PROGRAM NEGARAKU SEHATI SEJIWA PERINGKAT NEGERI PULAU PINANG TAHUN 2017

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UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG
SEMPENA PROGRAM NEGARAKU SEHATI SEJIWA
PERINGKAT NEGERI PULAU PINANG TAHUN 2017

16 OGOS 2017
QUEENSBAY MALL, BAYAN LEPAS

 

Terlebih dahulu sekalung ucapan tahniah dan terima kasih saya ucapkan kepada Jawatankuasa Penganjur iaitu Pejabat Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang di atas penganjuran Program Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa Peringkat Negeri Pulau Pinang Tahun 2017 sempena Sambutan Hari Kebangsaan ke-60 pada petang ini.

Sambutan Hari Kebangsaan Peringkat Negeri Pulau Pinang akan bermula secara rasminya pada hari ini 16 Ogos 2017 di seluruh pelusuk Negeri Pulau Pinang. Pelbagai program telah diatur bagi memupuk semangat kebangsaan cintakan negara dan patriotisme di kalangan masyarakat di negeri ini. Antaranya adalah Perarakan Hari Kebangsaan yang akan diadakan pada 31 Ogos 2017 bertempat di Padang Kota Lama (Jalan Lebuh Light) dan Sambutan Hari Malaysia yang akan disambut pada 16 September 2017 bertempat di SP Arena Seberang Jaya.

Negeri Pulau Pinang terdiri daripada masyarakat pelbagai kaum dan bangsa serta agama. Kita bangga bahawa masyarakat majmuk ini dapat hidup dengan aman, toleransi dan harmoni kerana sifat perpaduan yang utuh dan saling menghormati di kalangan rakyat Pulau Pinang. Syabas kepada rakyat Pulau Pinang yang masih bersatu dan menolak anasir-anasir jahat yang berniat mahu menanam sifat kebencian, keganasan, penganiayaan dan diskriminasi serta fitnah jahat untuk mencapai kepentingan peribadi tertentu. Marilah kita bersatu, berlawan bukan di antara satu sama lain tetapi melawan kemiskinan, rasuah, ekstremisme, perkauman dan kejahilan. Barulah perayaan Hari Kemerdekaan ini benar-benar bermakna.

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekalian,

Kita sering mendengar kata-kata hikmah seperti 'bersatu kita teguh, bercerai kita roboh'. Namun itulah realitinya dalam permuafakatan rakyat jelatanya yang mampu menjadi tiang utama tonggak kekuatan negara, tidak harus sekadar menanam tebu di bibir. Siapa tidak boleh berpidato dengan hebat atau berucap dengan lantang mengenai sesuatu perkara yang mereka tidak mempunyai rekod pencapaian langsung?

Permuafakatan rakyat hanya bermakna sekiranya ia disusuli dengan pencapaian kemajuan ekonomi untuk semua, masyarakat berpendidikan dan pintar, insan yang hidup bermaruah, infrastruktur dan kemudahan asas yang mencapai taraf antarabangsa, penyampaian perkhidmatan dan tata kelola kerajaan yang baik. Inilah inspirasi rakyat Pulau Pinang bagi sambutan Hari Kemerdekaan ke-60, menuju ke arah negeri keusahawanan dan kebajikan dalam negeri yang bersih, sihat, hijau dan selamat.

Akhir kata, saya menyeru kepada semua rakyat di Pulau Pinang supaya kibarlah Jalur Gemilang di mana-mana sahaja tidak kira pada kenderaan, rumah atau pejabat serta premis perniagaan bagi meraikan kejayaan merdeka membebaskan kita daripada cengkaman penjajah dan menjadi negara bebas yang berdaulat untuk rakyat, demi rakyat dan bagi rakyat.

Selamat menyambut Hari Kebangsaan ke-60.

Sekian, terima kasih.

THE LAUNCHING OF CODE-ON-WHEELS

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang
Code-on-Wheels Launch

15 August 2017

 

Good morning!

This is a special day, a special day indeed. Why do I say that?

For a long time, I have been an advocate of Coding classes for our students and youths, because, I strongly believe that the ability to code is an essential skill that all students should have in the digital age. In fact, I would even go so far as to say it is the 4th R. In addition to the traditional 3Rs of Reading, ‘wRighting’ and 'aRithmetic', we need to add Coding.

Not only for our students, but for our youths too. Imagine a single mother working in a McDonalds struggling by, barely earning enough to get through the day-to-day expenses. And then, after picking up Coding skills, she gets a job that pays her at least 2 times higher! Imagine how her life will have improved just by Coding skills. Not only that, but her child’s life and her parent’s life would be so much better just by having the ability to write software.

