SEMPENA SAMBUTAN HARI PENJAJA DAN KOMUNITI PENIAGA TAHUN 2015

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TEKS UCAPAN PERASMIAN YAB KETUA MENTERI

SEMPENA SAMBUTAN HARI PENJAJA DAN KOMUNITI PENIAGA TAHUN 2015

JALAN PADANG KOTA LAMA, GEORGE TOWN

PADA 21 NOVEMBER 2015


Selamat pagi dan salam sejahtera,


Terlebih dahulu saya ingin merakamkan rasa bersyukur dan terima kasih kerana kita dapat bersama-sama dalam Majlis Sambutan Hari Penjaja dan Komuniti eniaga Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang 2015. Hari ini adalah merupakan hari yang amat bermakna bagi semua peniaga kerana anda diraikan bagi memberikan pengiktirafan terhadap usaha dalam memantapkan pembangunan ekonomi setempat.

Kita semua bangga bahawa makanan penjaja adalah terbaik di dunia dan digemari semua. Kerajaan Negeri dan Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang sedang dan telah berusaha keras dalam memastikan makanan yang dijual oleh penjaja dan peniaga diiktiraf diperingkat global. Baru-baru ini George Town telah diletakan pada kedudukan ke empat daripada sepuluh bandar terbaik didunia bagi senarai bandar yang perlu dikunjungi. George Town berada di belakang bandar Kotor di Montenegro, Quito di Ecuador dan Dublin, Ireland. Selain itu, pada tahun 2014, Lonely Planet juga telah meletakan Pulau Pinang sebagai World's No. 1 Destination For Food Lovers.

Pengiktirafan antarabangsa ini serta Pulau Pinang sebagai pusat makanan jalanraya yang paling sedap di dunia adalah merupakan salah satu bukti bahawa Kerajaan Negeri dan Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang sentiasa memberikan tumpuan ke atas aktiviti penjaja dan peniaga agar semua orang dapat berkongsi limpahan ekonomi yang dicetuskan selepas pelaksanaan urustadbir yang baik melalui penerapan nilai-nilai Cekap Akauntabilti Telus.

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan sekalian,

Semenjak Kerajaan Pakatan mengambil alih pentadbiran kerajaan negeri, Majlis Bandaraya telah melaksanakan pelbagai projek menaiktaraf kompleks pasar/penjaja dan tapak penjaja secara drastik. Pelaksanaan projek bermula pada tahun 2009 dengan pelaksanaan berikut:-

 

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Projek Naiktaraf 2009

Harga Kontrak

1

Pasar Jalan Anson

RM 90,493.00

2

Pasar Taman Tun Sardon

RM 275,146.30

   

RM 365,639.30

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Projek Naiktaraf 2010

Harga Kontrak

1

Tapak Penjaja dan Pasar Batu Maung

RM 768,877.06

2

Pasar Awam Lebuh Cecil

RM 941,919.00

3

Kompleks Makan Batu Lanchang

RM 184,764.19

4

Astaka Coolie Line, Bukit Bendera (Astaka sahaja)

RM 3,476,813.35

   

RM 5,372,373.60

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Projek Naiktaraf 2011

Harga Kontrak

1

Pasar Awam Jelutong

RM 810,370.00

2

Pasar Awam Air Itam

RM 876,937.50

3

Pasar Awam Pulau Tikus

RM 877,754.00

4

Tempat Penyembelihan Ayam di Pasar Tanjung Bungah

RM 90,539.00

5

Kompleks Makan Bukit Gedung

RM 1,552,119.30

   

RM 4,207,719.80

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Projek Naiktaraf 2012

Harga Kontrak

1

Tempat Penyembelihan Ayam di Pasar Padang Tembak

RM 155,000.00

2

Pasar Awam Jalan Kuantan

RM 433,761.52

3

Pasar Awam Teluk Bahang

RM 277,530.00

4

Pasar dan Kompleks Makan Desa Mayang

RM 78,460.00

   

