PENANG INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FAIR 2015

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PRESS RELEASE BY PENANG CHIEF MINISTER ON 5 NOVEMBER 2015
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PENANG INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FAIR 2015
(14 - 15 NOVEMBER, 2015 @ SPICE)

Penang International Science Fair (PISF) is an event organized as part of the Penang Science Cluster's(PSC) mission of “Inspiring Innovation”, which focuses on developing young minds and exposing them to science and engineering through a unique, stimulating and innovative experience. This event is a collaboration between the Penang State Government and the industries that form the backbone of the PSC.

I am very happy to announce today that the 4th Penang International Science Fair will again be held at SPICE, from 10am-7pm, Saturday, November 14h to 10am – 7pm, Sunday, November 15th, 2015. The fair cost a total of RM450K, sponsored by various MNCs and local enterprises, and joint sponsorship of the venue by the State Government, worth RM141K. This does not include the cost of exhibits brought in by the various exhibitors. As in previous years, we are expecting record crowd again this year, as in previous years. We expect to draw an expected crowd of 60,000 visitors. This is the largest international science fair in Malaysia – so large that it is the only one held in a sports stadium.

I would like to thank the Penang Science Cluster and Motorola Solutions for providing the leadership and energy to make this year's Penang International Science fair to be another milestone for science education in Penang. Since the establishment of the Penang Science Cluster in 2009, we have successfully organized 4 international sized and quality science fairs here in Penang.

Sponsorship for this event, over the period of 4 years, have grown from 28 to 67; our exhibitors have grown from 12 to 45 and attendance increasing from 12,000 to 60,000 this year. This represents 3 times growth over 4 years on all metrics. Dr. Hari, MD of Motorola Solutions who is the organizing chair this year, will elaborate on the Science Fair activities.

PSC, as you all know by now, is a Private, Public, Partnership; set up as a non-profit, tax-exempt, organisation, with strong support from the Penang State Government and the MNCs in Penang. PSC has a mission to build a healthy pipeline of talent by sparking interest in science and technology, creating a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among our young in Penang and Malaysia.

PSC inspires students through hands-on, inquiry-based science and technology activities. PSC supports 110 schools in our TechMentor Lego Robotics, Embedded Systems and Coding programs with 150+ volunteer mentors and the loan of hardware and software. All the programs are free to schools.

PSC's latest initiative is to establish science cafes in every population centres in Penang to promote the learning of STEM subjects in a fun and innovative way and to support the growth of the maker movement in Penang. PSC successfully launched PenangScienceCafé @Krystal Point in December 2013, a first for Penang, and a first in the country. More than 5000 students have attended workshops there.
Let me end by encouraging the press to publicise PISF so that all may come to enjoy the spectacular show that has been created. I strongly encourage people to come visit this fair together with their children so that they can be inspired by science and be motivated to take up STEM based careers.

The Penang International Science fair is truly a very unique event with active support from every segment of the community ranging from industry, government, universities to individuals.

LIM GUAN ENG
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槟城首席部长于2015年11月5日发表的新闻稿

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2015年槟城国际科学展
(日期:2015年11月14日至15日,地点:sPICE国际会议中心体育馆)


《槟城国际科学展》是“槟城科学圈”(Penang Science Cluster)其中一项“启蒙创意”的任务。这项活动透过别致又刺激的创新体验,开发年轻一代对科学与工程的思维。这项国际科学展是槟城州政府与槟城科学圈内的各跨过厂商共同努力的成果。

今天,我非常高兴地宣布,第四届槟城国际科学展将于2015年11月14至15日,早上10时至傍晚7时,假SPICE国际会议中心体育馆举行。有关活动耗资约45万令吉(不包括各单位的参展经费),分别由多个跨国及本地厂商承担,并由州政府赞助价值14万1千令吉的场租费。我们希望这个全国最大,且唯一在体育馆举行的科学盛会能够吸引超过6万人的参与,刷新过往的记录。

我特别感激槟城科学圈及摩托罗拉业务解决方案,它们今年的槟城国际科学展挹注了许多的心血,把州内的科学教育带上另一个里程碑。自槟城科学圈在2009年成立以来,迄今已成功地在槟城举行过4次具备国际规模与素质的科学展。

我们的赞助单位在过去四年来获得长足的增长,从28提高至67;参展单位从12增加到45,参观人数则从1万2千到6万人。摩托罗拉业务解决方案的董事经理,也是今年科学展的大会主席将会跟大家报告更详细的活动内容。

