MAJLIS PENYERAHAN REPLIKA CEK KEPADA SEKOLAH-SEKOLAH MENENGAH JENIS KEBANGSAAN (SMJK) TAHUN 2019

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TEKS UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG
SEMPENA MAJLIS PENYERAHAN REPLIKA CEK
KEPADA SEKOLAH-SEKOLAH MENENGAH JENIS KEBANGSAAN (SMJK) TAHUN 2019

14hb Januari 2019, 12:30 TENGAH HARI
AUDITORIUM A, TINGKAT 5, KOMTAR
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YB Puan Chong Eng
Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Penyelaras Hal-Ehwal Sekolah Cina dan Mubaligh

Ahli-ahli Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri:
YB Tuan Phee Boon Poh
YB Tuan Soon Lip Chee

Ahli-ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri:
YB Tuan Goh Choon Aik
ADUN Bukit Tambun

YB Tuan Teh Lai Heng
ADUN Komtar

YB Puan Heng Lee Lee
ADUN Berapit

YB Tuan Ong Ah Teong
ADUN Batu Lancang

YB Tuan Lee Chun Kit
ADUN Pulau Tikus

YB Tuan Kumaresan A/L Arumugam
ADUN Batu Uban

YB Tuan H'ng Mooi Lye
ADUN Jawi

YB Puan Lim Siew Khim
ADUN Sungai Pinang

YB Tuan Joseph Ng Soon Siang
ADUN Air Itam

Yang Berhormat 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, saya ingin mengambil kesempatan ini mengucapkan jutaan terima kasih kepada Jawatankuasa Penyelaras Hal Ehwal Sekolah Cina dan Mubaligh kerana sekali lagi telah berjaya memastikan majlis pada hari ini dapat berjalan dengan lancarnya. Ini merupakan majlis ketiga yang dianjurkan oleh Kerajaan Negeri selepas majlis yang sama diadakan untuk pemberian bantuan kepada Sekolah Mubaligh dan Sekolah Menengah Persendirian Cina sebelum ini.

Majlis pada hari ini adalah melibatkan pemberian bantuan kepada 12 Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan (SMJK) di seluruh Pulau Pinang. Pengagihan bantuan adalah mengikut keperluan dan permohonan oleh pihak sekolah.

Untuk tahun 2019, Kerajaan Negeri telah memperuntukkan sejumlah RM1,425,000 kepada 12 buah SMJK di Pulau Pinang. Berikut adalah jumlah peruntukan yang diluluskan kepada sekolah-sekolah berkenaan:

Sekolah

Peruntukan(RM)

SMJK JIT SIN BM

180000

SMJK CHUNG HWA CONFUCIAN

75000

SMJK UNION PULAU PINANG

80000

SMJK HENG EE PULAU PINANG

130000

SMJK SACRED HEART

70000

SMJK CHUNG LING (CF)

140000

SMJK JIT SIN SPS

140000

SMJK PEREMPUAN CINA PP

150000

SMJK CHUNG LING BUTTERWORTH

140000

SMJK CONVENT DATUK KERAMAT

140000

SMJK HENG EE BAYAN BARU

120000

SMJK PHOR TAY

60000

JUMLAH

1,425,000

 

Daripada jumlah besar ini, saya difahamkan bahawa peruntukan sebanyak RM180,000 iaitu 12.6 peratus digunakan untuk membina bangunan baru sekolah. RM94,000 atau 6.6 peratus digunakan untuk membaiki kerosakan struktur sekolah seperti bumbung, siling dan tangki air sekolah. Malah, 11.4 peratus daripada peruntukan iaitu sebanyak RM162,000 adalah untuk membaiki struktur sekolah seperti pendawaian semula bagi bangunan yang uzur dan ancaman anai-anai yang membahayakan keselamatan pelajar. Dalam pada itu, peruntukan sebanyak RM430,000 (30.2 peratus) diberi kepada sekolah untuk menaik taraf tandas dan perparitan sekolah. Selain itu, penaiktarafan bilik darjah, tapak sukan serta kantin adalah sebanyak RM559,000 (39.2 peratus).

