Penang Run 2018

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Chow Kon Yeow

Penang Run 2018

1st July 2018 (Sunday) @ Jalan Padang Kota Lama

YB Soon Lip Chee, EXCO Belia Dan Sukan

YB Lee Khai Loon, ADUN Machang Bubok

Ar Yew Tung Seang, Datuk Bandar MBPP

Mr Anddrew Loh, Organiser of Penang Run from Actife Style

Ladies & Gentlemen,

Good Morning! It is my pleasure to join you this morning for the prize giving ceremony of Penang Run 2018. This 11th edition of Penang Run, is organised by Actife Style Concept which has experience in organising more than 50 races from running, hiking, to ultramarathon and the Malaysia Biggest Fun Run event. I believe that all participants enjoyed the competition and camaraderie in this event with our friends from different parts of the world.

The Penang State Government is glad to know that this International event has recorded 5,000 participants, being the biggest race in George Town enclave especially with 264 international runners from 28 countries such as the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, British, Myanmar, China, Czech, Philippines, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Wales. Also with 21% of participant from nationwide as well as many families joining the 4km fun run together with students and public.

Penang Run has been an interesting and a very meaningful event since it started in 2013. It was the first Round Island Run in Malaysia, the first series run and the first to have the puzzles design medals for Penang Island and Mainland. Today, we created the biggest race and longest race in Georgetown as well.

Sports events help in promoting Penang as a destination of Sports Tourism. This is a good step towards raising Penang's profile as a sporting nation. Event like this certainly has the potential to grow and contribute towards our vision for a vibrant sports industry. I would like to congratulate all participants for your spirited involvement in this event, and wish one and all the very best at the many more successful runs to come.

Thank  you. 


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1 July 2018, Beach Street, Penang

YBhg. Dato’ Dr Ooi Eng Hock, Chairman of FMM Penang Branch

YBhg. Dato’ Khoo Cheok Sin, Immediate Past Chairman, FMM Penang Branch

YBhg. Dato’ Jimmy Ong, Organising Chairman, FMM Heritage Walk 2018

YBhg. Dato’ Ong Eng Bin, CEO, OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad (the main sponsor)

Yang Berhormat Jagdeep Singh Deo, State Exco Member of Local government, Housing and Urban & Rural Planning Committee

Yang Berhormat Yeoh Soon Hin, State Exco Member of Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee

Yang Berusaha AR. Yew Tung Seang, Mayor of City Council of Penang Island

Members of the Press

Ladies & Gentlemen,

A very good morning to all of you.

Congratulations, Federation of Malaysia Manufacturer (FMM) Penang Branch. You did it again! Look at the crowd! I was told that there are 3500 participants here. In 2016, the crowd was about 2500. This is really fantastic! Well done!

The State Government hopes that FMM Penang Branch together with their sponsors will continue to organise this worthy event in support of the under-privileged.

It is heartening to see the Rakyat of all walks of life coming together to participate in this worthy cause to financially help the under-privileged. I know many of the charitable organisations are facing many challenges to continue with their operations due to inflation and the high cost of living.

Penangnites are known for their generosities. Of course, I have heard of comments that Penangnites are “kiam siap”. But when it comes to helping others, Penangnites are not “kiam siap” at all. Look at the amount of funds raised. RM500K is a lot of money and it will be well spent. Twenty-three charitable organizations will be benefiting from this fund. The Penang Future Foundation which was set up by the State Government to provide financial assistance to the under-privileged students will be benefitting RM100K from this fund. This will enable more eligible students to further their studies and this will also further assist the State Government in talent building. Thank you FMM, OCBC and all other sponsors who have made this possible.

Ladies & Gentlemen, let’s give ourselves a big hand!

As all of us know, our beloved country is currently going through some tough times. There are many issues that the State and especially the Federal Governments need to critically address. Our national debt is our biggest concern. The figures are mind boggling. To many of us, we cannot imagine the amount of debt that Malaysians have to pay in the generations to come.

I fully agree with Dato’ Dr Ooi that the Rakyat must stand united in facing these crises together. In unity, we have strength to overcome the odds. In unity, we will function as one Malaysian race and regain our national pride in overcoming all the obstacles that are thrown our way.

The State Government will continue to implement some of the projects under the Penang Transport Master Plan. Projects like the paired roads from Jalan Kampong Pisang in Ayer Itam and connecting with the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway in Gelugor, the LRT and reclamations of three islands in the Southern Coast of Penang Island will be implemented once they are approved by the relevant authorities and the Federal Government.

We are also looking into the flood mitigation measures like building barrages, constructing pump houses, retention ponds, collector drains along the river, deepening of rivers and the raising of bunds. These measures are expected to be completed in three and a half years.

Ladies & Gentlemen,

While looking into the measures to resolve the local issues, the State Government is also working hard with the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) to attract more FDIs into Penang. In the MIDA's 2017 Annual Performance Report, Penang emerged as the second top recipient of total manufacturing investment among the states valued at RM10.8billion. However, Penang had the highest approved manufacturing Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) valued at RM8.5billion, which was an increase of 180% compared to 2016.

Again, in 2017, Penang recorded a continuous growth of domestic manufacturing investment, valued at RM2.3billion. An increase of 84%, compared to 2016. In the past 20 years that is from 1998 to 2017, our top three FDI sources came from the United States, Germany and Japan.

In addition, the State Government has developed the local entrepreneurial and tech-up ecosystem of USD1 million in the “Penang i4.0 Seed Fund”. The objective of this fund is to provide funding for qualified high potential early stage technology startups and to enhance the growth of Penang’s tech ecosystem.

