Lim Guan Eng

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Lim Guan Eng

Adakah BN Dan Gerakan Pulau Pinang Sedia Menyokong Penuh Inisiatif Kerajaan Negeri PR Tanpa Beg Plastik Percuma Setiap Hari Sepanjang Tahun Serta Menolak Kempen Pro-Plastik Oleh Malaysian Plastic Manufacturers Association(MPMA)?

Posted: 01 Jan 2011 10:20 PM PST

Selaras dengan hasrat Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang menjadikan Pulau Pinang negeri hijau pertama di Malaysia dan mengurangkan tapak kaki karbon(carbon footprint), inisiatif "Tanpa Beg Plastik Percuma Setiap Hari" telah dimulakan pada 1.1.11. Kerajaan negeri harap boleh dapat kerjasama daripada semua pihak termasuk pihak kerajaan persekutuan untuk menjayakan inisiatif ini yang diadakan buat pertama kali di Malaysia.

Tidak hairanlah dengan bantahan kuat daripada MPMA ke atas inisiatif tanpa beg plastik percuma kerana menjejaskan perniagaan mereka. Tetapi kerajaan negeri hairan mengapa BN dan Gerakan Pulau Pinang enggan menyokong inisiatif hijau kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang dan berdiri bersama dengan MPMA.

Adakah BN dan Gerakan Pulau Pinang sedia menyokong penuh inisiatif kerajaan negeri PR tanpa beg plastik percuma setiap hari sepanjang tahun serta menolak kempen pro-plastik oleh MPMA?

Sebenarnya inisiatif ini membolehkan keadaan "3kali menang" yang menguntungkan pengguna, kerajaan negeri dan alam sekitar. Contohnya bila Sunway Carnival Mall menubuhkan "Recycling Buy Back Centre" atau Pusat Kitar Semula ESH dan berjaya mengumpul lebih 100 tan bahan kitar semula dalam satu tahun, pengguna akan untung contohnya lebih kurang RM400 untuk satu tan surat khabar lama bila dijual. Pada masa yang sama, kerajaan negeri menjimatkan kos bayaran pelupusan sisa pepejal yang perlukan RM50 setan atau RM5000 untuk 100 tan.

Dengan kata lain, pengguna akan menang dengan untung RM5,000 dan kerajaan negeri akan menang dengan jimatkan kos RM5,000 sedangkan masyarakat akan menang secara umum dengan pelihara alam sekitar dan selamatkan bumi.

Harus diingati bahawa rakyat Malaysia membuang sumber kitar semula dalam bentuk plastik bernilai RM 163 juta dalam 2 tahuni ini. Setiap individu gunakan lapan helai plastik seminggu yang mengambil masa 500 thaun unutk diuraikan(decompose)

Pengurangan penggunaan beg plastik ini adalah terpakai kepada semua hypermarket, supermarket, departmental stores, farmasi, restoran makanan segera, rangkaian nasi kandar, kedai serbaneka (termasuk kiosk stesen minyak). Manakala pasar mini dan premis perniagaan tunggal juga perlu mematuhi syarat baru semasa pembaharuan lesen iaitu melaksanakan Hari Tanpa Beg Plastik 3 hari seminggu iaitu setiap hari Isnin, Selasa dan Rabu. Penjaja dan pasar adalah dikecualikan daripada peraturan baru tersebut.

Untuk mereka yang hendak beg plastik, perlu bayar sebanyak 20 sen sekeping, yang akan disalurkan kepada akaun Rakan Anti- Kemiskinan Negeri Pulau Pinang (RAK). Sejak Julai 2009 hingga Ogos 2010, sebanyak RM174,280 telah disalurkan kepada Tabung RAK.

Kerajaan negeri percaya bahawa semua 1.6 juta inginkan anak-anak dan cucu-cucu kita mewarisis alam sekitar dan bumi dalam keadaan yang elok daripada kita. Oleh itu sungguhpun inisiatif kerajaan negeri akan bawa kesulitan, adalah diharapkan warga Pulau Pinang boleh menolak kempen pro-beg plastik MPMA bersama dengan Gerakan dan BN Pulau Pinang.

Unforgettable Tun Dato Seri Utama Dr Lim Chong Eu

Posted: 01 Jan 2011 06:03 PM PST

Whilst welcoming the New Year, we should not forget the contributions of our past leaders.The PR Penang state government has marked Tun Dato Seri Utama Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu’s immense contributions by renaming longest Expressway in Penang of 18km and the PDC Building in Jalan Mayang Pasir after him.The personal tribute by me to Tun Dato Seri Utama Dr Lim Chong Eu is reminder to all that in embracing the new, we should not forget the old. After all we must understand the past to be connected to the present so that we can peer confidently into the future.