Hadirin sekalian,

Meskipun jumlah peruntukan ini mungkin tidak berupaya menampung segala keperluan sekolah, tetapi saya amat berharap agar ia sedikit-sebanyak dapat mengurangkan beban yang terpaksa ditanggung oleh pihak sekolah terutamanya dalam memastikan keselesaan serta keselamatan anak-anak kita.

Suka saya tekankan bahawa sejak 10 tahun lalu, Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan Harapan Pulau Pinang tidak pernah gagal menyediakan dan menyelaras hal ehwal bantuan kewangan kepada sekolah-sekolah. Meskipun sebelum ini bidang pendidikan adalah di bawah kuasa Kerajaan Persekutuan dan Kerajaan Negeri menghadapi beberapa kesukaran serta halangan, namun pentadbiran negeri ini telah membuktikan komitmen dalam memberikan infrastruktur pendidikan yang terbaik kepada para pelajar negeri ini.

Kerajaan Negeri bukan sahaja menyediakan peruntukan dari segi kewangan, malah turut memperuntukkan dua (2) bidang tanah seluas 16 ekar untuk tujuan pembinaan sekolah, iaitu masing-masing satu (1) di Seberang Perai Selatan (SPS) dan bahagian pulau iaitu di Bayan Baru.

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan,

Kini, segalanya telah ‘berubah’, gabungan Kerajaan Negeri dan Kerajaan Persekutuan di bawah payung yang sama telah memberi harapan baharu terutamanya kepada bidang pendidikan negara ini. Seperti yang anda semua sedia maklum, RM15 juta di bawah peruntukan Kerajaan Persekutuan telahpun disalurkan kepada 81 buah SMJK di seluruh Malaysia termasuk 12 buah di Pulau Pinang. Dengan adanya penambahan peruntukan daripada Kerajaan Persekutuan berkaitan, saya percaya pembangunan bidang pendidikan di negara ini akan bertambah baik.

Sehingga kini, Kerajaan Negeri telah menyalurkan RM12 juta 610 ribu 500 ringgit kepada SMJK di seluruh negeri ini. Peruntukan ini telah berjaya menyediakan suasana belajar yang lebih selesa serta selamat kepada anak-anak kita, dan secara tidak langsung memperlihatkan perjuangan dasar Kerajaan Negeri berhubung pembangunan modal insan Pulau Pinang.

Sebagaimana diumumkan, Jawatankuasa Dasar Pendidikan Negara (JKDPN) kini sedang mengumpul maklum balas serta cadangan berhubung sistem pendidikan sedia ada. Inisiatif berkaitan menunjukkan keikhlasan pentadbiran Kerajaan baharu yang sedia mendengar pendapat rakyat demi pembangunan bidang pendidikan khususnya menerusi penggubalan dan pelaksanaan dasar pendidikan negara yang lebih efektif.

Justeru, marilah kita bersama-sama menyumbang idea ke arah pembentukan sebuah sistem pendidikan baru demi melahirkan generasi pelapis yang lebih gemilang terutamanya dalam menghadapi cabaran revolusi perindustrian 4.0.

Akhir kata, saya berharap agar kita sama-sama berganding bahu untuk memastikan kualiti pendidikan negara diperkasakan dan mampu berdiri teguh di mata dunia.

Sekian, terima kasih.

 

 

 

THE ISLAMIC FINANCE RENDEZVOUS SERIES

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
AT THE ISLAMIC FINANCE RENDEZVOUS SERIES

14 JANUARY 2019
EASTIN HOTEL, BAYAN LEPAS, PENANG

Yang Berbahagia Encik Adnan Zaylani Mohamad Zahid
Assistant Governor Bank Negara Malaysia

Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Adissadikin Ali
President Association of Islamic Banking and Financial Institutions Malaysia

Yang Berbahagia Encik Muhammad Fikri Mohamad Rawi
Chairman of Malaysian Takaful Association

Industry captains

Distinguished guests

Members of the media

Ladies and gentlemen

Good morning.

