THE OPENING OF FOUNTAIN GARDEN

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

AT THE OPENING OF FOUNTAIN GARDEN

LEBUH LIGHT, PENANG
27TH JANUARY 2019, 5PM

A very good afternoon to all of you. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for being here despite it’s taking place on a Sunday afternoon. I know time could have been better spent with family and friends or to explore our beautiful state. But today is a historic day for George Town and I am excited to be sharing the experience with all of you! I would also like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation to those who have had a hand in shaping the transformation of the public spaces of this beloved city of ours.

First of all, I would like to commend the efforts of the Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP), and George Town Conservation and Development Corporation (GTCDC) in this mission to bring us back to a time forgotten by reinstating a public asset within George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This area where we are now gathered is the site for some of the oldest, important and significant structures of George Town. With such a renowned range of attractions nearby and a big green open space that has hosted many of our festivals, celebrations and events, it is no wonder that this area is a place for families and visitors to relax and linger. The green field all of us know as Padang Kota Lama or Esplanade, is an important public space located in the inner city of George Town, with a huge space for families and people from all walks of life and ages to carry out recreational activities.

This fountain standing before us has been with the city for almost 135 years, and now it stands tall and will once again be the pride of Penang.

As we all know, George Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of our Outstanding Universal Values (OUVS), both tangible and intangible. And as part of our commitment towards strengthening and enhancing our OUVS, in restoring this historic garden, we are abiding by the guidelines set forth in the Florence Charter. The Charter which was developed in 1981 by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and since adopted by UNESCO, is meant for the preservation of historic gardens.

The Charter outlines strategies for conservation and restoration of gardens, including their layout, vegetation, structural and decorative features, and use of water. It recommends protecting the fabric and cultural message of such gardens.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Quality public spaces are a vital component to the liveability of a city. They are spaces where people can take a breather from the mundane confines of the office, and the hustle and bustle of the city. It is also a place where ties between communities and people are nurtured or even rekindled.

The Fountain Garden is the first historic garden restoration project in Penang and it was guided by available old photographs and records. The scope of the restoration work includes reinstating the original design layout and the positioning of structures within the site. The entire cost of its restoration work amounting to RM400,000 was fully borne by Think City since work began on 14 Feb 2018.

Its restoration falls under the George Town North Seafront Masterplan. This Masterplan is part of the Special Area Plan (SAP) approved by the local authorities in September 2016.

As the State Government is serious in pursuing a network of green public spaces to increase connectivity, walkability and social interaction; together with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Chief Minister Incorporated (CMI), and Think City, through the establishment of GTCDC, we have developed the North Seafront Masterplan to pursue the objective of creating quality public spaces that are amenable, attractive, safe and inclusive to all.

Other projects under the initiative include the restoration of Fort Cornwallis as a national monument, the reinstatement of the Fort Cornwallis Moat, restoration of the Queen Victoria Clock Tower, strengthening of the Esplanade Seawall, improvements to Lebuh Light promenade, as well as improvements to Dewan Sri Pinang and the surrounding precinct.

Once completed, this initiative will significantly expand the limited public spaces of the city and improve public amenities in the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon completion, the entire plan for the seafront will be one of Penang’s most significant public spaces.

This effort also complements our recently announced Penang Green Connectors Project, which will see the development of various parks and amenities providing seamless connectivity to the hills and along the coasts.

In conclusion, I hope that by restoring this historic fountain garden for the people of Penang, you will find a small piece of joy and respite whenever you are seated here. Perhaps this would bring back fond memories of old Penang for you too. We encourage you to bring your friends and family here to admire its stately beauty, and to explore what our charming city has to offer.

Thank you.

