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SEMPENA MAJLIS ANUGERAH PELAJAR CEMERLANG STPM TAHUN 2015 NEGERI PULAU PINANG

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TEKS UCAPAN
YANG AMAT BERHORMAT KETUA MENTERI
SEMPENA MAJLIS ANUGERAH PELAJAR CEMERLANG STPM
TAHUN 2015
NEGERI PULAU PINANG

9 APRIL 2016 (SABTU)
AUDITORIUM A, TINGKAT 5, KOMTAR

Selamat Pagi dan Salam Sejahtera.


1) Pertama sekali saya ingin melahirkan rasa gembira dan berasa amat bertuah kerana pada pagi yang harmoni ini, kita dapat berkumpul bersama-sama bagi memberi pengiktirafan kepada para pelajar yang telah berjaya mencapai tahap cemerlang khusus dalam peperiksaan STPM Tahun 2015 yang lalu.

2) Syabas dan setinggi tahniah diucapkan kepada semua kerana majlis anugerah ini merupakan kesinambungan daripada majlis anugerah terdahulu yang dianjurkan oleh Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang bagi mengiktiraf pencapaian cemerlang para pelajar. Saya percaya sokongan dan pengiktirafan yang diberikan ini akan meningkatkan lagi semangat semua pelajar termasuk guru-guru dan ibu bapa untuk terus mencatat kejayaan yang membanggakan di masa akan datang.

Sidang hadirin sekalian,

3) Tiada kejayaan semanis madu tanpa usaha sepahit hempedu. Para pelajar yang cemerlang pada hari ini sudah tentu telah merempuh denai-denai kesukaran sewaktu menabur benih-benih usaha bagi mencapai kecemerlangan ini. Oleh yang demikian, putik-putik kejayaan yang telah dituai oleh para pelajar pada hari ini sudah tentu menjadi sesuatu yang amat berharga dalam hidup mereka, guru-guru dan tentu sekali para ibu bapa. Namun begitu, jangan pula kecemerlangan ini terhenti setakat ini sahaja, usaha perlu diteruskan, tekad ditanamkan, cita-cita dibina dan semangat perjuangan diteruskan untuk mengharungi cabaran dalam memacu kejayaan yang seterusnya.

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan yang saya hormati,

4) Pada tahun 2015, seramai 29 orang calon STPM telah mendapat keputusan cemerlang Purata Nilai Gred Keseluruhan (PNGK) 4.0 daripada seramai 2,532 orang calon yang telah menduduki peperiksaan STPM di Negeri Pulau Pinang. Pada tahun ini Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang dengan berbesar hati memberikan tambahan sebanyak RM200.00 insentif kewangan berbanding tahun lepas sebanyak RM600.00 yang bermakna setiap pelajar akan menerima sejumlah RM800.00 seorang beserta sijil. Tahun ini, Kerajaan Negeri telah membelanjakan sebanyak RM 37,600 merangkumi semua kategori pelajar-pelajar cemerlang yang hadir pada pagi ini. Pada majlis ini juga Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang akan turut menyampaikan anugerah kepada 5 pelajar terbaik daripada setiap kaum dan tiga orang pelajar terbaik Kategori Pelajar Istimewa. Pelajar-pelajar ini juga akan turut menerima wang tunai sebanyak RM800.00 seorang beserta sijil dan trofi. Selain itu, 3 buah sekolah yang memperolehi keputusan keseluruhan terbaik juga akan turut diberikan anugerah dalam bentuk sijil dan trofi.

5) Untuk makluman semua, kriteria pemilihan ini dibuat berdasarkan gred purata sekolah yang telah diperolehi daripada Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia. Sekali lagi, Syabas dan tahniah diucapkan kepada semua pelajar dan sekolah-sekolah yang berjaya memperolehi keputusan yang cemerlang untuk peperiksaan pada kali ini. Semoga kejayaan ini akan menjadi percetus semangat dan memberi inspirasi kepada rakan-rakan agar terus berusaha memperbaiki diri demi kebaikan dan kecemerlangan bersama.

