Without The Immediate Implementation Of The RM 353 Million Dredging Works To Deepen The North Channel To 15 Meters And The Low Price Paid By Seaport Terminal (Johore) Sdn Bhd, The Privatisation Of The Penang Port Can Be Misinterpreted As Another ‘Piratisa

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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 6.4.2015.

Without The Immediate Implementation Of The RM 353 Million Dredging Works To Deepen The North Channel To 15 Meters And The Low Price Paid By Seaport Terminal (Johore) Sdn Bhd, The Privatisation Of The Penang Port Can Be Misinterpreted As Another ‘Piratisation’ Of Public Assets For Private Benefit.

Without the immediate implementation of the RM 353 million dredging works to deepen the North Channel to 15 meters to allow bigger vessels to dock Penang Port and the low price paid by Seaport Terminal (Johore) Sdn Bhd, the privatisation of the Penang Port can be easily misinterpreted as another ‘piratisation’ of public assets for private benefit. I am surprised at the low price paid for the privatisation of Penang Port to the company linked to tycoon Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary, as revealed by the written reply to my parliamentary question below.

Unfortunately my question on the RM 353 million dredging project to deepen the North Channel went unanswered, indicating that the Federal government has surrendered this important requirement that was even included in the Ninth and 10th Malaysian Plan. Without deepening the depth to 15 meters, Penang Port would slowly come unstuck in shallower and shallower waters, because it is unable to handle the bigger vessels that is now the norm in sea transport requiring at least 15 meters depth.

The Penang state government is disappointed at the unhealthy silence and ominous secrecy surrounding the privatisation of Penang Port by the Federal government. Until today, there is no official announcement of the transfer of management except when the matter is raised by me in Parliament or public announcements by Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB) of a 30% rise in productivity at Penang Port (that could not be quantified into ringgit value) since it was taken over last year.

Pertanyaan Lisan

Tuan Lim Guan Eng[Bagan] minta Perdana Menteri menyatakan status penswastaan Pelabuhan Pulau Pinang serta mekanisme pengurusan, jumlah wang yang dibayar, jumlah hutang yang perlu ditanggung serta bilakah kerja pengorekan dasar laut sebanyak RM353juta untuk mendalamkannya kepada 15 meter akan dimulakan.


Tuan Yang di-Pertua,

Untuk Makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat, Syarikat Seaport Terminal(Johore) Sdn Bhd telah mengambil alih operasi dan pengurusan Pelabuhan Pulau Pinang termasuk pengambilalihan kakitangan pelabuhan berkenaan. Pembayaran sebanyak RM170 juta bagi tujuan pengambilalihan ekuiti juga telah dibuat oleh Syarikat Seaport Terminal (Johore) Sdn Bhd. Walaubagaimanapu, pemindahan ekuiti dari Syarikat Penang Port Sdn Bhd kepada Syarikat Seaport Terminal (Johore) Sdn Bhd masih di dalam proses kerana pihak syarikat sedang berunding dengan pihak bank-bank yang terlibat untuk menstrukturkan semula hutang PPSB yang berjumlah melebihi RM1.2bilion.

Bagi kerja-kerja pengerukan dasar laut kepada kedalaman 15 meter, ianya akan dilaksanakan berdasarkan perancangan syarikat dan keperluan daripada kapal-kapal yang berlabuh di Pelabuhan Pulau Pinang. Kerja-kerja pengerukan ini akan dipantau oleh Suruhanjaya Pelabuhan Pulau Pinang memandangkan ianya merupakan sebahagian daripada obligasi syarikat sepertimana di dalam Perjanjian Penswastaan.

Sekian, Terima Kasih

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再不立即推行3亿5300万令吉的北部航道海床加深至15公尺的工程,加上Seaport Terminal (Johore) 有限公司出低价,槟城港口的私营化,可以被误为另一种“强盗化”,将公共设施占为私有谋利。

再不立即推行3亿5300万令吉的北部航道海床加深至15公尺的工程,加上Seaport Terminal (Johore) 有限公司出低价,槟城港口的私营化,可以被误为另一种“强盗化”,将公共设施占为私有谋利。我对于与丹斯里赛莫达有关的公司出低价将槟城港口私有化感到惊讶,国会在书面回答中揭露此事。