The positive impact would extend even further. Industry now is facing problems finding talented people in software. If we can expand our talent pool in software engineering in Penang and Malaysia, that will certainly drive our economy forward and create lots of good paying jobs and more entrepreneurs.

This is why I am very happy and proud to be part of Penang Science Cluster. When the State Government together with industry captains formed PSC 8 years ago, we wanted PSC to spark interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and get our young students excited about pursuing STEM careers. Since then PSC has grown from strength to strength, reaching more and more students and offering greater diversity of programs. Last year alone, 18,000 students attended PSC’s workshops or participated in PSC’s TechMentor programs.

At this point, I would like to thank all our industry partners and directors in PSC who have provided so much financial support and encouraging your employees to help PSC as mentors or in the Penang International Science Fair. Thank you to you all!

For today, I am happy be here to launch PSC’s newest initiative called Code-on-Wheels.

In Code-on-Wheels, PSC will bring 40 notebooks to schools where students will learn and have fun coding by creating their own music videos or video games like Pong or junior Flappy Birds using Scratch, a programming language created by the world-class university, MIT. Each coding session will accommodate 40 students at a time, with multiple sessions until school day ends.

Code-on-Wheels are intended to get students excited about Coding. After the excitement, students then continue their learning in TechMentor Coding with another 12 hours of Scratch in Year 1 followed by Python in Year 2. Students not just learn, but create projects to compete during the Penang International Science Fair.

In addition, PSC is training teachers under our partnership with MDEC so that this coding exposure can reach every student in the school. Imagine that, every student will be exposed to Coding!

Code-on-Wheels will impact 40 primary and secondary schools this year with the plan to double next year.

Today's event is one small step to build a support system that will help establish Penang as a Centre of Excellence for science and technology in Malaysia. Penang as a COE for science and technology is important if we want to be part of Industry 4.0 that encompasses Big Data Analytics (BDA), Cloud Computing, E-Commerce and Internet of Things (IoT).

For this latest initiative, I would like to thank 3 sponsors:

1. Mark Chang of Little Rain Children Trust for sponsorship of the Toyota Avanza.
2. Sunil of Hewlett-Packard Manufacturing Malaysia for sponsorship of 40 notebooks.
3. ECM Libra Foundation for sponsorship of the operational cost for 3 years.

Thank you for helping PSC bring coding to our young!

With this, I hereby declare the launch of Code-on-Wheels!

Thank you.

THE PENANG STATE GOVERNMENT AFFORDABLE HOUSING EXPO

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Penang State Government Affordable Housing EXPO

on 12 August 2017 (Saturday)

 

I am very proud to be here today to deliver this keynote address at the Penang State Government Affordable Housing EXPO, Series 2, 2017.

The Penang State Housing Department should be commended for having such an Affordable Housing EXPO, which initially began as "Mission Home-Possible" Roadshows commencing in 2014. Since then, a total sum of 10 Mission Home-Possible Roadshows and EXPOs have been conducted. This is the second Penang State Government Affordable Housing EXPO for this year alone, the first one having been held at Prangin Mall which was a resounding success.

As you are aware, the Penang State Government, in the delivery of affordable housing to Penangites, has in the pipeline some 17 projects which will see some 27,230 units of various types of affordable housing ranging from RM42,000 to RM300,000 being delivered to Penangites.

Under this administration, a total sum of 21,535 units of Affordable Housing Type 'A' and 'B' (Low and Low Medium Cost) built from 2008 until May, 2017, as opposed to the 5,154 units built from 1999 to 2007.

We maintain that these are the correct figures, as they are obtained directly from both our local authorities, namely MBPP and MPSP, which have issued Occupancy Certificate (OC) or Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC) for such Affordable Housing Type 'A' and 'B' (Low and Low Medium Cost), whereby the price are controlled at RM42,000 and RM72,500 respectively.

In fact, it should be the previous Minister of Housing, Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan that should be reprimanded for allowing an increase of the price of such Affordable Housing Type 'A' and 'B' (Low and Low Medium Cost) from RM42,000 and RM72,500 to RM60,000 and RM100,000 respectively. I challenge the Federal Government to review their stand especially having regard to the fact that applications for housing loans by applicants of Affordable Housing Type 'A' and 'B' (Low and Low Medium Cost) priced even at the current RM42,000 and RM72,500, are suffering high loan rejection rates.

