Opening Ceremony of The First International Penang Forum – The Belt & Road Initiative and Southeast Asia

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Opening Ceremony of The First International Penang Forum – The Belt & Road Initiative and Southeast Asia

25 March 2017


First and foremost, I would like to welcome all the distinguished and high-calibre scholars from China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Laos, Indonesia, The Philippines, Vietnam, Australia, Canada, United States of America and England as well as delegates of The First International Penang Forum: The Belt & Road Initiative and Southeast Asia to Penang.

Subsequently, I would like to thank the organizers of this Forum; Singapore Global Chinese Arts & Culture Society, Hong Kong Society of Asia Pacific 21 and Institute of Eastern Studies, Peking University for selecting Penang as the venue to host this exclusive Forum, which serve as a prelude to the major Summit on the same theme scheduled in Beijing in May this year.

This is the first time that Penang is given such an opportunity to host a grand forum, which we are indeed honoured and proud to do so.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today, Penang is one of the global hubs in the electronics and electrical manufacturing and plays host to over 300 multinational companies. We have also attracted China investors such as Jingko Solar(USD100 million), JA Solar(USD70 million) and Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics who had formed the joint venture with AMD Electronics investing USD436 million.

Penang is an industrial state dependent on manufacturing and services industry. Penang contributes about one third of Malaysia’s trade surplus and one quarter of Malaysia’s total imports and exports. As free trade and open market is important for Penang, China is Malaysia's top trading partner.

Penang is the friendship state with Hainan Province since 2013. George Town is also the sister city of Xiamen in Fujian Province. Penang together with multilateral relationship with our China friendship state and cities will actively participate in China's One Belt, One Road Economic Scheme and the construction of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. Chinese construction companies have undertaken RM14.3 billion of projects in Penang to build highways, bridges, water dams and undersea bed tunnel. We hope that through the One Belt One Road Program there will be more oppertunities for Chinese and Malaysian Companies to work together.

We also share a love for heritage. China has many UNESCO World Heritage sites. George Town is also a UNESCO World heritage site. Let us cooperate together on heritage to promote these treasures of humanity.

This conference focuses on art, culture and heritage. In Penang, we see art as economic game changer. We intend to develop a RM30 million Penang Arts District similar to Beijing 798 Art District. Penang is world-famous for our street art, wall paintings and iron sculptures. We will soon have the tallest wall mural in the world at a height of 232 metres along Komtar. Penang now has 15 'Museums' including the Sun Yat Sen Museum and 15 Art Galleries, including the Hin Art Open Air Art Gallery. We are also refurbishing and restoring the Penang State Museum at between RM2 million to RM20 million.

I certainly hope that you will spend some time aside from this Forum to explore enchanting Penang. Popularly known for its diversity of cultures, renowned hawker fare, heritage trail, beautiful beaches, Penang Hill, the latest addition The Top and Tech Dome in Komtar, Penang has it all!

In addition, Penang was recently listed by CNN as the 2nd Top Tourist Destination for 2017, the Top 10 Places to Retire in the World by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, as well as listed 25 Best Street for Tourists to Visit Around the World Before You Die , Gurney Drive was listed at No.13.

Thank you.

Opening Ceremony WTCF Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Opening Ceremony WTCF Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference

26 March 2017, 2.30pm

SPICE Convention Centre


Ladies and gentlemen

It is a great honor for me to welcome all delegates of the WTCF Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference to the beautiful island of Penang.

I am proud that Penang has been chosen by the World Tourism Cities Federation to co-organize this prestigious conference which brings government officials, policy makers, destination managers and media from various countries.

The theme of conference is “One Belt One Road: Development of Tourism Corridor and City Hub”. Penang is the perfect venue for such an influential conference because Penang is one of the top tourism destination in the region.

Penang was selected as the “No. 2 in the 17 Best Places In The World to Visit in 2017” by CNN, “No. 1 Best Healthcare In the World” by International Living. from Australia published a list of “25 Best Streets in the World You Must See Before You Die” and Penang’s Gurney Drive came out at number 13 noted for the best street food.

The “One Belt One Road” initiative brings more opportunities for cities in Asia-Pacific to create and promote sustainable tourism.

Penang is fast developing into an international and intelligent city, and a location of choice for manufacturing, investments and a destination of choice for tourists.
The number of hotel rooms in Penang have grown by 6.1% from 2006 to 22,100 rooms in 2015. Hotel guests have also grown to 6.3 million in 2015.

Aside from that, there are various new attractions in Penang such as The Top in the new KOMTAR which was restored for RM200 million ,the fabulous Penang Hill and George Town World Heritage Site.

