OPENING OF PADANG KOTA RED ONE BADMINTON CUP 2019

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

AT THE OPENING OF PADANG KOTA RED ONE BADMINTON CUP 2019

5 JULY 2019

RELAU SPORT COMPLEX

Good evening.

First and foremost, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the organizing committee for inviting me here today, to this wonderful recreational and athletic venue to officiate the Padang Kota Red One Badminton Cup 2019.

I had been informed that this 3 day tournament, starting from today until July 7th, 2019 is participated by 32 teams from Indonesia, Philippines, and of course Malaysia with the participation of our former and promising champions. On behalf of the Penang State Government, I would like to extend our warmest welcome and ‘Selamat Datang’ to all of you.

Ladies and gentlemen,

As we all know, badminton is undeniably a popular sport in Malaysia as it is across the globe. It is a sport that not only keeps us healthy in many ways, but it also fosters positive vibes such as teamwork, sportsmanship and friendship. As such, Penang is honoured and proud to be the host of the Padang Kota Red One Badminton Cup 2019 as we aim to promote ‘Health and Friendship Through Sports’.

I believe the gathering of participants here this evening itself is a symbol of friendship from people of all background, getting together for a common goal which is the love for badminton. This is something truly meaningful and significant as it proves that through sports, people from different ethnicity, race, or even nationality can comfortably get together and see eye to eye, leaving behind any differences to focus on that one common goal. Sports, in this case, badminton, certainly is an efficacious way to connect people.

Over the past decades, Penang has been the power house of badminton. We have produced world class champions like Dato’ Wira Lee Chong Wei, Dato’ Eddie Chong and many more. Through badminton, we were able to show the world that we could succeed despite being made up of a heterogeneous society. In fact, it had always been our significant key to success as we allowed our differences to thread us together through friendship and unity, and that, had always been our strength.

As such, I certainly hope that through this sport, all of us here are able to instil the same spirit within ourselves, as it will only help to make us stronger together in the wake of adversity. At the same time, I also hope that we will do our best to nurture and pass on these positive values to the upcoming generations whilst we live a healthy lifestyle through badminton.

I applaud and congratulate the organizers for organizing this event as well as for their initiative and effort to organize a free coaching clinic during this event, for 60 primary school children to nurture and produce more players in badminton amongst the youth.

The Penang State Government is always supportive of sports and recreation within the community. We believe that a united and healthy community will bring about a more productive nation. As such, we will continue our commitment to create a community not only focusing on development, social economy and a smart state but also a ‘greener, healthier and united Penang’ by making sure our aim is in line with our vision - Penang2030 to inspire the nation or even to a greater degree, people of all nation.

To all participants, I wish you well in the competition, and may you have many pleasant memories from this tournament. May this sport lead us all to a healthier and united life. With this, I hereby declare the PADANG KOTA RED ONE BADMINTON CUP 2019 open.

Thank you.

Opening Ceremony of TAIWAN EXPO 2019 in Malaysia

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Opening Ceremony of TAIWAN EXPO 2019 in Malaysia

Speech by The Right Honourable Chief Minister of Penang

YAB Chow Kon Yeow

VenueSetia SPICE Convention Centre, Penang

July 5, 2019

 

Ladies and Gentlemen

Good afternoon and welcome to Penang!

It is indeed an honour for me to be here this afternoon for the Opening Ceremony of Taiwan Expo 2019. On behalf of the Penang State Government, I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA in short) for selecting Penang as the venue for its international exhibition. 

To my knowledge, the TAIWAN EXPO has emerged as the biggest platform for Taiwanese companies to interact with businesses from Malaysia, other ASEAN and South Asian countries since 2017, featuring exhibits such as Smart City, Green Tech, Taiwan lifestyle, halal, health and beauty, as well as tourism. Over the past two years, TAITRA has already held 10 exhibitions in 6 cities across 6 countries, attracting a total of 1,600 exhibitors and 230,000 visitors. The latest exhibition in Penang, Malaysia will be the 11th outing by TAITRA which is expected to bring the total visitor number to 250,000.

In line with the goals of its New Southbound Policy, Taiwan has developed close ties with the ASEAN region with positive results, especially in areas such as technology, trade and business. The region is today the second largest export and investment destination for Taiwan.  Malaysia, being its long-term trade and business partner, will continue to work closely with Taiwan for mutual trade benefits. And Penang, recognized as an eminent industrialized state in Malaysia, will certainly strive to be Taiwan's favourite destination for investment and sustainable economic partnership.

Penang has an open economy with more than 95% of our GDP derived from manufacturing and services industries. Also known as the ‘Silicon Valley of the East' for our E&E industry, Penang occupies the top echelons of one of Malaysia's most vital economic powerhouses. In the first quarter of this year itself, Penang had successfully attracted investments of RM8.85 billion in the manufacturing sector, representing 35% of Malaysia’s total approved investment and has consistently ranked among the top investment destinations in the country over the last five decades.

