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ON 18.09.2017 (MONDAY), 9.00 A.M


Members of the Press

Ladies and Gentlemen

A very good morning to all of you, Salam Bersih and welcome to George Town, Penang.

As the chairman of George Town World Heritage Incorporated and the Chief Minister of Penang, I am very proud to host this “2017 Southeast Asian Collaborative Meeting on Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage” in George Town, Penang.

I would like to congratulate GTWHI (George Town World Heritage Incorporated) and ICHCAP (International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO) for successfully hosting this significant event in the historic city of George Town.

I would also like to welcome our guests from UNESCO, ICHCAP, Korea, and our brothers and sisters from ASEAN family to this Pearl of Orient. Thank you for travelling here and I hope you all had a smooth trip. For the next few days, the team in Penang will host you with our signature hospitality, and share with you our rich, diverse, and living cultural heritage. Throughout your stay in Penang, I would like to invite you to explore our unique townscape, lined with heritage buildings and highly vibrant and organic living heritage from various cultural and socio background. I am confident that our rich cultural backdrop will contribute positively to your experience in exchanging integrated approaches in safeguarding tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

The theme of this meeting, “Enhancing Viability in Intangible Cultural Heritage Community” has a special focus on the Southeast Asian region. This presents a platform for an important cross-boundary collaboration to identify our collective strengths and explore new opportunities to foster better cultural heritage safeguarding engagements. We need to understand our past so that we can be better connected to the present so as to face the challenges of the future successfully together.

We in George Town are proud of and have strived to fulfil our promise as a UNESCO World Heritage Site that conserve and safeguard both the tangible and intangible cultural heritage through public-private-professional partnerships that will be the most productive as well as attracting resources both financial and expert advice.

Perhaps one of the prime paradigms of the above notion is the tripartite collaboration between the city of George Town, Think City and Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). Think City – a special project vehicle under the national investment body – has substantial expertise in the field of sustainable urban regeneration, and it is no coincidence that their pilot programme took off here in George Town. Our rich heritage and tradition have also attracted the attention of Aga Khan Trust for Culture and in 2013; we signed our first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which is later expanded in 2015 for another additional 3 years.

Such partnerships have enabled us to facilitate comprehensive and strategic planning, and development as well as conservation efforts within the designated heritage site effectively and pragmatically, coupled with the financial support and talented resource pool. This case also testifies the potential and opportunities of our heritage in George Town, and how its future can be promisingly shaped by working together beyond boundaries.

Today, we also have our local community leaders and representatives with us in this plenary hall. They are the unsung heroes who have selflessly devoted themselves to the responsibilities of a custodian for our heritage. Please engage with them in your discussions, as sharing of learnt lessons will be the most powerful outcome of this meeting. Such exchanges between practitioners and the residents concerned will also be one of the best ways to keep our heritage safeguarding efforts sustainable and pragmatic.

Ladies and gentlemen,

We are only few months away from 2018 which will mark the 10th anniversary of George Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The journey we have been through from the beginning is nothing less than extraordinary and fulfilling. With the strong support from local, national and international agencies, I am confident we are able to achieve greater milestones and breakthroughs moving forward. I hope this symposium will also help in expanding our network of collaborations and to activate stronger support from both the public and private towards the good fight we are facing.

Thank you.

The Presentation of Certificates of Appreciation to The Komtar Revitalisation Project Team

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang 
At The Presentation of Certificates of Appreciation to The Komtar Revitalisation Project Team

18 September 2017


Ladies and gentlemen

Komtar after its completion in the mid-80s suffered a definite decline from the late 90s. I still remember how shocked I was at the condition of Komtar when we first won power in 2008. Then Komtar was so run-down, neglected and abandoned that even beggars did not want to go there.

No wonder the previous government wanted to escape and run away by building a new state administration building in Bayan Mutiara, next to the first Penang bridge. As the new State Government, we decided not to take the coward's way out, but to stay and fight to revitalise and revive Komtar by carrying refurbishment and renewal work. Apart from the State Government's own funds, we decide to invite private sector participation.

