Signing Ceremony between Penang Development Corporation (PDC) & Paramount Corporation Berhad (PCB)

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Signing Ceremony between Penang Development Corporation (PDC) & Paramount Corporation Berhad (PCB)
at KDU College Penang, Tuesday March 25, 2014 at 9.00am
Speech by YAB Mr Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang
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I am pleased to be here this morning to witness the auspicious occasion of the signing of the purchase and development agreement for 30 acres of land in Bandar Cassia between PDC and Paramount Corporation.

The 30 acres development include10 acres for the development of KDU University College (parcel 1) and 20 acres for the development of mixed development (Parcel 2).

This signing marks another significant milestone for Penang – it is an important step towards building Penang’s university metropolis in Batu Kawan, whereby a university metropolis is a master-planned township anchored by educational institutions, creating a live-and-learn, work-and-play integrated township.

The entire university college and mixed developments on the 30 acres of land are expected to be completed within 10 years from the date of Agreement. Notwithstanding that, the KDU University College is to be developed and completed within 5 years from the date of agreement.
 
This development is in line with the State and PDC’s aspirations to promote and sell land to attract marquee projects and international brands to Bandar Cassia, Batu Kawan. PDC’s master plan for Batu Kawan has incorporated services that will provide synergy and convergence to the rapid industrial development there, for example Shopping Outlets like IKEA and Spring Designer Village and Theme Park are all in the pipeline. Further to that, we have planned for over 11,800 Affordable Houses for the people in Batu Kawan, to be build in phases over the years.

The location of KDU University Campus at Bandar Cassia Batu Kawan, the newest and largest township on the mainland of Penang State, is part of our education hub in Batu Kawan with many other universities continuing to set up their campuses here. Faculty students can collaborate with the industries operating at the nearby Batu Kawan Industrial Park, to arrange for internships and to undertake joint research projects.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are now in an exciting stage of Penang’s economic development into an intelligent and international city. The State Government and PDC has recently launched the project ‘ Preparing Penang as a BPO-ITO hub for the future’, whereby the hub will comprise 74 acres of BPO Park in Bayan Lepas, 7 acres BPO Prime in Bayan Baru and 100,000 sq ft of Creative Animation Triggers (CAT) in heritage building right in the heritage enclave of George Town.

Attracting quality universities is part of our efforts towards improving the quality of education to build and retrain human talent. The Malaysian education system has suffered immensely during the last few decades according to Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results, not only has Malaysian students fallen further behind, students in advanced states such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. Malaysian students even lose out to Thailand and Vietnam in science and maths!  Our students are now a shocking 3 years behind students in South Korea, Shanghai and Singapore.  Unless we take immediate steps to reverse this precipitous decline, Malaysian students’ standards will only fall further. As a result, the Penang state government has decided to adopt a 3-prong approach to improve education quality in Penang :
1. Annual allocation of funds to schools
2. Attracting top universities including vocational schools that adopt the German model
3. Establishing Penang Learning Centers that focuses on STEM teaching in Science, Technology, English and Maths.
The successes in our efforts have resulted in today’s signing ceremony with KDU University Campus to be set up in Batu Kawan. KDU will be offering facilities inclusive of a comprehensive range of academic, sports and recreational facilities, creating a live and learn, work and play environment that stimulates and promotes learning.

I am pleased to note that KDU will be offering programmes inclusive of hospitality, culinary and tourism, engineering, information systems, business, law, accounting, mass communications, design and English, with a strong focus on skills development and entrepreneurship.

Ladies and Gentlemen, in conclusion I wish to thank Paramount Corporation and PDC for the successful planning of this educational and development project. Indeed this purchase of land and establishment of the KDU Campus by Paramount Corporation in Batu Kawan, is again a vote of confidence for Penang and a boost to making Province Wellesley (Seberang Perai) a hub for investments, education and services.
Thank you

 


 

Seminar Pelaburan / Perniagaan & Majlis Penandatanganan Memorandum Persefahaman

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Ucapan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang

Seminar Pelaburan / Perniagaan & Majlis Penandatanganan Memorandum Persefahaman

Selamat datang.
Kami amat berbesar hati dan gembira dengan kehadiran anda semua ke Seminar Pelaburan / Perniagaan & Majlis Penandatanganan Memorandum Persefahaman kerjasama dalam bidang  Promosi Pelaburan di antara Invest-in-Penang Berhad dengan Badan Penyelaras Investasi Aceh.

Terima kasih kerana sudi terbang dari jauh untuk hadir ke majlis pada pagi ini. Ini menunjukkan betapa pentingnya hubungan Aceh dengan Pulau Pinang.

