is ready, this PBAPP team will then provide NRW reduction training for other water supply operators throughout the country, with endorsement from KeTTHA.

12. The duration of the project is from 1 January 2014 – 30 November 2016.  Its key elements include:
 Development of a “training field” for leakage prevention and pipe laying training activities in Penang;
 Acquisition of relevant NRW management equipment;
 Drafting an operational manual for the usage of the field and the equipment;
 Technical workshops by visiting Japanese engineers in Penang;
 Technical training for selected PBAPP personnel in Japan;
 Specialised lecturer training for selected PBAPP engineers and technicians, including the preparation of training materials; and
 Workshops for KeTTHA and other water utilities at least once a year, as well as practical training for the staff of other water utilities by PBAPP trainers.
13. To facilitate this project, JICA will provide a partnership grant of RM1.6 million for expenses, while PBAPP will allocate the land for the “training field” and appoint a team of lecturer trainees.  PBAPP will also provide the training facilities at the Penang Water Services Academy (PWSA), an industry-specific academy established by the PBA Holdings Group in Penang.
 
14. JICA has appointed Tokyo Suido Services, or TSS, to work directly with PBAPP on this project.  For the record, TSS has helped Tokyo to achieve 3.3% NRW.  In this context, we welcome the challenge to work with these Japanese experts to further reduce water loss for Penang, as well as for other states throughout Malaysia.

15. On behalf of the PBAPP Board, I would like to thank JICA for making the right choice in selecting PBAPP and Penang to lead this project.  I thank TSS for agreeing to work with us, and I would also like to record my sincere appreciation to KeTTHA for its endorsement.  I can assure you that PBAPP, on its part, will provide its 100% commitment to realise the project objectives.

16. In closing, allow me to reiterate that the JICA Partnership Programme on “NRW (Non-Revenue Water) Reduction Technology Training and Capacity Building in Malaysia” is an international initiative for the benefit all water operators in Malaysia.  The groundwork begins in Penang and its benefits will be shared with all the other states.

17. With this in mind, I would like congratulate JICA, TSS and PBAPP for signing the agreement to facilitate this programme today.  The Penang State Government wishes you all the best in making it a success. 

 Thank You.