THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AGEING (ICA) 2019

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KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AGEING (ICA) 2019

7 MARCH 2019 (10.30 AM)
EASTIN HOTEL, PENANG

 

THE FUTURE IS NOW: FOSTERING SOCIAL COMMITMENT FOR THE ACTIVE AGEING COMMUNITY

Professor Datuk Dr. Asma binti Ismail
Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Professor Dr. Motoko Kotani
Executive Director of RIKEN

Professor Ir. Dr. Abdul Rahman Mohamed
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation, USM

Professor Dr. Ahmad Farhan Mohd Sadullah
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic & International, USM

Prof. Dr. Shaharum Shamsuddin & Professor Dr. Hiroshi Ohno
Coordinators of URICAS

Associate Professor Dr. Badrul Hisham Yahaya
Conference Chair

Principal Officers and Head of Departments of the University

Keynote and Invited Speakers, Conference Delegates, Organising Committees

Distinguished Guests

Members of the Media

Ladies and Gentlemen

First and foremost, I would like to particularly thank Professor Datuk Dr. Asma Ismail, Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia and the organising committee of the International Conference on Ageing (ICA) 2019 for inviting me to deliver the keynote address this morning.

The face of Malaysian society is changing with people living longer than ever before. Our country will have 6.3 million people above the age of 60 by 2040, making up 20 per cent of the population. The dramatic increase in average life expectancy was not anticipated by demographers, and it raises questions about how high the average life expectancy can realistically rise and about the potential length of the human lifespan. While some experts assume that life expectancy must be approaching an upper limit, data on life expectancies between 1840 and 2007 have shown a steady increase, averaging about three months of life per year.

Statistics show that although longevity today can extend well beyond the life expectancies of the past, quality of life is increasingly compromised with age, posing challenges for the elderly, their children and the community as a whole. Ageing is taking place alongside other broad social trends that will affect the lives of older people. Economies are globalizing, people are more likely to live in cities, and technology is evolving rapidly. Demographic and family changes mean there will be fewer older people with families to care for them. With declining support from families, society will need better information and tools to ensure the well-being of the world’s growing number of older citizens.

Malaysia has a few national policies in place to protect and safeguard the wellbeing of the elderly. Among them are the 1995 National Policy for Older Persons, the 1998 Plan of Action for Older Persons, National Health Policy on Ageing and National Family Policy. The goals of these policies are to empower not only individuals, but also families and communities to provide friendly services to older persons effectively and efficiently and to ensure that the environment for the elderly and surrounding are supportive enough to enhance the wellbeing of the elderly. Most importantly, under the National Family Policy, we emphasize on ‘Family Well-Being’ that is based on family values such as love, caring, honesty, justice and equity

As such, Malaysia has taken the initiatives to ensure that the elderly continues participating and contributing in the community. We have set up more than 45 centres in the country known as Pusat Aktiviti Warga Emas (PAWE), or Elderly Activity Centres to organise activities for the elderly and as avenues for the elderly to socialise with the community. Together with the Central Welfare Council of Peninsular Malaysia, we have established Mobile Care Services to care and attend to the elderly’s needs.

However, these uncertain times bring about a genuine opportunity to build a more efficient and cost-effective system of care, with the needs and desires of people as the centre of the decision-making process. As this important work continues, it will be critical to have an accurate understanding of the older population and their pending needs. The first fact sheets should describe the demographic and economic characteristics of the ageing population. Additionally, while older adults are more educated and may have more resources than previous generations, many will not have the income to make ends meet. About 39 percent of all Malaysians age 65 and older had incomes that were above the national poverty level, but less than what they needed to meet basic needs, including housing, food, transportation, and health care. This means that they are most likely struggling to get by. If these individuals are barely able to survive, how will they fare in the event that they require supportive services, such as care in a nursing facility or home health services, which are quite expensive? Many will be unable to pay for this care on their own for the duration that it is needed and may have to impoverish themselves and need to receive financial support.

In the midst of these demographic and economic shifts, the challenge in going forward will be to ensure that older adults can age where they choose to with the greatest degree possible. The information on the basic needs of our ageing population is a starting point in meeting that challenge. By raising public awareness of the pressing reality of these important issues, policy-makers can be mobilised to think about and plan for fulfilling potential future needs of the aged. This highlights the importance of working towards a more efficient and effective system of long-term services and supports which are poised to take on the increasing number of older adults who may draw on it, offering them the choices that would meet their needs and preferences.

On this note, it is with great pleasure that I declare open the International Conference on Ageing (ICA) 2019.

Thank you.

