Malaysia Book of Records Award Recognition for ETFE Roof Canopy and Water Jet

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Speech by YAB Tuan Chow Kon Yeow, Chief Minister of Penang

Malaysia Book of Records Award Recognition for ETFE Roof Canopy

and Water Jet in Aspen Vision City, Batu Kawan

24th March 2019

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

As always, it is a pleasure to be present at any event involving Aspen Group and to witness its continuous achievements that are transforming Batu Kawan which was once considered a hinterland into a bustling metropolis. Property developers are more than just building homes or constructing buildings and today Aspen Group is the best example of how such a difference can be made. This Group is exemplary with its willingness to go the extra mile to have developments with a vision that stands out from others while creating a sustainable environment.

Aspen Group has made strenuous efforts to achieve something out of the norm while launching their ambitious new developments. They began a new adventure and introduced the Aspen Vision City by investing in a 245-acre of land in this township with the aim of creating an intelligent and integrated city. Then came along their joint-venture partnership with IKEA Southeast Asia when we witnessed the opening of the first and only IKEA outlet in the Northern Region ten days ago. Its success can be seen with the overwhelming response it has been receiving since March 14.

Subsequently, through an agreement between Aspen Vision City Sdn Bhd and Marriott International, Inc, Aloft Hotel will begin operations here in Batu Kawan by the first quarter of 2023, its very first international business class hotel. Besides that, the first phase of Aspen Vision City – Vervea, which was recently completed, is the largest commercial precinct in the Northern Region and is slated to become its new commercial hub.

Not focusing solely on buildings, Aspen Group had also displayed their vision of sustainability with their 25-acre Central Island Park, adhering to the concept of eco city which the state government has given emphasis for the development of Batu Kawan. The green lung of this city drew throngs of visitors to the park and instantly became famous in social networks.

The state government compliments Aspen Group for having such a vision and strongly encourages all developers to think out of the box and devise even more ambitious and peculiar ideas which could further contribute towards Penang as a green and smart state.

Distinguished guests,

Driven by its role to spearhead the socioeconomic growth of Penang, PDC as a state government agency which is now predominantly focused on the mainland, has laid a platform in Batu Kawan and provide assistance to involve the participation from some of the leading property developers such as Eco World, Paramount, PE Land and of course Aspen Group, all of which PDC considers as ‘Partners in Progress’. The state government hopes that developers will fully utilize the ‘package’ provided by PDC to “kill two birds with one stone” by prospering Batu Kawan and establishing yourselves as leading developers at the same time.

Numerous projects and programmes have been strategically premeditated by PDC to prosper the third satellite city after Bayan Lepas and Seberang Jaya, in our mastermind plan of maintaining a balanced development between the island and mainland.

The current progress of Batu Kawan Industrial Park, measuring 1,500 acres of prime industrial development land which was set up and the launching of Suria, one of the five phases of Hijau E-Komuniti, an affordable housing scheme which is expected to provide homes to 59,000 residents, are merely small glimpses of success out of the overall scheme of things awaiting Batu Kawan.

With PDC being the master planner for the Bandar Cassia development alongside the continuous support and creative effort of the developers such as Aspen Group, the state government is positive that by 2030, Batu Kawan will be prosperous with a booming economy and will certainly be a bustling metropolis attracting even more investors and industry players, paving its way to be the ‘The Silicon Valley of the East’.

Having said that, I would like to redirect the spotlight to Aspen Group as they have always been in the forefront of remarkable developments and now have succeeded in getting into the Malaysia Book of Records for Three Awards. It’s truly remarkable to see how far this Group is growing and the huge differences it is making.

I’m honoured to witness Aspen Group receiving this notable recognition. I wish you best of luck and may you continue with your creativity to introduce many more new and innovative things for the betterment of the state and our people.

Thank you.

Sempena Majlis Pelancaran “Penang Art Week”

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Ucapan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang

Sempena Majlis Pelancaran “Penang Art Week”

 

24 Mac 2019

 

YB Yeoh Soon Hin

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pembangunan Pelancongan, Warisan, Kebudayaan dan Kesenian

Encik Lu Shiwei

Konsul Jeneral China

Encik Shinichiro Kanoya

Konsul Jeneral Jepun

Dato’ Dr. Lim Huat Bee

Konsul Kehormat Australia

Dato’ Poh Kim Seng

Konsul Kehormat Finland

Dato’ Datin Annie Chin Lye Kheng

Konsul Kehormat Republik Brazil

Rakan-rakan media

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan yang dihormati sekalian

Salam Petang dan Salam Sejahtera.

Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengambil kesempatan untuk mengucapkan jutaan terima kasih kepada jawatankuasa penganjur “Penang Art Week” yang telah bertungkus-lumus dalam memastikan majlis pada petang ini dapat dijalankan dengan jayanya.

Program yang julung kali diadakan ini akan berlangsung selama 1 minggu, bermula pada hari ini sehingga 31 Mac, 2019. Sepanjang minggu ini, diadakan pelbagai aktiviti termasuk pameran dengan tema-tema yang pastinya memukau setiap pengunjung dan akan berlangsung di sekitar kawasan tumpuan di negeri ini.

Seperti mana yang kita semua sedia maklum, Pulau Pinang kini mengorak langkah untuk menjadikan negeri ini sebagai hab seni menjelang 10 tahun akan datang. Walaupun ia masih baru dan mungkin untuk segelintir di kalangan kita menganggap ianya mustahil dan memakan masa untuk menuju ke arah aspirasi tersebut, namun Kerajaan Negeri optimis untuk merealisasikan hasrat ini di mana pelbagai langkah awal telah diambil dan digorak termasuk penganjuran program pada hari ini.

