THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE AQUATIC CENTRE

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE AQUATIC CENTRE

AT SPICE ARENA, PENANG

28 JANUARY 2016

SPICE,PENANG

Good morning and Salam Sejahtera.

I wish to congratulate SP Setia for the official opening of the Setia SPICE (which is the abbreviation for Subterranean Penang International Conference & Exhibition Centre)Aquatic Centre. Also kudos to SP Setia for successfully completing, to date, the Setia SPICE Aquatic Centre, Setia SPICE Canopy, comprising F&B retail outlets and the upgrading works of Setia SPICE Arena, formerly known as Penang International Sports Arena.

This is part of the RM350 million project undertaken by SP Setia to build a new SPICE, a 7-acre public park and upgrade existing facilities. SPICE will put Penang in the picture for a slice of the lucrative MICE market.

Since we took over the administration of Penang in 2008, we have been diligently identifying areas of improvements within the state to improve liveability and foreign direct investment into Penang. Today, I am proud to say that we have witnessed much positive changes in Penang, one of which is the rejuvenation of the former run-down PISA into a refurbished and internationally bench-marked SPICE today.

Ladies & Gentlemen,

I still remember the strong opposition by NGOs and opposition parties against this project. The state government was even sued but this was thrown out by the courts. We were asked stupid questions like “why does Penang need an exhibition or a convention center?”. I was even accused by Sin Chew of giving preferential treatment to SP Setia by selling the land at below market price even though the contract was given out by open tender and Tan Sri Liew has shown that he can win contracts internationally by open tender even in London. Despite these lies and challenges, we boldly proceeded ahead because we are clean.

And today Penang enjoys the success of our bold decision with improved and internationally bench-marked facilities in SPICE. Will the NGO's, opposition parties and Sin Chew apologise to me for their wrong allegations and lies?

Penang is a location of choice for investors. Investment has increased by almost 100% with RM48.2 billion from 2008-2014 compared to a similar period of RM24.9 billion from 2001-2007.

As Penang flourishes into an international business hub, there is a need for exhibition centres of this scale and size to cater for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) activities which the former run-down and poorly appointed PISA building was not able to provide.

With its strategic location, situated within close proximity of the Penang International Airport and surrounded by major roads with easy accessibility to the first Penang Bridge and the second bridge, the refurbishment and enhancement of PISA that was just a sports centre, now includes retail, F&B, a 4 star hotel and a MICE centre, has increased the service offerings and value tremendously.

Ladies & Gentlemen,

With the completion of the Setia SPICE Aquatic Centre, the public can enjoy a long list of facilities which includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool, diving pool, children’s water theme park, badminton courts, squash courts, gym, function rooms, cafes, even a sports clinic and swim school. With the myriad of activities made available, Penangites can look forward to a venue where they can enjoy a healthier lifestyle, all under one roof.

The aquatic centre will be complemented by a world-class convention centre, hotel, retail and F&B outlets, spread over 25-acres upon its completion. It features the Penang Indoor Stadium and Arena (PISA) which serves as an exhibition centre as well as an indoor stadium, the Setia SPICE Canopy, which was recently opened for business in December, the Setia SPICE which is the convention centre and an approximately 450-room 4 star hotel to accommodate the MICE activities.

With the continuous support from reputable developers such as S P Setia, I am confident that Penang will continue to attract quality investors for the overall benefits of Penangites.I look forward to witness continuous support from the private sector to transform Penang into an international and intelligent city and to achieve our mission to make Penang the preferred city that is clean, green, safe and healthy.

Thank you.

LIM GUAN ENG

SGN - PEN Inaugural Flight Receiving Ceremony

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Speech of YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang
SGN - PEN Inaugural Flight Receiving Ceremony
25 January 2016 Kaffa @ Penang International Airport

First and foremost, a very warm welcome to all of our guests from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam! We hope your flight on AirAsia and this event today will serve as a great start to your trip here in Penang.

I would like to congratulate AirAsia on their maiden flight from Vietnam into Penang. We are very happy that this new route has commenced and Penang is definitely ready for more visitors.

Tourism continues to be a significant contributor towards Penang’s economic growth and the continuous effort and commitment shown from an airline like AirAsia will further enhance Penang as the top destination for both travel and trade.

