International Women's Day Message & 3rd Anniversary of 2008 Political Tsunami Message by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in Komtar, George Town on Tuesday, 8th March 2011:
International Women's Day Message & 3rd Anniversary of 2008 Political Tsunami Message by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng
In conjunction with both International Women's Day and the 3rd Anniversary of the 2008 political tsunami that denied BN's its historic 2/3 majority and brought a regime change in 5 states, including Penang, has seen Penang transformed as a portrait of progress and seen gains in women's participation in decision-making.
Under the previous administration, only 2 women held senior state government positions. Now under the new PR state administration there are 7 women holding senior state government positions namely.
Penang has not only led the way by appointing more women to senior positions of decision-making but also extended maternity leave to 90 days, which was later adopted by the Federal government.
In 3 years, Penangites have also regained some degree of trust in their state government and in return the government has placed faith in the wisdom of the people.
To overcome public distrust of the state government as an institution that does not help but harm the people, PR has terminated the politics of patronage, cronyism and corruption. Instead PR has gained the people's trust by adopting a people's government centered on 3Es of enabling the people with skills and education, empowering them with rights or opportunities and enriching the people by ensuring that the fruits of economic success can be shared.
PR has shown our faith in the people by stressing that a good government must do three things, listen to the people, do the people's work and give hope to the people. The results of both the people having trust in the state government and the government placing faith in the wisdom of Penangites is an amazing series of historical firsts for Penang. The 10 No.ls for Penang in Malaysia are as follows:-
Let us work together regardless of race and religion to make Penang cleaner, greener and safer for our children.
*Lim Guan Eng, Penang Chief Minister