Teng Chang Yeow Should Answer Why He Opposes 2 Runways For An Established International Airport Like Penang When Kedah Can Seek RM 1.6 Billion To Build An Entirely New 3rd Kedah International Airport In Kulim

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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 25.6.2014.
 
Teng Chang Yeow Should Answer Why He Opposes 2 Runways For An Established International Airport Like Penang When Kedah Can Seek RM 1.6 Billion To Build An Entirely New 3rd  Kedah International Airport In Kulim.

Penang BN Chairman Teng Chang Yow should not try to distract attention but answer questions as to the real Penang BN position when he opposes but yet Penang UMNO supports Kedah Mentri Besar (MB) Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir’s proposal to build a new international airport in Kulim, Kedah. More importantly, Teng should answer the question why he opposes 2 runways for an established international airport like Penang when Kedah can seek RM 1.6 billion to build an entirely new 3rd  Kedah International Airport in Kulim with 2 runways.
 
Mukhriz had said the RM 1.6 billon costs included land acquisition, the building of basic infrastructure of the airport and two runways. Mukhriz further said that the Penang International Airport had reached its maximum capacity in 2 years and its one runway showed limited capacity to accommodate more aircraft. 
 
However instead of building a 2nd runway, a new integrated air cargo hub and a Maintenance Repair and Overhaul or MRO facility for Penang that costs RM600 million, BN is more intent on spending RM 1.6 billon for a completely new airport in the middle of the jungle in Kulim, Kedah. Like Teng, Mukhriz had said it was not easy for Penang airport to have a second runway as the factories were located near it, adding the suggestion of sea reclamation to extend the runway was “easier said than done”.
 
The Penang state government disagrees strongly with the intention of the BN Federal government to neglect and bypass Penang for Kedah. Clearly this is seen as a undemocratic and vindictive punitive action against Penang for supporting PR with the largest  mandate of 68% of the popular votes in the 2013 general elections.
 
Instead of addressing these questions on why he opposes the 2nd airport runway for Penang and what is BN Penang’s real stand when UMNO Penang takes a contradictory position from Teng, Teng has decided to focus on irrelevant and petty issues. Penang is proud of what we had achieved in making Penang as a location of choice of investors. For the 6 year period under PR rule from 2008-2013, Penang recorded an investment of RM 40,049 million which is nearly double BN’s total 6 year figures from 2002-7 of RM 21,095 million.
 
And yet BN criticize the state government for any drop in investments last  year but when investments go up the following year, BN claims credit instead. Let the people of Penang decide whether it is for BN to blame the state government when investment goes down but then forget to praise the state government but claim credit when investment rises. Instead, it is the 1.6 million Penangites that should claim the credit for Penang’s success as the top investment state in Malaysia.
 
For BN to question falling investor confidence in Penang is at best ignorant and at worst a pretence of being unaware that Temasek Holdings had just signed a joint-venture agreement to develop a High Technology Industrial Park valued at RM11.3 billion for the manufacturing and services sector. BN should drop all pretence and concede that PR performed much better during our 6 years in power with RM40,049 million in investments as compared to the BN’s previous 6 years of RM 21,095 million.
 
I have no interest in Teng;s tactics of politicizing investment figures by even questioning the answers provided by the Prime Minsiter Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Parliament. The Penang state government has received little to no cooperation from federal government agencies. There is even no replies to our formal letters on many issues. For this reason, we are forced to rely on parliamentary questions. Unfortunately even Parliamentary questions sometimes elicit very little information.
 
For this reason, when viewed within the context of Penang operating practically on our own, Penang’s achievement as the top investment location in Malaysia is more remarkable. The challenges for Penang will only increase with Kedah now openly using its political connections with the Federal government to undermine Penang’s competitiveness.
 