The inaugural "Unforgettable George Town" Heritage Festival in July this year beckoned to halcyon days gone by when Penang was a premier free port, a prosperous trading hub, the centre of intellectual vigour and learning as well as possessing a vibrant cultural community.

Many cultural, literary and political icons passed and resided here from Modern China's founder Sun Yat Sen, novelists Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling, legendary actor P. Ramlee who was born here, together with an assortment of kings and queens.

George Town was unforgettable because the denizens were simply the best – showing energy, enterprise and expertise.

Tun Dr Lim epitomizes these qualities. That is why his death on 24 November 2010, even though expected, is still felt keenly by all both in and outside Penang. In recognition of his immense contributions, the Penang state government accorded him a state funeral, ordered flags flown at half-mast and renamed the longest road in Penang and the PDC Building after him.

What made Tun Dr Lim unforgettable was that he had a sense of history around him. It was this realisation as men of manifest destiny that they went about creating that history.

History credits Tun Dr Lim with transforming the landscape of Penang's economy over 3 decades, from a sleepy agricultural economy to a thriving manufacturing industry. The Penang GDP has grown nearly 60 times in 38 years from a mere RM790 million in 1970 to RM46.8 billion in 2008 at an annual growth rate of 7% and a per capita GDP of over RM30,000 which is 58% higher than the national average at RM 19,120.

This increase is largely due to the expanding manufacturing sector that now accounts for 54% of Penang's economy, with the services sector at 42%%. A quarter of Malaysia's exports and nearly 70% of Malaysia's tourism receipts originate from Penang.

Tun Dr Lim turned Penang into the Silicon Valley of the East with the Electronic and Electrical Cluster as the most vibrant in the world and the most recognizable free trade zone in Malaysia. This gave employment to hundreds of thousands, training them and arming them with the skill-sets to compete against the world.

More importantly, Tun Dr Lim gave Penang a sense of self. First a political self forging an alternative based on basic rights and freedoms, social justice and reforms. Then, after surrendering to the political calculations of the day, constructing an economic self for Penang. Whilst one may disagree with his political judgment, there is no doubt that Tun
Dr Lim excelled in economic management and instilled a pride of professionalism and excellence in Penang.

The Free Trade Zones in Bayan Lepas, Prai and Bukit Minyak were his lasting legacies. Although he retired in 1990 from politics, the foundation he built was strong enough to see Penang through for at least another 20 years, at least until March 8, 2008, when Penangites decided that "enough was enough".

After Pakatan Rakyat took power in Penang in March 2008, I had the extraordinary privilege on numerous occasions of dining with Tun Dr Lim and discussing Penang's past and future development with him. He was an impressive man indeed.

I sensed a deep yearning from him to see his legacy not just cemented but continued. He advised me on the challenges I would face, drawing parallels with his earlier experiences as an opposition party winning power. He warned me about the potential pitfalls and that the most onerous task would be to fashion a dedicated corps to implement the reforms to get Penang moving again.

I did not follow all his advice. Tun felt that I had to exercise full executive powers in all the key portfolios to succeed, but as I lacked his abilities I prefer to rely on teamwork. But I did listen to him to enhance my personal security as "your enemies are unseen, but they see you".

He never mentioned the historic win by PR in Penang in the 2008 general elections which decimated the party he founded. He ignored it. He earnestly wanted Penang to succeed again. And Tun Dr Lim was generous enough to forget old enemities and past grudges to proffer me his help. For that I am personally grateful.

Clearly Tun Dr Lim not only had a sense of history but also a sense of responsibility. As much as being a man of action, he was a man of ideas. Tun Dr Lim always kept the big picture in mind. That big picture stretched beyond Penang, despite the state being where his ideas were realized. It stretched beyond Malaysia, despite the well-being of the country being his primary concern.

He would always treat his audience to juicy details taken from local history, national history and global history. We forget today how radical the idea for a free trade zone in Penang was, and how it revealed an understanding of global economics and politics that one would not have expected from a medical doctor.

His belief in multiculturalism and in Penang's special role in leading the way towards a progressive and prosperous Malaysia is something that will continue to inspire Malaysians.

Even though I will miss his nuggets of advice, I can still draw upon his historical record of how he handled economic challenges as a guide. We need to understand our past to be connected to the present to enable us to peer boldly into the future.

With his passing, I hope that Malaysians of all races will take a hard look at the history of our country, for few lives reflect the conflicts, successes and hopes of the country the way his eventful life did.

Tun Dr Lim's passing is more than just a time for contemplation. It is also a time for action. What he wished for Penang and Malaysia is still achievable. We have been sidetracked too long. Tun Dr Lim's life story serves as a rich mine of important lessons and pointers that what was lost can still be regained.

