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.

Perutusan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng pada 16 Disember 2017 Sempena Upacara Pemberian Wang Bantuan Kepada Mangsa Bencana Banjir Dan Ribut 5 November 2017

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Perutusan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng pada 16 Disember 2017 Sempena Upacara Pemberian Wang Bantuan Kepada Mangsa Bencana Banjir Dan Ribut 5 November 2017

Bencana banjir dan angin ribut kencang pada 4-5 November 2017 telah mendatangkan impak yang besar kepada ramai rakyat Pulau Pinang. Siapa boleh lupakan feri yang berat diangkat naik oleh angin kencang sehingga ditolak ke atas darat? Banyak kediaman, perniagaan, organisasi dan kenderaan telah mengalami kerosakan teruk akibat banjir ribut yang paling teruk dalam sejarah Negeri Pulau Pinang.

Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang bertekad membantu rakyat meringankan beban kewangan dan membolehkan ekonomi Negeri Pulau Pinang bangkit semula dengan perlaksanaan Program ”Pulau Pinang Bangkit”. Program bernilai RM105 juta ini, merangkumi usaha gotong-royong membersihkan kawasan banjir yang diadakan besar-besaran sejurus selepas kejadian banjir, koordinasi dan penyampaian barangan bantuan, diskaun cukai pintu, diskaun bil air, pengecualian surcaj konservasi air bagi pengguna domestik, penggantian dokumen kerajaan negeri yang rosak atau hilang, dan pemberian wang bantuan kecemasan (one-off) RM700 bagi setiap isi rumah mangsa.

Inilah bayaran kepada mangsa banjir yang paling besar dalam sejarah Malaysia. Kerajaan negeri masih tunggu dengan penuh harapan bantuan banjir daripada kerajaan persekutuan, bukan sahaja meluluskan projek tebatan banjir sebanyak RM1 bilion tetapi juga bantuan kewangan RM500 kepada setiap mangsa banjir sama seperti yang dibayar kepada mangsa banjir di negeri lain. Tidak boleh diterima langsung bahawa di antara tahun 2013-2017, daripada RM235 juta bantuan kewangan yang diberikan oleh kerajaan persekutuan kepada mangsa banjir, Pulau Pinang hanya menerima RM35,500 atau 0.015% sahaja. Mengapakah rakyat Pulau Pinang didiskriminasikan sungguhpun mereka juga rakyat Malaysia? Adalah diharapkan kerajaan perseketuan boleh ketepikan kepentingan politik demi rakyat dan bantu mangsa banjir negeri Pulau Pinang, sepertimana yang dilakukan oleh kerajaan negeri pada hari ini.

Tempoh permohonan untuk wang bantuan kecemasan (one-off) RM700 telah berlangsung 21 November 2017 – 2 Disember 2017.Mangsa-mangsa ribut dan banjir telah mendaftarkan diri dengan mengisi borang atas talian dihttp://www.penangbangkit.com dan selepas itu membawa dokumen-dokumen pendaftaran ke Pusat Khidmat ADUN Kerajaan Negeri, Pusat Khidmat Penyelarasan KADUN atau Pejabat Daerah yang berkaitan. Dalam masa 12 hari tersebut, seramai 52,950 permohonan telah diterima oleh Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang. Inilah tempoh permohonan yang paling singkat untuk permohonan berskala besar ini dalam sejarah negara.

48,424 permohonan telah diluluskan di mana 12% pemohon telah memilih untuk menghadiri upacara pemberian wang bantuan secara tunai dan 88% pemohon telah memilih untuk menerima wang bantuan secara kredit terus ke dalam akaun bank. Kelmarin, Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang telah menyalurkan wang bantuan kepada 41,892 orang mangsa banjir secara kredit terus ke dalam akaun bank mereka. Wang yang telah dikreditkan oleh Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang berjumlah sebanyak RM 29,324,400.

Hari ini, Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang akan teruskan dengan Program ”Pulau Pinang Bangkit”. Kami akan menyampaikan sejumlah RM 4,147,500 kepada 5,925 orang mangsa banjir melalui Upacara Pemberian Wang Bantuan Secara Tunai yang diadakan serentak di kelima-lima daerah di Negeri Pulau Pinang. Daerah dengan paling ramai penerima wang tunai adalah Daerah SPU dengan 2,086 orang, disusuli oleh Daerah SPT 2,014 orang dan Daerah DTL 1,052 orang. Kawasan DUN yang mempunyai paling ramai penerima wang bantuan secara tunai adalah DUN Seberang Jaya 801 orang, DUN Bertam 613 orang, DUN Datuk Keramat 578 orang dan DUN Sungai Dua 527 orang.

Jumlah besar wang yang dijangka disampaikan daripada Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang kepada mangsa-mangsa banjir melalui kredit terus ke dalam akaun bank dan Upacara Pemberian Wang Bantuan Secara Tunai adalah RM 33,896,800 kepada 48,424 pemohon (RM 4,147,500 melalui upacara dan RM 29,749,300 dikredit terus ke dalam akaun bank).

Pada keseluruhannya, Kawasan DUN yang mempunyai paling ramai mangsa banjir adalah DUN Sungai Dua yang telah meluluskan 4,553 permohonan, DUN Padang Lalang yang telah meluluskan 4,363 permohonan, DUN Seberang Jaya yang telah meluluskan 3,279 permohonan,dan DUN Machang Bubuk yang telah meluluskan 3,268 permohonan. Di sebelah Pulau, Kawasan DUN yang mempunyai paling ramai mangsa banjir adalah DUN Datuk Keramat yang telah meluluskan 2,238 permohonan, DUN Pulau Betong yang telah meluluskan 2,140 permohonan, dan DUN Air Itam yang telah meluluskan 1,701 permohonan.

