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PADA 21 JULAI 2014

Terlebih dahulu saya ingin merakamkan jutaan terima kasih kepada jawatankuasa pengelola majlis yang berusaha keras dalam memastikan majlis pada hari ini dapat dijalankan dengan jayanya.   

Seperti mana tahun-tahun sebelumnya, Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan Rakyat Pulau Pinang menyanjung tinggi anak-anak negeri ini yang berjaya memperolehi keputusan yang cemerlang dalam apa jua bidang yang mereka ceburi. Di kesempatan ini, saya mengalu-alukan kehadiran 337 orang pelajar SPM tahun 2013 termasuk 10 orang pelajar cemerlang kategori pelajar istimewa (khas) yang memperolehi keputusan cemerlang dalam peperiksaan yang lalu untuk menerima sedikit insentif berbentuk kewangan daripada Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang.

Berbekalkan maklumat dari Lembaga Peperiksaan Malaysia, seramai 27 orang pelajar SPM Pulau Pinang yang mempunyai keputusan cemerlang A+ dalam semua mata pelajaran akan menerima wang tunai sebanyak RM350 dan sijil.

Saya difahamkan terdapat lebih 1000 orang calon yang memperolehi keputusan A+,A dan A- untuk kesemua mata pelajaran di negeri Pulau Pinang. Walau bagaimanapun selepas saringan dibuat oleh Lembaga Peperiksaan,  Kerajaan Negeri telah bersetuju untuk memberikan kepada 300 orang pelajar yang terpilih yang memperolehi A dalam semua matapelajaran (kombinasi A+,A dan A-) untuk menerima wang tunai sebanyak RM250 beserta sijil.

Selain itu, Kerajaan Negeri juga akan menyampaikan insentif kepada 15 orang pelajar terbaik mengikut kaum dan 10 orang pelajar terbaik kategori pelajar istimewa (khas) yang akan menerima wang tunai sebanyak RM300 beserta sijil dan trofi.

Tahniah juga kepada 3 buah sekolah yang telah dipilih untuk menerima anugerah sekolah terbaik atas keputusan cemerlang yang diperolehi tempoh hari. Sekolah akan menerima sijil dan trofi.   

Semoga penghargaan pada hari ini dapat dijadikan pemangkin semangat untuk sama-sama mengekalkan kejayaan di masa hadapan. Sekalung ucapan tahniah dan syabas kepada para ibu bapa dan guru yang telah berusaha sehabis baik dalam melahirkan generasi pelapis demi memacu Malaysia ke puncak kejayaan.

Akhir kata, saya ingin mengingatkan pelajar-pelajar yang  bahawa perjalanan hidup masih jauh. Setiap kejayaan bermula daripada langkah pertama. Jangan lupa khidmat dan usaha daripada guru-guru. Oleh itu, hayatilah setiap detik perjalanan ini dengan semangat yang jitu, penuhkan dada dengan iltizam yang tinggi dan tingkatkan usaha kerana hari esok tidak menjanjikan kejayaan tanpa usaha.

Semoga hari esok menjanjikan masa depan yang lebih cerah dan kita harap kesemua pelajar cemerlang ini akan terus berjaya dan pulang ke Pulau Pinang untuk mencurahkan bakti

Sekian, terima kasih.


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Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.

Today, Malaysia is at a crossroads. We share the collective dream of transforming this nation into a high-income country. But to become a high-income nation, Malaysia needs to move up the value chain. Simply put, we need to create higher value goods and services. This requires innovation, efficiency gains and advancement in technology.

To have innovation, we need to leverage on the ideas of our highly skilled labour force. However, Malaysia is plagued with high rates of skilled emigration. Our high-skilled emigration rate is 10.5% according to the World Bank. In contrast, the global average is only 6.5%. As a result, Malaysia is plagued by the phenomena commonly known as the brain drain and Malaysia is at risk of being stuck in the middle-income trap permanently.

The urgent need for high-skilled workers is becoming increasingly apparent to everyone. We can no longer afford ourselves the luxury of gradualism. If we are truly serious and committed to the goal of achieving high-income status by 2020, we need to realize that talent is Malaysia’s true capital, and start acting accordingly and decisively.

Because of the increasing number of high-skilled emigration, we find that our supply of high-skilled workers is not enough for the growing demands of an economy looking to be a high income economy like Singapore, Germany and Japan amongst others.

