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20 AUGUST 2019



YB Chong Eng

Penang State EXCO for Women & Family Development, Gender Inclusiveness and Religions Other than Islam


Yang Berbahagia Professor Dr. Ahmad Bashawir bin Abdul Ghani

Honourable Vice Chancellor, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)


Ms Ong Bee Leng


Distinguished guests

Member of the media

Ladies and gentlemen

A very good morning to all of you.

It gives me a great pleasure being here today to officiate the second edition of the BIG TULIP SUMMIT – NATIONAL WOMEN INSPIRING WOMEN PROGRAMME 2019 with the theme “Dare to Dream – Make it Happen”.

I am honoured to address a record-breaking audience from various Businesses, Industries and Government Agencies.

The Penang State Government is very pleased with the collaboration between Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) through its Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business (OYAGSB) and the Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC) that culminated in the successful hosting of this event.

I was informed that the BIG TULIP Summit is a “Not for Profit Event” and that it neither receive any form of funding nor financial sponsorships from other organisations apart from the partial fee sponsorship by the Penang State Government and the programme was made successful through the sale of seats at very affordable fees. I wish to congratulate both, OYAGSB and PWDC for working together to Make It Happen.

It is extremely rare to see a public university foraying into staging a non-profit event of this stature deriving revenue from proceeds of sales to defray all expenses. 

I wish to congratulate the Honourable Vice Chancellor of Universiti Utara Malaysia, Prof. Dr. Ahmad Bashawir Abdul Ghani and the Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business for being self-reliant and bold in organizing the BIG TULIP SUMMIT that would provide a platform for women to learn, network and exchange ideas and adopt best practices.

I am indeed pleased to note UUM’s commitment in championing women empowerment. I am also moved by its ability to bring together so many eminent persons, inspirational speakers and decision makers to share their success stories with other women. Let us put our hands together and give UUM, a big round of applause! Well done UUM!

Ladies and gentlemen,


I am proud to say that Penang has not only been active and progressive but took a leading role in the empowerment of our women folks or better known as ‘gender inclusiveness’ in the jargon of our state policy. When vision Penang2030 was introduced last year, we vowed to create an inclusive and people-centric state. In making this a reality, gender inclusiveness is the main component to stimulate economic development and general well-being. Having this as our objective, the Penang state government has sworn to transform our society from the orthodox view concerning the roles of men and women to one where women has the opportunity to reach their potential.

In supporting vision Penang2030, I am glad to say that we have adopted the Gender Inclusiveness Policy, making us the first state to adopt such a policy in Malaysia. The policy promotes gender-balanced management by achieving the ratio of 40:40:20 or 40% women, 40% men and 20% open for both men or women, especially in leadership positions.

I am also pleased to say that Penang is the first state to have Jawatankuasa Pembangunan Wanita dan Keluarga (JPWK), where the state has appointed women in each of the 40 KADUN, to organise development programmes for women folks and the family unit.  At present, we have appointed 600 women leaders to serve the different communities across the state.  The state government wishes to open up more opportunities to grow and develop more women leaders. We are serious in proving the notion that if given the opportunity, women can be great leaders and are able to break those stereotypes imposed upon them.  

Just like Martin Luther King in his “I have a Dream” speech that inspired the American nation, I too have a dream and I wish to share my dream with you today. A dream that needs everyone in this ballroom to make it happen.

The Big Tulip Summit co-incidentally is held very close to Hari Kebangsaan on 31st August when Malaysia celebrates her 62nd year of independence.

Let us all reflect on the pressing issues that are threatening the social fabric of our society.

Let us all take this opportunity to have the same dream of seeing a nation united where our future generations can live in peace and harmony.

Let us all set our goals and action in unity to bring our dreams alive, to enjoy living in a vibrant, peaceful and prosperous Malaysia. Our Nation and land as our pride and joy.

I Dare you to dream about unity and Make it Happen.

It has been brought to my attention that the BIG TULIP SUMMIT is an annual programme and I am happy to state that the state government is willing to commit our support for the future initiatives of UUM that are in line with our policies to advance and strengthen women’s role in society.

I wish to once again congratulate the Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business for being bold and visionary in developing a noble initiative. May the BIG TULIP SUMMIT grow in strength each year and will one day spread across the region and in the process, be a source of pride for our nation.  

Perhaps an ASEAN BIG TULIP SUMMIT can be held in Penang in the future.  

Again, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Universiti Utara Malaysia especially the Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business for inviting me to officiate the BIG TULIP SUMMIT.

I also wish to extend my best wishes to all the participants and hope that you will enjoy the learning experience.

On this note, it is with great pleasure that I declare open the BIG TULIP SUMMIT 2019.

Thank you.