槟州政府对于联邦政府在槟城港口私有化的课题上不健康的沉默及令人不安的保密感到失望。至今为止,我们没有看到任何关于管理层交接的正式宣布,除了我在国会书面提问时,或槟城港口有限公司(Penang Port Sdn Bhd, PPSB)公布槟城港口自去年被收购后其生产力提升30%(不能量化为令吉)




Syarikat Seaport Terminal(Johore)私人有限公司已经接管槟城港口的运作及管理,包括接管港口的员工。Syarikat Seaport Terminal(Johore)私人有限公司也已经支持了1亿7000万令吉以收购股票。但是,槟城港口有限公司还在办理将股票转移给Syarikat Seaport Terminal (Johore) 有限公司的手续,因为他们正与涉及的银行商讨重组槟城港口有限公司超过12亿令吉的债务。

至于加深海床至15公尺的工程, 将取决于公司的计划及停靠在槟城港口的船只的需要。海床加深计划将由槟城港务局监督,因为这是私营化协议中公司的其中一项义务。


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ON 3RD APRIL 2015, FRIDAY, 8.15 PM


A very warm welcome and good evening to all distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. I am greatly honoured to have been accorded this opportunity to speak to you all.

Today we will hear from our distinguished speaker, Professor Stephen Oppenheimer from University of Oxford, speaking on a topic that is not only relevant and important to Malaysia, but also to Penang, that is, “Mainland Southeast Asia: Ancestors – more indigenous or immigrants?”

Professor Oppenheimer’s research focuses on human migrations in the Pacific was first triggered in 1982 when he started to examine the distribution of different genotypes by language and geography in the Southwest Pacific, in particular the Pacific and Southeast Asian migrations. According to his book, Eden in the East, at the end of the Ice Age, Southeast Asia formed a continent twice the size of India, which included Indochina, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Borneo, or otherwise known as “Sundaland”.

Today, “Sundaland” is no longer with us due to higher sea level. So, the current debate on climate change and sustainable development should not be dismissed as frivolous. Indeed, previous ‘Penang in Asia’ lectures have featured Professor Jeffrey Sachs from Columbia University on sustainable development, as well as Professor Rajendra Pachauri, the former Chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which won the Nobel Prize in 2007. All these have reinforced my government’s belief for environmentally sustainable development for Penang.

Melting pot in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia has always been a meeting point of various peoples and cultures throughout the ages, largely in the context of trade and commerce. Penang, for instance, was the entrepot for this region centuries ago. These activities serve as a valuable platform for human interaction, apart from helping to forge cultural alliances and other mutually benefiting endeavours. In today’s world, however, the need to meet and communicate is not only for trade and commerce, but also for education, tourism, research and development, and most importantly, for bringing people together. Today, in Penang, we have a transparent government and an open society to welcome these people.

We must not forget our roots. Therefore, the findings of Professor Oppenheimer’s research are important in helping us to trace and understand the origins and growth of the indigenous peoples and also how these migratory developments impact upon the spread of the peoples of Southeast Asia as a whole. We also need to know the impact of migration upon these peoples in terms of their genetic history as knowing one’s roots makes us appreciate our culture and history; and hopefully will bring us closer rather than setting us apart.

Indigenous people vs. recent migrants

While there are indigenous peoples who inhabit this Southeast Asian region, this land mass is also populated by native people as a result of mass migration that took place decades ago. In the case of Malaysia, this migration was brought about by the colonial powers of the Portuguese, Dutch and British.

Apart from the local native people, we witness the mass migration of ethnic Chinese (from China) and ethnic Indians (from South Asia) as well as a number of people from Sumatra, Java and Celebes to this part of the Malay Archipelago. These people eventually settled and made this place their permanent home. All these people have cumulatively contributed to building up Malaysia to what she is today. So it is indisputable that the heart of these people belong to Malaysia for “home is where the heart is”.

Diversity as asset

This spate of migration has not only helped to develop, boost the local population but, more importantly, given rise to an ethnically and culturally diverse society that see in our country today. Contrary to the view of some people, we in Penang feel that freedom and diversity in our society are assets that can be harnessed for the benefit of all Malaysians. Unlike the politics of divisiveness that is often practised by certain politicians and political parties, the Penang state government sees that diversity not only enriches Malaysian society, but also promotes unity.

