MAJLIS SAMBUTAN TAHUN BARU CINA

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TEKS UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG
SEMPENA MAJLIS SAMBUTAN TAHUN BARU CINA

6 FEBRUARI 2017 (ISNIN)
ATRIUM PDC

 

Salam Sejahtera and a warm welcome to our PDC Chinese New Year Open House Celebration.

The Chinese New Year celebrations is moderate this year following economic challenges and hardships stemming from GST and the weakening of the ringgit caused by the RM52 billion 1MDB scandal and the USD1 billion donation scandal.

The success in turning around a State that was in decline can be attributed to clean leadership and good governance based on the principles of CAT (Competency, Accountability and Transparency). We are well on the way to complete the transformation of Penang into an international and intelligent city.

CAT has allowed Penang to achieve annual budget surpluses every year since 2008, reduced state debt by 95% and increased state assets by 50%.

The good quality of our amenities, services and infrastructure in terms of healthcare, education, job opportunities and recreation has made Penang a natural choice for local and foreign talents who choose to work and live in Penang.

Ladies and gentlemen,

2016 was a challenging year, but it was also a fruitful year because we have successfully launched/completed some pioneer projects by the private sector such as :

- Design Village Penang opened on 23rd November 2016

- The first RM10 billion IKEA furniture store in the northern region by Aspen Vision, together with its mixed developments is expected to be completed in 2018

- The rebirth of a new icon – The Top@Komtar, a RM200 million refurbishment project of Komtar

- The RM750 million Setia SPICE Convention Centre - the largest in Malaysia, which is another refurbishment and revival project is due to open its door to the public in March. It will be an integrated business venue for meetings and conventions besides facilities for recreational activities

- The RM500 million Affordable Housing Scheme (AHS) projects in Bandar Cassia Batu Kawan consisting 11,800 units will be built in phases over 200 acres development area. Construction of the 1st Phase (Suria 1 Bandar Cassia), built over an area of 6.4 acres, consisting 520 units is expected for completion with CCC in August 2017

- Paramount Property recently unveiled the 43.5 acre Ultropolis in Bandar Cassia Batu Kawan, a mixed commercial development including KDU Penang University College

- ECO World and EPF will develop 151ha in Batu Kawan, Penang into two townships with a combined gross development value (GDV) of RM7.78 billion

- The recent signing ceremony between PDC and Aemulus Corporation Sdn Bhd for the purchase of 1.6 acres land in Bayan Lepas Industrial Park signifies the confidence of investors to continue investing in Penang.

Inspiring confidence can convince investors to put in money. Without confidence, even if the state government spends money, investors would still not come. This show how important and difficult to attain confidence is.

Recently, Penang has been pronounced as one of the 17 must-visit destinations in 2017 by CNN.com and MSNBC listed George Town as No.1 in the world for health-care!

We will be going into the year with strength, to build our accomplishments and to consolidate our position in the year of the Rooster. I, now have the pleasure to officiate the Chinese New Year Open House Celebration.

Gong Xi Fa Cai.

Silver Jubilee Home Annual Dinner

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Speech By Chief Minister Of Penang
At The Silver Jubilee Home Annual Dinner
Sunday, 5th February 2017, 6pm

Penang's Silver Jubilee Home was established in 1935 and is 82 years old this year. The Home stands on a piece of 22.5 acres of land donated by Mr. Cheah Leong Keah. The Home provides free food, shelter and activities for the poor and needy. The Home is one of the most established and well managed in Malaysia. Indeed we are proud that in our quest to transform Penang into an international and intelligent city, the Penang Silver Jubilee Home is one truly world-class Home for the poor and needy in Malaysia!

The Home's expenditure comes up to RM 200, 000 per month and that makes up to RM 2.4 million annually. Its commendable that the Home is self-sufficient and independent by managing its expenses by donations alone. The State Government have been giving an annual nominal amount of RM20,000 since the 1980's. The State Government does not need to come out with any additional funds when their RM 2.4 million expenditures are fully funded by donations and sponsors. Sponsors are willing to fund the Home because they are confident in a Home that is run professionally, efficiently and cleanly. This is a good example of CAT administration in action.

The Home has a total of 165 residents and the CNY dinner is held annually at the Home to bring together all the staff, volunteers and sponsors of the Home in appreciation of their kind contribution and services to the Home. In conclusion, I would once again want to thank Mr Saw Soon Kooi, the new Chairman, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Tan Kok Ping, the Executive Advisor & Chairman of Development Committee, Mr. Bernard Kok Yin Fook, Legal Advisor and the rest of the general committee in the Board of Directors for your invitation and your efforts in working closely together with the State Government to develop Penang.

