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26th July 2018

Mr Ashwin Gunasekeran
CEO of Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB)

Member of the media

Distinguished guest

Ladies and gentlemen

Good afternoon.

I am proud to announce that the Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) will be organising the inaugural Penang International Travel Exchange (PITE), a premier travel exchange that will be held in September 2018.

The PITE is a homegrown travel exchange created by PCEB to further position Penang as the leading Business Events and leisure destination in Asia Pacific. Selected buyers from around the world will be brought to Penang each year to experience Penang’s many experiences unfiltered. PITE will also include B2B sessions, site inspections, education workshops and networking events.

For the first edition of PITE, Penang will be hosting buyers from the Global Panoramic Showcase (GPS), which is a business meeting point for tourism professionals from the leading Tourism Service providers from India. This is a continuation of the highly successful India Roadshow that PCEB and Team Penang embarked on to India in January 2018. The Penang Sales Mission to India covered four cities which include Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

In each city, PCEB held a B2B Session and a networking dinner for the buyers, and Penang partners sponsored a total of RM 100,000 worth of lucky draw prizes.

About 1,000 interested buyers, as well as media, association chairs and members of the Indian tourism and trade boards attended the roadshow. From the four press conferences held during the Sales mission, Penang received approximately RM 1.03 million in media exposure.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The Business Events industry in Penang has been showing steady and positive growth. In 2016, the Estimated Economy Impact (EEI) for Business Events in Penang was recorded at RM808 million whereas last year, the EEI has surpassed the RM 1 billion target with a total of RM 1.002 billion. I am positive that with this travel exchange, Penang shall continue to position itself as a potential Business Events destination and convince more organisers to hold their events here.

In future, PITE will be opened up to other interested buyers and meeting planners around the globe to encourage exposure and instil more knowledge on organising Business Events in Penang.

In line with this, I would also like to introduce Penang’s first Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) – Apollo Conferences, which will also be the co-organiser for PITE. I believe to support Penang’s mission to be a leading destination for Business Events, we must have a PCO of our own, and this is one of the great initiatives of PCEB in developing the industry to move forward.

The increase of Business Events held in Penang will positively impact the growth of not only the EEI, but also the growth of the industry for Penang. Let us continue to strive in making Penang the preferred world-class Business Events destination for various congresses, conventions, meetings and other large-scaled events.

I wish PCEB and Apollo Conferences a successful event and we look forward to welcoming 150 Business Events and leisure buyers from the Global Panorama Showcase (GPS) for the Penang International Travel Exchange (PITE).

Thank you.


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21 JULY 2018

YB Yeoh Soon Hin 
EXCO for Tourism Development and Heritage, Culture and Arts / Committee Chairman,

Mr. Shinichiro KanoyaConsul 
General of Japan

YB Phee Boon Poh 
EXCO for Welfare, Caring Society and Environment

YB Soon Lip Chee 
EXCO for Youth and Sports

YB Mustafa Kamal bin Ahmad 
State Assemblyman for Telok Ayer Tawar

YB H'ng Mooi Lye 
State Assemblyman for Jawi

YB Daniel Gooi Zi Sen 
State Assemblyman for Pengkalan Kota

YB Ong Ah Teong 
State Assemblyman for Batu Lanchang

YB Joseph Ng Soon Siang 
State Assemblyman for Air Itam

YB Tuan Zolkifly bin Md Lazim 
State Assemblyman for Telok Bahang,

Ms. Zhang Li 
The Honorable Acting Consul General Of China To Penang

Bapak Iwanshah Wibisono 
Consulat Jeneral Republik Indonesia

Members of the media

Distinguished Guests

Ladies and gentlemen

Good afternoon and welcome to Penang Bon Odori Festival 2018!

I am delighted to be here tonight to celebrate Penang’s most anticipated Japanese cultural festival, Penang Bon Odori Festival 2018! We welcome you, local and visitors from overseas to come and join the most exciting festival that comes with savory Japanese and local delicacies, exotic performances, exciting games, and more.

Penang is proud to collaborate with the Consulate-General of Japan every year to organize the Penang Bon Odori Festival which indirectly educates Penangites and tourists alike on Japanese culture and traditions. 

Ladies and gentlemen,

Bon Odori is a traditional and merry Japanese festival that is celebrated with dance and lively drums performance to welcome the homecoming of ancestral spirits. This festival is a Japanese observance that honours the spirit of ancestors, who return once a year to visit their families. The carnival-like atmosphere at Esplanade is made ever merrier with stalls selling a variety of local and Japanese food, firework displays, Japanese souvenirs, lively performances and games.

