The Opening of Penang International Food Festival 2018

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Speech by YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng

Penang Chief Minister

The Opening of Penang International Food Festival 2018

15th April 2018 @ Lebuh Pantai, George Town

 

 

What an honour it is to open the second Penang International Food Festival at our beloved Lebuh Pantai. This iconic strip is home to some of our city’s finest street food hawkers, and tonight, hawkers statewide have gathered here for PIFF’s two-day Street Food Festival.

 

Penang’s world-famous street food has placed our city on the global culinary map, so it makes perfect sense that PIFF’s opening event be the Street Food Festival, a celebration of our hardworking hawker heroes and their famed, glorious food.

 

Revered publications and websites such as Culture Trip, CNN Travel, and more, have included Penang and its acclaimed dishes on their esteemed lists. One notable example is our famous and tasty Assam Laksa ranking seventh in CNN Travel’s ‘World’s 50 Best Foods’ list. This illustrates Penang’s high-ranking reputation amongst the world’s finest culinary cultures.

 

PIFF this year will be a 16-day event with three major events, six Mini Festivals and three Dining Experiences at a cost of RM1.5 million funded by the State Government. The Festival kicks off with a Street Food Festival this weekend, with a theme of Penang’s Hawker Heroes. As you can see here today, we have 119 stalls of Penang street food where 94% (112) of them are hawker heroes with more than 5 years of experience.

 

Next weekend, the festival will showcase the best of Penang’s cafes, restaurants and hotel F&Bs at Jalan Kelawai. Cafes and restaurants with unique food and beverages, and our hotels’ F&Bs will bring out their delectable and exquisite creations. There will also be Chefs’ Demonstrations by the GCCA (Golden Chef Culinary Association), as well as other local chefs showcasing food creation with Penang flavours. Also joining us at TOP’s Chefs’ Demonstration is the Japan and Indonesia Embassy.

 

To end the scrumptious 16 days, Penang will challenge to achieve a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for the Largest Food Truck Rally in the world. The third major event – Food Truck Invasion (FTI) will see more than 150 food trucks gathered at the Design Village Penang offering food from more than 10 different cuisines. To hype up the cheery evening further, don’t miss exciting performances by international buskers who have been brought in specially for this.

 

In between these three major events will be mini-festivals dedicated to a different element of the Penang food scene; these are Meatless Monday, Kopi ‘O’, Mini Curry Festival, Thirsty Thursday, Crispy Fryday, and RM2 Mini Food Festival. This rich selection indicates the layered and diverse options available to Penang’s food lovers.

 

Other unmissable PIFF pocket events include the exclusive Dining Experiences that offer extraordinary locations as dining settings. Dining Amid Water, Dining Amid Heritage, and Dining Amid Stars will be held at unconventional venues with exquisite views.

 

Back to PIFF.

 

I do hope everyone has a memorable and joyous PIFF2018, and sample as much food and drink as they can! What are you waiting for, let’s makan!

LAUNCHING OF E-SPORTS EXPERIENCE AT 1ST AVENUE

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SPEECH BY CARETAKER CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG LIM GUAN ENG

LAUNCHING OF E-SPORTS EXPERIENCE AT 1ST AVENUE

14 APRIL 2018, 1PM

 

Salam Sejahtera and good afternoon,

 

Welcome to Penang's inaugural E-Sports Experience brought to you by Penang Youth Development Corporation, PYDC.

 

Global E-Sports revenues will grow 38% to $906 million in 2018 and further grow to $1.65 billion by 2021, according to a report on eSports by market researcher Newzoo. In 2017, there was 14.0 million gamers in Malaysia spending a total of $587 million. This makes Malaysia #21 worldwide in terms of game revenues.

 

E-sports should be professionally organised to cater to youths. E-Sports has emerged as an international sport with professional teams and players from all over the world. The Penang state government is facilitating the healthy development of E-Sports by allocating up to RM1 million to help and train players and teams under 25 years old and to compete in E-Games.

 

The Penang Youth Development Corporation (PYDC) will be the mechanism for this RM1 million initiative.

 

Today, PYDC and The Pantheon, the first E-sports Arena in Malaysia, are bringing the first E-Sports Experience to Penang.

 

In line with the state STEM education initiative, we hope that E-Sports can be one of the platform to cultivate our youth in science and technology industry. With our efforts to succeed in the Industrial 4.0 revolution, revolving around interaction of machines, artificial intelligent, big data analytics, fintech, cloud computing and Internet of Things. Whilst we acknowledge that in this digital era, “data is king”, the state government believes that “talent is everything”.

 

The State has invested RM75 million in STEM education to establish Penang as the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Science and Technology. This RM75 million includes @CAT Penang (Accelerator for Creative, Analytics and Technology), Penang Skill Development Centre (PSDC), Penang Science Cluster (PSC), Karpal Singh Penang Learning Centre (KSPLC), Tech Dome Penang (TDP), and the Penang Digital Library (PDL).

