Indian Summers Screening

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CM’s Speech for Indian Summers Screening
on Tuesday, 3rd March 2015

Thank you everyone for being here tonight.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome back to Penang Mr. Charlie Pattinson, the Executive Producer of New Pictures. And thank Charlie and his team for inviting us here for this very special screening of Episode One of the recently launched and highly anticipated UK Channel 4 series of Indian Summers.

I’m sure everyone here is aware that this very special television series was filmed entirely on location here in wonderful Penang. We are honored and proud to host this film project and will continue to enjoy the working relationship that has been fostered with New Pictures as well as the local Malaysian production company working with New Pictures on this endeavour – Biscuit Films.

I am sure that you are all very excited and can't wait to see the premiere episode. But hold your horses and allow me to just say a few words about how this television series based in Simla India found its way to the shores of Malaysia and the island of Penang.

When Charlie and New Pictures began their search for the ideal location for a series based in India, I'm sure you know that Malaysia would not be at the top of the list. It was only after exhaustive location searches in India and Sri Lanka that failed to satisfy requirements of a colonial old-world charm setting Charlie came to Malaysia. He told me he was desperate for without a suitable location there would be no Indian Summers. As a final roll of the dice he finded Penang in May of 2013 at the advice of Biscuit Films producer, Magen Appathurai.

Before the end of the first day and after seeing how Penang has embraced its architectural heritage and seeing our focus on the restoration and maintenance of our architectural treasures, Charlie had found the location he wanted.

The State Government entered into a tripartite agreement on 23 April 2014 after several discussions and meetings. The inscription of George Town as a Unesco World Heritage Site has helped greatly in making Penang the perfect location for a period drama series . The State and Council heritage buildings such as Crag Hotel, Woodside Bungalow and South View Rest House on Penang Hill were widely used as the setting in many scenes. In addition Suffolk House , the Town Hall , Botanical Gardens, State Museum as well as many other colonial and traditional buildings blended perfectly as well.

The unique cultural diversity has enabled Penang to offer the local cast and also talent in the performing arts. The show has featured prominent local actors like Mano Maniam , Indi Nadarajah, Ash Nair, Gulshan Lal, Anita Abdul Hamid, Sachin Kumar, Sasitharan Rajoo, Sham Sunder Binwani and our very own local artist Himanshu Bhatt (who is also a famous reporter based in Penang)

The series was released in February in the UK by Channel 4 and has become Channel 4’s best performing drama in more than 2 decades. It’s opening episode which we are all about to enjoy drew a consolidated audience of more than 5 million viewers.

The Penang State Government and the citizens of Penang are proud to share our wonderful home with these viewers and look forward to welcoming them all to visit us in the near future.

The State government supports the performing arts and we welcome projects such as Indian Summers because we do realize the immense opportunity that this project brings in terms of foreign direct investment, employment for local cast and crew, indirect promotion of Penang tourism internationally and many other indirect aspects. A total investment of 10 million pounds has been injected to produce the entire Season One. And I have just been informed that there's a green light for Season 2, which will commence work in mid/end March 2015.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Biscuit Films for promoting Penang as a filming destination and for putting together an efficient and dedicated local crew that is an integral part of this series production.

 

华文小学制度化拨款模拟支票移交仪式

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槟州首席部长林冠英致词稿
华文小学制度化拨款模拟支票移交仪式
2015年3月5日,中午12点30分,Auditorium A


很高兴我们又在这个喜气洋洋的新春佳节见面了。

制度化拨款不知不觉已迈入第七个年头,每一年我们都如约兑现承诺,每年年头将拨款直接汇入董事会或家教协会的户头,至今已移交5580万令吉,再加上我个人的特别拨款,所拨出的款项就超过6000万令吉,这7年来从没食言。可是,不久前,我却从报章报导上获知威南5所华小即武吉淡汶敬群小学、新邦安拔文明小学、华都小学、高渊培德小学及高渊港口毓英小学,迟至今年尚未收到2014年度中央政府的拨款。马华总会长拿督斯里廖中莱承诺,将为这些学校争取回去年遗漏发出的拨款,连同今年度拨款补回给学校。

去年的拨款今年才姗姗来迟,今年的拨款又要等到年底,这到底是什么制度?我对中央政府迟迟不落实制度化拨款的政策感到非常不满,槟州政府的制度化拨款实施了7年,这7年里造惠多少学校,我想,在座的各位都清楚。我希望中央政府不要再忽视槟州政府和华教人士的呼吁了。

州政府的制度化拨款是在每年年头,即一年还没过完就分发出去了,而中央政府的去年拨款却要今年才补发,今年的拨款则要在年底才给,这哪里行啊?到底怎么算啊?因为,去年的预算是不能带到今年来用的,是否去年没拨就表示拨款没有了?

