Penang Will Host the 30th WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 On March 14-21 2014 in PISA Stadium, Penang.

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Press Conference By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Garden Hotel, Kuala Lumpur On 11.1.2014.

Penang Will Host the 30th WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 On March 14-21 2014 in PISA Stadium, Penang.

Penang will host the 30th WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 on March 14-21 2014 in PISA Stadium, Penang. This follows the cancellation of the 2013 Women’s World Championship when both Hong Kong and Egypt rejected proposals to organise it last year.

Penang aspires to be a sporting city as part of clean, green, healthy and safe Penang. WSA’s agreement to permit Penang to host this event is recognition that Penang has the facilities, amenities and infrastructure of a fitting location for a world event as well as the experience and expertise to organise a world championship.

The cancellation last year meant world No. 1 Nicol David will keep her world crown for an extended period. The Penang state government felt that is was a real shame that Penang’s very own world squash queen will not be able to add to her already impressive collection of seven world titles earned in 2005, 2006, 2008- 2012. Malaysians, especially Penangites, are eagerly awaiting her to defend her title for a record eighth time.

For this reason, the Penang state government decided to step in to allow the 2013 championship to continue as well as give our Penangites an unique opportunity to see our very own squash queen in action, and hopefully live up to expectations by winning the World title again. The Women’s Squash Association (WSA) premier event, which may cost up to RM1 million, will involve a prize money of USD 120,000.

The venue must be of a good standard and have quality facilities for players, press officials and public, plus space for business hospitality, trade exhibitions and public/player catering. A permanent show court or demountable all-glass court must be used for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the Championship.

This world championship would generates truly worldwide TV and general media coverage beginning with the championship announcement and continuing both internationally and locally until the start of the event and then throughout the championship itself.

SquashTV programming and streaming will ensure that the action is seen widely across the world. To this is added written media, websites and radio coverage generated by the WSA Media Service. An iconic, sporting, entertainment, shopping mall or other style of venue can be used for the all-glass court (PISA).

The Women’s World Championship feature a 32 player main draw played over 5 / 6 days as agreed, and a preceding maximum 64 player qualification draw played over 3 days. World class players from 20 countries will be involved.

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IKEA’s Entry Into Batu Kawan Is A Vote Of Confidence For Penang And A Boost To Making Seberang Perai As The Future Choice For Investments, Tourism & Habitat For Sustainable Living

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IKEA’s Entry Into Batu Kawan Is A Vote Of  Confidence For Penang And A Boost To Making Seberang Perai As The Future Choice For Investments, Tourism & Habitat For Sustainable Living
George Town 10th January 2014.
The State Government and PDC’s strategic plans for Batu Kawan will receive an additional boost with the sale of 245 acres of land for the purpose of development of an integrated shopping mall, anchored by an IKEA store to be developed by Ikano Pte Ltd, and mixed development of offices and residences to be developed jointly by Aspen-Ikano (a joint venture company to be formed by Aspen Vision Land Sdn Bhd and Ikano Pte Ltd).

At the press conference, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, in welcoming this new investment by Aspen and Ikano, said the 245 acres development in Batu Kawan will include:
• 30 acres for the development of IKEA Store and phase 1 of the Shopping Mall
• 45 acres for the development of phase 2 of the Shopping Mall; and
• 170 acres for mixed development purposes (Remaining Parcels)
The total land cost for the project is RM 483,951,600 and payment is to be made within 60 months from the date of Agreement. A RM 5 million non-refundable deposit has also being paid to PDC.

Also present in the press conference were PDC General Manager Dato’ Rosli Jaafar, Aspen Group Founder and Group CEO Dato’ M Murly, Aspen Group Co-Founder & Chairman Dato’ Seri Nazir Ariff, Executive Directors Dr. Lim Su Kiat and Mr Lee Peng Cheong and General Manager Ir Woo Kok Weng.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng informed that the entire commercial and mixed developments on the 245 acres of land are expected to be completed within 10 years from the date of Agreement. Notwithstanding that, the IKEA Store is to be developed and completed within the time frame mutually acceptable by both parties. The time frame that all parties are targeting at is about 5 years or sooner, depending on various surrounding, economic and demand factors.