I was informed that this year, we have a total of 65 stalls. On top of that, we also have special performances imported from Japan. Amongst them are Japan’s top stand up comedian- Mr Zenjiro, DDM Company Dance Group from Handa City and Minami Cheerleading Club from Osaka. I would like to personally welcome all of them to Penang.

George Town’s rich living heritage, culture and history was recognized when it was inscribed the UNESCO World Heritage Site on 7th July, 2008. This recognition has since created awareness at all levels.

Today, the state is proud to receive more tourists than ever from both local and abroad. The preservation or conservation of a living heritage is the responsibility of the current generation to ensure the next generation is able to enjoy the uniqueness of many cultural events and living heritage in Penang.

The Penang State Government also understands the importance of developing relationships and building a bridge of understanding between nations in this era of globalization.

Till today there are many Japanese who are working and living in Penang. Penang is also quite famous amongst Japanese tourist as a top destination. Japanese visitors lands the Top 10 foreign tourist arrivals to Penang although there is no direct flights from Japan to Penang. Our friendship with Japan goes back a long way and we hope this strong relationship will continue throughout the years to come.

Again, I would like to thank everyone here today for coming and do enjoy yourself in Penang Bon Odori 2018!

Thank you.



MAPEX 2018

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Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Yew Tung Seang,
Datuk Bandar, Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang

Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Rosli Jafaar, Pengurus Besar, Perbadanan Pembangunan Pulau Pinang

Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Toh Chin Leong, Chairman of REHDA Penang

Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Jerry Chan, Immediate Past Chairman REHDA Penang

Mr. Ng Chin U, Organsing Chairman, MAPEX 2018

Councillors of MBPP and MPSP

Heads of Department from MBPP, MPSP and all government agencies

Chairman and representatives from the Public and Private Corporations, Associates and Professional Bodies

Fellow Committee Members and members of REHDA Penang,

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen

I must first of all, thank Dato’ Toh Chin Leong, Chairman of REHDA Penang for your invitation to this morning’s launch of MAPEX 2018. It is indeed a pleasure for me to be here.

I understand that the theme for MAPEX 2018 is “Stock Clearance Sale” where REHDA has gathered a vast selection of properties from their members to be sold at greatly discounted prices that is only available during this MAPEX 2018 fair only. This is the opportunity for prospective buyers to obtain quality homes at greatly discounted prices.

The rate of the Goods and Service tax (GST) had been reduced to 0% with effect from 1st June 2018 and the Sales and Service Tax (SST) will be reapplied only in September. This means that the RM43 billion which the Customs department targeted to be collected as revenue for GST this year will be pumped back into the economy, which will improve the purchasing power for the people. The zero rate of GST will be able to persuade more people to go out and invest in properties now that they no longer have to pay for GST. This will definitely promote economic growth as well as lend a boost to the property sector.

According to the NAPIC report, Penang’s property market performance softened further in 2017. Transactions decreased by 9.6% in volume although value increased by 8.6% against 2016. In the residential sub-sector, there were 12,090 transactions worth RM5.41 billion recorded in the review period which is a decline of 8.7% in volume but value increased slightly by 0.9%. The primary market recorded fewer new launches with 3,879 units. The numbers were down by 31.3% compared to 2016. However, sales performance was promising at 39.0%.

The State Government is aware of the soft property market and has agreed to the request from REHDA to waive the 1.5% levy for foreign purchasers as well as a waiver of 2% levy imposed on sub sales within 3 years of purchase. This special waiver from the State is only for properties promoted in this MAPEX 2018 fair only. All savings from the discounts on these levies which are given to the buyers will be contributed by the respective developer to the Tabung Harapan Malaysia Fund.

REHDA Penang has always played a vital role in bringing about development for the people of Penang in terms of creating new townships, job creation and business opportunities. It is the state government’s vision and commitment that every Penangite will be able to afford their own home. The state government is aware of the current unfavourable economic situation and the state government is working closely with REHDA to resolve the challenges faced by the industry. The State Government believes in engaging the public and in advocating consultation and dialogue not only with developers but with other NGO’s to bring about a better quality of life for the people of Penang. The State Government has considered many of REHDA’s requests either through our State Planning Committee or through the SPEAD Committee Meetings and many of the representations made by REHDA Penang had been accepted.