In 2012, when Only World Group (OWG) won the Open Tender to revitalise Komtar, I had the feeling that we were witnessing the birth of a new era. The Top is the first in Malaysia, the region and globally, for so many reasons, from the first curved glass bottomed skywalk of that height in the world, the highest open air dining in the region to the largest dinosaur theme park in Malaysia.

With a total investment of RM200 million, The Top continues to push new boundaries in more ways than one. And now the project has achieved the most highly recognised and respected award in Malaysia’s construction industry, namely the prestigious Malaysian Construction Industry Excellence Award (MCIEA) 2017 which has been adjudicated by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).

The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia, selects award winners through a series of detailed evaluations by independent panels of profesional assessors appointed by CIDB. They include the country’s reputable professional bodies in the construction industry such as SIRIM, Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia, Institute Of Engineer Malaysia and others.

This prestigious Malaysian Construction Industry Excellence Award (MCIEA) 2017 Best Project Award under medium category building (for project costing 20mil to 100 mil) has been awarded to Only World Group Bhd as the developer and Alam Langkawi Sdn Bhd as the main contractor for successfully completing the Komtar Revitalisation project, a challenging, complex and extreme engineering construction works.

Unlike conventional building, the construction here required the right construction methodology be adopted with correct work sequences, high-risk lifting and precision installation work. Every step of the construction process was rigorously inspected, monitored, tested and quality assurance examined.

At the same time, out of the box innovative construction ideas and the utilisation of right equipment and tools including compliance to stringent Occupation, Safety and Health regulations was employed in the construction. The fact that you all as a team has come this far shows that all you have high adversity quotient, i.e. able to withstand the test of adversity and extreme pressure. 

This excellent achievement could not have been achieved without the team work and collaboration of companies, contractors and consultants majority of them are from PENANG. I would like to congratulate and express my sincere appreciation to the team members, particularly:

Tan Sri and Puan Sri Richard Koh 
The developer of this project

Engineer Soon Eng Kooi
The main contractor from Alam Langkawi Sdn Bhd

Dato Rosli Jaafar 
PDC as the Project Planner

Dato Ir. Ang Choo Hong
PDC Setia Urus Sdn Bhd as the Building Manager

En. Roslan 
PDC as the project coordinator

Global Built as the Project Manager

ARUP Consultant Engineers as the Structural Engineers

Hanyang Consultant Engineers as the M&E Engineers

Azwan Hussein Arkitek as the Architects

Kuantibina as the Quantity Surveyors

Youngblood as the Interior Designers

For the future, I am told by Tan Sri Dato Sri Richard Koh that there are more exciting attractions coming up. The Penang State Gallery and Central Market at Level 3 of Komtar Phase 2, will be opened before the end of this year. Likewise the Aquarium at level 4 of Komtar Phase 2 will welcome guests before end this year. This will be the first aquarium in Malaysia with real fish as well as virtual fish.

The most exciting attraction will be the world’s tallest rope course at level 65 of Komtar tower. Unlike other adventures on tall buildings or bridges, which offered walking on glass or metal pathways, this tallest rope course in Komtar will offer many forms of adventures for the fearless. We are still awaiting the tallest art mural painting of Komtar, which I am told will begin next year.

Once again, I would like to thank and congratulate Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Dato Sri Richard Koh of Only World Group Bhd, Engineer Soon Eng Kooi of Alam Langkawi Sdn Bhd for their achievements.

Thank you.

Unity & Diversity Art Exhibition

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

Unity & Diversity Art Exhibition

16 September 2017

Penang is known not only for our internationally renowned heritage enclave of George Town but also for the celebration of diversity and harmony among different ethnic, communities and faiths in both the island and the mainland. This multi-cultural mosaic of harmony and diversity is one of the principal reasons why George Town was granted the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Understanding and practising the concept of unity and diversity is a powerful means to achieve a caring, democratic and united society, not just for Penang but for the whole of Malaysia. All Malaysians should unite to defend common values that make Malaysia great. First and foremost defending our basic freedoms such as upholding freedom of expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, as well as freedom from fear.

Today freedom of expression is reflected in the arts in this year’s 60th anniversary of our National Day, through a special arts exhibition "Unity and Diversity". In the spirit of Merdeka, of being Malaysian, Penang State Government’s commitment in supporting the arts and culture in the state rests on our belief in unity and diversity.

