GDVT Engagement with the Industry

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang
GDVT Engagement with the Industry

17 June 2016
PSDC ,Penang


On the 18th of September last year, the State Government signed a RM2 million – Penang State Government sponsorship agreement with the Penang Skills and Development Centre (PSDC), to finance the German Dual Vocational Training (GDVT) programme in Penang.

Today, I am very pleased to announce that the programme has been successfully embraced by the manufacturing industry. The manufacturing industry's participation is crucial if we are to succeed in deepening the talent pool for middle managers. German Vocational Training (GDVT) is the best in the world and we are proud to be able to bring it to Penang.

While many businesses in Penang are primarily export focused, many Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) are not. However, SMEs are part of the ecosystem that makes Penang such a powerful industrial cluster. So, in order to remain competitive, businesses have to continue to invest in capital and in talent. Therefore, I am proud to say that the State Government’s sponsorship is open to all companies in Penang, irrespective of whether it is a SME or an MNC. However, only Malaysian students will qualify for the sponsorship and preference will be given to Penangites.

Ladies and gentlemen

Through our website PENANGGDVT.COM, those who are interested can apply online for the programme, and their CVs and personal data will be forwarded to the participating companies. With this, we want to ensure, that the GDVT partner companies have direct access to highly talented trainees in Malaysia that they require.

I am proud to say, that less than a year after signing the sponsorship agreement, we have over 120 students enrolled in current and future batches for our Mechatronics programme. I am also pleased that the success has proven the need for a second programme, which is currently in its approval stages at a federal level. The programme "Precision Machining" is likely to start in September this year.

Ladies and gentlemen.

The German Dual Vocational Training programme in Penang is truly unique within the Malaysian educational system. While being hired by the training company as a regular staff with a monthly salary at the minimum wage of RM1000, the students get trained concurrently at the training institution to enhance their theoretical knowledge. In other words, these fortunate students are paid to study – the tuition fees paid by the State Government and the GDVT companies. In practice, this means that trainees will benefit greatly from the practical exposure primarily from the training and experiences of their senior colleagues, applying their knowledge immediately. As specialists in their own field, they will be able to attract higher pay.

Once again I would like to repeat my encouragement to our local SMEs in becoming a vocational training company along with MNCs.

Ladies and Gentlemen.

Penang's unemployment rate is one of the lowest in Malaysia at 1.5% as at 2014, well below the natural rate of unemployment of 4%. This shows that the labour market in Penang has been very competitive.

I would now like to encourage you here today to share your thoughts and concerns regarding the GDVT programme.

Again, I would like to thank the PSDC very much for organizing this forum here today and all participating companies. Please be assured, that the GDVT programme has the State Government's full support. Let us work together with the Penang State Government and Multi National Corporations (MNCs) together with SMEs as “GDVT corporations” to make our labour force competitive so that Penang remains the premier location to invest, learn, live, work and play. The mere association with being ‘Trained in Penang’ will brand Penang and open up many opportunities.

Thank you.

Briefing On Penang Economic Outlook And Penang Transport Master Plan

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KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE PENANG CHIEF MINISTER
RT. HONOURABLE MR. LIM GUAN ENG

BRIEFING ON PENANG ECONOMIC OUTLOOK AND PENANG TRANSPORT MASTER PLAN

Auditorium A, Level 5, KOMTAR
13th June 2015

A warm thank you to the emcee for the kind introduction and a very good morning – or “Ohayōgozaimasu” [‘good morning’ in Japanese] to our special guests from Japan.

First of all, welcome to Malaysia. We are very pleased to host this morning’s briefing on Penang’s economic outlook and the Penang Transport Master Plan.

1. Japan has one of the most impressive & efficient public transportation systems in the world, especially well-known for its high-technology “shinkansen” trains that can run at speeds of up to 320kmph. Even more amazing is its maglev technology trains that run at almost double the speed of “shinkansen”. I am informed that emphasis on punctuality is never compromised, with the average delay per train on the Tokaido Shinkansen was a mere 6 seconds in 2013.

2. I am also particularly captivated with Japan’s rapid growth strategy which involved land creation by the sea though reclamation. In order to create more space, land reclamation was carried out to great effect in the past decades directly resulting in the birth of the third biggest economy in the world by nominal GDP and the world's second largest developed economy.

