Opening of Pantai Hospital Penang's Cardiac Rehabilation Ward

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Speech By Y.A.B Lim Guan En g, Chief Minister of Penang at Opening of Pantai Hospital Penang's Cardiac Rehabilation Ward.

Good Morning and Salam Sejahtera,

It is my great pleasure to be here today to officiate the opening of Pantai Hospital Penang’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Ward. This is the latest addition to Pantai Hospital Penang’s existing Cardiac Care Services; and hence will be an added benefit to the growing population of south west region of Bayan Lepas.

I am delighted that the Hospital has responded to the state’s call to develop Penang as a preferred healthcare and travel destination, especially being the only private Hospital in Bayan Lepas area, with continuous improvement and enhancement to its services & facilities to serve the people better.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Ward is equipped with a comprehensive monitoring system for better patient monitoring and patient management. With the team of top cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiac nurses and technicians who are committed to uphold Pantai's Hospital slogan of ‘Prompt Treatment Saves Lives’, as well as the addition of the latest medical technology. I am sure Pantai Hospital Penang will provide international and world-class cardiac care services to the Penangites.

Ladies & Gentlemen,

Statistics from Ministry of Health Malaysia revealed that Malaysia's medical tourism revenue recorded RM690 million in 2013. In 2012, the revenue was 594 million; with an increase of about 16 percent from the year before. Penang contributes to two thirds of medical tourism revenue in the country. The state recorded RM295 million in 2013. In 2012, the revenue was RM265 million, an increase of about 11 percent from the year before.

In 2013, Malaysia received 770,134 number of patients from around the globe while in 2012, the nation received 671,727 number of patients. Meanwhile in Penang the number of healthcare travellers increased to 351,673 in 2013 from the 297,850 number of patients in 2012. The State Government aspires to be a medical city in the region, encouraging all the hospitals to develop itself to the highest standard of healthcare. We can only achieve that by constantly innovating our line of services, upgrading and improving our existing services to compete at the international level.

Healthcare services cost in Malaysia are relatively lower compared to the United States, Europe, Australia & Hong Kong. Pantai Hospital Penang has proven itself to be constantly innovating its services and upgrading itself to be among the best in providing healthcare. In 2014, Pantai Hospital Penang launched its Stroke Centre which is the only stroke centre in the northern region of Malaysia. This new Cardiac Rehabilitation Ward will complement the Stroke Centre services for a complete comprehensive specialist care.

Here, I would like to congratulate Pantai Hospital Penang for the launching of its Cardiac Rehabilitation Ward to serve the community better.

SEMPENA MAJLIS MAKAN AMAL PEMBUKAAN THE LIGHT GRAND BALLROOM

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TEKS UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG
SEMPENA MAJLIS MAKAN AMAL PEMBUKAAN THE LIGHT GRAND BALLROOM
23 JANUARI 2015

Salam sejahtera

Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengucapkan syabas dan tahniah kepada The Light Hotel Sdn. Bhd. atas kejayaan membina sebuah hotel setaraf 5 bintang. Saya percaya lokasi The Light Hotel yang terletak di Seberang Jaya ini amat strategik berikutan permintaan yang tinggi untuk sama ada untuk penginapan mahupun penganjuran seminar dan mesyuarat di Seberang Perai.

Pembukaan The Light Hotel di Seberang Perai ini sedikit sebanyak membantu usaha Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang dalam merealisasikan hasrat menjadi negeri yang bertaraf antarabangsa dan pintar bukan sahaja di Bahagian Pulau tetapi juga untuk Seberang Perai seiring dengan pembangunan yang seimbang dan mampan.

Pembinaan The Light Hotel (M) Sdn Bhd yang menelan perbelanjaan kos sebanyak RM120 juta dilihat sangat tepat pada masanya dalam memacu pertumbuhan ekonomi di Seberang Perai memandangkan Pulau Pinang akan menyambut Tahun Melawat Pulau Pinang 2015 tidak lama lagi.

Sejumlah Keluasan The Light Hotel ialah 350,000 kaki persegi, hotel menpunyai 300 pelbagai bilik untuk pelanggan memilih, 1,533 meter persegi ballroom, restoran, kolam renang, spa gimnasium dan sebagainya. Saya dimaklumkan hotel ini merupakan hotel pertama yang setaraf 5 bintang di Seberang Perai. Tahniah kepada The Light Hotel!

Para hadirin yang saya hormati sekalian,

Dalam usaha untuk menaiktaraf infrastruktur di Seberang Perai, Kerajaan Negeri sedang melaksanakan 5 projek pada tahun 2014 yang menelan perbelanjaan hampir RM5.5 juta bagi keselesaan penduduk di kawasan tersebut. Antaranya ialah:

Kerja-kerja menaiktaraf sistem saliran di Taman Siakap, Seberang Jaya yang menelan perbelanjaan sebanyak RM1,990,917 bagi menyelesaikan masalah banjir kilat

Cadangan pembinaan rumah pam dan naiktaraf parit di Taman Seri Jaya dan Taman Sungai Rambai, Bukit Mertajam dengan perbelanjaan sebanyak RM2,409,330.