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20th August 2019


Mr Ch’ng Huck Theng

President of CHTNetwork

YB Yeoh Soon Hin

State Executive Councillor for Tourism Development, Arts, Culture and Heritage

Mr Jonathan Bagang

Director of Tourism Malaysia

Mr Jeffrey Chew

Chairman of Penang Port Commission

Mr Koo Boo Lim

Chairman of Malaysian Hotels Association (Penang Chapter)

Mr Ashwin Gunasekaran

CEO Penang Convention and Exhibition Bureau

Ms Chin Poh Chin

Chairlady of Penang Tourist Guides Association

Tan Sri Alex Ooi and Puan Sri Joanne Phor,

Executive Chairman, Executive Director of Ideal Property Group

Members of the Media, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.

I have called Penang my home for almost four decades. When I unveiled my Penang2030 vision last year, it was with a desire of turning the state into a family-focused green and smart state that inspires the nation. It is a vision that I want to share and achieve with stakeholders and all Penangites to work together towards a common aim in shaping the future of our beloved Penang 10 years from now. 

As the chief minister who helms the state government, I want to realise this vision of mine in turning Penang into a high-income, inclusive, low-carbon and resilient state. Penang, I believe, can be a green and smart state that is driven by innovation, integrity and good governance along with the 4Ps (public, private, people, professional) partnership for a sustainable development in many years to come.

Now that both the state and federal governments are on the same page, the focal point which would cement our common view should be none other than the efficient delivery of state and federal policies which will benefit Penang in the long run. We can now work together in closer cohesion and move towards a common goal of improving the livelihood of the people. Penang will continue to lead through our green initiatives and manufacturing sector and given these favourable circumstances, we will continue to attract foreign direct investments (FDI) into the country in general and into Penang, in particular.

This is the reason why the Penang2030 vision is most fundamental to provide the strategic push for Penang towards sustainable development that remains family-focused and green. It is imperative that all Penangites understand the need of working together with the state government and the country towards achieving this vision. It is when we stand together as one, in a consultative manner, that we can achieve great things and overcome the challenges, no matter how demanding they are, which we are all facing. 

I would like to take this opportunity to commend Mr. Ch’ng Huck Theng of CHTNetwork for his continuous effort in promoting Penang as a place to visit, invest and stay. This special edition of Faces of Penang is the most appropriate avenue not only to showcase the beauty of Penang to the world, but also to introduce the influential captains and upcoming leaders in the various industries in Penang. I am confident that this project will be successful in reaching millions of readers through the print, digital and social media platforms of CHTNetwork.

I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to those who are helping the Penang State Government in shaping the future of this beautiful state.

Last but not least, my heartiest congratulations also go to my fellow Penangites who are featured in this EZ Malaysia special edition - Faces Of Penang.


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Salam Sejahtera dan Salam Sayangi Malaysiaku

Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengambil kesempatan ini untuk mengucapkan tahniah dan terima kasih kepada kerajaan Malaysia khususnya YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Perdana Menteri dan YB Tuan Gobind Singh Deo, Menteri Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia kerana telah menyempurnakan dengan gilang gemilang Majlis Pelancaran Sambutan Bulan Kebangsaan dan Kempen Kibar Jalur Gemilang Peringkat Kebangsaan 2019 Di Dataran Pahlawan, Melaka pada 3hb Ogos yang lalu. Pengalaman yang sangat membanggakan juga bagi tahun lepas di mana Pulau Pinang sebagai tuan rumah untuk Majlis Pelancaran ini masih segar dalam ingatan saya dan rakyat di negeri ini khususnya.

Saya juga ingin mengucapkan Selamat Datang kepada Konvoi Kembara Merdeka Jalur Gemilang 2019 ke Negeri Pulau Pinang pada hari ini. Tahniah kepada Konvoi KMJG, kerana hari ini merupakan hari kesepuluh mereka berjaya menempuhi perjalanan dan sampai ke negeri Pulau Mutiara sebelum melengkapkan perjalanan ke destinasi-destinasi seterusnya sehingga Sambutan Hari Kebangsaan pada 31hb Ogos nanti.  Syabas diucapkan kepada mereka!

Setinggi-tinggi tahniah dan syabas kepada Urusetia Majlis Pelancaran Bulan Kebangsaan dan Kibar Jalur Gemilang, Kementerian Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia, Jabatan Penerangan Malaysia, Pejabat Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri dan semua agensi persekutuan dan negeri kerana usaha gigih dan dedikasi merencana, merancang, menyusun dan seterusnya menzahirkan pelbagai aktiviti dan program untuk menzahirkan semangat patriotisme dan cintakan negara pada sambutan bulan kebangsaan tahun ini.