Untuk pengetahuan semua, pada tanggal  20 September 2010, investPenang dan Badan Penyelaras Investasi Aceh (yang dahulunya dikenali sebagai Badan Investasi dan Promosi Aceh) telahpun menandatangani satu memorandum persefahaman kerjasama dalam bidang promosi pelaburan untuk jangka masa 3 tahun.

Tempoh tiga tahun tersebut telahpun tamat. Pihak investPenang dan Badan Penyelaras Investasi Aceh telah bersetuju untuk melanjutkan kerjasama tersebut untuk jangka masa empat (4) tahun lagi iaitu dari tahun 2014 sehingga tahun 2017. Ini adalah bertujuan untuk mengukuhkan hubungan dan jalinan kerjasama dalam bidang pelaburan dan perniagaan di antara Pulau Pinang dengan Aceh. Sektor yang disarankan pada penggal ini adalah pembangunan pelancongan, pembangunan sumber manusia, perdagangan dan pelaburan serta industri halal.

Hubungan perdagangan Pulau Pinang dengan Aceh telahpun terjalin semenjak kurun ke 18 dan 19 lagi. Pulau Pinang merupakan pasaran bagi aktiviti jual beli rempah ratus dari Aceh. Pada era tersebut, bahan mentah seperti cili telah di bawa masuk ke Pulau Pinang dan di kilangkan di sini bagi tujuan untuk dieksportkan.

Oleh sebab itu, kebanyakkan orang Aceh telahpun berhijrah keluar dari Aceh untuk menetap di Pula Pinang. Selain terlibat dalam aktiviti perdaganagan rempah ratus, kebanyakkan mereka juga mengusahakan perniagaan kedai buku dan media cetak. Dengan itu, tidak hairanlah nama Aceh sangat terkenal di Pulau Pinang. Di sini, terdapat sebuah masjid yang dikenali sebagai Masjid Aceh. Masjid ini merupakan antara masjid yang terawal di bina di Pulau Pinang. Di sini juga terdapat juga sebuah jalan yang dikenali sebagai Lebuh Aceh. Pantai Aceh di mana terletaknya hutan terpelihara seluas 1,200 hektar terletak di hujung barat laut Pulau Pinang

Dengan terjalinnya hubungan yang sebegitu lama di antara Pulau Pinang dengan Aceh, kami berharap agar hubungan ini akan terus dapat dikekalkan dan menjadi lebih erat lagi. Saya percaya hubungan ini akan berjaya dikekalkan kerana terdapat banyak peluang dan potensi pelaburan yang boleh diterokai dan diusahakan bersama terutamanya dalam bidang pelancongan, perdangangan, industri halal serta banyak lagi bidang – bidang yang lain.

Bidang seperti pelancongan kesihatan / perubatan di Pulau Pinang sangat membanggakan. 60% daripada jumlah keseluruhan pelancongan kesihatan / perubatan yang datang ke Malaysia merupakan mereka yang mendapatkan rawatan di Pulau Pinang.   Kebanyakkan pelancongan kesihatan / perubatan yang datang ke Pulau Pinang merupakan mereka yang datang dari Indonesia. Merujuk kepada rekod yang dicatatkan pada tahun 2013, bahawa 300,000 pelancong kesihatan yang mendapatkan rawatan di Pulau Pinang adalah dari Indonesia. Ini adalah kerana kemudahan perubatan yang ada di Pulau Pinang setaraf dengan kemudahan yang ada di negara-negara maju yang lain tetapi Pulau Pinang menawarkan rawatan dengan kos perubatan yang berpatutan. Industri ini menunjukkan potensi untuk terus berkembang pada masa akan datang.

Sistem pendidikan di Pulau Pinang juga tidak kurang hebatnya. Terdapat 2 buah Universiti Awam, lebih dari 40 buah institusi pengajian tinggi, 10 buah Sekolah Antarabangsa dan beberapa Pusat Latihan Kemahiran Industri.

Pulau Pinang mempunyai lapan (8) Taman Perindustrian yang diuruskan oleh Perbadanan Pembangunan Pulau Pinang. Terdapat juga taman perindustrian di Pulau Pinang yang dikhususkan untuk aktiviti produk dan perkhidmatan yang berkaitan dengan industri halal. Taman Indusrti ini merupakan perkhidmatan “One-Stop Service” dengan teknologi pembuatan bertaraf dunia. Oleh kerana, Islam merupakan populasi terbesar di Aceh, kerjasama dengan Pulau Pinang dalam industri halal adalah satu sektor  atau satu peluang yang harus dipandang berat.

