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10 FEBRUARY 2018


As the Chief Minister of Penang, it is an honour to be present at the official opening of the World’s Highest Ropes Course Challenge! At the top of Penang’s Tallest Building, Komtar Penang!

At 239m high, The Gravityz is the fruitful culmination of a RM4 million investment by the private sector. This very ropes course features 6 different and unique obstacle challenges designed to test your fear of heights. They are: the Confidence Path, High Bench, X-Point, A High Bridge, Z-Wire and G-Rocky. All in all, the ropes course trail is 100m long. What’s more, I have gotten word that the Bungy Jumping activity too will be added in as well at the end of this year.

Furthermore, I am proud to announce that The Gravityz is using top-of-the-line safety gear manufactured in Switzerland and Italy. I have been informed that the safety gear is extremely reliable as the equipment is certified by the European Union and TUV. That alone speaks volumes about The Gravityz’s commitment towards safety.

The Gravityz is certainly not the first ropes course to be set up in Malaysia- there are already a number of them throughout the country, in states such as Selangor and Malacca- nor the first one in Asia, with famous ones such as AJ Hackett in Macau.

However, The Gravityz can bravely and boldly lay claim to being the World’s Highest Ropes Course – a world record. That is definitely another feather in the cap for Penang and Malaysia.

I hereby declare The Gravityz Ropes Course Challenge officially opened!



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It gives me great pleasure to be here today to say a few words on the occasion of the official launching of Han Chiang University College of Communication.

Let me first congratulate the Board of Directors of Han Chiang Associated Chinese Schools Association, staff members and students on the occasion of the launch of Han Chiang University College of Communication. As an institution, Han Chiang University College of Communication has matured and grown from strength to strengt since its establishment in 1999.

Today, Han Chiang University College of Communication is an educational institution with international links to various overseas partner universities. A good education advocates innovation and modern technology for the media and creative industries all available in Han Chiang University College of Communication. Han Chiang University College of Communication is the only higher education provider in the Northern Region of Peninsular Malaysia that offers the Chinese Studies academic programme. Its Chinese Heritage Centre, located within the campus grounds is a touristic icon in Penang that preserves the authenticity of Chinese culture and serves as a research platform for the study of Chinese culture, heritage and values.

Ladies and gentlemen,

At Han Chiang University College, education is for everyone regardless of socio-economic background. The upgrade of Han Chiang University College status is indeed a defining moment and the Penang State Government is proud to witness a local university college in Penang just as the Southern College in Johor and New Era College in Kuala Lumpur.

Penang has always been in the forefront of driving technology adoption with the advent of Industry 4.0. We also seek convergence in the public, manufacturing and services sector to enable us to partake in the 4th Industrial Revolution. As we all know, the 1st Industrial Revolution happened with the invention of steam engines, the 2nd Industrial Revolution with the discovery of electricity of mass production and specialization of work, the 3rd Industrial Revolution with the invention of computers and internet. Finally the 4th Industrial Revolution revolves around the Big Data Analytics (BDA), Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Fintech, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing and Internet of Things (IoT).

As an example, Penang has launched the implementation by using one of the component in Industry 4.0 – Artificial Intelligence (AI) to fight dengue. AI will recognise patterns and make predictions without being explicitly programmed do so. The game-changing surveillance system which the Penang State Government has named CAT or Crush Aedes Totally has been enabled by an advanced model that incorporate artificial intelligence (AI), based on big data analytics and epidemiological research known as AIME (Artificial Intelligence for Medical Epidemiology). AIME will collaborate with the Penang State Government and the State Health Department to implement the surveillance and prediction platform. This will enable authorities to effectively target the future outbreak spots and thereby take necessary preventive action including fogging and eliminating aedes mosquito breeding sites.

The education landscape is constantly changing with new technologies. Penang has the 3Ts of talent, technology and tolerance of new ideas to establish a creative cluster. Innovation and productivity are the key elements of wealth creation where proficiency in English and mastery of technology is an important prerequisite. This has led to the fact that Penang is a leading manufacturing hub and highly sought after by foreign investors.

Penang has a thriving community of various nationalities, and we welcome everyone from other states and countries to pursue their education in Penang. I wish Han Chiang University College every success in its endeavour to provide a dynamic teaching and learning environment for Penang in the 21st century.

Thank you.


