MAJLIS PERASMIAN PESTA PULAU PINANG 2017

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SEMPENA MAJLIS PERASMIAN PESTA PULAU PINANG 2017

28 NOVEMBER 2017 
TAPAK PESTA, SUNGAI NIBONG

 

Selamat Malam dan Salam Sejahtera

1. Syabas kepada Jawatankuasa Pengurusan Pesta Pulau Pinang 2017 yang telah berjaya menganjurkan Pesta Pulau Pinang 2017 bagi kali yang ke-51.

Hadirin yang dihormati sekalian,

2. Sekali lagi Pesta Pulau Pinang bersama kita. Pesta Pulau Pinang sememangnya merupakan satu 'event' yang sentiasa dinanti-nantikan bukan sahaja oleh warga Pulau Pinang tetapi juga mereka yang berada di sekitar Wilayah Utara Semenanjung. Pesta Pulau Pinang 2017 dijadual berlangsung selama 37 hari, mulai 25 November sehingga 31 Disember 2017 seiring dengan tagline ”Jom Pi Pesta”.

3. Saya difahamkan pada tahun ini, seramai 154 orang usahawan telah mengambil bahagian untuk menjual pelbagai barangan seperti barangan elektronik, produk kesihatan, pakej pelancongan, hiasan dalaman, produk berasaskan kayu, tekstil dan pakaian, produk kraftangan serta permaidani. Di samping itu, 8 usahawan yang menjual makanan dalam konsep Foodtruck turut menanti kehadiran pengunjung di Tapak Pesta. Seiring dengan prinsip CAT Kerajaan Negeri iaitu Cekap, Akauntabiliti dan Telus, Jawatankuasa Pengurusan Pesta Pulau Pinang 2017 telah menawarkan lot-lot perniagaan melalui kaedah cabutan undi dan sebut harga terbuka.

4. Untuk makluman para hadirin sekalian juga, sebanyak 74 program telah diaturkan sepanjang Pesta Pulau Pinang 2017 berlangsung yang mengambil kira program bercorak kekeluargaan, kesukanan dan riadah. Pengunjung akan disajikan dengan pertunjukan hiburan pentas, program bercorak kesukanan seperti Pertandingan Silat Antarabangsa, Pesta Tinju Antarabangsa dan Pesta Muay Thai Challenger 2017 termasuk persembahan kucing di bawah penganjuran Jabatan Veterinar Negeri Pulau Pinang dan pertunjukan akrobatik.

5. Bagi pertandingan yang berkonsepkan hiburan pula, Pesta Pulau Pinang bagi tahun ini masih meneruskan beberapa pertandingan bertujuan untuk mencungkil bakat-bakat baru, muzik dan lagu.

6. Pihak urusetia telah menempatkan ruang atau sudut swafoto (selfie) untuk pengunjung mengabdikan foto mereka yang berkunjung ke Pesta Pulau Pinang 2017 antaranya Halaman I Love Penang di ruang pintu masuk utama Pesta Pulau Pinang.

7. Pada tahun ini juga, pencahayaan Pesta Pulau Pinang 2017 juga telah ditambahbaik dengan menaiktaraf pencahayaan yang akan menyerikan lagi Tapak Pesta kali ini.

8. Seperti pada tahun-tahun lepas, Jawatankuasa Pesta Pulau Pinang turut menjemput penyertaan daripada Pavilion Thailand, Pavilion Sumatera Barat, Pavilion Sumatera Utara dan Aceh selain daripada pelbagai agensi kerajaan yang mengadakan pameran berkaitan aktiviti dan perkhidmatan yang ditawarkan dalam Pesta ini. Agensi-agensi yang terlibat selain daripada jabatan-jabatan Kerajaan Negeri ialah Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM), Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP), Perbadanan Pembangunan Pulau Pinang (PDC) dan Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya (SPR) yang mempamerkan pelbagai maklumat dan perkhidmatan yang ditawarkan untuk kemudahan pengunjung. Di samping itu, Bank Rakyat juga turut serta dalam menyediakan kaunter khidmat pelanggan dan mesin ATM.

Hadirin yang dihormati sekalian,

9. Sambutan popular daripada orang ramai ke Pesta Pulau Pinang juga akan menjanakan banyak peluang perniagaan dan pekerjaan. Itulah sebabnya Kerajaan Negeri bersedia untuk membelanjakan sebanyak RM2.4 juta untuk menganjurkan program ini.

