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ON JANUARY 20, 2018


It is a great honour to be here this morning to officiate the launch of Phase 2 of The Habitat Penang Hill and to officially open the newly completed Langur Way Canopy Walk. On behalf of the Penang State Government, I wish to congratulate The Habitat on the important milestone of finally completing their Canopy Walk on Penang Hill.

This project is in line with the State Government’s vision to create a unique and prestigious tourism product that will project our treasure trove of green hills and the 130 million year old rainforest that will transform Penang Hill as a destination for high-value tourists. The Habitat is built on the State Government Land measuring approximately 10.04 acres. Not only is Penang Hill about being 702 meters above sea level or enjoying the exquisite views of George Town, it also promotes natural areas with much to learn from this 130 million year old rainforest.

As a government which practices CAT principles, a Request For Proposal by open tender for the Establishment of an Eco-Tourism Venture (ETV) comprising of an Educational Nature Trail and Canopy Walk on Bukit Bendera (Penang Hill), North East District, George Town, Penang was called in September 2010. It was the first RFP by open competitive tender issued by the new State Government at the time and Creative Quest Sdn Bhd. (CQSB) was the only bidder. Approval was given based on the components suggested and also that the bidder has teamed up with experienced and qualified professionals. The ETV project has been undertaken by CQSB on a build – operate – transfer (BOT) basis for a period of 50 years and will be returned to the state at the end of the concession period.

This is a 4P partnership of Public Private People and Professional(4P) Partnership where the state government provides state land and consultations and the private sector provides funding, the people helps to oversee the successful implementation and professionals offer their knowledge and expertise. The initial cost projected for this project was RM3 million. However, following the company’s appreciation of the state government’s commitment to expand and promote Penang Hill with beautification projects of more than RM 30 million, the company has decided to increase its total investment to RM35million.

The design works has been carried out by qualified and world-class engineers and architects with minimum tree cutting and with close monitoring by the State Government. Phase 1 of 'The Habitat' was completed and opened to the public comprising of 1.6 km Educational Nature Trail, Curtis Crest - Tree Top Walk that gives us the highest viewing platform in Penang offering 360-degree views of Penang Island, the mainland, including Gunung Jerai (Kedah Peak) and the islands of Langkawi on a clear day. The Tree Top Walk is about 100m in length and is 800 meters above sea level, and stands 13 meters above the ground. It has an open area for events measuring around 15,000 square feet and can accommodate 300pax for a cocktail function, Souvenir Shop with Refreshment Kiosks.

Last year, The Habitat also established itself as a premier venue for Unique Events when it hosted several functions at Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk, the highest viewing point on Penang Island. This included a Sunset Cocktail Function for over a hundred delegates from the World Travel Mart held in Penang in April 2017, the Penang Hill BioBlitz Appreciation Dinner in October 2017 for over a hundred scientists, participants and guests who took part in The Habitat’s Biodiversity Expedition into the Penang Hill rainforest.

The results of this Expedition will go towards listing Penang Hill and its environs as part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve which will be yet another important internationally recognized accolade for Penang. Prof. Dr. Margaret D. Lowman who has been named as the 'Real Life Lorax' by National Geographic and the 'Einstein of the Tree Tops's’ by Wall Street Journal will also be assisting.

The Habitat recently celebrated its 2nd year of operation on 8th January 2018. The world-class eco-tourism attraction on Penang Hill has quickly gained recognition by being awarded with TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2017 and worked their way up to No. 4 out of 226 “Things To Do on Penang Island” on TripAdvisor within a relatively short period of time.

I am told that Langur Way Canopy Walk is one of the most unique structures of its kind and is one of the two-span ribbon bridge in the world. Each span of the bridge is 115m long making a total span of 230m and it sits 40m above the forest floor. I am also informed that this Canopy Walk is likely to be the highest Canopy Walk in the whole of Malaysia located as it is on top of Penang Hill which is roughly 700 meters above sea level and that it can accommodate up to 900 people weighing an average of 100kg each at any one time! It is also the only concrete Canopy Walk of its kind to be built in a pristine rainforest.

I wish to thank CQSB and The Cockrell family for their belief in Penang Hill and for their commitment to help make Penang Hill a world-class eco-tourism destination and educate the public on the natural wonders of our 130 million year rainforest on Penang Hill. We welcome the opportunity to highlight and promote Penang as an internationally recognised green and sustainable tourism destination and thank the team at The Habitat for helping us achieve this goal. We are also looking forward to the launch of Phase 3 of The Habitat project, The Habitat Aerial Trail or Zip-Lines, later this year and look forward to coming back for that event.

I have the privilege of announcing that every last Sunday of the month, The Habitat will have a 50% discount for MYKAD holders throughout the whole year of 2018.

Without further ado, I hereby officiate and welcome all to join me in officially launching The Habitat’s newly completed Langur Way Canopy Walk.

Thank you.


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19 January 2018

I am very pleased to be here with you this evening to celebrate the reopening of Penang Hill recently and, more importantly, to also thank and honour the many organisations and individuals who have come forward and joined in this difficult journey.