Seperti mana yang diketahui umum, Kerajaan Negeri telah menyediakan sebidang tanah berkeluasan 9.2 ekar bersebelahan Gat Lebuh Macallum dan Lebuhraya Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu untuk dijadikan Penang Art District. Ia merupakan satu lagi tarikan baharu yang bakal menjadi pemangkin dalam industri kreatif dengan konsep bandar kontena yang dilengkapi dengan taman lanskap. Kerajaan Negeri percaya projek ini akan meningkatkan nilai seni dan budaya Pulau Pinang melalui penglibatan artis, seniman, pendidik dan masyarakat umum.

Kerajaan Negeri percaya seni mampu menjadi penyumbang kepada pembangunan ekonomi sesebuah negeri/negara. Oleh itu, tumpuan-tumpuan kepada pembangunan bidang ini akan terus diberi perhatian yang sewajarnya. Platform-platform baru akan disediakan supaya karyawan-karyawan seni di negeri ini dapat mengembang dan menyalurkan bakat-bakat mereka di ruang yang bersesuaian.

Kepada artis-artis baru dan sedia ada, gunakan platform yang disediakan ini untuk menonjol dan mengetengahkan bakat anda. Teruskan memberi inspirasi dan motivasi dalam karya seni, nescaya anda akan terus berjaya pada masa akan hadapan. Kerajaan Negeri akan sentiasa berdiri di belakang anda dalam menyediakan peluang yang sempurna untuk mempromosikan keamanan dan keharmonian sekaligus menjadikan bidang keseniaan dan ekspresi kebudayaan sebagai daya tarikan baru di negeri ini.

Akhir kata, sekali lagi syabas dan tahniah kepada pejabat PETACH di bawah kendalian YB Yeoh Soon Hin, EXCO Pembangunan Pelancongan, Kesenian, Kebudayaan dan Warisan yang telah mengambil langkah pertama dalam penganjuran acara menarik ini sekaligus meletakkan negeri Pulau Pinang sebagai satu melting pot yang sangat unik.

Dengan ini, saya merasmikan pembukaan program “Penang Arts Week @ Esplanade” (Majlis Perasmian: Seni Minggu Pulau Pinang @ Padang Kota Lama)

Sekian terima kasih.

Berjayapak Sdn. Bhd. 35th Annual Dinner

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Speech by YAB Tuan Chow Kon Yeow,

Chief Minister of Penang

Berjayapak Sdn. Bhd. 35th Annual Dinner

23 March 2019

Mr Ooi Chang Seaw and Mr. Ooi Eng Leng

Founders of Berjayapak

Ms Ooi Lay Pheng

CEO of Berjayapak

Board of Directors Mr. John Ooi and Mr, Lee Soon Swee

Respective Chairmen, Presidents & Representatives of timber board, councils and Associations

Distinguished guests

Ladies & gentlemen

Good evening to all of you.

It is with great pleasure for me to join you tonight to celebrate Berjayapak’s 35th anniversary in this packaging industry.

My heartiest congratulations to the founders, Board of Directors and all the staffs in Berjayapak. I heard of your amazing achievements in the past couple of years. Berjayapak was recognized in 2017 as one of the top100 SME fast moving companies in Malaysia. The company courageously accepted Malaysia Timber Industry Board Lean Creanova project and you emerged a champion in the Lean journey in April 2018. It continued on its lean journey to the MPC level and was recognized for Lean Management in Dec 2018. The company was also the recipient of the prestigious Golden Bull Award where it was being recognised as an outstanding SME in Malaysia.

Last year, Berjayapak was invited to participate in the Global Wood Packaging Forum in Minneapolis USA and was recognized by the leaders in the global forum as Malaysia’s market leader in the wood packaging industry. We must say we are very proud of Berjayapak in the global arena, especially when the forum organizing committee raised Malaysia’s flag for the first time. Berjayapak have made Malaysia proud in the Global Wood Packaging Forum.

SME Corporation annual report showed that 98.5% of business establishments in Malaysia are SMEs. There are 907,605 SMEs in Malaysia, of which 76.5% are microenterprise, 21.2% small enterprises, and 2.3% medium enterprises. In 2017, SMEs contributed RM435.1 billion to the nation’s economy which amounted to 37.1% contribution to Malaysia’s overall GDP, 66% to overall employment and 17.3% to overall exports. The government has set a target for SMEs to contribute 41% to GDP by 2020 and expects SMEs play a greater role to support the country’s economic growth.

Due to globalization of markets, technology advancements, ever changing needs and demands from the consumers, it is important for SMEs to adapt to the forces of changes and evolve to be competitive in many different dimensions such as design and developing of new products, adopting latest technologies and smart operating procedures for its manufacturing processes, and introducing new ideas for sourcing, human resources and business strategies.

We noted that Berjayapak has grown from one generation to the next generation. The founders are passing the business to the next generation in the recent years. I would also like to congratulate the current Management of Berjapak as you are able to seamlessly take over the company and continue the legacy of your founders. It is so inspiring to see Berjayapak being awarded and recognised within Malaysia as well as in the international wood packaging fraternity. This shows that the company has put in tremendous focus and effort on continuous improvement to drive the company forward. Berjayapak is a good model to the local SMEs, having served the local multinational companies and the communities with great diligence the past 35 years and many more years to come.

Once again, please accept my heartiest congratulations on this momentous event. I wish Berjayapak continuous and greater success in the future.

Thank you.