It is also important to note that such diversity that arises from a long history of diverse cultural, religious and political interaction can also help to stem the tide of ethnic and religious bigotry and extremism that sadly exist in some parts of the society today.

Development revisited

Ladies and gentlemen.

Against this backdrop of diversity, we feel that each and every group of our society, be it the Orang Asli, the indigenous people, Chinese, Indians, Thais, Eurasians and others, have a significant role to play in making vital contributions to the development and progress of our beloved country. In cosmopolitan Penang, for instance, we not only welcome the immense contributions of its diverse peoples but also encourage participation and input from foreign investors to help develop the state. In short, the diversity of talents, skills and imagination among various quarters in the country is to be harnessed to the fullest for the benefit of all.

Penang's strength in diversity and freedom is reflected in the art, culture and heritage of our buildings and the lifestyle of our residents. The richness and diversity was recognized by UNESCO which awarded George Town as a World Heritage site.

In a sense, by being an open society, Penang shows that this is also one way to arrest the worrying trend of brain-drain among Malaysians. Talented Malaysians must be given the appropriate incentive to develop themselves and in turn help develop the country. Indeed, the state government places a premium on human capital, social capital and cultural capital out of the very diversity, freedom and richness of our society. This is an important shift if we are serious in moving forward to be a high-income country.


Ladies and gentlemen.

The state government is committed to achieving a balanced society through social inclusion and development, the economic dynamism and the sustainability of Penang. This is to chart Penang towards an international and intelligent city. The topic by Professor Oppenheimer this evening is indeed timely as modern day “Sundaland”, which is ASEAN, looks forward to deepening integration by commencing ASEAN Economic Community at the end of this year, opening up a market with a GDP of nearly USD 3 trillion and a population of 630 million people.

Whilst Penang looks forward towards being the hub for modern day “Sundaland”, we must not forget our roots. Hence, let me welcome Professor Oppenheimer to deliver his lecture that would enlighten us about our ancestry and help us face the future as a united and inclusive society.

Thank you.


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4 APRIL 2015 8.30 MALAM


Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengucapkan jutaan terima kasih kepada Yang Di Pertua Negeri Pulau Pinang, Tun Yang Terutama (TYT) Tun Dato' Seri Utama (Dr) Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Abbas dan Yang Amat Berbahagia Toh Puan Dato' Seri Utama Hajjah Majimor binti Shariff kerana sudi meluangkan masa untuk bersama-sama meraikan Majlis Sambutan Pengisytiharan Bandaraya Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang. Sesungguhnya kehadiran Tun Yang Terutama Tun dan Yang Amat Berbahagia Toh Puan cukup bermakna dalam menyerikan majlis yang cukup bersejarah pada malam ini.

Saya juga ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Jawatankuasa Penganjur terutama Bahagian Kerajaan Tempatan di bawah kendalian YB Chow Kon Yeow yang bertindak selaku Pengerusi Kerajaan Tempatan, Pengurusan Lalulintas dan Tebatan Banjir serta Pejabat Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri di bawah kepimpinan Dato' Seri Farizan bin Darus yang telah berjaya memulihkan status bandaraya kepada MBPP.

Saya ingin mengambil kesempatan ini untuk menjunjung kasih kepada ke bawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong Almu'tasimu Billahi Muhibbuddin Tuanku Al-Haj Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah kerana pada 10 Mac 2015 yang lalu telah memperkenankan pengisytiharan Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang (MPPP) kepada Majlis Bandaran Pulau Pinang (MBPP) berkuatkuasa 1 Januari 2015.

Pengiktirafan ini adalah penuh bersejarah dan bermakna kerana dikembalikan balik status bandaraya yang telah hilang 40 tahun dahulu pada 1974.

Menyingkap kembali sejarah Pulau Pinang (Pulau) setelah dijajah oleh British pada tahun 1786, George Town merupakan pusat pentadbiran negeri bagi kawasan sekitar dan pulau serta seterusnya bagi keseluruhan negeri Pulau Pinang. Pada 1.1.1957 atas perintah Ratu Great Britain Elizabeth II, George Town mencipta sejarah dengan menjadi bandaraya pertama di Malaysia.