众所皆知,槟城科学圈(PSC)是公私营伙伴计划,是一个非盈利、免税获得槟城州政府及跨国厂商强力支持的组织。槟城科学圈肩负建立对科学与科技有兴趣的健全人才培养系统,在槟城乃至于在马来西亚,创造创新及创业文化。

槟城科学圈透过让学生亲手体验、不耻下问的科学精神及科技活动启迪莘莘学子。槟城科学圈赞助110间学校参与我们的乐高机器人科技启蒙课程、学习组装系统及撰写程式课程,并征得150名以上的义务科技导师及借出软硬体设施。全部的课程都是免费。

槟城科学圈最新的创举是在各人口密集的社区中心,设立科学咖啡馆,以逗趣及创新的形式,提倡学习科学、科技、工程及数学,以支持这波槟城创造力运动的成长。槟城科学圈已经成功于2013年12月在Krystal Point设立槟城乃至于全马首家科学咖啡馆。截至目前,已经有超过5000名学生参与该咖啡馆的课程。

我在此鼓励媒体帮槟城国际科学圈宣传,好让全民能在绚丽夺目的科技秀前同欢共乐。我强力推荐人们携带子女赴一场科学启蒙的亲子活动,以让子女对科学、科技、工程及数学产生兴趣,成为他们未来的事业。

槟城国际科学展是一项别具一格的活动,因为它包含了各社会层面的合作,涵盖了工业领域、政府、各大学及各个体及民众参与。

林冠英

 

MAJLIS PENYAMPAIAN BAYARAN SAGUHATI KE-2 KEPADA NELAYAN YANG TERLIBAT DENGAN PROJEK SERI TANJUNG PINANG FASA 2 (STP2)

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UCAPAN YAB KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG
MAJLIS PENYAMPAIAN BAYARAN SAGUHATI KE-2 KEPADA NELAYAN YANG TERLIBAT DENGAN PROJEK SERI TANJUNG PINANG FASA 2 (STP2)
31 October 2015

Pertama sekali, saya ingin merakamkan penghargaan saya kepada kumpulan dari Unit Perancang Ekonomi Negeri (UPEN), Lembaga Kemajuan Ikan Malaysia (LKIM) dan Eastern & Oriental Berhad (E&O) atas usaha mereka menjayakan majlis ini.

Projek ini diwariskan kepada kita daripada kerajaan dulu dan dimasukkan dalam Struktur Pelan Negeri secara perundangan. Kerajaan negeri baru yang mengambil tempoh pemerintahan telah berjaya menambah baik bayaran atau syarat-syarat yang diberikan kepada pihak Kerajaan Negeri dan nelayan.

Seperti yang dikatakan oleh Dr. Afif, seramai 116 nelayan dan 56 awak-awak telah menerima bayaran saguhati yang ditetapkan oleh LKIM dan UPEN pada Julai yang lalu. Setelah pertimbangan lanjut atas rayuan beberapa orang nelayan, pembayaran saguhati fasa kedua di mana 14 nelayan berlesen dan aktif akan menerima RM15,000 setiap seorang. Pembayaran RM7,500 setiap seorang kepada 17 nelayan berlesen juga walaupun mereka tidak lagi aktif. Bagi 13 awak-awak, lapan di kalangan mereka bakal menerima RM2,000 manakala selebihnya yang berlesen tetapi tidak aktif akan menerima RM1,000 setiap seorang.

RM1,852,000 telah dibayar pada 3 Julai 2015. Pemberian saguhati pada hari ini melibatkan jumlah 44 orang nelayan dan awak-awak dengan jumlah RM358,500.00. Jumlahnya RM2, 210,500.00.

Kerajaan Negeri telah memperuntukkan sebanyak RM 1.6juta dalam Bajet 2015 bagi menjamin agar nelayan-nelayan di negeri ini hidup dengan lebih sempurna dan tidak terbeban maka Kerajaan Negeri akan memberikan bantuan pukat pantai sebanyak dua kali setahun kepada nelayan yang berdaftar dengan Lembaga Kemajuan Ikan Malaysia (LKIM) di seluruh Negeri Pulau Pinang. Kesemua ini tidak pernah diberikan oleh Kerajaan Negeri sebelum 2008. Ini menunjukkan komitmen Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan Rakyat semasa pilihanraya besar yang lepas dan hari ini pemberian pukat pantai dilaksanakan.

