The recently announced rehabilitation and revival of Majestic Heights abandoned project will not only benefit the long awaited 370 house buyers of phase 2A but good news to 7,658 applicants who wish to own an affordable house within the North East distric

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Press Statement by Penang Chief Minister YAB Lim Guan Eng In Majestic Heights Development Site on 27.4.2014

The recently announced rehabilitation and revival of Majestic Heights abandoned project will not only benefit the long awaited 370 house buyers of phase 2A but good news to 7,658 applicants who wish to own an affordable house within the North East district. The Majestic Heights project is the largest abandoned housing scheme in Penang declaring its status as abandoned project on 31 December 2003 and has caused hardship and financial loss to the house buyers over the last 11 years.

After a series of discussion with PLB Land Sdn Bhd, the white knight for the said project, the Penang State Government is looking at not only solving the woes of the long awaited buyers of the Majestic Heights abandoned project but to provide shelter to those who wish to own their first house in the North East district of Penang.

Apart from completing the abandoned Majestic Heights phase 2A project within 18 months upon commencement of work, approximately 64 acres of land within the same development site will be developed into affordable housing scheme providing 7,658 of affordable homes of less than RM 400,000.00 to the qualified applicants registered under the State Housing Department. The affordable housing scheme is scheduled to complete in 6 years starting from the date of commencement of work.

Build-up size (per unit)
Price (RM) (per unit)
No. of Proposed Units
750 square feet
850 square feet
1,000 square feet

Situated in the ideal geographical location linking the heart of George Town and the Bayan Lepas Industrial Area, traffic management will be an important factor follow by the vast development. To this end, the Penang State Government will construct paired road from the development site to Bukit Gambir in order to provide enhanced accessibility to the residents in the said area and to ease up the traffic burden for road users.

Apart from the rehabilitation and revival of phase 2A, the State Government is still in discussion with PLB Land Sdn Bhd on how to resolve both abandoned Phase 2B and Phase 3A of Majestic Heights. Phase 2B and Phase 3A was abandoned in its foundation and initial stage. Phase 2B consist of 542 units and Phase 3A involves 558 units. Buyers for the said projects are encouraged to form pro-tem committee in order to expedite the procedure. The State Government has tasked Penang State EXCO member for Housing YB Jagdeep Singh Deo to initiate and oversee the revival of this abandoned housing project.


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槟州首席部长林冠英于2014年4月27日在垄尾大华高原工地发表的声明 :

近期公布的振兴大华高原组屋搁置计划,不只为引颈长盼多时的370单位的2A购屋者受惠, 同时也为7千658名平民屋(或可负担房屋)申请者捎来好消息,这些申请者终于得以在东北县拥有可负担的房子了。大华高原组屋为槟城史上最大规模的被搁置房屋发展计划,自2003年12月31日宣布发展计划被搁置后,购屋者在这11年来蒙受经济损失,备受困扰。

经过多番与此计划的白武士 – PLB 国云集团谈论,槟州政府不只是要解决大华高原组屋被搁置计划之购屋者的问题,我们也期望能够让无壳一族,得以在东北县拥有他们人生的首间房子。
除了需在动工后的18个月内完成被搁置已久的大华高原2A计划,在同一发展地段的64英亩地皮,也将会被发展为7千658 单位、屋价低于40万令吉的平民屋,以让那些已经向州政府房屋部申请,并符合资格者购买。这项可负担房屋计划,将会在动工后的6年内完成。

面积 (每单位)
价格(RM) (每单位)
750 平方尺
850 平方尺
1,000 平方尺

除了振兴大华高原组屋2A发展计划,州政府也正积极地与国云集团(PLB Land Sdn Bhd)商议,以解决大华高原另两个被搁置的2B及3A计划。这两项计划是在打桩的初期即被搁置迄今。2B共有542单位,而3A 则有558 个单位。这两项计划的购屋者,受促成立购屋者临时委员会,以加快相关的程序。槟州政府已委任房屋委员会主席佳日星跟进这两项房屋计划的复兴工作。


Topping Off Ceremony, G Hotel Kelawai

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Speech by YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang at the Topping Off Ceremony, G Hotel Kelawai,25 April 2014

Good morning

It is a great honour indeed to be invited out here today to witness a new addition to the brand, G Hotel Kelawai.

