DIALOGUE SESSION WITH DELEGATES OF WORLD URBAN FORUM 9

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

DIALOGUE SESSION WITH DELEGATES OF WORLD URBAN FORUM 9

SUNDAY, 11TH FEBRUARY 2018, 8PM
UAB BUILDING, GEORGE TOWN, PENANG

 

Significant Strategies and Milestones

1. Climate change is here. If you don’t think it is real, just recall the events of the last quarter of 2017 when floods and the worst storm in Penang’s history forcefully knocked on our doors.

2. For the last 30 years, fighting climate change has become a long-term goal for cities all around the world, and Penang is no exception. In fact, being an island state, we must do better by being adaptive and resilient as we are more susceptible than most to the effects of climate change

3. We must be vigilant in safeguarding the charms of Penang – the UNESCO heritage city of George Town, and the islands natural assets – its hills and coasts. We must strive for sustainable practises in our institutions and systems, even within our daily lives, which promotes and protects Penang’s assets, not overwhelm and destroy them.

4. Throughout our term as the incumbent state government of Penang, we have formulated strategies, developed policies and implemented programmes to reduce Penang’s carbon footprint, and to be the leader in all things Green in Malaysia.

5. During our formative years, we launched the Cleaner, Greener Penang initiative to transform Penang into the most environmentally friendly and liveable city in Malaysia.

6. One of the programme’s earliest initiative was the enforced ban on free plastic bags throughout the state on 1 January 2010 which was a necessary step to reduce the state's waste production and carbon footprint.

7. The proceedings from the sale of plastic bags went to the "Partners Against Poverty" Special Fund to assist the state's hardcore poor. This initiative was the first of its kind in Malaysia.

8. Penang is also the first state in Malaysia to have officially declared the ban of the polystyrene food containers. Together, with the reduction in the consumption of plastic bags, it will alleviate Penang’s choked drainage and river systems.

9. To increase mobility and connectivity while moving our dependency away from cars, the state has initiated a free shuttle bus in the city centre for the needs of city-dwellers and visitors alike.

10. In 2011, the idea of dedicated bicycle lanes for Penang were developed to help in the reduction of carbon gas emissions. To date, 90% of the 176km lanes in Penang Island are already developed. While in Seberang Perai, bicycle lanes will cover a 140 km stretch. This initiative will promote Penang as the first state to promote cycling as a healthy activity and reduce dependency on motor vehicles.

11. In 2011, the State Government created the Penang Green Council to research, nurture, facilitate and coordinate environmental causes in Penang.

12. The initiatives under the Penang Green Council include strategies for waste management, to date Penang has achieved the highest recycling rate in the country of 38% as compared to the national recycling rate of 22% and we hope to increase the recycling rate to 40% by 2020.

13. As empathetic global citizens, the Penang State Government has gone against tradition, and has stopped serving shark fin soup to protect the planet’s biodiversity.

14. In March 2017, the Penang State Economic Planning Unit, Penang Green Council (PGC) and Penang Institute put forward the Penang Green Agenda (PGA), a two-year policy planning project aimed at formulating strategies and building resilient communities in Penang to meet and adapt to future environmental challenges by 2030.

15. These are big challenges, initiatives and goals for any government. Luckily, for us, our civil society is strong, and we have many delivery partners with a common vision to create a more sustainable, liveable and resilient Penang.

16. One of our primary partner’s in this endeavour is Think City. Together, we have created the GTCDC (George Town Conservation and Development Corporation) to conserve and promote George Town as a World Heritage City that is welcoming to all and admired by all.

17. Our earliest effort in this partnership was the greening of Carnarvon Street. Next was the transformation of an empty space within George Town into a public park, now called Armenian Park.

18. Other parks include Lebuh Kampung Benggali Pocket Park and Jeti Lama Rain Garden, both in the port town of Butterworth across the island.

19. Some of our most exciting and transformational work for the heritage city is in the area which houses the oldest building in Penang – Fort Cornwallis. Called the North Seafront Masterplan, this project will expand the city’s limited public spaces and improve the public amenities in the area.

20. The fort is currently undergoing archaeological research to unravel layers of its history, and it has become a centre for a school archaeology programme developed by Think City.