Anyone who have seen the photographs and videos in the aftermath of the landslides which occurred on Nov 5 would be excused if they were of the opinion that it will take many months to clear the debris and to re-store the funicular service and other facilities on the hill. There were 194 landslides and many say that it would take up to 2 years for train services to be restored. To have done this in less than 2 months is, however, a miracle of sorts and it truly speaks volume of the dedication and commitment of the Penang Hill Corporation (PHC) team led by its General Manager Cheok Lay Leng.

They would, however, not have been able to accomplish the task without your support and assistance. It would not be right if I do not single out the various government agencies which have directly assisted in the recovery works and also facilitated the restoration of facilities and utilities to the hill. Hence, I would like to thank the Jabatan Kerja Raya, Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang, Perbadanan Bekalan Air, Tenaga Nasional, Telekom Malaysia, Angkatan Pertahanan Awam and Askar Melayu Diraja Malaysia.

Special mention goes out to the Penang Hill Residents Association for their assistance throughout the 2-month period led by none other than Raja Bukit (who also happens to be a PHC staff) and his team who initiated the clearing work of key roads and walking paths and, along with the PHC team, co-ordinated assistance for residents.

Finally, may I thank each and everyone who have played your part in helping us on the recovery of Penang Hill. Let us work together make it the hill resort of choice in Malaysia. We hope to break 1.6 million passengers this year. To succeed we need to pass out the message that Penang Hill is back on track and open for business. PHC will unveil their new website here today.

Going forward, very much more needs to be done to rehabilitate the hill and protect its natural environment and historical heritage for our future generations but we face the challenge with the confidence that we will be able to count on your support in the future.

The new website is more contemporary, trendy, flexible and progressive platform and also adapting to the latest technology and to give better user experience to those who visit the PHC website. It is easier and faster navigation and user-friendly than the previous version, with more animation for better visual impact and viewing experience. Like the existing version, the new website will provide for online ticketing and will be available in English, Malay and Chinese. It will eventually also interface with new mobile apps for Penang Hill which will also be launched soon.

I congratulate the PHC team for making the effort to refresh the website which carries many new exciting features which you will be able to see from the launch video which will be shown shortly after this.

With this, I am pleased to officially launch our new Penang Hill Corporation website.

Thank you.


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18 JANUARY 2018


Salam Sejahtera and a very good morning to all who are present.

I would like to welcome everyone attending today’s auspicious Signing Ceremony of Strategic Partnership between Aspen Group and LG Electronics Inc. from Seoul.

This strategic partnership with Aspen Group, is seen as a stepping stone for one of the world’s biggest electronic company to set foot in Penang. I welcome LG again to Penang, joining other international names such as Hitachi, Intel, Jabil, Broadcom and Western Digital.

The electronics and electrical sector in the manufacturing industry of Penang has been one of the main economic drivers for the state. Investments is expected to exceed RM10 billion for 2017, and Penang is the largest magnet for FDI in Malaysia.

Being one of the most innovative local enterprises who just celebrated their fifth anniversary a few days ago, Aspen Group has managed to seal deals with global industry leaders such as Ikea South East Asia, IBM, Schindler, TM and now LG Electronics.

The Statistics Department said E&E products, which comprised 38% of total exports, grew 21% in November 2017. E&E exports rose 20.5% year on year to RM314.27 billion in the first 11 months of 2017, making up 36.7% of total exports.

We are also proud that Penang hosts the No.1 & No.2 single largest exporter in Malaysia, with Western Digital contributing RM20 billion of exports annually in 2017 or 2.3% of Malaysia's total exports and Broadcom contributing RM70 billion by 2018. Broadcom alone will contribute 8% of Malaysia total annual exports. Penang’s export contribution to the total national export is 23.5% in 2017 and is expected to exceed 30% this year.

I was told that LG will be setting up a flagship store in Aspen Vision City, the first of its kind in Batu Kawan, Penang. This store will house their latest in technology and the best in the premium products.

I also welcome the move to set up a learning and training centre by LG that will be based in Penang. A critical component for the continued and sustained success of Penang is embracing Industry 4.0 including Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing and Internet of Things (IOT). We also seek convergence in the public, manufacturing and services sector to enable us to partake in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

The 1st Industrial Revolution happened with the invention of steam engines, the 2nd Industrial Revolution with the discovery of electricity of mass production and specialization of work, the 3rd Industrial Revolution with the invention of computers and internet. Finally the 4th Industrial Revolution revolves around the Big Data Analytics (BDA), Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Fintech, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing and Internet of Things (IoT).

There is a need to adapt to Industry 4.0 by mastering STEM subjects of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. The Penang State Government is investing RM 6 million over 3 years to bring free coding classes to 120,000 primary and secondary school students. Artificial Intelligence is an important component, especially machine learning in our data driven world. Machine learning is the branch of AI that is most relevant because computers sift through data to recognise patterns and make predictions without being explicitly programmed do so.

Penang has also launched the implementation of an innovative dengue dynamic surveillance system, relying on AI and machine learning to provide real-time prediction and data analytics on exact geo-locations and timing of the next dengue outbreak. Using AI predictive analytics, this CAT or Crush Aedes Totally initiative hopes to reduce the number of dengue deaths in Penang.

Lastly, I congratulate the Strategic Partnership by Aspen Group and LG Electronics Inc. and I look forward to the development progress by these entities.

Thank you.