MAJLIS JAMUAN HARI RAYA AIDIL FITRI KADUN JAWI ANJURAN BERSAMA PUSAT KHIDMAT ADUN JAWI & PARLIMEN NIBONG TEBAL

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UCAPAN YAB CHOW KON YEOW, KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG PADA MAJLIS JAMUAN HARI RAYA AIDIL FITRI KADUN JAWI

ANJURAN BERSAMA

PUSAT KHIDMAT ADUN JAWI & PARLIMEN NIBONG TEBAL

11 / 06 / 2019 (SELASA)

 

Pertama sekali, saya ingin mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri kepada semua rakan-rakan yang beragama Islam yang hadir pada malam ini. Saya berasa amat bertuah kerana dapat bersama-sama dengan tuan-tuan dan puan-puan di Majlis Jamuan Hari Raya Aidilfitri di Bagan Buaya ini.

Terima kasih dan tahniah kepada ADUN Jawi dan Ahli Parlimen Nibong Tebal serta AJK-AJK yang terlibat untuk menjayakan majlis jamuan hari raya pada malam ini yang amat meriah dalam suasana kampung.

Seperti yang kita sedia maklum, setiap tahun selama sebulan umat Islam akan berpuasa, dan bagi menandakan berakhirnya bulan Ramadhan yang mana umat Islam telah menjalani ibadat puasa dengan tekun, orang Islam akan menyambut hari kemenangan tersebut dengan menyambut Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Bahkan bukan sahaja orang Islam, malah kita sebagai rakyat Malaysia yang berbagai kaum dan etnik akan turut sama merayakan bersama-sama. Ini lah negara Malaysia yang kita sama-sama sanjungi.

Hadirin dan hadirat sekalian,

Seperti mana yang kita sedia maklum, kerajaan Pakatan Harapan sentiasa prihatin dengan kebajikan dan pembangunan negeri, khususnya bagi rakyat Pulau Pinang.

Sejak mengambil alih pentadbiran Kerajaan Negeri ini pada tahun 2008, terdapat banyak pembangunan dan aktiviti telah dijalankan, semakin rancak dirancang dan juga banyak yang akan dijalankan tidak lama lagi. Oleh itu, kerjasama daripada semua pihak amatlah diharapkan agar dapat membangunkan bukan saja kawasan KADUN Jawi tetapi juga negeri Pulau Pinang, negeri kita yang amat kita sayangi ini.

Hadirin sekalian,

Menyebut mengenai soal pembangunan dalam KADUN Jawi sahaja, sejak tahun 2008 sehingga kini, kita dapat melihat bahawa pembangunan dalam kawasan DUN Jawi ini tidak pernah ketinggalan daripada segi penyediaan tempat seperti kemudahan awam serta lain-lain lagi.

Tapak majlis pada malam ini juga pada asalnya hanya ada satu gelanggang sepak takraw sahaja, itu pun yang amat tidak sesuai untuk digunakan kerana telah rosak. Namun, selepas kita mentadbir Kerajaan Negeri, kita telah menaik taraf tapak ini menjadi 2 buah gelanggang sepak takraw berbumbung yang mana ia boleh digunakan bersama-sama. Tambahan pula, ia boleh digunakan sebagai tapak majlis sepertimana ianya digunakan pada malam yang indah ini. Selain itu, bukan sahaja gelanggang sepak takraw telah disediakan, tempat permainan kanak-kanak dan gelanggang futsal juga turut disediakan. Ini lah antara pembangunan di tempat ini.

Bagi Jeti Nelayan Changkat juga, Kerajaan Negeri telah memperuntukkan lebih RM 500 ribu bagi menambah baik jeti nelayan sedia ada, bekalan elektrik, naik taraf jalan masuk serta tempat letak kenderaan dan lain-lain lagi.

Dengan usaha-usaha berikut, saya harap tuan-tuan dan puan-puan serta penduduk di sini dapat menggunakan kemudahan-kemudahan ini dengan baik agar semua dapat terus menikmati kemudahan-kemudahan tersebut bersama-sama.

Sebelum mengakhiri ucapan pada malam ini, saya ingin mengucapkan jutaan terima kasih dan tahniah kepada semua yang terlibat dalam memastikan majlis jamuan hari raya pada malam ini berjalan lancar dan teratur. Sekali lagi saya mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri kepada semua yang hadir pada malam ini.

Sekian, terima kasih.

GEORGE TOWN FESTIVAL 2019 PRESS CONFERENCE

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SPEECH BY YAB CHOW KON YEOW

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

GEORGE TOWN FESTIVAL 2019 PRESS CONFERENCE

Good day, first of all, I would like to thank YB Yeoh for kicking off today’s press conference. I am very excited about what’s coming up ahead for the Festival. I would also like to extend a warm welcome to all of you who have made an effort to come here.

The arts scene in Penang has experienced a remarkable growth and advancement, especially since George Town was honoured with the UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2008. Gradually over the years, George Town has become a prime 'real estate' for artists everywhere, with the country's homegrown and international artists wanting to leave their legacies on the old walls and five-foot ways of this heritage enclave.

