A RECENT article in the prestigious British publication The Guardian has highlighted that Penang is more than just a food paradise.
The report mentioned that for visitors, the big attraction today is George Town; very much transformed, since it was awarded Unesco world heritage status, into one of Southeast Asia’s hottest destinations, where a once-crumbling Chinatown now features heritage hotels, galleries, boutiques, bars and restaurants.
“But do not settle for that, hire a car or organise a day trip with a nature guide and discover the other side of this verdant island, with lush jungle and sandy beaches at Penang’s national park, traditional fishing villages and rural Malay kampongs,” wrote John Brunton of The Guardian.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng highlighted this at a press conference at the sidelines of the Civil Servants Assembly 2017 (Perhimpunan Anggota Perkhidmatan Awam 2017) where he mentioned the Dec 16 The Guardian report.
Earlier the chief minister in addressing civil servants at the gathering held on Dec 20 at The Top, Komtar urged them to adopt Industrial Revolution 4.0 which involves collection and data analysis through computers especially; Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Internet of Things (IoT) and E-Commerce.
“One aspect which is given focus is coding skills and the state government will spend RM6mil for a duration of three years to impart the knowledge to 100,000 school children,” he said.
“I also hope civil servants in Penang will assist by explaining the basic policies of the state government to make Penang an industrial and welfare state which is clean, green and safe.”