QNET V-Malaysia Convention 2017

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Speech byChief Minister of Penang
QNET V-Malaysia Convention 2017
Subterranean Penang International Convention & Exhibition Center
3 May 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen

Welcome everyone to the island of Penang! I am honoured to have been accorded this opportunity once again to speak to this energetic audience, especially all our Guests from abroad. I must thank QNET for inviting me to this extraordinary Convention which every year does uplifts Penang and undoubtedly QNet itself!

The last time I was here two years ago, I still remember how the Convention kick-start with a flurry of artistic performances, a Malaysian cultural dance, an acoustic fusion of Malaysian and Irish music, a fantastic Chinese Dragon Dance, and the dynamic drums. It was a great start to the event itself, and as we believe, an auspicious one too!

QNet has a remarkable business and track record, and that over the years its grown from strength to strength in the ecommerce sector, with innovative and progressive ideas. I am very happy to note there that QNET has brought successful entrepreneurs to Malaysia, particularly to Penang for the fourth consecutive year.

Once again, we have a sold-out conference. Every seat has been taken and in fact was overbooked at this SPICE Arena. This should definitely go into the Malaysia Book of Records.

Today, we are a world-renowned tourist destination and acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Heritage City. But your presence here has made Penang known and certified that Penang is indeed an international city. You have chosen the right location. Even CNN had ranked Penang as the No. 2 of the 17 of the best places to visit in the world for 2017. And for this faith and confidence in the state of Penang, I would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Dato’ Sri Vijay Eswaran and his wonderful team at QI Group.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am glad to acknowledge Dato’ Sri Vijay Eswaran, the Executive Chairman of the QI Group, as another Penang entrepreneur who in turn has helped create many successful entrepreneurs in this country and around the world. Dato’ Sri Vijay is indeed a man of vision, and his faith in hard work, knowledge and determination continues to inspire global citizens around the world to pursue greater success and he has chosen the Conference's theme – Limitless.

Finally, I would like to wish all of you a very successful V-Malaysia 2017 in Penang. Please take some time off from your schedules to enjoy this beautiful island which has plenty to offer especially its delicious food and the different cultural experience.

Thank you, Terima Kasih, Sastrikal, Shukran, Nandri.

German Energiewende Exhibition

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang
German Energiewende Exhibition

on 2nd May 2017

 

Going Green the German Way

Do you believe that industrial progress and sustainable green environment is an impossibility, a mismatch? The German Energy Transition Energiewende has already shown the world that going green sustains and supports the economic growth of one of the biggest industrial nations in the world.

Since its debut in Beijing in April 2016, this ambitious and forward-looking governmental project has been making its rounds around the world as a travelling exhibition and is finally hitting South East Asian shores for the first time with a grand unveiling here in Penang in this wonderful exhibition area until 7th May.

About the German Energiewende exhibition:

The German Energiewende exhibition illustrates clearly and in depth, the German government’s pursuit of a focused and ambitious road map which will see the country derive at least 80% of electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2050. Already, remarkable strides have been made on this front with about 32% of electricity and more than 13% of heating and cooling derived from renewable energy sources. This rigorous shift of the German energy system will rely on three pillars, namely an enhanced usage of renewable energy, improved energy efficiency and the phasing out of nuclear energy. The exhibition will also cover new technological developments such as ‘Smart Grids’. The German Energiewende is the German pathway into a sustainable future that is environmentally friendly, reliable and economically profitable.

Safe and secure ultra-long-term storage of nuclear waste is still unresolved. Many developed countries such as Germany have gradually opted out nuclear power plants. Government's investment on energy efficiency and renewable energy is becoming more appealing and affordable than nuclear power plants alongside policies introduced by their governments. Germany's nuclear energy usage has been reduced to 6.9% in 2016 from 10.9% in 2010 and the last nuclear power plant will be shut down by 2023.

Penang is the first state in Malaysia to oppose Nuclear power energy plants in Malaysia and we will continue to do so. Since 2010, the Federal government has proposed building not one but two two mega nuclear power plants in Malaysia. How can nuclear energy be safely used in Malaysia with our poor safety record when even advanced scientific countries like Japan and Germany are reducing their reliance on nuclear energy?

It is unacceptable that the Government continues to keep the rakyat in the dark over its plan to build nuclear power plants. Given the latest development, we are deeply concerned that the Government is pushing ahead to adopt this highly-controversial energy source as it continues to pay lip service to stakeholders' consultation.