Malangnya status bandaraya George Town telah digugurkan apabila ia digabungkan dengan keseluruhan pulau untuk menubuhkan Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang (MPPP) pada tahun 1974. Sememangnya, MPPP telah lama memenuhi semua kriteria untuk menjadi sebuah bandaraya, khususnya dua syarat utama yakni, pendapatan dari sumber kewangan yang mampan dengan hasil tahunan yang tidak kurang dari RM100juta dan bilangan penduduk sekurang-kurangnya 500,000 orang.

Untuk pengetahuan semua, Malaysia sudah mempunyai 12 bandaraya seperti Alor Star dan Kuala Terengganu yang telah diberikan status sedemikian.

Selain itu, MBPP ini juga telah menggerakkan usaha transformasi di dalam bidang perancangan strategik melalui beberapa pendekatan dengan pembangunan perancangan bandar yang mampan dan mesra alam sekitar. Selaras dengan “Program Cleaner, Greener, Safer dan Healthier Penang” yang telah dilancarkan oleh Kerajaan Negeri, Pihak Bandaraya George Town telah merangka beberapa cadangan projek penghijauan dalam kawasan Bandaraya untuk mencapai matlamat dan objektif program tersebut.

Pengiktirafan antarabangsa diperolehi pada 7 Julai 2008 apabila UNESCO menyenaraikan George Town sebagai Tapak Warisan dan Budaya Sedunia bersama dengan negeri Melaka. Ia dengan sendiri mengambil maklum usaha memelihara, melindungi dan mempromosi warisan unik dan unggul di rantau ini. Kini menerusi George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI), Tapak Warisan Sedunia George Town telah hidup semula dengan dinamik dan kreatif sehingga menarik perhatian dan minat badan-badan antarabangsa seperti Agan Khan Foundation.

Di samping itu, MBPP mulai dianggap sebagai hab budaya serta pusat kreatif seni, sastera dan lukisan di mana persembahan bertaraf antarabangsa George Town Festival dan Tropfest Short Film Festival serta pelbagai program yang diraikan telah mengharumkan nama Pulau Pinang dan Malaysia di peringkat antarabangsa. Bukit Bendera kini kian menjelma nama sebagai pusat peranginan bukit yang indah permai di Malaysia.

Dengan pengisytiharan MPPP kepada MBPP adalah diharapkan seluruh warga MBPP dapat menjalankan tanggungjawab dengan penuh berhemah dan bersedia untuk menghadapi cabaran yang kian mencabar untuk memberikan perkhidmatan yang baik selaras dengan urustadbir Cekap, Akauntabiliti dan Telus.

Proses penarafan Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang telah membawa kepada penambahan perkhidmatan jawatan daripada 3576 jawatan kepada 3964 iaitu penambahan sebanyak 388.

Kerjasama yang berterusan daripada semua pihak telah berjaya menghapuskan persepsi dan tanggapan negatif yang pernah dilontarkan kepada negeri ini apabila digelar sebagai Negeri Darul Sampah pada suatu ketika dahulu oleh Mantan Perdana Menteri. Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan Rakyat Pulau Pinang telah membuktikan bahawa dengan menggunakan perkhidmatan dan orang yang sama dan sistem yang terancang serta urustadbir Cekap, Akauntabiliti dan Telus (CAT), Pulau Pinang kini ditransformasikan kepada sebuah negeri yang bersih, hijau,sihat dan selamat. Pasti Negeri Pulau Pinang boleh bersih kerana Kerajaan Negeri bersih.

Saya percaya dengan komitmen dan iltizam warga MBPP yang mengamalkan perkhidmatan profesional dan cemerlang, kita dapat bersama-sama menggalas amanah murni dalam mentransformasikan Pulau Pinang sebagai sebuah bandaraya bertaraf antarabangsa dan pintar.

Sebelum mengakhiri ucapan, saya ingin mengambil kesempatan ini untuk mengucapkan tahniah dan syabas kepada Datuk Bandar kita yang pertama, Yang Berbahagia Dato' Patahiyah binti Ismail.

Akhir kata, marilah kita sama-sama membulatkan tekad serta azam ke arah menjayakan kerajaan dan perkhidmatan berjiwa rakyat.

Sekian, terima kasih.