RM 944,751.52

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Projek Naiktaraf 2013

Harga Kontrak

1

Pasar Awam Chowrasta

RM 12,190,206.40

2

TPS Jalan Utama (Fasa 1)

RM 336,398.00

3

TPS Jalan Utama (Fasa 2)

RM 448,824.50

4

Kompleks Makan Desa Genting

RM 679,000.00

5

Pasar Awam dan Kompleks Makan Tanjung Bungah

RM 1,580,000.00

6

Pasar Awam Padang Tembak (Mengecat)

RM 132,970.00

   

RM 15,367,398.90

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Projek Naiktaraf 2014

Peruntukan 2014

1

Pasar Awam Batu Ferringghi

RM 4,000,000.00

2

Kompleks Makan Padang Brown

RM 2,900,000.00

3

TPS Lengkok Batu Maung

RM 300,000.00

4

Pasar Awam Batu Lanchang

RM 1,400,000.00

5

Pasar dan Kompleks Makan Bayan Baru

RM 400,000.00

   

RM 9,000,000.00

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Projek Naiktaraf 2015

Peruntukan 2015

1

Pasar Lebuh Campbell

RM 1,200,000.00

2

Pasar Awam Tun Sardon

RM 1,000,000.00

   

RM 2,200,000.00

 

 

Sungguhpun MBPP telah membelanjakan RM37.46juta untuk kerja-kerja menaik taraf Kompleks Pasar/Penjaja dan Makanan tetapi bayaran sewa tidak naik dan tetap kekal sampai sekarang. Semua perbelanjaan ini dapat dijalankan ke atas rakyat kerana urustadbir Cekap, Akauntable dan Telus(CAT) di mana pentadbiran yang bersih dapat menjimatkan wang untuk manfaat rakyat.
Antara kompleks pasar/ penjaja dan makanan yang dinaik taraf dan kini menjadi tumpuan orang ramai ialah Kompleks Makan Bukit Gedung yang melibatkan perbelanjaan sebanyak RM1.55 juta, Kompleks Makan Padang Brown sebanyak RM2.9 juta serta Pasar Awam Chowrasta sebanyak RM12.19 juta.
Pada masa yang sama, Tapak Astaka Kota Selera, Padang Kota yang terletak di atas tanah milik Perbadanan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang (CMI) merupakan antara salah satu ikon kawasan pelancongan di Pulau Pinang. Kini, ianya telah dipermodenkan dengan satu tapak penjaja yang cantik dan bersih yang dinamakan sebagai Esplanade Park dengan kos RM500,000.
Di samping lokasi astaka yang amat strategik kerana terletak di dalam kawasan Bandaraya Pulau Pinang berdekatan Fort Cornwallis, astaka ini juga turut menjadi tumpuan pelancong kerana merupakan antara lokasi syurga makanan bagi Pulau Pinang.

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan sekalian,

Demi memastikan kualiti dan kelazatan makanan jalanraya dapat dilindungi dan dikekalkan, adalah penting rasanya dan kepakaran memasak tidak hilang. Mulai tahun 2016, Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan di Negeri Pulau Pinang akan mengambil tindakan penguatkuasaan ke atas penjaja yang menggunakan Tukang Masak Warga Asing untuk memasak. Jenis tindakan yang akan diambil adalah seperti membatalkan lesen penjaja Establisymen Makanan yang telah dikeluarkan setelah pihak majlis berpuas hati dengan pelanggaran syarat lesen. Dengan pelaksanaan ini, kita akan mampu memelihara citarasa masakan tempatan Pulau Pinang dengan meningkatkan populariti masakan tempatan seperti asam laksa, char koay teow dan nasi kandar. Marilah kita terus berusaha menjadikan Pulau Pinang lebih bersih, hijau, sihat dan selamat.