 

THE OPENING CEREMONY OF MENARA M SUMMIT

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY OF MENARA M SUMMIT

26 January 2019
________________________________________________________

Dato’ Albert Moh
Founder and Managing Director of M Summit Group

YB Prof Dr P. Ramasamy
Penang Deputy Chief Minister (II)

YB Jagdeep Singh Deo
EXCO for Local Government, Housing and Town & Country Planning

YB Yeoh Soon Hin
EXCO for Tourism Development, Heritage, Culture & Arts

Datuk Yew Tung Seang
Mayor of Penang Island City Council (MBPP)

YB Teh Lai Heng
Assemblyman for Komtar

YB Lim Siew Khim
Assemblyman for Sungai Pinang

YB Ong Ah Teong
Assemblyman for Batu Lancang

YB Joseph Ng
Assemblyman for Air Itam

Members of the Media

Ladies and Gentlemen

I am indeed honoured to be here this afternoon for the opening ceremony of Menara M Summit, a joyous and momentous occasion for Dato’ Albert Moh and his dedicated team members in M Summit Group. My heartiest congratulations to M Summit Group for coming up with this sleek structure, which I am told has been described as ‘tall, dark and handsome’ and located just across the road where Komtar is, we are practically neighbours!

I appreciate the fact that constructing this building within a limited and narrow footprint, must be no easy feat. Each hurdle that you faced would be like solving a Chinese puzzle box. Thus, I must commend you for being a developer who constantly “thinks out of the box” in meeting your challenges and solving them with a finesse befitting your stature.

The automated tower carpark, for example, is indeed a novel way of overcoming land constraint as well as parking woes within a busy city. Unlike a multi-storey carpark, it does not need platforms and lanes for drivers to feverishly circle around in search of vacant bays, a mental torment when time is of the essence.

With a mechanical system, a car owner can just drive onto a platform, alight from his or her vehicle and watch it rise above and park by itself. This saves time in finding parking lots and is also effective in preventing car break-ins, vandalism and car thefts – hence enabling the vehicle owner to have peace of mind.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

To cater to the growing accommodation needs of tourists in the city, I’m glad to note that M Summit Group has diversified and ventured into the hospitality industry. M Summit 191 Executive Hotel Suites is further complemented by the HH M Summit 191 Rooftop Bar and The Skye event space all under the same roof!

Strategically located within the crossroads of commercial, retail, entertainment and tourism hubs, this building is just about a 1-minute walk away from the state administrative centre in Komtar, shopping malls, heritage landmarks and the George Town bus interchange.

And now, the Group further plans to build an annexe in order to provide more suites and better facilities. The State Government always welcomes developments as long as they don’t have any adverse impact on the environment and society. We also look forward to forging 4P partnerships (public, private, people, professional) with responsible developers like M Summit via a sustainability-led development agenda.

Like I said earlier in my speech, Menara M Summit earned itself the description of being “tall, dark and handsome” like an Oriental alpha male. May I add on that Komtar too has her string of admirers for being “poised and fair-skinned with a willowy figure like a Caucasian dame”. Both buildings facing one another along Magazine Road house those with the best intention for Penangites – one in the area of governance while the other in property development.

I wish M Summit Group a thriving year ahead and congratulations on another milestone. To everyone present this evening, I wish you Happy New Year and a great weekend!

Thank you.

 

MAJLIS PENYERAHAN REPLIKA CEK KEPADA SEKOLAH-SEKOLAH JENIS KEBANGSAAN CINA (SJKC) TAHUN 2019

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TEKS UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG

SEMPENA MAJLIS PENYERAHAN REPLIKA CEK KEPADA

SEKOLAH-SEKOLAH JENIS KEBANGSAAN CINA (SJKC) TAHUN 2019

27 Januari 2019, 2:30 PETANG
AUDITORIUM A, TINGKAT 5, KOMTAR

YB Puan Chong Eng
Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Penyelaras Hal-Ehwal Sekolah Cina dan Mubaligh

Ahli-ahli Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri:

Ahli-ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri

Ahli-Ahli Dewan Rakyat

Ahli Jawatankuasa Penyelaras Hal-Ehwal Sekolah Cina dan Mubaligh

Para Pengerusi Lembaga Pengarah dan PIBG

Para Pengetua

Rakan-rakan Media

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan yang dihormati sekalian

Selamat Petang dan Salam Sejahtera.