10. Sukalah saya mengucapkan penghargaan kepada pihak Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM), Jabatan Pertahanan Awam (JPAM), Unit Skuad Khas Pesta Pulau Pinang dan mereka yang telah bekerjasama bagi menjayakan Pesta Pulau Pinang pada tahun ini.

11. Selamat beriadah bersama keluarga di Pesta Pulau Pinang. JOM Pi Pesta

Sekian, terima kasih.

PENANG BRIDGE INTERNATIONAL MARATHON PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
PENANG BRIDGE INTERNATIONAL MARATHON PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY

ON 26TH NOVERMBER 2017

First of all I would like to congratulate the Penang Bridge International Marathon Committee for another successful event. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone here today especially the wonderful runners, sponsors and volunteers who have been participating in the Penang Bridge International Marathon annually.

The Penang Bridge International Marathon is a unique run that brings thousands of people to Penang to enjoy the beautiful view from the iconic Penang Bridge. This year we are delighted to welcome 35,000 runners from 65 countries to Penang.

Named as the “Largest Bridge Marathon” for 4 consecutive years, the Penang Bridge International Marathon has placed Penang as one of the leading destinations for Sports Tourism in the region. We are Number 1 in investments in Malaysia, we also want to be Number 1 in marathon in Malaysia! Aside for the annual run, Penang is also home to a variety of sports events such as the “I Love Penang Run” which has recently entered the Malaysian Book of Records. In addition to that, Penang will also host the renowned Asia Pacific Masters Games in 2018.

Long distance running is not merely a sport but also a test of patience and perseverance. The Penang Bridge International Marathon has long served as a platform for both professional athletes and amateur runners to personally challenge themselves physically and mentally to endure our challenging route and tropical weather.

The Penang State Government have always been an aggressive advocate for healthy living. I believe Penang Bridge International Marathon reflects the spirit of our state motto “Safer, Cleaner, Greener and Healthier Penang.”

I hope all the runners today had an enjoyable time and hope to see you again at Penang Bridge International Marathon 2018!

THE PENANG MONTHLY BOOK PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
FOR THE PENANG MONTHLY BOOK PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY

ON 25 NOV 2017 AT BLACK KETTLE

Good evening, and welcome to the award ceremony of the inaugural Penang Monthly Book Prize, which I am proud to officiate.

Penang has long been a centre for intellectual and academic excellence. Many were the newspapers founded here, and many have been the writers who had their beginnings on our shores. We have supplied the country with many journalists, academics and authors.

Historically, Penang has paved the way in the publishing scene as well, as has been documented by Penang Monthly in its insightful Window into History articles.

Printing in Penang began as early as 1806 with the London Missionary Press, using wooden blocks as was available at the time. This was, in fact, the first press to be established in the country.

Later came lithography, then letterpress – all were available in our budding state during the turn of the twentieth century.

A number of presses were rather out of the norm – take Syed Sheikh Syed Ahmad Al-Hadi’s Jelutong Press, for example: Al-Hadi had no choice but to make his way to Penang where press control was less rigid, and here he produced the first Malay novel the Nusantara had ever seen in 1925.

Apart from the visionary locals, hugely popular foreign writers also visited and took inspiration from our shores. Anthony Burgess, writer of works such as A Clockwork Orange and Malayan Trilogy, spent time here in the 1950s, no doubt sipping his stengah at a verandah of the E&O.

Somerset Maugham, famous for literary works such as Of Human Bondage and The Razor’s Edge, once visited. Joseph Conrad, Isabella Bird, Han Suyin, the list goes on. The renown romance novelist, Barbara Cartland, even based one of her books on this island, titled “Paradise in Penang”, where in her Author’s Note, she wrote that Penang is “one of the most beautiful places in the world”.

Penang has also produced prodigious literary talents of its own, such as winner of the 2012 Man Asian Prize Tan Twan Eng, and poet and lawyer Cecil Rajendra, among many. We are very proud of these talents that hail from Penang, and the state government is more than willing to provide writers and poets the freedom to produce ground-breaking works, without fear of prosecution. Literature should not be censored, and at this the state government has always been accommodating – just ask the Editor of the Penang Monthly!

While regretfully, the publishing hub has shifted south to KL and Singapore, we are seeing a revival today, aided no doubt by a healthy printing industry led by big guns such as Phoenix Press, the printer of our very own Penang Monthly, and smaller independent printers found all around the state. This landscape has much aided Penang Monthly as a magazine – Penang has the hardware support as well as the software to run a publication such as this. In addition, the state government is firmly in support of the arts, as can be seen from our support and sponsorship of GTLF as well as the region’s biggest and most anticipated arts festival, the George Town Festival.