Even though Kedah is not in the picture at all nationally or regionally in terms of investments, Penang is not afraid of competing with another new international airport in Kulim, but on a level playing field by giving us an additional runway, integrated air cargo facility and MRO hub. The question is whether Teng and UMNO Penang will support Penang’s International Airport upgrade expansion proposals with deeds rather than empty words to compete fairly with the proposed new international airport in Kulim.

 
LIM GUAN ENG

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槟州首席部长林冠英于2014年6月25日在乔治市光大发表声明:
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邓章耀应该解释清楚,当吉打寻求16亿令吉在居林兴建州内的第三座新国际机场时,为何他却反对槟国际机场扩建至两条跑道。
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槟州国阵主席邓章耀不应转移视线,而是老实地告诉大家,为何当他反对在居林兴建一座全新的国际机场之际,槟城巫统却支持吉打州务大臣拿督斯里慕克里的这项计划?更重要的是,邓章耀应该解释清楚,当吉打寻求16亿令吉在居林兴建拥有两条跑道的第三座新国际机场时,为什么他却反对槟国际机场扩建至两条跑道。
 
慕克里说,有关新机场的16亿令吉造价,包含了土地征用、机场基建以及两条跑道的费用。慕克里也提及,槟国际机场再过两年就会达到客流承载量的极限,而其仅有的一条跑道局限了它承载更多客机的可能。

即便在槟国际机场增建新一条跑道、综合空运设施,以及一座航空保养、维修及检查中心,仅需6亿令吉,不过国阵却意图耗费更多钱,用高达16亿令吉在居林一片丛林中央,换取一座全新的机场。慕克里的说辞和邓章耀同出一辙,即槟机场不容易兴建第二条跑道,因为附近都被工厂包围了。至于填海索地,根本就是“说易行难”。
 
槟州政府强烈反对国阵联邦政府刻意舍槟城取吉打的行为,明显的,这是一项针对槟城人的惩罚行为,因为槟城人在2013年全国普选时,鼎力支持民联,使民联获得68%的选票,进而续任政府。国阵若因此斗气式的惩处槟城人,是非常不服民主精神的。

邓章耀理应回答,为何他反对槟机场增建新跑道?同时他也要告诉大家,为什么槟巫统和他的立场背道而驰,那槟国阵真正的立场到底是什么?但目前来看,邓章耀选择以无关痛痒的事情来转移视线,企图避重就轻。槟州深感自豪,因为已经成了投资者的选择。在民联执政后的2008年至2013年,槟州获得的有记录投资额为400亿4900万令吉。这个数字是国阵在2002年至2007年执政槟州时所带来的210亿9500万令吉的近乎一倍。然而,现在国阵因去年投资额下跌而批评槟民联政府,但来年要是上升了,他们准会来邀功。就让全体槟城人来决定是否让国阵在投资额下跌时责备民联政府,可是,当投资额上升时,不但没有称赞州政府,还跑过来邀功。说实在,槟城攀升至全国投资额第一名,真正的功劳乃属160万个槟城人。

国阵质疑外资对槟城的信心下滑,是不是故意不看淡马锡控股刚和槟城签署合约,共同发展价值113亿令吉高科技科学园区内的制造业及服务业?国阵应该丢开所有借口与成见,承认民联执政以来吸引的投资额达400亿4900万令吉,远比国阵在之前六年执政槟州时所带来的210亿9500万令吉,表现得更好。

邓章耀在首相于国会上给予的数据上大作文章,我对于邓政治化这些问题不感兴趣。槟州政府向来只获得少部分联邦政府机构的合作与配合,有时候我们去函询问某些课题,甚至连回应都没有。基于这个问题,我们唯有寻求在国会上获得答案,可悲的是,有时国会的答案资料也十分不足。 职是之故,在槟城自力更生的脉络下审视我们获得全国投资额的第一,将更显弥足珍贵。现在,吉打运用其和联邦政府的政治连接,促使降低槟城的竞争力,会是我们槟城的一大挑战。

在投资一事上,吉打于全国或区域上称不上是焦点,槟城也并不害怕和居林的新机场竞争,但在公平竞争的前提下,请让我们得以增建新一条跑道、综合空运设施,以及一座航空保养、维修及检查中心。现在的问题是,邓章耀或槟巫统会不会给予实际的支持?

