Kee Thuan Chye's Book Launching

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Speech by YAB Lim Guan Eng during Kee Thuan Chye's Book Launching

I am honoured to be present here today for the launch of Kee Thuan Chye’s latest books, Unbelievably Stupid! and Unbelievably Stupid Too!

The author of these books is of course no stranger amongst Malaysians. For decades, we have known him as a prominent actor, poet, and journalist. One columnist called him that “super-educated-sounding English-speaking man on TV.”

More importantly, Kee Thuan Chye is a dedicated civil rights activist. For example, he co-founded KAMI, a theatre group that became a creative platform of alternative expression. Through his work in the field of culture and arts, he has time and again advocated for democracy and civil liberties, constantly fighting against the oppression that is evident in our country.

Today, the oppression has not eased. As a country, we have not progressed much. Not only are antiquated draconian laws such as the Sedition Act still in place, we are also bound and gagged by the Printing Presses and Publications Act, the University and University Colleges Act, and new laws like the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (SOSMA).

As former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir himself recently noted, there is no definition of “sabotage against the government” under SOSMA. This means that anyone, including every single person in this room, can be charged under SOSMA for the dubious crime of “sabotage against the government”, however they define it.

Hence, we were all shocked when former Batu Kawan vice-chief Dato’ Khairuddin Hassan, along with his lawyer Matthias Chang, were arrested and detained under SOSMA a few weeks back. What were their crimes? All they did was to ask what everyone in Malaysia is asking. They, too, want to get to the bottom of the 1MDB scandal.

Ladies and gentlemen,

As Malaysians, no matter what ethnicity we identify ourselves with, we have many good things to learn from Kee Thuan Chye. For example, he believes journalism to be a noble profession. For him, truth is the only product a journalist should produce. Nothing else, and only the honest truth. This is in contrast to the practice of the mainstream media in Malaysia, which are not only used as a tool of government propaganda, but also to spread lies about the opposition. All the successful defamation lawsuits that we have won in the last few years is proof of this.

Kee Thuan Chye is also a spirited fighter. He has fought for civil rights across various media for several decades. He staged plays, gave public talks, wrote articles and books, such as the two we are launching today. Along the way, he has himself been targeted for speaking out. In 2001, his Sunday Star column “Playing the Fool” was terminated after only two instalments. Still, he persisted and continued to write.

More importantly, Kee Thuan Chye also teaches us to be honest. After all, he was voted the 34th Most Trusted Malaysian in a 2010 poll by Reader’s Digest. In 2008, he was amongst the first recipients of the Annexe Heroes Freedom of Expression Award.

Another key trademark of Kee Thuan Chye is his wit. As an entertainer with a master’s degree in drama, he is able to tell his stories in a humorous and captivating way. If you have read any of his books, you will know what I mean.

I am sure his style carries on in Unbelievably Stupid and Unbelievably Stupid Too!, which features collections of short articles that reveal the ridiculousness of many of our political figures. I hope I am not included in those articles!

Ladies and gentlemen,

More than the jokes, Kee Thuan Chye’s writings are important because of the message that he is trying to convey. For years he has been writing about the problems afflicting our country, which have now developed into full-blown social, economic and political crises.

These crises that we are facing have at their root a corrupted system that precedes the Najib administration. If we think 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion donation are extraordinary scandals, the fact is that it is the system that has allowed it to happen, and with no repercussions to boot. The only people who have been persecuted following the scandals are whistleblowers and those seeking truth and justice!

Worse, when the government have their backs to the wall, as they do now, the race and religious cards will be played. After 58 years of independence, it is sad that the old colonial tricks of divide and rule still prevail. Even an issue such as GST can be twisted into a racial issue in the hands of the BN government. Is no wonder that we are stuck in time with policies that impede unity and development.

We are disgusted that an UMNO Minister behaves not as a Minister for all Malaysians by repeatedly acting as a Minister for the ultra-Malays in an extremist and racist manner, defending only Malay businesses and calling for a boycott of Chinese businesses. And an UMNO Deputy Minister who even threatened to slap the Chinese community.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The lesson here is that we cannot for a moment tolerate corrupt actions and individuals, because once corruption spreads its web into the system, it will breed abuse of power and rent-seeking.