Pada tahun 2014, sejumlah RM971,345.70 telah dibelanjakan untuk tujuan ini dan ia telah memanfaatkan lebih 3000 orang nelayan di mana pada siri 1 tahun 2014, RM473,807.00 telah diberi kepada 2981 orang nelayan dan pada siri Ke-2 tahun 2014, sejumlah RM 497,538.70 diberi kepada 3116 orang nelayan.

Usaha ini diteruskan lagi pada tahun ini. Bantuan pukat siri satu telah diberi pada bulan Mei yang mana ia melibatkan seramai 3186 orang nelayan dan jumlah pemberian adalah sebanyak RM531,759.65. Manakala bagi bantuan pukat siri ke-dua pada tahun ini, sejumlah RM557,439.50 akan diberi kepada 3121 orang nelayan pada bulan November yang akan datang.

Walaupun hanya mewakili 1% daripada Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar, industri perikanan Malaysia memainkan peranan yang penting dalam jaminan makanan terutamanya di kalangan nelayan kecil-kecilan. Justeru, adalah pentingnya supaya kita memastikan daya maju dan manfaat sosio-ekonomi industri perikanan skala kecil di kawasan pantai utara Pulau Pinang.

Saya ingin mengambil kesempatan ini untuk memuji Eastern & Oriental Berhad (E & O) yang telah mengambil inisiatif dalam menjaga kepentingan masyarakat nelayan sejurusnya mematuhi semua syarat yang ditetapkan oleh pihak berkuasa sebagai sebahagian daripada proses kelulusan untuk projek Seri Tanjung Pinang Fasa 2 (STP2).

Sekian, terima kasih.

 

Diversity, Democracy and Dialogue

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Diversity, Democracy and Dialogue Address by YAB Mr Lim Guan Eng at the PI-G25 Forum
on 31 October 2015, 12.45PM, at Olive Tree Hotel

We are living in a trying time. Both globally and nationally, people often experience bigotry, injustice and violence not because of what they do, but simply because of who they are. Simply because they belong to the wrong groups, they are persecuted, vilified and discriminated against.

Often it seems that diversity is a curse to humanity. Logically, a simplest solution then is to eliminate the differences of all 6 billion people on earth. For some, if we speak the same language, then we will not misunderstand each other. For some others, if we all practice inter-marriage such that we will all be relatives in a few generations’ time, then we won’t fight each other.

The unfortunate fact is division and enmity persists even when there is no diversity but many similarities. In Northern Ireland, the Catholics and the Protestants are not the best neighbours even though they are all English-speaking Christians. In ex-Yugoslavia, where inter-marriages were common, ruthless ethnic cleansing still happened when the authoritarian regime collapsed.

After diversity, democracy is often blamed for conflicts. For some, if people do not have political freedom, or if there is a strong government, then there will be order and peace. In other words, count on government leaders to be inclusive and fair-minded. Unfortunately, in reality, authoritarian leaders are often more inclined to play up ethnic-religious sentiments to stay afloat.

The other problem of counting on a benevolent despot is of course corruption. As Lord Acton warns us, “power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely”. In the 50s and 60s, the Philippines was once the leading economy in Asia but after 21 years of corrupt rule under President Ferdinand Marcos, exporting labour especially maids becomes one of the country’s key sources of income and of course our Prime Minister has now exceeded Marcos's record with the reported discovery by Wall Street Journal of the largest sum of USD 700 million in any country’s leader bank account – a world record.

How do we find peace when we are diverse and free? This is the question confronting Malaysia after 2008.

Since the political tsunami, we have seen more rigorous competition between political parties not only in elections, but also in governance. On the side of Pakatan Harapan and previously Pakatan Rakyat, we work hard to curb corruption and improve efficiency and effectiveness in governance to advance the well-being of the people. Meanwhile, citizens’ participation in public affairs – from expressing their views on social media, joining peaceful protests to taking part in policy consultation – has also significantly increased. The day that governments can pretend they know best and act as if they are the people’s boss is over. Now, politicians are constantly reminded: People are the boss! If you do not perform, you will have to pack and go.

However, we have also seen more incidents of rising ethno-religious tensions since 2008. I, for example, have lost count myself how many times demonstrations were held in front of Komtar because I and my government are apparently anti-Malay or anti-Muslim. Never mind we have given more funds to our mosques and suraus. Never mind we have worked very hard to help the poor – majority of them are Malays – from creating more job opportunities to giving cash handouts.

About four months ago, a theft in a mobile phone shop escalated into a small ethnic riot in Low Yat Plaza, Kuala Lumpur. Two months after that, we had the red shirt rally threatening violence on Chinese Malaysians for joining the Bersih rally. And the police even had to fire water cannon to disperse a group of UMNO supporters. The latest development is that a former chief minister of state vowing to lead his martial art group to war if necessary.