槟城以197亿令吉,创下我国吸引外资排行榜的榜首

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槟州首席剖长林冠英于2014年6月23日在槟城乔治市光大发表的声明:

首相拿督斯里纳吉于2013年10月22日在国会下议院口头回答古晋国会议员张健仁的提问时,明确指出:从2010年至2013年8月为止,槟城以197亿令吉,创下我国吸引外资排行榜的榜首。

这是白纸黑字的官方数据,更是首相正式在国会殿堂给予的答复,槟城政府在这方面完全没有蒙骗的成份(国会的口头问答副本,请参考附件)。

槟州国阵主席邓章耀口口声声说槟州政府或我本身所提供的数据有误导人民之嫌,难道邓章耀是在说首相骗人吗?

邓章耀在过去数天引述的数据,没有人知道他想要证明些什么。正当大家在讨论吉打居林是否应增建新机场一事时,邓章耀所列出的所谓投资数据内,根本没有吉打在内,只是在提雪州、柔费新山等,那他到底想要表达什么呢?新机场又不是要在这两个地方建起。

邓章耀这边厢说反对居林建新机场,可是槟州巫统却与他这个槟州国阵主席唱反调,力挻吉打居林建新机场。到底槟州国阵是邓章耀一个人的决定,还是集体的决定?槟州巫统在此事上有不同立场,邓章耀是否敢采取行动对付槟城巫统呢?

兜转了一大圈,邓章耀现在反过来说他支持扩建槟城国际机场、综合空运设施,以及一个航空保养、维修及检查中心一事,那他是否应该正式地写信给联邦政府,要求提升槟城国际机场的事呢?

邓说我敲错门不应找首相署部长依德利斯,而事实上,是负责政府转型计划的依德利斯在草拟大槟城蓝图时,找上槟州,我们甚至派员参与了为期3周的试验室计划,可是迄今毫无下文。

民政党领袖不只咬文嚼字和指鹿为马,更不敢面对巫统,难怪在上届大选,会被人民拒绝。

 

林冠英

If Teng Chang Yeow Is Opposed To The Penang International Airport’s Expansion, Then He Should Explain How Is The Interests Of Penang Best Served By No Airport Expansion?

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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 21.6.2014.

If Teng Chang Yeow Is Opposed To The Penang International Airport’s Expansion, Then He Should Explain How Is The Interests Of Penang Best Served By No Airport Expansion?

The Penang state government regrets the irresponsible and continued misrepresentation made by opposition BN in blaming the Pakatan Rakyat state government for not having any proper or long-term planning for the Penang international airport that resulted in the Kedah state government asking for a new international airport to be built in Kulim. 5 facts must be stated here.

One, it is the Federal government and not the Penang state government that owns, operates and regulates the Penang International Airport. The Penang state government has no choice but to comply with the Transport Ministry on any expansion plans which are solely decided by them. During the last RM 250 million Penang International airport expansion project, contractors were appointed by the Transport Ministry and the state government has no say and was never consulted. And yet, BN continues to blame the Penang state government for the shameful flooding at the Penang International Airport. Is BN also going to blame the Penang state government for the airport roof leaking every time it rains or the dirty toilets?

Two, Penang BN Chair Teng Chang Yeow opposes the building of a new international airport in Kulim that is supported by Penang UMNO. This conflicting position between Teng and UMNO Penang is confusing. Can Teng and UMNO get its act together, meet and decide what is the actual and consistent position of BN Penang? Does Penang UMNO’s or Teng’s position represents BN Penang’s position?