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF PENANG HOT AIR BALLOON FIESTA 2017

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
AT THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF PENANG
HOT AIR BALLOON FIESTA 2017

4 Feb 2017
Padang Polo Penang


Ladies & gentlemen

Thank you for being present here at Padang Polo to witness the 3rd consecutive Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta by the Penang State Government. We are proud that this is the only Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in the country after the Putrajaya event was ended last year. The State Government spent RM900,000 for this event in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

The festival has brought 15 big balloons from all over the world which incidentally is one of the highlights for Visit Penang Year 2017. Themed ‘Where The Excitement Never Ends’, Visit Penang Year continues its 3rd successive year showcasing vibrant and exciting events that include religious, cultural and arts happening throughout the year. Adding to this unending excitement, visitors to Penang can also experience the amazing new attractions here such as Entopia, The Habitat @Penang Hill, The Top @KOMTAR, Penang Tech Dome and Design Village. It’s no wonder that Penang is being touted by international media – recently, CNN listed Penang as ‘One of the 17 best places to visit in 2017’.

Early yesterday morning, 8 hot air balloons took off from Padang Awam Jawi in the mainland which was quite a magnificent sight. It’s the first time that we had 8 free flying balloons in Penang.

Before ending my speech, I would like to thank the following organisations involved in this festival:

Organiser : AKA Balloon Sdn Bhd
Supported by : City Council of Penang Island (MBPP)
& Penang Global Tourism
Co-organiser : TLM Event
Official Radio Stations: Mix FM, Lite FM, Sinar FM and Melody FM
Sponsor : IJM Land Bhd
Vehicle Sponsor : Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd
Partners : Grab and Penang Penang Hop-On Hop-Off
In collaboration with : Tourism Malaysia

In conjunction with the Chinese New Year and Visit Penang Year 2017,we hereby officially launch the only Hot Air Balloon Festival in Malaysia- Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017!

Thank you.

Majlis Penyampaian Cek Peruntukan Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang Kepada Sekolah-Sekolah Mubaligh, 2017

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Ucapan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang

Sempena Majlis Penyampaian Cek Peruntukan Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang

Kepada Sekolah-Sekolah Mubaligh, 2017

31 Januari 2017

Auditorium A, Komtar


Selamat tengah hari dan salam sejahtera.

Saya bersyukur kerana dapat bertemu dengan anda semua sekali lagi selepas satu tahun. Ini adalah tahun ke-9 kita berhimpun bersama-sama untuk majlis penyampaian sebegini yang membuktikan Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang di bawah pimpinan Pakatan Harapan tepati janji yang kami buat pada tahun 2009, di mana selama 9 tahun, kata tetap dikotai.

Dalam tempoh masa sebulan sahaja, kami telah menyalurkan Peruntukan Kerajaan Negeri 2017 kepada Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC), Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan (SMJK), Sekolah Menengah Persendirian Cina dan hari ini kepada sekolah mubaligh. Tetapi, di manakah peruntukan Kerajaan Persekutuan yang seharusnya disalur kepada sekolah-sekolah tersebut di atas? Peruntukan Tahun 2014 Kerajaan Persekutuan kepada Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina baru sahaja disalurkan hanya pada tahun ini, bila akan sampai giliran bagi SMJK & Sekolah Mubaligh? Ke manakah mereka sorokkan peruntukan yang dijanjikan sebelum itu, sedangkan sekarang sudah menjelang tahun 2017? Tambahan lagi, peruntukan RM50 juta yang dijangkakan pada tahun 2016 masih belum diberikan tahun ini sungguhpun telah dijanjikan oleh dua orang Menteri MCA akan dibayar sebelum Tahun Baru Cina.

Hari ini, kami akan menyalurkan RM 1.18 milion kepada 22 buah sekolah mubaligh yang membuat permohonan dan berkelayakan. Jumlah peruntukan yang telah diperuntukkan kepada sekolah mubaligh sejak tahun 2009 adalah sebanyak 10.0705 milion. Saya memang faham jumlah ini pasti tidak mencukupi untuk menampung segala keperluan sekolah berbanding dengan kekurangan-kekurangan yang dihadapi oleh sekolah-sekolah mubaligh di Pulau Pinang. Akan tetapi, saya ingin menekankan di sini, peruntukan yang diberikan oleh kerajaan negeri seharusnya dianggap sebagai bonus kepada sekolah, kekurangan-kekurangan yang dihadapi oleh sekolah-sekolah mubaligh adalah disebabkan pengabaian Kerajaan Persekutuan untuk lebih daripada 50 tahun.