 

MAJLIS PERASMIAN DASAR KETERANGKUMAN GENDER

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UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI NEGERI PULAU PINANG 
SEMPENA MAJLIS PERASMIAN DASAR KETERANGKUMAN GENDER

7 Mac 2019
Auditorium A, Komtar

YB Chong Eng
Exco Pembangunan Wanita dan Keluarga, Keterangkuman Gender dan Agama Selain Islam

YB Heng Lee Lee
ADUN Berapit

YB Lim Siew Khim
ADUN Sungai Pinang

YB Muhamad Yusoff Bin Mohd Noor
ADUN Sungai Dua

Dato’ Azhar Bin Haji Arshad
Timbalan Setiausaha Kerajaan (Pembangunan)

Ahli-ahli Majlis MBPP dan MPSP

Wakil-wakil Bahagian PSUKPP, Jabatan dan Agensi Negeri

Dan para hadirin.

Salam sejahtera dan selamat pagi. Saya ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada para hadirin kerana menghadiri Majlis Pelancaran Dasar Keterangkuman Gender pada pagi ini.

Selaras dengan semangat Visi Penang2030, Dasar Keterangkuman Gender ini bertujuan untuk mengurangkan ketidaksamarataan gender dan meningkatkan kesedaran sivik masyarakat.

Saya juga ingin memaklumkan kepada para hadirin sekalian bahawa dasar ini merupakan dasar Kerajaan Negeri dan komitmen setiap lapis Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang amat diperlukan. Ini bermakna kita semua adalah pihak yang memainkan peranan yang amat penting bagi membantu untuk memastikan pelaksanaan dasar ini berjaya.

Pertama sekali, ianya menjadi tangggungjawab Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri (EXCO) untuk memastikan semua Ketua Jabatan/Agensi Kerajaan Negeri melaksanakan Dasar Keterangkuman Gender dalam MMK masing-masing. Ahli Majlis Mersyuarat Kerajaan Negeri juga perlu memaklumkan kepada Ketua Jabatan/Agensi dalam melaksanakan pembangunan kapasiti, pengumpulan SSD dan Gender Responsive and Participatory Budgeting (GRPB). EXCO juga bertanggungjawab untuk melakukan pemantauan dan menyediakan laporan berkenaan pelaksanaan Dasar Keterangkuman Gender untuk dilaporkan dalam mesyuarat EXCO kelak.

Kedua, semua jabatan dan agensi-agensi Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang mesti memastikan Dasar Keterangkuman Gender dilaksanakan dalam jabatan dan agensi masing-masing berdasarkan garis panduan yang disediakan. Ia merupakan tanggungjawab Ketua Jabatan dan Agensi untuk memberi kesedaran mengenai keterangkuman gender dalam jabatan mereka masing-masing dengan menjalankan program-program kesedaran serta pembangunan kapasiti.

Seterusnya, Ketua Jabatan dan Agensi hendaklah mengumpul (SDD) Sex Disaggregated Data dan mengimplementasikan GRPB dalam jabatan dan agensi-agensi masing-masing. Justeru itu, Gender Budgeting juga perlu dimasukkan dalam pekeliling belanjawan tahunan. Ketua Jabatan dan Agensi juga perlu menggunakan senarai semak gender (Gender Checklist) untuk memastikan perspektif gender dipertimbangkan dalam setiap perancangan projek, program dan dasar yang dilaksanakan.

Kerajaan Tempatan, iaitu Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP) dan Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP), harus dijadikan teladan dalam menyediakan belanjawan bersifat gender responsif dan program yang menggalakkan penyertaan rakyat.

Di sini, saya ingin mengambil kesempatan untuk mengucapkan tahniah kepada Kerajaan Tempatan kerana berjaya mengguna pakai GRPB dan senarai semak gender dalam pelaksanaan projek dan program mereka. Teruskan usaha baik ini dan saya menyeru agar pihak lain harus mengikut contoh ini dan meluaskan amalan ini ke seluruh Kerajaan Negeri.

Seterusnya, ahli-ahli majlis harus memperjuangkan keterangkuman gender di peringkat akar umbi dan memahami keperluan rakyat serta mengetahui cara terbaik untuk memberi manfaat kepada mereka. Mekanisme keterangkuman gender termasuk GRPB harus diguna pakai untuk memudahkan perancangan dan pembangunan di kawasan tempatan. Oleh itu, ahli-ahli majlis perlu melibatkan pemimpin masyarakat, seperti MPKK, JPWK dan RA, sebagai perantara dalam perancangan projek dan program yang akan dijalankan.

Akhirnya, untuk menjayakan dasar ini, pihak ADUN turut memainkan peranan yang penting dengan bertindak sebagai jurucakap bagi Dasar Keterangkuman Gender ini. ADUN bertanggungjawab untuk meningkatkan kesedaran orang ramai berkaitan kesaksamaan gender dengan memberikan mesej asas tentang anti-diskriminasi dalam KADUN masing-masing.

Seterusnya, ADUN-ADUN juga harus menggunakan Dasar Keterangkuman Gender sebagai salah satu cara untuk memastikan semua program harus dirancang dan dilaksanakan dengan mengambil kira perspektif gender. Saya menggesa semua ADUN supaya mengambil kesempatan ini di KADUN masing-masing untuk menyokong pelaksanaan GRPB dalam MPKK, JPWK, Persatuan Penduduk, dan organisasi tempatan.