It gives me great pleasure to be here today at the Islamic Finance Rendezvous Series, jointly organised by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), the Association of Islamic Banking Institutions Malaysia (AIBIM) and the Malaysian Takaful Association (MTA).

I am indeed honoured that Penang has been selected to host the first event of this series and I am truly hopeful that the programme we are having today will be an eye-opener for all of us to discover and explore suitable financial solutions offered by Islamic finance in the country which can help boost and sustain growth as well as the expansion of your business.

Enormous prospects for businesses and financial institutions in Penang

The Penang State Government is a strong proponent of business. Penang has grown tremendously from its early days as a colonial trading port to now becoming the third largest economy in terms of per capita income among the states and federal territories of Malaysia. In 2017, Penang’s GDP per capita surpassed the national level by 18%, amounting to almost RM50,000 . Penang also recorded the highest approved manufacturing foreign direct investment (FDI) among the states in Malaysia in 2017, valued at RM8.5 billion.

Domestic manufacturing investment also increased 92% year-on-year to reach RM2.3 billion in 2017. In the first nine months of 2018, our state achieved RM2.2 billion in FDI and RM1.7 billion in domestic investment respectively, bringing together our total investment for the first three quarters (Jan-Sept) of 2018 to RM3.8 billion, as reported by MIDA. The vibrant investment activity in Penang is a testament that the state remains a highly attractive location for local and foreign investors alike.

The next few years hold equally exciting prospects for Penang. Several major high impact projects; the completion of the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge – also known as the Second Bridge, the upcoming expansion of Penang International Airport, Penang Sentral Integrated Transport Hub and the expansion of Penang Port are key infrastructure projects that will position Penang to continue in its current role as the economic powerhouse as well as a dynamic import and export gateway in the northern region of Malaysia. These open up vast potential and immense opportunities for businesses and financial institutions.

Penang recognises the role of finance including Islamic finance in advancing economic growth

Ladies and gentlemen,

The Penang State Government recognises that banks in Malaysia play an important role and provide support to businesses including SMEs, through wide-ranging offerings of financial products and services such as term financing, trade financing, overdraft and revolving credit. Over the years, these products and services have evolved in response to the actual and ever- changing needs of businesses. Currently, loans to SMEs accounted for 17% of total lending by banking system.

In 2017, about 290,000 new Islamic financing applications have been approved for SMEs, amounting to RM73.4 billion according to BNM. In Penang, total financing outstanding to SMEs almost reached RM4 billion in 2017, where the state ranked 5th among all states and federal territories in Malaysia. Penang is also among the top 5 states with the highest number of SMEs, accounting for 7.4% (66,921) of total SMEs in Malaysia. Of this, 90% are in the services sector, 6% are in manufacturing while 3% are in construction . This reflects the huge untapped potential available in various markets and thus, there is more that needs to be done. As mentioned by the Assistant Governor in his speech earlier, there are still many businesses that hardly capitalise on Islamic financing facilities.

Therefore, I believe business engagement programmes such as the one we are having today can be the catalyst for better understanding and synergy between businesses and financial institutions to seize greater growth opportunities. Such a platform is important for business owners to have greater knowledge and to keep themselves abreast with the various financial products offered in the market and to identify suitable financial solutions in meeting their business needs.

At the same time, financial institutions can also gain a better picture on the issues and challenges facing businesses and offer customised solutions. I wish to applaud the Islamic finance industry for making this proactive move to engage directly with entrepreneurs and corporations.

