Penang Has No Objections To A New International Airport Costing More Than RM 2 Billion Being Built In Kulim, Kedah, If The Penang International Airport Is Upgraded With 2 Runways, A Fully-Integrated Air Cargo Facility As Well As Establish A Maintenance, R

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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 15.6.2014.
Penang Has No Objections To A New International Airport Costing More Than RM 2 Billion Being Built In Kulim, Kedah, If The Penang International Airport Is Upgraded With 2 Runways, A Fully-Integrated Air Cargo Facility As Well As Establish A Maintenance, Repair And Overhaul(MRO) Hub.

Penang has no objection to a new international airport costing easily more than RM 2 billion being built in Kulim, Kedah, if the Penang International Airport can be upgraded with 2 runways, a fully-integrated air cargo facility as well as establish a maintenance, repair and overhaul(MRO) aerospace hub. The cost of the new international airport in Kulim is a conservative estimate and could be double the amount based on the final cost of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2(KLIA2) ballooning to RM 4 billion from the original estimate of RM 1.7 billion.
Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir claimed that building an international airport in Kulim, Kedah, was not a waste of money like Penang’s proposed tunnel project as it would be a gateway to the northern states and southern Thailand. He added that Penang had limited land space unlike Kedah, which had enough land for an airport.
It is untrue to say that Penang has no more land for the expansion of the existing Penang International Airport, which carried 5.5 million passengers last year and is reaching the maximum capacity of 6.5 million passengers. With the present overcrowding, a further expansion of the Penang International Airport is now urgently needed. Land can be reclaimed on the south of the Penang International airport and the necessary provision has been made for an additional 300-500 acres for reclamation where necessary.
Mukhriz’s attack on Penang’s under water sea tunnel project and 3 additional major highway projects in the island costing a total of RM6.3 billion as a waste of money, is a desperate attempt to divert attention from the impracticality of spending billions of ringgit on a new international airport in Kulim. How can building roads to improve connectivity for the convenience of the public be a waste of money? To follow his logic, then the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah or the Penang 2nd Bridge costing RM4.5 billion should also not be built as it is a waste of money.
Building a new international airport in Kulim to be a gateway to northern states and south Thailand as an obvious device to replace, instead of focusing on upgrading the existing over-capacity Penang International Airport, would ultimately erode Malaysia’s economic competitiveness and comparative advantage. Penang has established itself as the top location of choice for foreign direct investment (FDI) in Malaysia with RM 19.7 billion or nearly 20% of Malaysia’s total FDI from 2010 to August 2013.
On this basis if Mukhriz feels it is economically feasible and justifiable for Kedah to have an additional international airport, then applying the same logic would mean that Penang should have two more international airports. Penang is the top location of choice of investors not only because of the well-connected logistics, communications and transport facilities but also due to “soft assets” of availability of human talent, sophisticated supply chain, livable city and good governance.
For this reason, the Federal government should strive to retain these foreign investors by upgrading the Penang International Airport by building 2 runways, an integrated air cargo facility and a MRO aerospace hub. As the most profitable air cargo hub in Malaysia, an integrated air cargo facility in Penang should be established to leverage on existing advantages.
The Penang state government will have no objections after the airport upgrade in Penang if the Federal and Kedah government still feels that an additional new international airport is required in Kulim.
Due to the high costs involved, building a new international airport from scratch is not a decision to be taken lightly or else the people are left with the heavy expense of building a while elephant. Malacca's RM250 million airport is good example of such a white elephant where it is now an empty and unused airport.

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因此,联邦政府应该致力于提升槟城国际机场至两条跑道、拥有完整综合空运设施,以及一个航空维修、修理及检查(MRO)中心,以留住外国投资者。做为全国最赚钱的航空运输中心 ,我们需要兴建综合航空运输设施,以让现有的优势发挥最大的影响力。




Opening of Penang Green Council New Green Office

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Penang Green Council’s Office: The First Pilot Project in Malaysia to receive Gold Certification of GBI Interior Tool.

A very good afternoon,

First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind attendance to witness the transformation of the Penang Green Council (PGC) Office. It is the first pilot project of its kind in Malaysia which has been planned and designed based on Green Building Index (GBI) Interior Tool criteria.