Pelantikan untuk kajian dan menyediakan pelan sistem perparitan induk di Kawasan Perindustrian Sungai Lokan, SPU sebanyak RM455,434.

Cadangan pemasangan pintu air di Parit Monsun Taman Bagan, SPU sebanyak RM400,000.

Cadangan kajian mengatasi banjir di Taman Machang Bubok, SPT sebanyak RM249,912.

Pada tahun ini, Kerajaan Negeri di bawah bantuan MPSP telah bercadang menaiktaraf parit konkrit di Taman Kerjasama, SPT dan menaiktaraf sistem perparitan di Lengkok Tenggiri Seberang Jaya, dengan anggaran kos sebanyak RM1,541,000.

Kerja-kerja menaiktaraf di Jalan Raja Uda akan memasuki fasa kedua pada tahun ini. Selain itu, Kerajaan Negeri telah memperuntukkan RM8.7juta untuk pelebaran Jalan Siram, yang dijangka siap kerja pada tahun ini.

Akhir kata, saya mengucapkan selamat maju jaya kepada pihak The Light Hotel Seberang Jaya. Semoga hotel ini sentiasa memainkan peranannya sebagai sebuah hotel yang unik dari segi perkhidmatan – perkhidmatan yang ditawarkannya kepada para pelanggan.

Sekian. Terima kasih.

Official Opening of Penang Hill Multi-storey Car Park

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Speech by YAB Chief Minister of Penang
Official Opening of Penang Hill Multi-storey Car Park
on Monday, 19th January 2015 at 1.00 pm

I am pleased to be here this afternoon on the auspicious occasion of the launching of the RM11.49 million Penang Hill Multi-Storey Car Park, which was constructed and funded by the Penang Development Corporation.

I am also pleased to note that this Penang Hill Multi-Storey Car Park, which was built to cater for the increasing number of visitors to Penang Hill as well as to facilitate traffic flow and dispersal, has facilities for a total of 306 parking lots for vehicles and 182 lots for motorcycles, and 5 special parking lots for the physically challenged people (OKU).

There is also a commercial area on the ground floor, including 11 stalls, one food court as well as bus lay-by for buses to drop and take passengers. The car park is also fitted with disabled-friendly ramps with direct access to passenger lift.

This is a vast improvement on the facilities provided for the visitors to Penang Hill as well as locals, compared to the original car park completed in March 2011 which provided only 96 car parks, and whereby the State Government had decided to demolish the said building in June 2012.

Although the completion of this car park building was timed for November 2013, the construction was initially delayed due to the need to remove vast quantity of rocks and boulders during the piling works which took up a lot of time, as State Government and PDC had to be cautious to ensure the safety of nearby residents and visitors to Penang Hill.

The project was eventually completed on 7 November last year, pending the issuance of certificate of completion and compliance (CCC) for the building, almost a year from its original contract completion date of Nov 25, 2013.

Ladies and gentlemen, looking forward, I am confident that this new facility will play an instrumental role in solving the parking woes experienced by visitors especially during peak period of visitors to Penang Hill like the recent school holidays and the coming Chinese New Year period.

The car park will complement the facilities provided by the Penang Hill Corporation (PHC) funicular railway to provide visitors with an enjoyable and meaningful visit up Penang Hill.

On this, I am pleased to inform that due to the efforts of the State Government through the PHC, the visitor arrivals to Penang Hill, one of Penang’s premier tourism destinations have increased by leaps and bounds over the years.

I am very delighted to hear that the total number of visitors in 2014 has reached 1,364,074 surpassing the target set for the year (1.3 Mil) and 2013 figures of 1,233,556 passengers by 11%. Furthermore the performance of funicular operation has also been maintained and this has helped in improving the customer’s experience while taking the funicular service up to Penang Hill.

The total collection of ticket sales and other incomes of PHC have increased about 14.9% from the year 2013. What a great memorable year to remember and next year our target should be 1.45 million passengers.

Indeed Penang Hill has carried out so many meaningful projects last year such as hill top view deck together with slope stabilization, micro biological balancing technology implemented in food waste and in septic system and heritage trail.

Our vision of Penang Hill being “The Hill Resort of Choice In Malaysia” can only be achieved if we stay united with team spirit, determination to improve our competency by acquiring knowledge and maintaining our integrity in our work performance.