This is a fact which cannot be denied even by the BN-led Federal Government. This is because where Penang is concerned, the BN Opposition had agreed with the Penang Pakatan State Government to issue a Joint Motion dated 22 February 2017 to the Prime Minister and Bank Negara Malaysia to address the said high loan rejection rate issue. Unfortunately, to date there has been no progress on the said joint motion as not a single meeting has been convened to discuss this. This clearly shows the insincerity of the BN-led Federal Government in addressing this issue.

In any event, where Penang is concerned, we will continue to ensure various affordable housing ranging from RM42,000 to RM300,000 are made available to Penangites. The 17 projects will deliver 27,230 units of various types of affordable housing.

This is totally unlike the Federal Government which has completely failed Penang where under the 1 Malaysia People's Housing Programme (PR1MA), to date not even one unit of PR1MA has been built. On the other hand, the Penang State Government project in Batu Kawan is due to complete by end of this year, and also affordable housing by the private sector such as the project by M Summit, which is participating in this EXPO, is scheduled for completion by early next year.

With these words, I wish to congratulate the entire Penang State Housing Department on their successful organization of this Penang State Government Affordable Housing EXPO Series 2 for 2017. They are striving to organize one more before the end of this year to showcase and to enhance awareness of eligible Penangites of the various affordable housing projects that are available.

Syabas and all the best!

MAJLIS PELANCARAN PELEBARAN JALAN BUKIT TAMBUN, SEBERANG PERAI SELATAN, PULAU PINANG

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SPEECH BY PENANG CHIEF MINISTER LIM GUAN ENG

TEKS UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG

SEMPENA MAJLIS PELANCARAN PELEBARAN JALAN BUKIT TAMBUN, SEBERANG PERAI SELATAN, PULAU PINANG

PADA 12 OGOS 2017 (SABTU)

 

Saya gembira pada hari ini kerana dapat bersama-sama semua bagi Majlis Pelancaran Pelebaran Jalan Bukit Tambun, Batu Kawan dari Jambatan Batu Kawan sehingga ke lampu isyarat/trafik Bukit Tambun.

Projek pelebaran jalan ini telah ditawarkan kepada pihak Image Facade Construction Sdn Bhd melalui tender terbuka dengan jumlah kontrak sebanyak RM23,892,534.80 selaras dengan prinsip CAT (Cekap, Akauntabiliti dan Telus).

Projek ini dibiayai sepenuhnya oleh PDC sebagai projek komuniti dan CSR untuk membangunkan Batu Kawan menjadi sebuah bandar moden yang canggih dan selesa, selaras dengan konsep Live, Work and Play. Kerja-kerja pelebaran ini bermula pada 26 Mei 2015 dan tarikh siap dijangka ialah 31 Disember 2017. Kerja-kerja yang sedang dijalankan kini adalah 69%.

Dengan projek pelebaran ini, jalan sedia ada yang berukuran 2.1km akan dilebarkan dari 2 lorong (11m) kepada 6 lorong (40m).

Projek ini adalah selaras dengan pelebaran jambatan Batu Kawan yang bernilai RM33.5 juta (RM33,497,238.93) yang dilancarkan baru-baru ini, yang juga merupakan satu projek Kerajaan Negeri dan PDC untuk tujuan meningkatkan aliran trafik di Batu Kawan dan ke Taman Sains Pulau Pinang.

Buat masa ini Taman Perindustrian Batu Kawan telah berkembang dengan pesatnya dengan adanya pelaburan terkini di mana Pulau Pinang menerima satu pelaburan besar sebanyak RM1 bilion daripada sebuah syarikat elektronik Taiwan iaitu Hotayi Sdn Bhd yang akan menjanakan 1,500 peluang pekerjaan baru.

Projek ini adalah tepat pada masanya kerana Bandar Cassia, Batu Kawan dengan konsep Eco City berkembang pesat dengan adanya Penang Design Village yang bernilai RM250 juta telah membawa pelbagai jenama terkemuka seperti Ralph Lauren, Adidas, Coach dan Clarks; KDU Penang University College telah melabur RM220 juta untuk membina sebuah kampus baru dengan keluasan 10 ekar dan IKEA Store bernilai RM600 juta merupakan satu lagi economic game changer akan dibuka dalam tahun 2019.

Saya yakin projek ini akan menjadi satu pemangkin kepada Bandar Cassia, Batu Kawan sebagai bandaraya ke-3 PDC untuk pertumbuhan masa depan dan pembangunan hotspot utama di Seberang Perai Selatan.

Saya dengan sukacitanya merasmikan Majlis Pelancaran Pelebaran Jalan Bukit Tambun, Batu Kawan.

Sekian, terima kasih.