This is why, since 2008, the Penang State Government has upheld the CAT philosophy of Competency, Accountability and Transparency. We are committed to do whatever it takes to ensure that not a single corrupt practice is allowed in the state. We have done this by implementing open competitive tenders, public asset declarations of our elected representatives including the Exco and Chief Minister, barring elected representatives from obtaining state land and their family members from doing business with the state.

As a result, Penang, which is the second smallest state in Malaysia, despite having no natural resources has through good governance, rule of law, integrity in leadership and sheer human talent produced a GDP per capita of RM42,251 in 2015. This figure would have exceeded the benchmark of RM40,841 needed to become a high-income economy. Unfortunately, due to the precipitous drop in the value of the ringgit due to massive financial scandals and loss of investor confidence, Penang will not achieve high-income status this year. Instead, the drop in the ringgit means that the new benchmark has been increased to RM50,000.

On simple example that I like to use to illustrate how stopping crony capitalistic practices can encourage growth is the story of fish farming. Yes, it would surprise many here to hear that Penang has a successful fish farming industry. In fact, it was non-existent in 2008 when we took over. Today, it is worth around RM1.2 billion a year.

How did we create this industry? Simple – by doing nothing. All we did was to halt the previous government’s crony capitalistic practices that benefitted one or two chosen individuals who received thousands of hectares of sea, and would then sublet them out.

We stopped this practice and gave permits only to owner-operated fish farms up to a maximum of 8,000 square meters each. This, together with other measures such as reducing the bureaucratic red tape involved, managed to transform the fish farming industry into a billion dollar industry. This is the result of clean governance.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Like Kee Thuan Chye, Penang takes freedom of expression seriously. In 2010,we introduced the Speaker’s Corner as a platform of free speech for all Malaysians. In fact, the Speaker’s Corner often hosts criticisms towards the state government, but we accept it as part and parcel of democracy. We are committed in championing the people’s freedom of speech and expression as contained in Article 10 of the Federal Constitution.

The important thing is not whether the views express in the Corner are favourable to the state government or not, but whether we are mature enough to listen to different views, however unfavourable they may be.

I have always believed in the French philosopher Voltaire’s words, “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” I am sure that Kee Thuan Chye also holds the same belief.

I will end by saying this. The world needs more Kee Thuan Chyes. Thank you.





Penang International Science Fair (EN/CN)

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 Speech by Chief Minister of Penang At Penang International Science Fair 2015 on 14th November, 2015

A very good morning to all present today and a very warm welcome to the fourth Penang International Science Fair. It is indeed a great pleasure for me to be here this morning to officiate the opening of the largest Science Fair in Malaysia, the Penang International Science Fair, 2015. Each of you represent one of the 60,000 people that we are expecting at the Fair over the next 2 days.

Penang International Science Fair (PISF) is an initiative begun by the Penang State Government in 2011 and organized as part of the Penang Science Cluster's (PSC) mission of “Inspiring Innovation”. PSC focuses on developing young minds by exposing them to science and engineering through a unique, stimulating and innovative experience. This event is a collaboration between the Penang State Government and the manufacturing industries that form the backbone of the PSC as part of Penang State Government's Public, Private and people's Partnership (PPP) to involve the private sector.

Some of you may recall the very first Science Fair in 2011, organized by Intel Technologies, a Pillar Head of the PSC. It attracted 12,000 visitors for a 1 day event. Since then, the fair has been expanded to 2-day events, with visitor numbers increasing year on year. Last year, we ran the event for the first time in a sports stadium, at SPICE. More than 50,000 visitors turned up. So this year, we welcome you back to SPICE again, and we expect to see more than 60,000 of you here for the next two days.

The PSC has 5 pillars and each of the pillar heads take turns organizing the PISF. Last year was B. Braun and was superbly organized.

This year, Motorola Solutions, as the organising chair, is providing the leadership to make this 4th Penang International Science Fair another milestone. My sincere thanks to the leadership team of Motorola Solutions for making this happen, specifically to Dr Hari Narayanan, the MD of Motorola Solutions.

