Launching Ceremony for George Town Heritage Celebrations 2016

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

During The Launching Ceremony for George Town Heritage Celebrations 2016

7 July 2016

Armenian Park, George Town


A very good morning to all of you and welcome to the Launching Ceremony for George Town Heritage Celebrations 2016.

I would like to commend George Town World Heritage Incorporated and the working team of George Town Heritage Celebrations 2016 for putting this together with the 11 existing and 9 new partners from the local communities. Their contributions and participation in this annual affair is integral towards its success by giving us the opportunity to showcase the diverse culture and heritage of George Town.

I also wish to thank the City Council of Penang Island, Penang Global Tourism, Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO, and George Town Festival; for extending their assistance in one way or another towards this celebration.

On 7 July 2008, we were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with Melaka based on three Outstanding Universal Values – each of which defines the historical significance of both the tangible and intangible heritage found in the city. Our unique architectural and cultural townscape is unparalleled anywhere in East and Southeast Asia – as pronounced by UNESCO – but my personal belief is that the true gem of George Town is our living heritage, and the ability of different faiths and cultures to co-exist in harmony and to respect one another mutually.

This celebration of diversity is the basis of the basis of George Town Heritage Celebrations. The Penang State Government, together with the communities living here, would like to keep this alive, year in and year out. We are committed to preserve and retain our heritage – tangible and intangible – because by understanding our past, we can be better connected to the present so as to face the challenges of the future.

Just last month, the Penang State Government announced a RM10 million plan to rehabilitate and transform a row of dilapidated buildings along Victoria Street into a centre for traditional trades and creative workspace to nurture the talents of both the past and the future under one roof. The traditional trades reflect the once bustling hive of George Town as a commercial hub and a significant port of call in this region, and we would like to recognise this by creating a space for the trades to continue their stories, and to inspire future talents which will create a new dimension for these trades.

The state government is also proposing legislation to reinstitute a version of rent control or restriction of pre-war shophouses within the George Town Heritage site to prevent gentrification such that original inhabitants are not driven out by high rents. Whilst we respect property owners’ rights, owners of such heritage pre-war shophouses within the heritage enclave have a special responsibility to ensure the living heritage can continue to exist.

The state government will have full public consultation and feedback before implementing these proposals. We are however mindful of our existing legal authority and jurisdiction. Whilst rent restriction is a state power under Schedule 9 of the Federal Constitution, the Federal government had invoked Article 76(4) to abolish Rent Control Act in 1997 to ensure uniformity of laws in Malaysia. In the nineties, all states including Penang, had assented and surrendered their powers to the Federal government to abolish rent restriction and led market forces decide. Whilst we sort out the legal intricacies whether the state has legal authority to do so now after vacating our powers then or whether we need to petititon to the Federal government to act on our behalf, there is a need for a prior consensus as much as we can possibly arrive at amongst all stakeholders. YB Chow Kon Yeow will handle the public consultation and feedback whilst YB Jagdeep Singh Deo will handle the legal issues.

On top of this, the proposed Penang Arts District to a much bigger space in Ghat Leboh Nordin to accommodate the ever-growing arts community in Penang – and to position us as a hub for the arts, culture and heritage in this country. We hope that the nearly RM50 million investment required can also be sourced from the private sector.

Further we are proud of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) has evaluated George Town as significant and worthy to be considered a partner through a Memorandum of Understanding with us to assist Penang to preserve, protect and promote George Town. The memorandum serves as an acknowledgement and endorsement by AKTC – an acclaimed international body - towards the potential of Penang, as well as the unique Outstanding Universal Values of George Town World Heritage Site.

The RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan will be another breakthrough in our sustainable development of an efficient and effective network of public transportation – connecting both people and places together so as to create a liveable city with high quality of life. Each of these plans by us is developed with the community in mind, because they make the city and inject the spaces with life and purpose. It is also for this reason that we would like to celebrate the communities and their cultures – and to appreciate the things that define them – one such as simple as games and sports.

UNESCO recognises the significance of traditional sports and games as an opportunity for the community to demonstrate its interpretation of life and the world, and that they are a priceless part of humanity’s cultural heritage. They serve as constant reminder to us that our practices, whether contemporary or traditional, leisure or labour, even routine or irregular, remain strongly rooted in our valuable traditions – and that they function as foundations for us to build the future together.