Tourism has been a major contributor to Penang's economic growth. For instance Penang International Airport's maximum capacity of 6.5 million passengers has achieved in 2015, 5 years ahead of the scheduled 2020. There is a need for a bigger Penang airport to cater to the increased capacity. Last week, I had conveyed this to the Prime Minister when he chaired the Northern Corridor Investment Authority meeting, who said he noted my request.

I am also very happy to share that AirAsia has also launched direct flights connecting Yangon, Myanmar into Penang. And the inaugural flight will take place later in March this year.

There is a big community of Burmese here in Penang, and I am sure the announcement of the Myanmar to Penang flights is received well in both markets. With the growing number of tourists, many businesses such as hoteliers, restaurateurs or even healthcare providers, have tailored themselves to meet the rising expectations of our generation of discerning travellers.

As a leisure destination, we want to continue to create excitement to draw visitors to return, and we are also glad that AirAsia sees the value in providing direct connectivity between more Asean cities into Penang.

I am sure that Penang’s tourist arrivals will continue to see an upward trend with AirAsia’s introduction of flights from Ho Chi Minh City and Myanmar. I hope there are more opportunities where we can discuss to connect more dots from other international cities into Penang.

Once again, congratulations to AirAsia on the commencement of your flight from Vietnam into Penang, it is truly a great milestone for you and also for Penang.

Thank you.

 

MAJLIS SEMBAHYANG KHAS DAN JAMUAN TEH SEMPENA PERAYAAN THAIPUSAM TAHUN 2016

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UCAPAN YAB. KETUA MENTERI

DI MAJLIS SEMBAHYANG KHAS DAN JAMUAN TEH SEMPENA PERAYAAN THAIPUSAM TAHUN 2016
4.30 petang, 24 Januari 2016, Perkarangan Kuil Sri Ganeshar, Waterfall

Selamat petang dan selamat menyambut Perayaan Thaipusam tahun 2016. Saya amat gembira untuk berada di sini pada hari yang mulia ini kerana tahun ini adalah merupakan tahun yang ke 230 perayaan Thaipusam disambut di Pulau Pinang. Saya amat bangga bahawa perayaan Thaipusam telah dapat disambut dengan gemilangnya untuk lebih daripada dua abad di Pulau Pinang. Ia merupakan sambutan pertama di Malaysia. Salah satu sebab utama perayaan-perayaan sebegini dapat di sambut dengan meriahnya di Pulau Pinang adalah disebabkan oleh rakyatnya yang sentiasa mengamalkan sikap saling hormat-menghormati dan hidup berharmoni dalam masyarakat berbilang bangsa.

Perayaan Thaipusam juga disambut oleh ramai dari golongan masyarakat bukan Hindu dan merupakan salah satu tarikan pelancong utama Pulau Pinang. Tahun ini lebih daripada 1.2 juta penganut dan pelancong adalah dijangka datang ke sambutan di Pulau Pinang.

Saya juga gembira kerana pihak Polis Di-Raja Malaysia telah menyatakan bahawa tidak menerima apa-apa amaran berhubung ancaman keganasan. Kita sebagai rakyat Pulau Pinang yang hidup secara aman dan damai dalam masyarakat berbilang kaum seharusnya menentang sekeras-sekerasnya semua ideologi yang radikal samada dari dalam atau luar negara.

Saya ingin merayu kepada Kerajaan Persekutuan untuk terus berikan biasiswa Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) untuk pelajar-pelajar cemerlang yang datang daripada golongan tidak berada, baik dalam atau luar negeri. Sekiranya nak jimatkan wang bukanlah dengan hentikan biasiswa JPA sebaliknya harus kurangkan pembaziran dan ketirisan seperti rasuah. Kami, Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang dengan kerjasama pihak swasta tidak akan hentikan sebaliknya teruskan Penang Future Foundation sebanyak RM 40 juta pada tahun lalu yang memberi sumbangan biasiswa tempatan kepada pelajar-pelajar cemerlang untuk institusi pengajian tinggi tempatan.

Semasa kita raikan Thaipusam bersama ahli keluarga di Pulau Pinang dengan aman dan damai, kita kena ingati dan berdoa untuk mereka yang terpaksa berpisah dengan ahli keluarga.

Semoga segala hajat dan niat untuk perayaan Thaipusam ini anda adalah tercapai dengan sempurna. Terima kasih. Nandri. Vanakam.