ASEAN AUSTRALIA EDUCATION DIALOGUE

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Speech by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng

ASEAN Australia Education Dialogue

22 March 2018, 8.30pm 

 

Distinguished guests and delegates, friends, students, ladies and gentlemen. 

I would like to welcome all delegates and education sector stakeholders for the inaugural ASEAN Australia Education Dialogue to Penang, the Pearl of the Orient located at the cross roads of ASEAN.

International education has played an important role in developing talents across the world, including in Penang. Reflecting on my own experience as an international student in Australia, the friendship and the people-to-people links in addition to the educational experience were key benefits and a highlight of my study abroad journey. I am sure it is the same for many others.

Penang is a state rich in different cultures and faiths, laced with beautiful colonial and post-war architecture. The vibrant diversity of Penang translates well into our cuisines. Penang is well known as the "Food Paradise of Asia", and has received many international accolades throughout the years.

With the presence of a variety of top-class, internationally recognised colleges and universities, I believe Penang will provide a strategic location and conference venue for delegates from all over the region. Penang is also rated as  the 8th most livable city in Asia.

Penang has a highly regarded industrial, tourism and medical infrastructure. It has been called the Silicon Valley of Asia, due to the cutting – edge technology used in many manufacturing processes adopted by the multi-national corporations operating in the state. Besides the traditional computer chips, many other technology companies are establishing their base in Penang, including in the production of medical devices and aviation components. This gives students a chance to pursue internships in diversified fields, and subsequently, employment.

The state is passionate and committed in the development of the education sector and envisions transforming the education tourism sector into one of the main economic drivers of Penang. As one of the fastest growing Education tourism destinations in the world, Penang has received international recognition and awards including; "World's Top 10 Must Visit Destinations in 2014" by The Guardian, UK. With international hotel chains having a tradition of hospitable excellence in Penang, students can train and gain experience in a well established service environment.

In addition, Penang is also at the forefront of medical tourism, contributing approximately 50% of the country's receipts. Opportunities exist for medical and healthcare students for training, employment and postgraduate study. With a newly emerging hub for business process outsourcing, there are myriad opportunities for students to become knowledge workers in this field.

The Penang Government through Study Penang aspires to establish Penang as a world class education hub, increase awareness and recognition of the education sector and leverage on the private sector's present and future needs. We want to match education and skills training with the ever evolving needs of industry.

We hope this event will be a fruitful one and foster discussions on challenges and opportunities that lead to a stronger partnership between ASEAN and Australia through education.We wish you a productive Dialogue in our city of Georgetown Penang and hope you will enjoy our state of Penang which is known for having the best food in the world,outstanding UNESCO rated architectural heritage and diverse natural wonders.

Thank you.

MAJLIS MENANDATANGANI PERJANJIAN PENAIKTARAFAN STADIUM MINI PERMATANG RAWA, SEBERANG PERAI TENGAH

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SEMPENA MAJLIS MENANDATANGANI PERJANJIAN PENAIKTARAFAN STADIUM MINI PERMATANG RAWA,

SEBERANG PERAI TENGAH

22 MAC 2018BILIK GERAKAN, TINGKAT 28

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekalian

Kerajaan Negeri telah bersetuju untuk penaiktarafan Stadium Mini, Permatang Rawa, Seberang Perai Tengah, Pulau Pinang pada November 2016. Kos keseluruhan penaiktarafan stadium tersebut dianggarkan berjumlah RM3,535,000. Kerajaan Negeri telah bersetuju membiayai RM2,400,000 daripada kos tersebut, manakala bakinya akan dibiayai oleh Syarikat AEI International Berhad. Kerja-kerja penaiktarafan ini melibatkan penaiktarafan padang bola sepak, penaiktarafan gelanggang tenis kepada gelanggang serbaguna, penaiktarafan clubhouse dan pembinaan lima (5) gelanggang futsal. 