With this, G Hotel Kelawai shall be one of the new attractions to visitors and tourists who come to Penang with its strategic location which is in the hustle and bustle of Kelawai Road, a parallel road to Gurney Drive. The hotel is close to two major shopping malls - Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon and the famous Gurney Drive Hawker Centre.

Many International film directors have been shooting their movies and mini-series in Penang. Because of Penang’s rich cultural and heritage elements,  Penang has been chosen by  UK’s New Production Ltd and a local film company, Biscuit Films Sdn.Bhd. to shoot their “Indian Summer” 10 part drama series. We are even paid RM890, 000 for 2 years for allowing them to use our premises in Crag Hotel and Woodside Bungalow at Penang Hill. This series will definitely help to promote Penang and we can expect more tourist arrivals once the series are being shown in Europe and the US market. 

Tourist arrivals for both domestic and international arrivals into Penang International Airport have increased significantly.  Domestic arrivals into Penang International Airport for 2014 for the first 2 months of this year were 200,983.  This was a significant increase by 33.4% as compared to the same period of 2013.  The international arrival registered 196,554 passengers for January – February 2014 and this is an increase of 8.23% for the same period as compared to 2013.

Therefore, Penang needs more hotels to support this growth. Hotels in Penang had a good year in 2013 posting record room occupancy despite increase both hotel rooms with new hotels as well as higher room rates. In other words, hoteliers had a double bonus growth. Hotel occupancy rates increased from 64% in 2012 to 67% in 2013. I have been informed that this year the occupancy rate is even better.

I wish all the very best in your opening this year.

Thank you.

If It Takes Higher Domestic Water Tariffs To Reduce Domestic Water Consumption So That Penang Can Avoid Water Rationing And Succeed In Implementing The RM 2 Billion SPRWS, Then This Has To Be Done

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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 24.4.2014.

If It Takes Higher Domestic Water Tariffs To Reduce Domestic Water Consumption So That Penang Can Avoid Water Rationing And Succeed In Implementing The RM 2 Billion SPRWS, Then This Has To Be Done.

As a people-centric government, the Penang PR state government will take into account the views by the rakyat and NGOs when formulating the water tariff hike as one of the measures to avoid water rationing. This follows public calls not to increase the first band of water tariff of “0-20 m3 at 22 sen/m3” (No change) to reward those who save water.
I have reiterated to Penang Water Supply Corporation(PBAPP) General Manager Jaseni Maidinsa that the water tariff hike must reduce the high water usage in Penang and yet neither overburden the poor nor penalise conscientious water users. After the tariff hike, PBAPP has been directed to ensure that Penang’s domestic tariffs for the first 35,000 litres would still be the lowest in Malaysia.
PBAPP records the most efficient water supply management in Malaysia with water loss calculated in terms of Non-Revenue Water at 17.6%, the lowest in Malaysia compared to the national average of 36.4%. PBAPP has still managed to remain profitable yearly despite the country’s lowest domestic water tariff that cost nearly RM 70 million in subsidies.
Unfortunately the lowest water tariffs in the country has resulted in domestic water consumption in Penang to be the highest in the country at  311 liters per capita per day(l/c/d).  Penang’s water usage is 50% above the national average of 212  l/c/d. Singapore uses 151 whilst the United Nation’s recommendation is 100. In addition, no project has been deferred because of water shortage or rationing despite the stronger pace of development in Penang during the last 6 years as compared to the previous 18 years.
So far Penang has been fortunate to avoid water rationing unlike some states, but is concerned at the forecast by the Meteorological Department of a prolonged drought of 5 months from May to September. Under such challenging circumstances, we cannot continue with “business as usual”. The Penang state government has to act responsibly to take all measures, including water tariff hike to reduce high water usage, to avoid water rationing.
These efforts on the water demand side has led to some mainstream media to question why there is no similar focus on the water supply side by searching for new and additional sources of water to avoid water rationing. By seeking additional water supply there would be no need to reduce consumption through increasing water tariffs Clearly some mainstream media had overlooked the state government’s efforts to implement the RM 2 billion Sungai Perak Raw Water Scheme(SPRWS) to source additional water supply from Sungai Perak.
Unfortunately the state government had been unsuccessful in trying to get the Federal government to inject RM300 million to implement the SPRWS, with the remainder RM1.7 billion spent by PBAPP to build the required water treatment plants. In a letter dated 18 September 2013 to me, Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Dr Maximums Ongkili rejected granting RM300 million for the SPRWS and said that the state government should focus on reducing the high domestic water consumption instead of the SPRWS.
PBAPP had tried water awareness and education programmes and introducing the water conservation surcharge (WCS) penalising those who use excessive water to promote water saving. Unfortunately these efforts failed and domestic water consumption rose from 285 l/c/d in 2011 to 311 as at 1 March 2014.
If it takes higher domestic water tariffs to reduce domestic water consumption so that Penang can avoid water rationing and succeed in implementing the RM 2 billion SPRWS, then this has to be done. The point is this: “Even if the people who are suffering from water rationing in other states are willing to pay more now, they cannot pay more to avoid water rationing because there is not enough water to supply”. Let us therefore ensure that “No Water Rationing in Penang” policy can be successfully sustained.

