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23 MARCH 2018


It gives me great pleasure to be here tonight to say a few words.

Today, Han Chiang University College of Communication is an educational institution with international links to various overseas partner universities. A good education advocates innovation and modern technology for the media and creative industries all available in Han Chiang University College of Communication.

Ladies and gentlemen,

At Han Chiang University College, education is for everyone regardless of socio-economic background. The upgrade of Han Chiang University College status is indeed a defining moment for the local education sector in Penang just as there is a university college like Southern College in Johor and New Era College in Kuala Lumpur.

The State Government is happy to give an initial allocation of RM500,000 and commends the fund-raising efforts that have succeeded in raising more than RM23 million. You are now very close to your target of RM30 million. Congratulations to your fund raising team led by Tan Sri Tan Kok Ping for a job well done. I will be announcing the extra amount that I will give over the next few days.

The education landscape is constantly changing with new technologies. Penang hopes to be a knowledge cluster that spurs creativity and innovation. Penang has the 3Ts of talent, technology and tolerance of new ideas to establish a knowledge of creative cluster. Innovation and productivity are the key elements of wealth creation where proficiency in English and mastery of technology is an important prerequisite. Han Chiang University College can play a role to help Penang grow more human talent.

Penang has a thriving community of various nationalities, and we welcome everyone from other states and countries to pursue their education in Penang. I wish Han Chiang University College every success in its endeavour to provide a dynamic teaching and learning environment for Penang in the 21st century.

Thank you.


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Speech by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng

ASEAN Australia Education Dialogue

22 March 2018, 8.30pm 


Distinguished guests and delegates, friends, students, ladies and gentlemen. 

I would like to welcome all delegates and education sector stakeholders for the inaugural ASEAN Australia Education Dialogue to Penang, the Pearl of the Orient located at the cross roads of ASEAN.

International education has played an important role in developing talents across the world, including in Penang. Reflecting on my own experience as an international student in Australia, the friendship and the people-to-people links in addition to the educational experience were key benefits and a highlight of my study abroad journey. I am sure it is the same for many others.

Penang is a state rich in different cultures and faiths, laced with beautiful colonial and post-war architecture. The vibrant diversity of Penang translates well into our cuisines. Penang is well known as the "Food Paradise of Asia", and has received many international accolades throughout the years.

With the presence of a variety of top-class, internationally recognised colleges and universities, I believe Penang will provide a strategic location and conference venue for delegates from all over the region. Penang is also rated as  the 8th most livable city in Asia.

Penang has a highly regarded industrial, tourism and medical infrastructure. It has been called the Silicon Valley of Asia, due to the cutting – edge technology used in many manufacturing processes adopted by the multi-national corporations operating in the state. Besides the traditional computer chips, many other technology companies are establishing their base in Penang, including in the production of medical devices and aviation components. This gives students a chance to pursue internships in diversified fields, and subsequently, employment.

The state is passionate and committed in the development of the education sector and envisions transforming the education tourism sector into one of the main economic drivers of Penang. As one of the fastest growing Education tourism destinations in the world, Penang has received international recognition and awards including; "World's Top 10 Must Visit Destinations in 2014" by The Guardian, UK. With international hotel chains having a tradition of hospitable excellence in Penang, students can train and gain experience in a well established service environment.

In addition, Penang is also at the forefront of medical tourism, contributing approximately 50% of the country's receipts. Opportunities exist for medical and healthcare students for training, employment and postgraduate study. With a newly emerging hub for business process outsourcing, there are myriad opportunities for students to become knowledge workers in this field.

The Penang Government through Study Penang aspires to establish Penang as a world class education hub, increase awareness and recognition of the education sector and leverage on the private sector's present and future needs. We want to match education and skills training with the ever evolving needs of industry.

We hope this event will be a fruitful one and foster discussions on challenges and opportunities that lead to a stronger partnership between ASEAN and Australia through education.We wish you a productive Dialogue in our city of Georgetown Penang and hope you will enjoy our state of Penang which is known for having the best food in the world,outstanding UNESCO rated architectural heritage and diverse natural wonders.

