MAJLIS RUMAH TERBUKA AIDILFITRI KERAJAAN NEGERI TAHUN 2016

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TEKS UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG
SEMPENA MAJLIS RUMAH TERBUKA AIDILFITRI KERAJAAN NEGERI TAHUN 2016

24 JULAI 2016
SPICE ARENA

Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Tuan Yang Terutama Tun Dato' Seri Utama (Dr.) Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Abbas, Yang di-Pertua Negeri Pulau Pinang dan Yang Amat Berbahagia Toh Puan Datin Seri Majimor binti Shariff dan semua para jemputan sekalian kerana sudi bersama-sama meraikan Majlis Rumah Terbuka Aidilfitri Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang Tahun 2016 pada hari ini. Sesungguhnya kehadiran Tuan Yang Terutama (TYT) dan Toh Puan serta tuan-tuan dan puan-puan pada hari ini telah menyerikan lagi masjlis tahunan Kerajaan Negeri ini.

Saya ingin mengambil kesempatan untuk mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri (19 Syawal) kepada semua yang hadir pada hari ini. Pada hari ini saya dapat melihat seluruh warga penduduk Pulau Pinang bersatu hati dan membentuk kerjasama yang erat di antara pelbagai kaum dan bangsa. Ini penting dalam usaha untuk membentuk kepercayaan, kesinambungan dan keluhuran dalam memperkukuhkan hubungan antara kaum di negeri ini.

Kerajaan Negeri akan memegang kepada usaha untuk menjadikan Pulau Pinang sebagai sebuah negeri yang berkebajikan yang pertama di Malaysia dengan program-program berkebajikan 'emas' yang dijalankan sebelum ini akan diteruskan. Kerajaan Negeri bangga dengan pencapaian yang telah dapat kami buktikan sepanjang 8 tahun mengambil alih tampuk pemerintahan.

Bermula dengan Program Penghargaan Warga Emas yang diberikan setiap tahun kepada warga emas sebanyak RM100 dan Sumbangan kepada Waris Warga Emas Meninggal Dunia sebanyak RM1,000 pada 2009, keprihatinan Kerajaan Negeri diteruskan lagi dengan Program Bantuan Ibu Tunggal (2011) sebanyak RM100, Program Bantuan OKU (2011) sebanyak RM100, Program Anak Emas kepada bayi yang baru dilahirkan (2011) sebanyak RM200 one-off, Program Skim Pelajar Emas kepada Pelajar Sekolah Rendah Tahun 1 dan 4 dan Sekolah Menengah Tingkatan 1 dan 4 (2012) sebanyak RM100, RM1000 one-off kepada pelajar tahun pertama universiti awam dan Program Ibu Emas (2014) sebanyak RM100 yang telah berjaya dilaksanakan.

Lebih daripada RM400 juta telah diberikan sejak tahun 2008 atau 12% daripada bajet tahunan. Sumbangan RM400 juta yang memberikan manfaat kepada rakyat hanya berjaya dilaksanakan kerana prestasi kewangan yang ditadbirkan secara baik dengan lebihan Belanjawan setiap tahun sejak 2008.

Kerajaan Negeri juga telah berjaya meningkatkan lebihan belanjawan yang terkumpul sebanyak RM574 juta dalam tempoh lapan (8) tahun pemerintahan (2008-2015) berbanding dengan lebihan RM 373 juta sepanjang 50 tahun (1957-2007) di bawah Kerajaan Negeri yang lama. Rizab Kerajaan Negeri telahpun meningkat daripada RM847.45 juta pada akhir tahun 2007 kepada RM1.56 billion pada akhir tahun 2015. Kesan yang signifikan juga dapat dilihat dalam pengurangan hutang Kerajaan Negeri sebanyak 90% iaitu kepada hanya RM69 juta pada akhir tahun 2015. Pulau Pinang merupakan penghutang paling rendah di Malaysia dengan hanya 0.47% daripada hutang keseluruhan oleh negeri lain sebanyak RM16.8 bilion. Ini semua adalah hasil daripada pemimpin dan kerajaan yang bersih dan bebas daripada rasuah.

Saya berharap semua masyarakat di Negeri Pulau Pinang ini dapat terus mengekalkan hubungan mesra dan silaturahim yang utuh. Jika ianya dicapai maka kita akan dapat melihat Negeri Pulau Pinang pada masa akan datang mempunyai masyarakat yang bersatu padu dan bersama-sama kerajaan negeri untuk membangunkan lagi negeri tercinta ini.

Sekian, terima kasih.

PENANG RUN SEBERANG PERAI SERIES

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

PENANG RUN SEBERANG PERAI SERIES

MPSP Bandar Perda @ 24 JULY 2016

Good morning.

