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4th JANUARY 2016

Good morning, everyone. I am pleased to be here today for the opening ceremony of Kerry Logistics Network development center in One Precinct, Penang. It’s an honor for Penang to welcome Asia’s premier logistics service provider to set up their Global Business Services (GBS) or formerly known SSO, centre here.

It felt as if it was just yesterday when I was here to welcome the opening of two prominent GBS companies in Penang which is Wilmar and Citigroup. It feels great to be back to see that the number of GBS companies has grown and it is a great pleasure to welcome Kerry Logistics on board.

KLN operates here are as a shared services center to provide IT Application Development & Maintenance for Global Logistics Supply Chain to Kerry Logistics Network Limited (KLN). KLN is a global conglomerate with annual turnover of USD 250 million and worldwide workforce of 20,000. The headcount for the Penang office is around 10 and it is expected to expand to cover 30 by 2016 and more than 50 by 2017.

Having Kerry on board Penang investment arena will help Penang to build competitive IT resources with global experience. Penang's availability of talent, energy and entrepreneurship will combine well with Kerry's experience and expertise. We are positive that Kerry can lead Penang towards the next wave of Internet on logistics supply chain for South East Asia by combining the IT and Data Technology with strong business and operation domain knowledge on global logistics supply chain.

Bayan Baru as a Hub for Penang Global Business Services

Kerry Logistics has made a right choice in choosing Penang. Penang is the first state in Malaysia after Cyberjaya, Selangor to be awarded the MSC Malaysia Cybercity status. Furthermore, Penang Development Corporation signed a RM1.3 billion joint venture agreement with Singapore-based Temasek and Economic Development Innovation Singapore (EDIS) for the development of a BPO Prime Project here in Bayan Baru. BPO Prime will help to fulfill the demand for Grade A office space and help make Penang a hub for Global Business Services.

GBS ecosystem in Penang

We are grateful for Kerry’s confidence towards Penang and its GBS scene. Kerry has chosen Penang because Penang is one of the sustainable fast growth state in Malaysia with world-class Forbes 500 companies. Penang GBS sector has achieved rapid growth over the years and Malaysia has consecutively been ranked the world's third GBS destination by global management consulting firm AT Kearney since 2004 after India and China.

In Penang, the cumulative investments for GBS companies with MSC status between 2009 and 2014 have reached RM4.073 billion. The GBS sector here is also providing more than 8,000 high income jobs to locals and serving both regional and global markets. The biggest is Citigroup which set up their global financial credit hub here. With a headcount of 1,400, 32 million transactions world-wide and a value of USD 7.2 trillion, Penang is capable of providing world-class service to international companies. And now we have Kerry Logistics in Penang. The numbers are expected to increase by 60 per cent in the next three years due to the high quality, good and clean governance in Penang. Remember we are the only government in Malaysia to be praised by Transparency International.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In progressing towards an international and intelligent city, Penang builds it strength around its existing competencies. We need to attract the best international companies here and in Kerry Logistics, we have one of the best in the world. I wish Kerry Logistic every success.

Thank you.



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Selamat Pagi dan Salam Sejahtera.


Saya ingin mengucapkan tahniah dan syabas kepada semua pihak yang telah bersama-sama menjayakan program ini dan merakamkan ucapan terima kasih ke atas kehadiran tuan-tuan dan puan-puan pada pagi yang indah ini.


Dengan berbesar hati saya ingin mengumumkan bahawa Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang dengan kerjasama G Club akan melaksanakan satu program berbasikal yang dinamakan City Ride - 2.  Program ini merupakan aktiviti tahunan yang dilaksanakan oleh Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang selepas pengiktirafan sebagai Majlis Bandaraya. City Ride - 2 adalah bersifat santai dan juga senaman, dan bukannya pertandingan berbasikal. Ia bertujuan menggalakkan pengamalan cara hidup sihat di kalangan rakyat Pulau Pinang, khususnya berkenaan senaman, pemakanan sihat dan semangat berpasukan. 