Aspen and Ikano are expected to submit their development plans to Local Authorities this year and estimated to commence development activities by end of the year or early next year. In line with Aspen’s vision and strategies, a major part of the residential component will cater for the mass market with affordably priced and quality eco-friendly homes

This development is in line with PDC’s policy to promote and sell land to attract catalyst projects to Bandar Cassia, Batu Kawan. In doing so, PDC plans to provide services that will help complement the Industrial development sector for example in developing commercial centres, premium designer outlets, specialist hospital and international schools.

Over the past years, the state government and PDC have been successful in wooing marquee investors to develop key projects in Batu Kawan.

The success story is inclusive of the planned development of  educational investments and facilities such as KDU University College, University of Hull which will establish their school of Engineering, Accountancy, Law, Business Studies and Logistics.

To complement this rapid development, the state government and PDC have also planned for the development of 11,800 units of public housing (less than RM 72,000 per unit) and affordable housing (between RM 72,000 – RM 250,000 per unit), thus setting the road map to make Batu Kawan a quality residential area for the future.

Penangites have waited for many years for IKEA to open for business. Penang is proud that IKEA has chosen Batu Kawan as the first IKEA store outside Kuala Lumpur. With IKEA’s presence, the state government hopes that PDC will succeed in its efforts to make Batu Kawan a more attractive place for those from the island to live, learn, work and play.

With an integrated commercial, advanced manufacturing and services hub together with good universities setting up shop in Batu Kawan, Seberang Perai Selatan would be as good as those from other parts of the state. The total value of IKEA investments will be made known when their key management personnel visits me next month.

The state government is confident that the entry of IKEA into Batu Kawan is a vote of confidence for Penang and a boost to making Seberang Perai as the future choice for investments, tourism and habitat for sustainable living. 

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槟州政府及槟州发展机构为峇都加湾进行的策略计划,我们将出售245英亩的土地给IKANO Pte Ltd ,发展以宜家为主的综合性购物广场,以及由Aspen-Ikano(由Aspen Vision Land Sdn Bhd 及Ikano Pte Ltd合资)的办公室及住宅区计划。

在记者会上,首长欢迎这项由Aspen 及Ikano合资的新计划,上述245英亩的发展将包括:
• 30英亩的宜家家居及购物广场第一阶段。
• 45英亩做为购物广场第二阶段
• 170英亩做为综合发展用途(剩余地段)


出席记者会的还包括槟州发展机构总经理拿督罗斯里加法、Aspen集团创办人及集团总裁拿督M慕尔里、Aspen 集团联合创办人及主席拿督斯里纳兹尔、执行董事Dr. Lim Su Kiat,Lee Peng Cheong及总经理Woo Kok Weng。





为了辅助峇都加湾的迅速发展,州政府及槟州发展机构也计划举建1万1800个公共房屋(价格低于7万2000令吉)及可负担房屋(每间介于7万2000至25万令吉) ,为峇都加湾打造成为未来高素质住宅区制订蓝图。




Penang Recorded The Highest Foreign Direct Investment(FDI) In Malaysia Of RM 2.3 Billion As At 30 April 2011

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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 27 June 2011.

Penang Recorded The Highest Foreign Direct Investment(FDI) In Malaysia Of RM 2.3 Billion As At 30 April 2011.

Penang recorded the highest FDI in Malaysia of RM2.3 billion as at 30 April 2011 far exceeding other states. Penang recorded a total of RM3.24 billion leaping from No. 4 in March to No. 2 in April. The increase of RM1.4 billion in one month from RM1.8 billion in March 2011 is the second good news for Penang following the announcement by Robert
Bosch Solar last week of a RM2.2 billion to set up a 3rd generation solar plant for photovoltaic production.


Penang Bounces Back With Bosch Solar’s RM2.2 Billion in Renewable Energy Plant at Batu Kawan

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 Speech by YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang  at Press Conference on Friday, June 24, 12 noon – 1 p.m. at Komtar, Penang


Penang Bounces Back With Bosch Solar’s RM2.2 Billion in Renewable Energy Plant at Batu Kawan


Good afternoon,


Penang achieves another milestone in the State’s history by landing the first fully integrated crystalline photovoltaic (PV) facility in the country.We are indeed very proud to be chosen as the location for Bosch Solar Energy because the competition was intense in that Penang had to compete with potential sites within and outside Malaysia, including manufacturing superpowers like China.  I was informed that Bosch Solar Energy initially explored and analysed forty-five (45) sites in twenty-three (23) countries.  In Malaysia itself, Bosch evaluated over 10 sites.