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1 March 2017

Selamat datang ke Pulau Pinang.

A very warm welcome to Penang, the Pearl of the Orient. And a sincere Thank You to the International Mobility Convention (IMC) for choosing our wonderful Island as host to your 6th Annual Conference.

I believe that one of the main reasons why IMC chose Penang was because we share the same values of excellence, diversity, opportunity and freedom. In Penang we have not only freedom of speech but also freedom after speech. UNESCO recognises our diversity and multi-cultural harmony by awarding George Town as a World Heritage site. And we are listed as one of the top 17 best places in the world to visit by CNN, coming out number 2. No wonder Yahoo Travel listed Penang as one of the Top 8 islands in the world you must explore before you die. Since you are all here, we can all die happy!

Penang is the ideal place to welcome Mobility professionals from around the world as this island has always been – and no doubt – will continue to be a crossroads for cultural and economic exchange.

For centuries Penang has been at the forefront of what we now call Globalisation.

I believe there is nowhere better to have a conference that welcomes 170-plus members of the international mobility community than Penang. Penang is an industrialised city with 95% of our GDP based on manufacturing and services sector. Penang also has internationally-rated facilities and infrastructure to serve your needs. We are also the most liveable city in Malaysia.

You have come from all corners of the globe, from very diverse backgrounds and cultures to meet in Penang and continue the global exchange of business, ideas and culture that has been the lifeblood of Penang for hundreds of years. Do not forget to enjoy the Penang street food – the best in the world. So remember to put in 1kg in weight or else you have not been to Penang!

Thank you.


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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang


26 February @ Gurney Paragon

Ever since its establishment in the year 1924, the Penang Adventist Hospital (PAH) has grown to become a tertiary healthcare centre for the Malaysian community and international visitors. In the recent years, more than RM80 million had been invested to set up the Adventist Oncology Centre and a multi-storey car park. This is made possible through an interest free loan and contributions from our generous sponsors.

The PAINTING PENANG PURPLE cancer awareness campaign is indeed an eye opener for many people as it will walk us through the importance of fighting and not giving up, when one is faced with the most devastating event of your life. The idea of using Purple Cloth to tie up trees along Jalan Burma-Jalan Cantonment- Jalan Kelawai- Persiaran Gurney is a good awareness marketing tool to attract the attention of many Penangites from all walks of life.

Being awarded GOLD in a clinical health research project by the World Health Organization (WHO) - The International Network of Health Promoting and Health Services, is timely. This will help to highlight the good deeds and community work done by the Adventist hospital.

The tagline “YOU WON’T FIGHT ALONE” is a powerful one. It is truly wonderful seeing so many good-hearted people, young and old, all geared up to support cancer patients to win this life and death battle. And we have many victorious stories of such successful battles.

Finally, I would like to thank Penang Adventist Hospital for its year-long cancer awareness campaign. Let us all as one community JOIN HANDS and FIGHT TOGETHER to overcome cancer. Remember, cancer need not be the end of your life.

Thank you.

Official Opening of The “8th Penang International Halal Expo & Conference” (PIHEC)

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Official Opening of The “8th Penang International Halal Expo & Conference” (PIHEC)

24 February 2017

I would like to say welcome to all our guests today to the 8th Penang International Halal Expo & Conference (PIHEC) here at the Spice Arena. My warm greetings to our international dignitaries and representatives from Japan, Korea, China, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and from the Middle East.

Today at the sPICE Arena, we have proudly gathered 330 businesses and industry players comprising local and international companies, business associations and government sectors.

Ladies & Gentlemen,

I was made aware of various exciting and opportune business programmes and platforms here.

There is also, the 4th Halal Chef challenge event taking place highlighting the culinary arts and talents participating in the growth of Halal food fraternity.

PIHEC is also a stage where fellow academia and captains of industry will share solutions and ideas for a global sustainable living based on this year’s theme of “Halal Lifestyle”.

Ladies & Gentlemen,

Since its beginning, the State has outlined a strong policy of Competency, Accountability & Transparency (CAT) principle which helps the growth of the halal industry in Penang. We hope that everyone sees the potential of the global halal market estimated at USD3 trillion, where even non-Muslim countries like Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China are putting in substantial investment to sell to the Muslim community. Trade, not war, would be beneficial to all.

My heartfelt thanks to the organizers especially Penang State EXCO YB Dato' Abdul Malik and everyone involved in organising the Penang International Halal Expo & Conference 2017 successfully for three days at the SPICE Arena.

Thank you.