Straits Quay Retail Marina Think Green Go Green & Penang Green Idol 2015 Semi Final

Opening speech by Chow Kon Yeow, Penang State Exco Member for Local Government, Traffic Management & Flood Mitigation cum Vice Chairman of Penang Green Council on 25 April 2015:

Straits Quay Retail Marina Think Green Go Green and Penang Green Idol 2015 Semi Final’s opening ceremony, from left Thing Siew Shuen, Rashidah binti Jalaludin, Zairil Khir Johari, Yeoh Soon Hin, Chow Kon Yeow, Dato' Dr. Leong Yueh Kwong, Mahendaraj s/o Sivapragasam, Teh Lai Heng and Dato’ Ar. Lawrence Lim Hua Kwang.

A very Good Afternoon to everyone!

First of all, I would like to extend a warm welcome for your gracious presence today, celebrating Straits Quay Retail Marina and Penang Green Council (PGC)’s “Think Green Go Green” Earth Day Celebration event.

I would also like to congratulate the 27 semi-finalists of the public speaking competition - Penang Green Idol 2015, who have qualified to the semifinal stage today. I believe this competition is a great platform for the young generation to express their concerns for the environment as well as inculcating the awareness on environmental causes, generating more exponential positive impact for the Mother Earth. Champions will be crowned as Penang Green Idol during the final stage on 14 June 2015, engaging with PGC’s programs and projects for the duration of one year.

Today, we will not only be able to witness the talents of our younger generation but also indulged in a series of green-themed performances like Recycle Bin drum, demonstration of YOGA and workshops such as ‘Think before You Throw Game’, ‘Plant A Tree, ‘Plant A Future’, ‘Will Pedal For Power’, ‘Sew A Bag’ and ‘DIY Paper Basket’.

Penang Island has been officially declared a city by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 1 January 2015. The declaration brings greater expectations from the people of Penang and greater challenges such as building our environmental image, providing infrastructure and achieving a more dynamic economy of a successful city. Four new departments are also being introduced such as landscaping, heritage, enforcement and solid waste management and public cleanliness.

However, will the city status bring a new mindset to the people of Penang and the City Council?The elevation of the island to a city must bring about a mindset change for a cleaner and more liveable Penang. Stronger enforcement should be applied to those littering from a vehicle, polluting rivers and clogging drains with rubbish which causes flashflood, indiscriminately parking vehicles at bus stops and no parking zone as well as pedestrian pavement. Instilling civic consciousness to educate public about cleanliness and the proper disposal of solid waste is one of the simple ways to uphold the city status.

The hard work of the Penang State Government is commendable for the elevation of Penang Island to a city. It can be a new start with a more concerted action from both Penang State Government and Penang residents to become more civic conscious and in assisting Penang’s improvement and enforcement. We are grateful that we have responsible retailer like Straits Quay Retail Marina who is willing to take up the initiative to promote environmental initiatives during their Green Gratitude Month.

Lastly, congratulations and kudos to all! Thank you for your contribution in securing the future of our children for a Cleaner, Greener, Healthier and Safer Penang. See you at Penang Green Carnival on 13 & 14 June 2015!

Thank you.

Chow Kon Yeow

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