Today marks the 8th Anniversary of George Town’s inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the same time, it is the second day of Hari Raya for our Muslim friends – and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyoneSelamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin. Tomorrow is a replacement holiday for Heritage Day and Saturday the 9th is the birthday of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Pulau Pinang – a long weekend holiday for all of us, and George Town Heritage Celebrations 2016 is set to present a line-up of activities which will keep everyone both entertained and educated.

On behalf of George Town World Heritage Incorporated and its event supporters, I would like to invite and welcome everyone to the celebrations this year, and may it be one of the best we have ever seen yet. Remember as custodians of UNESCO George Town World Heritage Site we have a special responsibility not only to Penang and Malaysia but also to all humanity.

Thank you.

Roll Call Bersama YAB Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang

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TEKS UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG

SEMPENA ROLL CALL BERSAMA YAB KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG

5 JULAI 2016, 7:00 PAGI

DI PEJABAT CAWANGAN MPSP, JALAN BETEK

Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan sekalian,

Selamat pagi diucapkan kepada hadirin sekalian. Terima kasih kerana memberi peluang kepada saya untuk bersama-sama dalam Roll- Call pada pagi ini. Mengambil kesempatan ini juga, saya ingin mengucapkan Selamat Berpuasa di bulan yang mulia serta penuh dengan barakah ini. Saya juga mengambil kesempatan mengucapkan Selamat Menyambut Hari Raya yang akan menjelang tiba kepada tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekalian.

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekalian,

Saya amat menghargai sumbangan pekerja am yang bertungkus lumus walaupun dalam keadaan lapar dan dahaga di bulan puasa ini dengan menjalankan tugas-tugas seperti biasa dari seawal jam 5 pagi sehinggalah semua kerja selesai. Saya juga difahamkan bahawa terdapat pekerja-pekerja yang terpaksa berbuka puasa di atas lori dan di tepi jalan bagi menyelesaikan kerja-kerja pembersihan supaya Seberang Perai lebih indah, lebih bersih dan selesa didiami. Ini membuktikan bahawa pekerja-pekerja kita yang juga orang tempatan adalah lebih rajin, gigih dalam menjalankan tugas dan sanggup melakukan kerja-kerja pembersihan am dan kerja-kerja 3D (Dirty, Difficult,Dangerous)

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekalian,

Saya amat terharu apabila menerima memorandum dari MPSP yang telah ditandatangi oleh 2437 pekerja yang khuatir akan masa depan mereka. Mereka bimbang Kerajaan Negeri akan mengubah dasar dengan membuat pelantikan kontraktor bagi melaksanakan kerja-kerja pembersihan awam yang boleh menyebabkan pekerja kehilangan pekerjaan mereka. Atas tujuan tersebut, pada hari ini saya bertemu dengan anda semua dan ingin memaklumkan bahawa Kerajaan Negeri dibawah pimpinan saya akan mengekalkan dasar menggunakan pekerja tempatan untuk melakukan kerja-kerja pembersihan di Seberang Perai.

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekalian,

Pada tahun 2013 Kerajaan Negeri telah membuat satu keputusan berani dengan mengarahkan MPSP mengambilalih keseluruhan kerja-kerja pembersihan. Keputusan ini dibuat kerana Kerajaan Negeri mahu memberi peluang pekerjaan kepada warga tempatan. Sehubungan dengan itu, Kerajaan Negeri telah meluluskan pengwujudan seramai 2437 peluang pekerjaan baru.

Kami tidak percaya rasional oleh pihak kerajaan persekutuan bahawa pekerja rakyat Malaysia tidak berminat dalam pekerjaan 3D. Bila MPSP menawarkan 2437 pekerjaan, ada lebih 25,000 pemohon, sekaligus menangkis penghinaan jahat ini dan membuktikan pekerja Malaysia rela kerja dalam 3D sekiranya dilayan dengan baik dan juga dibayar gaji yang munasabah.

Keputusan melaksanakan sendiri kerja-kerja pembersihan, akan menelan kos pengurusan yang lebih tinggi berjumlah RM 66,180,467.00 berbanding dengan outsource (pelantikan kontraktor) berjumlah RM 46,097.044.00 iaitu peningkatan kos sebanyak 43% adalah sebanyak RM 20,083,423.00. Kerajaan Negeri telah membantu MPSP di peringkat permulaan sebanyak RM20,594,146.00 bagi meringankan beban kewangan yang ditanggung oleh MPSP.