 

That is the reason why, we invest in STEM education and E-Sports, to help make Penang a Centre of Excellence for Science and Technology.

 

Thank you.

 

LIM GUAN ENG

Ulangtahun LMNPP Ke-53 & Majlis Pelancaran Museum Community Project (MuseCOM Project)

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Ucapan YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng Sempena Ulangtahun LMNPP Ke-53 & Majlis Pelancaran Museum Community Project

(MuseCOM Project)

13 April 2018

 

Selamat Petang, Salam Sejahtera dan Salam Bersih,

 

Selaku Pengerusi Lembaga Muzium Negeri Pulau Pinang (LMNPP), saya merakamkan ucapan terima kasih kepada semua hadirin yang hadir pada hari ini bagi meraikan Ulangtahun Ke-53 LMNPP & Majlis pelancaran Museum Community Project (Muse-Com Project). Setelah 52 tahun beroperasi sebagai Muzium Negeri yang menyimpan khazanah sejarah dan warisan Pulau Pinang, kini Muzium Lebuh Farquhar akan mendapat nafas baru dengan projek restorasi berskala besar bagi memastikan aspek warisan bangunan ini dipelihara dan dipulihara. Muzium Negeri yang berwajah baru akan menempatkan pameran berinovatif, kreatif serta koleksi-koleksi bernilai negeri Pulau Pinang.

 

Bagi tempoh bangunan muzium dibaikpulih, pameran dan artifak sementara dari koleksi Muzium Negeri Lebuh Farquhar dan juga pameran pengenalan projek MAGnet telah dipindahkan ke Cawangan Muzium Negeri iaitu di Bangunan No. 57, Jalan Macalister. Ia akan mula beroperasi dan dibuka seperti biasa kepada pelawat serta masyarakat umum pada tahun ini. Konsep yang disampaikan di pameran muzium sementara ini lebih berunsurkan media baru yang mempunyai ciri-ciri kebudayaan dan warisan di Pulau Pinang. Pameran sementara Muzium Negeri Pulau Pinang berkonsepkan “Muzium mengenai masyarakat untuk masyarakat” (A Museum About The People For The People).

 

Bayaran tiket masuk ke muzium bagi bulan April 2018 hingga Julai 2018 adalah percuma bersemperna dengan sambutan Ulangtahun Ke-53 Muzium Negeri Pulau Pinang. Bayaran tiket masuk akan kembali seperti biasa pada bulan-bulan berikutnya.

 

Hadirin yang dihormati,

 

Museum Community Project (Muse-COM Project) adalah untuk memupuk hubungan antara muzium dan masyarakat serta memperluaskan perspektif warisan dan budaya Pulau Pinang. Menggunakan tempat-tempat seperti taman, ruang terbuka, dan pemandangan jalan awam sebagai tempat untuk ungkapan seni dan budaya boleh menjadi cara yang berkesan untuk mengintegrasikan sejarah dan warisan ke dalam pengalaman seharian. LMNPP telah berkolaboratif bersama Department Of Mass Communication KDU Penang university Collage bagi menjayakan projek perintis ini.

 

Untuk Permulaan Muse-COM Project, LMNPP telah memilih topik mengenai pantang larang dalam kehidupan masyarakat majmuk seharian di sekitar George Town. Persoalannya di sini adalah bahawa generasi kini mengakui dan tahu mengenai pantang larang tetapi tidak tahu sebab dan alasan di balik pantang larang tersebut, maka projek ini akan menjawab soalan dengan melibatkan orang dewasa bagi setiap komuniti untuk menerangkan makna dan rasional di balik segala pantang larang tersebut.

 

Para hadirin yang dikasihi,

 

Setinggi-tinggi tahniah kepada semua agensi-agensi yang terlibat dalam projek komuniti warisan ini, terutamanya kepada pengurusan Lembaga Muzium Negeri Pulau Pinang, Department Of Mass Communication KDU Penang university Collage, Badan Warisan Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh, Penang Toechew Association, Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, Wadda Gurdwara Sahib dan Nattukottai Nagaathar Heritage Society.

 

Tidak dilupakan juga sekalung penghargaan kepada Ahli-ahli Lembaga Muzium, Ahli-ahli Jawatankuasa Balai Seni Lukis, rakan-rakan muzium yang hadir dari seluruh pelusuk tanah air, para sejarawan, artis-artis, agensi-agensi negeri, swasta mahupun persendirian yang telah bersama-sama membantu memajukan institusi ini.

 

Dengan ini saya menyempurnakan Majlis Ulangtahun Muzium Ke-53 & Majlis pelancaran Museum Community Project (Muse-Com Project)

 

Sekian, terima kasih.