When a country is not capital-intensive, it has to retain its competitiveness by turning to labour. And this is precisely what Malaysia is doing. Our lack of high-skilled workers has slowed down the rate of innovation in Malaysia compared to other developed countries. Our less optimal GDP growth rate results not only in a wider gap with the high-income countries, but also a reliance on foreign low-skilled workers.

The overwhelming population of these foreign workers have ultimately suppressed wages for locals as found by a report by the World Bank released only a few weeks ago in June 2014. Using the Malaysian Labour Force Survey, the authors, Ozden and Wagner, find that a 10% increase in low-skilled immigration has a net negative effect on average wages of 0.35% - meaning that wages are depressed for local and immigrant workers.

Being a state in Malaysia, Penang also suffers from the brain drain phenomena. According to the National Labour Survey, 30% of occupations in Penang are high-skilled positions. Because of the larger proportion of high-skilled occupations in Penang, this figure is noticeably higher than the national average of 25.3%. Therefore, the shortage of skilled workers does affect Penang. So apart from having the right infrastructure, human capital is Penang’s most important economic driver. So, the State government is serious about curbing it.

We are doing this because the Penang state government has been troubled by the Federal government’s failure to reverse or even arrest the brain drain problem. Over 2 million Malaysians have left the country since Merdeka in 1957, driven not just by higher pay but also attracted by more humane policies overseas that are centred on justice, human rights, democracy, integrity and rewarding hard work.

All these skilled and talented Malaysians are our best and brightest or else they would not have been accepted by foreign countries. Unfortunately they have been replaced by up to 5 million unskilled workers from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam who cause not only depressed wages and social problems but also contribute towards huge foreign exchange losses.

The loss in exchange value in skill gaps and management expertise from the 2 million Malaysians leaving our shores is compounded by these unskilled foreign migrants sending back RM20 billion in remittances in 2012, a figure expected to increase to RM30 billion last year.

Therefore, we have made it a priority to increase the number of high-skilled job opportunities available in Penang. In the last few years, we have concentrated on growing, developing and deepening our manufacturing and services sector. Penang continues to be the location of choice for investors, with Penang as the top Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) state in Malaysia from 2010 to August 2013, contributing RM 19.7 billion or nearly 20% of Malaysia’s total FDI during that period. This success can be seen when Penang seeks at least 20,000 more workers and companies are advertising for staff at all levels.

Tourism has also enjoyed double-digit growth with heritage, medical tourism, food and the unique Penang experience helping hotel occupancy to reach record levels.

Further, we also recently launched the RM3.3 billion BPO-ITO or Business Process Outsourcing Information Technology Outsourcing Hub on 1 March 2014 to establish Penang as one of the world’s BPO hubs of the future. Last week, Penang created history by inking a joint-venture arrangement with the Singapore government through Temasek, valued at RM11.3 billion to grow both manufacturing and services sector, particularly the BPO sector.

Ladies and gentlemen,

All these projects require human talent. Therefore, the state government has adopted a 3-pronged approach to build human talent by giving annual allocation to schools, attracting world-class universities and introducing vocational education with industry, as well as building Learning Centres and Science Cafes to stress on STEM teaching of Science, Technology, English and Maths.

Hence, one of our goals is to turn Penang into the next education hub in the country, if not in Southeast Asia. The number of tertiary level institutions proves our relentless efforts in building human capital. There are a total of 48 colleges and institutions of higher learning in Penang. Many of them, like University Sains Malaya (USM) and the Japan Malaysia Technical Institute (JMTi), offer courses that prove extremely relevant to Penang’s main sectors, such as E&E, and Services.

And soon, in 2017, we can add University of Hull from the UK to the list of prestigious universities in Penang. The franchise will be situated in a 5-acre piece of land in Batu Kawan, Seberang Perai and shall offer courses in engineering, business, law, and accountancy. Apart from having a variety of education institutions, the Penang State government is also targeting top world-class universities to set up campuses in Penang.

Furthermore, each year, the state government allocates annual allocations to local schools. The state is also focused on providing vocational courses as an option for those who have a flair for working with their hands. Separate to the Federal government, the State government also has Program Skim Pelajar Emas, which distributes cash aid to all Standard 1 and 4; plus Form 1 and 4 students in Penang.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Finally, the State government of Penang is also striving to expand our horizons in the manufacturing and services sectors. We also want both MNCs and SMEs to flourish in Penang, so much so that infrastructure is constantly being upgraded to fit the rigorous demands of international as well as local companies.