3. Among its most recent reclamation projects include the fully-reclaimed Kansai International Airport, and Yokohama city’s Hakkeijima and Wakayama Marina City.

4. While being a top international player in transit technology, Japan is also no stranger to road construction. According to the Japan Statistical Yearbook 2015, Japan in April 2012 had approximately 1.215 million km of roads!

Ladies & Gentlemen,

5. Governed by the CAT principle of “Competency, Accountability and Transparency “since the Penang Government came into power in 2008, Penang has transformed itself into the 8th most liveable cities in Asia as well as one of the leading states in Malaysia.

6. Penang is first in Malaysia to practice the “Open Tender” for public procurement in 2008 – as part of CAT administration. As a result, we were complimented by the Auditor General Malaysia and singled out for praise by Transparency International for our fair & transparent open tender government procurement system.

Ladies & Gentlemen,

7. Today, Penang is Malaysia’s most industrialised state with more than 95% of our GDP derived from manufacturing and services. Even though Penang is the 2nd smallest State in Malaysia making up only 5.5% of Malaysia’s population and less than 0.5% of its land mass, we are certainly a force to be reckoned with by contributing 7.4% to the nation’s GDP in 2014, 7% of the total port container traffic and 12.3% of foreign tourist arrivals.

8. Penang also contributes about 22% of Malaysia’s balance of trade surplus in 2014. Our economic growth rate is expected to be 6.2% this year despite the travails of the present economic climate.


9. Penang is an open economy and a favourite destination for foreign investors. From 2008 to 2014, we managed to achieve RM48.2 billion (1.8 trillion Yen) worth of investments, which is 93% higher than the RM24.9 billion (946 billion Yen) invested from 2001 to 2007.

10. Penang was recognised by UNIDO Industrial Development Report 2009 as top 10 dynamic industrial cluster locations in the world to have demonstrated a successful manufacturing experience among developing economies. For example, Intel runs one of their global R&D hubs in Penang with over 2,000 local engineers doing R&D alone, and Penang was Intel’s first offshore manufacturing facility, set up back in the 1970s. Besides, Citibank runs their global credit transaction services from Penang with an annual transaction value of USD7.2 trillion.

11. If we can fulfil Citigroup needs, Penang can indeed be one of the future global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Hubs. We are also the main medical tourism hub in Malaysia and houses the regional headquarters for B Braun, the German medical device company.

12. Japanese companies also have long established their presence in the E&E cluster in Malaysia, primarily the consumer electronics segments such as the manufacture of colour television receivers and multitude of audio visual products. The consumer electronics segment contributed 0.9% of the total E&E sector in Malaysia in year 2013.

13. Total Japanese investments in the manufacturing sector in Malaysia touched RM101 billion in 2015. In fact, Japan was Malaysia’s largest foreign investor in 2014 with RM10.9 billion approved investments. With the growing interest towards Malaysia, Japanese companies are actively engaging with MIDA with the intent to locate their hub for regional operations and offices here – so let me say this – “Come to Penang”.

14. Penang with our world-recognised E&E hub, ready talent pool, quality land and excellent infrastructure will be able to accommodate your needs, especially so when the Penang South Reclamation scheme involving offshore reclamation of 4,500 acres is implemented in very near future.

15. Personally, I myself have led Investment Promotion and Mission to Japan in 2012 together with InvestPenang – the State investment promotion arm – to enhance visibility and further promote Penang as the location of choice for Japanese investors; and strengthen ties with Japanese companies in Japan to attract new investments and reinvestments in Penang.

Ladies & Gentlemen,
16. We are pleased to share that since my administration took over the State, our cash reserves have increased by 50% and our debt has been reduced by 90%, budget surpluses recorded annually since we took over the state government in 2008. We spend up to 12% on our annual budget on these socially inclusive programs.

17. Further the low unemployment rate is translated to households in Penang enjoying household income growth of 7.6% annually between 2012 and 2014. As a result of these progressive policies, our Gini Coefficient has been reduced from 0.42 in 2009 to 0.37 in 2012, an improvement of 11% over 3 years. Comparably, Japan’s Gini Coefficient of income inequality was at 0.32, close to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) average of 0.31 in the mid-2000s.


18. Penang has a thriving E&E sector, rising tourism industry and a UNESCO World Heritage status. Penang is also a green state and we are committed to make Penang the first bicycle and green state in Malaysia en-route to being the premier destination to invest, learn, work, play and eat.