Tumpuan tahun ini diberikan ke atas usaha-usaha untuk menaiktaraf Infrastruktur Sekolah seperti kerja-kerja menaiktaraf tandas dan perparitan sekolah yang menelan kos perbelanjaan RM375 ribu – 31.8% daripada jumlah peruntukan.

Peruntukan sebanyak RM50 ribu (4.2%) digunakan untuk pembinaan blok baru, RM190 ribu (16.1%) telah disalurkan untuk membaiki kerosakan struktur seperti bumbung, siling dan tangki sekolah. RM80 ribu (6.8%) adalah untuk membaiki struktur seperti pendawaian semula bagi bangunan yang uzur. Manakala. Kerja-kerja bilik darjah, makmal sains dan tapak sukan sekolah merangkumi 24.6% (RM290 ribu) daripada jumlah peruntukan. Pembinaan pagar dan pintu diberi sebanyak RM 65 ribu (5.5%), Kelengkapan Sekolah sebanyak RM25 ribu (2.1%) dan lain-lain sebanyak RM105 ribu (8.9%). Kini keadaan infrastruktur di kebanyakan sekolah telah dinaikkan taraf agar suasana yang lebih sesuai dapat diwujudkan di sekolah-sekolah itu untuk berlakunya pengajaran dan pembelajaran yang berkesan. Saya dimaklumkan bahawa peruntukan yang diagihkan pada tahun lepas telah digunakan dengan cermat oleh PIBG dan Lembaga Pengurus Sekolah.

Berikut adalah jumlah Peruntukan Kerajaan Negeri yang diluluskan kepada sekolah-sekolah berkenaan:

Nama Sekolah

PERUNTUKAN (RM)

SK ASSUMPTION

20,000

SK CONVENT BM

30,000

SK CONVENT BW

40,000

SK CONVENT GREEN LANE

60,000

SK CONVENT LEBUH LIGHT

100,000

SK METHODIST NIBONG TEBAL

70,000

SK PEREMPUAN METHODIST

100,000

SK PYKETT METHODIST

10,000

SK ST MARK BW

30,000

SK ST MARK PERAI

15,000

SK ST XAVIER AIR ITAM

30,000

SK ST XAVIER CAWANGAN

50,000

SMK (L) METHODIST

100,000

SMK (P) METHODIST

100,000

SMK CONVENT BUTTERWORTH

40,000

SMK CONVENT GREENLANE

25,000

SMK CONVENT LEBUH LIGHT

100,000

SMK CONVENT PULAU TIKUS

40,000

SMK METHODIST NIBONG TEBAL

60,000

SMK ST GEORGE

15,000

SMK ST MARK (M)

80,000

SMK ST XAVIER LEBUH FARQUHAR

65,000

 

1,180,000

Pelaksanaan cukai GST sebanyak 6% sejak April 2015 membebankan rakyat, terutamanya bagi golongan berpendapatan rendah. Projek-projek pembangunan yang dijalankan oleh sekolah-sekolah juga tidak dapat elak daripada tanggungan GST. Kerajaan Negeri juga akan memberikan potongan cukai pintu sebanyak 6% untuk semua hartanah lain termasuk hartanah komersil. Potongan 6% ini akan memberikan penjimatan kepada pemilik di kawasan MBPP sebanyak RM11,829,732.70 dan MPSP sebanyak RM9,907,892.00 dan akan menyebabkan MBPP dan MPSP menanggung 100% bayaran GST sebanyak RM21.74 juta kepada MBPP dan MPSP. Jumlah keseluruhan pengecualian untuk rumah kos rendah, rumah kos sederhana rendah dan rumah kampung serta pengurangan cukai pintu secara am sebanyak 6% bagi tahun 2017 adalah berjumlah RM55.19 juta.

Kami tidak membuat janji-janji yang kosong, kami memberikan bantuan dan sokongan kepada semua rakyat jelata. Bantuan kewangan sekolah tidak akan berhenti sekiranya kami masih berada di sini.

Sekali lagi, saya menyeru pihak PIBG dan lembaga pengurus supaya menguruskan peruntukan yang diperuntukkan dengan cermat.

Sekian, terima kasih.