Hadirin sekalian,

6) Kerajaan Negeri sentiasa mengalu-alukan usaha dan inisiatif pelbagai pihak untuk kita bersama-sama memacu kecemerlangan pendidikan negara dan melahirkan modal insan yang berkualiti. Sesungguhnya, kita menyedari bahawa generasi muda adalah aset masa depan negara. Justeru itu, kita semua perlu menggembleng segala usaha dan tenaga bagi mempersiapkan golongan ini dengan ilmu pengetahuan dan kemahiran bagi melahirkan generasi yang seimbang dari segi jasmani, emosi, rohani dan mempunyai tahap keintelektualan yang tinggi, berdisiplin dan berupaya menghadapi cabaran bagi meneruskan kesinambungan kemajuan dan kemakmuran yang kita nikmati pada hari ini.

7) Dalam mengelakkan pengaliran keluar bakat-bakat tempatan, Kerajaan Negeri telah menubuhkan Penang Future Foundation (PFF) yang merupakan satu program biasiswa yang ditawarkan kepada pelajar-pelajar Malaysia yang cemerlang dan berkelayakan. Keutamaan diberikan kepada anak Negeri Pulau Pinang untuk belajar dalam jurusan terpilih dalam Institusi Pengajian Tinggi di Malaysia sahaja. Syarat yang dikenakan kepada penerima biasiswa pula ialah mereka perlu bekerja di Pulau Pinang tidak kira dengan pihak kerajaan mahupun swasta untuk satu tempoh masa tertentu selepas menerima ijazah.

8) Pada kesempatan ini, saya juga ingin merakamkan setinggi penghargaan dan terima kasih kepada jawatankuasa pengelola majlis daripada Pejabat Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang yang telah bertungkus-lumus memastikan majlis berjalan lancar pada hari ini. Sekali lagi tahniah kepada para pelajar yang berjaya dalam keputusan cemerlang STPM tahun 2015 dan tidak dilupakan ucapan syabas dan tahniah terutamanya kepada para guru dan ibu bapa yang sentiasa berada di belakang anak-anak muda ini dalam memberi segala bentuk sokongan, sumber dan inspirasi kepada mereka semata-mata untuk memastikan kejayaan dapat diraih. Harapan saya agar kita semua akan terus bersama-sama mencipta dan mengukir kejayaan dalam semua bidang yang sedang dan bakal diceburi.

Dengan ini saya merasmikan Majlis Anugerah Pelajar Cemerlang STPM Tahun 2015 Negeri Pulau Pinang.

Sekian, terima kasih.

 

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THE OFFICIAL LAUNCHING OF PENANG CONVENTION & EXHIBITION BUREAU’S WEBSITE

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SPEECH BY YAB CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG ON THE OFFICIAL LAUNCHING OF PENANG CONVENTION & EXHIBITION BUREAU’S WEBSITE
ON FRIDAY 8TH APRIL 2015, 12.45 PM


Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to be here this afternoon to officiate the launching of Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau’s interactive website.

As you may already know from the past press conference, PCEB was established in January, early this year, to centralise and intensify efforts to bring in more quality events and conventions to Penang. In line with its core mission to incubate the growth of the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions industry, PCEB serves as Penang’s focal point for the coordination of all MICE activities, providing expert assistance to organisations and planners.

The key feature for this website is the easy-to-use online Request for Proposal functionality that allows event organisers and owners within the MICE context to write to PCEB to request for a proposal should they be interested in organising an event in Penang. Acting as a one-stop agency for MICE events, PCEB will facilitate their needs with suitable options for them to consider Penang as the preferred destination for their events.

PCEB is also introducing its Industry Partner Programme (IPP) via the website, where MICE event organisers, venue operators, hotels and all other MICE related businesses can submit their online application on the IPP Form page. The advantage of being a partner with PCEB is to have priority to information of leads that are coming into Penang. At the same time, the partners will be recommended in MICE events proposals as they are the preferred industry players who are certified and listed in the programme.

The purpose of this programme is to monitor the quality of the selected venues and to ensure that we are providing the best service that promotes and highlights the outstanding values that Penang’s business tourism venues have to offer to the world.