The current cars’ and motorcycles’ parking rates are as follows:
Payment                     per hour (RM)   “Season Parking” (RM)
Cars (1st Hour)           RM2
After 1st hour (hourly) RM1                 RM120 per month
Motorcycles                        FREE

To optimise the usage of the building, the Penang Hill Corporation, which is also experiencing a shortage of office space, will also be taking up floor space at the car park.

I wish to again congratulate the Penang Development Corporation for its perseverance and fortitude in bringing this project to fruition, inspire of the initial setbacks. The efforts of the PDC in this project are a testimony of the commitment of the State Government/PDC to complete the project for Penang Hill visitors and locals, including residents in the area, before the Chinese New Year, as promised.

My grateful thanks also go to the various Government agencies, Federal and State, including TNB, for their assistance and support to the project, and to the residents of this area, I thank you for your patience and support which has resulted in the project finally taking off.

On this note, I am pleased to officially launch the Penang Hill Multi-Storey Car Park.

Thank you.

 

MAJLIS PELANCARAN TAGLINE PENANG STREET FOOD

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TEKS UCAPAN Y.A.B. KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG
MAJLIS PELANCARAN TAGLINE PENANG STREET FOOD
PADA 18 JANUARI 2015

Salam sejahtera.

1. Kita sangat berbangga dengan beberapa pengiktifaran yang diberikan ke atas makanan yang terdapat di Negeri Pulau Pinang seperti yang disiarkan dalam media cetak dan media sosial kebelakangan ini. Seperti yang kita sedia maklum, makanan tempatan dari negeri Pulau Pinang telah mendapat pengiktirafan di peringkat antarabangsa dan telah menjadi salah satu ikon dalam industri pelancongan negeri. Malah, makanan tempatan Negeri Pulau Pinang telah diiktiraf di pelbagai peringkat contohnya seperti berikut:-

i) Best Street Food In Asia oleh Time Magazine

ii) Assam Laksa dipilih pada kedudukan nombor 7 dalam CNN's World 50
Most Delicious Food

Selain itu juga Pulau Pinang telah dipilih sebagai One Of Asia's Greatest Street Food Cities oleh CNNGo.com.

2. Bagi menjamin reputasi ini agar terus berkekalan dan dipertingkatkan, pihak Kerajaan Negeri serta Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang sedang berusaha untuk mencari idea bagi meningkatkan lagi prestasi dan jenama negeri Pulau Pinang melalui industri makanan. Justeru, satu kajian lapangan telah dilaksanakan oleh Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang melalui bancian dan kajian secara online yang mana responden kajian merupakan penduduk tempatan dan pelancong yang berada di negeri ini.

3. Kajian lapangan ini telah dilaksanakan dari 25 Julai sehingga 31 Ogos 2014 dengan melibatkan 14,810 orang responden. Pelbagai input berkaitan dengan cadangan untuk melaksanakan larangan tukang masak warga asing memasak masakan tempatan telah diperolehi daripada responden.

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan sekalian,

4. Tujuan pelaksanaan Tagline Penang Street Food ini adalah untuk memastikan keaslian citarasa Masakan Tempatan Negeri Pulau Pinang terpelihara dan ia dijadikan ikon dalam elemen industri pelancongan di negeri Pulau Pinang. Melalui kajian lapangan yang dijalankan, majlis mendapati 12,952 orang responden iaitu 87.45 % bersetuju bahawa makanan tempatan perlu dimasak oleh warga tempatan. manakala 1,858 orang atau 12.55 % sahaja tidak bersetuju dengan cadangan tersebut.

5. Daripada hasil kajian tersebut juga pihak responden telah memilih dan menyenaraikan makanan tempatan yang terkenal di negeri Pulau Pinang. Antara makanan tempatan yang dipilih adalah seperti berikut:-
i. Asam Laksa
ii. Char Keow Teow
iii. Avillion Bak
iv. Mee Hokkein
v. Mee Kari
vi. Mee Wantan
vii. Pasembor
viii. Chee Cheong Fun
ix. Mee Sotong
x. Char Keow Kak
xi. Oh Chien
xii. Keow Teow T'hing
xiii. Nasi Lemak

Senarai makanan tempatan ini akan bertambah berdasarkan maklum balas orang ramai yang akan diperolehi oleh pihak Majlis melalui bancian/survey yang akan dilakukan dari masa ke semasa. Inisiatif berterusan ini adalah penting bagi memastikan matlamat Kerajaan Negeri bagi memelihara dan memartabatkan makanan tempatan negeri Pulau Pinang terjamin.

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan sekalian,

6. Walaubagaimanapun, sejak Kerajaan Negeri mengumumkan pelaksanaan berkaitan dengan pemeliharaan dan pemuliharaan identiti masakan tempatan negeri Pulau Pinang, ramai yang telah memanipulasikan cadangan ini. Namum demikian, hasil kajian yang dilaksanakan oleh Majlis, membuktikan bahawa majoriti bersetuju dengan cadangan kerajaan negeri untuk melaksanakan dasar ini.