Our GDP per capita is the highest among all Malaysian states and is considered a high-income economy. Penang, furthermore, also recorded the nation's second highest Human Development Index, after Kuala Lumpur. Apart from having a thriving electrical and electronics sector, we are also endued with rising tourism industry and a UNESCO World Heritage status. Penang is also a green state in Malaysia en-route to become the premier destination to invest, learn, work, play and eat.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The Penang State Government is indeed committed to transform Penang into an international city and to make it as the most preferred location for investors, tourists as well as for Malaysians who desire a sustainable living. With the unveiling of Penang2030 vision- A Family-focused Green and Smart State that Inspires the Nation, Penang is inspired to build a comprehensive ecosystem by embracing and adopting smart technology to meet the needs of Industry 4.0. It is, therefore, timely for us to be innovative, imaginative and resolute, with an open mind to turn ideas into actions, whilst learning from others in order to grow and improve.

In respect to this, I believe the contents of Taiwan Expo 2019 are very much in line with Penang2030 Vision, such as Green technology, smart city, healthcare, and many other interrelated fields. Thus, I strongly urge all entrepreneurs to actively participate in Taiwan Expo 2019 to create new business networks, gather the latest market information and explore cross border trade opportunities with an open mind and aim for continuous growth and improvement for the betterment of all.

Last but not least, I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to the TAITRA management and organizing team for organizing this remarkable event. And to all stakeholders, participants and visitors alike, while you actively engage in this Expo, I also hope that you will take the time to discover the charm, food, beauty and diversity of Penang if time avails.

Once again, I wish all of you a fruitful and rewarding time at the Taiwan Expo 2019.

Thank you.

OPENING OF ART FOR PEACE FORUM

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

AT THE OPENING OF ART FOR PEACE FORUM

 

3 JULY 2019

E&O HOTEL

 

A very good morning to all of you.

First and foremost, I would like to thank Global Chinese Arts and Culture Society for inviting me to be part of this prestigious Forum.

In relation to the Groundbreaking Ceremony of Lin Xiang Xiong Art Gallery which was held yesterday together with IJM, I commend Prof. Lin for bringing in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to Penang. The soon-to-be constructed Art and Culture Education Centre which will be housed in the Art Gallery and endorsed by UNESCO; makes this as one of the first in Penang.  

Ever since George Town was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, and with all the accolades bestowed upon Penang, the state attracted new visitors and new ideas. Hence, with the UNESCO office here, Penang will be a new hub to meet; to trade ideas and thoughts.

 

I am proud to say that this is the first time a Forum of such grandeur involving several UNESCO experts and specialists from Europe, Asia, including distinguished scholars and experts in the field of culture, language, history, arts, philosophy and aesthetic from China, Singapore and Malaysia are gathered here, all with one aim – to promote peace through arts.

Back to the olden days when communication was made using stone carvings on the wall and hieroglyphs to encode messages till the emergence of modern-day writing, it is apparent that humans and arts are intertwined.

Art covers literature, painting, sculpture and building, while music and dance as well as the integrated art of drama, movie and television make up the present-day components of spiritual civilization, and life support, together with material civilization, it becomes the integral parts of human life as entirety.

Art conveys emotional messages from artist to its viewers. Hence, art is also a form of expression, apart from communication. In this 21st century era which we are living in now, we are surrounded by various issues which are threatening humanity, and world peace as a whole. Sometimes meetings and discussion does not seem to help in solving problems, so it is during times like this that art plays a unique role to promote peace. This is because art is neutral and there is no difference in race, religion and nationality, thus it is a force which has the power to unite humankind. Art plays a different social function in the development of human society, and in the realm of cultural system.

Hence, this forum provides a platform on how art plays a crucial role in promoting peace and harmony in Penang society and in enabling people from different background and different races to understand each other hence making Penang to continue as peaceful and better place to live in.

As what Greek philosopher Plato said, “Art has no end but its own perfection.”

Ladies and gentlemen,

The Penang State Government will continue to play our role to uplift arts as it could help to generate economic growth for the state and the country. Penang’s tourism sector which is now known as PETACH under the leadership of State Tourism Development, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee Chairman, YB Yeoh Soon Hin is actively planning and promoting Penang to become the hub for arts in Southeast Asia for the coming 10 years.

Recently, we launched Penang Tourism Master Plan with its tagline ‘The Diversity of Asia’, Experience Penang Year 2020 (EPY2020). In line with the Penang2030 vision, this master plan is a comprehensive tool for the state to develop and strengthen our tourism brand from 2019 to 2030, focusing in arts, culture and heritage under one roof. This master plan will strategically position Penang in a competitive international market. Among the strategies are to position Penang as an international tourist hub, manage sustainable tourism and to cultivate appreciation for heritage and to engage the community with tourism economy.

As we all known, manufacturing sector in Penang is overtaken by the services sector as the top contributor to our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). But it does not mean that the other sector should be neglected. For that reason, the State Government is doubling the effort to propel the tourism industry, which is now become one of the main sectors within the ambit of the services sector, to be the engine of growth for Penang along with manufacturing which has been in the lead for the past decades.

Penang has received numerous accolades and recognition which never fail to amuse and attract tourists; both foreign and locals alike with its plethora of delectable world-renowned hawker delights, kaleidoscope of cultures and a myriad of local attractions.

Before I conclude - a very warm welcome to all the distinguished speakers of the Art for Peace Forum, and I hope you will enjoy the diverse attractions which Penang has to offer.

I would like to commend Global Chinese Arts and Culture Society for collaborating with Association Memoire De L’ Avenir, UNESCO Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme and The International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) for organizing this prestigious Forum.

May all of you have an enjoyable and informative Forum!

      

Thank you.