Majlis Penyampaian Cek Peruntukan Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang Kepada Sekolah-Sekolah Mubaligh, 2017

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Sempena Majlis Penyampaian Cek Peruntukan Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang

Kepada Sekolah-Sekolah Mubaligh, 2017

31 Januari 2017

Auditorium A, Komtar


Selamat tengah hari dan salam sejahtera.

Saya bersyukur kerana dapat bertemu dengan anda semua sekali lagi selepas satu tahun. Ini adalah tahun ke-9 kita berhimpun bersama-sama untuk majlis penyampaian sebegini yang membuktikan Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang di bawah pimpinan Pakatan Harapan tepati janji yang kami buat pada tahun 2009, di mana selama 9 tahun, kata tetap dikotai.

Dalam tempoh masa sebulan sahaja, kami telah menyalurkan Peruntukan Kerajaan Negeri 2017 kepada Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC), Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan (SMJK), Sekolah Menengah Persendirian Cina dan hari ini kepada sekolah mubaligh. Tetapi, di manakah peruntukan Kerajaan Persekutuan yang seharusnya disalur kepada sekolah-sekolah tersebut di atas? Peruntukan Tahun 2014 Kerajaan Persekutuan kepada Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina baru sahaja disalurkan hanya pada tahun ini, bila akan sampai giliran bagi SMJK & Sekolah Mubaligh? Ke manakah mereka sorokkan peruntukan yang dijanjikan sebelum itu, sedangkan sekarang sudah menjelang tahun 2017? Tambahan lagi, peruntukan RM50 juta yang dijangkakan pada tahun 2016 masih belum diberikan tahun ini sungguhpun telah dijanjikan oleh dua orang Menteri MCA akan dibayar sebelum Tahun Baru Cina.

Hari ini, kami akan menyalurkan RM 1.18 milion kepada 22 buah sekolah mubaligh yang membuat permohonan dan berkelayakan. Jumlah peruntukan yang telah diperuntukkan kepada sekolah mubaligh sejak tahun 2009 adalah sebanyak 10.0705 milion. Saya memang faham jumlah ini pasti tidak mencukupi untuk menampung segala keperluan sekolah berbanding dengan kekurangan-kekurangan yang dihadapi oleh sekolah-sekolah mubaligh di Pulau Pinang. Akan tetapi, saya ingin menekankan di sini, peruntukan yang diberikan oleh kerajaan negeri seharusnya dianggap sebagai bonus kepada sekolah, kekurangan-kekurangan yang dihadapi oleh sekolah-sekolah mubaligh adalah disebabkan pengabaian Kerajaan Persekutuan untuk lebih daripada 50 tahun.

Tumpuan tahun ini diberikan ke atas usaha-usaha untuk menaiktaraf Infrastruktur Sekolah seperti kerja-kerja menaiktaraf tandas dan perparitan sekolah yang menelan kos perbelanjaan RM375 ribu – 31.8% daripada jumlah peruntukan.

Peruntukan sebanyak RM50 ribu (4.2%) digunakan untuk pembinaan blok baru, RM190 ribu (16.1%) telah disalurkan untuk membaiki kerosakan struktur seperti bumbung, siling dan tangki sekolah. RM80 ribu (6.8%) adalah untuk membaiki struktur seperti pendawaian semula bagi bangunan yang uzur. Manakala. Kerja-kerja bilik darjah, makmal sains dan tapak sukan sekolah merangkumi 24.6% (RM290 ribu) daripada jumlah peruntukan. Pembinaan pagar dan pintu diberi sebanyak RM 65 ribu (5.5%), Kelengkapan Sekolah sebanyak RM25 ribu (2.1%) dan lain-lain sebanyak RM105 ribu (8.9%). Kini keadaan infrastruktur di kebanyakan sekolah telah dinaikkan taraf agar suasana yang lebih sesuai dapat diwujudkan di sekolah-sekolah itu untuk berlakunya pengajaran dan pembelajaran yang berkesan. Saya dimaklumkan bahawa peruntukan yang diagihkan pada tahun lepas telah digunakan dengan cermat oleh PIBG dan Lembaga Pengurus Sekolah.

