THE OPENING OF NIU EBIKE SHOWROOM

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

AT THE OPENING OF NIU EBIKE SHOWROOM

3RD MARCH 2019

GROUND FLOOR, GURNEY DRIVE, PENANG

 

YB Phee Boon Poh
State Executive Council member

Encik Asri Ahmad
General Manager Operations, Mforce Bike Holdings Sdn Bhd

Mr. Kasper Zhao - Overseas Market Director - NIU International Company's Limited

Mr. Lim Hock Chye - Vice President, Malaysia Motorcycle & Scooter Dealers Association

Members of The Media

Distinguished Guests

Ladies & Gentlemen

First and foremost, I would like to express my appreciation to Mforce Bike Holdings Sdn Bhd for inviting me to grace and officiate the Grand Opening of NIU EBike showroom here in Gurney Plaza, one of the top shopping destinations in Penang.

I would like to congratulate Mforce Bike Holdings Sdn Bhd, for another milestone in their achievement, especially in the motorcycle and scooter industries.

Penang has come a long way in its progress on manufacturing, tourism and services industries. Over the years, all these economic activities have put Penang in the world map. The healthy industry environment has also attracted continuous investment in the state.

As Penang continues to progress, it will not be spared of the increase in traffic flow. The state government will continue its effort and initiatives, in improving its infrastructures and transportation plan to ease the congestion of traffic.

The state government is looking into various means of transportation mode for the convenience of Penangnites. One of the ways is to encourage the use of public transportation. I admit there is still a lot of improvement and fine tuning to be done.

Another convenient mode of transport to move around, are the bicycles, motorcycles and scooters. They have been around and used by many in Penang. In fact, I can safely quote that almost every family in Penang owns a motorcycle or scooter.

In line with Penang’s vision of a clean and green state, it is timely and heartening to know that corporates and local companies are also doing their part in contributing to the success of achieving the aspiration.

Thus, the idea of encouraging the use of electric scooter is very much welcomed. MForce Bike Holdings Sdn Bhd, with its cooperation with NIU International, have joined forces to introduce the World’s First Electric Scooter, named NIU, to Malaysians, especially Penangites, who are passionate about a green and smart state concept.

NIU Electric Scooter, as I was informed, is the No 1 Smart E-Scooter in the world, in terms of unit sold, countries riding in and with a total 1 Billion kilometers ridden globally. With the opening of its showroom, Penangites will be able to test ride and feel the comfort of riding the NIU Electric Scooter.

With that, I like to once again thank Mforce Bike Holdings Sdn Bhd and NIU International for bringing the product to Penang.

I, hereby officially open the NIU Ebike showroom in Gurney Plaza and once again I would congratulate Mforce Bike Holdings Sdn Bhd and NIU International. I wish them great success in their endeavor.

Thank you and have a beautiful Sunday.

THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 10TH PENANG INTERNATIONAL HALAL EXPO AND CONFERENCE (PIHEC)

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 10TH PENANG INTERNATIONAL HALAL EXPO AND CONFERENCE (PIHEC)

1 MARCH 2019
SPICE CONVENTION CENTRE

 

YB Dato’ Haji Abdul Halim Bin Haji Hussain
State EXCO for International & Domestic Trade, Consumer Affairs and Entrepreneur Development

Distinguished guests

Members of the media

Ladies and gentlemen

A very good morning to all of you here today, and welcome to the 10th Penang International Halal Expo and Conference (PIHEC). I am sure that you are as thrilled as I am to be part of this historical event. The event organiser PIHH Development Sdn Bhd, led by Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain, has chosen the theme ‘Digitalisation and the Halal Industry’ this year.

PIHEC represents the living testimony of Penang’s hope to become one of the premier halal destinations of the region. The halal industry in the state is rapidly growing, and more businesses are jumping on the bandwagon to tap the promising halal market.

I foresee that the halal industry can become a strong economic enhancer for the state by taking advantage of the opportunities and overcoming the challenges posed by globalization.