Peningkatan kos 43% atau RM20 juta adalah berbaloi kerana Kerajaan Negari harus berikan peluang pekerjaan kepada rakyat kita dan bukan warga asing dan seterusnya dapat menyara hidup 2437 keluarga Malaysia. Kita mampu menanggung kos perbelanjaan tambahan ini kerana Kerajaan Negeri dapat lebihan belanjawan atau untung setiap tahun. Kerajaan Negeri boleh untung kerana kita adalah bersih. Kalau pemimpin tidak bersih, macam mana boleh lihat keuntungan RM400 juta diberikan secara wang tunai kepada rakyat selain daripada pembangunan berbillion ringgit. Kerajaan Negeri jamin akan terus kekalkan kepimpinan bersih.

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekalian,

Kerajaan Negeri dan MPSP sentiasa menjaga kebajikan pekerja. Pada tahun ini sahaja, Kerajaan Negeri telah mengisytiharkan bonus sebanyak 0.75 peratus daripada gaji bulanan tuan-tuan dan puan-puan yang telah pun dibayar pada 23 Jun 2016. Jumlah keseluruhan yang telah dibayar oleh MPSP adalah sebanyak RM4.57 juta. Ini adalah hadiah Hari Raya dan saya berharap tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekalian dapat terus bekerja dan memberikan sokongan yang padu kepada Yang Dipertua, Setiausaha Perbandaran, Kerajaan Negeri dan saya sebagai Ketua Menteri dalam menerajui Kerajaan Pakatan Harapan yang dipilih oleh rakyat secara sah.

Akhir sekali, saya mengucapkan sekali lagi Selamat Hari Raya dan terima kasih kepada pekerja-pekerja yang akan berkorban cuti raya mereka bagi memastikan kebersihan Seberang Perai dalam keadaan terbaik.

Sekian, terima kasih.

Majlis Pelancaran Pengasingan Sisa DiPunca Di Batu Lanchang

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SEMPENA MAJLIS PELANCARAN PENGASINGAN SISA DIPUNCA DI BATU LANCHANG
PADA 3 JULAI 2016

Bersyukur kita kerana dengan limpah dan kurnia-Nya dapat kita bersama-sama berhimpun pada hari yang mulia ini untuk meraikan Majlis Pelaksanaan Pengasingan Sisa Di Punca di kawasan Batu Lanchang. Terlebih dahulu, saya ingin merakamkan penghargaan kepada YB Danny kerana menganjurkan majlis ini dan Bahagian Kerajaan Tempatan bersama MBPP yang telah memberi sokongan bagi menjayakan majlis ini.

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan yang dihormati sekalian,
Segala transformasi di bawah Dasar Cleaner Greener Safer Healthier Penang yang dilaksanakan oleh Kerajaan Negeri mulai tahun 2010 telah berjaya mempertingkatkan sistem dan kaedah pengurusan sisa pepejal dan pembersihan awam negeri. Kini wujud satu sistem yang lebih teratur, mampan dan maju yang setanding dengan bandar-bandar antarabangsa maju lain melalui pelbagai program PBT dengan penduduk khasnya Local Agenda 21.

Para hadirin yang dihormati sekalian,

Setiap hari, setiap penduduk negeri Pulau Pinang membuang secara purata 1.1 kg sampah dan oleh itu sejumlah 1,700 tan sampah dikutip dari seluruh negeri untuk dilupuskan di tapak Pelupusan Pulau Burung. Pengurusan sampah dan pembersihan awam menelan belanja yang tinggi yang harus dipikul oleh Kerajaan khasnya MBPP dan MPSP. Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan kita iaitu Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP) dan Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP) telah memperuntukan RM95.64 juta dan RM98.99 juta masing-masing dalam bajet tahun ini bagi menguruskan sisa pepejal dan pembersihan awam. MBPP dan MPSP bersama Kerajaan Negeri telah berusaha untuk mengurangkan sisa yang dijana melalui kaedah 3R, kompos dan pelbagai kaedah dalam negeri agar dapat mewujudkan persekitaran yang bersih dan hijau.

Pihak Kerajaan Negeri serius dalam langkah pro-aktif hijau dan mempelapori dasar “No plastic Bag” di negara yang kini dijadikan sebagai kayu pengukur dan contoh bagi negeri-negeri lain. Disamping itu, kempen haramkan beg polistirena, kempen makan sampai habis diperkenalkan untuk mengurangkan bukan sahaja pembaziran tetapi juga jumlah sisa organik yang dihantar ke tapak pelupusan tunggal di Pulau Burung. Kejayaan dasar ini telah membawa impak yang nyata sekali kerana sisa organik atau sisa dapur terdiri daripada 40% sampah yang di lupus di Pulau Burung. Tindakan Kerajaan Negeri dalam menangani masalah penjanaan sisa dalam pembangunan pesat negeri menjurus kepada sasaran zero waste yang kini diamalkan di banyak negara maju.