Terlebih dahulu, izinkan saya merakamkan ucapan syabas dan tahniah di atas penganjuran ini. Majlis pada hari ini adalah melibatkan pemberian sumbangan bantuan kepada 89 Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) di seluruh Pulau Pinang. Pengagihan bantuan adalah mengikut keperluan dan permohonan oleh pihak-pihak sekolah.

Sebelum saya mengulas dengen lebih lanjut berhubung intipati sumbangan pada hari ini, ingin saya tekankan bahawa Kerajaan Negeri amat prihatin terhadap pembinaan sahsiah dan akhlak seseorang pelajar. Ini kerana ia adalah penting dalam melahirkan generasi beretika serta membentuk modal insan yang berprestasi tinggi.

Begitu juga dengan nilai-nilai murni, seharusnya disemai dan dipupuk sejak zaman kanak-kanak lagi. Maka, saya menyeru warga pendidik, para cendekiawan dan penggerak pendidikan supaya memberi tumpuan sepenuhnya terhadap perkembangan pelajar, bukan sahaja dalam bidang akademik malah lebih kepada pembentukan moral yang positif.

Umumnya, kesihatan mental remaja kini adalah membimbangkan para ibu bapa. Berdasarkan kajian Laporan Tinjauan Kesihatan dan Morbiditi Kebangsaan 2017, perilaku mahu membunuh diri (atau menimbulkan permikiran untuk membunuh diri) dalam kalangan remaja meningkat sebanyak 2.1 peratus berbanding tahun 2012.

Pelajar tingkatan satu mencatatkan bacaan paling tinggi berbanding dengan yang lain. Antara faktor yang mempengaruhi kesihatan mental para pelajar adalah dipercayai berpunca daripada pencapaian akademik yang sering kali dibanding-bandingkan serta menjadi perbandingan dengan rakan-rakan lain sama ada oleh ibu bapa mahupun guru. Ekoran proses pembelajaran yang tertekan, ia telah menyebabkan golongan remaja iaitu para pelajar khasnya memilih jalan untuk mengakhiri nyawa sendiri.

Lanjutan daripada senario ini, saya berpendapat bahawa pembaharuan pendidikan harus dilaksanakan demi pembangunan negara kerana generasi muda ini adalah modal insan kepada pembangunan negara dan kesihatan mental merupakan elemen penting yang dapat mempengaruhi prestasi golongan berkaitan.

Hadirin sekalian,

Menyentuh mengenai pembaharuan dalam sistem pendidikan, antara pembaharuan pendidikan yang diumumkan oleh Menteri Pendidikan, Dr. Maszlee Malik adalah pemansuhan peperiksaan bagi murid Tahap 1 yang melibatkan darjah satu, dua dan tiga dan ia akan diganti dengan pentaksiran yang lebih objektif bermula tahun ini. Pendekatan ini bertujuan untuk mewujudkan suasana yang bebas daripada tekanan di awal usia persekolahan kanak-kanak. Selain daripada kerajaan, saya berharap para hadirin serta ibu bapa turut sama-sama memikul tanggungjawab ke arah usaha tersebut.

Serentak itu, saya juga ingin menyentuh mengenai gejala penyalahgunaan dadah dalam kalangan remaja. Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail menyatakan cadangan supaya perintah berkurung dikenakan terhadap remaja berusia 18 tahun ke bawah mengikut dasar sebagaimana dilaksanakan di Iceland.

Cadangan ini telah dipersetujui dalam mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Kabinet Membanteras Dadah dan penggubalan rang undang-undang sedang diusahakan. Ini jelas menunjukkan bahawa Kerajaan Persekutuan berpandangan serius terhadap isu penyalahgunaan dadah dalam kalangan remaja. Malah, menurut Laporan Tinjauan Kesihatan dan Morbiditi Kebangsaan (The National Health and Morbidity Survey) tahun 2017, satu dalam setiap 25 pelajar di peringkat Sekolah Menengah pernah menyalahgunakan dadah dengan mengambil heroin, morphine, menghisap gam, amphetamine atau methamphetamines dan paling memeranjatkan saya adalah 17 peratus daripadanya adalah bermula pada usia 7 tahun dan ke bawah.