Sejak Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang dinaiktarafkan kepada status bandaraya pada 1.1.2015 salah satu sifat penting yang dapat membezakan bandaraya dengan perbandaran adalah lorong basikal khusus. Itulah sebabnya kerajaan negeri menetapkan cabaran untuk membina lorong basikal khusus sepanjang 33 km dari Tanjong Tokong melalui pusat bandar George Town serta menyusuri sebelah pantai timur ke pulau ke Batu Maung dan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Bayan Lepas yang berharga RM 30 juta. Ia melibatkan pembinaan sebuah jejantas basikal merentangi Lebuhraya Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu dan dua buah jambatan merentangi sungai, kos ini termasuk sumbangan pihak swasta. Sepanjang 12.5 km daripada laluan basikal ini telah disiapkan dan keseluruhan laluan sepanjang 33 km dijangka dapat disiapkan menjelang tahun 2020.  Sebaik Pulau Pinang menjadi negeri berbasikal maka ia akan dilihat sebagai bandaraya dengan sendirinya di kaca mata dunia.


Marilah kita menuju ke arah Pulau Pinang yang bertaraf antarabangsa dan pintar serta negeri yang bersih, hijau, sihat dan selamat.


Dengan ini saya merasmikan Program City Ride – 2 secara rasminya.


Sekian, terima kasih.

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 2.1.2016

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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 2.1.2016

The traffic congestion during the holiday session and huge traffic jam yesterday caused by a minor accident where a car overturned on the First Penang Bridge, will be a regular feature as Penang emerges as a regional and national tourist, services and manufacturing hub. If we do not want traffic congestion to be a regular feature for our children, there is a need for a paradigm shift towards a concept of “moving people instead of moving vehicles” that entails huge investment in public transportation and infrastructure. 

The Federal government realises how serious traffic congestion is in Penang, and has dangled a LRT system only on the island, with the Prime Minister himself promising 3 times to build one. However, just like his previous empty promises to abolish the Sedition Act, the Prime Minister has not kept his word to Penang. 

We will not allow the Federal government to choke Penang to death with traffic congestion. For this reason the Penang Pakatan Harapan state government has no choice but to take the initiative to do a comprehensive public transport system on our own that involves both the mainland and the island, and not just only the island.

The Penang state government understands concerns amongst some segments of the public about the scale and scope of a Transport Master Plan(TMP) that involves a huge sum of RM27 billion, because the TMP caters for the whole state of Penang and is not just island-centric. However these concerns stem for justifiable fears that the whole exercise will follow the BN approach of enriching BN cronies with hugely inflated costs that finally does not benefit public interest. 

Similar concerns were expressed about why would Penang need the RM300 million sub-terranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition(sPICE) Centre in Bayan Baru. However despite severe criticism, the decision of the state government to press on in building sPICE has been proven correct with the refurbishment carried out sold out bookings for sPICE.

The Penang state government can allay such concerns about the TMP by adopting the CAT governance of competency, accountability and transparency of conducting open competitive tenders, full disclosure of information under the Freedom of Information Act; and public hearings to gain public feedback BEFORE the state government decides whether or not to proceed. 

The people of Penang will make the final decision and if they choose to reject the RM27 billion TMP, in accordance with democratic principles the state government will humbly accept their decision. The state government has come out with the TMP and we are willing to “fail trying” than fail to try.

Questions have also been raised why we would adopt a 5-in-1 solution involving buses, taxies, LRT/monorail, water taxies/ferries and cable car. To improve connectivity, we must try to have as many links as possible between both the mainland and the island to reduce traffic bottlenecks. The ferry service has failed abysmally to perform its public duty under the Federal government and the traffic accident in the First Penang Bridge yesterday only underlines the importance of the proposed under seabed tunnel and the cable car.

