MAJLIS PERASMIAN PROGRAM KARNIVAL USAHAWAN PERMOTORAN

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UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG

SEMPENA MAJLIS PERASMIAN PROGRAM KARNIVAL USAHAWAN PERMOTORAN

8 APRIL 2017, 5PM
STADIUM BATU KAWAN


Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan yang dihormati sekalian

Hari ini adalah hari yang amat bermakna bagi para peminat yang cintakan 'aktiviti permotoran' terutamanya anak muda dan para belia dengan perasmian Karnival Usahawan Permotoran kali ke-3 di bawah anjuran MMK Pembangunan Keusahawanan.

Tuan tuan dan Puan Puan yang di hormati sekalian,

Kerajaan Negeri dalam rangka untuk menjayakan kempen “Negeri Keusahawanan dan Negeri Berkebajikan” sentiasa prihatin akan perkembangan usahawan-usahawan Pulau Pinang sama ada penjaja kecil mahupun usahawan yang terlibat dengan industri yang lebih besar.

Ruang-ruang perniagaan dan kawasan industri seperti Science Park dan Batu Kawan Industri Park disediakan bagi memenuhi permintaan yang semakin meningkat. Syarikat HONDA yang terlibat secara langsung dengan industri permotoran telah memilih Kawasan Industri Batu Kawan sebagai tapak pemasangan tempatan untuk semua jenis motosikal keluaran HONDA dengan kapasiti pengeluaran 350,000 unit motor. Ini menunjukkan keyakinan syarikat tersebut terhadap Kerajaan Negeri dari sudut mengurus tadbir yang baik dan telus.

Sekiranya tadbir urus serta pengurusan lemah, seluruh rakyat menerima kesan. Segala bentuk subsidi baik minyak petrol, minyak masak dan gula yang dinikmati dikurangkan atau dihapuskan. Kadar nilai matawang semakin lemah dan merosot. Kadar inflasi meningkat sehingga 4.5%, tertinggi sejak tahun 2008. Golongan berpendapatan rendah dan sederhana sangat terkesan dengan kenaikan kos sara hidup ini. Ini semua akibat dari kelemahan urus tadbir dan tata kelola kewangan.

Jumlah hutang negara kini hampir kepada RM850 bilion iaitu kira kira 63.8% GDP Kerajaan. Oleh kerana defisit Belanjawan Kerajaan Persekutuan, Cukai GST terpaksa dilaksanakan pada kadar yang membebankan rakyat. Sebaliknya Kerajaan Negeri tidak mengenakan Cukai GST atau cukai baru tetapi memberikan potongan cukai pintu 6% dan mengecualikan pembayaran cukai pintu untuk semua rumah kos rendah, rumah kos sederhana rendah dan rumah kampung tahun ini.

Pada masa yang sama, kita tidak boleh lupa dan mengabaikan mereka yang lemah, daif dan miskin. Inilah sebabnya Kerajaan Negeri mendirikan Negeri Kebajikan yang telah memberikan wang tunai melebihi RM412 juta sejak tahun 2009 kepada 1.7 juta rakyat Pulau Pinang. Di samping itu, Kerajaan Negeri juga memastikan setiap keluarga menerima sekurang-kurangnya RM790 sebulan, dengan menambah hingga cukup RM790 kepada mana-mana keluarga yang mendapat kurang daripada RM790 setahun di bawah program Agenda Ekonomi Saksama (AES). Kos program ini adalah kira-kira RM20 juta. Semua ini dapat dibelanjakan kerana Kerajaan Negeri mempunyai kedudukan kewangan yang kukuh di mana Kerajaan Negeri boleh memperolehi keuntungan kerana kita bersih dan tidak makan wang serta melaksanakan pentadbiran CAT (Cekap, Akauntabiliti dan Telus).

Dengan sukacitanya saya merasmikan Karnival Usahawan Permotoran 2017 anjuran MMK Pembangunan Keusahawanan.