Kejayaaan sesuatu sistem pengurusan sisa pepejal yang moden dan mampan bukan sahaja bergantung kepada operasi dan program yang dilaksanakan oleh agensi kerajaan sahaja, tetapi juga oleh NGO, pakar swasta dan pelaksanaan Sistem Pengasingan Sisa di Punca yang lebih sistematik.

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan yang dihormati sekalian,

Pada 1 Jun 2016, saya telah melancarkan dasar pengasingan sisa di punca dalam satu majlis di KOMTAR. Kini kita sudah 11 hari dalam pelaksanaan dasar ini. Dengan pelaksanaan dasar ini, saya yakin Negeri Pulau Pinang akan mengalami satu paradigm shift atau peralihan paradigma dalam pengurusan sisa pepejal dan pembersihan awam. Dasar ini mampu mengurangkan sisa dilupus, kos perbelanjaan memajukan industri kitar semula dan mewujudkan persekitaran yang bersih dan hijau.

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan yang dihormati sekalian,

Kadar kitar semula negeri Pulau Pinang yang kini pada 32% adalah tertinggi di Malaysia dan adalah 3 kali ganda kadar kitarsemula kebangsaan pada 10.5% dan yang hanya disasarkan mencapai 20% menjelang tahun 2020. Saya yakin dengan pelaksanaan dasar ini, kadar kitar semula negeri akan meningkat lagi dan akan setanding dengan kadar kitar semula negara maju yang melebihi 40%.

Pelaksanaan Pengasingan Sisa di Punca dalam negeri akan mengurangkan jumlah sisa pepejal dihantar ke tapak pelupusan di Pulau Burung. Langkah ini membolehkan Kerajaan Tempatan MBPP dan MPSP untuk menjimatkan wang dalam pengurusan sisa pepejal dari segi kos kutipan sampah, kos pengangkutan sampah dari stesen pemindahan sampah ke tapak pelupusan sampah serta kos tipping fi yang dikenakan bagi sampah yang dilupuskan di Pulau Burong.

Kos pengangkutan sampah dari Stesen Pemindahan Sampah Ampang jajar ke Tapak Pelupusan Sampah Pulau Burong menelan belanja sebanyak RM1.2 juta sebulan, manakala kos tipping fi adalah RM20.20 setan. Disamping itu, perlu juga dikira kos tanah seluas 157 ekar yang disediakan khas sebagai tapak pelupusan. Sekiranya dasar dapat melencongkan 4% jumlah sampah daripada memasuki tapak pelupusan, dianggarkan RM2.5 juta dijimatkan setiap tahun.

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan yang dihormati sekalian,

Sekiranya masyarakat hanya tahu dan sedar akan amalan pengasingan sisa ini tetapi tidak mengamalkannya, tentunya aspirasi negeri untuk menjadi di antara bandaraya antarabangsa terbersih di dunia akan menjadi impian semata-mata. Oleh itu, perkara penting yang perlu dilaksanakan adalah mendidik masyarakat supaya mereka boleh berfikir tentang kesan-kesan yang berlaku sekiranya masyarakat tidak menguruskan sisa pepejal secara mampan.

Para hadiran yang dihormati,

Pihak media juga turut memainkan peranan yang penting bagi membantu mendidik masyarakat untuk mengasingkan sisa di punca seterusnya menjadikan Negeri Pulau Pinang sebuah negeri yang bersih, indah dan sejahtera. Saya berharap agar semua pihak mengambil inisiatif yang bersepadu dan strategik bagi memastikan dasar ini dapat dicapai dengan jayanya.

Sekian, terima kasih.

Founder Institute Graduation Session

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
AT FOUNDER INSTITUTE GRADUATION SESSION

28 JUNE 2016

CAT WISMA YEAP CHOR EE

 

ACCELERATING TECH & CREATIVE STARTUPS

Firstly, I am very pleased to be here this afternoon to witness this momentous occasion. Congratulations to each and every one of you. You should be very proud of yourselves for accomplishing this goal, persevering through one of the most challenging 14-weeks experience to become the first ever Founder Institute Penang graduates.

