Ambulance Hand Over Event

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Speech by YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang
during Ambulance Hand Over Event
on 01 March 2015, 3pm
at Koleksi Vipasana, 170 Beach Street, 10300 Penang

Let me first begin by congratulating Koleksi Vipasana for this auspicious event, the handover of one unit of fully equipped Class A ambulance to St John Ambulance Malaysia Pulau Pinang.

I am very proud that Koleksi Vipasana have stood out to pool their resources to serve the community better. I must sincerely thank Koleksi Vipasana for doing a great service to the people of Penang.

Since 2006, Koleksi Vipasana had undertaken various CSR initiatives. Past CSR initiatives undertaken are namely, the raising of funds to purchase 6 motorised wheel chairs for the Penang Cheshire Home in 2008 as well as the raising of funds to purchase 2 dialysis machines for the Penang Rotary Foundation in 2007, 3 dialysis machines for Penang Fo Yi Haemodialysis Society, 3 dialysis machines for Province Wellesley Renal Medifund in 2009 and one unit of Class A ambulance to St John Ambulance Malaysia Pulau Pinang in November 2011, which cost RM263,000. A total of RM1.3 million collected by Vipasana to various charity organizations since 2006.

Today’s event is the handover of another unit of Class A ambulance to St John Ambulance. This current unit is a commuter type which is much bigger for long distance travelling and it is the first commuter ambulance for St John Ambulance Malaysia, Penang Branch.

The project to purchase a Class A fully equipped commuter ambulance has took Koleksi Vipasana approximately 2 years to realize. Funds were raised through direct donations from the devotees of Kruba Akliyachat, customers and friends. The total amount collected was RM 300,000. This has shown that Penang people care. I was told that all donations were made payable to St John, directly and solely for such purpose without deducting a single cent for their expenses and as for today’s function, all expenses are fully borne by Koleksi Vipasana.

Let me congratulate St John Ambulance Malaysia, Penang Branch to have another fully equipped new ambulance to serve the communities of Penang and also to take over the service and maintenance of this ambulance.

I hope more organizations will come out with more ambulances to help the St John Ambulance Malaysia Rescue team to carry out their job and duty to the community.

The Penang State Government advocates a caring society to look after the welfare of the poor, weak, defenseless and disadvantaged. The state government spent RM 287 million in cash aid and disbursements since 2008 or 12% of our annual budget surpluses since 2008. In fact the Penang state government recorded RM 453 million in budget surpluses over a 6 year period from 2008-2013. This is bigger than the RM 373 million in accumulated surpluses over 50 years from 1957-2007. In other words, the Penang State Government's performance over the last 6 years is better than the previous 50 years.

Let the work of Vipasana be a part of our efforts towards transforming Penang into an international and intelligent city – where our community work and charitable efforts must also scale world-class standards. Let there be no doubt that the state government appreciates your efforts especially in putting others before self. Individually, we became a more complete person when our society is better.

With active non-NGOs like Vipasana, I believe that we can work together to aid the underprivileged. Together, we can create unity, tolerance, social justice and equal opportunities for all, in order to achieve a more sustainable and promising future. Penang as liveable city that is clean, green, safe and healthy is ideal for those with energy, expertise and entrepreneurship.

Thank you.



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25 FEBRUARY 2015

First of all I would like to thank The Royal Thai Consulate of Penang, His Excellency Mr. Chongcharoen Devahastin Na Ayudhaya for inviting me to the launching of the Thai Festival, which started today 25th of February to 1st March 2015.

I have been informed that there are 70 vendors participating in this festival, with various kinds of authentic and high quality Thai foods including halal products from 5 Southern Provinces of Thailand. There will also be some cultural performances and martial arts demonstrations.

I believe Thai food and culture is very popular in Penang. There is also a sizeable Thai community living here, and this is due to the close relationship between Penang and Thailand that has lasted for more than a thousand years.

Today's event will help to nurture people to people relationships between Penang and Thailand. Penang is fast becoming a cultural and arts hub in Malaysia. Compared to 7 years ago, you now can many see may arts and culture-related events and activities happening in Penang, attracting visitors and locals alike. The George Town Festival and today's Thailand Festival is another one example.

I hope the Thai Festival can grow to be bigger in the years to come and contribute more to strengthening the relationship between Penang and Thailand.

Thank you again for inviting me and I wish your festival a great success.

MAPEX 2015

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Thank you to REHDA Penang and Henry Butcher Penang, the organizers of Malaysia Property Exhibition (MAPEX) for once again inviting me to deliver a New Year message in conjunction with their event starting from today until this Tuesday.

The theme “A New Year, A New Home” is in line with the State Government’s efforts to ensure that genuine qualified first time buyers are able to own a home under our new housing rule which took effect from 1 February 2014. This ruling is intended to protect existing and emerging affordable housing stocks, curb speculation and assist the low-income group to have a roof over their heads.

According to the Malaysian House Price Index, Penang house price index has risen from 116.6 in the third quarter of 2003 to 218.2 by the third quarter of 2013. Penang has seen the rise in property prices which has doubled since 2003. House prices increased 8.6% annually while the average household income increased by 5.4%. This means, house prices increased faster than income which leave an affordability gap.

The State Government places great emphasis to help the low income group to own a home. The cost of living has risen and the impact of the GST implementation on 1 April this year on goods and services has already been felt by consumers since its announcement in 2013. That is the reason the state government has set up a RM 500 million affordable and Public Housing Fund to build 22,545 public and affordable housing units in all 5 districts of Penang.

We hope that the new integrated transportation system from now until 2030 under the RM 27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan will further boost the tourism industry in Penang. The plan includes components such as improved highway network, light rail transit (LRT), bus rapid transit (BRT), trams and new ferry services. An Electric Train Service (ETS) linking Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth will be operational in July 2015. A total of 10 new coach sets will be running in stages by January 2016. With this, we believe that the improved transportation system will provide further support to the overall property development in the region.

I am proud to say that all the efforts made by various organisations and the Penang people have seen the transformation of Penang into a vibrant city full of activities and festivals ranging from arts and culture to international entertainment and exhibitions. We are looking forward to the 1st phase completion of the RM 300 million Sub-terranean Penang International Conference and Exhibition Centre (SPICE) project in 2017 which will double the present capacity at the present PISA site. This will allow Penang to attract MICE segment of the tourism market, create business and employment opportunities that will spur the demand for the property market.

I want to congratulate REHDA and Henry Butcher Penang for successfully organizing this event and for their continuous generous support to the community, this time by contributing RM 20, 000 donations to charity.