Three, priority should be given to expanding the Penang International Airport to two runways, an integrated air cargo hub and a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul(MRO) facility. This is not only cheaper at RM600 million compared to building a new international airport in Kulim costing at least RM2 billion. It is also more productive and economically feasible to leverage on Penang’s position as a world-class electrical and electronic cluster, manufacturing hub, tourism destination and services sector.

Four, economic figures show that Penang International Airport has been annually the second or the third busiest passenger airport in Malaysia for the last 6 years due to Penang’s strong tourist arrivals and health tourism. The Penang air cargo facility is also the top two most profitable in Malaysia. Penang is also No.1 in terms of foreign direct investment (FDI) from 2010 to August 2013 with RM 19.7 billion or nearly 20% of Malaysia’s total FDI. As FDIs focus on exports, there is huge potential for future increasing volumes in air cargo. Further the growing services industry in Penang promises exciting possibilities and opportunities which can benefit the establishment of an integrated air cargo hub and a MRO facility, since there is none in the northern region. It is untrue for Teng to claim that the services industry alone with the existing companies of Wilmar, HIS and Citigroup which was set up after 2010 justifies the need for two runways. The strong growth in the 3 sectors of manufacturing FDI, services and tourism justify the need for an expansion airport upgrade.

Finally, it is not true that the state government has not followed up with the Federal government or has no more available land. Around 60 acres of land was first acquired near the airport after 2008 and with sea reclamation, there is between 300-500 acres for any future expansion needs of the Penang International Airport. Bear in mind that the RM250 million airport expansion project commenced after PR took power in 2008. After that, the state government has numerous discussions with the Federal government, especially Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Idris Jala, without any conclusive action.

The growing congestion at the Penang International Airport has resulted in public complaints that the domestic departure lounge looks at times look like a “pasar malam”. Last year there were 5.5 million passengers and is expected to reach the enforced maximum capacity of 6.5 million passengers by next year. An expansion is urgently needed.

It is regrettable that Teng opposes the Penang state government’s request for expansion of the Penang International Airport to 2 runways, an integrated air cargo facility and a MRO hub. If Teng is opposed to the Penang International Airport’s expansion, then he should explain how is the interests of Penang best served by no airport expansion?

 
LIM GUAN ENG


槟州首席部长林冠英於2014年6月21日在光大发表声明:

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若邓章耀执意反对扩建槟国际机场,那他必须说服槟城人,为何维持现状对槟城人最好?

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对于槟州国阵三番四次发表不负责言论,扭曲并批评槟州民联政府,指我们在槟国际机场上没有长远计划,导致吉打州政府要求在居林兴建一座全新的国际机场一事,槟州政府委实感到遗憾。兹列下五点声明,以正视听。

第一,槟国际机场的拥有权及营运权归联邦政府所属,非槟州政府所能控制。交通部掌握大权,他们若决定了任何计划,槟州政府别无选择,唯有跟从。以上次耗资2亿5000万令吉的槟国际机场扩建计划为例,交通部在过程中全权主导,包括任命承包商等,槟州政府在这项计划上从未被咨询,自然也没有办法影响决定。即便如此,当机场出现令人羞耻的淹水事件,国阵就一直对着槟民联政府穷追猛打。接下来,当机场再出现漏水、厕所肮脏的时候,国阵是不是又要把所有的帐都算在民联政府的头上?