Other initiatives are the Penang Automation Cluster where the large local automation companies will channel RM90 million of business to the SMEs. There is also the rental incentive of 50% for the SMEs at the Penang SME Centre.

Ladies & Gentlemen,

Now that Pakatan Harapan has captured Putrajaya, I urge you, the Penangnites, to assist and collaborate with the State Government to take our beloved Penang State to the next level.

I would like to encourage the FMM Penang Branch to continue playing the vital role in the growth of the manufacturing sector in Penang. I take my hat off to FMM for the many significant roles they play in the overall growth of Penang.

I also wish to congratulate FMM on your initiative to incorporate the “Plog Clean” programme into your Heritage Walk. Each of you who have participated in the walk will hopefully promote the “Plog Clean” to your families, your own neighbourhood and communities around you. If 80% of Penangnites are into “Plog Clean”, Penang will be known as the cleanest city in the world.

It is commendable for FMM and OCBC to collaborate in this CSR venture through the Heritage Walk. Both organisations share the same rich synergistic relationships so essential for the manufacturing industry and businesses to thrive and grow since the early 20th century.

OCBC Bank’s heritage in Malaysia can be traced back almost a century with its Penang branch having existed since 1917 as part of the then Ho Hong Bank. This bank later merged with Overseas Chinese Bank and Chinese Commercial Bank to become OCBC Bank in 1932. Today, I am pleased to note that OCBC Bank is poised to become even more entrenched in our local community.

With this, I congratulate all the participants for completing the 5km walk and to the organizers, once again, congratulations. This is a job well done.

Thank you. 


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6.30 pm | Friday, 29th June 2018
Red Rock Hotel, Penang

Dear YWCA Ladies, from the 8 YWCAs in Malaysia, from YWCA Kuantan, YWCA Seremban, YWCA Malacca, YWCA Klang & Port Klang, YWCA Ipoh, YWCA PJ, and YWCA KL, that you have travelled all the way to Penang with YWCA Penang to celebrate your Biennial Delegates Conference.

The YWCA which is one of the oldest NGOs in the country, I believe was started in England in 1875, then was brought to Singapore in 1885, and to Penang in 1909 by a missionary, Ms. Fairburn, and from here the YWCA has spread to many parts of Malaysia. It is truly a privilege to acknowledge that the YWCA can be considered a heritage association.

The women of the YWCA Penang never gave up even in their worst times, whether during WW1 or WW2, when their meeting place was bombed. They would pick up the pieces, look for a new location and continue their work. They moved around many places and finally settled in Jalan Masjid Negeri in 1958. Similarly, the other YWCAs in the country have your own unique stories of perseverance.

As a women’s organization, you all have managed to sustain yourselves facing many different challenges. I am sure it is through faith and commitment that has kept you all going thus far, through your motto “By Love Serve One Another”, which empowers you all on this journey.

The theme of your 3-day conference “Women Transforming Power Structures for Gender Equality”, is very apt at present time. Gone are the days when women were considered only homemakers. Today, it is a shared responsibility of both genders in all areas of work for a successful family, and if I may say so, women sometimes are able to do better maybe due to their soft mother-like inborn nature. Breaking the glass ceiling by women is now a thing of the past because women are now at par with everybody else.

I would like to mention about the Vocational Training Occupational Centre, VTOC, by YWCA KL which is the flagship of YWCA Malaysia, which trains about a hundred girls a year on various programs. I am sure all other YWCAs are doing similar work but at a smaller scale. Hopefully one day, we would be able to set up such a centre in Penang.

The YWCA Penang, together with the Penang Government reaches out to the poor and needy through their education program, which is the kindly class for the underprivileged. We also support the annual Christmas party that the children may have some joy and fun and able to interact with each other, knowing each other’s culture and celebrations.

I wish you ladies all the best for your conference which will be intense for the next two days till Sunday. Do enjoy the scenic sights in Penang, not missing all the lovely food from cendol to nasi kandar. Immerse yourselves with the richness of our cultures and heritage too. Thank you for giving me this pleasure of meeting you ladies, and with this I declare the conference open.

Thank you.


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PADA 26 JUN 2018


Salam Sejahtera dan Salam Bahagia.

Terlebih dahulu, saya ingin mengucapkan terima kasih  atas jemputan PEMENANG kepada saya untuk menghadiri Majlis Jamuan Makan Malam  pada malam ini.

Saya ingin mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri kepada semua yang hadir terutamanya ahli-ahli PEMENANG, para tetamu-tetamu  kehormat, para jemputan khas, serta media masa dan media cetak yang hadir pada malam  ini.

Saya amat gembira melihat para hadiri semua di sini dalam keadaan ceria, bersama - sama menyambut Hari Raya Aidilfitri dalam suasana gembira dan harmoni.

Di Aidilfitri inilah kesempatan terbaik sekali untuk kita  saling melupakan semua perselisihan dan perbezaan seterusnya mengukuhkan kerjasama di antara satu sama lain. Ambillah peluang ini untuk kita saling bermaaf-maafan dan mengukuhkan lagi persahabatan yang sedia terjalin.

Sebelum mengakhiri ucapan, saya bagi pihak kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang mengambil kesempatan  di sini untuk mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, maaf zahir dan batin kepada semua rakan-rakan /ahli-ahli PEMENANG dan rakyat Pulau Pinang amnya.

Lemah gemalai Si Tuan Puteri

Berkain Batik Cantik Sekali

Berjumpa  , Bermaafan Di Aidilfitri

Moga Persahabatan Kekal Abadi

Sekian, terima kasih.