Last year, we have identified 9.2 acres of Penang Development Corporation (PDC) land at the Gat Lebuh McCallum - Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu, to become the Penang Arts District. Our aim is to build the single largest collection of art galleries and cultural museums, creative boutiques, arts schools and workshops in Malaysia.

Not only Penang Arts District is expected to revitalise the McCallum area, currently a neighbouring sleepy downtown to the Georgetown UNESCO heritage zone, it will also provide space for artists and arts lovers. Moreover, this project will bring more employment opportunities as well as other related benefits to both the people and the state.

We want Penang to become the destination of choice for artists and art lovers, for locals and tourists in the region. I am pleased to note that the arts and creative communities of Penang have given their full support for this project.

I have to admit that funding for the arts is always a challenge. It is never enough but we try to do whatever we can with our limited resources. I think we have actually put in much more than have ever been done before, not only in the arts but also in education.

We cannot depend solely on the government to fund the arts. I believe in partnerships. We are planting seeds and trying to let them grow, but it is the private sector that can make it bloom and flourish together with the artists themselves.

Welcome to the “Unity and Diversity” art exhibition in conjunction with our 60th anniversary of Merdeka.

Lim Guan Eng
Chief Minister of Penang


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16 SEPTEMBER 2017 


Selamat Pagi dan Salam Sejahtera.

Terlebih dahulu, saya ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Tuan Yang Terutama Tun Dato' Seri Utama (Dr.) Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Abbas, Yang di-Pertua Negeri Pulau Pinang dan Yang Amat Berbahagia Toh Puan Dato Seri Utama Hajjah Majimor Binti Shariff serta semua para jemputan sekalian kerana sudi bersama-sama hadir bagi meraikan Majlis Sambutan Hari Malaysia Tahun 2017 Peringkat Negeri Pulau Pinang pada pagi ini.

Di kesempatan ini, saya juga ingin mengucapkan sekalung tahniah kepada Jawatankuasa Penganjur iaitu Pejabat Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang, Pejabat Daerah Dan Tanah Seberang Perai Tengah (SPT), Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR) Daerah, Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) dan Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP) di atas penganjuran majlis ini.

Terima kasih juga ditujukan kepada pihak pengurusan SP Arena kerana telah bersetuju untuk menjadikan dewan ini sebagai tapak sambutan majlis pada pagi ini. Selain itu, ucapan terima kasih juga ditujukan kepada para kontinjen perbarisan perarakan Hari Kebangsaan kerana turut melapangkan masa dan bersama-sama datang bagi meraikan Sambutan Hari Malaysia Peringkat Negeri Pulau Pinang pada pagi ini.

Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-puan sekalian,

Hari Malaysia disambut sebagai meraikan sejarah penubuhan Malaysia apabila Sabah dan Sarawak menyertai Persekutuan Tanah Melayu pada 16 September 1963. Tarikh terbentuknya Malaysia perlu lebih dihayati, dikenang dan dihargai bukan sahaja oleh rakyat Sabah dan Sarawak tetapi juga seluruh rakyat Malaysia kerana tanpa Sabah atau Sarawak, Malaysia tidak wujud langsung.

Oleh itu, kita harus mengingati pengorbanan rakyat Sabah dan Sarawak yang bergabung untuk membentuk Malaysia sama dengan mengingati pengorbanan pejuang-pejuang Merdeka yang berjaya membebaskan kita daripada cengkaman penjajah British. Rakyat Malaysia daripada semua suku kaum dan agama harus hidup dalam keharmonian dan kesejahteraan dalam suasana muhibah.

Perpaduan merupakan suatu nikmat yang amat berharga kerana ia membolehkan kita semua menghadapi semua cabaran dan mencapai kejayaan, kemakmuran dan keamanan. Kita semua rakyat Malaysia, yang mempunyai masalah yang sama dan memiliki masa depan yang cerah hanya apabila kita bekerjasama.

Bersatu kita teguh
Bercerai kita roboh.

Selagi kita mencintai Malaysia, kita harus sayang antara satu sama lain.

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!

Sekian, terima kasih.