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan,

Bagi tahun 2019, Kerajaan Negeri telah memperuntukkan sejumlah RM3,935,000 kepada 89 buah Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) di Pulau Pinang. Berikut adalah jumlah peruntukan yang diluluskan kepada sekolah-sekolah berkenaan:

No

Nama Sekolah

Peruntukan

(RM)

1

SJK (C) AIK HUA

10,000

2

SJK (C) AIK KEOW PENAGA SPU

20,000

3

SJK (C) AIK KEOW TELOK AIR TAWAR

40,000

4

SJK (C) BENG TEIK (PUSAT)

60,000

5

SJK (C) BENG TEIK CAWANGAN

60,000

6

SJK (C) BOON BENG

60,000

7

SJK (C) CHIAO NAN

60,000

8

SJK (C) CHIN HWA (PANTAI ACHEH)

45,000

9

SJK (C) CHIN HWA PINANG TUNGGAL

50,000

10

SJK (C) CHONG CHENG

40,000

11

SJK (C) CHONG KUANG

40,000

12

SJK (C) CHONG TEIK

25,000

13

SJK (C) CHUNG HWA 1

50,000

14

SJK (C) CHUNG HWA 2

40,000

15

SJK (C) CHUNG HWA 3

80,000

16

SJK (C) CHUNG HWA CONFUCIAN A

45,000

17

SJK (C) CHUNG HWA CONFUCIAN B

55,000

18

SJK (C) CHUNG HWA PUSAT

50,000

19

SJK (C) CHUNG SHAN

40,000

20

SJK (C) CONVENT DATUK KERAMAT

15,000

21

SJK (C) ENG CHUAN

65,000

22

SJK (C) EOK HUA

20,000

23

SJK (C) HAN CHIANG

70,000

24

SJK (C) HENG EE

10,000

25

SJK (C) HU YEW SEAH

40,000

26

SJK (C) HUN BIN

70,000

27

SJK (C) JELUTONG

45,000

28

SJK (C) JIT SIN A

70,000

29

SJK (C) JIT SIN B

70,000

30

SJK (C) KAI CHEE

55,000

31

SJK (C) KAMPUNG JAWI

60,000

32

SJK (C) KAMPUNG SUNGAI LEMBU

30,000

33

SJK (C) KAMPUNG VALDOR

90,000

34

SJK (C) KAY SIN

20,000

35

SJK (C) KENG KOON

70,000

36

SJK (C) KEONG HOE

60,000

37

SJK (C) KEOW KUANG

45,000

38

SJK (C) KHENG TEAN

40,000

39

SJK (C) KIM SEN

35,000

40

SJK (C) KONG MIN CAWANGAN KEDUA

50,000

41

SJK (C) KONG MIN CAWANGAN SATU

45,000

42

SJK (C) KONG MIN PUSAT

50,000

43

SJK (C) KUANG YU KUALA MUDA

20,000

44

SJK (C) KUBANG SEMANG

50,000

45

SJK (C) KWANG HWA

35,000

46

SJK (C) KWANG HWA BUTTERWORTH

80,000

47

SJK (C) LAY KEOW

40,000

48

SJK (C) LEE CHEE

30,000

49

SJK (C) LI HWA BUTTERWORTH

70,000

50

SJK (C) LI TEK A

25,000

51

SJK (C) LI TEK B

30,000

52

SJK (C) LI TEK CAWANGAN

15,000

53

SJK (C) MAH HUA

50,000

54

SJK (C) MAK MANDIN

50,000

55

SJK (C) MIN SIN

20,000

56

SJK (C) MOH GHEE CAWANGAN

55,000

57

SJK (C) MOH GHEE PUSAT

25,000

58

SJK (C) NUNG MIN

50,000

59

SJK (C) PAI CHAI

25,000

60

SJK (C) PAI TEIK

60,000

61

SJK (C) PEI YU

40,000

62

SJK (C) PENG BIN

60,000

63

SJK (C) PEREMPUAN CHINA

70,000

64

SJK (C) PERKAMPUNGAN BERAPIT

25,000

65

SJK (C) PERMATANG TINGGI

55,000

