MAJLIS PENYERAHAN PERJANJIAN PINJAMAN PENUNTUT NEGERI PULAU PINANG SESI 2016/2017

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UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG,
SEMPENA MAJLIS PENYERAHAN PERJANJIAN PINJAMAN PENUNTUT NEGERI PULAU PINANG SESI 2016/2017

PADA 18 DISEMBER 2016
DI AUDITORIUM, DEWAN SRI PINANG

Selamat petang dan salam sejahtera kepada semua.

Bagi pihak Kerajaan Negeri, saya ingin mengucapkan ribuan terima kasih kepada Pejabat Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri kerana telah berjaya menganjurkan Majlis Penyerahan Perjanjian Pinjaman Penuntut Negeri Pulau Pinang Sesi 2016/2017.

Selamat datang dan tahniah diucapkan kepada 311 orang penuntut penerima Pinjaman Penuntut pada hari ini. Pemberian pinjaman ini diberikan tanpa mengira kaum, agama dan yang penting sekali latar belakang politik. Ini selaras dengan hasrat Kerajaan Negeri, seperti yang telah dinyatakan semasa pembentangan Bajet Tahun 2017 dalam Sidang Dewan Undangan Negeri Pulau Pinang lalu yang berteraskan, memperkukuhkan modal insan melalui pendidikan.

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan sekalian,

Untuk pengetahuan semua, dalam tahun 2016 ini, Kerajaan Negeri telah meluluskan seramai 404 orang penuntut bagi menerima Pinjaman Penuntut Negeri Pulau Pinang Sesi 2016/2017. Walau bagaimanapun, hanya 311 orang sahaja yang bersetuju untuk menerima dan mengembalikan surat perjanjian pinjaman ini.

Dalam usaha untuk meringankan beban yang ditanggung oleh ibu bapa, Kerajaan Negeri telah bersetuju untuk memberi pinjaman kepada anak-anak Negeri Pulau Pinang yang mendapat tawaran dari Institut Pengajian Tinggi Awam dan Swasta Tempatan bagi menampung kos dan perbelanjaan mereka ketika menuntut di Institut Pengajian Tinggi.

Kadar pinjaman yang diberikan adalah berbeza mengikut peringkat pengajian iaitu bermula dari RM2,000 untuk peringkat Sijil sehinggalah RM8,000 untuk peringkat Ijazah Kedoktoran. Untuk makluman semua, status pinjaman pendidikan yang diberikan ini boleh ditukar kepada biasiswa bagi menghargai penuntut IPTA yang mendapat kelulusan cemerlang (Kelas Pertama) dengan CGPA 3.67 dan ke atas. Kemudahan ini diberikan hanya kepada penuntut di peringkat Ijazah Sarjana Muda, Ijazah Sarjana dan Ijazah Kedoktoran.

Bagi penuntut IPTA dan IPTS tempatan yang mendapat kelulusan (Kelas Kedua Tinggi) dengan CGPA 3.5 hingga 3.66 pula akan diberi diskaun 50 % daripada jumlah pinjaman.

Selain dari itu, Kerajaan Negeri juga menawarkan insentif diskaun 10% kepada semua penuntut tanpa mengira peringkat pengajian sekiranya dapat menjelaskan kesemua jumlah pinjaman sebelum tarikh mula bayar balik pinjaman.

Sejak tahun 2008 hingga kini, Kerajaan Negeri telah memperuntukkan sebanyak RM13.9 juta yang mana telah memanfaatkan seramai 1543 orang penuntut.

Kerajaan Negeri mampu membayar jumlah yang banyak oleh sebab Kerajaan Negeri terus berpegang kepada prinsip bahawa sebuah kerajaan bersih akan menjalankan tata kelola dan urustadbir Kerajaan yang berteraskan prinsip Urustadbir Cekap, Akauntabiliti dan Telus (CAT). Ini boleh dilihat melalui prestasi Kerajaan Negeri sejak tahun 2008 yang mana telah mencatatkan lebihan Belanjawan setiap tahun serta penurunan hutang negeri sebanyak 90% kepada RM69 juta daripada keseluruhan RM16.8 bilion, iaitu hutang yang paling rendah di Malaysia.

Kerajaan Negeri juga telah berjaya meningkatkan lebihan belanjawan yang terkumpul sebanyak RM574 juta dalam tempoh lapan (8) tahun pemerintahan (2008-2015) berbanding dengan lebihan RM 373 juta sepanjang 50 tahun (1957-2007). Prestasi yang baik inilah juga telah mendapat pujian bukan sahaja daripada Laporan Ketua Audit Negara tetapi juga Transparency International.