The website boasts a modern design with stunning images of Penang with seamless functionality to facilitate the needs and services of the MICE industry in Penang. I believe this website will serve as a useful resource that will benefit the MICE industry partners and event organisers globally, thus driving Penang as the preferred MICE destination.

On this positive and encouraging note, I now have the pleasure to launch Penang Convention and Exhibition Bureau’s official website.

Thank you.

 

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2016 PENANG SIGNATURE GOLD FAIR PRESS CONFERENCE

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CM'S SPEECH ON 2016 PENANG SIGNATURE GOLD FAIR PRESS CONFERENCE
8 APRIL 2016 | 12 PM
STRIATS QUAY CONVENTION CENTRE

A very good afternoon and welcome to the “Penang Gold Signature Fair (PSG) 2016” Press Conference.

Malaysia’s gold suppliers have exported about 60 metric tonnes of finished gold products including jewelleries, ornament and other product each year. Penang once played a major role as goldsmiths crafting fine jewellery for export markets in Hong Kong and overseas. According to Penang Institute's study in 2005, the Penang gold and jewellery industry in Penang is more than a hundred years old and is the main contributor to the Malaysian Gold and Jewellery Industry. According the industry sources available then, approximately 75-80 percent of the gold and jewellery in Malaysia are manufactured and fabricated in Penang. We hope to regain our glory days as a major gold finishing hub.

According to MITI, gold jewellery, silver and platinum exports have been growing since years, from RM5.4 billion (US$1= RM3.266) in 2010 to RM6.2 billion in 2012 and rose 8.6 percent to RM7.73 billion in 2013. Malaysia exported gold jewellery valued around 1.6 billion ringgit in the first four months of 2015 up by 0.6 billion ringgit from same period in 2014. We thank the organizers for having chosen the first ever International Gold-Focus Trade Show within the Southeast Asia, in Penang, Malaysia.

There are about over 300 registered gold and jewellery companies operating in Penang from medium sized scale as manufacturers, exporters, wholesale and of course retail of gold jewelleries and solid gold metal. Penang has its fair share of retail outlets located mainly along Campbell Street, Pitt Street, Lebuh Ah Quee, and Market Street in George Town and also in Butterworth. Gold Jewellery is also listed as one of the Top 5 “What-to-shop in Penang” with other well-known Penang native products such as batik, pewter, Tau Sar Peah and nutmeg.

Through Penang Signature Gold Fair 2016, Penang can be a venue of international business for gold and jewellery trading in Malaysia. I believe that collaboration between Elite Expo and P.W Gold & Silver Ornament Merchants Association can usher in a golden chapter in Penang and Malaysia gold industry.

We have high promise for Penang as an international and intelligent city that is clean, green, safe and healthy. Enjoy our UNESCO World Heritage City of George Town but most important of all - the hospitality of our people.

Thank you.

 

 

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MDCB Dialogue on Penang Transport Master Plan

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang
MDCB Dialogue on Penang Transport Master Plan
8 April 2016

I am honoured to be invited again to this dialogue with business leaders with the Malaysia Dutch Business Council.

Two years ago, I talked about transforming Penang into an international and intelligent city. To realise this, I have highlighted the three drivers of progress: 1) good ideas in policy making and good governance; 2) ample private investment; and 3) sound public infrastructure.

To demonstrate how these three factors interact, I would give you the example of the growth of an industry from close to zero to over a billion Ringgit within the last 7 years. This success is not in our existing advantages in the electrical and electronic industry but in agriculture. The success of this industry exemplifies the symbiotic relationship between the 3 factors of ideas, investment and public infrastructure – a framework that I have vehemently pursued in my government.

