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1 JANUARI 2018 (7.25 PAGI)



Selamat pagi dan Selamat Tahun Baharu 2018.

Terlebih dahulu, marilah kita bersama-sama memanjatkan rasa syukur kepada Tuhan kerana sekali lagi kita dapat berkumpul sambil menghirup udara pagi yang segar Tahun Baharu 2018 untuk menggalakkan amalan hidup yang sihat selari dengan Pulau Pinang yang bersih, hijau, sihat dan selamat.

Saya ingin merakamkan penghargaan kepada Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP) atas penganjuran Program 'City Walk 2018' untuk kali yang ke-6 sempena sambutan 'City Day 2018'.

Saya difahamkan seramai 5100 orang peserta telah mendaftar bagi menyertai aktiviti berjalan kaki hari ini sejauh 5 kilometer.

Saya telah menerima cabaran daripada syarikat insuran untuk berjalan 12,500 langkah setiap hari sejak bulan lepas. Walaupun sasaran ini amat mencabar bagi saya memandangkan jadual harian saya yang sangat padat, tetapi saya bangga dapat mencapai matlamat 12,500 langkah setiap hari, kecuali 4 hari. Oleh yang demikian, tiada alasan lagi bagi anda semua untuk tidak melakukan aktiviti sihat sebegini.

The UK Guardian newspaper did a feature on the best places to eat,live and drink in Penang on December 16. Clearly Penang is a top tourist destination in Asia as can be seen by the increase in tourist arrivals. Last year the Penang International Airport (PIA) recorded 6.7 million passengers and is expected to reach 7.1 million passengers this year. This far exceeds the 6.5 million capacity of the PIA which was only expected to be achieved in 2020. Finally, the Prime Minister had to announce in the 2018 Budget of an expansion of PIA, expected to be 12 million passengers capacity from the present 6.5 million.

One of the key attractions of Penang is of course our UNESCO World Heritage City of George Town, our street food and the diversity and hospitality of our people. The state government has defended the unique taste and quality of our street food by implementing a policy of “Local Cooks Ruling for Street Hawkers” to ensure that foreign workers do not take over and destroy or change our unique local flavour. That is the reason why you see locals cooking amongst our street food hawkers – not foreign workers cooking as in some others cities in Malaysia. It is this local stroke for global folks that ensure our Penang food can remain as the best in the world.

Pada tahun ini sekali lagi Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang dengan kerjasama Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang akan menganjurkan untuk tahun ke-4 Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018 pada 24 dan 25 Februari 2018 bertempat di Padang Polo.

Akhir kata, saya ingin mengambil kesempatan ini untuk menyeru kepada supaya rakyat Pulau Pinang supaya dapat berganding bahu dan bekerjasama bagi merealisasikan hasrat Kerajaan Negeri menjadikan Pulau Pinang sebagai sebuah negeri bersih, hijau, sihat dan selamat. 'Selamat Tahun Baharu 2018'. Semoga Pulau Pinang terus maju dan berjaya!

Sekian, terima kasih.


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30 December 2017


Selamat Sejahtera and Selamat Datang.

On behalf of the Penang State Government, I would like to welcome 250 participants from all over Malaysia. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank North Peninsular Malaysia Taekwondo Association for their diligence and hard work in organising this championship.

Championships such as this are held to allow athletes to benchmark themselves against the best and as a platform for the national organization to identify the best athletes for international competitions. In addition, taekwondo is not only a sport, it is also a martial art, requiring exponents to memorise and recite the Taekwondo oath and understand the tenets of taekwondo.

Tenets of Taekwondo are : Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverence, Self Control and Indomitable Spirit. The application and understanding of such principles will undoubtedly contribute to a community that will serve the nation better.

I observe from the delegation and participants here today that you are a multi racial set up. I congratulate ITFM and it’s leaders for the success in creating a more harmonious and diverse platform to develop friendship regardless of race, age and background.

Happy New Year and enjoy Penang the best street food in the world and our world-class UNESCO World Heritage City of George Town!

Thank you.


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30 December, 2017


On behalf of the Penang Hill Corporation (PHC), I would like to thank you very much for your presence here this morning to join us for this special event to commemorate the re-opening of Penang Hill to all Penangites and visitors from across the country and abroad.

We thank you for your patience, understanding and kind words of support which have truly inspired the PHC Team to strive beyond expectations to ensure that the train can be back in operation within the shortest possible time.

The evening of November 4 was truly a nightmare for all of us here with the worst rainstorm in history with 40mph winds that even lifted the ferry inland and witnessed 1.5 months rain in only 15 hours. Penang Hill, being sited around 800 metres above sea level felt was even more drastically affected in the near typhoon-like aftermath.

Penang Hill suffered a record 194 landslides all over the Hill, including the funicular track and also the alternative route via the jeep track from the Botanic Gardens, it was completely cut-off.

Meanwhile, recovery work on the funicular and its track was equally challenging as it was similarly inaccessible to vehicles and machineries and recovery works had to be carried out practically by hand.

Although only one of the trains was slightly affected, the track suffered more extensive damages which necessitated the import of spare parts from abroad.

Clearly the worst affected areas from the worst rainstorm and floods in Penang history were undeveloped areas. Those areas with approved development had same form of slope protection as required by the local authorities. But undeveloped areas with little or no slope protection bore the brunt of Mother Nature with 194 landslides.

Unfortunately, Penang has to pay a heavy price to disprove the lie that development was the major cause of the worst rainstorm or floods in Penang's history. This was a natural disaster. In actual fact, it was undeveloped areas such as Penang Hill that suffered the worst. There has been no major developments in Penang Hill carried out and talk of development of Penang Hill including rumours of building casinos is baseless and irresponsible.

Considering the tremendous challenges which they faced, I would like to express my appreciation to the entire Penang Hill Corporation Team for their utmost dedication, commitment and the tremendous effort which they have put in to re-store not only the funicular service but also make the Hill accessible to all.

Of course, PHC would not have been able to succeed in the restoration and recovery process without the assistance of the numerous government agencies like JKR, MBPP, PBA, TNB, Telekom Malaysia, and Angkatan Tentera Malaysia, Penang Hill Residents Association, business operators on the hill, contractors, residents and numerous volunteers who have come forward. Thank you all for your valued contribution.

With the re-opening of the Hill and the resumption of train service today, visitors will be assured of a pleasant and memorable experience by joining the recently-launched guided Nature Walks by volunteer guides. We hope our guests will take the opportunity to discover more of the Hill and have a more enriching experience here.

We believe that next year we will be able to hit 1.7 million passengers next year – a new record! Come, and let us enjoy what Penang Hill has to offer again and again!

Thank you.