不知道马华署理总会长拿督魏家祥是否还记得他在2012年向华社许的承诺──在2016年前解决师资荒的问题,让华小从此不须再聘用临教?今天已经2015年3月5日了,这问题仍旧悬而未决,而魏部长最近在报章上针对这个问题时的回应,也不过是在带大家兜圈子。我要代表华社清清楚楚地告诉魏部长和中央政府,我们要的是一个政策性的解决方案,一个可以一劳永逸解决问题的方案,希望他们不要再敷衍了事。我衷心期待魏部长说到做到。

6%的消费税将在下个月1日实施,这就意味着你们所收到的拨款将被扣除6%。比如某某学校今年获得10万令吉,因为购买扩建及维修等工程的材料而被扣除6%的消费税,所以,真正获得的就只有9万4000令吉。因此,我希望利惠学校的事项如扩建或提升校舍工程等都能豁免消费税,这样可以减轻校方的负担。

各位,

制度化拨款所拨出的款项是人民的血汗钱,因此,在审核上我们都非常严谨。那些要进行扩建或重建工程的学校,都必须呈上图测,同时必须要有动工准证,我们才能批准。因为州政府的拨款有限,必须以急需为优先考量。

今年,我们将拨出423万5000令吉给85间华小,获得最高拨款的是直落公芭养正华小,共获得30万令吉。

所拨出的款项中,2.7%即11万5000令吉是拨给正在或即将兴建新校舍用途的学校,2间受惠的学校为直落公芭养正华小和大同华小。

校 名 数额(令吉 )
大同华小 6万5000
直落公芭养正小学 5万
总数 11万5000


拨款中的80万5000令吉(19.0%)是用在维修学校建筑结构方面,如屋顶、天花板泄漏、水槽破裂等,33万5000令吉(7.9%)则是用作会构成安全威胁用途,如消灭白蚁及维修电缆等用途。20万7000令吉(4.9%) 用作装置遮阳板等装修用途,79万1000(18.7%)用来维修学校设备,如维修厕所及沟渠排水系统,15万9000(3.8%)则是建设有盖走廊等用途,36万5000令吉(8.6%)用来维修篱笆、门、围墙等,86万1000令吉(20.3 %)提升学校设备, 如视听室、科学室、课室、食堂等,19万4000令吉(4.6%)用来购买用具如科学室用具,其他的用途是4万3000令吉(9.5%)。

由章瑛行政议员领导的槟州华校事务协调委员会于去年10月提早让各校做出申请。和往年一样,今年度的制度化拨款同样是依据申请准则,以急需为优先考量。拨款除了以急需为主,同时也优先考虑郊区、微型华小及贫穷社区的学校。

国、州议员在截止日期后,在当地华社、董家教与校方的协助到学校进行实地考察,鉴定各校提出申请之急需项目,以及视察去年向州政府申请拨款作为维修校舍或添购设备等事项的进展工程。各州议员及华协会委员在进行校园实地考察工作后呈上审核表格,并在1月26日及28日及30日向委员会汇报考察的结果。华协委员经过会议讨论后,才决定制度化拨款的分配。

在这里,我再次感谢华协会, 国、州议员及董家教三大机构的合作,让我们制度化拨款的工作可以顺利完成。

各位,

教育工作者为槟州政府栽培人力资源,为了感激及表扬他们协助州政府将槟城打造成一个培育、提升、吸引及留住国际人才的区域中心,州政府从2012年开始拨每人200令吉回馈金给独中教职员,当时有364位教职员获得共7万2800令吉回馈金。2013年则拨出7万9600令吉回馈金给398位独中教职员,而2014年则拨出13万5000令吉给450名,每人获300令吉。

槟州政府强调民主化教育,就算部分的董事来自其他政党,槟州政府也一视同仁拨款,根据学校急需拨给有关学校,因此,我也希望中央政府不要政治化教育,即时落实制度化拨款和制度化的教育系统,并认真看待和解决资荒的问题。

谢谢!

