EURASIAN HERITAGE FIESTA 2017 - PHOTO EXHIBITION: THE "PENANG EURASIAN STORY"

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

FOR PHOTO EXHIBITION - THE PENANG EURASIAN STORY

ON 26 AUGUST 2017

I would like to congratulate the Penang Eurasian Association for showcasing the ethnic culture, traditions and customs of the Penang Eurasians. Through this photo exhibition at the Penang Eurasian Association in Pulau Tikus this tells your story, synonymous with the rich history of the Eurasians in Penang.

This special exhibition gives us an insight of the presence of the early Eurasian community in Penang. It highlights the Eurasian heritage and the community’s contribution to society and to the nation. The Eurasian community in Penang has exhibited through the years, a tremendous love for music and food. Among the most well known musicians was the legendary composer and pianist Jimmy Boyle who wrote Putera Puteri.

Some of the Eurasian contributions to music is enshrined in our Penang Music Museum, a RM3 million initiative by Penang Water Supply Authority to preserve and project the well-known music performers and their works.

The “Penang Eurasian Story” Photo Exhibition stimulates and raises historical awareness among the general public especially the young. I am sure the public will appreciate the rich heritage and culture of the Eurasians not only in Penang, but also within the region and the whole world!

Your aim to make this photo exhibition a permanent fixture in Penang to showcase Eurasian music and heritage memorabilia deserves acknowledgment. It will be a highly interesting tourist attraction as it will be an opportunity for many tourists visiting Penang to discover more about your invaluable contributions to the rich culture, history and heritage of Penang.

We embrace our Eurasian brothers and sisters as part of our Penang community to cherish and behold your ancestor's contributions. We need to look beyond to the future with confidence and as part of the larger Penang community to forge a dynamic and international city.

THE LAUNCHING OF FORT CORNWALLIS YOUNG ARCHAEOLOGISTS' PROGRAMME

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Launching of Fort Cornwallis Young Archaeologists' Programme

on 26 August 2017

 

On behalf of the Penang State Government, I would like to welcome all of you to the official launch of the Fort Cornwallis Young Archaeologists’ Programme.

This programme is organised by the George Town Conservation and Development Corporation (GTCDC), with support from Universiti Sains Malaysia. It is part of the Penang Museum and Gallery Network (MAGNET), which aims to promote public participation in arts, heritage and culture.

During its pilot sessions along, the Young Archaeologists’ Programme has attracted a diverse group of participants, some coming with their parents, and others registering through their schools. They range from SMK Hutchings, which is just five minutes’ walk away from the fort, to MRSM Merbok who joined us all the way from Kedah.

We look forward to receiving more participants from schools, parents and relevant organisations as we continue to build interest and awareness in heritage among youngsters. This project embodies the state government’s commitment to promote cultural stewardship and a bottom-up approach in heritage,

It is without doubt that the long-term conservation of the George Town World Heritage Site is dependent upon our future generations. Fostering these future stewards of our cultural resources is critical to the long-term sustainability of Penang’s heritage, especially imbuing them with the idea that “doing less is more”.

Under the MAGNET initiative, GTCDC is also working on a new museograhic concept for the Penang State Museum building at Farquhar Street, a community archives programme, and the conservation of the Syed al-Attas Mansion. All of these initiatives aim to enhance the physical cultural facilities enhance residual intelligence and experience as well as provide opportunities for community involvement.

Penang itself is indeed rich in archaeological heritage – earlier this year, a 5,600-year-old skeleton was discovered at the prehistoric site of Guar Kepah in Seberang Perai. We look forward to promoting public archaeology into a state-wide initiative and invite communities to play an active part in the interpretation and preservation of cultural heritage.

The Young Archaeologists’ Programme is part of the ongoing excavation to uncover the moat structure that originally surrounded the fort. The reinstatement of the moat is recommended by the Fort Cornwallis Conservation Management Plan, as an effort to restore Fort Cornwallis to its period of highest significance. Conservation works on structures within the fort is also set to begin in September.

Apart from restoring the authenticity of Fort Cornwallis, the reinstatement of the moat feeds into a larger effort to revitalise cultural spaces and facilities in the North Seafront of George Town. GTCDC is also conducting upgrading works to the seawall and landscape upgrading at the North Seafront, an area that makes up approximately 85% of all public open spaces in the George Town World Heritage Site.

Like other GTCDC projects, this is a long-term initiative that requires close collaboration between the state government, Think City and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. I hope that this project will receive the full support of Ewein Group, the concessionaire of Fort Cornwallis; Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP); as well as other state authorities.

Thank you.

