Anak-anak Malaysia Walk

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Ucapan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang

Anak-anak Malaysia Walk

6 September 2017 ECO World Gallery, Batu Kawan

1. Syukur kerana #AnakAnakMalaysia Walk telah mendapat restu Tuan Yang Terutama Gabenor Pulau Pinang, Tun Dato’ Seri Utama (Dr.) Haji Abdul Rahman Bin Haji Abbas dan beliau berkelapangan untuk bersama-sama kita pada hari ini.

2. Saya mewakili Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Eco World Development Group Berhad sebagai penganjur '#AnakAnakMalaysia Walk' sempena Sambutan Hari Kemerdekaan dan Hari Malaysia pada tahun ini.

3. Kita bersama-sama berjalan dari pelbagai golongan, usia, tanpa mengira bangsa dan agama kerana semangat bersatu padu perlu disemat dalam jiwa setiap rakyat Malaysia. Kami semua di sini kerana kami cintai tanah air yang kita dilahirkan, dibesarkan dan akan dikuburkan.

Keranamu Malaysia
Kita cintai Malaysia dan Pulau Pinang:
kerana kita enggan membenci antara satu sama lain
kerana kita menyangkal fitnah yang menguburkan kebenaran
kerana kita menyanggah ketakutan terhadap perbezaan dan kerencaman
kerana kita menjauhi rasuah yang merosakkan jiwa
kerana kita menentang autokrat yang menindas kebebasan
kerana kita menolak kleptokrat yang menidakkan keadilan
kerana kita tidak membenarkan mereka merompak masa depan anak-anak kita sebagaimana kita dirompak
Kita cintai Malaysia dan Pulau Pinang kerana kita menghormati kerencaman budaya dan agama
Kita cintai Pulau Pinang kerana Pulau Pinang adalah bersih, hijau, selamat dan sihat
Kita cintai Malaysia yang memberi kehidupan dan kegembiraan, serta yang menjanjikan harapan bagi hari esok yang lebih cerah
Cintai Malaysia!

Keranamu Malaysia
We Love Malaysia and Penang :
because we refuse to hate each other
because we refute lies that buries truth
because we repudiate fear of differences and diversity
because we renounce bribes that corrupt our soul
because  we resist autocrats who stifle freedom
because we reject kleptocrats who deny justice
because we will not permit them to steal our children's future as they have stolen ours
We love Malaysia and Penang because we respect our different faith and cultures
We Love Penang simply because Penang is clean, green, safe and healthy
We love Malaysia that gives life and joy, a promise of hope for a better tomorrow
Love Malaysia!


Launch of Community Park and Back Lanes at Lebuh Armenian

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang
At The Launch of Community Park and Back Lanes at Lebuh Armenian

14 September 2017


Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the launch of the community park at Lebuh Armenian.

This park is one of the very few open green spaces in the George Town World Heritage Site. This open space originated from a fire that destroyed a number of buildings in the late-19th century.

Over time, the space began to be used informally as a meeting and leisure space for residents of the neighbourhood. After two unsuccessful attempts, a formal reorganisation of the area as a garden took place in the 1990s.

Importance of Residential Population

After the listing of George Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, we kick-started the rejuvenation of the area with the restoration of the heritage building that is now the office of George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI).

Since then, we have been working with our partners at Think City and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and MBPP to plan for the transformation of the entire area.

Community Consultation

Based on results from the survey, several designs for the park was presented to community members and stakeholders. The final design was based on feedback during this consultation session – it is, indeed, a park for the community.

The minimalistic design of the park was also a deliberate effort to enable full appreciation of the surrounding heritage buildings and the neighbourhood character.

I am also very proud to learn that this project has received a Merit Award by the Malaysian Institute of Planners.

Community Feedback

Residents believe that the park led to significant improvements in walkability, community spirit, safety, noise levels, cleanliness and maintenance.

For example, 92% of the residents rated the cleanliness and maintenance of the area as good after the opening of the park and the upgrading of public amenities, compared to only 2% before.

With the improvement in pedestrian movement around Armenian Street, Cannon Street, and Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, this area (also known as the Malay Quarters) offers a welcome respite in the dynamic and stimulating city of George Town.

The community park in its current form is the culmination of a long process, from the initial community consultation started as early as 2011, with the final design completed in 2015. The park was completed in 2016. The back lanes were subsequently completed in June 2017.

Lebuh Armenian Integrated Programme
The community park is part of the wider Lebuh Armenian Integrated Programme, which also included work on the basketball court, the MBPP Youth Centre, and the upgrading of the adjacent back lanes.

As required for the George Town Special Area Plan, the back lanes adjacent to this park were paved using porous concrete.

The project went beyond visual improvements by exploring ways to eliminate leakages from pipes, introducing safer electrical cabling and greening the environment. 
Thus far, Think City has contributed a total of RM2.5 million to the community park and the upgrading of the back lanes. MBPP has also contributed RM300,000 to the improvement of the back lanes.

The Lebuh Armenian Integrated Programme also includes the ongoing conservation work at the Syed al-Attas Mansion, which will function as a community space upon the completion of the conservation works, thanks to the commitment of the Mayor of MBPP.

Thank you.

IKEA Batu Kawan Groundbreaking Ceremony

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang
IKEA Batu Kawan Groundbreaking Ceremony
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

A very good morning to all of you.

First and foremost, I would like to thank IKEA for inviting me to this momentous occasion for Batu Kawan and the people of Penang. It is my pleasure to officiate the groundbreaking ceremony signalling the start of construction for IKEA Batu Kawan – the first IKEA store in Penang and Northern Malaysia.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The state of Penang is fortunate as it has continued to enjoy tremendous growth and development over the years. Penang is edging closer towards becoming a location of choice for investors and tourists, not only in Malaysia but for the region as well.

Beyond that, Penang is also increasingly recognised as a locale of choice for residents who desire a liveable and sustainable environment. This is evident from the recent 2016 Migration Report by the Malaysian Department of Statistics. Penang recorded the highest figures of interstate migration with a net influx of 12,000 new residents between 2015 and 20161.

Keeping up with this excellent track record, the Penang State Government aims to develop Batu Kawan as its third satellite city that will serve as the integrated central business district (CBD) and lifestyle hub for the Northern region. This is essential to our ambition of making Penang an international and intelligent state that is also attractive to live, learn, work and play.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

IKEA store is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2019. The project investment value is approaching RM 600 Million. Further, IKEA has a strong reputation in sustainability efforts.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As a well-loved brand amongst Malaysians, I am certain that together with the other catalyst projects in Batu Kawan, IKEA will provide a great boost to our economy. IKEA is like a magnet for Batu Kawan. The store will not only attract millions of shoppers but it will bring hundreds of new jobs, create spin-off business for suppliers, draw in tourists and new investors.

Of course, when we talk about IKEA, it is more than just the economic benefits. We couldn’t leave out mentioning its widely popular meatballs and curry puffs that are coming to our shores. I can’t wait to get a taste of these IKEA signature dishes myself after this ceremony.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Before I end my speech, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the business community, PDC and the state government for their contribution to Penang’s progress. Together, let’s embrace the future and make Penang that is clean, green, safe and healthy, a model state for the rest of Malaysia.

With this, I now officiate the groundbreaking ceremony for the first IKEA store in Penang and Northern Malaysia, IKEA Batu Kawan.

Thank you!