THE GRAND OPENING OF WISMA TAH WAH

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

AT THE GRAND OPENING OF WISMA TAH WAH

On 18 OCTOBER 2017 @ 12pm

 

Congratulate Dato Seri Hang Yeam Wah the grand opening of RM 15 million Wisma Tah Wah.

Tah Wah Group has been known for their quality and good track record in delivering houses on time. CMI has awarded the Sandilands Foreshore Affordable Homes to Tah Wah Group, who won the bid by open tender.

Dato Seri Hong Yeam Wah has been the driving force of the company and his experience and know how in the industry has brought the group rapid successes and move them to be one of the more active & innovative players in the Penang market.

Dato’ Seri Hong has just announced the RM1.07 million to be donated out on this meaningful day. Let’s give Dato’ Seri and Tah Wah Group a big applause on their generosity. He has contributed towards the annual lantern lighting of the Raja Uda Street during Chinese New Year.The Annual Cultural Chinese New Year Celebration at Tow Boo Kong and the refurbishment of pocket park Anjung Bagan.

Lastly, I wish Dato Seri Hong and the team from Tah Wah Group, congratulations on the job well done so far, and continue to strive ahead and leave a mark in the development of Penang.

Thank you.

Boon San Tong Khoo Kongsi Restoration Celebration

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang
Boon San Tong Khoo Kongsi Restoration Celebration

17th October, 2017

Good evening.

Most of us have heard of Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi in Cannon Square, which is also known as the Heritage Jewel of Penang. I was therefore pleasantly surprised to receive an invitation to officiate the Restoration Celebration of this little-known Khoo Kongsi known as Boon San Tong Khoo Kongsi in Hai Ki Sin Lor.

I asked for Background Information about this Heritage Gem tucked away in this corner of Penang and received an interesting paper from Dato’ Khoo Kay Hock. Leong San Tong is the home of the Progenitor of the Khoo’s in Penang. He was Khoo Chan Chian Eng, the first generation at the apex of the Genealogy Chart.

The Progenitor of Boon San Tong Khoo Kongsi, Khoo Kong Oon, was from the 5th Generation. I was told he had 6 sons but the descendants of Boon San Tong are from the first 5 sons as the 6th son had no offspring. When I was taken on a tour of the Clan house earlier, I saw your historical Foundation Stone which was dated as far back as 1878.

Today your main objectives are to look after the welfare of your own clansmen and to carry on with the age-old tradition of ancestor worship during certain festivals. Since the building of your ancestral Clan house in 1878, this is your third renovation, with the first two in 1931 and 1960. It is very encouraging to see great care had been taken over the last 139 years to maintain and preserve your historical monument for your future generation. This renovation cost for this project takes up a total development cost of RM 2 million.

We welcome 55 Khoo clansmen this evening from China, Burma, Macau and Singapore; who are here to celebrate this very auspicious occasion with Boon San Tong Khoo Kongsi and meeting each other for the first time.

There is no doubt that the Chinese community played a very important role in developing Penang's economy including Khoo Kongsi. The State Government will continue to develop Penang and continue the leading role played by Penang in the Malaysian economy. Penang presently contributes towards 24% of Malaysia's exports with a single exporter from Penang exporting RM20 billion of products amounting to 2.3% of Malaysia's total exports. Next year another company also from Penang will export RM70 billion of products making up 8% of Penang's total exports. Our exports will make up more than 30% of Malaysia's total exports.

The State Government would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Boon San Tong Khoo Kongsi on your Third Restoration Celebration. We are happy to see that you are sharing your Heritage Gem with the public, adding to the long list of heritage attractions in Penang.

Thank you.

TechMentor Radio Telescope Program

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang
In TechMentor Radio Telescope Program
on 13 October 2017

Good afternoon!

I am very happy to be here today to launch Penang Science Cluster’s TechMentor Radio Telescope Program. This is the exactly the type of program that makes me proud to be part of Penang.

Why do I say that?

This Radio Telescope program is put together by many parties working together to help inspire our next generation.

Firstly, our community of Penangites, volunteers brought together by their passion for astronomy and expertise in their respective fields. And, when I mean expertise, I really do mean experts, because in this team of volunteers, we have 7 PhDs! This group of volunteers worked together with interns from UTAR in Kampar to develop the hardware prototype, software program and testing. Once the prototype was proven functional, the team, aided by other volunteers from Industry, designed the final version suitable for our secondary school students.

That was just the hardware and software platform. In parallel to this, this team of volunteers, fueled only by coffee at Penang Science Café, developed the curriculum that allows secondary school students to start exploring the universe with optical astronomy followed by radio astronomy and then, enter the world of measurement with the construction of the Radio Telescope.

Many of you have frequently hear of me promoting PPP, Private-Public-Public-Partnership, working towards a common objective. It looks like in Penang Science Cluster Radio Telescope Program is the best example of PPP.

My appreciations also goes to Keysight Technologies for sponsoring the first 5 schools. Students in SMK Heng Ee, Chung Ling, St Xaviers, Penang Free School, and Phor Tay thanks Keysight Technologies for your sponsorship. I would like to encourage companies to sponsor more schools.

When the State Government started Penang Science Cluster together with industry captains 8 years ago, I expected good results from PSC. But I certainly did not expect the immense impact and diversity of programs that PSC has delivered promoting STEM in Penang.

With this, I would like to officially launch Penang Science Cluster’s TechMentor Radio Telescope Program.

Thank you.

Matta Fair September 2017

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At Matta Fair September 2017 

13 October 2017

Straits Quay Convention Centre 

 

I am honoured to be with travel trade partners and guests to celebrate this opening of Malaysia’s favourite travel consumers fair, the MATTA Fair Penang 2017. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate MATTA President, Datuk Tan Kok Liang for being elected as MATTA President for the term 2017 – 2019, last July.

Tourism in Penang has grown tremendously as can be seen by the growth of both Penang Hill and the Penang International Airport (PIA). Before 2008, Penang Hill was carrying around 200,000 passengers yearly. This year we are expected to hit 1.7 million passengers. PIA was expected to reach its full capacity of 6.5 million passengers in 2020, but in 2016, this maximum capacity was exceeded at 6.7 million passengers. This year PIA is expected to witness 7.1 million passengers, needing an expansion of the PIA urgently.

With MATTA, Penang continues to be promoted domestic and internationally and ensure that Penang to be one of the top holiday destinations in Malaysia. MATTA Members have put out together exciting tour packages promoting Penang. MATTA recently had a successful fair at the national MATTA Fair September 2017 in Kuala Lumpur with over 100,000 visitors and RM205M sales turnover – Congratulations to Datuk Tan and team.

Each destination pride itself of offering varied and attractive product experiences. Penang is no exception offering new and exciting products, events and experience.

To visitors at the Fair, take advantage of the best price offers available for your year-end holidays, with friends and family. Once again, congratulations to MATTA and I hope that you will hold the Fair again next year, maybe a bigger Fair in Penang.

I wish you all a good MATTA Fair ahead – Thank you.