I am pleased to say that our efforts have not been in vain. In 2013, capital investment in the electronics and electrical sector, where Penang dominates in the whole of Malaysia, grew by 56% compared to 2012. New sectors such as ‘rubber products’ grew by an astonishing 7,431%, and ‘scientific equipment’ by 5,786%. We expect to see this trend to continue in 2014. Avionics and aeronautics is another sector that Penang is currently exploring.

Penang pioneered the concept of industrial parks and has long enjoyed the success of its key industrial park in Bayan Lepas. And now, I am very proud to say that the new 1,500 acres industrial park in Batu Kawan will be another feather in our cap. Already, 3 renowned firms: Boon Siew Honda, VAT Manufacturing, and Bose Corp, have pledged a total of RM 10 billion to the manufacturing site. This site is expected to create more high-income job opportunities, and the State government is determined to promote sustainable living in the town, as well as in the whole state of Penang.

Ladies and gentlemen,

In conclusion, talent is the capital of the future. First and foremost, we have to recognize, build and appreciate human capital. Then, we need to enlarge the talent pool of ours. When there is critical mass in the number of talents, then more innovation and ideas will start to be realized. This is not rocket science and that is how Silicon Valley becomes so successful – having a critical mass in talent. Eventually, new innovation will lead to a rise in wages, which is led by productivity and not because of rising cost of living or inflation.

At the same time, the government has to ensure that Malaysia progresses in an all-rounded and sustainable manner. It is not the easiest of tasks, but it will be worth every step of the way. In this manner, I believe Penang is setting up a good model for the rest of the country to emulate.

Thank you.

Macam Mana BN Boleh Berjiwa Rakyat Dan Memastikan Kegunaan Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Mencapai Sasaran Harian 17,000 Hingga 25,000 Pengguna Tanpa Memberikan Kadar Diskaun Sebanyak 20% Kepada Penduduk Pulau Pinang Sebagaimana Yang Dinikmati

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Kenyataan Akhbar Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng Dan Ahli Parlimen Bagan di Komtar, George Town Pada 20.6.2014

Macam Mana BN Boleh Berjiwa Rakyat Dan Memastikan Kegunaan Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Mencapai Sasaran Harian 17,000 Hingga 25,000 Pengguna Tanpa Memberikan Kadar Diskaun Sebanyak 20% Kepada Penduduk Pulau Pinang Sebagaimana Yang Dinikmati Oleh Pengguna Jambatan Pertama Pulau Pinang?

Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang berasa kecewa dengan jawapan Parlimen oleh Menteri Kerja Raya bahawa kerajaan persekutuan tidak berhasrat untuk mengecualikan bayaran kepada pengguna motosikal dan juga tidak memberikan kadar diskaun sebanyak 20% kepada pengguna Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah sebagaimana yang dinikmati oleh penduduk Pulau Pinang yang menggunakan Kad “Touch 'N Go” di Jambatan Pulau Pinang.

Kami turut kecewa dengan jawapan Menteri bahawa cadangan pengecualian tol kepada kenderaan kelas 0 (motosikal) di  Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah tidak dapat dilaksanakan. Alasan yang diberi adalah ia dikhuatiri akan menjadi “precedent case” bagi jambatan bertol yang lain, seperti di Jambatan Pulau Pinang dan LINKEDUA.

Macam Mana BN boleh berjiwa rakyat kalau tak mahu bantu golongan bawah dengan mengecualikan bayaran tol kepada pengguna motosikal? Pada masa yang sama, keengganan memberikan diskaun 20% ini telah mempunyai impak negatif dengan kegunaan hanya 13,000 kenderaan setiap hari di Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah ini. Macam mana sasaran harian 17,000 hingga 25,000 pengguna boleh tercapai tanpa memberikan kadar diskaun sebanyak 20% kepada penduduk Pulau Pinang sebagaimana yang dinikmati pengguna Jambatan Pertama Pulau Pinang?

Lagipun tol motosikal di  Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah adalah lebih tinggi sebanyak RM1.70 berbanding dengan RM1.40 di Jambatan pertama. Pengguna Jambatan Pulau Pinang yang menggunakan Touch 'N Go dapat menikmati 20% diskaun iaitu RM1.12 untuk motosikal dan RM 5.60 untuk kereta (tanpa Touch 'N Go RM7.00). Kadar tol yang jauh berbeza di antara kedua-dua jambatan ini tidak akan membantu mengurangkan kesesakan lalu lintas di kawasan sesak (choke point) di Jambatan Pertama Pulau Pinang.

