Unveiling of The Design Village in Batu Kawan, Penang

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Speech by The Right Honourable Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang in Unveiling of The Design Village in Batu Kawan, Penang at Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion on 23rd April 2015

Good evening, everyone.

The Penang State government wishes to transform Penang into an international and intelligent state. Batu Kwan is part of that vision - An international location that welcomes all types of retail businesses including the premium category.

By 2016 the first premium outlet mall of the north will open to mark Penang’s status as an international shopping destination. Indeed with 6.0 million tourists a year in 2013, it is not difficult to see how popular it already is.
Batu Kawan is growing into a major investment hub not just for the manufacturing and the services sectors, but also the knowledge and IT industries with the likes of Temasik, Citibank, HP, SanDisk and Seagate investing billions into its future.

The total land area of Design Village is 40 acres amounting to RM65 million for the development to be paid to PDC.

This Design Village will be well-served by transport links. The good connectivity includes the proposed MRT/LRT network that will run through Batu Kawan. Savills, who are the international property developer and listed company supporting this development, have confirmed that most premium brands are signing up here. In total the 40 acre development, will exceed RM1 billion in value when completed.

Design Village will have 150 branded shops supported by 2,500 car parks on 28 acres of land. It will create more than 1,500 jobs directly and more than 5,000 in support industries in the state. We envisage that together with its neighbours like KDU University and Ikea, thousands more jobs and opportunities will become available very quickly.

When fully developed, Batu Kawan should have a total population of 300,000, one-sixth of the state’s current population. With all its planned commercial, leisure, retail and industrial developments underpinnned by a comprehensive infrastructure, it is clear that residential real estate will be popular with both Penang and non-Penang residents.

PE Land’s project is on target to open for Christmas 2016, but the Design Village has in fact brought together the best local, regional and international creative and retail minds. They could have taken the easy route and just build a normal brick and mortar but, instead, we have here tonight the most creative people from Penang and the top names from Japan, Bangkok, China and New York.

We hope that PE Land can bring the most creative minds to curate Design Village to be a development that is not merely unique and the only one of its kind in all of Batu Kawan, but in fact the catalyst that will brand Penang as a world-class retail destination.

Let them showcase and unveil the Design Village here tonight, Penang indeed deserves the best because it is simply the best!

 

THE OPENING OF PENFIBRE BATTERY SEPARATOR FILM (BSF) DIVISION

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SPEECH BY YAB TUAN LIM GUAN ENG THE RIGHT HONORABLE CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
AT THE LUNCHEON HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE OPENING OF PENFIBRE BATTERY SEPARATOR FILM (BSF) DIVISION
ON 23RD APRIL 2015 AT HOTEL EQUATORIAL, PENANG

Good afternoon.

It is indeed a great pleasure for me to attend this luncheon, held in conjunction with the official opening of the Battery Separator Film Division at Penfibre this morning.
On behalf of the government and people of Penang, I would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to Toray for another milestone in your business expansion, particularly in the State of Penang.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

From a humble beginning where Toray Industries Inc., Japan first invested in Penang in 1973, we are proud to see that TORAY Group (Malaysia) has grown and expanded tremendously over the last 40 over years. With approximately RM4.5 billion investment to date and annual sales revenue of over RM4.1 billion from Penfibre, Penfabric, Toray Plastics (Malaysia) and Toray BASF PBT Resin, Toray is now one of the single largest investors in Penang and Malaysia. Thank you to Toray for providing thousands of job opportunities to our Malaysians over the last 4 decades.

Penang’s approved manufacturing investments increased to RM 8.2 billion in year 2014 compared to RM 3.9 billion in year 2013, a significant 109% increased. This made Penang the top 3 State with the highest investment, after Johor and Sarawak. Total investments in Penang has increased 93.6% to RM48.2 billion for the seven years period of 2008 to 2014, compared to the previous seven years period of 2001 to 2007 which was only RM24.9 billion. The jobs created has also increased 20.1% to 109,592 compared to 91,252 for the same period.

Going forward, it is important for Penang to stress on establishing Penang as a centre of science and technology through the Tech-Dome Penang project. Supported by our strong commitment to the Penang Government’s CAT policy, which stresses on “Competency”, “Accountability” and “Transparency”, it is our fervent hope that the bond and cooperation between all stakeholders will bring about a better tomorrow for every one of us.

I am happy to note that TORAY Group (Malaysia) has never failed in coming forward to support our nation building, through the various community projects under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), namely:

• the RM2.5 Million Seberang Jaya Swimming Pool Complex in 1982,

• the RM6.0 Million Electronic Scoreboard at Batu Kawan Stadium in 1999,

• the establishment of the Malaysia Toray Science Foundation (MTSF) in 1993 to promote science and technology in Malaysia,

• the setting up of the “TORAY-USM KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER CENTRE” with a donation of RM4.0 Million to Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), and

• the recent cash contribution of RM300 thousand towards the Tech-Dome Penang project.

In conclusion, I would like to once again congratulate Toray for having successfully established this new BSF Division in Penang. I am confident that Toray Group will enjoy even greater success in your future endeavors.
Thank you.

 

PERASMIAN PROJEK MENAIKTARAF SEBAHAGIAN JALAN MASJID NEGERI DI ANTARA BULATAN UDINI DAN JALAN DELIMA

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TEKS UCAPAN YAB KETUA MENTERI UNTUK PERASMIAN PROJEK MENAIKTARAF SEBAHAGIAN JALAN MASJID NEGERI DI ANTARA BULATAN UDINI DAN JALAN DELIMA

1. Jalan Masjid Negeri merupakan sebahagian daripada jalan lingkaran utama mengelilingi pinggiran George Town yang menampung aliran lallintas yang tinggi setiap hari. Jalan Masjid Negeri berserta jalan-jalan lingkaran tempatan lain iaitu Jalan Tunku Kudin Jalan Scotland, Jalan Utama, Jalan Gottlieb dan Jalan Bagan Jermal menjadi tulang belakang kepada rangkaian jalan di Pulau Pinang dengan ketiadaan lebuhraya dan jalan pintas pada masa sekarang. Lebih kurang 66,000 kenderaan menggunakan Jalan Masjid Negeri setiap hari dan tidak dapat dinafikan bahawa kesesakan lalulintas berlaku pada waktu-waktu puncak.

