CHUNG LING CENTENARY INVITATIONAL ART EXHIBITION

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

Chung Ling Centenary Invitational Art Exhibition

10/06/2017, 4pm, Penang State Art Galery

 

Chung Ling High School established in 1917 is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. I congratulate the school.

Students of Chung Ling are known to excel in the sciences. Many of its alumni are successful professionals and business entrepreneurs. They contributed to the success of our nation and particularly our state Penang. I am very glad to note that Chung Ling also excels in the arts. This exhibition is a testament to that fact.

I am told that there are 76 artists’ works showcased in this exhibition. They are made up of teachers and students of Chung Ling High School.

Most of the artworks exhibited here are donated to the soon to be built Chung Ling Art Museum. I am told that another exhibition is currently held at the Chung Ling’s School Hall. The artworks exhibited there are for sale and the proceeds will go towards an art fund for the school’s art museum.

The state government has earmarked a 9 acre site for the RM30 million Penang Art District. There will be a new Penang State Art Gallery built at the PAD. The plan is to have a 50,000 square foot exhibition space showcasing Penang art, 5 times PSAG’s existing size. I hope that Chung Ling artists will be similarly enthusiastic in contributing to the PSAG. The family of one of Chung Ling’s artists, the late Tan Choon Ghee has led the way and very generously donated 124 artworks to the State Art Gallery. The works are currently on exhibition on the ground floor of the State Art Gallery. I hope that many artists will emulate that generosity and follow suit.

I extol the Chung Ling alumni for their love for their alma mater. Chung Ling has an admirable school motto, 爱吾锺灵 Love My Chung Ling. Earlier this year, the Penang State Government also launched the I Love Penang campaign. It is my hope that, just like how the old boys of Chung Ling love Chung Ling, the people of Penang, including the old boys of Chung Ling, will love Penang, and will continue to work together for a Cleaner, Greener, Safer, Healthier Penang and a more Creative, Innovative and Arty Penang.

I congratulate the organizers for putting together this worthy exhibition that I know will inspire the community.

I declare this exhibition open.

Farewell German Ambassador

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Speech by Chief Minster of Penang
Farewell German Ambassador, E&O, 9 June 2017
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Ladies and gentlemen,

I’m delighted to be here this evening to honor the Ambassador for his time here in Malaysia representing Germany.

You can be proud of your achievements as Ambassador during your time since your appointment in August 2013. The relationship between Germany and Malaysia - and of course especially between Germany and Penang - are strong, and has become even stronger, broader, deeper. Indeed, German investments play a significant role in the development of Penang as Malaysia's most dynamic manufacturing hub as well as the introduction of a German dual vocational training programme, now called Meister Programme “Trained in Malaysia but made in Germany”.

Relations - whether economic or cultural - between Germany and Penang go back even longer than the establishment of the diplomatic relations in 1957, as the island has been home to many German merchants, traders and missionaries more then 200 years ago.

Germans left a deep impact on Penang's heritage, which can be seen till today in many old German trading buildings along Weld Quay or Beach Street. One of Penang's most famous buildings of worship - the Kapitan Keling Mosque - was designed by a German-Eurasian architect named Neubronner in the moghul-style domed mosque which embellishes Pitt Street until today.

The Malaysian-German Society was founded in 1962 - which in fact is a successor of the old Deutsche Vereinigung (pronounce: DEU-TSHE FAIR-EY-NIGUNG) which was founded in the 19th century - is still a place in Penang, where Germans and Malaysians strive for mutual understanding and strengthening the friendship of our two countries.

Malaysia has for many years been Germany’s principal trading partner among the ASEAN countries and in 2016, bilateral trade was worth almost RM58 billion. Meanwhile, manufacturing investments by Germany in Penang was valued at RM 404 million in 2016 (ranked third highest FDI into Penang in 2016), an increase of 67% from RM242 million recorded in 2015. Germany’s principal imports from Malaysia are electrical and electronic goods, machinery, instruments and technical devices - mainly produced in Penang!

Ambassador Michael, all things said, your support, dedication, and friendship towards Penang was and is indeed incredible and on behalf of the state government and the people of Penang. You symbolized both Gesinnungsethik (Pronounce: Ghe-Sin-Nungs-Ae-tick) (the ethic of conviction) and Verantwortungsethik (Pronounce: Fair-Unt-Wor-Tungs-Ae-Tick) (the ethic of responsibility), principally the tension between Utopian romanticism and practicality as stated by Max Weber in his classic 'Politics as a Vocation'.

An idealist but not a foolish one who wants to see things get done. Truly you will be missed. This was all meant to be and I’m sure you’ll continue to be a strong and great friend of Penang. I wish you all the best for you and your family's future in your next posting overseas.