How do we deal with these incidences? Should we close down Chinese and Tamil schools as some suggested to “promote national unity”? Should we revive the draconian Internal Security Act so that the Government can put people behind bar indefinitely as they wish? Or should we blame religions, as a former minister said, racism is religiously permitted?

I think not. I think we must affirm and celebrate diversity and democracy.

Just as restrictions or intolerance of diversity adversely impact the minorities, even the majority Malays are not affected. Let me share two views by 2 brave Malay ladies :- Firstly, Tunku Munawirah Putra who had defended Farah Ann and another by stating “How can someone who has done the country proud by achieving the best sports honours in the region be judged on her sports attire or a scholar who has achieved academic excellence be frowned upon for not donning the hijab? What's worse, a daughter's plea for help to recover her cancer-striken father's medical records stolen from their car was criticised because she wrote on her Facebook wall in English.”

Secondly, Zainah Anwar, who has expressed her concern over the course of direction the country is heading to by questioning, “Why after decades of rigorous development planning, 40% of Malaysian households earn only about RM1,847 a month? Why after more than four decades of the NEP, 75.5% of those at the bottom are Bumiputeras? Why in spite of the billions poured into education and boarding schools, 64.3% of the Bumiputera workforce have only SPM qualifications? Why some 90% of the unemployable university graduates are Bumiputeras? Why of the $54 billion worth of shares pumped to Bumiputera individuals and institutions between 1984 and 2005, only $2 billion remained in Bumiputera hands today?”

To know each other, may I propose then the third “D” after diversity and democracy: dialogue. Dialogue is not monologues by two parties. More than just expressing ourselves, dialogue is about listening to the other party. The key of dialogue is then mutual respect and understanding. Understand how we are made different so that we can know each other better and celebrate our common goodness and universal values.

We are very blessed to have in this morning accomplished lawyers and scholars, Mr Nizam Bashir, Mr Lim Heng Seng, Mr Aston Paiva, Dr Nawab Osman, Dr Maznah Mohamed and Dr Syed Farid Alatas to enlighten us on the Federal Constitution and Syariah Law and more generally, the implications of Political Islam and Islamisation in a plural society. I am sure they have left us a lot to reflect and have more dialogues.

Must there be conflict between Syariah or Islamic tenets and a plural society in a constitutional democracy?

Just last weekend, an influential and well-respected Islamist organisation Ikram organised two events discussing maqasid (the higher objectives) of Syariah, which advocates for inclusive and good governance. The speakers featured include Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi of Tunisia (on video), Ustaz Muhammad Anis of Indonesia and our very own Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa. Our forum today is a good follow-up to the discussion last week.

I understand that after lunch, the three accomplished scholars from International Islamic University of Malaysia, Dr Mazlee Malik, Dr Mohd Iqbal Abdul Wahab and Mr Naser Tun Abdul Rahman will enlighten us on maqasid Syariah, which should be a blessing to the human race by advancing well-being, justice and freedom for all. And we will have Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad as discussant to connect us back on the larger conversation that is happening nationwide.

As our nation is daily bombarded with ethno-religious bigotry, let us uphold diversity, democracy and dialogue.

Historically, Penang was and is a meeting place of ideas from different civilisations, which bless us Penang people with a cosmopolitan and progressive outlook. Penang Institute should be commended for helping to co-organise the forum with G25 in this glorious tradition of Penang.

I must now express my utmost gratitude to G25 for not only bringing the forum to Penang – they will have another one in Kuala Lumpur on December 5 – but very much for standing up and speaking up at this trying time of our nation. Representing the Malay elites who have served the nation in administration, judiciary, businesses and academia, G25 is contributing immensely in the national dialogue on how to move our country forward.

Besides organising this forum on this challenging topic, G25 is also working on a detailed proposal to reform political finances. Let me state that my party has no problem disclosing our political finances. We do that at every fund-raising dinner and give a full financial report during our party conventions.

Why do we have anything to hide when as Chief Minister and elected representatives in Penang we make public declaration of assets periodically and ban family members from doing business with the state government and also from applying for government land.

What is happening to our values of right and wrong when those who are questioning unexplained wealth is wrong whereas those who have USD 700 million is considered above the law without any need to account where the money comes from and why and how was the money spent?

We are not afraid to disclose our party's and our own personal finances. Will the Prime Minister, UMNO and BN leaders dare to do so?