Ladies & Gentlemen,

19. Besides solving Penang’s traffic woes, the PTMP will also uplift economic dynamism in the state to far greater heights via land reclamation. It will create a new strategic commercial hub known as Smart City and will divert development pressure away from the overcrowded area surrounding George Town. Most importantly, the PTMP will be independently funded by the sale of reclaimed land belonging to the State Government.

20. I firmly believe, a sustainable development like the PTMP and SRS will propel Penang’s standing as one of Asia’s most liveable cities.

21. I would like to share a Japanese saying, “Chansu wa jibun de tsukuru mono” meaning “You create your own opportunities”. I strongly believe things won’t come to you. You have to go to them. Face obstacles? You still need to get up. You need to go. Or, you can choose to sit here and wait for help.

22. With the PTMP and SRS – we are doing just that – creating unlimited opportunities for future generations of Penangites.

23. I would like to end this speech by urging our Japanese delegates today to consider the many investment opportunities available arising from the PTMP and SRS – from construction, manufacturing, healthcare, industrial products, Smart Home technology, education, property development and even the Malaysia My Second Home Programme.

24. My sincere appreciation for your presence today. I was informed the delegation will be taken for a tour of the Bayan Lepas LRT alignment and the southern coast future SRS reclamation site, may you have a safe and fruitful visit.

25. “Doumo arigatou gozaimasu” or “Thank you very much”.

 

Majlis Pelantikan Ahli Majlis Pengangkutan Negeri Pulau Pinang (Penang Transport Council - PTC)

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UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG
SEMPENA MAJLIS PELANTIKAN AHLI MAJLIS PENGANGKUTAN
NEGERI PULAU PINANG
(PENANG TRANSPORT COUNCIL - PTC)

14 JUN 2016
DI DEWAN BOSCH KOMPLEKS MASYARAKAT PENYAYANG

 

Pertama sekali saya ingin mengucapkan tahniah dan syabas kepada Kerajaan Negeri melalui Bahagian Kerajaan Tempatan, Pejabat Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang di atas kejayaan menganjurkan Majlis Pelantikan Ahli Majlis Pengangkutan Negeri Pulau Pinang.

Majlis Pengangkutan Negeri atau Penang Transport Council PTC telah mula ditubuhkan pada tahun 2009 dengan keanggotaan seramai 15 orang ahli. Tujuan asal penubuhan PTC adalah untuk menangani masalah kesesakan lalu lintas di Negeri Pulau Pinang yang mana melibatkan tiga (3) cabaran utama negeri iaitu Cleanliness, Congestion and Crime ataupun Kebersihan, Kesesakan Lalulintas dan Keselamatan Awam. Masalah kebersihan dan keselamatan awam mulai diatasi dengan Pulau Pinang menjadi lebih bersih dan mencatatkan pengurangan kadar jenayah di antara yang terbesar di Malaysia.

Kesesakan trafik terus menjadi cabaran besar. Inilah sebabnya PTC ditubuhkan. PTC juga turut berperanan memberi khidmat nasihat berkaitan dasar pengurusan lalu lintas dan pengangkutan di Pulau Pinang. Pencapaian utama PTC adalah penghasilan Kajian Pelan Induk Pengangkutan Pulau Pinang – Transport Master Plan (TMP) yang mana telah dijadikan sebagai dokumen rasmi Kerajaan Negeri pada 23 Mac 2013.

Transport Master Plan bernilai RM27 bilion yang merupakan projek infrastruktur kedua besar dalam sejarah Malaysia akan menjadi pemangkin pertumbuhan ekonomi selama 50 tahun sehingga 2065 yang boleh mengubah wajah Pulau Pinang sebaik ia siap pada 2030.

Transport Master Plan juga akan membolehkan impian Pulau Pinang terjelma - dengan memberikan kita kebebasan daripada kesesakan lalulintas yang akan membuka peluang saksama, mencapai potensi masing-masing dan melindungi masa depan anak-anak kita.