• That Penang can be a beacon of hope for ideals, ideals, diversity, multi-cultural harmony and human dignity,
• That economic prosperity for all matters most of all.
• That Penang possesses the best and brightest talents
• That Penang can lead again.

Tun Dr Lim's success in delivering what he promised was what made him unforgettable. From a state that is as unforgettable as Penang, we shall miss one who is equally unforgettable.

DAP Malaysia 2011 New Year Message

Posted: 01 Jan 2011 06:00 AM PST

Let Us Teach Our Children Hope And Build Their Confidence That They Can Be As Good As They Want And Not Be Inferior Merely On Account Of The Colour Of Their Skin.

In capping 2010 with a glorious victory in the regional AFF-Suzuki cup for the first time in 21 years, football gives all Malaysians a strong reminder that there is no substitute for excellence and performance. An ASEAN football trophy that once belonged to Malaysia, football became the laughing-stock for Malaysia when we forgot the importance of striving for performance and the need to deliver excellence where there are no corrupt practices or favouritism.

At the same time, our football victory reminded us that Malaysians can excel regionally and perform with excellence. Let us therefore teach our children hope and build their confidence that they can be as good as they want and not be inferior merely on account of the colour of their skin.

Malaysians despair when some politicians tell our children that they can never be good enough, that they need special rights and favours to survive. How do we build up a child's confidence if we instil this sense of inferiority that they need special assistance, especially when this special assistance never comes?

Malaysian parents are anguished that no matter how well their child performs, he will never be chosen on account of the colour of their skin. How do you explain to your little girl why she can not get a place into a premier institution even though she scores good results?

Have we not learnt our lessons for not harnessing our human talents and tapping their expertise? Do we want to see more Malaysians migrating as more than 2 million have done so since 1957? Look at the success of Singapore in surpassing Malaysia for the first time this year as the 3rd largest economy in ASEAN after Indonesia and Thailand.

Despite having no resources, Singapoare GDP this year as grown to US$210 billion compared to Malaysia’s US$205 billion. We have failed as a country to grow the size of its economy and lost out in the race towards economic competitiveness. Malaysia is 478 times the size of the republic and its population, at 27 million, 5 times larger than its tiny neighbour’s 4.8 million. Can Malaysia catch up when last year, Singapore's GDP per capita was US$36,537 (up from US$512 in 1965) compared with Malaysia’s US$ 6,975 (US$ 335 in 1965)?

We can if we start building human talent and retaining them. We must give hope that our children can live better than their parents. Let us inspire hope by stressing on performance not privilege, expertise not entitlement and integrity not corruption.

Let us be bonded by our common aspirations for justice, freedom, truth, democracy and social welfare for the weak and poor. Let us build a future for our children to live in a cleaner, greener and smarter Malaysia.

By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 1.1.2011

Setiap Hari Tanpa Beg Plastik Percuma

Posted: 01 Jan 2011 05:59 AM PST

Saya berasa amat gembira kerana dapat berhimpun bersama semua hadirin pada tahun baru ini pada pagi yang bersejarah ini bagi merasmikan Majlis Pelancaran Setiap Hari Tanpa Beg Plastik dan Upacara Sambutan 100 Tan Bahan Kitar Semula Terkumpul.

Saya mengambil kesempatan ini untuk mengucapkan syabas kepada Sunway Carnival Mall, Pusat Kitar Semula ESH, TYEYO Enterprise Sdn Bhd dan semua pihak yang turut serta dalam menjayakan Majlis hari ini.

Selaras dengan hasrat Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang menuju ke arah sebuah Negeri Hijau, maka pelbagai inisiatif telah dan sedang diambil oleh Kerajaan Negeri dalam usaha meningkatkan kualiti hidup rakyat jelata. Kerajaan Negeri sentiasa menyumbang dalam mengurangkan kesan tapak kaki karbon (Carbon Footprint) dalam menangani perubahan iklim (climate change) melalui pelbagai program pemuliharaan alam sekitar.

Hari ini Pulau Pinang telah mencatatkan sejarah apabila menjadi negeri pertama di Malaysia melancarkan kempen "Setiap Hari Tanpa Beg Plastik Percuma" (No Free Plastic Bags Day). Inisiatif kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang telahpun diikuti oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan yang telahpun mulai kempen "Tanpa Beg Plastik Setiap Sabtu" hari ini juga. Sebenarnya Pulau Pinang telah mulakan inisiatif dengan Tanpa Beg Plastik percuma sehari seminggu pada 1 Julai 2009, dan kempen ini dilanjutkan kepada 3 hari dalam seminggu mulai 1 Januari 2010.