第二,槟州巫统支持在居林兴建一座国际机场,与此同时,身为槟州国阵主席的邓章耀却公然反对这项建议,两者之间的矛盾冲突,实在令人困扰。到底槟州巫统的意见代表槟州国阵,还是邓章耀说了算?看来邓章耀与巫统有必要坐下来好好谈出共识,贯彻槟国阵的真正立场。

第三,在居林兴建一座新机场至少要耗资20亿令吉,而在槟国际机场增建新一条跑道、综合空运设施,以及一个航空保养、维修及检查中心,则仅需6亿令吉。以经济层面来看,提升槟国际机场更有效率,因为槟城已是世界级的电子群聚、制造中心、旅游景点以及服务中心。

第四,经济数据显示,过去六年来,随着州内旅游业及医药旅游的强劲成长,槟国际机场载客率已是国内第二、第三繁忙的机场。而槟州航空货运亦是国内前两名最赚钱的。不要忘记,槟州的外来直接投资额是大马之最,从2010年至2013年8月期间,槟州共吸引了197亿令吉,约为国内总投资额的两成。外来投资商十分重视出口,显而易见,未来我们的货物空运必定很有潜能大幅度的成长。

除此之外,州内强打“无限可能与机会”的服务业走势凌厉,势必对于建设综合空运设施,以及航空保养、维修及检查中心一事予以加值的作用。既然现在北马尚未出现类似的中心,那更应该在槟城落实此项计划。邓章耀单以威尔玛、IHS及2010年进驻的花旗集团概括服务业,指它们需要两条跑道是不正确的。外来投资制造业、服务业及旅游业三个领域的强势成长,才是提升、扩建机场的王道。

最后,说我们没有向联邦政府跟进,或是没有土地,这是不正确的指控。2008年槟民联执政后,槟国际机场曾进行一次价值2亿5000万令吉的提升工程,当时有关方面填海索地,扩建范围达60公顷。我们也预留了300至500公顷的空间,给槟国际机场未来扩建所需。此后,槟民联政府亦多次和联邦政府洽谈,特别是首相署部长拿督依德理斯,但始终没有进展。

日益拥挤的槟国际机场,已经被游客屡次投诉,国内班机的出境等候室更被形容为“夜市场”。去年,这机场共有550万乘客,预计明年就会达到承载量的极限,即650万人。由此可见,扩建机场已是迫在眉睫的需求。

邓章耀反对扩建槟国际机场,让机场得以增建新一条跑道、综合空运设施,以及一个航空保养、维修及检查中心一事,我深感遗憾。若邓章耀执意反对,那他必须说服槟城人,为何维持现状对槟城人最好?

林冠英

OXA’s 90th Anniversary

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Speech by YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang at the OXA’s 90th Anniversary – Trader’s Hotel Penang at 7pm 21st June 2014

First, I wish to congratulate the Old Xaverians’ Association on occasion of its 90th anniversary. I am pleased to be here tonight to join all of you in celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the Old Xaverians’ Association. Like its Alma Mater, St Xavier’s Institution which recently celebrated its 160th Anniversary in 2012, the Old Xaverians’ Association has an important role in not only promoting friendship and closer unity among the former students of SXI but also with the community of Penang.

The Old Xaverians’ Association’s initiative in the formation of the Malaysia Federation of La Sallian Alumni Associations in 1976 is indeed an outstanding achievement by your Association and a step towards safeguarding the interest and the development and progress of La Sallian education institutions. I am overwhelmed by your Association’s 90 colourful years history since its inception in 1924 where it has promoted the Xaverian spirit of friendship and cooperation irrespective of race and religion.

The La Sallian education system, under the guidance of the La Sallian Brothers, not only provides academic education but also inculcates the spirit of friendship and also the charitable spirit which is evident by your Association’s annual donations to the various charities and to your Alma Mater, St. Xavier’s Institution.

The giving of education grants to your Association’s Junior Members who pursue further education in institutions of higher learning is another exemplary attribute of your good Corporate Social Responsibility.

Lastly I congratulate Old Xaverians’ Association for its achievement in its 90 years of existence and hope that Old Xaverians’ Association shall continue to go from strength to strength to make further contributions for the benefit of the people of Penang. In the spirit of the motto of St Xavier’s Institution, “Labor Omnia Vincit” which means “Labour Conquers All “, let us work hard together towards excellence especially transforming Penang into an international and intelligent city.
 
Thank you.