66

SJK (C) PHEI SHIN

10,000

67

SJK (C) PHOR TAY

50,000

68

SJK (C) POAY WAH

30,000

69

SJK (C) POI ENG

35,000

70

SJK (C) PULAU BETONG

30,000

71

SJK (C) SACRED HEART

40,000

72

SJK (C) SENG KEOW

60,000

73

SJK (C) SHANG WU

30,000

74

SJK (C) SHIH CHUNG CAWANGAN

35,000

75

SJK (C) SHIH CHUNG PUSAT

25,000

76

SJK (C) SIN CHUNG

15,000

77

SJK (C) SIN KANG

60,000

78

SJK (C) SIN MIN

35,000

79

SJK (C) SIN YA

50,000

80

SJK (C) SUM MIN

40,000

81

SJK (C) SUM SUN

70,000

82

SJK (C) TAR THONG

140,000

83

SJK (C) TONG SIAN

20,000

84

SJK (C) TRUE LIGHT

20,000

85

SJK (C) UNION

30,000

86

SJK (C) WEN KHAI

35,000

87

SJK (C) YEOK HUA

20,000

88

SJK (C) YOK ENG

40,000

89

SJK (C) YU CHYE

40,000

 

JUMLAH

3,935,000

Daripada jumlah besar ini, saya difahamkan bahawa peruntukan sebanyak RM140,000 iaitu 3.6 peratus digunakan untuk membina bangunan baru sekolah. Manakala, peruntukan sebanyak RM350,000 atau 8.9 peratus digunakan untuk membaiki kerosakan struktur sekolah seperti bumbung, siling dan tangki air sekolah. Dalam pada itu, 32.8 peratus daripada peruntukan iaitu sebanyak RM1,293,000 adalah untuk membaiki struktur sekolah seperti pendawaian semula bagi bangunan yang uzur serta ancaman anai-anai yang membahayakan keselamatan pelajar. RM210,900 iaitu 5.3 peratus diperuntukkan untuk kerja pengindahan dan pengubahsuaian.

Dalam pada itu, peruntukan sebanyak RM657,000 (16.7 peratus) diberi kepada sekolah untuk menaik taraf tandas dan perparitan sekolah. RM 160,000 (4.1 peratus) diperuntukkan untuk kerja-kerja menaiktaraf kemudahan sekolah. Pemagaran dan pembaikian pintu merangkumi 5.5 peratus (RM216,000) daripada jumlah besar. Selain itu, penaiktarafan bilik darjah, tapak sukan serta kantin adalah sebanyak RM793,100 (20.1 peratus). Pembelian kelengkapan sekolah memerlukan RM65,000 (1.7 peratus) dan yang lain-lain RM50,000 (1.3 peratus).

Hadirin yang dihormati sekalian,

Kerajaan Negeri sebelum ini telah menyalurkan sejumlah RM40,689,000 kepada Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina di Pulau Pinang, namun ini belum ditambah dengan peruntukan yang diumumkan hari ini. Selaras dengan penambahan ini, saya menyeru supaya para Lembaga Pengurus sekolah menggunakan peruntukan ini dengan sebaik-baiknya demi pembangunan sekolah.

Akhir kata, saya memohon kerjasama daripada pihak sekolah supaya bersama-sama menyumbang idea serta cadangan kepada Kementerian Pendidikan dalam memantapkan lagi sistem pendidikan negara demi masa depan negara tercinta kita, Malaysia!

Sekian, terima kasih.