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.

 

大山脚明德正校宏源楼开幕典礼

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大山脚明德正校宏源楼开幕典礼

日期:2015228

时间:早上10

大家好。非常高兴今天再次出席明德正校宏愿楼开幕典礼,这是一场值得大家欢庆及骄傲的典礼。本人也感到十分荣幸到来为宏愿楼主持开幕,这是一场不简单的仪式,一场汇聚不少华社心血的开幕仪式。

今天是年初十,我要趁着这新春的美好时刻,恭祝槟州各界人士羊年大吉大利,羊年行好运。

回顾4年前,明德正校从槟岛旧学校的8位学生,至搬迁以来就迅速发展。目前已有600位学生。现在更有了这座(时尚)宏愿楼,且可堪称为最华丽的学校之一,我本身对此深感敬佩。董事会们在三年内发动2次的建校扩建工程,工程耗资近千万,精神可嘉,创举精神可是建校榜样。我在此代表全体槟州子民感谢明德正校董事会全体同仁的用心。

各位,槟州民联政府在协助州内华小发展向来都是排在第一位,我们知道华小对马来西亚华社的重要性,那是一场含血含泪的抗争,它的存在及地位是绝对不容许任何人剥削掉的,这一场战,槟州政府绝对会陪伴及支持华社一路走下去,不止确保华小的存在,且还要确保它持续性的发展。

槟州政府深深体会到大家的苦处。虽然教育是联邦政府的责任,但是,我们会尽我们所能,每年制度化拨款650万令吉给华小、国民型中学及教会学校,同时也分发200万令吉给州内的5所独中,6年来已拨出近6000万令吉。在制度化的拨款下,槟州政府能确保所有拨款,一分也不少存入校方的户头,不会假手予第三方中间人。

槟州政府有能力拨出这些款项,主要是坚持公信、能干与透明的施政方针(CAT),为政府自2008年以来,每年都带来盈余。这6年来我们已经创下的4亿5300万令吉的盈余,甚至比前朝过去50年,即从1957年至2007年的总预算盈余3亿7300万令吉还要高!这证明了民联执政槟州6年来,比国阵政府执政50年,做得更好。

2008年我们已经共拨出了3630万令吉给华校及教会学校及1100万令吉给槟州5家独中。同時,州政府已经协助拨出34英亩土地给华校当校地,其中包括0.6英亩土地充作明德正校草場用途。全国华裔已苦等了50年,中央政府应向民联政府看齐制度化拨款給华教,毕竟华教对国家经济发展贡献良多。

2009年至2014年,州政府6年来共拨出59万令吉予明德小学。

历年拨款款额如下:

2009 --1万令吉

2010 --1万令吉

2012 -- 10万令吉

2013 -- 7万令吉

2014 -- 40 万令吉

总额:59万令吉

华小这么多年来在我国都面对各种严峻挑战及逼迫,但就因为有一群像今天在座的热心人士,你们无私奉献的精神让华小没有萎缩,且一直在进步,今天这场开幕典礼就是最好的认证。教育是国家未来的基石,我们不欢迎任何企图打压华小的人,我们要求的是互相尊重的国民,唯有彼此尊重,同理相待,那才是我们期盼的马来西亚。

各位,今天的明德正校可谓抗战成功,目睹这所学校的发展,我由衷的感动,再次谢谢所有的善长仁翁,特別是董事会的努力,你们确实做得很捧。明德正校于去年荣获槟教局颁发的卓越表现董事会表扬证书,,可谓受之当之无愧。

最后,敬祝大家新年快乐,顺心如意。

 

THE LAUNCHING CEREMONY OF THAI FESTIVAL 2015

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
DURING THE LAUNCHING CEREMONY
OF THAI FESTIVAL 2015
25 FEBRUARY 2015
PENANG TIMES SQUARE

First of all I would like to thank The Royal Thai Consulate of Penang, His Excellency Mr. Chongcharoen Devahastin Na Ayudhaya for inviting me to the launching of the Thai Festival, which started today 25th of February to 1st March 2015.

I have been informed that there are 70 vendors participating in this festival, with various kinds of authentic and high quality Thai foods including halal products from 5 Southern Provinces of Thailand. There will also be some cultural performances and martial arts demonstrations.

I believe Thai food and culture is very popular in Penang. There is also a sizeable Thai community living here, and this is due to the close relationship between Penang and Thailand that has lasted for more than a thousand years.

Today's event will help to nurture people to people relationships between Penang and Thailand. Penang is fast becoming a cultural and arts hub in Malaysia. Compared to 7 years ago, you now can many see may arts and culture-related events and activities happening in Penang, attracting visitors and locals alike. The George Town Festival and today's Thailand Festival is another one example.

I hope the Thai Festival can grow to be bigger in the years to come and contribute more to strengthening the relationship between Penang and Thailand.

Thank you again for inviting me and I wish your festival a great success.

MAPEX 2015

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SPEECH BY THE HONORABLE CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG, MAPEX 2015 AT G HOTEL ON 21ST FEBRUARY 2015, SATURDAY, 11AM

Thank you to REHDA Penang and Henry Butcher Penang, the organizers of Malaysia Property Exhibition (MAPEX) for once again inviting me to deliver a New Year message in conjunction with their event starting from today until this Tuesday.

The theme “A New Year, A New Home” is in line with the State Government’s efforts to ensure that genuine qualified first time buyers are able to own a home under our new housing rule which took effect from 1 February 2014. This ruling is intended to protect existing and emerging affordable housing stocks, curb speculation and assist the low-income group to have a roof over their heads.

According to the Malaysian House Price Index, Penang house price index has risen from 116.6 in the third quarter of 2003 to 218.2 by the third quarter of 2013. Penang has seen the rise in property prices which has doubled since 2003. House prices increased 8.6% annually while the average household income increased by 5.4%. This means, house prices increased faster than income which leave an affordability gap.

The State Government places great emphasis to help the low income group to own a home. The cost of living has risen and the impact of the GST implementation on 1 April this year on goods and services has already been felt by consumers since its announcement in 2013. That is the reason the state government has set up a RM 500 million affordable and Public Housing Fund to build 22,545 public and affordable housing units in all 5 districts of Penang.

We hope that the new integrated transportation system from now until 2030 under the RM 27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan will further boost the tourism industry in Penang. The plan includes components such as improved highway network, light rail transit (LRT), bus rapid transit (BRT), trams and new ferry services. An Electric Train Service (ETS) linking Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth will be operational in July 2015. A total of 10 new coach sets will be running in stages by January 2016. With this, we believe that the improved transportation system will provide further support to the overall property development in the region.

I am proud to say that all the efforts made by various organisations and the Penang people have seen the transformation of Penang into a vibrant city full of activities and festivals ranging from arts and culture to international entertainment and exhibitions. We are looking forward to the 1st phase completion of the RM 300 million Sub-terranean Penang International Conference and Exhibition Centre (SPICE) project in 2017 which will double the present capacity at the present PISA site. This will allow Penang to attract MICE segment of the tourism market, create business and employment opportunities that will spur the demand for the property market.

I want to congratulate REHDA and Henry Butcher Penang for successfully organizing this event and for their continuous generous support to the community, this time by contributing RM 20, 000 donations to charity.