Let us give G25’s patriotism a big hand. On organising this programme, I would like to thank Datuk Latifah, Datuk Farida and Datuk Nazir for their dedicated effort. Special thank to Datuk Nazir for his company Aspen Group’s generous support of this forum. Similarly, I thank Penang Institute staff for their good work.

Once again, I wish everyone a fruitful dialogue on Maqasid Syariah in a Constitutional Democracy.

 

KARNIVAL MAXIS HOTLINK DEEPAVALI TAHUN 2015 “HOT LINK DEEPA OLI”

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UCAPAN YAB. KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG DI
KARNIVAL MAXIS HOTLINK DEEPAVALI TAHUN 2015
“HOT LINK DEEPA OLI”

5PM, 30 OKTOBER 2015 (JUMAAT)

Selamat petang dan Selamat Menyambut Perayaan Deepavali tahun 2015. “Deepavali Nal Valthukal” saya ucapkan kepada semua penganut agama Hindu khasnya rakyat Pulau Pinang.

Saya juga mengucapkan terima kasih kepada En. Balachander Naidu, Head of Northern Region, Maxis Berhad dan Dato' Vasantharajan, Presiden Dewan Perniagaan dan Perindustrian Kaum India Malaysia, Pulau Pinang kerana sudi bekerjasama dengan Lembaga Wakaf Hindu Negeri dan Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang bagi menganjurkan Karnival Maxis Hotlink Deepavali di kawasan Little India untuk kali ketiga pada tahun ini.

Lonely Planet baru-baru ini menggelarkan George Town adalah bandaraya No.4 terbaik atau berkarisma di dunia untuk dilawati. Semasa Pulau Pinang menjadi pilihan orang ramai, termasuk pengunjung antarabangsa, Kerajaan Persekutuan pula telah mengetepikan Pulau Pinang dalam Bajet 2016. Mengapakah projek-projek Infrastruktur seperti pengangkutan awam, pembesaran Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Pulau Pinang dan Projek LRT Pulau Pinang tidak turut dibentangkan dalam bajet tahun ini tetapi hanya di negeri lain. Lagipun projek LRT telah dijanjikan selama 3 kali oleh YAB Perdana Menteri tetapi sehingga hari ini masih belum dilaksanakan.

Perlu diingatkan Pulau Pinang adalah sebahagian daripada Malaysia dan apa yang baik untuk Pulau Pinang juga baik untuk Malaysia. Pelancong yang bertambah masuk ke Pulau Pinang juga bermakna tambahan pelancong untuk Malaysia. Pulau Pinang menyumbangkan di antara kutipan cukai yang tertinggi dan sebanyak RM 6.3 billion setiap tahun tetapi negeri kita masih dianaktirikan dan didikriminasikan.

Apa yang amat menyedihkan saya lagi ialah GST tidak dimansuhkan atau membekukan kadar tol, menurunkan harga minyak serta mengawal kejatuhan nilai ringgit dalam bajet ini. Faktor-faktor ini adalah amat penting bagi merangsangkan kembali ekonomi negara yang lembab serta memulihkan semula keyakinan pelabur asing kepada Malaysia dan mengurangkan beban kewangan rakyat.

Baru-baru ini, Kerajaan Negeri telah menaja program Jerman Dual Vocational Training (GDVT) bernilai RM 2.0 juta yang merupakan program pertama seumpamanya di Malaysia dengan mendidik pelajar vokasional di kilang menerusi program “berkerja sambil belajar” demi melahirkan lebih banyak pekerja berkemahiran tinggi. Hanya dengan melaburkan dalam pendidikan secara berani, barulah kita boleh memenangi masa depan yang cerah untuk negeri dan anak-anak kita.

Maka para hadiran sekalian, pada perayaan Deepavali tahun ini saya menyeru kepada semua rakyat beragama Hindu agar bersatulah dengan semua warga Malaysia demi membanteras golongan rasis, ekstremis serta korup dan berjuanglah bagi mengekalkan keadilan, keamanan serta hak asasi warganegara di bawah Perlembagaan Persekutuan Negara kita.

Akhir sekali, saya mengucapkan terima kasih kepada semua pihak yang terlibat dalam menjayakan Karnival Maxis Hotlink Deepavali tahun 2015 termasuk YB. Prof. Dr. P. Ramasamy yang telah mengetuai Jawatankuasa Penganjur karnival ini. Marilah kita berusaha ke atas Pulau Pinang yang bersih, hijau, sihat dan selamat.

Sekian. Terima kasih.