21. In the near future, the building will be restored and a moat that used to surround the structure will be reintroduced with the value-add of serving as a stormwater catchment and flood-retention feature.

22. By bringing positive urban transformation to the area, we hope that human-centred investments and green developments will follow suit which will set Penang on the path to a model city for sustainability, liveability and resiliency.

Conclusion

23. Our initiatives to create a cleaner, greener, healthier and safer Penang is well aligned with the New Urban Agenda and well on its way toward achieving the 17 sustainable development goals (SDG).

24. Before I end, I would like to thank the organisers of the World Urban Forum 9 for this opportunity to highlight Penang’s achievements on the world stage.

25. I’d also like to thank Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP), Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP), PlanMalaysia, George Town Conservation and Development Corporation (GTCDC), George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI), Think City, Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) for their partnership and commitment to the conservation and development of George Town into a sustainable, liveable, and resilient city.

Thank you.

WELCOMING DINNER FOR WORLD URBAN FORUM'S DELEGATES

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WELCOME DINNER SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

IN CONJUNCTION WITH WORLD URBAN FORUM 9 TECHNICAL VISIT IN PENANG

SATURDAY, 10TH FEBRUARY 2018, 8PM
KHOO KONGSI, GEORGE TOWN, PENANG

 

A very good evening to all of you.

1. On behalf of Penang State Government, it is a great honour and pleasure for me to greet all of you Selamat Datang or Welcome to Penang, Malaysia in conjunction with the World Urban Forum 9 that has been going in Kuala Lumpur.

2. I hope that your journey to Penang was a pleasant one and I hope you will continue to enjoy your evening with us.

3. I also wish to express my sincere thanks to City Council of Penang Island and other relevant Government agencies for your untiring efforts to ensure the success of this technical visit from 10th to 11th February 2018.

4. We are honored to have YBhg. Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif with us today. YBhg. Dato’ Maimunah worked for many years with Penang State Government to implement Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Penang through a lot of development programs. Her efforts need no introduction. Today, Penang has become one of the best model city that managed to achieve SDGs targets which include good health and well-being for people, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation,  decent work and economic growth also sustainable cities and communities.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentleman,

5. Thanks to the United Nations by introducing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and New Urban Agenda 2030 (NUA 2030). With these goals, we are aware of 'rights' in many spheres, towards achieving quality of life for the people. Implementation of the SDGs started worldwide in 2016. 

6. Penang is one of the developed states in Malaysia. Recently, Penang has been pronounced as one of the 17 must-visit destinations in 2017 by CNN.com. The urban development in Penang is a top-notch but we still give priority to our environment and heritage sites in this rapid growth of the city. The good quality of our amenities, services and infrastructure in terms of healthcare, education, job opportunities and recreation has made Penang a natural choice for local and foreign talents who choose to work and live in Penang.

7. Today, all the delegates had the opportunity to go for a walkabout in George Town World Heritage Site. We are also having our dinner tonight in Khoo Kongsi compound, which is situated in the Special Zone of the Heritage Site. This zone has the highest concentration of significant cultural sites and Category 1 buildings within the World Heritage Site.

8. George Town is also a living testimony to the multi-cultural heritage and tradition of Asia, where the greatest religions and cultures met. The coexistence of distinct faiths - both tangible and intangible - in particular the different religious buildings, is a testament to the religious pluralism of Asia.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentleman,

9. State Government & MBPP strive to provide public facilities accessible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability. For example, we have Relau Sport Complex, Subterranean Penang International Convention And Exhibition Centre (SPICE) and other public facilities including public toilets, market & hawker centers.

10. The Penang State Government has embarked on a plan to promote bicycling in 2011 as part of a comprehensive strategy for a Cleaner, Greener, Safer and Healthier Penang. We presently have about 180 kilometers of bicycle lanes throughout the island. Our vision is to make Penang a bicycling state and a green state to achieve the UN Habitat's 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Last but not least, I welcome you all to this Pearl of The Orient and I wish you a pleasant and delectable dinner. I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and fruitful NewYear!

Thank you.