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Jalan Masjid Negeri merupakan sebatang jalan utama yang menampung bilangan kenderaan yang tinggi pada setiap masa. Isipadu lalulintas di Jalan Masjid Negeri telah meningkat ke tahap di mana kesesakan lalulintas telah berlaku pada setiap hari terutamanya pada waktu puncak pagi dan petang. Kerajaan Negeri perihatin mengenai masalah lalulintas yang dialami oleh pengguna jalan raya yang sering berulang-alik di Jalan Masjid Negeri yang terpaksa menghadapi masalah kesesakan yang serius pada setiap hari.

Bagi mengatasi masalah ini, Majlis telah menyiapkan Kajian “Concept Plans for Immediate Measures to Alleviate Traffic Congestion within George Town and its Vicinity” pada Julai 2010. Kajian ini, yang dimulakan pada Jun tahun 2009, telah dijalankan untuk meneliti cara-cara mengurangkan kesesakan lalulintas dengan secepat mungkin di kawasan George Town dengan penumpuan kepada Jalan Masjid Negeri dan Jalan Ayer Itam.

Secara amnya, projek ini melibatkan penambahbaikan aliran lalulintas di Jalan Masjid Negeri yang merupakan sebahagian daripada jalan lingkaran luar George Town. Walau bagaimanapun, seiring dengan pelaksanaan projek ini, beberapa tindakan telah diambil sekaligus untuk melegakan kesesakan di jalan-jalan lain seperti Jalan Scotland, Jalan Gottlieb, Jalan Bagan Jermal dan Jalan Ayer Itam yang mengagih dan menyurai aliran lalulintas berterusan daripada Jalan Masjid Negeri.

Beberapa projek yang dikenalpasti bagi menyuraikan kesesakan di jalan-jalan lingkaran luar George Town telah siap dilaksanakan. Projek-projek tersebut adalah:
i. Menaiktaraf persimpangan Lorong Batu Lancang/Lebuhraya Thean Tek yang telah disiapkan pada bulan Julai 2011 dengan kos sebanyak RM300,000.00

ii. Menaiktaraf Jalan Ayer Itam pada bahagian persimpangan Jalan Masjid Negeri/ Jalan Ayer Itam/ Jalan Scotland yang telah disiapkan pada bulan Januari 2012 dengan kos sebanyak RM1.3 juta.

iii. Menaiktaraf Jalan Gottlieb dari Jalan Utama ke Jalan Bagan Jermal yang telah disiapkan pada Oktober 2012 dengan kos sebanyak RM3.5 juta.

iv. Menaiktaraf persimpangan Bulatan Udini dan mewujudkan pusingan ’U’ di Jalan Masjid Negeri yang telah disiapkan pada bulan April 2015 dengan kos sebanyak RM7.6 juta.

v. Melebarkan Jalan Masjid Negeri dan Jalan Scotland pada bahagian persimpangan Jalan Masjid Negeri/Jalan Ayer Itam/Jalan Scotland (fasa 2) yang telah disiapkan pada bulan Disember 2013 dengan kos sebanyak RM3.7 juta.

vi. Menaiktaraf Lorong Batu Lancang/Jalan Masjid Negeri yang telah disiapkan pada bulan Oktober 2014 dengan kos sebanyak RM3.5 juta.

vii. Melebarkan sebahagian Jalan Bagan Jermal dari simpang Jalan Mano ke simpang Jalan Burma yang telah disiapkan pada bulan Februari 2015 dengan kos sebanyak RM1.4 juta.

viii. Menaiktaraf persimpangan Lebuhraya Peel/Jalan Macalister/Jalan Residensi/Lebuhraya Codrington yang telah disiapkan pada bulan Ogos 2015 dengan kos sebanyak RM2.0 juta.

ix. Melebarkan sebahagian Jalan Masjid Negeri dan Jalan Scotland (pakej 5B) yang telah disiapkan pada bulan Disember 2017 dengan kos sebanyak RM7.8 juta.

Jumlah kos bagi projek-projek di atas adalah sebanyak RM 31.1 juta. Manakala kos bagi pengambilan tanah bagi menjalankan projek-projek ini adalah sebanyak RM14.7 juta. Jumlah kos keseluruhan yang dibelanjakan adalah sebanyak RM45.8 juta. Ini menunjukkan keprihatinan, kesungguhan dan komitmen Kerajaan Negeri dan Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang untuk menangani masalah lalulintas yang dihadapi oleh penduduk Negeri Pulau Pinang. Dengan siapnya projek-projek ini, ianya dapat meningkatkan kapasiti Jalan Masjid Negeri dan menyuraikan kesesakan di Jalan Masjid Negeri dan kawasan sekitarnya.