Berikut adalah jumlah Peruntukan Kerajaan Negeri yang diluluskan kepada sekolah-sekolah berkenaan:

Nama Sekolah

PERUNTUKAN (RM)

SK ASSUMPTION

20,000

SK CONVENT BM

30,000

SK CONVENT BW

40,000

SK CONVENT GREEN LANE

60,000

SK CONVENT LEBUH LIGHT

100,000

SK METHODIST NIBONG TEBAL

70,000

SK PEREMPUAN METHODIST

100,000

SK PYKETT METHODIST

10,000

SK ST MARK BW

30,000

SK ST MARK PERAI

15,000

SK ST XAVIER AIR ITAM

30,000

SK ST XAVIER CAWANGAN

50,000

SMK (L) METHODIST

100,000

SMK (P) METHODIST

100,000

SMK CONVENT BUTTERWORTH

40,000

SMK CONVENT GREENLANE

25,000

SMK CONVENT LEBUH LIGHT

100,000

SMK CONVENT PULAU TIKUS

40,000

SMK METHODIST NIBONG TEBAL

60,000

SMK ST GEORGE

15,000

SMK ST MARK (M)

80,000

SMK ST XAVIER LEBUH FARQUHAR

65,000

 

1,180,000

Pelaksanaan cukai GST sebanyak 6% sejak April 2015 membebankan rakyat, terutamanya bagi golongan berpendapatan rendah. Projek-projek pembangunan yang dijalankan oleh sekolah-sekolah juga tidak dapat elak daripada tanggungan GST. Kerajaan Negeri juga akan memberikan potongan cukai pintu sebanyak 6% untuk semua hartanah lain termasuk hartanah komersil. Potongan 6% ini akan memberikan penjimatan kepada pemilik di kawasan MBPP sebanyak RM11,829,732.70 dan MPSP sebanyak RM9,907,892.00 dan akan menyebabkan MBPP dan MPSP menanggung 100% bayaran GST sebanyak RM21.74 juta kepada MBPP dan MPSP. Jumlah keseluruhan pengecualian untuk rumah kos rendah, rumah kos sederhana rendah dan rumah kampung serta pengurangan cukai pintu secara am sebanyak 6% bagi tahun 2017 adalah berjumlah RM55.19 juta.

Kami tidak membuat janji-janji yang kosong, kami memberikan bantuan dan sokongan kepada semua rakyat jelata. Bantuan kewangan sekolah tidak akan berhenti sekiranya kami masih berada di sini.

Sekali lagi, saya menyeru pihak PIBG dan lembaga pengurus supaya menguruskan peruntukan yang diperuntukkan dengan cermat.

Sekian, terima kasih.

THE TOPPING-OFF CEREMONY OF RAMAH PAVILION

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
AT THE TOPPING-OFF CEREMONY OF RAMAH PAVILION

Monday, 30th January 2017, 9am

First and foremost, I would like to thank M Summit Group for inviting me to officiate this event today.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The introduction of this affordable homes scheme will enable more locals, especially first-time buyers and young families from the mid- to low-income groups to own their first home at affordable price.

M Summit Group, is amongst the first private developer to build affordable housing with its impressive Ramah Pavilion project that takes up a total development cost of RM185 million.

Here, I would also like to say ‘well done’ to YB Jagdeep Singh Deo and his team for encouraging property developers to look into building more affordable homes.

Ramah Pavilion offers affordable pricing at the rate of RM247.00 to RM295.00 per sq.ft. for unit sizes ranging from 800 sq. ft. to 1,350 sq. ft., with each unit priced ranging from RM198,000 to RM398,000.

The Penang Affordable Housing scheme was officially initiated in February 2013. Described as 'the largest effort by any state government' in Malaysia's history', the Penang State Government is allocating a total sum of RM500 million.

The Penang State Government has also made its top priority, the provision of affordable housing to Penangites. In this regard, the Penang State Government, together with Penang Development Corporation (PDC) have 14 affordable housing projects in the pipeline which will see a total of 26,255 units Affordable Housing Type A (formerly known as lowcost), Type B (formerly known as low medium cost) and Type C (affordable housing in the price range of RM150,000 to RM300,000), being built for Penangites.

Once again, I would like to congratulate M Summit Group for their wonderful work done and I look forward to officiate more inspiring projects like this from you in the near future.

Thank you.

The Signing of Sales and Purchase Agreement between Penang Development Corporation and Aemulus Corporation Sdn Bhd

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Signing of Sales and Purchase Agreement between Penang Development Corporation and Aemulus Corporation Sdn Bhd

23 January 2017

I am pleased to be able to be present today to witness the Signing of the Sales and Purchase Agreement between Penang Development Corporation and Aemulus Corporation Sdn Bhd, which will mark another milestone in the growth and progress of this successful ‘Powered in Penang’ local semiconductor/ electrical and electronic company.

Penang’s investment and semiconductor industry growth

For the 8 year period of 2008-2015, Penang recorded an investment of RM55 billion, a 90% increase compared to the previous 8 year period of 2000 to 2007 of RM29 billion. Penang, although is the second smallest state in Malaysia, contributes 7% to Malaysia’s GDP.

