THE Penang government is setting aside RM50mil under the iSejahtera welfare programme for the benefit of Penangites.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said this was to ensure that no one would be left out.
“We will continue with the existing welfare programmes and improve their implementation, ” said Chow when addressing the state civil servants’ gathering at the Top @Komtar.
“Penang is stepping into 2020 with local and foreign direct investments of RM13.3bil in the first nine months of 2019 which is 247% higher compared to the same period in 2018.
“Although there are economic uncertainties, Penang is still a destination of choice for multinationals which have set up high-end technological companies providing 15,000 jobs for locals, ” he said.
Chow added that 2020 would see several high-impact projects being implemented by both the federal and state governments.
They include Penang International Airport and Sweteenham Pier Cruise Terminal expansion, the Urban Transformation Centre in Komtar, the rehabilitation of the Jelutong landfill and projects under the Penang Transport Master Plan.
He commended the Penang Island City Council for winning the Asean Clean Tourist City Award 2020-2022 for the second time in Brunei recently, beating Putrajaya and Sabah.
“I am confident the state civil service will scale new heights under the guidance of Datuk Abdul Razak Jaafar who came on board last year, ” Chow said.
Jaafar in his speech said the flexi working hours which were recently approved and the increase in cost of living allowance (Cola) by RM50 to RM350 for civil servants would be a motivation for them to perform better.
“The increase in Cola will help civil servants in the lower income bracket as the cost of living is increasing.
“I urge civil servants in the state to increase their efforts in providing efficient and quality service to stakeholders and the people, ” he added.
Also at the gathering were Deputy Chief Minister l Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman, state assembly speaker Datuk Law Choo Kiang, state executive councillors and assemblymen.