Projek pelebaran sebahagian Jalan Masjid Negeri dan Jalan Scotland (pakej 5B) adalah projek terakhir di Jalan Masjid Negeri untuk fasa ini. Projek ini melibatkan kos sebanyak RM7.8 juta yang bermula pada bulan November 2015 dan siap pada Disember 2017.

Pembinaan jalan ini juga akan membantu mengurangkan pencemaran udara yang dihadapi oleh penduduk serta mengurangkan stress dan belanja bahanapi (petrol) pemandu kenderaan. Setiap hari sebanyak 66,000 pengguna jalan raya akan mendapat manafaat dan adalah di dapati sebanyak 20 peratus kesesakan lalulintas dapat dikurangkan dengan perlaksanaan projek-projek ini.

Dengan ini saya melancarkan Projek Menaiktaraf Jalan Masjid Negeri dan Kawasan Sekitarnya.


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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

Qatar Airways' inaugural flight from Doha to Penang 

6 February, 5.30pm @ Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort


It’s my honour and great pleasure to extend a very warm welcome to all of you to Penang.

This is indeed a momentous occasion because today, 6th February 2018, marks the start of the inaugural flight from Doha to Penang by Qatar Airways.

Penang is immensely proud to be chosen by this multiple award-winning airline that operates flights to more than 150 business and leisure destinations. And what makes us even more proud is that the flight from Doha to Penang is the very first direct long haul flight by an international airline to Penang. This makes Penang as the second gateway into Malaysia by the award-winning Qatar Airways from Doha, as it had first launched its flight to Malaysia in December 2001, operating a triple-daily service to Kuala Lumpur currently.

Today onwards, Penang will have its own thrice-weekly direct long haul flights between Doha and Penang on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with its state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner, featuring 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class with spacious cabins and specially-designed interiors.

All along, there have been short haul flights to Penang from Hong Kong, Taiwan and China, operated by other airlines that bring in visitors from the east. Now, not only can Penang open its doors to welcome Qatar travellers but also travellers from the west due to the easy connectivity via Doha to Penang. Penang can also enjoy arrivals from non-traditional European countries as well such as Austria, Scandinavia as well as the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) and other Middle-Eastern countries. On the other hand, this route offers travellers from Penang another transit option, apart from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Thailand, to fly to other parts of the world such as Europe and the US.

And I am very pleased to break a good news to you all that, Qatar Airlines has decided to increase its Penang frequency from 3 times weekly to 4 times weekly. This new flight will be on Sundays, effective on 1 July 2018. I'm informed that even before the flight today, the airlines has received strong travel demand from travellers. This shows how Penang has positioned itself among the other big cities in South East Asia as a big tourism players. Congratulations Qatar Airlines, you have made the right choice by choosing Penang as another gateway to Malaysia and South East Asia.

Tourism and hotel sector, one of the state's economic main contributors, is doing very well each year. More visitors were recorded and Penang has been getting international accolades and recognition, putting the state in world map.

Passengers traffic (departure and arrival) at the Penang International Airport (PIA) hit an all time high of 7.2 million passengers last year, an increase of 8% comparing to just 6.6 million passengers in 2016. This has exceeded the airport’s maximum capacity of 6.5 million, the number projected to reach in year 2020. I hope the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak would expedite the expansion plan for PIA as he announced last year in the 2018 Budget to increase the passenger capacity from 6.5 million passengers to 12 million passengers a year. This is important as PIA has brought positive economy impact to the state and the country, by being the second busiest airports in the country despite its small size.

The Penang State Tourism Bureau together with state agency, Penang International Halal Hub or PIHH, have been undertaking various efforts to promote Penang as a premier modern Muslim hub. A complete travel guide called "Experience Penang - A Muslim Travel Guide'’ has been available to aid their discerning needs and interest when on leisure or business trips to Penang. The travel guide can also be downloaded via PIHH’s website or phone app for fast and efficient access of information.

We have also started promotions with Qatar Airways and Tourism Malaysia offices abroad targeting countries where flights from Doha connect such as the UK, Netherlands, Frankfurt, Spain, France, Switzerland, US as well as Kuwait and Qatar. Now that Penang is more globally connected, there will certainly be more focus on the marketing efforts undertaken targeting Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Before I end my speech, on behalf of the Penang State Government, I wish to take this opportunity to thank Qatar Airways once again for adding Penang into its great web of flight destinations.

We most certainly look forward to a profitable and productive relationship with Qatar Airways.

Thank you all and have a great evening.