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Kenyataan Media Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng di Komtar, George Town Pada 24.4.2014.
Jika Tarif Air Yang Lebih Tinggi Dapat Mengurangkan Penggunaan Air Domestik Bagi Memastikan Pulau Pinang Boleh Mengelakkan Catuan Air Dan Berjaya Melaksanakan SPRWS Yang Bernilai RM 2 Billion, Maka Tindakan Ini Mesti Dilaksanakan.
Sebagai kerajaan yang mengutamakan rakyat, kerajaan negeri PR Pulau Pinang akan mengambil kira pandangan rakyat dan NGO apabila merumuskan kenaikan tarif air sebagai salah satu daripada langkah untuk mengelakkan catuan air. Ini berikutan permintaan awam untuk tidak meningkatkan band pertama tarif air sebanyak "0-20 m3 pada 22 sen/m3" (tiada perubahan) untuk memberi ganjaran kepada mereka yang menjimatkan air.
Saya telah mengingatkan Pengurus Besar Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang (PBAPP), Jaseni Maidinsa bahawa kenaikan tarif air perlu mengurangkan penggunaan air yang tinggi di Pulau Pinang tetapi dalam masa yang sama tidak membebankan golongan berpendapatan rendah dan tidak menghukum pengguna air yang cermat. Selepas kenaikan tarif, PBAPP telah diarahkan untuk memastikan bahawa tarif domestik 35,000 liter air yang pertama di Pulau Pinang masih lagi yang terendah di Malaysia.
PBAPP mencatatkan pengurusan bekalan air yang paling cekap di Malaysia dengan kehilangan air dari segi Air Tanpa Hasil atau Non-Revenue Water pada kadar 17.6%, iaitu kadar terendah di Malaysia berbanding dengan purata negara sebanyak 36.4%. PBAPP masih berjaya mengekalkan keuntungan tahunan walaupun mempunyai tarif air domestik yang paling rendah di negara ini serta menelan belanja subsidi sebanyak RM70 juta.
Malangnya, tarif air paling rendah di negara ini telah menyebabkan penggunaan air domestik di Pulau Pinang menjadi yang tertinggi di negara ini pada kadar 311 liter per kapita sehari (l/c/d). Penggunaan air di Pulau Pinang adalah 50% melebihi purata negara sebanyak 212 l/c/d. Singapura menggunakan 151 manakala cadangan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu ialah pada kadar 100. Selain itu, tiada projek yang ditangguhkan kerana kekurangan air atau catuan meskipun pembangunan di Pulau Pinang dalam tempoh 6 tahun yang lalu sangat pesat berbanding dengan 18 tahun yang lepas.
Setakat ini, Pulau Pinang bernasib baik kerana dapat mengelakkan catuan air, tidak seperti beberapa negeri lain, tetapi hal yang merunsingkan adalah ramalan Jabatan Kaji Cuaca berkenaan kemarau yang berpanjangan selama 5 bulan dari Mei hingga September. Dalam keadaan yang mencabar ini, kita tidak boleh terus dengan cara lama. Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang mesti bertindak secara bertanggungjawab untuk mengambil segala langkah, termasuk kenaikan tarif air untuk mengurangkan penggunaan air yang tinggi bagi mengelakkan catuan air.