MAJLIS PELANCARAN PEMBINAAN DEWAN BANQUET AMPANG JAJAR, SEBERANG PERAI UTARA PULAU PINANG

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UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG
SEMPENA MAJLIS PELANCARAN PEMBINAAN DEWAN BANQUET AMPANG JAJAR,
SEBERANG PERAI UTARA PULAU PINANG

26 OGOS 2017 (SABTU)
9.00 PAGI

 

Saya berasa amat berbesar hati pada pagi ini kerana dapat bersama–sama untuk Majlis Pelancaran Projek Dewan Banquet Ampang Jajar.

Dewan Banquet Ampang Jajar, yang berharga RM42.6 juta dibiayai sepenuhnya oleh Kerajaan Negeri, dan dilaksanakan oleh Perbadanan Pembangunan Pulau Pinang (PDC) di mana PDC telah merekabentuk bangunan tersebut dan juga bertanggungjawab untuk memanggil tender dan kemudian memantau kerja-kerja pembinaan. Syabas kepada PDC.

Saya juga gembira untuk memaklumkan bahawa dewan serbaguna 2 tingkat ini di Ampang Jajar adalah yang terbesar di Seberang Perai Utara yang mana dewan ini sangat sesuai untuk mengadakan pelbagai aktiviti dan program dan memberikan impak ekonomi positif kepada kawasan berhampiran.

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan,

Objektif projek ini adalah untuk:-

• Menyediakan kemudahan sosial-sivik dan fasiliti untuk
rekreasi kepada komuniti di Ampang Jajar
• Keperluan penting untuk komuniti mengadakan aktiviti dan jamuan makan yang kini berkurangan
• Dewan ini sesuai untuk digunakan oleh masyarakat tempatan memandangkan saiznya dapat menampung jumlah yang besar
• Ia adalah satu-satunya dewan tertutup berhawa dingin dan bertaraf antarabangsa di Ampang Jajar yang kondusif untuk mengadakan acara/program

Bangunan Dewan Ampang Jajar merupakan komitmen dan aspirasi Kerajaan Negeri untuk memastikan pembangunan seimbang untuk Seberang Perai setaraf dengan kawasan Pulau dengan menyediakan infrastruktur dan kemudahan awam. Ini boleh dilihat dengan siapnya Seberang Perai Arena (SPA) yang kini menjadi dewan paling cantik di Seberang Perai. Ia terbukti apabila sebanyak 77% perbelanjaan pembangunan di Pulau Pinang tertumpu di bahagian Seberang Perai dengan perbelanjaan sebanyak RM2,379 juta. Manakala bagi bahagian pulau pula, Kerajaan Negeri telah memperuntukkan sebanyak 23 peratus atau RM698 juta dengan jumlah keseluruhan perbelanjaan pembangunan sebanyak RM3,077 juta sehingga 2016.

Selaras dengan prinsip CAT (Cekap, Akauntabiliti & Telus), PDC telah memanggil tender terbuka dan dimenangi oleh pihak Lumson Bina Engineering Sdn Bhd. Kontrak untuk projek ini bermula pada 17 April 2017 dan tarikh siap dijangka pada 16 Januari 2019. Pada masa ini, kemajuan kerja adalah 6%.

Untuk makluman pada hadirin sekalian, kawasan tapak seluas 16.6 ekar akan dibangunkan dengan 2 fasa iaitu Fasa 1 yang merupakan dewan di kawasan seluas 10.2 ekar. Keluasan untuk bangunan bagi dewan ini adalah 192,000 kaki persegi manakala Fasa 2 dengan kawasan seluas 7.15 ekar ditetapkan untuk pembinaan kolam renang bertaraf antarabangsa pada masa depan.

Dewan banquet moden ini dibina mengikut pematuhan dengan rekabentuk universal (yang mana boleh diakses untuk golongan OKU) merangkumi:-

• Dewan banquet berhawa dingin dengan kapasiti 300 meja (3,000pax) - boleh dibahagikan kepada 3 ballrooms
• Bilik VIP untuk setiap ballroom
• Kawasan untuk ‘pre-functions’
• Pentas dengan bilik persalinan
• 4 buah bilik untuk kegunaan pelbagai (4 function rooms)
• 2 dapur berasingan
• Surau dan tandas
• Lif berkaca panaromik (panoramic glass lift)

Kemudahan asas lain yang disediakan adalah seperti 600 tempat letak kereta, 4 tempat letak untuk golongan istimewa (OKU), 400 tempat letak motosikal bagi memastikan kemudahan parkir yang disediakan adalah mencukupi.

Dengan ini, saya dengan sukacitanya merasmikan Majlis Pelancaran Pembinaan Dewan Banquet di Ampang Jajar, Seberang Perai Utara Pulau Pinang.