Almost a decade has passed since the first Penang International Halal Expo and Conference (PIHEC) in 2010. Back then, the number of halal certified establishments in Penang was only 55. As of November 2018, a total of 1,112 halal certified establishments was recorded!

The industry has truly grown in leaps and bounds! This can be seen in the more than RM480million invested at Phase One of the Penang Halal Industrial Park. The expansion of Phase Two will only enhance the role of the Park in making Penang a Halal Hub.

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is the state’s mission to prepare everyone; moving together towards a green and digital economy.

To guide us, the “Penang 2030: A Family-focused Green and Smart State that Inspires the Nation” initiative is our aspiration in building a comprehensive ecosystem. Penang is ready to embrace and adopt smart technology to meet the needs of Industry 4.0.

We must be innovative, imaginative and resolute, but still have an open mind to turn ideas into actions.

To that end, a forum on “The Global Blockchain Halal Industry” will be held in conjunction with the PIHEC this year to specifically look into harnessing blockchain technology to enhance operations in the Halal industry.

I believe this is the first of many steps towards making Penang a powerhouse for digital industries powered by blockchain technology and other technological innovations.

Distinguished guests,

I hope you will take this opportunity to network and learn more about the halal industry; and let us also support the 6th Penang International Halal Chefs Challenge 2019, which is held at the main arena today.

This gastronomic event, held in conjunction with PIHEC 2019, provides a platform for our local talents to showcase their skills in cooking up halal delights. I am sure you will be amazed with their impeccable culinary skills and their eye for detail.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I offer my heartiest congratulations to Datuk Abdul Halim and his team for organising this remarkable expo and conference.

And to the exhibitors, speakers and delegates, I wish you a fruitful and rewarding trade fair!

Thank you.

 

THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE FUND-RAISING CAMPAIGN

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
AT THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE FUND-RAISING CAMPAIGN

ON 23TH FEBRUARY 2019

A very warm Sat Sri Akal to all my Sikh brothers and sisters

YB Jagdeep Singh Deo,
Penang State Executive Councillor (EXCO),

Dato Mahinder Singh Dulku,
Chairman of the Conservation and Restoration Committee,

Mr Daljit Singh,
President of the Wadda Gurdwara Sahib,

YB Daniel Gooi,
ADUN for Pengkalan Kota,

Distinguished guests and the congregation of the Gurdwara

It is indeed a great pleasure to have been invited by the Conservation and Restoration Committee of the Wadda Gurdwara Sahib to officiate the launch of the Fund-Raising Campaign to raise funds for the conservation and restoration of this historic religious building.

This is my first official visit to the Gurdwara as Chief Minister and I take this opportunity to further strengthen my ties with the Sikhs and take warm memories with me.

I understand that this is one of the foremost and earliest Gurdwaras in the country having been first set up in Fort Cornwallis. The present Gurdwara was founded in 1901 in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Victoria’s reign.

For the present government administration, the significance of this building lies not only in its religious and heritage status but also in the fact that one of our own icons, the late Y.B Karpal Singh had walked, played and studied in this august institution during his formative years.

It is clear that the building has suffered the ravages of time and needs to be returned to its past glory. The present government of Penang is in total support of maintaining and enhancing the status of heritage buildings and will provide aid within its means to ensure that such buildings are restored, protected and gazetted.

The Gurdwara is now a Category 1 building and registered in the records of the City Council of Penang Island as such. I am also made known that the Jabatan Warisan Negara had paid a site visit last year and the Gurdwara is awaiting recognition for Heritage Status under the National Heritage Act.

I am informed that the cost of the conservation and restoration of this 120-year-old building will be in between RM2.5 to RM3 million. The completion period for the work is estimated to be 24 months and depending on what is discovered upon the skimming works, it may extend beyond the 24 months. I am sure the Committee under the able stewardship of Dato’ Mahinder will do an excellent job. There are many activities planned for fund raising and the committee’s motto is “fast and furious”.

I wish the committee and the congregation of the Gurdwara the very best in its noble endeavor.

Thank you.