7. Pulau Pinang sedar bahawa salah satu sebab utama pelancong melawat Pulau Pinang adalah kerana makanan jalan dan penjaja yang paling sedap dan lazat di dunia. Itulah sebabnya kerajaan negeri ingin kekalkan rasa makanan jalan, kita tidak boleh mengambil risiko terhadap rasa makanan jalan sekiranya rasa makanan lari disebabkan terdapat setengah penjaja yang tidak mahu masak sendiri sebaliknya mengarahkan pekerja asing untuk masak. Kita semua maklum bahwa pekerja asing sekadar kerja sahaja dan tidak akan bekerja dengan sikap bersungguh-sungguh untuk memastikan kualiti makanannya. Lagipun mereka akan dihantar pulang selepas satu tempoh waktu. Itulah sebabnya untuk penjaja jalanan tukang masak mesti terdiri daripada orang tempatan agar dapat mengekalkan mutu dan kepakaran tempatan yang istimewa di Pulau Pinang dan rasa ini tidak kehilangan apabila pekerja asing pulang ke negara asal mereka.

8. Tidak timbul isu diskriminasi kerana peraturan ini hanya dilaksanakan ke atas penjaja dan makanan jalanan yang sepatutnya terdiri daripada orang tempatan yang berpendapatan rendah. Larangan ini tidak dikenakan ke atas restoran dan bidang perhotelan, dimana pekerja asing boleh terus jadi tukang masak. Oleh yang demikian, tidak wujudnya diskriminasi terhadap pekerja asing.

9. There is nothing discriminatory about barring foreign workers from being cooks only at hawker stalls because hawker licenses are granted for lower-income Malaysians and supposed to be owner-operated, whilst this ruling does not bar foreigners from owning restaurants nor prevent foreign workers from cooking in restaurants. How can this ruling be undemocratic or discriminatory when it is intended to protect the uniqueness of Penang food, that hawker stalls must be owner-operated and that foreign workers can assist the hawker in other duties?

10. There is also no question of the human rights of foreign workers being denied their right to cook. Foreign workers cook or wash plates, regardless of whether they know or not know how to, only because they are ordered by their employers to do so. Telling foreign workers that they can not cook in hawker stalls is not denying their rights or depriving them of their passion for cooking because they are indifferent – it is a job not of their choice, but the decision of their employer. Further, any culinary skills these foreign workers acquire would be lost because foreign workers will have to return home after a period of time.

11. This ruling only bars foreign workers in hawker stalls, not in other job sectors like restaurants. This ruling does not prevent Malaysians from other states from getting hawker licenses and operating hawker stalls so long as they are Malaysian citizens.

12. It is ridiculous to allege double-standards that this ruling means that Penang hawkers can not then sell pizza, spaghetti, tomyam or sushi just because we want to maintain the local flavour of Penang food. Hawkers, but not foreign workers, can sell any food they wish. Everyone knows when you eat sushi or pizza in Penang, it is not cooked locally but there is an expectation that when you eat Penang famous street food in Penang, it should be cooked by locals.

13. Sehubungan itu, pada hari ini kita akan mengiktiraf peniaga-peniaga yang berusaha dalam memelihara keaslian masakan tempatan negeri Pulau Pinang dengan memberikan pelekat ‘Tagline Penang Street Food’. Pusat Penjaja Anjung Gurney dipilih bagi tujuan pelancaran ini memandangkan ia merupakan salah satu ikon pelancongan negeri Pulau Pinang yang terkenal dengan gerai-gerai makanan masakan tempatan yang dimasak oleh orang tempatan. Ini merupakan langkah pertama Kerajaan Negeri dalam meletakan masakan negeri Pulau Pinang sebagai satu jenama industri pelancongan.

14. Selain daripada mampu meningkatkan reputasi makanan tempatan negeri Pulau Pinang, pelaksanaan dasar ini juga menjamin keselamatan makanan, yang juga penting dalam memastikan kesihatan orang ramai terjamin. Dengan adanya tagline ini, orang ramai dapat mengenalpasti gerai dan penjaja yang mengamalkan pelaksanaan dasar larangan mengambil warga asing sebagai tukang masak masakan tempatan.
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15. Dengan ini,saya merasmikan pelancaran Tagline Penang Street Food sebagai salah satu usaha dalam memartabatkan makanan tempatan negeri Pulau Pinang. Pelancaran ini selaras dengan inisiatif Kerajaan Negeri ke arah memelihara, melindungi dan mempromosikan makanan tempatan sebagai salah satu produk pelancongan yang baru negeri Pulau Pinang.

Sekian. Terima kasih.

Penang Street Food
“Makanan Penang,
Jamin Tempatan,
Jamin Hebat,
BEST!”