Kos keseluruhan penaiktarafan stadium sebanyak RM3,535,000 adalah untuk kerja-kerja penaiktarafan stadium dan komponen sedia ada sahaja dan tidak termasuk kos pembinaan gelanggang futsal. Kos pembinaan gelanggang futsal akan ditanggung sepenuhnya oleh Syarikat AEI. Saya ingin ucapkan terima kasih kepada Syarikat AEI International Berhad atas sumbangan mereka yang membuktikan kejayaan 4P Partnership - Public (Awam), Private (Swasta), People (Rakyat) & Profesional.

Penaiktarafan padang bola sepak di Stadium Mini Permatang Rawa melibatkan penggunaan rumput sintetik. Sejak tahun 2013, terdapat beberapa padang bola sepak di Malaysia telah dinaiktaraf dan menggunakan rumput sintetik berbanding rumput biasa yang kerap kali digunakan di kebanyakan tempat. Dalam era bola sepak yang semakin moden, pembinaan stadium atau padang yang menggunakan rumput sintetik ini ada relevannya kerana ia dapat menjimatkan kos penyelenggaraan.

Sehingga kini, terdapat dua (2) padang bola rumput sintetik di Pulau Pinang iaitu di Gelugor, bersebelahan pejabat Jabatan Laut Wilayah Utara dan di Bayan Lepas. Kerajaan Negeri berhasrat untuk mewujudkan padang bola sintetik yang ketiga di Pulau Pinang. Kerja-kerja penaiktarafan ini akan mengambil masa selama setahun. 

Sekian, terima kasih.

THE OFFICATION OF DOUBLETREE RESORT BY HILTON PENANG

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Offication of DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang

9am, 22 March 2018, Thursday

 

First and foremost, congratulations to Jamie Mead and his hardworking team at DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang! 

This is truly an exciting day for Penang because DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang is Malaysia’s first DoubleTree Resort as well as being the 50th hotel to be open in Asia Pacific. Amazing news indeed! 

Of all the beautiful states in Malaysia, we are proud to be home to the brand’s first property. DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang is truly a new resort for you to experience the best in a state that provides the best in comfort and cultural diversity. 

Penang as a state, records one of the highest number of visitors, (and growing Year on Year), hence it is timely that this property will also be Penang’s first Hilton-branded property. My own question to Jamie Mead is – what made you wait so long? (*light hearted moment).

Visitors to the state come for many different reasons, or rather, they come to do many different things – from eating some of the best cuisines Malaysia has to offer, to enjoying the beautifully restored architecture of the buildings of Old Penang, to soaking in the Baba Nyonya culture. And now with DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang, there is even more reason to visit! Not forgetting TeddyVille Museum, Malaysia’s first teddy bear-themed museum, which is also set on this property!

Jamie shared that the property has a variety of guestrooms that meet the needs of every kind of traveler, from a solo businessperson to entire family groups is a family focused, full-service resort complete with a Kid’s Club – this is an all-encompassing resort retreat indeed! DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang has 316-rooms which makes this an amazing resort welcoming tourists from near and far for both leisure and business travelers. 

Ladies and gentlemen; 

Like its warm signature DoubleTree Cookie as well as its memorable hospitality, visitors will truly enjoy their stay here at DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang. 

Thank you and have a good day ahead! 

MAJLIS PELANCARAN PROGRAM PENGASINGAN SISA DI PUNCA KADUN SUNGAI PINANG (JALAN PENAWAR)

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Ucapan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang

Sempena Majlis Pelancaran Program Pengasingan Sisa Di Punca

21 Mac 2018  8.30 malam di Jalan Penawar

Salam sejahtera.

Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengambil kesempatan untuk mengucapkan terima kasih kepada ADUN Sungai Pinang, YB Lim Siew Khim dan semua penduduk kawasan Jelutong Barat terutamanya untuk sama-sama hadir bagi memeriahkan Majlis Pelancaran Program Pengasingan Sisa Di Punca KADUN Sungai Pinang. 

Ini sekaligus menunjukkan keprihatinan kita semua terhadap penjagaan alam sekitar dan pengurusan sampah yang baik.