2. Kerajaan Negeri bersama Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang telah berusaha menangani masalah kesesakan lalulintas di Pulau Pinang secara amnya dan George Town secara khususnya sejak tahun 2008. Sehubungan ini, Kajian “Concept Plans for Immediate Measures to Alleviate Traffic Congestion within George Town and its Vicinity” telah ditauliahkan pada tahun 2009 untuk mencari jalan penyelesaian yang terbaik dalam jangka masa pendek dan sederhana. Kajian ini telah disiapkan pada tahun 2010 dan projek-projek menambahbaik aliran lalulintas seperti pelebaran dan menaiktaraf jalan telah dilaksanakan secara berperingkat dan berterusan sejak tahun 2010 di samping pelaksanaan sistem jalan sehala. Semua ini telah direalisasikan melalui tender-tender terbuka yang telah dipanggil oleh Kerajaan Negeri dan MBPP.

3. Pelaksanaan Projek Pembinaan Jalan Masjid Negeri di antara Bulatan Udini dan Jalan Delima telah menghadapi banyak cabaran dan akhirnya dapat disiapkan dengan berjayanya pada bulan April 2015 ini. Jumlah kos projek ini adalah RM 7.3 juta. Kesesakan lalulintas telah dikurangkan pada waktu-waktu puncak lalulintas dan aliran lalulintas dengan menjadi lebih licin pada masa-masa lain. Pengguna jalan raya secara umumnya berpuas hati dengan penambahbaikan lalulintas sebanyak lebih kurang 15% yang wujud sejak projek ini disiapkan.

4. Seterusnya, MBPP juga sedang mengambil tindakan untuk memulakan satu projek lain untuk melebarkan sebahagian Jalan Masjid Negeri di antara persimpangan Jalan Hamilton/ Lorong Batu Lancang/ Jalan Masjid Negeri ke persimpangan Jalan Ayer Itam/ Jalan Scotland/ Jalan Masjid Negeri untuk melancarkan lagi aliran lalulintas. Tender terbuka sedang dipanggil untuk pelaksanaan projek ini dan kerja-kerja dijangka bermula pada bulan Ogos 2015.

5. Setakat ini, MBPP telah melaksanakan 7 buah projek untuk menambahbaik aliran lalulintas di Jalan Masjid Negeri, Jalan Ayer Itam, Jalan Gottlieb, Jalan Bagan Jerrmal dan kawasan sekitarnya dengan jumlah kos RM 22.6 juta. Selain daripada ini, sebuah projek berada pada peringkat pelaksanaan serta 2 buah projek lagi berada pada peringkat panggilan tender dengan jumlah kos RM 50.8 juta. Ini memberikan jumlah keseluruhan kos menambahbaik aliran lalulintas di Jalan Masjid Negeri, Jalan Ayer Itam, Jalan Gottlieb, Jalan Bagan Jerrmal dan kawasan sekitarnya adalah RM 73.4 juta.

6. Dalam jangkamasa panjang, Kerajaan Negeri dan MBPP telah merancang untuk melaksanakan Projek Pembinaan By-pass dari Lebuhraya Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu ke Ayer Itam untuk melegakan kesesakan dan menambahbaik aliran lalulintas di kawasan Jalan Masjid Negeri, Ayer Itam dan sekitranya. Kajian kemungkinan (feasibility studies) untuk projek ini telah disiapkan dan rekabentuk terperinci sedang disediakan sekarang. Adalah dijangka projek ini dapat dimulakan pada pertengahan tahun 2016 selepas Kajian Terperinci Kesan kepada Alam Sekitar disempurnakan. Projek ini dianggarkan akan menelan belanja RM 1.04 billion dan dijangka dapat disiapkan pada tahun 2019.

7. Di samping ini, panggilan tender terbuka telah dibuat untuk Projek Pembinaan dan Penyambungan Jalan Berkembar Jalan Paya Terubong (Jalan Bukit Kukus) dari Lebuhraya Thean Tek ke Lebuh Bukit Jambul yang dijangka bermula pada September 2015 dan disiapkan pada Ogos 2018. Jumlah kos yang terlibat adalah RM 230 juta.

8. Pendekatan yang diambil oleh Kerajaan Negeri dan MBPP dalam menangani masalah lalulintas adalah dengan meneruskan projek-projek pembinaan dan menaiktaraf jalan serta pada masa yang sama menggalakkan dan meningkatkan penggunaan pengangkutan awam. Dari segi pengangkutan awam, Request for Proposal secara terbuka untuk Perlantikan Project Delivery Partner telah diadakan dan projek-projek berkaitan dijangka bermula secara berperingkat pada akhir tahun 2015 atau awal 2016.

9. Dengan kedudukan kewangan Kerajaan Negeri dan MBPP yang lebih kukuh tahun demi tahun, lebih banyak peruntukan dapat disediakan bagi projek-projek menambahbaik aliran lalulintas dan pengangkutan awam untuk manafaat penduduk Pulau Pinang dan membentuk Pulau Pinang menjadi sebuah bandar antarabangsa.

Dengan ini, saya merasmikan Majlis Menaiktaraf Sebahagian Jalan Masjid Negeri di antara Bulatan Udini dan Jalan Delima.