Dengan terdapatnya begitu banyak peluang pelaburan di Pulau Pinang, saya berharap Aceh dan Pulau Pinang akan meneruskan kerjasama serta mempereratkan lagi ikatan hubungan yang sediada dalam bidang pelaburan, perniagaan dan perdagangan.

Saya ingin merakamkan penghargaan dan rasa besar hati menerima kehadiran Tuan Yang Terutama Dr. Zaini Abdullah yang sudi hadir ke Majlis ini serta akan menjadi saksi bagi upacara penandatanganan memorandum persefahaman yang akan berlangsung sebentar saja lagi.

Sebelum menjemput Tuan Yang Terutama Dr. Zaini Abdullah untuk memberi ucapan, sekali lagi saya mewakili Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang mengucapkan terima kasih kepada delegasi dari Aceh yang hadir bagi menjayakan Majlis ini.

Sekian, terima kasih

YAB Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang

OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 29TH WOMEN'S WORLD SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP

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SPEECH BY PENANG CHIEF MINISTER LIM GUAN ENG DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 29TH WOMEN'S WORLD SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP IN Sub-terranean Penang International Convention & Exhibition or SPICE Arena OM 18 MARCH 2014.
 
PENANG AS A SPORTING CITY -  “SIMPLY THE BEST!”
 
Good evening distinguished guests, the players we are celebrating and most importantly the wonderful people of Penang gathered here in Sub-terranean Penang International Convention & Exhibition or SPICE Arena.
 
To all our guests from near and far, Selamat Datang ke Pulau Pinang.
 
I would like to acknowledge our friends not only from Malaysia but from all over the world – thank you for coming to Penang to witness the 29th edition of the Women's World Squash Championship. Penang is proud to be organising a world championship for the first time in our history and would like to express our gratitude to the Women Squash Association (WSA) for granting us this honour.
 
We would like to thank our title sponsors CIMB group and Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang or PBAPP the water providers in Penang. We would like to thank Mr Thomas Chan of Nusmetro for being the event organiser for free, for without Thomas, the Penang state government would not even consider putting up the money for this world event. Also thanks to SP Setia for letting us use the SPICE Arena for free and all of Thomas’ developers friends for their support.
 
Tonight is a culmination of all the hard work put in day and night by all of them to realise one dream of holding a world championship in Penang and one ambition of making Penang a sporting city of choice in Malaysia.
 
We have shown to the world that Penang has not only the sporting facilities and supporting infrastructure but most importantly we have the talent, energy, expertise and creativity to produce a world-class event.
 
Let us show that we have not only Dato Nicol David as a world woman squash champion but that every Penangite is a champion in their own field from our squash association, coaches and trainers to our Penang State EXCO Chong Eng, my sporting officer Lily Heng and volunteers. And the incredible display in the opening ceremony proves indeed that “You are simply the best!”
 
We thank everyone here for making tonight possible and witness a week of tenacious and exciting matches to produce a world champion in SPICE in Penang.  This is possible only because the people of Penang made it possible. Remember why you are all special because you are SIMPLY THE BEST!
 
Let the show begin!

-- CN version --

槟州首席部长林冠英于2014年3月18日在国际地下会展中心(SPICE)第29届世界女子壁球锦标赛开幕礼上发表演讲,重点如下:

槟城做为体育城- 实在太好了!

槟城感到光荣,这是我们历史上第一次筹办世界锦标赛,我们想要对女子壁球协会表示感激。

我们也要感谢对我们的主题赞助商联昌集团及槟城供水机构。我们要感谢Nusmetro的陈国权免费筹办这场活动,要不是陈国权,槟州政府根本不会考虑出钱资助这项比赛,我们也感谢SP Setia让我们免费使用SPICE以及全体陈国权发展商朋友的支持。

今晚是所有单位日以继夜不停工作实现一个梦想,在槟城主办世界锦标赛的梦想,以及实现槟城成为马来西亚体育城市的抱负。

我们已经向世界展示,槟城不只拥有体育设备及基础建设,我们也有人才、精力、专才及创意来筹办世界级的活动。

让我们展示,我们不只拥有像拿督妮歌大卫做为世界女子壁球冠军,而是每一个槟城人在自己的领域都是冠军,从壁球协会、教练、到槟州行政议员章瑛、我的体育官员王丽丽及志工们,以及令人大开眼界的开幕典礼,都证明“你们实在是太好了!”