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YB Dato’ Ir. Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman,
Deputy Chief Minister (I)

YB Dr. Afif Bin Bahardin
State EXCO Member

YB Jason Ong Khan Lee
Kebun Bunga Assemblyman

Yang Dipertua Dato’ Abdul Malik bin Abul Kassim,
Majlis Agama Islam Negeri Pulau Pinang

Yang Berbahagia Dato’ M. Murly
President & Group Chief Executive Officer of Aspen Group & Datin Joess Lee

Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Seri Nazir Ariff
Group Executive Director of Aspen Group

Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Finn Choong
Independent Non-Executive Director of Aspen Group

Mr. Lee Peng Cheong
Executive Director of Aspen Group

Distinguished guest

Member of the media

Ladies and gentlemen
First and foremost, I would like to congratulate Aspen Group on their first project – Tri Pinnacle’s completion, which is also the first notable private-initiated affordable housing project in Penang. This project will be a turning point for the affordable housing developments in the state as it will act as a catalyst to inspire other private developers to host similar affordable housing developments in Penang.

Penang has always been in the forefront in giving importance to affordable housing projects and Aspen Group shares the same vision as the State Government. We at the Penang State Government are always concerned about the welfare of our people in the state. With the rise of living costs in the recent years, we see the need to introduce plans that would help to ease their burden and ultimately to battle poverty in the state.

Hence, the introduction of this affordable housing scheme is aimed at addressing this major concern. We want to enable more locals, especially young families from mid to low-income groups, to own their first home without causing a financial toll on them. For example, those who have just started working or big families with multiple responsibilities may find it hard to make ends meet let alone set aside a huge down payment for a house in Penang sold at the current market rate.

Hailing the State Government’s call, Aspen Group came forward and played an exemplary role by not only providing an affordable housing project, but the Group also took extra initiatives to provide the best living environment for the residents by providing top-notch facilities, amenities and management in its development.

Tri Pinnacle is made up of three blocks consisting of a block of Low Medium Cost (LMC) with the selling price starting from RM72,500 and two blocks of affordable units with the selling price starting from RM348,000 onwards with 2 car parks. Block A has 458 units and Block B and C is made up of 859 units. This project has a total Gross Development Value (GDV) of RM520.9 million.

This project is also to be noted as it is the first affordable project in the state with impressive sky facilities, where we are all standing now, to celebrate the project’s success. There are excellent facilities such as sky gymnasium, sky lounge and infinity sky pool, just to name a few. These are the facilities that we usually find only at high-end condominiums, but Tri Pinnacle residents are very lucky as they can enjoy all these facilities here, at an affordable price, if compared with other high-end condominiums. Plus, the view from this level is simply breath-taking. In addition to that, there are also other recreational facilities on Level 13 and Level 7.

Not limited to these facilities, the residents here will also get to enjoy high-technology facilities as I was briefed that the units will have the Smart Home integration and automation, where they will have door and motion sensors and even voice command to control Google and mini speaker in the living room. Aspen has also developed a Smart Community App for its residents, where the safety and security of their home will all be on their fingertips. Such impressive smart facilities in affordable development are something commendable and extraordinary.

Tri Pinnacle is also strategically located in a quiet enclave of Tanjung Tokong where the high-rise is surrounded with various amenities and convenience.

I would say Aspen Group had developed this project with today’s modern families’ needs in mind with ideal balance between space, lifestyle and convenience. The Group has planned everything in detail to provide the best comfort to its residents.

Tri Pinnacle has successfully set a new benchmark for affordable housing projects in the state. Being said so, I hope more private developers will come forward and take the State Government’s call to initiate this kind of affordable housing projects. With this, we can offer a better and quality living standard to Penangites.

Thank you.



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Dato’ Dr. Marina David
President of YWCA Malaysia & Penang

Ms Marina Chong
Vice President of YWCA Penang

Mrs Vilasini a/p Shanmugam
Honorary Treasurer of YWCA Penang

Distinguished guests

Member of the media

Ladies and gentlemen

Thank you for the privilege given to me at this annual Christmas Party for the underprivileged children at the YWCA Penang. This year marks the 8th consecutive year that I have attended this Christmas Party.

We are truly blessed to live in a country like Malaysia where we Malaysians though of different faith are bound by a deep friendship from the time we are born. We have the opportunity to enjoy and celebrate the different festivals of the multi-ethnic, multi-cultural population. Be it Hari Raya, Deepavali, Chinese New Year or Christmas, we come together as one big family to celebrate fellowship and to wish one another.

8 years ago, this started off being a Christmas Party only for children, but in recent years, there are also senior citizens joining this event. On enquiry, I was told that they are the other children, so we welcome both the children, and the senior citizens to this joyous time.

The Penang Government has always been supportive and will continue to support programs as such to celebrate the different religions in the country so that we will understand and develop mutual respect and understanding for another.

We as Malaysians should be very proud of the fact that though we live in a multi-cultural country, we not only can celebrate with each other, but we are able to continue to foster this friendship and love very early in life. May we continue to enjoy this privilege of peace and harmony amongst us.

I wish each and every one of you Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays.

Thank you.

The Balloting Ceremony of Sunway's Low-Cost Homes – Desa Kayu Manis and Rumah Pangsa Harmoni

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Balloting Ceremony of Sunway's Low-Cost Homes – Desa Kayu Manis and Rumah Pangsa Harmoni

Sunway Property @ Anson
2pm, 8 December 2018

YB Jagdeep Singh Deo
Penang State Executive Councillor for Housing and Town & City Planning

Puan Noorhanis bt Noordin 
Pengarah Bangunan MPSP representing YBhg Dato’ Sr Hj Rozali Hj Mohamud, President of Seberang Perai Municipal Council

Daniel Lim Hin Soon
Senior Executive Director of Property Division, Penang, Sunway Berhad

Members from the media

Ladies and Gentlemen

A very good afternoon! Thank you Sunway Property for inviting me here today to be part of this momentous event, the balloting balloting ceremony for 200 new home-owners in getting their first low-cost houses. It has been a long wait for the home owners I am sure.

These 200 units of low-cost houses are well located in Batu Maung on Penang Island and Bukit Mertajam on the mainland. I am truly glad that Sunway has taken a step forward in helping the state government in realising our pledge in achieving 75,000 units of low-cost and low-medium cost housing by 2020, in which we have surpassed with a grand total of 80,000 units to-date.

Penang state government would like to thank all the developers who had contributed to the success of this initiative. This is one of the pledges we made in the 14th General Election and we have fulfilled it.

To my knowledge, Sunway Property as a reputable Master Community Developer is undertaking the Build-Then-Sell (BTS) concept for these low-cost developments. It helps to benefit the low-income earners in saving on the instalment interests. I’d like to congratulate Sunway on this effort.

Ladies and gentlemen,

As of October, there are currently 30,726 people on the waiting list to buy low and low-medium cost units and 12,326 for other categories, with a majority of them on the island.

The Penang state government as a people-centric government is also looking into various options such as rent-to-own scheme to ensure the low-income earners can own their homes too.

In making Penang prosper and achieve greater heights while working towards Vision Penang2030, the state welcomes cooperation from all quarters especially corporate companies like Sunway to contribute ideas and resources.

Let’s work together to focus on improving livability, economy, civil participation and balanced development to achieve a family-focused green and smart vision for the state.

Before I end my speech, I wish Sunway Property every success in the upcoming projects that you will bring to Penangites and across Malaysia. To all the future home-owners, congratulations and good luck in balloting your dream units.

Thank you.