The electrical and electronic industry (E&E) remains as among the most significant contributors to Penang’s economy. Although Malaysia’s export shows a muted growth of 0.5% year-on-year in 2016, Malaysian E&E exports grew by 7.8% in the month of November 2016, year-on-year. This sector also contributes 36.7% of the total Malaysia’s exports in January – November 2016, an increase of 1 percentage point, year-on-year, against the Malaysian export in the corresponding period in 2015.

Aemulus Berhad – Homegrown company success

Aemulus Corporation core expertise is in the design and development of Automated Test Equipment (ATE). ATE are used by semiconductor manufacturers and outsourced semiconductor assembly and test (OSAT) companies for testing semiconductors. The company also makes ATE for checking ICs used in LED automotive lighting, infotainment of luxurious cars, and wearable wellness devices. Currently, the ATE will be exported to Singapore, China, the United States, South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, and Germany.

This 1.62 acres Aemulus facility which is located at FIZ 1 Bayan Lepas Industrial Park will benefit the E&E ecosystem and contribute positively to the economy of Penang. I understand that Aemulus will invest RM25 million with the targeted 150 of total headcount in the next three years for this project, with a 50,000 square feet corporate office and design center to be completed by December 2018 and a 6,000 square feet Leap-O-Pad Program. These expansion plans by Aemulus are in line with the State Government’s vision to propel Penang into advance manufacturing and to partake in the Industry 4.0, which in turn will move Penang up the value chain and provide higher paying jobs.

The Leap-O-Pad Program will also supplement the State Government’s efforts to spur the growth of startups in Penang. We have already invested RM23 million into @CAT accelerator and incubator programme at Wisma Yeap Chor Ee.

Closing

Aemulus has experienced impressive growth for a relatively young company. The company’s revenue grew from RM11 million in 2012 to RM32.6 million in 2015, a Cumulative Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 31.2% while its net profit grew from RM1 million in 2012 to RM9 million in 2015, a CAGR of 73%.

I wish to thank investPenang and Penang Development Corporation for their dedication and effort in attracting investments and in facilitating the needs of the industry in Penang. Once again, I wish to congratulate Aemulus for another historic mark in the growth of the company, and I look forward to the company fully utilising the RM25 million facility when it is completed.

Thank you.

LAUNCH OF PENANG CONVENTION & EXHIBITION BUREAU’S ANNUAL REPORT 2016

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
AT THE LAUNCH OF PENANG CONVENTION & EXHIBITION BUREAU’S ANNUAL REPORT 2016

Monday, 23 January 2016
Bayview Hotel Georgetown, Penang


In 2016 the Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau or PCEB was formed to promote Penang as a preferred destination city for business events. Today we present our first year's annual report.

Although classified as a second-tier destination, Penang is a proven powerhouse. In 2016 alone, the state hosted a total of 1153 events. These events had an estimated economic impact of RM737 million.

Business tourism has been identified as a major component of the National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) for tourism by Pemandu. By 2020, it will contribute an estimated GNI of RM3,947 million, and create a projected 16,720 jobs.

There are three things Penang needs to see the Business Events industry prosper – new events, new products and new experiences. And to achieve it, we need to move with speed,scalability and service.

Penang has much to offer as a destination. Reflecting this unique Penang flavor is PCEB’s brand campaign ‘Experiences Unfiltered’. ‘Experiences Unfiltered’ communicates to the world that Penang provides unique Business Events experiences that are raw, authentic and unfiltered.

We are looking forward to the launch of Setia SPICE Convention Centre in the coming months. This RM750 million landmark project, that will include hotels, also boasts eco-friendly and sustainable practices that will solidify Penang’s position as THE Business Events destination in Malaysia.

Also in the works, is a new RM500 million waterfront convention and exhibition centre by IJM at The Light, scheduled to be completed in 2021.

The success of Business Events in Penang is a success for everyone. Hosting international business events will be a driver for development in the state, with business tourists spending nearly four times more than the ordinary tourists.

We have built capacity in the form of infrastructure and developed transport plans for greater connectivity. We are building capability by building human capital and software for hospitality and professional management.

This annual report is a testament to the state’s determined strategic efforts to position Penang as a dynamic forward-looking city that is the preferred destination city for Business Events. We can reflect on what Penang has achieved in 2016 - in order to go from strength to strength in the future.

I would like to extend my heartiest appreciation to everyone in the Business Events industry. Thank you for lending your support in building a robust industry together with us.

Thank you.