Sekian, terima kasih.

MAJLIS UPACARA PELANCARAN RASMI KERJA-KERJA PENGECATAN SEMULA BLOK 11 SLAB BLOK, BANDAR SEBERANG JAYA

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UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG

SEMPENA MAJLIS UPACARA PELANCARAN RASMI KERJA-KERJA PENGECATAN SEMULA

BLOK D1-D9, D20 & D21 (11 SLAB BLOK), BANDAR SEBERANG JAYA, PULAU PINANG

PADA 8 APRIL 2017.


Pada hari ini, kami akan menyaksikan pelancaran rasmi kerja-kerja pengecatan semula untuk 11 blok rumah pangsa di Seberang Jaya (Blok D1-D9, D20 dan D21). Kerja ini dapat dilaksanakan atas semangat kerjasama antara pihak Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang, YB ADUN Kawasan Seberang Jaya, PDC dan penduduk blok-blok yang terlibat. Untuk makluman YB/Dato’/tuan/puan, kesemua 11 blok berkenaan telah dibina oleh PDC pada tahun 1984 dan mengandungi jumlah keseluruhan 408 unit kediaman dan 20 unit komersil.

Untuk makluman YB/Dato’/tuan/puan, kos keseluruhan kerja pengecatan semula ini adalah berjumlah RM515,000. Mengikut polisi pengecatan PDC, jumlah ini adalah dikongsi pembayaran 80% oleh PDC dan 20% oleh pihak MC masing-masing. Dalam kes ini, bahagian 20% MC/penduduk adalah dibiayai dari peruntukan YB Dr Afif Bin Bahardin selaku ADUN Seberang Jaya. Kerja-kerja pengecatan ini adalah dilaksanakan oleh PDC Nusabina Sdn Bhd, dan telah bermula pada 1 Mac 2017. Mengikut jadual pelaksanaan, kerja-kerja ini akan mengambil masa selama 4 1/2 bulan dan dijangka siap sepenuhnya pada 11 Julai 2017. Amaun 80% yang ditanggung oleh PDC ini merupakan tanggungjawab sosio korporat (CSR). Saya juga ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada YB Dr. Afif Bin Bahardin bagi pihak MC atas peruntukan beliau ini.

Selain dari pengecatan semula, dalam masa yang sama beberapa kerja pembaikan atas kerosakan kritikal seperti penggantian paip air hujan dan penggantian paip ‘riser’ juga akan dijalankan untuk tiga (3) blok iaitu Blok D3, D20 dan D21. Kaedah perkongsian kos yang sama juga akan digunapakai iaitu dalam nisbah 80/20 di mana YB Dr Afif Bin Bahardin telah bersetuju untuk menanggung 20% kos pembaikan berkenaan bagi pihak MC/penduduk. Tujuan kerja-kerja pembaikan kritikal ini dijalankan adalah bagi melancarkan kerja-kerja pengecatan semula blok-blok tersebut.

Bagi meneruskan dengan inisiatif “CSR” ini, PDC akan terus mengenalpasti bangunan bertingkat di projek-projek PDC yang lain untuk dicat semula melalui kaedah perkongsian kos samada di sebelah Pulau mahupun di Seberang Perai.

Kejayaan di dalam pelaksanaan kerja-kerja pengecatan semula ini telah melambangkan kerjasama erat di antara penduduk-penduduk dengan Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang khususnya di dalam usaha menaiktaraf bangunan ini. Saya yakin selepas bangunan ini dicat semula nanti, ianya akan memberikan sinar baru di samping dapat mewujudkan suasana lebih kondusif dan ceria kepada para penduduk di sini serta akhirnya dapat membantu meningkatkan nilai unit-unit kediaman dan komersil di sini.

Akhir sekali, saya dengan berbesar hati, melancarkan secara rasmi kerja-kerja pengecatan semula Blok D1-D9, D20 dan D21 Bandar Seberang Jaya, Pulau Pinang ini.