I am optimistic that the State’s property market is expected to be promising as this is supported by the State’s strong economic fundamentals as well as upcoming infrastructure projects for transportation such as the Penang Transport Master Plan which continues to be a key agenda for Penang Island. I wish you success in MAPEX 2018 and I am confident that today’s event would be beneficial to participants, industry players as well as potential buyers.

Thank you.

The First Inaugural Penang Hill Festival 2018

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Tuan Chow Kon Yeow

On The First Inaugural Penang Hill Festival 2018

21 JULY 2018

General Manager of Penang Hill Corporation 
Mr. Cheok Lay Leng

Yang Berhormat, Penang State Exco Members

1. YB. Chong Eng
2. YB. Jagdeep Singh Deo A/L Karpal Singh
3. YB.Dr.Afif Bin Bahardin
4. YB. Yeoh Soon Hin
5. YB. Soon Lip Chee

Yang Berhormat , Members of the Penang State Legislative Assembly

Distinguished Head of Department from various government agencies

Members of Penang Hill Corporation BOD

Members of Penang Hill Corporation KPI Committee

Members of Penang Hill Corporation Establishment Committee

Distinguished guests

Members of the press,

Ladies & gentlemen,

Good morning ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the inaugural Penang Hill Festival 2018. Thank you to Penang Hill Corporation for inviting me to officiate this festival. As the chairman of Penang Hill Corporation It is an honour and a great pleasure to welcome all of you here. I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate them for their hard work in organising this festival and bringing together government agencies, stakeholders, and communities of Penang Hill here on this lovely morning.

This festival is held to celebrate Penang Hill’s history, nature, and culture, and the events are thus centered towards its main theme. The festival’s success is a vital reflection upon the conservation and preservation efforts of the different heritages in Penang that makes this state unique. Penang Hill is a wonderful mixture of a long and glorious history dating back to the British colonial times as far back in 1788, a natural rainforest that is 130-million years old, and a rich cultural heritage of the people who have lived here with stories to tell, aligning with Penang Hill Festival theme’s “See the nature. Feel the history”

With a plethora of flora and fauna, some events like the “Rainforest Discovery Walk & Talk” or the “Night Exploration” are designed to show visitors Penang Hill’s natural habitat while others are an introduction to the conservation efforts of Penang Hill. Guests are invited to conduct some of the highly anticipated events. I believe these events are important towards educating the public on nature conservation and climate change that has been happening across the globe lately. It is crucial that we understand the importance to preserve and conserve the environment as it is so that our children can enjoy it in the future. Penang Hill is an exemplar in environmental conservation, and events like these will show others how conservation and sustainability can be achieved.

 A society’s culture is a strong factor of its identity. Penang is a state rich in historical heritage, and Penang Hill is unique in this respect that combines natural, historical, and cultural heritage together. Historical preservation is important as it serves to remind us of our past that makes up a large part of our identity today. The first buildings on the hill were built in the late 1700s and early 1800s and some have its story to tell. “History and Heritage of Penang Hill Talk” and “Walk Down Memory Lane” are two events that concern the rich cultural heritage of our beloved hill. Therefore, I heartily welcome the opportunity for local and international visitors alike to discover and understand more of Penang Hill’s past and its relation to the present.

Penang is a breeding ground for aspiring artisans and craftsmen to showcase their talents in the city, and Penang Hill is no exception. Artists and cartoonists are welcomed before on the hill to draw caricatures of people and beautiful sceneries. Thus, this festival also includes symphonies and orchestras scheduled in to show Penang’s artistic side and its encouragement towards the arts. With the inclusion of Penang based Musica Sinfonietta orchestra and other musical performances throughout the festival, it is a rare side of Penang Hill that visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy music in the midst of green foliage. It will certainly be a unique experience. One of the main events ought to be the Music on the Hill - East Meets West, a unique performance of local and traditional music instruments, followed by symphony orchestra. We are indeed honoured to have a special guest performance by Mr. Willmond Tam, an accomplished musician from Hong Kong, who happens to retire in Penang. July 28th evening will be the highlight of the first ever music performance by traditional and symphony orchestra on the hill.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to sincerely thank all of you for taking the time to join us for this festival. I hope festivals like this will continue to be conducted to build strong relationships between communities and promote conservation efforts to protect our beloved hill and its environment Penang Hill remains an exemplar to maintain its natural habitat and protect the 130-million years old rainforest. Finally, thank you and please enjoy yourselves with the events planned for the first official Penang Hill Festival 2018!

Thank you.