I want to congratulate all of you Penang Runners because you not only completed one half marathon, but this year, all 2 of them. I know many of you already registered for both half marathons to get a set of unique jigsaw puzzle medals which are Seberang Perai and Penang Island design.

Your spirit to complete the series of Penang Run is indeed the spirit of Penang.

And please bear in mind, we are not talking about Penang island alone when we say the state of Penang. Today, with two bridges and a future third link to connect the Island and Mainland, we are more connected then ever. No longer is Seberang Perai the less develop backyard of the more developed George Town.

Today after the running event, you might take the opportunity to explore Seberang Perai will realise that bustling satellite townships are taking shape; Bagan in Seberang Perai Utara, Bukit Mertajam in Seberang Perai Tengah, and of course, soon to be the hottest location in the northern region of Peninsula Malaysia, Batu Kawan in Seberang Perai Selatan.

Today we have 1,747 participants, this event attracted 34 overseas participants from 16 countries. I am pleased to announce that our two young state assemblyman and Member of Parliament Lee Khai Loon and Steven Sim are both runners this time. They are joined by Mr. Lee Tiam Lim, Kha Loon’s father and himself a marathon runner.

Again, congratulations to everyone who took part in the run today! I hope you had a safe and enjoyable run and will continue to explore Penang. With this series of Penang Run, we will continue to be Cleaner, Greener, Safer and Healthier.

Thank you.

THE LAUNCHING OF PENANG GREEN CARNIVAL 2016

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

During The Launching of Penang Green Carnival 2016

23 July 2016
Sunway Carnival Convention Centre


PENANG MY GREEN HOME

Welcome to Penang Green Carnival 2016!

It is a great honour for me today to officiate the Penang Green Carnival 2016, themed “Penang My Green Home” in conjunction with the World Environment Day. This year we aspire to foster a culture of sustainability and green solutions that minimizes impact on our ecosystem.

In line with the State Government’s implementation of Waste Segregation At Source Policy, the theme this year - Penang My Green Home will attempt to inspire change and motivate us on developing, designing, and maintaining a green home and lifestyle.We are proud to see more than 40 exhibitors and activities partners here today.

On 1st of June this year, we have marked another milestone with the implementation of Waste Segregation at Source Policy in our quest to make Penang the first green state of Malaysia. Penang is the first state to ban free plastic bags at shopping centers, ban polystrene boxes and achieve the highest recycling rate of 32% in 2015.

This 32% recycling rate achieved far exceeds the national target of 22% recycling rate by 2020. In Penang, an average of 1,700 - 1,800 tonnes of waste are sent to Pulau Burung landfill every day.

The estimated landfill life span is 42 years if equipped with the Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) and 60 years with a food waste converter. Waste segregation at source is one of the ways to sustain the environment and to reduce waste generation to the Pulau Burung landfill.

That RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (TMP) is critical towards not just attaining sustainable prosperity but deliver a livable city with public transport connectivity. Clearly land reclamation is a last resort to finance the RM 27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan that includes road, rail (LRT), cable car and water taxis. In the interests of Penang as a green state, the reclamation of 3 islands of 4,500 acres would only proceed subject approval of the Detailed Environment Impact Assessment (DEIA).

In order to strike a balance between protecting the environment and economic development, we need to promote economic opportunity for all, for instance, creating more working opportunities in Penang. “Sustainable prosperity” should be the result of sustainable development that enables all human beings to live with their basic needs met and dignity.

The State Government has always put a high priority on environment, minimising impact on environment in the planning, implementation and execution of the state development policies. The present state government had never allowed loggings on permanent forest reserves, not a single square inch has been taken. Furthermore, Pakatan government has planted more than 271k new trees in Penang since 2008.

I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to our Principal Partner - Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP). Our Joint Organisers: Malaysia Green Building Confederation (MGBC) and Green Building Index Sdn Bhd (GBI), Supporting Partners: Penang Institute, Sunshine Garden Centre Sdn Bhd, Jasper Promenade Sdn Bhd andPertubuhan Alam Sekitar EcoKnights (EcoKnights). Our Co-organisers namely: WWF Malaysia, Sand Art Corner, Green Cap Ventures, Real Food Grocer and Kitty Garden Store.

We would also like to thank the Venue Sponsor: Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya, Print Partner: Nets Printwork Sdn Bhd and event’s Publicity Partner, Sunway Carnival Mall. Our gratitude also goes to to our sponsors, EcoWorld, Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang Sdn Bhd, Sulomas Sdn Bhd, Kee Lin Ecogreen Sdn Bhd, Nakada Group (M) Sdn Bhd (Primada), Premium Burmas Coconut Sdn Bhd (Cocomas), Aim Max Media Sdn Bhd, and Optimal Media Sdn Bhd,Hamshire Infotech, Leo Club of Penang Metropolitan (Omega), Terreal Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., Autocity, KZ Entertainment Productions Sdn. Bhd.,Emico Penang Sdn. Bhd., Beyond Ultron Sdn. Bhd. and, My Shape Fitness Centre.