The State Government also has a vision to make Penang a “Cleaner, Greener, Safer, Healthier, and Happier” state. Since 2010, we have kicked start a series of environmental initiatives to promote resource efficiency such as free CAT BUS, No Free Plastic Bags Every day, total ban on polystyrene food containers, giving incentives to GBI certified buildings, building cycling lanes and introduce Link Bike sharing system, implementing Waste Segregation at Source policy. The state government also wants all the state government offices to be certified as Penang Green Office by Penang Green Council (PGC) and complete their carbon reporting by 2020. The local governments are also gradually replacing street lights with LED lightings.

We have achieved the highest recycling rate in the country of 32% as compared to the national average of 10.5% and hope to increase the current recycling rate from 32% to 40% by 2020. We had never allowed logging on permanent forest reserves, not a single square inch has been touched. Furthermore, we have planted more than 271,000 new trees in Penang since 2008.

I am very satisfied that Germany is bringing this informative exhibition to Penang, as part of the celebrations of 60 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Malaysia in 2017.

MAJLIS PELANCARAN OPERASI 24 JAM PERPUSTAKAAN DIGITAL PULAU PINANG

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TEKS UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG

SEMPENA MAJLIS PELANCARAN OPERASI 24 JAM PERPUSTAKAAN DIGITAL PULAU PINANG

(PENANG DIGITAL LIBRARY)

1 MEI 2017 (ISNIN), JAM 8.00 MALAM

 

 

Salam sejahtera kepada semua,

Terima kasih saya ucapkan kepada semua yang sudi hadir pada malam ini bagi bersama-sama menyaksikan Pelancaran Operasi 24 Jam Perpustakaan Digital Pulau Pinang (PDL).

Seperti yang sedia maklum, pada 20 April 2017 yang lalu Kerajaan Negeri telah mengumumkan bahawa Perpustakaan Digital Pulau Pinang (Penang Digital Library) akan memulakan waktu operasi barunya iaitu 24 jam sehari termasuk cuti umum Negeri dan Persekutuan mulai 1 Mei 2017 (Hari ini). Operasi 24 Jam ini tercetus susulan daripada maklumbalas yang positif daripada golongan masyarakat mengenai kemudahan yang telah disediakan di PDL.

Secara ringkasnya, Perpustakaan Digital Pulau Pinang (Penang Digital Library) atau PDL telah dibuka secara rasmi pada 8 Oktober 2016 yang lalu melalui Public-Private Partnership (PPP) antara Kerajaan Negeri bersama Eastern & Oriental Group (E&O), Keysight Technologies dan TIME Dotcom. Untuk itu, Perbadanan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang (CMI) telahpun dipertanggungjawabkan dalam pengurusan PDL. Pembangunan PDL telah melibatkan perbelanjaan sebanyak RM2.5 juta bagi pembaikan dan pengubahsuaian semula bangunan warisan ini dan dilengkapi peranti elektronik untuk mengakses maklumat secara digital serta lain-lain kemudahan untuk keselesaan pengguna.

Perpustakaan merupakan salah satu institusi yang menyokong kepada budaya membaca di kalangan masyarakat dan sentiasa bersedia memberikan perkhidmatan kepada masyarakat pada setiap masa. Perpustakaan adalah ruang mudah dan selamat, memberikan akses kepada sumber besar maklumat dan pengetahuan.

Kini, perpustakaan awam telah berada pada titik perubahan yang ketara. Ini dapat dilihat kepada cara kita mengakses, memperoleh dan menggunakan maklumat yang telah berubah secara mendadak pada abad ke-21, dan ini memberikan cabaran dan peluang untuk sistem perpustakaan awam di seluruh dunia. Kemunculan teknologi baru telah mengubah beberapa tabiat membaca masyarakat pada masa kini.

STATISTIK PENGGUNAAN PDL

Melalui statistik yang telah direkodkan sejak dibuka pada 8 Oktober 2016 lalu, statistik pengunjung bulanan telah mencecah antara 1,800 hingga 2,000 pengunjung setiap bulan terutama bila berada musim peperiksaan yang melibatkan pelajar-pelajar sekolah dan institusi pengajian tinggi. Seterusnya, keadaan jumlah pengguna yang berada di PDL adalah seramai 90 orang dalam satu-satu masa dengan purata 50 pengguna setiap jam.

Jika dilihat dari segi masa yang diperuntukkan oleh pengguna di PDL, didapati seseorang pengguna berada di PDL antara 2 hingga 3 jam. Ini juga bergantung kepada musim tertentu seperti minggu peperiksaan yang mana pengguna akan memperuntukkan masa yang lebih daripada sedia ada.

Selain itu, muat turun aplikasi mudahalih (mobile app) iaitu 'Readcasa' juga telah mencecah 2,000 muat turun iaitu iOS sebanyak 700 dan Android 1,300. Ini satu perkembangan yang baik kerana pengguna dapat mengakses bahan-bahan digital melalui aplikasi yang telah dibangunkan. Statistik yang diperolehi dalam carian PDL melalui laman web Google.com telah menunjukkan 28,000 carian berkaitan PDL selama tempoh 180 hari sejak PDL dibuka dan mendapat kedudukan 4.3 bintang daripada 5 bintang dalam Google.com dan laman sosial Facebook.