FOUNDER INSTITUTE PROGRAMME

Founder Institute (FI) is one of the world’s largest entrepreneur training and idea stage accelerator program originating from the Silicon Valley, offering weekly curriculum for 14-weeks of company-building sessions designed to help tech entrepreneurs to build every aspect of their business, from the core idea to the product and revenue model. After a highly successful test launch at the end of 2015 and early 2016, the Penang Chapter was officially formed and is now being led by local startup leaders Chan Kee Siak (Founder & CEO, Exabytes Network Sdn Bhd) & Heislyc Loh (Founder & CEO, CoRate) together with a selected group of top mentors who provide their advice and critical feedback. The official Penang program commenced on 15th March, 2016 and ended 2-weeks ago on 14th June, 2016, held at Penang @CAT, Wisma Yeap Chor Ee. Founder Institute is the only program of its kind that accepts founders with day jobs and shares equity with all participants.

EXCELLENT PLATFORM TO ENRICH ENTREPRENEURS AND FOUNDERS

With the emergence of the digital revolution we see a huge potential in the creative technology industry. To transform Penang into an international and intelligent city, we must embrace this new future of digital technology, especially in the growing fields of Big Data Analytics (BDA), cloud computing and Internet of Things (IoT). In addition to the convergence of the manufacturing, services and public sector, the establishment of Penang @CAT will continue to unleash new synergies in both new and existing industries. I believe that in order for Penang to win the future, we have to invest not only in education but also master disruptive technology, innovation and automation. Penang @CAT is one of our initiatives to put us on track in Big Data Analytics, cloud computing and IoT.

In this 21st century, the millennial generation is creative and the future game changers in the marketplace. We want to help to develop the innovation-driven millennials who want to build their own businesses and tech startups through the platform of Penang @CAT. Penang @CAT and our partners, through this Founder Institute program will be an excellent platform for tech entrepreneurs and founders to catapult their company into greater heights.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Founder Institute’s dedicated local founders and mentors. They do not seek any praise but their expertise and devotion throughout the 14-weeks programme in mentoring these startups is enormous. We hope this first batch program will only be the start of many more to come and we look forward to a long term collaboration with Founder Institute.

PENANG @CAT IN INNOVATING TALENTS AND CREATING SUCCESSFUL STARTUPS

I believe Penang has a unique tech start-up scene made up of a close community of local start-ups and founders involved in various activities ranging from e-commerce, mobile applications, IoT, and many more. Penang @CAT space serves as a platform and launch pad in bringing the tech-startup community under one roof and provide necessary support and services to build a strong ecosystem.

As for the supply of talent for start-up companies, long term e-commerce and coding workshops will be conducted at Penang @CAT in the coming months aimed at providing opportunities to local tech and non tech community in learning programming and improving career marketability.

CREATING FUTURE AND LIVING DREAMS

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We have always envisaged Penang as a platform for dream makers to make their dreams come true. We also aspire to win the future with our very own unique capabilities. That is why we are now doing as much and as best as we can to lay the foundations to transform Penang into high-income knowledge economy.

We will strive to enhance capacity, capability and competency in Penang’s creative technology industry because we believe that the lynchpin of Penang’s future is the 3Ts which is to establish a creative cluster – the Talent, Technology and Tolerance of new ideas. Our most passionate value of freedom will allow Penang @CAT to produce world-class content and be a national hub for digital and creative technology content services.

In addition to Penang @CAT, the State is taking pro-active measures to inspire and create more innovators through our Penang Science Cafe (PSC) which is aimed at rekindling the young’s interest in science and technology, Penang Learning Center which offers STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) teaching and Penang Tech Dome (PTD) to create a hub for technology learning and exchange of ideas.

The Penang State government has invested RM23 million to refurbish this unique heritage building and rent it on a 30 years lease. We are always open to new ideas and collaboration to make Penang @CAT a Launchpad for entrepreneurial success.

In closing, I would like to extend my appreciation again to the hard work of the leadership of Founder Institute Penang Chapter, its mentors and partners for their contribution towards nurturing future leaders in technology from Penang. Let us continue to work together to build a greater future for our aspiring tech enthusiast.

Finally, congratulations to the graduates of Founder Institute Penang’s first batch. There will be many challenges ahead but when you are determined to succeed you will handle anything that gets in your way.

I wish to thank all of you for finding time to attend this graduation session and with a great honor; I now close the first batch of this programme.

Thank you.