Dimaklumkan juga wakil dibenarkan untuk menerima bantuan ini dari pejabat daerah pada hari Isnin (18/12/17) hingga Rabu (20/12/17) bagi penerima yang tidak dapat hadir pada hari ini (16/12/17).

Kerajaan negeri ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada kerajaan persekutuan yang menghulurkan bantuan penyelamatan dan juga badan amal NGO seperti Tzu Chi yang menderma wang pulohan juta dan tenaga kerja beribu-ribu. Juga tidak terlupa orang awam dari dalam dan luar Pulau Pinang yang telah membantu rakyat dan ekonomi Pulau Pinang bangkit dan pulih termasuk menyumbang tenaga kerja dan menderma wang. Syabas diucapkan kepada pegawai-pegawai Pusat Khidmat ADUN, Pusat Khidmat Penyelaras KADUN dan Pejabat Daerah yang berusaha bersungguh-sungguh memproses 52,950 permohonan dalam masa yang singkat ini.

Adalah amat membanggakan melihat usaha memulihkan Negeri Pulau Pinang adalah dibuat secara kerjasama dan perkongsian di antara sektor awam, swasta dan rakyat. Ramai yang puji kemampuan rakyat membersihkan semula Pulau Pinang dalam masa singkat 10 hari sahaja. Mujurlah sektor pembuatan dan perkhidmatan yang merupakan nadi utama ekonomi negeri, tidak terjejas teruk dan dapat pulih dengan segera. Marilah kita bangkit bersama dan teruskan matlamat Negeri Pulau Pinang sebagai negeri bertaraf antarabangsa dan pintar yang paling berjaya di Malaysia

LIM GUAN ENG
Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang

The Opening of Regus Menara Boustead, George Town, Penang

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Opening of Regus Menara Boustead, George Town, Penang

7 December 2017

 

Good morning. I am pleased to witness the official opening of Regus’ third business centre in Penang, here at Menara Boustead in Penang Central Business District. Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workspace solutions and with the company establishing not one, or two, but three business centres in Penang, demonstrates the business vitality and economic robustness in Penang. With the 4th SPICE business centre in the pipeline, Regus has invested a total of RM 9 million to date and prepared to invest more for the growth/expansion in the coming years. Regus has workforce of 9 headcounts dedicated to manage these 4 centers, ie RM 1 million of investment per staff.

Penang achieved GDP growth of 5.6% in 2016, outperforming the national GDP of 4.2%; specifically, for manufacturing GDP, Penang recorded GDP growth of 5.4% while for services GDP, the state achieved 5.6% growth. In 2016, Penang also recorded the second largest investments for Global Establishments for Services or ‘Principal Hub’ with an investment value of RM4.1 billion, after Kuala Lumpur. More recently, MIDA announced Penang as the top recipient of manufacturing approved investment in 1H 2017 valued at RM7.7 billion. Not only was Penang’s RM7.7 billion way ahead of No.2 at RM 2.9 billion, but Penang contributed 45% of the total investments to Malaysia. With the encouraging performance this year, the State forecasts that Penang will record a GDP growth of at least 6% in 2017.

Despite the worst rainstorm and floods in history, Penang bounced back quickly and the clearing up was able to be completed in 10 days, a remarkable feat praised by all. What is noteworthy is that industry and the factories were not affected and there was no flooding in the industrial parks. Some had even feared that Penang business will be out of action for 6 months like Thailand. However they were unaffected and continued operations as usual. This should give confidence to investors that even when Penang suffered the worst rainstorm and floods in history, their factories were unaffected. Further the crisis management that allowed Penang to bounce back in 10 days should give added confidence of the effective delivery and competent governance by the state government in Penang.

Flexible and modern spaces meeting the needs of businesses in the digital era

Regus’ new business centre which offers office space of 10,700 sqft here will be able to increase the available work and office space in Penang. Regus first two business centres, Regus Ideal Bayan Lepas and Regus Gurney Paragon are already recording average occupancy of 98%-99%. Major tenants of Regus business centres in Penang include marquee names such as Swarovski, IBM, Agoda, Expedia, AIA, and CBRE. The demand for office space especially MSC status buildings is increasing in Penang as Penang continues to attract more investments and business expansion. Knight Frank 2016 Real Estate Highlights reported that occupancy rates for prime office buildings in George Town ranged from 86% to 100% while newer buildings in Bayan Baru have occupancy of around 97%. Penang has the highest occupancy of office space in Malaysia.

This year Austrian-based Swarovski, world’s leading automotive software company Luxoft, Power Integrations, French-headquartered Teleperformance have announced their GBS investments into Penang while companies such as Toray and UST Global have increased their re-investments into Penang.

The new ABCs of the business world in the digital era today are Industry 4.0 centred applications in Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing and robotics. In line with these new trends, business needs evolve and the flexible workspace solutions that Regus offers will also be attractive to startups and SMEs in Penang. In addition, Regus provides global connectivity to its centers around the world which is something we welcome as an engine to our productivity growth.

Flexible working is a globally rising trend to do business. With Regus solutions easily available in Penang, we hope the SMEs and businesses in Penang can leverage on flexible working options to enhance their growth, increase productivity and attract and retain talent.

SME Corp records shows that Penang is home to more than 6,800 SMEs. Meanwhile, in @CAT Wisma Yeap Chor Ee, the State’s initiative for startups to accelerate from ideas and innovation to businesses, the co-working space have recorded an average 94% daily occupancy rate.

I would like to once again reiterate my warmest welcome of Regus’ third business centre in Penang and I also hear a fourth is on the horizon. Congratulations to Regus on the occasion of this opening in the quest to provide flexible working options for businesses in Penang.

Thank you.