Dari segi statistik pinjaman e-book pula telah merekodkan sebanyak 1,900 aktiviti pinjaman yang berdaftar sejak 8 Oktober 2016 hingga 27 April 2017 dengan 739 pengguna yang aktif menggunakan bahan bacaan yang disediakan. Antara e-book yang mendapatkan perhatian pengguna ialah (Mostly) Wordless, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Network Marketing Professionals, The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking, 101 Things Everyone Should Know About Science dan 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries of Our Time. Manakala, majalah elektronik (e-magazine) pula terdiri daripada Astronomy, Designlines, MacWorld, T3, Business Traveller, Science illustrated dan beberapa lagi subjek.

PELAKSANAAN OPERASI 24 JAM

Dengan pelaksanaan waktu operasi 24 Jam, ianya memberi peluang dan manfaat kepada pengguna terutama melibatkan multi-national company (MNC) untuk berhubung dengan Negara-Negara luar yang melibatkan perbezaan waktu.

Sebagai langkah keselamatan tambahan, kawalan keselamatan 24 jam oleh syarikat penyedia Perkhidmatan Keselamatan dipertingkatkan dalam memastikan keselamatan pengguna dan harta benda yang terdapat di dalam bangunan ini terjaga dan selamat. Ini dengan penambahan kepada 2 anggota pengawal keselamatan pada sebelah malam.

Walau bagaimanapun, kakitangan PDL akan memaklumkan kepada pengguna mengenai peraturan tambahan yang perlu dipatuhi oleh pengguna dari semasa ke semasa dalam menggunakan perkhidmatan dan kemudahan PDL sebagai langkah keselamatan tambahan kepada waktu operasi 24 jam terutama semasa jam 10.00 malam hingga 7 pagi.

Antaranya, setiap pengguna perlu merekodkan nama di Kaunter Pertanyaan sebelum menggunakan kemudahan di PDL. Ini bagi memastikan pengguna menggunakan peluang yang diberikan ini dengan baik serta aktiviti-aktiviti yang berfaedah. Operasi 24 jam akan dikaji semula selepas 3 bulan untuk penambahbaikan atau perubahan waktu operasi berdasarkan pandangan pengguna melalui kajiselidik (survey) yang telah dilancarkan pada 20 April 2017 lalu. Pengguna juga boleh mengakses kajiselidik berkenaan melalui laman web www.penangdigitallibrary.com.

Terima kasih juga kepada pengguna yang selama ini memberikan sokongan kepada perkhidmatan digital yang disediakan di PDL. Saya mengharapkan agar masyarakat dapat menggunakan peluang yang disediakan ini sebaiknya.

Akhir kata, saya dengan ini melancarkan Waktu Operasi 24 Jam Perpustakaan Digital Pulau Pinang (Penang Digital Library).

Sekian, terima kasih.

“Run4Unity”

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Speech by the Chief Minister of Penang

at “Run4Unity”

1 May 2017 , St. Anne. Bukit Mertajam

 

A very good morning to all, including the organisers of “Run4Unity”, and participants.

The “Run4Unity” is an annual event which takes places in all corners of the world within the same week. This is the very first time, it takes place in Malaysia. Significantly, this takes place in this historically and culturally magnificent state of Penang, with the UNESCO World Heritage site of George Town.

We must all be clear about the purpose or objective of “Run4Unity”, which is to foster unity and peace among young adolescents of multiple ethnic groups, cultures and religions. The whole world today is in need of peace and unity, especially among today’s young adolescents, who will be the leaders of tomorrow.

The objective of “Run4Unity” could only be achieved through “The Golden Rule”, which postulates that we must do unto others what we want others to do unto us. The Golden Rule enables us to put aside our differences and focus on the similarities that we share, especially the fact that we are people who have the need for a sense of belonging. It is through events like this that such a simple but profoundly meaningful message of “The Golden Rule”, which is key to global peace and unity, could resonate throughout the world.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the organisers of this event, namely the Church of St. Anne and the Focolare movement for working unwaveringly and steadfastly for the success of this event, which will benefit everyone here.

Let us pray for a harmonious society that not only promotes tolerance, but more importantly mutual respect. Despite our different faiths, we believe in universal values of doing good, helping everyone and advancing the cause of peace, freedom , justice, integrity and democracy. Let us o4ppose violence, lies and hatred. Let us stop all wars by declaring war on racism, poverty, ignorance, extremism and corruption.

Thank you and may God bless you.