Saya ingin menegaskan, bahawa kerjasama daripada setiap pemimpin dan individu dalam Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang amat diperlukan untuk menjayakan pelaksanaan Dasar Keterangkuman Gender ini.

Dalam masa terdekat ini, sesi pembangunan kapasiti akan diadakan dan pemimpin-pemimpin dan pihak-pihak pelaksana diwajibkan untuk menyertai sesi tersebut. Tujuan utama sesi pembangunan kapasiti adalah supaya anda akan lebih memahami peranan anda dengan lebih terperinci dan dapat merangka pelan tindakan dengan lebih jelas.

Akhir kata, Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang amat berbangga kerana dapat menjadi teladan dan inspirasi dalam usaha untuk mengurangkan jurang gender di Malaysia. Sesungguhnya, saya juga amat berharap sektor swasta dan pertubuhan bukan kerajaan akan mengikut langkah jabatan dan agensi-agensi Kerajaan Negeri dalam mengamalkan pendekatan yang sama.

Sekian, terima kasih.

 

 

PRESS CONFERENCE (PROCLAMATION CEREMONY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FIRST HOLIDAY INN & SUITES HOTEL AT SEBERANG PERAI, PENANG)

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE FOR PROCLAMATION CEREMONY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT

OF THE FIRST HOLIDAY INN & SUITES HOTEL AT SEBERANG PERAI, PENANG

6 March 2019

 

YB Chong Eng
State Executive Councillor for Women and Family Development, Gender Inclusiveness and Non-Islamic Religious Affairs

YB Soon Lip Chee
State Executive Councillor for Youth & Sports

YB Heng Lee
ADUN Berapit

YB Gooi Hsiao-Leung
ADUN Bukit Tengah

Ybhg. Dato’ Sr. Haji Rozali Bin Haji Mohamud
Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) President

Jonathan Freddy Bagang
Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) Penang Director

Ng Kock Leong
Exopuri Managing Director

Amy Tan
Exopuri Director

Serena Lim
InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) Vice President (Development) for Southeast Asia and Korea

Douglas Oh Aik Kim
Penal Solicitors

Baharudin Majid
Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Bhd (BPMB) Business Banking Head
Ir. Shahabuddin Bin Mohd Muhayidin
State JKR Director

Members of the Media, Ladies & Gentlemen

Firstly, I would like to congratulate Exopuri Group of Companies for the successful cooperation which have been formed with InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) that will result in the first International brand name hotel Holiday Inn & Suites in Seberang Perai, which is Holiday Inn Juru Sentral.

I applaud the foresightedness and business acumen of Mr Ng Kock Leong, Amy Tan and your Exopuri team and business partners but more so for your drive to make a difference and it is indeed a difference with far-reaching economic ripples to spur the growth of Juru and the southern part of Seberang Perai.

With a Gross Development Value (GDV) of RM280 million, the 35-storey four-star business class hotel with 288 rooms will not only stand out but will also be an outstanding structural indicator of how the future is like for booming Seberang Perai.

I have on many occasions stressed that the future of Penang lies in Seberang Perai, the mainland of the state. If we were to aim high enough and to see far enough, the fact remains that the vast opportunities for economic growth and income generator for Penang are in tourism and in the Meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE)-related industry.

The Penang state government through PDC has always placed focus on the economic integration between the island and mainland. This is clearly shown by the strategic steps taken by PDC since 1970 in selecting the location of township developments on the island in Bandar Bayan Baru and on the mainland in Bandar Seberang Jaya and the most recent Bandar Cassia in Batu Kawan.

The development of these townships which also includes industrial development areas have proven to be a major success for Penang and its people. The economic activities and its spillover effects has increased the employment level and also property values. Seberang Perai is now the new area of growth with residential and commercial projects.

PDC is also setting aside 1,500 acres of industrial development land known as Batu Kawan Industrial Park. To date, this industrial Park has successfully attracted some MNC-rated investors such as HP, Honda, Western Digital, Boston Scientific, Broadcom, Haemonetics, MAL, PKT, Vitrox, VAT, UWC, QDOS, Hotayi, Jabil, Inari, Micron and others.

What better way to further boost this economic generator with vast potential than to have a hotel with a brand name of international stature and a proven record of reliability with world class facilities to meet the needs of local and foreign tourists as well as the key players of the different industries when it comes to MICE. Holiday Inn Juru Sentral officially opens its doors for business in the fourth quarter of 2021 and I believe the anticipation for its opening ceremony is keenly felt by residents of Seberang Perai and the 500 employees who were offered jobs in your establishment.

I once again congratulate Exopuri Group of Companies and InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) for your joint effort in creating a difference here on the mainland of Penang. Your business endeavor compliments the state government’s intention of growing the MICE-related industry as well as setting a new benchmark for tourism products offered by Penang.

Thank you.