The ceremony today is also held coinciding with The World Environment Day 2014, which has just passed on the 5th of June themed, “Raise your voice, not the sea level”.  World Environment Day this year focuses on the risk and challenges faced by Small Island Developing States (SIDS) especially the rising of sea level in the context of climate change. Penang Island possess most of the small island characteristic. As a small size island, Penang Island itself expose to climate change as well as natural and environmental disasters.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Signs of climate change have becoming more obvious, for example the prolonged drought that occurred earlier this year (Feb – April) and the recurring thunderstorms which caused flash floods at the Penang International Airport early April. These extreme weathers are highly unpredictable and they are devastating to us all. Environmental disasters not only cause millions of ringgit in losses but also affect the social-economy of the state.

The main culprit of global warming and climate change is the ever-increasing levels of greenhouse gases emission such as carbon dioxide and methane gas. The concentration of carbon dioxide has now increased to 400 parts per million compared to 200-300 parts per million historically. What is far more worrying is that this number is still increasing constantly, worsen global warming!

Honourable guests,

In order to reduce the impact of development on the environment, Penang aspires to be the first green state in Malaysia with a variety of initiatives such as “No Free Plastic bags” campaign, banning the use of polystyrene containers or better known as the “White Coffin” and the introduction of Car Free Day every Sunday morning at Beach Street. Aside from that, the rates of recycling in Penang has also increased to an average of 30% as of September 2013, making it the highest in the whole of Malaysia. All these efforts were conducted based on the goal of reducing greenhouse gases, reducing carbon footprint and last but not least, making Penang a more liveable and sustainable city.

In line with the vision of the state, PGC now introduces their office with the concept of sustainable development. We are now gathered in the First Pilot Project in Malaysia, which is fully designed based on GBI interior tool, with GOLD Certification. Congratulations to PGC for this achievement!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This Pilot Office is the first of its kind to use environmental-friendly raw materials. For instant, the cement floor and wall paints contain very low levels of VOC (volatile organic compound). The list does not stop here as the furniture are recycled while the working tables and cubicles are made from recycled wooden pallets.

The concept of the office was also planned in order to reduce energy consumption. Here, energy saving electrical appliances were installed, while the office is naturally lit. This office also practises the use of recycled paper and has installed water efficient fixtures.

Honourable guest,

In year 2012, I launched Penang’s Green Office Certification project. Today, PGC has risen to the challenge and achieved a remarkable milestone by becoming the First Pilot Project in Malaysia to receive Gold Certification of GBI Interior Tool. I hope that this office will be an example to more of its kind in the whole of Penang and Malaysia. As the saying goes, "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, but borrow it from our children”. I would like to urge everyone to work together for a better future. Be it a small initiative from home or work, we all are capable of making a significant change to the environment.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We appreciate the efforts from individuals and organizations who had contributed to the improvement of Penang’s environment. In the second half of the year, PGC is going to organise Penang International Green Carnival in September and Green Pinang 3A Gala in November. We welcome contributors of climate change solutions to take part in the Carnival, be it your ideas or technologies.  In line with 3A Gala Night held by PGC, the State Government is giving out certificates of appreciation to all those contributors. I would like to call upon everyone to nominate any known contributors at PGC’s website.

Before I end, I would like to give very special thanks to our GBI facilitator, Mr Baylon Tham, who mooted this idea for PGC new office and bridge the communication between PGC and MGBC (Malaysian Green Building Confederation). We also want to say thank you to Area Designs, Perunding P.L.A and everyone here for supporting this GBI office project.

Thank you.


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It is my distinct pleasure to be here today to officiate the inauguration of Zestron Asia’s NEW manufacturing headquarters.  Thank you for choosing Penang as the choice of location to invest in this RM 15 million facility with a final headcount of 22 employee workforce.  Zestron is in a very niche market segment its environment require high automation and skilled engineers with chemistry background to ensure quality consistency. Little is known of high precision cleaning technology outside of the electronics industry. Today, I am proud to note that Zestron from Germany is a name emblematic of the world of high technology cleaning has chosen Penang as home to their new manufacturing site to support the entire Asia Pacific region.

Penang was the top foreign direct investment (FDI) state in Malaysia for the period of 2010 to August 2013 amounting to RM 19.7 billion or nearly 20% of Malaysia’s total FDI of RM 103 billion. Housing more than 300 multinational companies within the region, Penang is the hub for electrical and electronics industries, as well as other industrial material manufacturing facilities.