This year's fair promises another 2 days full of fun activities with exhilarating learning experience. There will be a total of 45 different exhibitors, hands-on workshops with 4000 slots to choose from, various competitions such as Lego Robotics, Kung Fu Robot, Soccer Robot and Space War, and the National finals of Young Innovate Malaysia. My congratulations to the 30 teams who made it to the finals, out of the 175 teams who competed nationwide. You will hear more about these activities from Dr Hari.

The Penang International Science Fair is truly a very unique event with active support from every segment of the community ranging from industry, government, universities to individuals. This is not a science fair that we put together as a single event. The fair is the culmination of all the thousands of activities that were organized by the Penang Science Cluster at schools, at our science cafes and outreach initiatives over the course of the year and leveraging on our dynamic electronics and medical devices cluster.

We are proud that the PISF is the largest science fair in the country – so large that we had to hold it in a sports stadium. Once again Penang Leads in rekindling interest in science and technology to put the wonder and magic back to science. The PISF costs RM450k and the state government contribute RM141k.

PISF wants to demonstrate not just the wonder of science but also the magic that a science- based career can enrich your lives as well as reward you with wealth – look at all the millionaires and billionaires here!

Once again, my appreciations for Penang Science Cluster, the pillar members - Keysight Technologies, National Instruments, Intel, Dreamcatcher, Exabytes, B Braun and especially Motorola as chair person of the organizing committee for making this fair another big success, and not forgetting exhibitors, sponsors and participants. Also the volunteers who worked for free – Penang is proud of you!





《槟城国际科学展》是“槟城科学圈”(Penang Science Cluster)其中一项“启蒙创意”的任务。这项活动透过别致又刺激的创新体验,开发年轻一代对科学与工程的思维。这项国际科学展是槟城州政府与槟城科学圈内的各跨国厂商共同努合作以公私营伙伴计划成立槟城科学圈所带来的成果。










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Date: Sat. 14 Nov 2015
Venue: PSAG
Time: 3.30 p.m.

Salam sejehtera,
Good evening,

I am delighted to be invited to speak at the premier exhibition in the 2015 Syed Thajudeen PSAG calendar, the Syed Thajudeen Retrospective.

I wish to congratulate Syed Thajudeen Shaik Abu Talib for being selected as the 9th Malaysian artist to be accorded the prestigious PSAG (Penang State Art Gallery) Retrospective. He joins the illustrious list of previous recipients: Khoo Sui Hoe (2007), Lee Joo For (2008), Dato’ Tay Mo Leong (2009), Ismail Hashim (2010), Eric Quah (2011), Chong Hon Fatt (2012), Tan Chiang Kiong (2013) and Cheung Poooi Yip (2014).

This Retrospective Exhibition which is accompanied by an impressive monograph on the artist, is the Penang State Government’s highest recognition of the achievements of an outstanding Malaysian artist.

Syed Thajudeen hails from Penang’s “Little India” which is just a stone’s throw from this venue. He had his primary and secondary education in Penang.

In addition to his countless group exhibitions, he has held 9 solo exhibitions, the first being at the Penang State Museum & Art Gallery in 1975.

He has not looked back since, going on to establish himself internationally as a master story teller of myths and legends with his large canvases of nubile dark skinned women with pouting lips painted in the warm, spicy colors of India.

I congratulate the guest curator Puan Rokian Ismail for her industrious and dedication in producing this extraordinary exhibition and editing the 320 page monograph.

The Penang State government supports the PSAG in its efforts to recognize Malaysian artists through retrospective exhibitions as well as in collecting their works so that a Permanent Collection of quality is gradually built.

The Penang State government has so far provided a grant of RM500,000 for this purpose. I look forward to seeing the new acquisitions of the PSAG Permanent Collection in the planned exhibition in 2016.

Although the state government can play a small part, the artists themselves can help build a PSAG Permanent Collection that we can all be proud of. I hope that all artists will support the PSAG so that their best works will eventually be in the PSAG Permanent Collection. What better legacy is there for an artist than to leave some of his best works for posterity to enjoy?