Penang is also moving into the important segment of Meetings Incentives Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) with the completion this new convention center and another one planned to be completed by 2021. SP Setia has invested RM 750 million in the completed Setia SPICE Convention Centre project here which can fit 550 tables.

Even in the mainland of Batu Kawan the RM 250 million Penang Design Village that sells branded goods at a discount. KDU Penang University College will be setting up a brand new 10- acre flagship campus in Batu Kawan with an investment of RM220 million. The RM 600 million IKEA store will also be opened at the end of 2018.

We are the most livable city in Malaysia and will strive to be cleaner, greener, safer and healthier Penang.

Remember not to miss Penang street food- the best in the world. If you have not put on a kg before you leave Penang, then you have not been to Penang. Do not worry about seeking medical treatment, Penang has the best private hospitals in Malaysia – with more than 50% market share. We aim to make Penang a medical city for all our foreign friends.

I believe in these two days, delegates of the WTCF Asia-Pacific Conference will gain rare and useful insights from industry leaders on how to achieve this. I am also confident the conference will encourage different cities to work with one another to generate creative and innovative ideas.

Lastly, I would like to again thank WTCF and welcome all delegates to Penang, and I hope you will have a memorable and fruitful time in Penang.

Thank you.



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26 MAC 2016 (AHAD), JAM 12:00 TENGAHARI



Selamat Tengahari dan Salam Sejahtera,

Pertama sekali, saya ingin mengucapkan syabas kepada Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Yang Dipertua MPSP dan Think City kerana berjaya menganjurkan Majlis Pecah Tanah Rain Garden, Jalan Jeti Lama & Majlis Perasmian Butterworth Art Walk pada hari ini.

Yang Berhormat, YBhg. Dato, Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan sekalian,

Projek Naik Taraf Tempat Letak Kereta (TLK) Sediaada kepada Tempat Letak Kereta dan Rain Garden ini adalah yang pertama di Seberang Perai dan ini adalah satu inisiatif yang baik untuk menghijaukan alam sekitar disamping menyediakan kemudahan kepada orang awam. Tahniah kepada MPSP dan Think City di atas kerjasama yang baik ini. Saya difahamkan Projek Naik Taraf Tempat Letak Kereta sediada kepada Tempat Letak Kereta dan Rain Garden ini melibatkan kos sebanyak RM495,528.00 dan komponen projek adalah :
i. Raised Stage
ii. Pump & Channel
iii. Stepped Terrace
iv. Benches
v. Light
vi. Petak letak kereta OKU dan basikal

Jumlah petak letak kereta sedia ada adalah sebanyak 18 petak dan tiada petak OKU dan petak basikal. Projek naik taraf ini mengambil kira keperluan OKU dan menggalakkan aktiviti sihat dengan menyediakan15 petak letak kereta biasa, 2 petak OKU dan 12 petak letak basikal.

Selain dari menghijaukan kawasan, Rain Garden ini akan mempunyai ciri-ciri interaktif air untuk kanak-kanak bermain yang diilhamkan dari telaga yang terletak di Jalan Telaga Air. Ini adalah selaras dengan inisiatif Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang dalam mewujudkan Pulau Pinang Lebih Bersih, Hijau, Selamat & Sihat.

Yang Berhormat, YBhg. Dato, Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan sekalian,

Dalam usaha memacu kemajuan industri pelancongan dan merancakkan lagi pembangunan semula Bandar Butterworth, Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang sangat menyokong usaha Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai dan Think City Sdn Bhd untuk mengindahkan dinding bangunan di lorong belakang Lorong Bagan Luar 1 dengan hasil-hasil kesenian. Bermula Disember 2016, Zaini Zainul telah mengetuai sekumpulan pelukis yang terdiri dari Shazwan Jalil, Syamsul Addenno, Suhaimi Ali, Hadi Ramli, Nazmi Jamarudin, Shahidan Muhamad, Amir Andha dan Azmi Husin untuk menghasilkan sebanyak 45 lukisan mural dan 10 arca yang akan dilaksanakan dalam 3 fasa. Fasa pertama telah siap dan fasa kedia akan siap pada Mei 2017.

Lukisan mural yang dihasilkan akan mewujudkan kelebihan baru di Butterworth dan Seberang Perai amnya sebagai hub kreatif, inovatif dan komersial kerana Seberang Perai adalah masa depan Negeri Pulau Pinang.

Dengan itu, saya merasmikan Majlis Pecah Tanah Rain Garden, Jalan Jeti Lama & Butterworth Art Walk.

Sekian, terima kasih.