Akhirnya, saya mengambil kesempatan ini untuk merakamkan ucapan tahniah kepada semua penjaja dan peniaga yang telah menjadikan Pulau Pinang sebagai salah satu destinasi pilihan untuk pengemar makanan dan saya berharap usaha-usaha ini perlu diteruskan dan ditingkatkan pada masa-masa akan datang. Dengan ini saya merasmikan Sambutan Hari Penjaja dan Komuniti Peniaga Tahun 2015.

 

Halal Malaysia Award Ceremony for Pizzeria La Tavernetta Restaurant Of the Costa Victoria Cruise Liner

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Speech by CM
Halal Malaysia Award Ceremony for Pizzeria La Tavernetta Restaurant Of the Costa Victoria Cruise Liner

21 November 2015

It gives me great pleasure to be here for the Halal Malaysia Certification Award to Pizzeria La Tavernetta Restaurant of the Costa Victoria cruise liner. This event marks another milestone in the development of the halal industry in Penang. It’s also a great honour for us to have this award certification done in the presence of our honourable Tourism Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Nazri Aziz.

The event today signifies the increasing awareness among Muslim travellers on the importance and availability of halal products especially for food and beverage. The state government initiated the development of Penang International Halal Hub or Halal Penang, to serve the growing demands for halal products, services and solutions where a collaboration between government, private and academic quarters form the basis of its administrative structure.

Penang’s strong drive for tourism has managed to draw a substantial number of high spending tourists from the Middle East countries especially in the months of July to September every year, which is their peak travel period. Also aside from the Middle East market, potential tourists for Halal products and services can be extended to the over 30 million Muslims in China.

While most of the leisure oriented Muslim tourists are mainly attracted by the sea, shopping, and some by Penang’s heritage and culture, food is one of the essential elements of the tourists’ experience in Penang. As we proudly highlight Penang as being the Asian Food Capital, we also need to offer the Muslim tourists, Halal food that is varied and widely available.

For your information, Muslim Travel Shopping Index 2015 listed Penang as one of the ‘Top 10 Favourite Cities For Muslim Travel’. Penang was ranked #9 where it pitted against 40 international cities affiliated with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The Muslim Travel Shopping Index 2015 was created by MasterCard and CrescentRating, which is touted as the world’s leading authority on Muslim-friendly travel.

We are indeed proud of this accolade as it gives us the confidence that we are on the right track to establishing ourselves as a premier halal hub in the region. It is without a doubt that Halal Penang has played a pivotal role in this achievement where it is progressively reaching out to the Muslim travellers both foreign and domestic. In 2012, a comprehensive guidebook called ‘Experience Penang – a Muslim Travel Guide’ was translated to Arabic language. Aside from print, this guidebook will be made available online in both English and Arabic by the 1st quarter of 2016. Additionally Halal Penang is also working on a ‘Muslim Training Module for Tour Guides in Penang’ after which it will launch Muslim Tour Packages to be promoted extensively by the 1st quarter of next year.

Penang also offers our UNESCO World Heritage site of George Town as a celebration of our multi-cultural and multi-racial diversity, a cultural and art centre. Lonely Planet, the largest travel web-portal in the world recently listed George Town as the 4th best to travel and 4th most charismatic city in the world due to our growing art and cultural scene. What better way to see George Town in its full glory than to dock in your ship in Swettenham Pier and walk 5 minutes to this heritage city.

Speaking of tour packages, I’m very sure Costa Victoria will attract many groups where specialised programmes and activities will be conducted on board the ship. The ‘Pelayaran Islamic’ package tours will surely attract many domestic Muslim travellers as well.

Last but not least, I wish to extend my heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to Costa Victoria towards the success of its new venture as a halal cruise liner.

Thank you.