Tumpuan berkenaan permintaan air ini telah membuatkan beberapa media arus perdana untuk mempersoalkan mengapa tidak ada tumpuan yang sama terhadap bekalan air dengan mencari sumber-sumber baru dan tambahan air untuk mengelakkan catuan air. Dengan adanya bekalan air tambahan, maka tidak akan ada keperluan untuk mengurangkan penggunaan melalui peningkatan tarif air. Jelas beberapa media arus perdana telah mengabaikan usaha kerajaan negeri untuk melaksanakan Skim Air Mentah Sungai Perak atau Sungai Perak Raw Water Scheme (SPRWS) untuk mendapatkan bekalan air tambahan dari Sungai Perak.
Malangnya, kerajaan negeri gagal dalam usaha meminta kerajaan Persekutuan untuk menyuntik RM300 juta bagi melaksanakan SPRWS tersebut, sementara baki RM1.7 bilion, akan dibelanjakan oleh PBAPP untuk membina loji rawatan air yang diperlukan. Dalam surat bertarikh 18 September 2013 kepada saya, Menteri Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air, Datuk Seri Dr Maksimal Ongkili menolak pemberian RM300 juta untuk SPRWS dan berkata bahawa kerajaan negeri perlu memberi fokus kepada mengurangkan penggunaan air dalam negeri yang tinggi dan bukannya SPRWS.
PBAPP telah berusaha untuk meningkatkan program pendidikan penjimatan air dan memperkenalkan surcaj pemuliharaan air (WCS) bagi menghukum mereka yang menggunakan air yang berlebihan untuk menggalakkan penjimatan air. Malangnya usaha-usaha ini gagal dan penggunaan air domestik meningkat daripada 285 l/c/d pada 2011 kepada 311 pada 1 Mac 2014.
Jika mengenakan tarif air domestik yang lebih tinggi dapat mengurangkan penggunaan air domestik supaya Pulau Pinang boleh mengelakkan catuan air dan berjaya melaksanakan SPRWS bernilai RM2 billion, maka tindakan ini perlu dilakukan. Pokoknya: “Walaupun mereka yang mengalami catuan air di negeri-negeri lain sanggup membayar lebih sekarang, mereka tidak boleh membayar lebih untuk mengelakkan catuan air kerana tidak ada air yang mencukupi untuk dibekalkan”. Sebab itu, marilah kita memastikan bahawa dasar “Tidak ada catuan air di Pulau Pinang” berjaya dikekalkan.

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截至目前为止,槟城比其他州属幸运,因为无需配水。不过,我们也对气象局预测未来5个月(从5月至9月)的长旱感到担心。在这具挑战的环境下,我们不能若无其事地“照常营业”。槟州政府有责任采取各项措施, 包括调高水价、降低用水量,以避免配水。
如果调高家用水费才能够降低家庭耗水量、让槟城避免配水,和成功实施20亿令吉从霹雳河输水到槟城的生水供应计划(SPRWS),那调高水费的措施就必须要进行。现在的重点是:尽管那些在其他州属、身受配水困扰的人民愿意付更多钱,他们依然无法避开需配水的命运,因为那里已经没有足够的水源供应。因此,让我们确保 “槟州不会实施配水”政策,得以持续下去。