PBA 17th PENANG (MALAYSIAN) JUNIOR SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 WELCOMING DINNER

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

AT PBA 17th PENANG (MALAYSIAN) JUNIOR SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 WELCOMING DINNER

 

Good Evening.

First of all, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all the players and officials who have come from near and far to participate in the 17th PBA Penang (Malaysia) Junior Squash Championships this year. I am truly impressed that the competition has attracted close to 700 participants from 18 countries and also from other Malaysian states this year. I have also been informed that the number of participating nations as well as players have been steadily increasing throughout the years.

Penang, the home of our legendary Dato' Nicol David has always been a popular destination for squash and back in 2001, Penang played host to the World Junior Squash Championships. It was then that history was made when Nicol emerged victorious and was crowned World Junior Champion for the second consecutive time, the first player to ever defend a world junior title. Penang has continued to be active and has hosted numerous other local, regional, professional and international tournaments.

I am glad and honored that we not only have star quality players that have kept our Malaysian Flag flying high globally for the past 20 years but also a team of passionate players turned coaches and technical officials capable of organizing events of all standards. It was also made known to me that Penang is a familiar and popular destination due to the warm hospitality and great food available here.

The history of this competition has suggested that many Malaysian junior squash players have benefitted from this event. S. Sivasangari, Ng Eain Yow, Aifa Azman, Aira Azman, Ameeshan Raj, M. Nickhileswar and Chan Yi Wen are the few to have competed here and gone on to win bigger and more prestigious events. The likes of Anrie Goh, Wong Lee Hong and Aira Azman have just won the Asian Junior Individual Championships in Macau last month and are here now to compete in this event.

Over the last weekend, Sivasangari has won the Australian Open, while Syafiq secured the 2nd position after defeating a top seeded player from France. We have a big pool of young talented players who are in need of a competitive platform with high standards for exposure. In fact, it is hardly surprising that we are now anxiously looking for the successor to Dato' Nicol David.

Last year, Penang hosted the Asia Pacific Masters Games 2018 that attracted approximately 5,600 participants from different parts of the world and based on the official survey done by Penang Institute, an estimated of RM17 million was spent by the participants and officials during the games. The APMG was a great platform for us to promote sports tourism whilst promoting a healthy lifestyle and culture for our local Penangites. Local sports associations were provided the opportunity to gain experience and enhance their technical skills in organizing and handling sports competitions of international standards. T

his provided the much-needed impetus to spur local organizations to host more high-level competitions in future. Hosting and organizing such events and competitions is also an option for associations to generate some revenue to fund their ongoing activities.  Of the 22 sports in APMG, only one was declared not to have generated any monetary gain.

The running of this event has also brought many other benefits not just for squash but also a very fruitful result to Penang especially in terms of tourism. Capitalizing on the reality that this event is almost a week-long affair and most participants are from outside Penang, the state will inherently benefit favorably from an economic point of view. I therefore urge all of you here to immerse yourselves in the local culture and famous Penang cuisines and to visit the many places of interests that characterize the unique identity of Penang, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.

I would like to thank PBAPP for your continued support for squash throughout the past decade and looking at the growth of this competition, it is evident that PBA's ongoing partnership with SRAP has resulted in nothing but success. PBA has been the proud title sponsor for this Penang International Junior Squash Championships since 2008. PBA has also been the sponsor for several big events like the Asian Squash Championships in 2011 and the Women's World Squash Championship in 2014.

I would like to seek more corporations to emulate PBA and provide support to well organized sport organizations to promote and develop sports locally. Let the young develop a healthy and competitive lifestyle, the chance to meet up with friends from all over the world and to share their different cultures while making their dreams come true, to be a world class star athlete!!!

Lastly, I would like to thank and congratulate the organizing committee and all who have contributed to make this event a success.

I wish the best to all players in your games throughout the competition and have a wonderful and memorable stay in Penang.

Thank you.

GEORGE TOWN HERITAGE CELEBRATIONS 2019 APPRECIATION DINNER

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OPENING REMARKS FOR

GEORGE TOWN HERITAGE CELEBRATIONS 2019 APPRECIATION DINNER

BY

YANG AMAT BERHORMAT TUAN CHOW KON YEOW

CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

CHAIRMAN OF GEORGE TOWN WORLD HERITAGE INCORPORATED

SUNDAY, 7 JULY 2019 | 7:45 PM

SEH TEK TONG CHEAH KONGSI, GEORGE TOWN

 

Ladies and Gentlemen

A very warm welcome and good evening to everyone here. It is good to see many familiar faces tonight at the George Town Heritage Celebrations 2019 Appreciation Dinner.

This year marks the 11th year George Town has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Back in 2008, it was a tough struggle when Penang were learning the most efficient and appropriate way in managing and safeguarding our World Heritage Site. With the strong and persistent support from the people of Penang, in particular many of you who have been with us since 2008, George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site is now one of the best managed World Heritage Sites in the world.

