THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE PENANG SIGNATURE GOLD & JEWELLERY FAIR 2023
SPEECH BY THE CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG, YAB CHOW KON YEOW
FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE PENANG
SIGNATURE GOLD & JEWELLERY FAIR 2023
18 AUGUST 2023
SPICE CONVENTION CENTRE
A very good morning to all of you.
I am truly honoured to be here today as we inaugurate 7th edition of the Penang Signature Gold, Gems & Jewellery Fair (PSG) 2023. This remarkable event is a convergence of artistry, heritage and commerce, and I am most delighted to address you all on this occasion.
With the collaborative efforts of Elite Expo and the Penang Goldsmith and Jewellers Association (PGJA), this fair exceeds geographical boundaries to assume a position of significance not only within our state or nation but across the Southeast Asian region.
Penang has long been a melting pot of cultures, a place where diversity combines with heritage, and creativity flourishes alongside tradition. The PSG 2023, far more than just a trade exhibition, serves as a proof of our rich history of jewelry-making and goldsmithing, which is now a legacy of our identity. Passed down through generations, this legacy has taken root within our local communities, sustained by the dedication, artistry and mastery that are hallmarks of our heritage.
Ladies & gentlemen,
For this year’s Penang Signature Gold, Gems & Jewellery Fair, we are privileged to witness the extravagant display of Malaysia’s gold craftmanship. The gathering of Malaysia’s finest gold manufacturers and wholesalers here underscores the global recognition we gained for our ability to create jewelry that go beyond mere adornment and exquisite artistry.
Each piece on exhibit isn’t just a product; it is the fusion of centuries-old traditions with contemporary innovation. These creations form the very essence of our culture, displaying the tenacity and creativity of our artisans.
Beyond the jewelry that are in these exhibition halls, the Penang Signature Gold, Gems & Jewellery Fair has now evolved into an indispensable platform for trade, collaboration and mutual growth.
Through this event, we have a thriving ecosystem that supports our local craftsmen within the global jewelry industry. The fair isn’t just a display of luxury; it shows the vibrant synergy between artistic expression, economic engagement and cultural preservation.
Ladies & gentlemen,
I extend my deepest gratitude to the organizers, exhibitors, visionary designers, and trade delegates who have worked tirelessly into making this event a success. Your commitment to achieving excellence has brought forth a remarkable collection of jewelry, each piece a testament to our artisans’ creativity and our interconnectedness on a global scale.
With immense pleasure and optimism, I now declare the Penang Signature Gold, Gems & Jewellery Fair 2023 officially open. Let this event continue to shine as a beacon of artistry mastery, innovation and fruitful collaboration.