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan sekalian,

Pada tahun 2016 juga, Kerajaan Negeri berbesar hati untuk meluluskan penukaran pinjaman penuntut Encik Fahmi bin Ismail sebanyak RM19,500 kepada biasiswa kerana menghargai sumbangan beliau mendapat kelulusan cemerlang (Kelas Pertama). Selain dari itu, Kerajaan Negeri juga memberikan wang insentif sebanyak RM1,000 kepada beliau. Tahniah diucapkan kepada Encik Fahmi bin Ismail dan semoga ini menjadi contoh kepada penuntut-penuntut yang lain.

Akhir kata, saya beserta barisan pemimpin Kerajaan Negeri sekali lagi mengucapkan tahniah dan syabas kepada ibu bapa, waris dan kesemua penuntut kerana telah terpilih untuk melanjutkan pelajaran dan bertuah kerana turut menerima bantuan pinjaman ini.

Sekian, terima kasih.

The Opening Of The The Top @Komtar

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Speech By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng During The Opening Of The The Top @Komtar On 18.12.2016.

REBIRTH OF THE NEW PENANG SYMBOLISED BY THE REBIRTH OF THE NEW KOMTAR

WITH THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE RM200 MILLION THE TOP@KOMTAR PROJECT.

 


A very good morning to everyone.

First let me thank YB Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz for representing the Deputy Prime Minister, who told me he wanted to come but could not at the last minute because of an important assignment given by the Prime Minister.

I have been working at Komtar Tower for the past eight years since 2008, and let me tell you, what an incredible transformation this is! In 2008 Komtar was a sad sight that no one wanted to go. This iconic building that was once the tallest building in South-East Asia had been abandoned to be left to die. But we never lost faith and never gave up. Finally today Komtar, has been given a new lease on life.

We are proud to tell the world that Penang has seen a rebirth of a new icon – New Komtar with The Top@Komtar. New Komtar with The Top@Komtar, symbolises the incredible journey Penang have taken over the last 8 years to pick itself up after falling into decline. We have seen a revival of both tourism and manufacturing industry to be a dynamic Penang, and now New Komtar with The Top@Komtar is reborn as a symbol of success from the wreckage of failure.

For this, on behalf of the Penang State Government, I would like to our utmost appreciation to Datuk Seri Richard Koh and Dato Jean Koh from the Only World Group (OWG) for their success in turning this beloved landmark of Penang into a “hot and happening” spot. Confidence in the new Penang has convinced them to invest RM200 million for this refurbishment of Komtar. We thank you Datuk Seri Richard Koh and Dato Jean Koh.

Penang’s success is Malaysia’s success. As YB Datuk Seri Nazri stressed repeatedly, any increase in tourism is good for Malaysia. Penang Hill has increased from 200,000 passengers a year to 1.6 million this year. We thank Datuk Seri Nazri for wanting to build a new RM150 million cable car to Penang Hill. Our Penang International Airport recorded the second largest growth in Malaysia, exceeding the maximum passenger capacity of 6.5 million passengers.

Let me praise YB Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz for his success in making Malaysia a new international tourist spot. We shall work together with the Federal government to grow tourism in Penang. Economy-wise, Penang is a thriving industrialised state with with 400 MNCs calling us home. Despite being the second smallest state, Penang contributes 7% to the country’s GDP and nearly RM7 billion in taxes and duties annually to the Federal government.

We know that for Penang to succeed, we need to transform Penang into an international and intelligent city with world-class tourist attractions. The new Komtar under Datuk Seri Richard Koh and Dato Jean Koh has given us THE TOP@Komtar to put us back on the global map with the glass “Rainbow Skywalk”, letting us see all the way down from 68 storeys! Prepare to be terrified and amazed!

Not only can visitors enjoy the 360 degree panoramic views of Penang, but you can also have fun in a host of first-of-their kind theme attractions, including a Jurassic Research Center (with 200 dinosaurs), Malaysia’s longest digital screen, 5D Ocean Explorer and the latest in the world a 7D Discovery Motion Theater, an upside down symphony orchestra, the Penang Tech Dome of science and technology and lots more!

Foodies will also find an incredible array of food here, from street food to fine dining establishments with world-class Chinese and Malay restaurants; best of all, THE TOP also gives tourists a taste of Penang’s famous durian and also Tongkat Ali. So let the fun begin!

PENANG HOT AIR BALLOON MINI FIESTA

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

FOR PENANG HOT AIR BALLOON MINI FIESTA

18 DEC 2016, 8.30am AT OCCUPY BEACH STREET


Ladies & gentlemen,

I wish you all a very good morning and thank you for being present here at the Penang Hot Air Balloon Mini Fiesta which is to kick-start our promotion of the upcoming Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017.

The Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017 will be held for the 3rd consecutive time, on the 4th and 5th February 2017, in conjunction with Chinese New Year. Once again, there will be 15 international and local hot air balloons participating over the two days, held from 7am to 9.30pm at Padang Polo.