 

 

SILVER JUBILEE ANNUAL HOME DINNER

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 OPENING SPEECH BY YAB TUAN LIM GUAN ENG

SILVER JUBILEE ANNUAL HOME DINNER

The Silver Jubilee Home was established in 1935 and will be 80 years old this year. The Home is well supported by generous donors from all walks of life and now it is one of the most established old folks home in Malaysia. Being a free home,it has helped many poor and needy old folks to be able to lead a decent life.

There are currently 165 residents in the Home of various races. The Home provide various activities for the residents like xiang gong exercise, karaoke singing sessions, Astro channels for T.V. viewing. A recreation centre has been set up and is managed by a qualified Occupational Therapist. The centre has a library,handcraft room,kitchen for cooking and baking , television viewing area,board games and also a table-tennis table.

The Rehabilitation Centre provide daily therapy exercise sessions for the residents and is managed by a qualified Physiotherapist. Dental care is provided by Klinik Kesihatan Air Itam and medical consultation by volunteer visiting doctors.

The CNY dinner is held annually at the Home to bring together all the staff and the volunteers of the Home as a show of appreciation for their services to the Home.

Let us ensure that when Penang becomes an international and intelligent city, we can showcase our old folks home here as an example of Penang attaining world-class standards, even in charity and care.

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

Ambulance Hand Over Event

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Speech by YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang
during Ambulance Hand Over Event
on 01 March 2015, 3pm
at Koleksi Vipasana, 170 Beach Street, 10300 Penang

Let me first begin by congratulating Koleksi Vipasana for this auspicious event, the handover of one unit of fully equipped Class A ambulance to St John Ambulance Malaysia Pulau Pinang.

I am very proud that Koleksi Vipasana have stood out to pool their resources to serve the community better. I must sincerely thank Koleksi Vipasana for doing a great service to the people of Penang.

Since 2006, Koleksi Vipasana had undertaken various CSR initiatives. Past CSR initiatives undertaken are namely, the raising of funds to purchase 6 motorised wheel chairs for the Penang Cheshire Home in 2008 as well as the raising of funds to purchase 2 dialysis machines for the Penang Rotary Foundation in 2007, 3 dialysis machines for Penang Fo Yi Haemodialysis Society, 3 dialysis machines for Province Wellesley Renal Medifund in 2009 and one unit of Class A ambulance to St John Ambulance Malaysia Pulau Pinang in November 2011, which cost RM263,000. A total of RM1.3 million collected by Vipasana to various charity organizations since 2006.

Today’s event is the handover of another unit of Class A ambulance to St John Ambulance. This current unit is a commuter type which is much bigger for long distance travelling and it is the first commuter ambulance for St John Ambulance Malaysia, Penang Branch.

The project to purchase a Class A fully equipped commuter ambulance has took Koleksi Vipasana approximately 2 years to realize. Funds were raised through direct donations from the devotees of Kruba Akliyachat, customers and friends. The total amount collected was RM 300,000. This has shown that Penang people care. I was told that all donations were made payable to St John, directly and solely for such purpose without deducting a single cent for their expenses and as for today’s function, all expenses are fully borne by Koleksi Vipasana.

Let me congratulate St John Ambulance Malaysia, Penang Branch to have another fully equipped new ambulance to serve the communities of Penang and also to take over the service and maintenance of this ambulance.

I hope more organizations will come out with more ambulances to help the St John Ambulance Malaysia Rescue team to carry out their job and duty to the community.

The Penang State Government advocates a caring society to look after the welfare of the poor, weak, defenseless and disadvantaged. The state government spent RM 287 million in cash aid and disbursements since 2008 or 12% of our annual budget surpluses since 2008. In fact the Penang state government recorded RM 453 million in budget surpluses over a 6 year period from 2008-2013. This is bigger than the RM 373 million in accumulated surpluses over 50 years from 1957-2007. In other words, the Penang State Government's performance over the last 6 years is better than the previous 50 years.

Let the work of Vipasana be a part of our efforts towards transforming Penang into an international and intelligent city – where our community work and charitable efforts must also scale world-class standards. Let there be no doubt that the state government appreciates your efforts especially in putting others before self. Individually, we became a more complete person when our society is better.

With active non-NGOs like Vipasana, I believe that we can work together to aid the underprivileged. Together, we can create unity, tolerance, social justice and equal opportunities for all, in order to achieve a more sustainable and promising future. Penang as liveable city that is clean, green, safe and healthy is ideal for those with energy, expertise and entrepreneurship.

Thank you.