Penang Merdeka Greetings by Lim Guan Eng in Georgetown on Monday, 31st August 2009:
Celebrating unity in diversity in Penang and establishing the first people’s government in Malaysia
Penang state government wishes the 1.5 million people of Penang A Happy 52nd Merdeka by celebrating unity in diversity and establishing the first people’s government in Malaysia. In celebrating unity in diversity we seek mutual respect not tolerance, friendship not hate, love not war.
We wish to inspire a whole new generation to identify ourselves not by race or religion but be bonded together by common principles of democracy and shared dreams of political equality, economic prosperity and opportunity, social inclusiveness and justice.
The epochal March 8 general elections reflects a strong yearning for change where we are lifted by our dreams and united as one people by our principles. The results from 3 by-elections in the past 18 months fully endorse our efforts to establish the first people’s government in Malaysia.
Penang seeks to create wealth and distribute them equitably by continuing efforts in poverty eradication, enhance the living standards, develop world-class infrastructure and provide economic growth. But we are in a middle-income trap. Penang must compete globally for capital, talent, knowledge and resources to move to a high-income economy. To succeed we must focus on innovation, creativity and high value, shifting our reliance based on low-cost labour to high technology and modern services sector.
A people-oriented government with the following outlines can succeed in transforming Penang into a high income economy.
Our Vision Of An International City
To transform Penang into an international city that is a
Our Mission Of A People’s Government To Enable, Empower And Enrich The People
A democratic, knowledge seeking and prosperous society that
Clean Administrative Strategy – CAT Governance
Good governance based on competency, accountability and transparency (CAT) that upholds 5 core principles of justice, freedom, truth, social welfare and piety in God.
*Lim Guan Eng, DAP Secretary-General & Penang Chief Minister; Member of Parliament for Bagan