‘Public support vital for success of 2030 goal’

Chow (centre), Deputy Speaker Datuk Dr Amar Pritpal Abdullah (left) and Batu Lanchang assemblyman Ong Ah Teong reading a copy of The Star at the Penang state assembly building. — LIM BENG TATT/The Star

Community involvement is important in making sure that Penang2030 is successful, says Chow Kon Yeow.

The Penang Chief Minister said that since the launch of Penang2030 in August 2018, community development was an aspect that had been emphasised by the state government because of its importance in conserving the vision.

“People’s cooperation is needed to empower the communities in the state.

“Many programmes and activities are held together with government-linked companies such as Penang Women’s Development Corporation, Penang Youth Development Corporation, Penang Green Council, Penang Harmony Corporation and Digital Penang.

“Some of the programmes that have been organised include Dahdigital, Youthforall, Relanita, Usahawan Wanita, Coding bootcamp, esports, football, basketball and sepak takraw,” he said in reply to a question by Goh Choon Aik (PH-Bukit Tambun) at the state assembly building in Lebuh Light.

Chow said the state government had set up Penang2030 centres in every constituency.

“The Penang2030 centre is based on the shared space concept whereby it can be optimally utilised to carry out community, social development and community empowerment activities.

“At the same time, Penang2030 centre is a platform to empower Penangites in terms of digital literacy, media, civic, ethics, health and finance as well as skills related to digital learning devices such as computers, printers, broadband facilities (WiFi) and other equipment,” he added.

On finance, Chow said the state government had carried out engagement sessions in preparation for Penang’s Budget 2023.

“These engagement sessions were held for the first time.

“The state government got feedback from state assemblymen as well as MPs for suggestions on development projects in their respective areas.

“The suggested projects were later evaluated and given implementation priority by the state Economic Planning Unit and state Finance Department,” he said.

Chow said that in 2021, Penang successfully garnered the highest manufacturing investment value of RM107.2bil (investment value from 2019 to 2021) and created more than 51,000 job opportunities.

“The success in speeding up Penang2030 can be measured by the initiative under the involvement of the industry where the involvement of the state government, the public and the private sector will form an ecosystem that is more advanced, sustainable and able to expand our investment base.

“The state government strongly emphasises talent development efforts as the main focus,” he said.

As for the Love Penang campaign, Chow said it was launched based on the vision to create more platforms to involve the public in social development.

“The Love Penang campaign is to foster the spirit and unity of the people of Penang to overcome the post-Covid-19 challenges.

“The state government and the community must work together to survive the turmoil for a better future.

“We also need to create a sustainable legacy for future generations through Penang2030 and cultivate the spirit of Love Penang,” he stressed.

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