MAJLIS PERASMIAN SIAP KERJA-KERJA PENGGANTIAN LIF DI 6 BLOK GAT LEBUH MACALLUM DAN KERJA-KERJA PENAIKTARAFAN LIF PANGSAPURI PELANGI, LINTANG MACALLUM 2, PULAU PINANG

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UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG
SEMPENA MAJLIS PERASMIAN SIAP KERJA-KERJA PENGGANTIAN LIF 
DI 6 BLOK GAT LEBUH MACALLUM DAN KERJA-KERJA PENAIKTARAFAN LIF PANGSAPURI PELANGI, LINTANG MACALLUM 2, PULAU PINANG

PADA 10 FEBRUARI 2018

 

Tuan- tuan dan puan-puan sekalian

Saya berasa amat berbangga dan bersyukur kerana pada hari yang penuh bermakna ini, kita sama-sama berhimpun di sini untuk menjayakan Majlis Penyerahan Rasmi Penyiapan Kerja-kerja Penggantian Lif di enam (6) buah blok (348, 352, 354, 358, 360 & 362), Gat Lebuh Macallum dan juga kerja-kerja penaiktarafan lif di 5 blok Pangsapuri Pelangi (3, 5, 7, 9 & 11), Lintang Macallum 2, Pulau Pinang.

Kerja-kerja penggantian lif di 6 blok ini merupakan suatu projek pembaikan kritikal di mana penggantian lif yang pertama kali ini telah dilaksanakan sepenuhnya oleh PDC melalui kaedah perkongsian kos di antara PDC dan pemilik-pemilik unit melalui Perbadanan Pengurusan (MC) Blok masing-masing di Gat Lebuh Macallum. Saya ingin mengucapkan syabas kepada kesemua pihak yang telah bekerjasama untuk memastikan inisiatif ini dapat direalisasikan. 

Jumlah kos keseluruhan untuk kerja-kerja penggantian lif bagi keenam-enam blok ini adalah berjumlah RM3,563,700 di mana PDC telah menanggung kos sebanyak RM3,144,965, manakala bakinya telah dikongsi antara pemilik petak melalui enam (6) Perbadanan Pengurusan (MC) yang berjumlah sebanyak RM418,735.

Kerja-kerja penggantian lif di blok-blok 348, 352, 354, 358 dan 360 telah dijalankan oleh Shinyou Elevator Mfg Sdn Bhd. Manakala bagi blok 362, kerja-kerja penggantian lif telah dijalankan oleh Nippon Elevator Sdn Bhd. Kerja-kerja ini telah dilaksanakan secara berperingkat mulai 13 September 2016 dan telah siap sepenuhnya untuk semua lif berkenaan pada 20 November 2017.

Seperti mana yang semua sedia maklum, bangunan 6 blok Gat Lebuh Pangsapuri ini adalah pangsapuri kategori kos sederhana yang dibina oleh PDC pada tahun 1986 dan merupakan bangunan 22 tingkat dan mempunyai jumlah keseluruhan 1008 unit kediaman. Sebagai pematuhan kepada kehendak Akta Hakmilik Strata 1985, blok-blok ini telah diserahkan oleh PDC kepada Perbadanan Pengurusan (MC) untuk pengurusan dan penyelenggaraan masing-masing pada tahun 2002.

Selain daripada itu, PDC juga telah menjalankan kerja-kerja penaiktarafan lif di 5 buah blok di Pangsapuri Pelangi, Gat Lebuh Macallum. Jumlah kos keseluruhan yang terlibat untuk kerja-kerja berkenaan adalah berjumlah sebanyak RM1,025,000. Kerja-kerja ini telah bermula pada 2 Julai 2014 dan telah siap sepenuhnya pada 2 November 2015 melalui kontraktor yang dilantik oleh PDC iaitu MS Elevator Engineering Sdn Bhd. Kerja-kerja penaiktarafan lif ini melibatkan kerja-kerja “modernization”, pengujian dan pentauliahan semula unit lif yang terlibat.

Jumlah keseluruhan yang ditanggung oleh PDC bagi kedua-dua kerja penggantian dan penaiktarafan lif adalah sebanyak RM4,169,965.

Akhir kata, saya dengan ini merasmikan penyerahan penyiapan kerja-kerja penggantian lif di enam (6) buah blok iaitu Blok 348,352, 354, 358, 360 dan 362), dan kerja-kerja penaiktarafan lif di Blok 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11, Pangsapuri Taman Pelangi, Lintang Macallum 2, Pulau Pinang.

Sekian, terima kasih.