Finally, we do not inherit the earth but only borrow it from our children. I hope your remember this weekend of inspiring education and evocative environmental messages through innovative ideas, technologies and practices. Let us make Penang a Cleaner, Greener, Safer, Healthier and Happier State! See you again at the Penang International Green Carnival next year!

Thank you.

Opening Ceremony of the Dr Wu Lien-Teh Commemorative Global Symposium

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Opening Ceremony of the Dr Wu Lien-Teh Commemorative Global Symposium

on 23rd July 2016


Penang is proud to be the home state of numerous historical greats of the country, namely P Ramlee, Malaysia’s greatest filmmaker, Loh Boon Siew, the pioneer in the automotive industry in Malaysia, Yeap Chor Ee, the banking magnate and last but not least, Dr Wu Lien-Teh, the internationally acclaimed doctor and plague fighter.

Ladies and gentleman,

Dr Wu Lien-Teh was a highly respected epidemiologist and doctor. His unyielding passion and determination as doctor together with strong perseverance have remained an inspiration for generations. His life story and heroic achievement had made all of us proud.

During his early career in Penang in early 1900’s, he was an enthusiastic activist in a myriad of contemporary social issues, ranging from advocating elementary education for girls, forming debating and literary clubs, to writing articles in newspaper calling for abolition of gambling and spirit farms. He established the Anti-Opium Association in Penang and organized the first Anti-Opium Conference in Straits Settlement to advocate banning of opium trade at times.

He was later invited to China, where he fought a challenging battle of the Machurian plague. His formulation of public health policies and institution of control measures were met with violent resistance. These measures were compulsory hospitalization of plague victims, contacts isolation, homes disinfection and people were encouraged to wear the “Dr Wu’s mask” which were uncommon practice at times in China.

He also conducted the first ever mass cremation of corpses in Chinese history which strongly against the tenets of Confucianism that venerated filial piety and ancestor worship in the past. This had led to not only saving thousands of lives by halting the epidemics.

Becoming world-famous for his outstanding achievement had never affected his innate modesty. He returned to Malaya during the turbulence time of Second World War, and continued to practice medicine in Ipoh until the ripe age of 80, before retiring in Penang.

The Dr Wu Lien-The Society was initiated in 2012 as a result of a Penang Story Lecture on Dr Wu which was organized by Think City, Penang Heritage Trust and the Old Frees Association. Led by the Founding President, Dato’ Anwar Fazal, together with support from representatives from the Old Frees Association, Penang Medical College, Harbin Medical University, Penang Institute, Penang Heritage Trust, as well as Think City and Penang Global Tourism, this initiative aims to promote this Penang-born legendary figure and to inspire the present and future generations. Since its inception, the Society has now grown its network to include several reputable institutions namely, the Malaysian National Clinical Research Centre Networks, United Nation University- International Institute for Global Health and the newly established Wu Lien-Teh Institute in Harbin, China.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The State government has been keen to support initiatives of the Society since the first Commemorative Symposium in 2014 through this 2nd Commemorative Global Symposium at Penang Institute, and the dinner tonight at the St Giles Wembley Hotel.

I am pleased to be here to witness the ceremony of signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Society and United Nations University, International Institute for Global Health. The MOU addresses collaborative joint hosting of an annual public lecture on topic of contemporary global health importance, named as “The Dr Wu Lien-Teh Lecture”, from selecting a distinguished speaker to organizing the event. Additionally, both parties may collaborate on other initiatives related to global health importance.

It is also my pleasure to launch the first reprint of 1000 copies of the pictorial book of “Memories of Dr Wu Lien-Teh, Plague Fighter” in Penang by local publisher, Areca Books. The first edition was printed in Singapore in 1995 and out of stock. This current project received generous funding supports from Dato’ Cheah Cheng Hye, a Penang-born successful entrepreneur in Hong Kong, together with supports from the Dr Wu’s families and the Society.

The relocation and placement of Dr Wu Lien-Teh bust at Penang Institute signifies the recognition by the State Government for Dr Wu’s altruism and extra-ordinary contributions in making a difference for all.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Today, we are all here together to celebrate and honour the life of a Penang-born medical scientist who set the standard for generations of doctors to follow, and who nearly brought back a prestigious Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. It is great to see a reunion of more than 30 of the family members attending this event, including the 93-year old granddaugther, Madame Tai Ai Luen. I am very confident that Dr Wu Lien-Teh Society will continue to promote the legacy of this Penang-born iconic legend. I am proud to announce the opening of the Dr Wu Lien-Teh Commemorative Global Symposium and wish you a fruitful meeting among all of you.

Thank you.