Ladies and gentlemen,

One natural area of collaboration that we are well positioned to capitalise on is the vast opportunities in the global halal industry, which is forecasted to grow to USD3.1 trillion by 2022 . The halal industry is a thriving business sector that stands to hugely gain from leveraging on Islamic finance. Moving forward, Islamic finance should take a leading role as a key growth driver for this industry. Penang is now the second largest hub for halal businesses and exporting companies. The Penang State Government is committed to support the development of the halal industry and the establishment of the Penang International Halal Hub (PIHH) on 11 August 2008 was meant to provide the impetus for serving the growing global consumer demands for halal products, services and solutions.

Among the strategic steps taken by PIHH are the promotion of halal tourism & hospitality in George Town especially with its UNESCO World Heritage City status, the 53ha Halal Industrial Park on prime state land in Bukit Minyak as well as the halal logistic services with its extensive ground infrastructure connecting the northern region of Malaysia and the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) areas.

To conclude, I hope this programme provides an effective bridge between businesses and Islamic financial institutions. I strongly encourage everyone to take the opportunity to pose questions, to offer suggestions and to provide feedback to fully reap the benefits of this event. It is also my ardent wish that today will mark the beginning of more collaborative initiatives in time to come.

Thank you.

THE OFFICIAL LAUNCHING OF “ART FOR WILDLIFE CONSERVATION’ INTERNATIONAL ART EXCHANGE 

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
AT THE OFFICIAL LAUNCHING OF “ART FOR WILDLIFE CONSERVATION’ INTERNATIONAL ART EXCHANGE 

12 January 2019
Desa Seni International Balik Pulau

 

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

Dr. Paul Boey Teik Soon
Honorary Chairman of Balik Pulau International Art Village
Trustee of Artopia Education Trust

Lee Khai (DJN)
Chairman of Penang State Art Gallery
Advisor of Penang Art District

Dato' Dr. Kang Chin Seng
Trustee of Artopia Education Trust

Mr. David Goh
Trustee of Artopia Education Trust

Distinguished guests

Members of the media

Ladies and gentlemen

The very essence of Vision Penang2030 which I launched last year in late August envisaged the state of Penang with improved quality of life for her people, the promotion of a green economy which every Penangite has a stake in, the people’s empowerment and investment in the built environment for Penang to become the greenest and most intelligent state in Malaysia.

Having said this, the development of art and culture is an integral aspect of Penang2030. After all, through the language of art deciphered through the means of our artists’ creativity in thinking can awaken the people’s mind and our comprehension of the various issues affecting us in everyday life.

The joint effort by Artopia Education Trust and Penang Art District in hosting the first "Art together for Wildlife Conservation" International Art exchange exhibition at this Artist Village by inviting the participation of 24 artists from five countries, including our very own young talents to work together for wildlife and environmental protection reflects the sanctity of art in action for achieving the stated objectives of our event this morning.

From my observation, what we are having and doing this morning not only serves to develop the culture of our beloved city and state but more importantly, it also blends in perfectly with the green policies of the state government by reminding members of the public to love our environment. The state government, furthermore, has always been in the forefront on environmental issues and we have always been noted for our strong conviction in doing the right thing for Mother Nature. We are, after all, the first state to offer no free plastic bags, putting a stop to the use of styrofoam in packing food, banning plastic straws and single-use plastic food and drink containers and of course, Segregation of Waste at Source for all households which had been made mandatory since 1st of June 2017.

Resorting to the use of "art" to emphasise the need for environmental protection and to advocate the importance of wildlife protection and by extension, to preserve what’s left of Mother Nature for our future generation is most commendable.

It is high time that all of us take heed of her wrath manifested in the forms of climate change, unpredictable weather patterns, tsunamis and severe drought happening across the globe that enough is enough and steps must be taken to heal the environmental abuse she had withstood all the while.

I congratulate and applaud the effort of those who have taken part in this exhibition as it simply shows that we do care for our Mother Nature.

While art is the soul of our city and state, it is equally important to allow “art" to be the tool to educate the public and contribute towards the realization of Penang2030 which I unveiled last year. Let's "art together for wildlife and our environment!"

Thank you.