SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
AT THE LAUNCHING OF UNITED BUDDY BEARS PENANG
31st August 2016 @ Esplanade
I wish you all a very good evening and thank you for being present here at the official launching of UNITED BUDDY BEARS PENANG.
“We have to get to know each other better… it makes us understand one another better, trust each other more, and live together more peacefully”
This is the motto of the UNITED BUDDY BEARS that promote tolerance and understanding among nations, cultures and religions. If you look at most countries, they live in a homogeneous mono-ethnic society unlike ours where we have always been living in harmony among multi-cultural societies. And yet we live peacefully together with mutual respect until Georgetown is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Over 140 two-meter tall buddy bears that go on global tours, are now here in Penang for the first time. These buddy bears represent countries recognised by the United Nations. As you can see, each bear is uniquely designed by different artists on behalf of their native countries. And you will also witness a Penang Buddy Bear which will be soon unveiled right here, joining the rest of the globe-trotting bears. The Penang Buddy Bear is actually the winning creation from a Penang Buddy Bear Design Contest that was recently organized by Penang Global Tourism.
Presented by the Penang State Government for the public at a cost of RM862,000.00 in conjunction with Merdeka, Malaysia Day as well as Visit Penang Year, the UNITED BUDDY BEARS will make the Penang Esplanade its home for 2 months from today until 30th October. It’s indeed an ideal day today to have the launching ceremony in celebration of Merdeka. We hope that this exhibition enables visitors to experience a journey around the world while having a great time with family and friends.
The United Buddy Bears Penang is organised by E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd and supported by the Penang State Government with the cooperation of the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Penang Global Tourism.
I hereby officially launch the UNITED BUDDY BEARS PENANG!