Majlis Pelancaran Sambutan Bulan Kebangsaan 2019 Peringkat Negeri Pulau Pinang telah terlaksana pada 8hb Ogos 2019 di Mydin Mall, Bukit Mertajam serentak dengan Kempen Kibar Jalur Gemilang. Tahun ini, di peringkat negeri turut diadakan Konvoi Kembara Merdeka Jalur Gemilang (KMJG) oleh Jabatan Penerangan Malaysia Pulau Pinang sebagai tanda sokongan dan kempen Pelancaran Bulan Kebangsaan dan Kibar Jalur Gemilang yang dilancarkan di peringkat Kebangsaan. Perasaan bangga dan bersemangat lebih-lebih lagi negeri ini menerima ketibaan dan kunjungan Konvoi KMJG Kebangsaan pada hari ini. Syabas dan Tahniah! Sesungguhnya, aktiviti-aktiviti yang telah dirangka dan disusun sebegini kesemuanya berpaksikan kepada satu matlamat iaitu menyemai semangat patriotisme dan cintakan negara dalam kalangan kita semua sebagai warganegara Malaysia. Jika tiada semangat mencintai negara, perpaduan, maka akan hancurlah sesebuah negara. Saya amat berharap majlis seumpama ini dapat menyemarakkan semangat patriotisme kita dalam menghargai erti sebuah kemerdekaan.

Dengan nikmat kemerdekaan, rakyat di negara ini, khususnya di Pulau Pinang dapat hidup dengan lebih selesa, harmoni dan makmur serta bertolak ansur dalam menjalin hubungan dan perpaduan kaum dengan mengeratkan hubungan silaturrahim yang padu, persefahaman, kemesraan dan kerjasama sesama kita. Jalinan kesemua faktor ini amat penting bagi menjamin hasrat Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang ke arah Visi Penang2030.

Sidang Hadirin sekalian,

Di Pulau Pinang, kami membawa transformasi yang bermakna kepada rakyat khususnya demi mencapai Kelestarian Alam Sekitar dalam Pembangunan Negeri. Exco Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang akan mengamalkan pentadbiran yang penuh integriti. Saya percaya prestasi yang telah dicapai lebih 10 tahun pemerintahan Pakatan Harapan Pulau Pinang telah menyediakan landasan yang kukuh untuk kita mara ke hadapan lagi.

Kita akan terus berikhtiar untuk meneruskan prestasi yang cemerlang ini untuk menjadikan Negeri Pulau Pinang sebagai negeri contoh setelah Pakatan Harapan Negeri Pulau Pinang diberi mandat penggal ketiga untuk terus memerintah negeri ini. Saya berpandangan bahawa Pentadbiran Kerajaan Negeri telah menunjukkan kecekapan, semangat keharmonian dan ikhlas dalam menjalankan tugas. Justeru itu saya yakin Pulau Pinang bakal menjadi negeri pintar yang bertaraf antarabangsa serta terus dikunjungi oleh para pelancong dalam dan luar negari.

Hadirin yang dihormati,

Kempen Kibar Jalur Gemilang

Kempen kibarkan Jalur Gemilang bukan bermakna sekadar mengibarkan Jalur Gemilang secara fizikal. Apa yang lebih penting adalah penghayatan nilai-nilai dan semangat yang dizahirkan oleh Jalur Gemilang untuk kita menggilap kembali semangat patriotisme, kecintaan kita kepada tanah air.

Hadirin yang dihormati,

Momentum kerajaan negeri mungkin tidak selancar mana tanpa sokongan padu rakyat dalam setiap dasar dan aktiviti yang dianjurkan. Justeru itu, sekali lagi saya dengan penuh keikhlasan ingin mengucapkan rasa terima kasih yang tidak terhingga dan berharap hubungan yang baik ini dapat diteruskan hingga ke masa-masa akan datang.

Sebelum mengakhiri ucapan, sekali lagi saya ingin merakamkan terima kasih kepada Jawatankuasa Induk dan Jawatankuasa kerja yang telah merancang pelbagai aktiviti sepanjang Sambutan Bulan Kebangsaan dan Kibar Jalur Gemilang 2019 di Pulau Pinang. Semoga usaha murni ini dapat diteruskan dan ditingkatkan lagi pada masa akan datang. Bersama-samalah kita menggelorakan sambutan Bulan Kebangsaan dan kibar Jalur Gemilang.

Kepada Peserta Konvoi KMJG 2019 yang akan meneruskan perjalanan yang berbaki, sila berhati-hati, ikut peraturan dan arahan Ketua Konvoi. Saya berharap semuanya berada dalam keadaan baik.

Selamat menyambut bulan perayaan kita, bulan Kebangsaan, bulan kemerdekaan ke-62.

Sekian. Terima kasih.