Enduring kinship across the straits

PENANG has pledged to continue its close bilateral ties and engagements with Indonesia, says Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

During the reception to celebrate the Republic of Indonesia’s 78th Independence Day in Penang, Chow was pleased to celebrate the joyous yet memorable occasion.

“Our two countries have always enjoyed an enduring kinship that blossomed from the many similarities in language, history, culture and religion.

“Our bilateral relations encompass firm friendship, business alliances and a familial bond forged through long-standing warm relations.

“I hope our ties can grow stronger and cordial in the future,” Chow said, according to Buletin Mutiara, during the reception at Evergreen Laurel Hotel in George Town.

Indonesia gained its independence from the Netherlands on Aug 17, 1945.

Among the distinguished guests present during the event were Consul-General of China in Penang Zhou Youbin, Deputy Consul-General of Japan in Penang Kuroe Kosuke, Pulau Tikus assemblyman Joshua Woo and former state executive councillor Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain.

Earlier, acting Consul-General of Indonesia in Penang Kiki Tjahjo Kusprabowo congratulated Chow on his second-term as chief minister.

“We have witnessed Chow’s leadership all this while and hope to see the realisation of Penang2030 vision,” he said.

He also thanked Chow for strengthening the ties between Penang and Indonesia, noting Penang was also well-known among the Indonesian people.

In a ceremonial toast later on, Chow invited attendees to join him in wishing success and prosperity to the Indonesian government and its people.

Those present also got the chance to enjoy Indonesian delicacies.

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