Penang Willing To Be Briefed By Pemandu

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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 13.2.2011.

 Penang Willing To Be Briefed By Pemandu To Co-ordinate And Co-operate On Successfully Implementing The 95 Entry Points Projects(EPPs) In Penang Over The Next 10 Years.


Penang welcomes the assurances in yesterday’s Bernama by the Performance Management and Delivery Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department or Pemandu that Penang has not been left out of the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). The Penang state government is willing to meet and be briefed by Pemandu on the 95 entry points projects (EPPs) to co-ordinate and co-operate on its successful implementation in Penang over the next 10 years within 11 National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs).


So far the state government had not received any details of where the 95 EPPs supposed to be located in Penang and what type of EPPs are they. Apart from the Tourism and the Electrical & Electronic NKEA revealed by Pemandu, what are the other NKEA identified?


Neither did Pemandu revealed the amount of investments investments, the increase in per capita Gross National Income(GNI) nor the number of jobs expected to be created. In contrast, when 19 EPP was unveiled last month, Pemandu disclosed that a total of RM67 billion in investments would generate a per capita GNI of RM 35 billion and generate 35,000 jobs.


It is wrong for Pemandu to reject the proportional approach to determine the amount of investment that a state is entitled to. If the ETP is a focused, inclusive and sustainable initiative that will transform Malaysia into a high-income nation by 2020, then there must be at least one EPP in each of the 13 states in Malaysia, excluding Federal Territory. Not a single EPP out of the 19 EPP announced last month was located in Penang.


How can the ETP be inclusive and share the wealth of the country with all segments of the population, whether urban or rural, regardless of gender and in all regions, if Penang is left out? Further how can the 95 EPPs promised for Penang over the next 10 years be successfully implemented and completed without the co-operation of the state government?


The Penang state government should be fully informed and not kept in the dark. To only know through the media that there are 95 EPPs over the next 10 years after being compelled to highlight publicly the perceived neglect of Penang is distressing and does not lend confidence to its professional execution. Execution is key and requires full disclosure which not only promotes transparency but also engagement with all stakeholders. The Penang people has a right to know the full details of the 95 EPPs promised, and not see it being wrapped up in some mysterious dark secrets.


Perkasa Can Censor Key Provisions In The New Economic Model(NEM)

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Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 9.2.2011.


What Difference Is BN From Perkasa When Perkasa Can Censor Key Provisions In The New Economic Model(NEM) Such As Establishing An Equal Opportunities Commission And A Performance-Based System?

National Economic Advisory Council member Zainal Aznam Mohd Yusof revelations that Perkasa can censor key provisions in the NEM's such as proposing an equal opportunities commission, political reforms and a performance-based system. Speaking yesterday at a forum in Kuala Lumpur, Zainal Aznam added that listening to Perkasa meant that the cabinet had failed the test on reforms.


He added that "This was the government's litmus test and at this time, I have to say that there is no political will.”  What difference is BN from Perkasa when Perkasa can exercise such strong influence to completely sabotage the NEM?


Zainal also said that the appointment of former Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad as Felda chairperson sends the wrong signals in reference to Mohd Isa's track record of graft. UMNO had barred Isa from contesting in the UMNO elections in 2005 for being involved in money politics. Former Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir also criticized the worsening state of corruption in Malaysia in the same forum.


The failure to act and resolve several corruption scandals involving MIC such as the MAIKA scandal, MCA’s Port Klang Free Trade Zone scandal and UMNO’s RM52 billion bumi shares scandal that ‘disappeared” instead of being given to poor Malays/bumis. Worse, is the biggest scandal reported by the US-based financial watchdog Global Financial integrity (GFI) that illegal money  outflows from Malaysia for the period 2000-2008 topped US$291 billion or RM888 billion!


RM888 billion in only 9 years is a huge sum by any measure, and more than four times our 2011 National Budget. If RM888 billion was given to 27 million Malaysians, each man woman and child would receive nearly 33,000/- each over 9 years. The refusal of BN to come clean will not only cause greater losses in the future, there is a possibility that the country may even go bankrupt by 2019 as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala had warned.


The failure by these so-called independent groups such as Perkasa to demand stern action against corruption only proves that they are supporting BN to prevent any changes that will threaten the politics of patronage and cronyism. By supporting Perkasa’s successful sabotage of the NEM, UMNO and BN has shown once again that 1Malaysia is an empty slogan that will not embrace the future with hope but serve to withdraw us into the past with fears and threats.



Penang Should Get At Least RM5 Billion

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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 6.2.2011


Penang Should Get At Least RM5 Billion Worth Of The Total RM 67 Billion Investments From 10 Of The 12 National Key Economic Areas(NKEA) Promised By Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.


The Penang state government welcomes the announcement by Minister in the Prime Minister Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon that Penangites stand to benefit greatly as 10 out of the 12 NKEAs focus on the development of Penang. Koh had stressed at the Penang Chinese Town Hall two days ago that the Federal government had not ignored Penang and would place greater emphasis on the state so it would not be left out of the nation’s mainstream development.


Since Koh said that amongst the 10 out of 12 NKEAs that Penang would benefit are the electronics industry, communications, tourism and health care, Penang hopes that he would provide details. When 19 Entry Points Projects(EPP) involving RM67 billion in investments, creating 35,000 jobs and increasing Gross National Income(GNI) by RM35 billion were unveiled last month, not one of the EPPs was located in Penang.


Penang’s failure to snare even one out of the 19 EPPs is unfair, discriminatory and unacceptable when there are only 13 states in Malaysia excluding the Federal Territory.  However the Penang state government is willing to trust Tan Sri Dr Koh one more time that Penang will benefit from the 19 EPPs.


Based on the RM67 billion in investments, Penang should benefit at least RM 5 billion on a proportional basis as one of the 13 beneficiary states. Tan Sri Dr Koh should quickly provide details of when and where the RM5 billion in investments will be distributed as soon as possible.


At the same time, the Federal government should also explain why RM67 billion in investments under the 19 EPPs can generate only 35,000 jobs or RM2 million per job. As compared to the 2010 total private domestic and foreign investments of RM 47,177 million will help create 97,319 jobs or less than RM500,000 per job. Such great disparity requires explanations as to what type of jobs are created under the 19 EPPs that needs RM 2million to generate one job.



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