For more than one decade, we, the people and the State Government of Penang, have overcome the difficult learning curve, and have established the George Town Heritage Celebrations as one of the biggest community-based World Heritage celebrations in Malaysia. We have also declared the 7th of July as a public holiday in Penang to commemorate this important, historical day, making it possible for us to take time off from work and visit the World Heritage Site to appreciate and celebrate our cultural heritage.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are blessed to be living in George Town and to be part of such a peaceful, diverse, and active multicultural community. It is important for us to continue cultivating mutual respect and tolerance with one another to ensure that such peace is maintained. We must ensure that the cultural heritage of George Town can continue to be the added value and asset for our generation and the next generations, so that our city can prosper in a sustainable and affordable way.

On top of that, George Town has been successful in recent projects with UNESCO. Through the Community-based Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventorying conducted in the first half of this year, 23 community groups have managed to record and document their own cultural heritage, of which the output has been presented in this year’s George Town Heritage Celebrations.

In another UNESCO project, George Town is a successful pilot case and also the most advanced pilot city in developing a Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy. A series of informative posters in four languages on fire and flood prevention has been published and distributed, community workshops have been conducted, and only just last month, the Experience Sharing Workshop with other international heritage cities was hosted in George Town. The second phase of firefighting training for the community is expected to be held in September 2019.

We have also initiated the Living Heritage Recognition and Appreciation Programme to give recognition to long-standing establishments of skilled trades and crafts in the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site. The response has been encouraging and we invite more artisans, craftsmen, and practitioners to apply for this programme of which the deadline has been extended to 15 September 2019.

These projects are community-based, and we are a leading World Heritage Site, able to implement meaningful and comprehensive cultural heritage capacity building projects with a bottom-up approach. Our efforts and best practices have been praised by UNESCO and we have also been selected as the Learning Site by other international bodies and agencies.

The annual George Town Heritage Celebrations has proven to be an effective platform for community groups of different backgrounds to work together, to map the culture we value, and to share with visitors our knowledge on heritage. Indeed, we are empowered to take ownership of our culture and identity through the eight months of preparation works. Such capacity-building and public awareness raising are a crucial investment for ourselves and our society. Such traits are important as we work to achieve the Penang2030 vision, towards a Family-focused Green and Smart State that Inspires the Nation.

I wish to congratulate all 24 participating communities, private sponsors and public entities for successfully organising the 2019 George Town Heritage Celebrations. During my tour of the Street Festival yesterday evening, I was indeed impressed with the depth of the content that all of you have selflessly shared with the visitors.

I would also have to congratulate George Town World Heritage Incorporated for doing another year of an excellent job. I understand that the GTWHI team, with more than 30 project staffs together with 400 volunteers, have been planning and preparing the event since the beginning of this year, and they have worked night and day to make sure the event will run smoothly. Congratulations and keep up the good work in keeping our heritage alive.

Before I end my speech, let me once again thank you for working with us in managing this UNESCO World Heritage Site together. I hope you will enjoy the dinner tonight, relax and network with our fellow friends, enjoy the good music, and hopefully you will win prizes in the lucky draw tonight.

Thank you.

FLAG OFF CEREMONY OF GEORGE TOWN HERITAGE WALK 2019

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SPEECH BY YAB CHOW KON YEOW,

CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

THE FLAG OFF CEREMONY OF GEORGE TOWN HERITAGE WALK 2019

 

A very good morning to all of you.

First and foremost, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you from near and far who are participating in George Town Heritage Walk 2019. I am pleased to see so many of you here with us early this morning at the historical Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street).

The George Town Heritage Walk 2019 is held in conjunction with the George Town Festival and George Town Heritage Celebrations to commemorate George Town World Heritage Day which falls on the 7th of July. Obtaining UNESCO Heritage Site status in 2008, George Town is set to have a mesmerising celebration of arts, culture and heritage through the George Town Festival which is in its tenth edition this year.

I am truly glad to find out and to witness that they are 1,500 participants from 12 countries joining the 5-km heritage walk today. This is indeed a great achievement and opportunity for all of us to immerse in the enchanting street views and appreciate the sights and sounds of the remarkable historical landmarks in George Town World Heritage Site.

I am confident that you will get to gain an in-depth insight into the rich culture and heritage of George Town through this meaningful walk. From Kapitan Keling Mosque, Goddess of Mercy Temple, Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi to Pinang Peranakan Mansion and more, George Town’s beautiful and vibrant heritage has much to be honoured and celebrated. Also, prepare to be surprised by some fantastic pop-up performances by international artists along the way to lighten up your Sunday morning.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The George Town Heritage Walk 2019  serves to kickstart George Town Festival which is set to take centre stage in Penang from 13 to 28 July, celebrating local and international works of art. The theme of this year, ‘A Festival for Everyone’ stresses on the idea of making arts accessible for all with lots of free-to-attend events and they are certainly something that you do not want to miss. The 16-day long Festival will feature a total of 150 programmes, including visual arts, theatre, music, dance, comedy, film, photography and many more. Be sure to mark your schedules as ‘busy’ or ‘occupied’ during these 16 days to immerse yourself completely in the arts, culture and heritage of George Town.

On behalf of the Penang State Government, I wish that everyone here will have a fun and healthy morning while reminiscing wonderful memories. Let us all enjoy ourselves!

Thank you.