Berikut merupakan soalan Dewan Rakyat dan Jawapan daripada Menteri Kerja Raya kepada saya pada 17 Jun 2014:-

YB. Tuan Lim Guan Eng (Bagan) minta Menteri Kerja Raya menyatakan kadar tol  Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, mengapa Kerajaan Pusat enggan megurangkannya kepada tahap kadar Jambatan Pertama, khususnya motosikal, dan juga enggan memberikan diskaun tol 20% bagi penghuni Pulau Pinang yang menggunakannya. Berapa banyak bayaran balik hutang setiap tahun.


“Tuan Yang Di-Pertua,

Untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat, kadar tol bagi semua jenis kenderaan di  Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, Pulau Pinang telah ditetapkan berdasarkan kepada perjanjian konsesi yang telah ditandatangani antara kerajaan dan syarikat konsesi, iaitu Jambatan Kedua Sdn. Bhd. (JKSB).
Penetapan kadar ini dibuat berdasarkan kepada faktor-faktor seperti kos pembinaan, kos operasi, unjuran trafik, tempoh konsesi dan tempoh pembayaran balik pinjaman oleh syarikat konsesi JKSB. Sehubungan itu kadar tol yang dikenakan di  Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah ini adalah berpatutan dengan mengambik kira kos keseluruhan projek ini, iaitu 24km berbanding jarak 13.5km sahaja di Jambatan Pulau Pinang.

Kadar tol yang dikenakan di  Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah mengikut kelas kenderaan bagi tempoh 5 tahun pertama ( 1 April 2014 – 31 Mac 2019) ialah seperti berikut:

•        Kelas 0 (motosikal ) - RM1.70;

•        Kelas 1 (kenderaan 2 gandar 3 atau 4 tayar, kecuali bas dan teksi) -  RM 8.50;

•        Kelas 2 (kenderaan 2 gandar 6 tayar, kecuali bas) -  RM30.50 ;

•        Kelas 3 (kenderaan 3 gandar atau lebih, kecuali bas) -  RM70.10

•        Kelas 4 (teksi) - RM 8.50;  dan

•        Kelas 5 (bas) – RM26.20.

Mengenai cadangan pemberian diskaun tol, Kerajaan setakat ini tidak berhasrat untuk memberikan kadar diskaun sebanyak 20% kepada pengguna di Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah sebagaimana yang dinikmati oleh penduduk Pulau Pinang yang menggunakan Touch 'N Go di Jambatan Pulau Pinang. Manakala cadangan pengecualian tol kepada kenderaan Kelas 0 (motosikal) juga tidak dapat dilaksanakan kerana ia dikhuatiri akan menjadi “precedent case” bagi jambatan bertol yang lain, seperti di Jambatan Pulau Pinang dan LINKEDUA.

Untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat, jumlah dan tempoh pembayaran semula pinjaman bagi melaksanakan projek Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah terletak di bawah bidang kuasa Kementerian Kewangan. Sekian, terima kasih.”


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槟州政府对公共工程部部长在国会下议院指联邦政府不打算豁免电单车使用苏丹阿都哈林慕阿占沙大桥的过路费,以及不打算让槟城的“一触即通”卡(Touch 'N Go)持有人享有如第一大桥的20%折扣之回答,感到失望。



再说,在苏丹阿都哈林慕阿占沙大桥,电单车的过桥费为1令吉70仙,较第一大桥的1令吉40仙还要高。在第一大桥,槟城的“一触即通”卡持有人还享有20%折扣,也即是电单车只需给1令吉12仙 ,汽车则是5令吉60仙(若没有槟城的“一触即通”卡则7令吉)。两座大桥之间差异太大的过桥费,将无助于减缓在槟城第一大桥的交通阻塞。



峇眼区国会议员林冠英要求公共工程部部长,说明苏丹阿都哈林慕阿占沙大桥的过路费,为何联邦政府无意将有关的过桥费减至与第一大桥相同的收费率,特别是电单车。还有为何不愿意让槟城的“一触即通”(Touch and Go)使用者享有20%折扣?到底每年的还债率是多少?





    0 级 (电单车) - 1令吉70仙;

    1级 (两车轴3或4轮,巴士及德士除外)- 8令吉50仙;

    2级(两车轴6轮,巴士除外)- 30令吉50仙;

    3 级(三车轴或以上,巴士除外)- 70令吉10仙;

    4 级( 德士)- 8令吉50仙;及

    5 级 (巴士)– 26令吉20仙。