To win the future, we must invest in the future. To invest in the future is not about investing in building a new underground city but investing in people, education and public transport. There is no doubt that an efficient public transport benefits the poor more than the rich. This is the rationale why the public in Penang has so far being overwhelmingly positive, even though the RM27 billion cost will have to be financed through land reclamation.

The Penang state government is not surprised at Penang BN’s new-found opposition towards land reclamation when they had issued out land reclamation contracts to their cronies when they were in power before 2008. Lembaga Kemajuan Ikan Malaysia(LKIM) is now opposing land reclamation allegedly to protect fishermen in Penang, despite supporting the tens of thousands of acres of reclamation recently approved by other BN-controlled state governments. Can LKIM explain whether there any difference between Penang fishermen and those fishermen from other states? 

Malaysians are not so gullible to believe in such double-standards and hypocrisy by BN and LKIM. The present Penang state government has even secured a higher compensation payout to fishermen for the Tanjung Pinang land reclamation project approved by the previous BN state government – the highest in Malaysian history. 

Penangites want a secure future for their children – to be able to live in a liveable city that is clean, green, safe and healthy free from crime and traffic congestion. Only a clean leadership and good governance can transform Penang into an international and intelligent city.

















2016 New Year Message By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 31.12.2015

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2016 New Year Message By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 31.12.2015

2016 A Transformational Year For Penang

Penang is emerging as a national and regional hub for tourism, services and high-tech manufacturing. The continued investment by global companies into services and manufacturing shows the success of the state government’s emphasis on quality that focuses on high-value, high-tech and capital intensive rather than quantity that relies on labour-intensive that only results in foreign workers. Our focus continues to be on breeding innovation and entrepreneurship as catalysts for economic growth.

The influx of tourists during this holiday season is best epitomised by crowds at Penang Hill which broke the previous record of 1.36 million tourists last year and is expected to reach 1.5 million this year. Tourism in Penang may be a transformational year for 2016 with the completion of renewal projects worth hundreds of millions of ringgit on Komtar and Penang Hill. Many hotels have recorded an occupancy this year as good as last year despite the poor economic conditions and the tragic triple airline disasters involving MAS and Air Asia planes last year.

2016 holds out hope for a more promising year. However success bring its own problems with traffic congestion being the critical challenge. When the present Pakatan Harapan government won power in 2008, we identified 3 major challenges – cleanliness, crime and traffic congestion. We have succeeded against all odds in making Penang clean again and together with the police brought down the crime rate. However we need to work harder to make Penang the cleanest and safest state in Malaysia.

However traffic congestion can only be overcome if Penang is allowed to implement our RM27 billion Transport Master Plan(TMP), a five-in-one public transport solution involving LRT/monorail, ferry/water taxis, taxis, buses and cable cars. The TMP was undertaken at the Penang state government’s initiative following the failure of the BN federal government to fulfil its promises made 3 times in 8 years to build the LRT, but was never implemented. 

Penang will be heading for a transformational year that will either help to resolve our traffic congestion problems or else proves whether the Federal government acts on national or the people’s interest but instead practices the politics of vengeance. The Penang state government regrets the political vengeance by some national federal agencies against the proposed land reclamation to finance the TMP, when they had previously made no similar objections against land reclamation approved by the previous BN Penang state governments or the tens of thousands of acres of land reclamation by other BN-controlled state governments.  

Why do these federal agencies suddently express concern about affected fishermen when they have shown no such interest in the fate of fishermen when much more land reclamation was approved by the previous BN state government or other BN state governments? In fact the Penang fishermen received higher compensation under the present Penang state government compared to that offered by the BN state governments. Such hypocrisy is not only double-standards but also cruel and oppressive because it serves to deny and deprive the rakyat.

Penang will fight against those who seek to deny and deprive the poor from their fundamental economic rights to food, shelter, education and work. In seeking these fundamental economic rights, development must be sustainable and inclusive in an environment that is clean, green, safe and healthy.