Economic boost for arts and cultural sectors

Yeoh (left) and Ch’ng unveiling the book ‘Beyond 2020’ at the Penang Art Society 67th Anniversary dinner at the Penang Museum.

THE arts and cultural sectors in Penang have been given a bigger role following the restructuring of the state exco portfolios.

Yeoh Soon Hin, who heads the now rebranded tourism and creative economy committee, said leveraging on the arts,

culture and heritage industries could pave way for an economic dynamism from a macro perspective.

“Through the tourism and economy

committee, the state government aims to create more jobs, attract new investments, further enhance the quality of life as well as empower the local community,” he said during Penang Art Society’s 67th Anniversary dinner and unveiling of the book ‘Beyond 2020’ at the Penang Museum recently.

Penang Art Society president Ch’ng Huck Theng welcomed the rebranded portfolio, saying creative economy is not only about arts and culture, but also an important

element that provides an added edge for Penang to be ahead of others in many other industries.

“With creative economy, it is bringing new energies, new thinking and new

optimism to the state,” he said.
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