Penang and Chile set to bolster ties


CHILE and Penang share a bundle of common interests and they are now eyeing closer ties to further enhance the already fruitful relationship.


The ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Chile to Malaysia Diego Velasco von Pilgrimm is a huge fan of Penang and he was full of praise for the state and its wondrous offerings that often top the hearts of many tourists from afar and near.


He said this after signing the Record of Discussion with the Penang government, which was represented by state Tourism and Creative Economy Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin.


The signing ceremony was witnessed and graced by the Penang Governor Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak, who was accompanied by wife Toh Puan Khadijah Mohd Noor.


“For a very long time, Penang has continuously been giving endless joy for many tourists from afar and near through their impressive presentation of cultural heritage, irresistible choices of food and other areas too.


“Chile is proud to work closely with Penang to accelerate on areas very similar to both of us, and through this, we also hope to continue giving the best for the people,” Diego said during the signing ceremony of the Record of Discussion at the Eastern and Oriental Hotel in George Town on Jan 6.


The signing marks the intent for both parties to work closely on cultural, social, scientific and economic activities for the progress of their peoples with respect and protection of nature and for the benefit of future generations.


Meanwhile, Yeoh said the state sees Chile as a potential partner that can produce remarkable end results for the benefit of the state and its people.


“Both Penang and Chile are paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.


“On top of the many similarities shared by Penang and Chile, there is also an active street art ecosystem in both the destinations.


“Just like the Penang government here, it is good to see the Chilean government giving equal importance to nurture street art culture across the cities.


“For example, Valparaiso, the most creative city in Chile, is famous for its artistic ambience as the street art spreads across the city.


“On top of that, it was listed as a Unesco World Heritage Centre in 2003 and this has transformed the city into a famous tourist destination worldwide,” Yeoh said during his speech.


Story by Kevin Vimal
Pix by Alissala Thian