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State government to offer free mammogram screenings

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has announced that the state government will introduce free mammogram and health examinations for women in the state through its newly formed women’s brigade. Lim stated that this is a part of the state’s women’s programmes that it is introducing to emphasise women's welfare and wellbeing.

The women’s brigade is headed by Chong Eng who is also the newly-appointed state executive councillor in charge of the youth and sports, women, family and community development and arts.

Details are yet to be finalised but Lim said that they are definitely looking at collaborating with the private sector on this and other programmes that are conducted through public-private partnerships.

New faces in Penang exco line-up

Four new faces could be seen when the Penang state executive councillors were sworn in before Penang’s Yang diPertua Negri, Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

The four include new Deputy Chief Minister I Mohd Rashid Hasnon who has replaced Datuk Mansur Othman (now the Nibong Tebal MP). Rashid, who is the Pantai Jerejak state assemblyperson, will also hold the international development, cooperatives and community development portfolio.

Chong Eng, the Padang Lallang state assemblyperson, is now in charge of the youth and sports, women, family and community development and arts portfolio. Jagdeep Singh, the Datuk Keramat state assemblyperson, will hold the housing, town and country planning portfolio, while Seberang Jaya assemblyperson Dr Afif Bahardin will hold the agriculture, agro-based industries, rural development and health portfolio.

The line-up of 10 exco members consisting of seven DAP and three PKR representatives sees the reappointment of executive councillors Prof Dr P. Ramasamy, Chow Kon Yeow, Danny Law Heng Kiang, Phee Boon Poh, Lim Hock Seng and Abdul Malik Abul Kassim for a second term.

Volunteers clean up beaches from Penang to Johor as part of the Earth Day celebration

Some 800 people came together on April 25 to clean up the coastlines of various locations on the peninsula. The venture was part of the AEON “Pantai Ku Indah” programme held in conjunction with Earth Day.

Cleanup was done in eight different locations nationwide and approximately 1,757kg of rubbish was collected. This annual initiative by Aeon Co. (M) Bhd was done to educate and create awareness of the importance of preserving the environment for future generations.



Penang born woman awarded prestigious award from Colombia University

Penang born Judy Cheng-Hopkins was recently awarded the prestigious Global Leadership Award from Colombia University. With this award, Cheng-Hopkins is recognised as a leading diplomat in public policymaking, development and administration as well as her ongoing efforts with global public interest.

Cheng-Hopkins has had a successful career in the UN that has spanned more than 30 years. Among her accomplishments is her 10-year stint in the field in Africa as part of her development and humanitarian work focused there and in Asia. She also served as the director of the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Asia and Eastern Europe Bureau from 1997 to 2000, where she supervised some of WFP’s largest and most significant operations of that period, in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Kosovo, and conceptualised and managed a smooth and innovative exit from China.



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