Everyone knows that it is not easy to be an artist. And I wish all the artists present here know that the Penang State Government values its artists highly. A town or city without art, music and culture is indeed a soulless place. For Georgetown to be a truly great cultural center, our artists have to continue to produce inspiring artworks.

So today we assemble here to honour Syed Thajudeen and hope that his impressive artistic career will inspire all our younger artists to persist and continue to produce art even though recognition may take some time to arrive.

It now gives me great pleasure to declare the Syed Thajudeen Retrospective Exhibition open.

Thank you.



Green Pinang Award Presentation Ceremony 2015

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Opening speech by Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Penang and Chairman of Penang Green Council during Green Pinang Award Presentation Ceremony 2015 at Seberang Perai Arena on 14 Nov 2015:

Ladies and gentlemen, a very Good Morning and welcome to the Green Pinang Award Presentation Ceremony 2015.

Today’s ceremony celebrates those who had made a difference in helping Penang to go green either with good practices, promoting education awareness and introducing green technology that is economically viable.

This year, PGC introduced two new awards, the Penang Environmental Sustainability Award and Penang Environmental Stewardship Award. These two awards pay tribute to organisations and individuals for their significant and sustained commitment, dedication and leadership to improvise and conserve the environment.

We would like to congratulate winners of Penang Green School Award, Penang Green Office Project Certification. Penang Green Journalism Award and Penang Green Video Contest will also be awarded today. I would like to express our sincere gratitude to our panel judges.

Today, we will also give Certificate of Appreciation to honour 4 individuals and organisations in Penang that obtained recognition for their contributions and hard work.

From next year, Penang Green Office will reach out to 26 main government offices in Penang. Our target is to achieve 100% Green Offices in the government sector by the end of 2018.

In a recent public survey conducted by Penang Green Council named “Human Behaviour Towards Solid Waste Segregation at Source and Recycling Practices” on 1484 respondents, 78.6% of respondents have segregated the recyclable items before it placed in the trash. 86.5% of respondents agreed if by- laws are enforced to encourage recycling and increase rate in Penang. Our No Free Plastic Bags campaign launched in July 2009 has made some progress, 80.7% of the respondents now bring their own bags for shopping.

World Bank has pointed out that "A city that cannot effectively manage its waste is rarely able to manage more complex services such as health, education or transportation". Penang holds the national record for the highest recycling rate in the country at 32%, which is far exceeding the current national recycling rate 10.5%, it is also higher than the national target, of only 22% and that also by 2020. We hope to achieve a recycling rate of 40% by 2020. The Federal Government has started to practice mandatory separation at source since September this year. The Penang state government will make sure waste separation at source will be implemented smoothly throughout the state by end of 2016.

We would also like to extend our appreciation to our working partners, co-organisers and sponsors: MBPP,MPSP, Eco-world, Continental Automotive Components Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Infitech Machinery Sdn Bhd, Guppy Plastic Industries Sdn Bhd, Malaysian Automotive Lighting Sdn Bhd, Muda Paper Mills Sdn Bhd, Suiwah Corporation Berhad, Eastern & Oriental Berhad, Mahsing Group, Canon Marketing, Sandwich Multimedia, Popular Bookstore, Matahari, Jasper Promenade, and Photobooth0808.

Last but not least, congratulations to all! These awards are valuable recognition of your commitment to lead the state to be a Green State in the near future. Moving forward, we pledge to continue to deliver excellent accomplishments and commitments to a positive environmental change. We hope to inspire more people to strive as a sustainable and livable city by providing cleaner, greener, safer and healthier living environment for everyone in Penang.

Thank you!

Lim Guan Eng

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Ucapan Perasmian oleh Lim Guan Eng, Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang merangkap Pengerusi Penang Green Council semasa Majlis Penyampaian Anugerah Green Pinang 2015 di Seberang Perai Arena pada 14 November 2015:

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan, selamat pagi dan selamat datang ke Majlis Penyampaian Anugerah Green Pinang 2015.

Majlis hari ini adalah bagi meraikan mereka yang telah melakukan perbezaan dalam membantu Pulau Pinang ke arah hijau sama ada melalui amalan baik, menggalakkan pendidikan kesedaran dan memperkenalkan teknologi hijau yang berdaya maju.