With the presence of Zestron, Penang hopes to continue to attract High Technologically Driven Companies to do environmental friendly precision cleaning technolgy, which fits Penang’s economic objectives and policies. ZESTRON is the outright global market leader with 6 global customer support centers and remains a driver and firm believer in developing relevant product innovations in line with Penang Government environmentally focus policy.

Globally, Zestron is Number 1 in the global market with easily 60% of the market share while having 35% of the market share in Malaysia. In Penang alone, the market share of Zestron in terms of the precision cleaning technology is 40%. I am pleased that Zestron serves major customers such as Osram, Bosch, Flextronics, Jabil, National Instruments to name a few.

As you are all aware, one of our main objectives is to lead Penang into the Greener Technology segment. The purchase of this new facility establishes Zestron’s commitment to assist Penang E&E in working towards ever improved quality, reliability safety and sustainability effort.

We are happy to welcome Zestron to join our effort to transform Penang into an international and intelligent city that is cleaner, greener, safer and healthier.

 Thank you. Terima Kasih.


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Mendiang Karpal Singh A/l Ram Singh dilahirkan di George Town pada 1940. Beliau mendapat pendidikan awal di St. Xavier's Institution,George Town, Pulau Pinang dan melanjutkan pelajaran dalam bidang undang-undang di Universiti Singapura pada tahun 1966.

Beliau menganggotai Penang Bar pada tahun 1969 dan memulakan firma undang-undang beliau pada tahun 1970.    Kepakaran dalam bidang litigasi sememangnya sangat dikenali.

Karpal Singh telah menyertai politik dengan menjadi ahli parti Democratic Action Party (DAP) pada tahun 1970. Beliau menjadi Ahli Parlimen Bukit Gelugor di Negeri Pulau Pinang semenjak tahun 2004. Sebelum itu, beliau pernah menjadi Ahli Parlimen Jelutong, juga di Negeri Pulau Pinang. Jawatan-jawatan dalam parti DAP yang pernah dipegang oleh beliau adalah Naib Pengerusi dan Timbalan Pengerusi. Semenjak tahun 2004 beliau menyandang jawatan Pengerusi.

Karpal Singh dipuji dan dikenangi kerana perjuangan beliau mempertahankan rakyat bawahan dan digelar sebagai kawan kepada mereka yang tertindas dan terpinggir. Beliau banyak berjasa kepada masyarakat dan negara kerana perjuangan beliau dalam bidang undang-undang dan politik untuk mempromosikan hak asasi manusia dan prinsip demokrasi dalam negara. Sifat berani dan pantang undur untuk menonggakkan keadilan mencerminkan prinsip-prinsip kukuh yang dimiliki beliau sesuai dengan gelaran “Tiger of Jelutong”.

Pada 17 April 2014, seluruh Malaysia dikejutkan dengan berita kematian Ahli Parlimen Bukit Gelugor yang kita semua sayangi ini. Adalah amat menyedihkan penduduk Pulau Pinang dan Malaysia amnya telah kehilangan seorang anak watan yang telah banyak berjasa dan berkorban untuk kepentingan rakyat.

Bagi memperingati jasa, budi dan khidmat mendiang Karpal Singh kepada rakyat dan negara, Kerajaan Negeri telah menamakan sebahagian medan siar kaki dan jalan di sebahagian pantai Jelutong ini kepada Persiaran Karpal Singh. Pelan disertakan.

Lebuh Sungai Pinang 4 sepanjang 290 meter telah dinamakan Persiaran Karpal Singh 1 manakala Lebuh Sungai Pinang 5 sepanjang 510 meter diberi nama Persiaran Karpal Singh 2. Seiring dengan ini, medan siar kaki di sebahagian tepi pantai Jelutong dari Sungai Pinang ke Lebuh Sungai Pinang 1 sepanjang 1.55 km akan dikenali sebagai Persiaran Karpal Singh.

Nama Karpal Singh akan terus dikenangi dan disanjungi dalam sejarah politik dan perundangan Malaysia. Rakyat Pulau Pinang dan Negara Malaysia tidak akan lupakan Karpal Singh.