The Lease Signing of Wisma Yeap Chor Ee

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Speech by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at The Lease Signing of Wisma Yeap Chor Ee on 29th June 2014

Wisma Yeap Chor Ee as a Hub for Creative Animation Triggers and Penang Science Cluster Allow Penang to Escape the Middle-Income Trap and Become a High-Income Economy.

Yb. Dato’ Mohd Rashid Hasnon
Deputy Chief Minister of Penang (1)

Yb. Puan Chong Eng
State Executive Councillor

Yg. Bhg. Dato’ Rosli Jaafar
General Manager, Penang Development Corporation

Puan Ir Hartini Ali,
Deputy General Manager (II), Penang Development Corporation

Yg. Bhg. Dato’ Seri Stephen Yeap Leong Huat
Chairman, Wawasan Open University Sdn. Bhd.

Yg. Bhg. Prof  Dato’ Ho Sinn Chye
Vice Chancellor & Chief  Executive Officer
Wawasan Open University Sdn. Bhd.

Members of  The Penang State Executive Council (EXCO)

Pillar Heads  from Penang Science Cluster & Techdome Penang

Distinguished guests

Members from the media

It is a great pleasure for me to be here today to witness the signing of the lease of Wisma Yeap Chor Ee between PENANG DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION and WAWASAN OPEN UNIVERSITY SDN BHD.

The significance of this signing underlines the state government’s commitment in promoting science and technology, as well as creative animation, by creating the space necessary through leasing this lovely Wisma Yeap Chor Ee heritage building. This will be the hub for Creative Animation Triggers (CAT) in Georgetown, and will house the Penang Science Café operated by the Penang Science Cluster. Together, the CAT and the Penang Science Café provide the best means to promote, develop and build an interactive connection between science and students; creative industries and end users; innovating and inspiring our future generations towards a high income, service oriented economy.

Investing in the Future

The Penang state government’s vision is to transform Penang into an international and intelligent city while maintaining its renowned heritage and preferred tourist location in Malaysia. Over the last 40 years, Penang’s economy has shifted from extraction in the 1960s to industrialisation, from the export of raw commodities to manufacturing. In other words, Penang’s economy was factor-driven by relying on basic commodities before being efficiency-driven by relying on manufacturing. Penang needs to be not only efficiency-driven but also innovation-driven in manufacturing, services and even the public sector.

The key to future economic success is not an over-reliance on one sector but to seek convergence of not only the manufacturing sector but also both the services and government sector. Services sector includes not only tourism, medical treatment and education but ICT, shared services & outsourcing (SSO) and creative multimedia content.

We are helping to build the capacity of the state as it moves toward a knowledge economy by maximizing local content, adding value through integrated industrial parks, and promoting economic diversification and entrepreneurship.

The focus is to encourage the production of content which is of high quality, innovative and creative, hence, build the foundation for a thriving and lucrative creative multimedia industry to optimise the mature development of the digital network. Fostering creative industries can spur economic growth and create jobs. I hope to propel Penang further up the value chain via its focus on high value-added industries such as creative multimedia content.

BPO-ITO Hub Component of Creative Animation Triggers (CAT)

The creative multimedia industry is making its mark as one of the most sought-after industries in the world, with prospects ranging from post production, special effect studio, publishing, animation, computer games, interactive content, mobile content, applications, and also interactive media. In other words, the creative multimedia industry acts as glue that bonds technology and arts together in harmony.

Penang has the potential to become an animation cluster for Malaysia in the future. Here in Penang we have universities, colleges and academies that train creative multimedia talents. Our talents are also very deep in creativity in areas such as arts, 3D animation and animation touches, not just illustration and artistry.

To incubate this emerging knowledge cluster, the George Town World Cultural Heritage Enclave has been identified as the centre of creative multimedia development with a total of 100,000 sq. feet office space known as Creative Animation Triggers (CAT). The signing today of Wisma Yeap Chor Ee is part of this dream. We take one step closer to realising this dream with 42,402 sq. feet for 30 years, at monthly rental of RM42,402 per month, at RM1 per sq. feet, with an increase of 10% once every three years. The restoration costs to be financed by PDC works out to be RM5 million. We will ensure that the heritage elements of this building remains.