There is no doubt that with our clean water, aquaculture and fish farming on the sea is suitable. The fishes like Tilapia served on the dining tables of Hong Kong and China. This fish farms on the sea was being carried out in periods before 2008. However, the industry then was not a billion Ringgit as it is mired by a rent-seeking system where only the few cronies were selected at low cost to which they then sublet out for a huge profit. We decided to revamp and free up the system. We issued permits only to owner-operated fish farms up to a maximum of 8,000 square meters each. Rental was fixed at RM3,600 annually, and most importantly an answer must be given within 3 months. And so grew an industry from zero to over 300 fish farms on the sea and zero value to a RM 1.2 billion industry, mostly exports.

The role of public infrastructure that I want to highlight is good and clean governance. My government instituted a check list system where approval must be given if all the boxes were ticked or can not be issued if all boxes are not ticked. Thus, there is no “ifs” and no “buts”.

There is a crucial need to empower the next generation of ideas through freeing up room for innovation and entrepreneurship. We need to get to the next level through private investment and capital. Of course, the underlying public infrastructure environment must be conducive for doing so. My earlier highlighted example focused on soft infrastructure of good governance but equally important is the robustness of hard infrastructure such as roads, ports and broad band services.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Further good and clean governance has allowed the state government to record annual budget surpluses and an increase in asset reserves by more than 70% since 2008. Penang has also recorded a 90% reduction in debts to only RM69 million. In fact Penang's debts to the Federal government is the lowest amongst all states. A total of RM16.8 billion was owed by all states led by Pahang with RM2.9 billion, Sabah RM2.6 billion and Sarawak RM2.5 billion. Penang's debts is only 0.41% of the total amount. It is no surprise that Penang is commended every year by the yearly Auditor-General's Reports and the only government in Malaysian history to be praised by Transparency International for our open tender system.


Penang is also a victim of its own success. Given the improvements done by my government in Penang over the last 7-8 years, there are more investors and tourists. From 2008 to 2015, we managed to achieve RM55 billion worth of investments, which is 90% higher than the RM29 billion invested from 2000 to 2007. Hotel guests grew by 46% with a 56% increase in foreign guests in 2014 vs. the corresponding period in 2013.

Although the rate of labour force participation is 70.6% in Penang, higher than that of Malaysia of 67.5%, there are more job opportunities in Penang given that we have the lowest unemployment rate of 1.2% achieved in Q4 2014. Although Penang’s GDP growth in 2014 and 2015 are respectively 7.4% and 6.2%, there is room for improvement if we can overcome traffic congestion.


Ladies and gentlemen,

The Penang Public Transport Plan(PTMP) is an ambitious RM27 billion initiative to build a public transport system based on a 5-in-1 mode of buses, taxis, water taxis/ferries, cable cars and LRT/monorail. The proposed alternative PTMP will include an LRT line serving Komtar and Bayan Lepas, two monorails from Komtar to Air Itam and Tanjung Bungah, a 20km Pan-Island Link expressway connecting Tanjung Bungah to Penang International Airport and the LCE expressway, e-buses across the North Channel and Bus Rapid Transits (BRT) on the mainland.

Based on PricewaterCoopers (PwC)’s estimation listed in the RFP documents, the SRS consortium’s proposal will make a difference of RM205 billion to the state’s GDP by year 2050, which is 35% of the total 2050 GDP. At the same time, 109,500 housing units and 460,000 new jobs will be created in the development plan proposed by the SRS consortium. Under the proposal, 2 phases of construction will be undertaken in a span of 15 years.

As elucidated earlier, Penang receives only an average of 0.07% of Federal budget every year. Therefore, the funds for PTMP will be raised from somewhere else such as from the land sales and development projects from land reclamation of areas totalling 4,395 acres in the south coast of the Penang Island.

Such reclamation has dual functions. Firstly, it helps pay for the infrastructure projects. Secondly, the land provides space for Penang’s future growth. We have in Penang an established cluster of manufacturing success. This has been built over four decades and cannot be replicated easily. To maintain our competitive advantage, we need to stay ahead of the game.

This proposal will re-energise Penang’s economic growth and ensure Penang's economic prosperity till 2065 for the next 50 years by providing space and the sorely needed infrastructure.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I welcome each and everyone of you to give your inputs and participate in the PTMP. Let us prepare a future for our children just as we prepare our children for our children.

Thank you.

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