This morning, we have a mini version of a hot air balloon to take photos with and children are given the opportunity to colour a ‘mini paper craft hot air balloon’. Additionally, there’s a whole range of other activities especially for children such as art & craft workshops, fun inflatables and even a petting zoo.

At the Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017, there will be 15 colourful hot air balloons displayed during the morning and evening sessions plus ‘Night Glow’ shows featuring 10 balloons lighted up with music and light accompaniment on both days. For the first time this year, 10 free flying balloons will take off in the mainland at Sungai Jawi on 3rd February 2017 which will be quite a sight to behold.

At Padang Polo, tethered balloon rides will be available where one can go up to 60 meters high plus a ‘cold inflation’ activity where one can walk into a balloon envelope that’s filled with cold air as it lies on the ground.

At a cost of RM900,000, it is specially presented by the Penang State Government for everyone to p articipate during Chinese New Year, the Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017 is organised by AKA Balloons Sdn Bhd with the cooperation of the City Council of Penang Island (MBPP) and Penang Global Tourism. This is part of our 3-prong strategy of attracting more tourists to Penang with new products, new events and new experiences.

With this, I would like to end my speech here and wish you all a joyful day at the Penang Hot Air Balloon Mini Fiesta.

OPENING CEREMONY PHASE I OF 'THE HABITAT' ECO-TOURISM VENTURE (ETV)

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THE OPENING REMARK BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY PHASE I OF 'THE HABITAT' ECO-TOURISM VENTURE (ETV),
PENANG HILL, PENANG, MALAYSIA

17 DECEMBER 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen

1. I would like to thank the organizer for inviting me to officiate the opening ceremony of Phase One of 'The Habitat' Eco-Tourism Venture at Penang Hill, an internationally-benchmarked eco-tourism attraction.

2. This project is built on the State Government Land, measuring approximately 10.04 acres that allows us to appreciate the natural beauty of Penang Hill. Penang Hill which is about 702 meters above sea level is the best place to enjoy not only the exquisite view of George Town but also the whole of Penang Island and Seberang Perai.

3. A Request For Proposal by Open Tender for the Establishment of an Eco-Tourism Venture Comprising of an Educational Nature Trail and Canopy Walk on Bukit Bendera (Penang Hill), North East District, George Town, Penang was conducted in September, 2010. It was the first RFP issued by the present State Government and Creative Quest Sdn. Bhd. (CQSB) is the only bidder.

4. In accordance with CAT government of Competency, Accountability and Transparency, Creative Quest Sdn. Bhd. was awarded the Eco-Tourism Venture been undertaken by CQSB on a build – operate – transfer (BOT) concept which will be returned to the state after the end of the 50 years concession period.

5. This project has been undertaken via the Public Private Partnership (PPP) where the state government provided state land and consultation while the CQSB provided funding and expertise. The initial cost of RM 3 million was injected into this project which was later increased to RM35 million when Creative Quest Sdn. Bhd. gained confidence from the state government's commitment to enhance Penang Hill.

6. I was told that the First Phase of 'The Habitat' which will be opened today with facilities as follows:

i. Educational Nature Trail during 1.6 km along the existing drainage system route built in the 1800s by the British East India Company until Summit Road;
ii. Tree Top Walk that gives the highest viewing platform in Penang offering a 360 degree view of Penang, Seberang Perai and up to Gunung Jerai (Kedah peak) on a clear day. The Tree Top Walk is about 100m in length and is 820 meters above sea level, measuring 12 meters above the ground. It has a great open area to hold events measuring around 1500 square feet and can accommodate 300 pax for a cocktail.
iii. The Old Experimental Garden at the Helipad Plateau;
iv. Administrative office and Visitor's Centre;
v. Construction three (3) Giant Swings; and
vi. Refreshment Kiosks.

7. The State Government will ensure that the environment is highly protected especially the forest reserve. In line with this, the State Government has agreed to list Penang Hill under the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Program with the help of Universiti Sains Malaysia. CQSB will be funding this program together with Penang Hill Corporation. Prof. Dr. Margaret D. Lowman who is well known as 'Real Life Lorax' by National Geographic and "Einstein of the Tree Tops" by Wall Street Journal will be also helping to achieve this program.

8. I am confident that The Habitat Penang Hill will be a success as a eco-tourism landmark on Penang Hill. We will work hard to land another award by UNESCO for Penang as a UNESCO Biosphere reserve.

9. And this is only the begining. We look forward to coming back here to launch phase 2 with the Canopy Walk Bridges – 230 meters long and 40 meters above the forest floor and Canopy Discovery Tour with a big Zip Line of 700 meters.

10. I hereby launch Phase I of "The Habitat"- Penang's latest addition to world-class exo-tourism.

Thank you.