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Padang Perbandaran MPSP Butterworth


Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengambil kesempatan untuk mengucapkan ribuan terima kasih kepada YB Danny Law Ahli EXCO Pembangunan Pelancongan Negeri Pulau Pinang bersama Persatuan Sukan Dan Kebudayaan Tiong Hua Kepala Batas kerana sudi menjemput saya bagi merasmikan Perarakan Pesta Chingay Tahun 2017 Kali Ke-9.

Chingay adalah salah satu seni budaya masyarakat Cina tempatan Pulau Pinang yang sangat unik di dunia. Aksi para peserta mengangkat dan mengimbang tiang bendera cukup menggambarkan kebudayaan ini sangat mencabar dan mempunyai tarikannya yang tersendiri.

Kebiasaannya perarakan chingay ini akan diadakan di bahagian Pulau sahaja tetapi sejak tahun 2009, Kerajaan Negeri turut mengadakan program seperti ini di bahagian Seberang Perai bagi membolehkan masyarakat di sini mempunyai peluang yang sama untuk menyertai dan menyaksikan perarakan ini dengan lebih dekat.

Pengerusi Pengelola Program ini iaitu Saudara Lay Hock Peng telah mengambil peluang ini dengan mempamerkan maskot anjing (snoopy) sebagai mengalu-alukan kehadiran Tahun Baru Cina yang menyambut tahun anjing.

Setiap tahun, Persatuan Sukan dan Kebudayaan Tiong Hua akan cuba memperkenalkan kebudayaan yang wujud di Malaysia ini terutama di Pulau Pinang untuk dipertontonkan pada masyarakat setempat.

Perarakan Chingay pada hari ini melibatkan 32 pasukan dari pelbagai persatuan kebudayaan dengan anggaran kehadiran pengunjung seramai 10,000 orang yang datang dari dalam dan luar pulau pinang malah dihadiri oleh pelancong dari luar negara. Kerajaan Negeri telah menaja RM75,000.00 untuk menjayakan program ini.

Terima kasih juga kepada pihak Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) yang memberikan kerjasama yang begitu baik dalam memastikan keselamatan peserta dan pengunjung berjalan dengan lancar dan teratur.

Sekian, terima kasih.

The Opening of Gayo Korea House

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang
At The Opening of Gayo Korea House

17 December 2017
Beach Street


I am pleased to be here at the Gayo Korea House today.

Our homegrown Made In Penang entertainment company has become a full-fledged powerhouse in megatainment known now as Malaysian Master of Megatainment!

World Golden Warriors Entertainment, the parent company of Gayo Korea House, namely Mr Hendrik, Managing Director, Mr Alan Oh, Executive Director & Mr Danny Kim has played a significant role in developing Penang as a destination of “Megatainment” and connecting Penang to the K-Pop world.

We have the facilities for international entertainment acts. The RM350 million SETIA SPICE Arena and SPICE Convention Centre has a capacity of 23,000 people, 15,000 of which that can accomodate the SPICE Arena and 8,000 pax that accommodate SPICE Convention Centre. 

This year alone World Golden Warriors Entertainment has organized 3 concerts in Penang and 2 of which were K-Pop concerts staging top-notch K-Pop artists. With today's new food outlets, we can expect more Korean acts in future. We hope to see more Koreans in Penang in the coming future.

I would not be aware of the success of Megatainment and Hendrick if not for my Strategic Adviser Dato Saifuddin Nasution. Congratulations to Mr Teoh Chong Teow, the Chairman of Association of Penang Hostel and Chairman of the Penang Heritage Contractors, who has transformed this place by delivering creative interior ideas to make the Gayo Korea House stands out.

There are approximately 3000 over Koreans living here in Penang, and the positive growth of Penang has lured many expatriates from around the world to invest in Penang. 

Thank you to the Korean for choosing Penang to invest.

I hereby officiate the opening of Gayo Korea House @Beach Street, Penang.

Thank you.

The Official Opening of ESCAPE Waterplay

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang
At The Official Opening of ESCAPE Waterplay

16 December 2017


It is great to be here at ESCAPE again to witness another milestone of ESCAPE’s evolution. ESCAPE has added a new attraction – the Waterplay, and this second phase of the GREEN theme park development has doubled the park size from 11 acres to 22 acres, and has added more than 20 new games. The total land PBA has leased to ESCAPE is 44 acres which means there will be plenty room for even more FUN activities at ESCAPE.

ESCAPE is well on the way to creating an ultimate world-class theme park destination in the region.

I am amazed that Sim Leisure has taken the former PBA construction site of Teluk Bahang dam and transformed it into a natural playground by transplanting 104 big trees from various construction sites around the island. It also involves planting of more than 1,000 new trees of various species to create the Penang Kampong theme.

I am pleased to hear lots of good news about ESCAPE despite their low-profile approach in doing business. We are very pleased to understand ESCAPE is currently ranked the Number 1 theme park in Malaysia according to travel review site TripAdvisor. It even ranks ahead of Legoland and Sunway Lagoon. ESCAPE has also been awarded the Certificate of Excellence 4 years in a row since 2014.

Sim has said many times that it is business and political environment that the Penang State Government that took over in 2008 have spearheading changes that created the level playing field where talented Penangites like Sim can come back home and help grow Penang. And Sim is a firm believer in Penang State Government’s CAT governance of Competency, Accountability and Transparency.

While many theme parks are spending millions and millions of dollars to buy foreign brands and IPs, I am proud that we can show the world that in Penang we do not have to import brands to create great theme parks. In fact, ESCAPE is a brand that was born in Penang and we will soon see the ESCAPE brand expand into many countries soon. I have been told that Sim Leisure Group has started negotiations for a major ESCAPE project in Thailand.

Khazanah had spent more than RM700 million on Legoland Malaysia in Iskandar. The Movie Animation Parks Studios (MAPS) park in Ipoh was built with a budget of RM593 million and was opened in July this year.

To put this into perspective, ESCAPE Waterplay has been built to international standards at a budget of only RM28 million! The difference is ESCAPE focuses on how to create a great park with limited budget using Sim’s 27 years of international theme park experience. Also being a successful entrepreneur Sim thinks hard about the Return on Investment and realistic business models. So, it’s not just about money – it’s about creativity, modesty, and having a passion. Sim is an example of how you can create excellence without having to brag about how much money you have wasted!

ESCAPE is a clear example Penang State Government’s open tender policy to allow the best party to be selected based on merit and in a transparent manner.

ESCAPE has set the bar high by showing what can be achieved when the private sector is allowed to operate in a free honest and transparent manner and I call on all those involved in tourism in Penang to grasp the global mindset to join the drive for quality and excellence.

Thank you.