 

OPENING CEREMONY “INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN SRI LANKA”

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THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LIM GUAN ENG
CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

OPENING CEREMONY “INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN SRI LANKA”
DATE: 21ST NOVEMBER 2015 (SATURDAY)
TIME: 8.30am
VENUE: DATAI ROOM,
HOTEL JEN PENANG
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Selamat pagi. A very good morning and a very warm welcome to everyone, especially those who have come from abroad to participate in the International Forum on Human Rights Violations in Sri Lanka.

About 100 participants have gathered here together with two (2) well known keynote speakers and nine speakers to discuss a very pertinent topic of human rights violation in Sri Lanka.

In conjunction with International Human Rights Day on 10/12/15, this Forum will focus on the findings of the published OHCHR (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights) Investigation On Sri Lanka Report and the US-backed resolution in response to this report. The OISL (OHCHR Investigation On Sri Lanka) Report provides a very detailed account of the horrendous suffering endured by the Tamils in the north and east of Sri Lanka, before, during and after the civil war that raged between the Sri Lankan government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE). In the final stages of the war, thousands of innocent Tamils were killed due to indiscriminate bombings and artillery firings engaged by the armed forces of the Sri Lankan government. During the war, thousands of Tamils disappeared without trace from their families and what is more, Tamil women, both combatants and non-combatants were raped, tortured and put to death in various war-zones.

The OISL Report recommends that to address questions of truth, justice and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, there must be an international investigation of those who were involved in crimes against humanity. Given the fact that the Sri Lankan legal system lacks experienced and qualified judges, prosecutors and legal personnel, a hybrid court should be set up to charge, prosecute and punish those who were involved in crimes against humanity.

While the international community welcomed the suggestions of the OISL Report, the US-backed resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) came out with contrary position. This resolution sought to accommodate the wishes of the Sri Lankan government by calling for a purely domestic investigation. It is not that it rejected the international mechanism, but left the matter to the decision of the Sri Lankan government.

However, Sri Lankan Tamils who suffered the long years of war and who have lost their family members have been taken aback by the US-backed resolution. Given the past failures on the part of Sri Lankan government to undertake serious investigations of human rights violations, Tamils doubt that US-backed resolution could bring about truth, reconciliation and justice to them.

There are already fears expressed in Tamil circles that if the US-backed resolution fails to bring about justice to Tamils, then there is possibility that demands for a separate state for Tamils could be revived. The onus is now on the international community and how well it could guide or influence the Sri Lankan government to undertake serious measures to address the grievances of the Tamil community, a segment that was most affected by the war.
The PSAT in Penang has taken a bold step in organizing this forum not just to discuss the sufferings of Tamils, but what could be done to address the wrongs committed on the Tamil population in Sri Lanka. Perhaps this forum could also provide a significant window to examine violations of human rights in other national settings and to move in the direction of a zero-tolerance for crimes against humanity.

The Penang State Government under Pakatan Harapan places a high premium on the practice of human rights in Malaysia. Pakatan Harapan leaders were in the forefront of human rights struggles in the past. Legislations such as the Internal Security Act 1960 (ISA), Emergency (Public Order and Crime Prevention) Ordinance 1969 (EO), the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA) were opposed as contrary to the practice of human rights in Malaysia. Pakatan Harapan leaders have also opposed the application of the Sedition Act 1948 (SA), Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) that serve to curtail the freedom of speech in the country. Police custodial deaths have been highlighted from time to time to reveal how detainees were deprived of their constitutional and legal rights for humane treatment.

I hope that each and everyone at the one-day forum would make full use of the opportunity given, keeping in mind the fundamental right of Sri Lankan Tamils and to come up with a resolution that will help to influence the global understanding towards bringing justice and peace to Sri Lankans, especially Tamils.

I wish the conference success and congratulate the organisers, World Tamil Secretariat (under Penang Society for Advancement of Tamils) for their effort in bringing everyone together to discuss various topics in reference to the OHCHR or OISL Report.

I once again, welcome you to Penang, Malaysia and hereby declare the forum open

Thank you.