Thank you.


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Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekalian

Kerajaan Negeri telah bersetuju untuk penaiktarafan Stadium Mini, Permatang Rawa, Seberang Perai Tengah, Pulau Pinang pada November 2016. Kos keseluruhan penaiktarafan stadium tersebut dianggarkan berjumlah RM3,535,000. Kerajaan Negeri telah bersetuju membiayai RM2,400,000 daripada kos tersebut, manakala bakinya akan dibiayai oleh Syarikat AEI International Berhad. Kerja-kerja penaiktarafan ini melibatkan penaiktarafan padang bola sepak, penaiktarafan gelanggang tenis kepada gelanggang serbaguna, penaiktarafan clubhouse dan pembinaan lima (5) gelanggang futsal. 

Kos keseluruhan penaiktarafan stadium sebanyak RM3,535,000 adalah untuk kerja-kerja penaiktarafan stadium dan komponen sedia ada sahaja dan tidak termasuk kos pembinaan gelanggang futsal. Kos pembinaan gelanggang futsal akan ditanggung sepenuhnya oleh Syarikat AEI. Saya ingin ucapkan terima kasih kepada Syarikat AEI International Berhad atas sumbangan mereka yang membuktikan kejayaan 4P Partnership - Public (Awam), Private (Swasta), People (Rakyat) & Profesional.

Penaiktarafan padang bola sepak di Stadium Mini Permatang Rawa melibatkan penggunaan rumput sintetik. Sejak tahun 2013, terdapat beberapa padang bola sepak di Malaysia telah dinaiktaraf dan menggunakan rumput sintetik berbanding rumput biasa yang kerap kali digunakan di kebanyakan tempat. Dalam era bola sepak yang semakin moden, pembinaan stadium atau padang yang menggunakan rumput sintetik ini ada relevannya kerana ia dapat menjimatkan kos penyelenggaraan.

Sehingga kini, terdapat dua (2) padang bola rumput sintetik di Pulau Pinang iaitu di Gelugor, bersebelahan pejabat Jabatan Laut Wilayah Utara dan di Bayan Lepas. Kerajaan Negeri berhasrat untuk mewujudkan padang bola sintetik yang ketiga di Pulau Pinang. Kerja-kerja penaiktarafan ini akan mengambil masa selama setahun. 

Sekian, terima kasih.


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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Offication of DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang

9am, 22 March 2018, Thursday


First and foremost, congratulations to Jamie Mead and his hardworking team at DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang! 

This is truly an exciting day for Penang because DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang is Malaysia’s first DoubleTree Resort as well as being the 50th hotel to be open in Asia Pacific. Amazing news indeed! 

Of all the beautiful states in Malaysia, we are proud to be home to the brand’s first property. DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang is truly a new resort for you to experience the best in a state that provides the best in comfort and cultural diversity. 

Penang as a state, records one of the highest number of visitors, (and growing Year on Year), hence it is timely that this property will also be Penang’s first Hilton-branded property. My own question to Jamie Mead is – what made you wait so long? (*light hearted moment).

Visitors to the state come for many different reasons, or rather, they come to do many different things – from eating some of the best cuisines Malaysia has to offer, to enjoying the beautifully restored architecture of the buildings of Old Penang, to soaking in the Baba Nyonya culture. And now with DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang, there is even more reason to visit! Not forgetting TeddyVille Museum, Malaysia’s first teddy bear-themed museum, which is also set on this property!

Jamie shared that the property has a variety of guestrooms that meet the needs of every kind of traveler, from a solo businessperson to entire family groups is a family focused, full-service resort complete with a Kid’s Club – this is an all-encompassing resort retreat indeed! DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang has 316-rooms which makes this an amazing resort welcoming tourists from near and far for both leisure and business travelers. 

Ladies and gentlemen; 

Like its warm signature DoubleTree Cookie as well as its memorable hospitality, visitors will truly enjoy their stay here at DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang. 

Thank you and have a good day ahead!