Seperti mana yang semua sedia maklum, Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang telah menetapkan 1 Jun 2017 yang lalu untuk penguatkuasaan Dasar Pengasingan Sisa di Punca di seluruh negeri Pulau Pinang.  Pengasingan sisa di punca adalah “proses mengasingkan sisa pepejal yang dihasilkan di punca mengikut komposisi sisa pepejal iaitu sisa kitar semula (kertas, plastik, tin aluminium) dan sisa baki (sampah kotor, dan sisa makanan)”

Tujuan utama penguatkuasaan Dasar Pengasingan Sisa di Punca di seluruh Negeri Pulau Pinang adalah:Untuk mengurangkan pencemaran alam sekitar serta menjaga keseimbangan ekosistemUntuk mengurangkan kos pengurusan sisaUntuk mengurangkan penjanaan sisa yang semakin meningkat ke tapak pelupusan sampahUntuk memanjangkan tempoh hayat tapak pelupusan sampah Pulau Burung

Dalam usaha untuk menjadikan Pulau Pinang sebagai negeri hijau pertama di Malaysia, Kerajaan Negeri melaksanakan Dasar Pengasingan Sisa Di Punca bagi mengurangkan penghantaran sisa ke Tapak Pelupusan Sampah Pulau Burong. 

Negeri Pulau Pinang telah mencatatkan kadar kitar semula yang tertinggi di Malaysia, purata sebanyak 38% berbanding kadar kitar semula peringkat kebangsaan, iaitu hanya 22%. Setiap hari, setiap penduduk negeri Pulau Pinang membuang secara purata 1.2 kg sampah dan oleh itu sejumlah 1,800 tan sampah dikutip dari seluruh negeri untuk dilupuskan di tapak Pelupusan Pulau Burung. 

Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan (PBT) iaitu Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP) dan Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP) telah memperuntukan RM103.5 juta dan RM102.17 juta masing-masing dalam bajet tahun ini bagi menguruskan sisa pepejal dan pembersihan awam. Dengan tambahan penduduk, kos pelupusan pasti meningkat. Kejayaan program ini bukan sahaja akan menahan kenaikan kos tetapi dapat mengurangkannya.

Oleh itu, salah satu cara yang dapat dilakukan bagi membantu mengurangkan kenaikan kos ini adalah  dengan membantu mengurangkan jumlah sisa yang dijana dengan mempraktikkan amalan hijau seperti kitar semula dan pengasingan sampah di punca. Saya difahamkan terdapat 9 buah pangsapuri yang mengambil bahagian dalam Majlis Pengasingan Sisa Dipunca pada malam ini. Antaranya adalah seperti berikut: 

a) Perbadanan Pengurusan Sri Wangsa 1

b) Perbadanan Pengurusan Sri Wangsa 2

c) Badan Pengurusan Taman Cemerlang

d) Perbadanan Pengurusan Taman Lita

e) JMB Taman Sinar Pelangi

f) Badan Pengurusan Bersama Taman Jelutong Jaya  Blok 1

g) Taman Jelutong Jaya Blok 3

h) Badan Pengurusan Bersama Taman Pelangi Indah  Blok 98

I) Badan Pengurusan Bersama Taman Pelangi Indah  Blok 99

Kesemuanya terdiri  daripada 2,500 buah unit dengan anggaran seramai 10,000 penghuni. Bayangkan 1kg sampah dibuang oleh seorang setiap hari, maka sebanyak 10,000kg sampah (anggaran 5 hingga 6 lori) perlu dihantar ke tapak pelupusan sampah di Pulau Burung. Lama-kelamaan, tapak pelupusan akan penuh dan adalah sangat mencabar mencari tempat baru di tempat lain.  Jika 50% dapat dikitar semula, maka cuma 6000 kg yang perlu diuruskan. 

Akhir kata, saya ingin menyeru agar kita semua supaya dapat melibatkan diri dalam program Pengasingan Sisa Di Punca demi alam sekitar dan masa depan anak-anak kita mulai hari ini juga. 

Saya dengan rasa bangga dan gembira, mengumumkan  Pelancaran Program Pengasingan Sisa di Punca KADUN Sungai Pinang.

Sekian, terima kasih.