Sekian, terima kasih.

THE OFFICIAL LAUNCHING OF FMM CEO FORUM 2017

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

FMM CEO FORUM 2017: FUTURE PILLARS OF OUR NATION

8 APRIL 2017

Selamat pagi!

Congratulations FMM Penang Branch for successfully organizing your second FMM CEO Forum 2017 with a “Future Pillars of our Nation” as their theme for this year’s CEO Forum. Human talent are our future pillars as it is a very critical asset in every successful business or eco-system.

FMM has been the voice of the manufacturing industry since 1968. I observe that the FMM Penang has been actively pursuing their mission to nurture the young minds. Today's crowd is five times bigger than the first CEO Forum in 2015.

From this CEO Forum a sum of RM100,000 will be donated to the Penang Future Foundation for the deserving underprivileged students. On behalf of the State Government, I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to FMM Penang’s sponsors.

I wish to encourage the deserving students to apply for scholarships under the Penang Future Foundation to further their studies. From this year onwards, Penang Future Foundation will be offering two types of scholarships namely Penang Scholar and Mutiara Scholar.

Penang Scholar offers successful recipients up to RM100,000 for tuition fees and monthly living allowance of RM1,000. Whereas, Mutiara Scholar rewards up to RM60,000 for tuition fees and RM600 for monthly living allowances.

The Penang Future Foundation is an initiative by the Penang Government to develop and retain talents. We award scholarships for outstanding and deserving Malaysian students to pursue their undergraduate studies in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Accountancy. Upon completion of their studies, the scholars are bonded to work in any public or private organisation of their own choice in Penang for up to 8 years.

Penang has a lot to offer to the local as well as the foreign investors. We have world-class capabilities with a robust supply chain, critical support services, vibrant manufacturing ecosystem, a conducive business environment, infrastructure and good connectivity, and a good quality lifestyle. Not to mention, that the Penang Government is transparent with good governance.

Penang is the growing centre of learning for global citizens. We have one of the top Malaysian university, 10 international schools, 40 institutions of higher learning and skills training institutions such as PSDC, JMTI & FMM Institute as well as science learning centres and Malaysia’s first digital library in Penang.

Penang is the home to more than 300 multinational manufacturing companies which are in line with the State Government’s vision to propel Penang into advanced manufacturing and to partake in the Industry 4.0, which in turn will move Penang up the value chain and provide higher paying jobs. We seek convergence in the public, manufacturing and services sector to enable us to partake in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

The 1st Industrial Revolution happened with the invention of steam engines, the 2nd Industrial Revolution with the discovery of electricity of mass production and specialization of work, the 3rd Industrial Revolution with the invention of computers and internet. Finally the 4th Industrial Revolution revolves around the Big Data Analytics (BDA), e-commerce, crowdsourcing, Cloud Computing and Internet of Things (IoT).

Moreover, claims that foreign investors are leaving or Foreign Direct Investments(FDIs) no longer interested in coming to Penang is absolutely untrue. Figures from MIDA from 2008-2016 reveal that Penang came out third in Malaysia for FDIs, with RM 41,554 million, losing out only to Johor’s RM 55,751 million and Sarawak’s RM 48,371 million. Total investment, including both FDI and domestic investment, amounted to RM55 billion from 2008 to 2015 which is a 90% increase from the RM 29 billion recorded in the similar 8 year period from 2000 – 2007.

Our very success in attracting investments and tourism has resulted in traffic congestion which we hope to overcome with our RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan. Under the Penang Transport Master Plan which is the future engine of growth, the Penang South Reclamation initiative will reclaim 4,500 acres of land off the south coast of the Island. From this, a large plot of reclaimed land will be dedicated to a high-tech manufacturing and R&D cluster.

Besides the manufacturing industry, Penang also accounts for 46% of Malaysia’s medical tourism revenue in 2016, with 300,000 medical tourists visiting Penang and our 7 major private hospitals. We intend to build a medical city in Penang with new hospitals on both the island and the mainland.