Pada hari ini, kita akan memperlihatkan penubuhan pelantikan ahli PTC sebanyak 36 orang menjadikan keseluruhan Ahli PTC sebanyak 54 orang. Tempoh pelantikan ini akan tamat pada 30 September 2017. Terdapat muka-muka baru daripada pihak NGO, parti pembangkang dan ADUN yang akan dilantik pada hari ini bersesuaian dengan terma rujukan dan fungsi-fungsi PTC yang telah ditambah baik. PTC secara dasarnya berfungsi untuk memantau, meneliti dan mengkoordinasi projek-projek pengangkutan awam di Negeri Pulau Pinang.

Sehingga kini, Kerajaan Negeri mempunyai perancangan pelaksanaan projek-projek iaitu:

1) Pelaksanaan Pelan Induk Pengangkutan – Alternatif Transport Master Plan oleh SRS Consortium Sdn Bhd
2) Pembinaan jaringan jalan raya dan Terowong Dasar Laut – Undersea Tunnel (Third Link) oleh Consortium Zenith-BUCG Sdn Bhd

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan,

Kerajaan Negeri pada sidang media 14 Ogos 2015 yang lalu telah menerima surat setuju terima daripada SRS Consortium Sdn Bhd. SRS Consortium Sdn Bhd akan melaksanakan keseluruhan TPM yang meliputi pembinaan jajaran Light Rail Transit (LRT), Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Tram dan jaringan lebuh raya serta jalan raya di seluruh negeri Pulau Pinang. Pembinaan-pembinaan ini meliputi kawasan-kawasan yang telah dikenal pasti sewaktu kajian TMP oleh pakar perunding Halcrow dilaksanakan.

Pembinaan 3 jaringan jalan raya utama dan Terowong Dasar Laut atau Undersea Tunnel merupakan inisiatif Kerajaan Negeri dalam memastikan connectivity setiap kawasan di Negeri Pulau Pinang termasuk Seberang Perai Utara (SPU) selepas Seberang Perai Tengah (SPT) dan Seberang Perai Selatan (SPS) dihubungi dengan 2 jambatan.

Perlu ditegaskan bahawa TMP dibiayai sepenuhnya oleh Kerajaan Negeri menerusi land swap (gantian tanah) secara tambakan laut seluas 4,500 ekar tanpa sumbangan satu sen daripada Kerajaan Persekutuan. Kerajaan Negeri kesal apabila janji yang dibuat sebanyak 3 kali oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan untuk membina LRT dimungkiri sama sekali. Oleh itu, Kerajaan Negeri terpaksa menjalankan TMP dengan sendiri kerana enggan dicekik mati dengan masalah kesesakan trafik. Kerajaan Negeri faham dengan keresahan pelbagai pihak berhubung kesan tambakan laut.

Oleh itu, Kerajaan Negeri akan memastikan proses tambakan laut ini akan mengikut piawaian antarabangsa selain daripada mendapat kelulusan DEIA (Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment) sebelum dimulakan sepertimana yang diwajibkan oleh undang-undang. Tanpa tambakan laut, TMP tidak boleh dilaksanakan sama dengan cadangan untuk membina lebih banyak rumah atau projek pembesaran Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Pulau Pinang juga mungkin akan terjejas.

Ahli-ahli PTC bertanggungjawab memberikan pandangan atau cadangan atas dasar perancangan, konsep serta mengkoordinasi pelaksanaan TMP ini kelak. Dalam mesyuarat ini juga akan diadakan tiga pembentangan iaitu:

I. Pembentangan Pelaksanaan Pelan Induk Pengangkutan Pulau Pinang oleh Ir. Lim Thean Heng
II. Pembentangan Penilaian Tender RFP-PIP oleh Syarikat Perunding KPMG
III. Pembentangan berkaitan status terkini Pelan Induk Pengangkutan Pulau Pinang oleh SRS Consortium
Akhir kata, saya mengucapkan tahniah kepada ahli PTC yang dilantik. Semoga tugas yang diamanahkan dilaksanakan dengan penuh tanggungjawab dan amanah.

Sekian, terima kasih.

 

Majlis Pelancaran Pengasingan Sisa Dipunca Di Paya Terubong

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TEKS UCAPAN
YAB LIM GUAN ENG
KETUA MENTERI NEGERI PULAU PINANG
SEMPENA
MAJLIS PELANCARAN PENGASINGAN SISA DIPUNCA
DI PAYA TERUBONG
PADA 12 JUN 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 Paya Terubong. Terlebih dahulu, saya ingin merakamkan penghargaan kepada YB Yeoh Soon Hin 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.