Which is why, at eight years old, the magazine has matured into its present exciting form, and it is high time it gives back to the literary landscape that has contributed highly to its readership all these years.

The Penang Monthly Book Prize seeks to reward literary excellence, and while it is contestable as to what is accepted as “literature”, we are not short of contenders.

Literature has evolved, and continues to do so. Is Harry Potter literature? Some would argue that it is, while it can be firmly classified as Young Adult Literature. We have at the festival this year Zen Cho, an up-and-coming fantasy writer. Will she be the next JK Rowling? Time will tell. We have also had, as festival panellists in previous years, comic book artists and food bloggers. Surely those aren’t “literature”? As I said earlier, it is contentious.

But what the book prize aims to do is to recognise and reward “good” literature. We can tell straight from the start what has quality, and what has not. Be that as it may, I am certain that the judges, all esteemed individuals in their own right, had a hard time deciding on the winner. I'm pleased to announce that the winner will be walking away with a cash prize of RM5000 and a plaque.

The shortlisted books are a mixed bag from different genres, but from what I have been told, what makes them similar is that they tell stories of people: Malaysians from different backgrounds and all walks of life; people with different ambitions, caught in unexpected and difficult circumstances – stories that many of us can relate to. Dato’ Dr Ooi will walk us through the shortlist shortly.

There is only one winner, but that does not mean the others are any lesser achievements. Perhaps we will see your book on the shortlist of the 2018 Penang Monthly Book Prize? Time to hammer away on the keyboard!

I shan’t keep you in suspense any more. Dato’ Dr Ooi, please take us to the next item on the agenda.

Thank you.

30TH INTERNATIONAL BABA NYONYA CONFERENCE PENANG 2017

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
AT THE 30TH INTERNATIONAL BABA NYONYA CONFERENCE PENANG 2017

ON 25TH NOVEMBER 2017

A very pleasant evening I bid to the delegates of the 30th International Baba Nyonya Conference Penang 2017!

On behalf of the State Government of Penang, it’s my pleasure to welcome all the Babas and Nyonyas from across the globe to the opening of the 30th International Baba Nyonya Conference hosted by Penang this year.

I understand that after a hiatus of almost 6 years, the wheel has come full circle as the state chinese (penang) association gears up for yet another conference with a difference.

By creating connections and celebrating communities of Peranakan for at least 6 centuries, the Babas and Nyonyas of this century have encapsulated a heritage and culture that is imbued with traditional chinese values that shape and mould the new generations of Babas and Nyonyas.

The great number of delegates from Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand as well as other states in Malaysia is testimony of the necessity to preserve and enhance a culture by engaging interactively with eminent speakers on all things Peranakan, to promote their rich and glorious heritage.

Penang is indeed ideal to showcase the contributions of the local Peranakan community, from your signature Peranakan delicacies and dishes to the unforgettable Peranakan Museum. Further, the organisers led by Dato Dr Tan Gin Soon has chosen the newly refurbished RM200 million new Komtar to hold your conference.

The Komtar tower has undergone great transformation. Now it is an iconic location that is a one stop destination of indoor attractions and theme park. I am delighted to see that the organizing committee has included a tour of the many attractions in Komtar like the rainbow skywalk and observatory deck on the top 68th floor Komtar represents our hope for the future.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Penang has also topped the national list with total approved investments of RM7.7 billion in the manufacturing sector for the first half of 2017, it is also more than the RM4.3 billion investments recorded for the whole of 2016. Penang’s 1H 2017 total approved manufacturing investments contributed to 45% of the total RM17 billion investments approved nationwide. For the 9 1/2 years period between 2008- June 2017, Penang recorded an investment of RM 67 billion, a 81.6% increase compared to the previous 10 years period between 1998 to 2007 of RM 37 billion.

Furthermore, tourism has grown together with new hotels opening and higher occupancy rates. Penang was the highest contributor in the country for the new tourism tax (imposed at RM10 per international tourists) implemented on 1 September 2017, collecting RM241,460 in one month, even higher than Kuala Lumpur. This indicates that there were more international tourists in Penang than in Kuala Lumpur. 

The number of passengers at the Penang International Airport(PIA) hit 6.7 million passengers in 2016, exceeding the capacity of 6.5 million passengers, earlier than the expected full capacity by four years. This year, the number of passengers is expected to hit 7.1 million passengers.

In closing, I wish you all have a blessed and fun filled stay in penang.

Thank you.