Creative Animation Triggers (CAT) aims to enhance capacity, capability and competency in Penang’s creative industry to produce world-class content and ultimately become a global hub for multimedia information and digital content services as well as drive entrepreneurship in the creative industry.
Incubation of this knowledge cluster in the centre of George Town UNESCO world cultural heritage enclave will grow our heritage community, boost the standard of professionalism and quality of the creative content entrepreneurs, and making Penang a creative city. It is for the community’s use to form a central arts district that can inspire creativity and offer an avenue for artists to gather.

Penang has a long way to go compared with more developed creative industries in developed nations like United States, South Korea and Japan which have contributed over five per cent to their GDP. (MyCreative, 17 February 2014)

CAT can help create over 1,000 highly-skilled, knowledge-intensive and high-value job opportunities.

As a result of all these activities and investment, we can only look forward to better, faster options in the creative multimedia landscape, as well as science and technology, pushing Penang from the middle-income trap.


Thank you.

On What Basis Has The IGP The Right To Act And Arrest For Sedition Those Who Question Court Decisions, When He Himself Has Flagrantly Broken The Law With An Unlawful Of Refusing To Obey And Enforce A Direct Court Order?

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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 26 June 2014.

On What Basis Has The IGP The Right To Act And Arrest For Sedition Those Who Question Court Decisions, When He Himself Has Flagrantly Broken The Law With An Unlawful Of Refusing To Obey And Enforce A Direct Court Order?

Inspector-General of Police(IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar should stop making threats of taking action for sedition, against those who question the decision of the Federal Court that the BN Federal government had a right to ban the Catholic weekly “The Herald” from using kalimah “Allah”. The IGP’s warnings is unbecoming for a  police chief charged with protecting the public, and smacks of double-standards when no action is taken against UMNO leaders from Perkasa, who on 23 June 2014 repeated their calls for the closure of the vernacular Chinese and Tamil primary schools.

Malaysians have a legal and constitutional right to question any court decision that is finally decided. This is in accordance with political, social, and judicial norms of our country since Merdeka. Criticism of court decisions based on the law also complies with international practices and natural laws. If court decisions can not be questioned, then this is no longer a democracy governed by rule of law but a dictatorship governed by men pretending to act under divine laws.

Police failure to act against those who bully and threatens minority groups or PR leaders who oppose BN only shows how the IGP has politicized the police force into becoming a tool of BN. Instead of upholding the law, the IGP has chosen to break the law by refusing to enforce child custodial orders issued by the Ipoh High Court. The High Court’s order to the police that the Muslim parent who had unilaterally converted the child, must return the child to the mother, is following universally and internationally accepted practices of human decency and humanity of reuniting mother and child.

The refusal of the IGP to comply with civil court orders is clearly a breach of statutory duty that has exposed Khalid Abu Bakar as completely unfit for such a high and important position because he has conveniently forgotten one of the primary police duties under Section 20 of the Police Act 1967 is to execute any orders of summons, subpoenas, warrants  legally issued by the courts. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s suggestion of referring such child custody cases to the Federal Court fails to address, correct and punish such open contempt of courts and defiance of the IGP’s statutory duty.

On what basis has the IGP the right to act and arrest for sedition those who question court decisions, when he himself has flagrantly broken the law with an unlawful of of refusing to obey and enforce a direct court order?









Teng Chang Yeow Should Answer Why He Opposes 2 Runways For An Established International Airport Like Penang When Kedah Can Seek RM 1.6 Billion To Build An Entirely New 3rd Kedah International Airport In Kulim

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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 25.6.2014.
Teng Chang Yeow Should Answer Why He Opposes 2 Runways For An Established International Airport Like Penang When Kedah Can Seek RM 1.6 Billion To Build An Entirely New 3rd  Kedah International Airport In Kulim.