Art events, forums and exhibitions were then added to the state's calendar of events to encourage the exchange of voices and ideas for art enthusiasts and creative minds. But Penang's most notable success story is George Town Festival. The Festival has been instrumental in positioning the state as Asia's arts and culture hub. Inaugurated in 2010 to celebrate the city's new UNESCO Heritage Site status, the Festival has drawn thousands of visitors each year to Penang and is quickly becoming one of Asia's leading arts events.

In 2012, the Festival single-handedly catapulted a then-unknown Lithuanian street artist by the name of Ernest Zacharevic to international recognition, by commissioning Zacharevic to create large-scale murals. Today, Zacharevic's recognisable murals have become one of the city's most iconic draws and a paradise for Instagrammers taking selfies.

As the Festival grew from strength to strength, renowned media began to take notice such as the International New York Times, South China Morning Post, Al-Jazeera, Nikkei Asian Review, Advertising Marketing, Asean Travel, CNN Travel and more. International New York Times reviewed GTF as a 'festival growing into a major Asian arts event' while CNN Travel headlined GTF as 'Best of Penang rolled up in one big festival'. The Guardian, a British daily newspaper, cited the Festival as 'one of southeast Asia's most exciting celebrations of culture, heritage and community'.

Earlier, YB Yeoh has walked you through about what to expect from the upcoming Festival. I would also like to point out that the Festival this year is different from the previous years as it is embracing the theme 'A Festival for Everyone'. It means that we are curating the Festival for people from all walks of life, from the festival goers, to the arts communities and the general public. For the festival goers who are looking for artistic indulgence can do so at the Festival’s 14 specially curated ticketed shows covering dance, theatre, forum, talk, fashion, music, comedy and film. For the arts communities with keener interests for in-depth conversations about arts and branding, there are symposiums such as the Great New World - From Free Port to World Heritage Site and Isle to Isle: Design Forum to attend. For the general public, the three highlighted programmes are something to look forward to. With ballerinas on stilts and jaw-dropping projection mapping in When Night Falls, the artistic frenzy happenings in Art in the City and the enormous art bash in The Extravaganza, the Festival will be an instagrammable event for everyone so please attend as many of the events as you can. 

Through our community engagement programmes such as Macam Macam Macallum and Macam Macam Berapit, we will be taking the Festival out from traditional arts venues and into other community spaces, hence exposing new arts and cultural experiences to communities who might otherwise not engage with the Festival, as part of promoting an attitude that the arts are for everyone. This is particularly pertinent in a community which may perceive the arts to be elitist. In other words, we are delivering the Festival straight to the doorsteps for the people in Macallum Street Ghaut and Berapit. This is something that I genuinely look forward to and encourage. Hopefully, we will see more community engagement programmes like this in future.

Thank you.

EXPERIENCE PENANG YEAR 2020 LAUNCHING

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SPEECH BY PENANG CHIEF MINISTER CHOW KON YEOW

ON EXPERIENCE PENANG YEAR 2020 LAUNCHING

2nd JUNE 2019 at EQUATORIAL HOTEL

A very good evening to everyone. First and foremost, it’s a great honour for me to be here and be part of this joyous occasion for the launching of the Experience Penang Year 2020.

George Town was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008 and Penang has been experiencing an influx of tourists since then. In 2006, two years before the said listing by UNESCO, our Penang International Airport received a mere 1.5 million total passenger movement. In 2018, ten years after the listing, it received a staggering 7.8 million total passenger movement.

The UNESCO World Heritage site listing has benefitted Penang tremendously. Our streets have come alive with boutique hotels, quirky cafes and recognizable street art as Penang steps into the tourism spotlight.  George Town was listed as the only Asian destination in Lonely Planet's book "Street Art" in 2017 while CNN Travel listed Penang, one of the only two Asian cities, as one of the 19 best places to travel for the Spring of 2019’ list.

Ladies and gentlemen,

With the manufacturing sector in Penang overtaken by the services sector as the top contributor to the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), we are working to make the tourism industry, which comes under the services sector, as the engine of growth for Penang to replace manufacturing which had been in the lead for the past decades.

The introduction of the Experience Penang Year 2020 is aligned with the aim to position Penang in the competitive international travel market for years to come. Following the overtaking of the manufacturing sector by the services sector, it is crucial to rebrand Penang’s tourism by incorporating elements of heritage, culture and arts. Such measures are in line with our concerted efforts to create a variety of quality tourism products across the island and mainland of Penang for the purpose of upgrading the economy to raise household incomes, one of the four major themes under vision Penang2030 by the state government.

I would like to use this opportunity to congratulate PETACH office, especially YB Yeoh Soon Hin and his team members for working hard in preparing the happening events and celebrations for all of us. PETACH office will continue to create an eye-opening and truly memorable experience for both local and international celebrations-goers.

I personally look forward to joining the events in line with Experience Penang Year 2020. With this, I thank all of you for coming to this launching ceremony, and I am very much pleased to officially launch the Experience Penang Year 2020. Thank you.