Tahun ini, PGC telah memperkenalkan dua anugerah baru, Anugerah Pemuliharaan Alam Sekitar Pulau Pinang dan Anugerah Kemampanan Alam Sekitar Pulau Pinang. Kedua-dua anugerah ini memberi penghormatan kepada organisasi dan individu yang secara berterusan memberikan komitmen, dedikasi dan kepimpinan mereka untuk menambah baik dan memulihara alam sekitar.

Kami ingin mengucapkan tahniah kepada pemenang Anugerah Sekolah Hijau Pulau Pinang, Projek Sijil Pejabat Hijau Pulau Pinang, Anugerah Kewartawanan Hijau Pulau Pinang dan Pertandingan Video Hijau Pulau Pinang juga akan diberikan hari ini. Saya ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada barisan panel hakim.

Hari ini, kami juga akan memberikan Sijil Penghargaan untuk memberi penghormatan kepada 4 individu dan organisasi di Pulau Pinang yang mendapat pengiktirafan di atas sumbangan dan kerja keras mereka.

Mulai tahun depan, Pejabat Hijau Pulau Pinang akan menjangkau 26 buah pejabat utama kerajaan di Pulau Pinang. Sasaran kami adalah untuk mencapai 100% Pejabat Hijau dalam sektor kerajaan menjelang akhir 2018.

Dalam kajian soal selidik awam yang dijalankan oleh Penang Green Council yang bertajuk "Tingkahlaku Manusia Terhadap Pengasingan Sisa Di Punca dan Amalan Kitar Semula” terhadap 1484 responden, 78.6% daripada responden telah mengasingkan barang-barang yang boleh dikitar semula sebelum ia diletakkan di dalam tong sampah. 86.5% responden bersetuju jika undang-undang kecil dikuatkuasakan untuk menggalakkan dan meningkatkan kadar kitar semula di Pulau Pinang. Kempen Tiada Beg Plastik Percuma yang dilancarkan pada bulan Julai 2009 telah peroleh beberapa kemajuan, 80.7% daripada responden kini membawa beg plastik mereka sendiri untuk membeli belah.

Bank Dunia telah menegaskan bahawa “bandar yang tidak mampu menguruskan sisa dengan berkesan jarang dapat menguruskan perkhidmatan yang lebih kompleks seperti kesihatan, pendidikan atau pengangkutan”. Pulau Pinang memegang rekod kebangsaan bagi kadar kitar semula yang paling tinggi di negara ini pada 32% iaitu lebih tinggi daripada sasaran negara, hanya 22% dan juga pada tahun 2020. Kami berharap dapat mencapai kadar kitar semula sebanyak 40% pada tahun 2020. Kerajaan Persekutuan telah mula mengamalkan pengasingan wajib di punca sejak September tahun ini. Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang akan memastikan pengasingan sisa di peringkat punca akan dilaksanakan dengan lancar di seluruh negeri menjelang akhir 2016.

Kami juga ingin merakamkan penghargaan kepada rakan kerjasama kami, penganjur dan penaja, MBPP, MPSP, Eco-world, Continental Automotive Components Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Infitech Machinery Sdn Bhd, Guppy Plastic Industries Sdn Bhd, Malaysian Automotive Lighting Sdn Bhd, Muda Paper Mills Sdn Bhd, Suiwah Corporation Berhad, Eastern & Oriental Berhad, Mahsing Group, Canon Marketing, Sandwich Multimedia, Popular Bookstore, Matahari, Jasper Promenade dan Photobooth0808.

Akhir kata, tahniah kepada semua! Anugerah ini adalah pengiktirafan berharga komitmen anda untuk memimpin negeri ini sebagai Negeri Hijau di masa akan datang. Melangkah ke hadapan, kami berjanji akan terus memberikan pencapaian baik dan komitmen untuk perubahan alam sekitar yang positif. Kami berharap akan memberi inspirasi kepada lebih ramai orang untuk berusaha sebagai sebuah bandar yang mampan dan sesuai didiami dengan menyediakan persekitaran hidup yang lebih bersih, hijau, selamat dan sihat untuk semua orang di Pulau Pinang.

Terima kasih!

Lim Guan Eng

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