NATIONAL TAEKWON-DO (ITF) CHAMPIONSHIP 2017

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
DURING NATIONAL TAEKWON-DO (ITF) CHAMPIONSHIP 2017

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.

THE RE-OPENING OF PENANG HILL

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
AT THE RE-OPENING OF PENANG HILL

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.

MAJLIS SAMBUTAN HARI KRISMAS DAN TAHUN BARU PDC

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TEKS UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG
SEMPENA MAJLIS SAMBUTAN HARI KRISMAS DAN TAHUN BARU PDC

PADA 21 DISEMBER 2017 
DI ATRIUM PEJABAT PDC

 

Salam Sejahtera & Salam Bersih, hari ini kita bersama-sama berkumpul sebagai satu keluarga korporat untuk meraikan sambutan Hari Krismas and meraikan Tahun Baru yang bakal tiba.

Pada tahun 2017, kita dapat menyaksikan pertumbuhan positif dan pembangunan infrastruktur Pulau Pinang. Dengan daya tahan dan komitmen, kita telah mencatatkan kejayaan dalam menarik pelaburan sebanyak RM9.9 bilion dari Januari-September 2017, berbanding RM4.3 bilion untuk keseluruhan 2016 iaitu peningkatan 130%, yang yang mana kedua tertinggi di seluruh negara. Daripada RM9.9 bilion, pelaburan tempatan adalah RM1.9 bilion manakala pelaburan asing adalah RM8 bilion. Sekarang tidak ada lagi mana-mana pihak tidak bertanggungjawab akan cuba mendakwa pelabur lari dan kilang tutup di Pulau Pinang.

Saya ucapkan tahniah kepada PDC dan Invest-in-Penang atas komitmen dan kejayaan mereka dalam menarik pelaburan.

Saya juga berbangga kerana Pulau Pinang memiliki syarikat yang merupakan pengeksport terbesar No.1 dan No.2 di Malaysia, dengan Western Digital menyumbang RM20 bilion eksport setiap tahun pada 2017 atau 2.3% daripada jumlah eksport Malaysia dan Broadcom akan menyumbang RM70 bilion, menjelang 2018. Broadcom sahaja akan menyumbang 8% daripada jumlah eksport tahunan Malaysia. Kedua – dua syarikat menyumbang 10.3% daripada jumlah keseluruhan besar di Malaysia.

Kami akan terus mendorong ekonomi berpendapatan tinggi melalui tadbir urus yang baik, integriti dan penekanan berterusan kami terhadap Sains & Teknologi. Sejajar dengan perkembangan teknologi yang menggalakkan penggunaan internet secara maksima, kita semua mesti menguasai gelombang Revolusi Industri 4.0 yang merangkumi Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, E-Commerce, Crowd Sourcing dan Internet of Things. Sebanyak RM75 juta telah dibelanjakan sejak 2008 untuk mempromosikan pendidikan STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Maths.

Banyak projek pembangunan transformatif utama telah direalisasikan di Pulau Pinang melalui Kerajaan Negeri dan PDC yang bekerja dengan sektor swasta di bawah inisiatif Public Private Parnership (PPP)

Contoh-contoh projek tersebut adalah dengan kelahiran semula ikon baru iaitu @ Top Komtar yang melambangkan transformasi Komtar Pulau Pinang yang baru selepas pelaburan RM200 juta oleh One World Group. Di samping itu, salah satu projek yang berjaya termasuk projek Penang Science Café bernilai RM23 juta, Perpustakaan Digital Pulau Pinang yang beroperasi 24 jam yang merupakan perpustakaan pertama di Malaysia tanpa buku, projek RM23 juta Penang @CAT di Wisma Yeap Chor Ee dan RM28 juta projek Tech Dome projek untuk mempromosikan sains dan teknologi.

Pada minggu lalu, saya juga telah melancarkan Escape Waterplay, sebuah taman tema pertama di Pulau Pinang, yang akan meningkatkan lagi kedudukan Pulau Pinang di peta pelancongan dunia. Perancangan untuk membina papan luncur yang terpanjang di dunia sepanjang 1 kilometer juga adalah dalam perancangan.

Pulau Pinang juga telah menunjukkan kemajuan besar dalam peruntukan Perumahan Mampu Milik yang mendapat RM500 juta dana daripada Kerajaan Negeri. Penyerahan Skim Perumahan Mampu Milik PDC (AHS) pertama, dengan CCC untuk Fasa 1 iaitu di Bandar Cassia, Batu Kawan akan diperolehi tidak lama lagi dan diikuti oleh Perumahan Mampu Milik di Kampung Jawa, Butterworth dan selepas itu Dua Residensi Teluk Kumbar.

Semua inisiatif ini benar-benar menunjukkan komitmen dan tanggungjawab oleh Kerajaan Negeri dan PDC untuk memastikan bekalan Perumahan Mampu Milik yang mencukupi kepada rakyat Pulau Pinang yang menjadi agenda utama rakyat oleh Kerajaan Negeri dan PDC.

Dengan ini saya merasmikan Sambutan Rumah Terbuka Hari Krismas dan Tahun Baru.

Sekian, terima kasih.