Hari ini bersama dengan 1.6 juta rakyat Pulau Pinang, kita mengorak langkah berani dengan menjalankan usaha menjaga alam sekitar sepanjang masa sepanjang tahun. Kita harap usaha mengurangkan penggunaan beg plastik ini akan membolehkan kita mencapai wawasan menjadi negeri hijau pertama di Malaysia. Kami bersedia bekerjasama dengan semua pihak termasuk Kerajaan Persekutuan untuk menjayakan inisiatif ini.

Akan tetapi, kami kesal bahawa BN dan Gerakan Pulau Pinang telah memilih untuk berdiri bersama Persatuan Pekilang Plastik Malaysia atau Malaysian Plastic Manufacturers Association(MPMA) menentang inisiatif hijau kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang. Kami kurang faham macam mana mereka ini boleh galakkan pengurangan beg plastik dengan megedarkan 180,000 helai beg plastik percuma mulai bulan Januari tahun 2011.

Sekiranya pihak pro-beg plastik ini begitu yakin bahawa beg plastik 100% boleh dikitar semula, mengapa mereka tak pergi kutip semua beg plastik terpakai yang berselerak di tapak pelupusan Pulau Burung, di tepi jalan, tersumbat di dalam sungai, di dalam longkang? Tak kan MPMA, BN dan Gerakan Pulau Pinang tidak tahu bahawa rakyat Malaysia membuang sumber kitar semula bernilai RM 163 juta dalam 2 tahuni ini. Setiap individu gunakan lapan helai plastik seminggu yang mengambil masa 500 tahun untuk diuraikan(decompose).

Pengurangan penggunaan beg plastik ini adalah terpakai kepada semua hypermarket, supermarket, departmental stores, farmasi, restoran makanan segera, rangkaian nasi kandar, kedai serbaneka (termasuk kiosk stesen minyak). Manakala pasar mini dan premis perniagaan tunggal juga perlu mematuhi syarat baru semasa pembaharuan lesen iaitu melaksanakan Hari Tanpa Beg Plastik 3 hari seminggu iaitu setiap hari Isnin, Selasa dan Rabu. Penjaja dan pasar adalah dikecualikan daripada peraturan baru tersebut.

Sesiapa yang masih ingin menggunakan beg plastik boleh memperolehinya dengan bayaran sebanyak 20 sen sekeping, di mana wang tersebut akan disalurkan kepada akaun Rakan Anti- Kemiskinan Negeri Pulau Pinang (RAK). Bawalah beg membeli-belah jika anda ingin menjimatkan 20sen tersebut.

Di samping itu, Kerajaan Negeri telah mengambil beberapa langkah bagi memastikan konsep 3R(Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) betul-betul dipraktiskan dalam kempen ini oleh rakyat Pulau Pinang. Antaranya ialah dengan mengedar beg membeli-belah percuma yang diperbuat daripada kain rentang terpakai. Tahun ini, Kerajaan negeri akan memperkenalkan satu bekas sampah dikitar semula setiap 100 langkah atau '100 Steps for Cleanliness' di George Town dan dua tempat di MPSP.

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan, kami ingin ucapkan tahniah kepada Sunway Carnival Mall atas penubuhan "Recycling Buy Back Centre" atau Pusat Kitar Semula ESH yang menggalakkan 3Rs dengan mengumpul lebih 100 tan bahan kitar semula dalam satu tahun untuk dijual dengan untungnya diberi kepada pengguna, bukannya untuk Sunway Carnival Mall.

Saya difahamkan kos pelupusan sampah bagi MPSP adalah 1 tan RM50, jadi, sekiranya 100 tan bahan kitar semula dikutip, maksudnya MPSP telah berjimat RM5000, inilah kebaikan kitar semula, rakyat boleh untung, kerajaan boleh jimat kos pelupusan sampah dan bumi boleh diselamatkan. Saya berharap Recycling Buy Back Centre ini boleh diteladani oleh lebih banyak pusat membeli-belah di Pulau Pinang supaya kadar kitar semula boleh ditingkatkan lagi.

Kita haruslah sentiasa mengingati bahawa kita bukan mewarisi ibu bumi ini tetapi kita pinjam daripada anak dan cucu-cicit, bumi ini mesti dikembalikannya kepada mereka dalam keadaan yang hijau dan sihat. Jadilah pengguna bijak yang tidak menggunakan beg plastik agar kita dapat menjadikan Pulau Pinang negeri hijau pertama di Malaysia dan juga menyeleamatkan bumi.

Sekian, terima kasih.

Ucapan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng di Majlis Pelancaran "Setiap Hari Tanpa Beg Plastik Percuma" dan Upacara Sambutan 100 Tan Bahan Kitar Semula Terkumpul pada 1.1.2011, di Sunway Carnival Mall, Seberang Jaya.

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