Penang BN Chairman Teng Chang Yow should not try to distract attention but answer questions as to the real Penang BN position when he opposes but yet Penang UMNO supports Kedah Mentri Besar (MB) Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir’s proposal to build a new international airport in Kulim, Kedah. More importantly, Teng should answer the question why he opposes 2 runways for an established international airport like Penang when Kedah can seek RM 1.6 billion to build an entirely new 3rd  Kedah International Airport in Kulim with 2 runways.
Mukhriz had said the RM 1.6 billon costs included land acquisition, the building of basic infrastructure of the airport and two runways. Mukhriz further said that the Penang International Airport had reached its maximum capacity in 2 years and its one runway showed limited capacity to accommodate more aircraft. 
However instead of building a 2nd runway, a new integrated air cargo hub and a Maintenance Repair and Overhaul or MRO facility for Penang that costs RM600 million, BN is more intent on spending RM 1.6 billon for a completely new airport in the middle of the jungle in Kulim, Kedah. Like Teng, Mukhriz had said it was not easy for Penang airport to have a second runway as the factories were located near it, adding the suggestion of sea reclamation to extend the runway was “easier said than done”.
The Penang state government disagrees strongly with the intention of the BN Federal government to neglect and bypass Penang for Kedah. Clearly this is seen as a undemocratic and vindictive punitive action against Penang for supporting PR with the largest  mandate of 68% of the popular votes in the 2013 general elections.
Instead of addressing these questions on why he opposes the 2nd airport runway for Penang and what is BN Penang’s real stand when UMNO Penang takes a contradictory position from Teng, Teng has decided to focus on irrelevant and petty issues. Penang is proud of what we had achieved in making Penang as a location of choice of investors. For the 6 year period under PR rule from 2008-2013, Penang recorded an investment of RM 40,049 million which is nearly double BN’s total 6 year figures from 2002-7 of RM 21,095 million.
And yet BN criticize the state government for any drop in investments last  year but when investments go up the following year, BN claims credit instead. Let the people of Penang decide whether it is for BN to blame the state government when investment goes down but then forget to praise the state government but claim credit when investment rises. Instead, it is the 1.6 million Penangites that should claim the credit for Penang’s success as the top investment state in Malaysia.
For BN to question falling investor confidence in Penang is at best ignorant and at worst a pretence of being unaware that Temasek Holdings had just signed a joint-venture agreement to develop a High Technology Industrial Park valued at RM11.3 billion for the manufacturing and services sector. BN should drop all pretence and concede that PR performed much better during our 6 years in power with RM40,049 million in investments as compared to the BN’s previous 6 years of RM 21,095 million.
I have no interest in Teng;s tactics of politicizing investment figures by even questioning the answers provided by the Prime Minsiter Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Parliament. The Penang state government has received little to no cooperation from federal government agencies. There is even no replies to our formal letters on many issues. For this reason, we are forced to rely on parliamentary questions. Unfortunately even Parliamentary questions sometimes elicit very little information.
For this reason, when viewed within the context of Penang operating practically on our own, Penang’s achievement as the top investment location in Malaysia is more remarkable. The challenges for Penang will only increase with Kedah now openly using its political connections with the Federal government to undermine Penang’s competitiveness.
Even though Kedah is not in the picture at all nationally or regionally in terms of investments, Penang is not afraid of competing with another new international airport in Kulim, but on a level playing field by giving us an additional runway, integrated air cargo facility and MRO hub. The question is whether Teng and UMNO Penang will support Penang’s International Airport upgrade expansion proposals with deeds rather than empty words to compete fairly with the proposed new international airport in Kulim.


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邓章耀在首相于国会上给予的数据上大作文章,我对于邓政治化这些问题不感兴趣。槟州政府向来只获得少部分联邦政府机构的合作与配合,有时候我们去函询问某些课题,甚至连回应都没有。基于这个问题,我们唯有寻求在国会上获得答案,可悲的是,有时国会的答案资料也十分不足。 职是之故,在槟城自力更生的脉络下审视我们获得全国投资额的第一,将更显弥足珍贵。现在,吉打运用其和联邦政府的政治连接,促使降低槟城的竞争力,会是我们槟城的一大挑战。



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