Thank you.

MAJLIS PERASMIAN GERAI PENJAJA PASAR AWAM, TAMAN BERJAYA, NIBONG TEBAL

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UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG
MAJLIS PERASMIAN GERAI PENJAJA PASAR AWAM, TAMAN BERJAYA, NIBONG TEBAL, SEBERANG PERAI SELATAN
PADA 10 / 06 / 2017 ( SABTU )

 

Terima kasih kerana jemput saya datang ke Pasar Awam Taman Berjaya Nibong Tebal ini. Saya pun tidak tahu kenapa pada awal tahun ini sahaja saya sudah datang ke Nibong Tebal ini sudah masuk kali keempat. Saya rasa macam kawasan saya pulak.

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekelian,

Saya telah dimaklumkan, walaupun pasar awam ini telah lama dibina iaitu sejak taman ini diwujudkan lebih 20 tahun yang lalu. Ia tidak pernah dinaik taraf sehingga Kerajaan Negeri bertukar kuasa kepada Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan sekarang pada tahun 2008. Penaiktarafan pasar dijalankan pada tahun 2013 dengan kos RM1.73 juta. Saya diberitahu pasar awam ini telah menjadi pasar awam yang menjadi tumpuan utama bagi penduduk yang tinggal dalam kawasan Nibong Tebal ini dan juga lain-lain tempat termasuk dari Negeri Perak dan Kedah

Atas keprihatinan Kerajaan Negeri, pasar ini telah berubah wajah dan terbahagi kepada beberapa bahagian yang mana tempat jualan telah diasingkan mengikut kategori.

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekelian,

Dengan jumlah 251 petak niaga keseluruhannya yang telah disediakan oleh Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai, sejumlah 229 petak telah berjaya disewa kepada peniaga manakala 22 petak lagi masih lagi kosong. Saya harap peniaga-peniaga dapat berniaga dengan lebih selesa dan tidak lagi terkena hujan atau panas dengan bumbung baru ini. Saya harap baki petak kosong dapat dipenuhkan oleh penjaja kecil yang ingin berniaga.

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekelian,

Pada hari ini, kita lihat bangunan bumbung tambahan Pasar Awam Taman Berjaya yang siap terbina ini boleh memberi menafaat kepada peniaga-peniaga dan juga pengunjung-pegunjung yang datang ke sini.

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekelian,

Inilah berikutan jelajah “ Listening Tour ” dengan penjaja/ peniaga bersama YB Tuan Chow Kon Yeow pada 13 Oktober 2016 tahun lalu di Pasar Awam Taman Berjaya ini bersama YB Soon. Anda semua meminta Kerajaan negeri membina bumbung tambahan antara kompleks makanan & minuman dan bangunan tinggi yang menjual barang-barang plastik ini. Sebagai kerajaan berjiwa rakyat, saya telah meluluskan sebanyak RM 199,964.00 pada 28 Disember 2016 untuk bumbung ini. Saiz bumbung tambahan ini adalah 11.1 Lebar meter x 45 meter Panjang dan boleh menempatkan banyak peniaga-peniaga.

Di samping itu juga, saya mohon pihak Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai dapat membuat sesuatu untuk menyedarkan orang ramai menjaga kebersihan dalam kawasan pasar contohnya seperti inisiatif daripada YB. Soon Lip Chee ADUN Jawi buat dengan menjadikan tembok batu yang ada disini dengan membuat lukisan mural dengan tema “ Pengasingan Sisa Dipunca “ sebagai satu didikan awal kepada orang awam.

Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai juga akan menyediakan peruntukan untuk kerja-kerja memasang “ Metal deck “ disekeliling bangunan jualan barangan am ini dalam tahun ini juga bagi mengelakan peniaga-peniaga terkena tempias hujan dan juga panas.

Selain daripada itu juga, masalah tempat letak kereta yang sangat terhad yang mana sehingga kini hanya ada dalam 112 petak dan 2 petak untuk OKU. Ini amat tidak mencukupi dengan bertambahnya pengunjung yang datang kepasar awam ini terutamanya pada hujung minggu sabtu dan ahad, lebih-lebih lagi semasa hendak menyambut hari kebesaran pelbagai kaum. Kajian akan dibuat untuk melihat macam mana menambahkan tapak letak kereta.

Dengan ini, saya merasmikan Bumbung Tambahan Gerai Penjaja Pasar Awam Tama Berjaya ini dan Lukisan Mural Pasar Awam Taman Lukisan Mural.

Sekian, terima kasih.