Penang has also been voted for the 8th most liveable cities in Asia, among the top best cities in the world for food, top 8 islands in the world you must see before you die and 2nd best place to retire. Penang was also selected as the “No. 2 in the 17 Best Places In The World to Visit in 2017” by CNN, “No. 1 Best Healthcare In the World” by International Living and Penang’s Gurney Drive came out at number 13 noted for the best street food.

Indeed Penang is the place where together we can build a platform for dream-makers to make your dreams come true.

Ladies & Gentlemen,

It is now my pleasure to officially declare the FMM CEO Forum 2017 open. I wish you all a stimulating, meaningful, and fruitful deliberation!

Thank you.

The Launching Ceremony of Box Illusions by Haze Long

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Launching Ceremony of Box Illusions by Haze Long

7 April 2017, 12 pm
Hotel Jen Penang by Shangri-La

 


Good afternoon and a very warm welcome to the launch of Box Illusions by Haze Long – a unique art exhibition hosted by Hotel Jen Penang by Shangri-La and the first in Penang.

I would like to express our sincere appreciation to the multi-talented Haze Long for choosing Penang for her first solo art exhibition and for introducing speed painting to Penangites.

Penang's lifestyle is world famous for two things: as a food heaven, and for its vibrant art and cultural scene.

Penang provides an exciting and unique platform for the arts, heritage, culture and businesses. In all likelihood, we will help sustain and enhance the art-related industries of Penang.

The George Town Heritage Enclave is a unique enclave with one of the highest concentrations of historical buildings in South East-Asia.

Penang, as one of the most liveable cities in Asia, has graffiti from around the world, hand-painted by world-acclaimed artists, such as Ernest Zacharevic from Lithuania and Julia Volchkova from Russia.

Just along Magazine Road itself, we have two huge murals to be proud of. The 100-metre colourful façade,the trademark of Hotel Jen Penang, was painted by international artist JM Y.E.S. This abstract piece is one the longest wall mural art in Penang.

Next, we have the biggest street mural in Penang just next door at 1stAvenue Mall, with a 15.24metre high and 7.62metre wide, impressive art piece by Canadian street artist Emmanuel Jarus.

Upcoming, we will have five Malaysian artists set to make their way into the Guinness Book of Records for painting the world’s tallest mural on our very own KOMTAR Tower. When the mural is completed, it will be 230metres tall and 13.1metres wide.

Penang – a state of festivities

Penang is exotic and unique in our own special way due to our multi-racial communities with a myriad of flavours and cultures. We have memorable and spectacular festivals all year round in Penang. Home-grown art festivals that managed to attract travellers from around the world – the month-long George Town Festival, George Town Literary Festival, In-between Arts Festival and the Penang Island Jazz Festival.

Throughout the year, we have LFSS programme (Last Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and the Project Occupy Beach Street dedicated to arts, cultural and heritage.

Economic

We see arts and culture as an economic game changer that can help to promote Penang as an international and intelligent city as well as drive economic development. To reinforce Penang as an hub for arts and culture, the Penang state government has decided to invest RM30 million to build a Penang Arts District (PAD) in the George Town city centre. The PAD will make Penang to be the largest container city in the world devoted solely for arts and culture.

As an initiative to catalyse the economic impact of the creative industry in Penang, the Penang State Government has envisioned the Penang Arts District to be the creative hub of Penang’s contemporary arts and culture scene.

The Penang Arts District will also drive the revitalisation, catalysing urban renewal in the George Town UNESCO World Heritage zone, creating more employment opportunities for Penangites and greater value-added services.

In conclusion, I would like to applaud the partnership between Hotel Jen Penang by Shangri-La and Haze Long. I have no doubt that this exhibition will be one of the high points in Penang and will enhance the already considerable appreciation of arts and culture in this city.

Thank you Hotel Jen Penang by Shangri-La for your continuous dedication and efforts to boost the arts industry in Penang.