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The Official Opening of The 40th Oktoberfest 2012

SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

AT OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE 40TH OKTOBERFEST 2012

ON 26TH OCT 2012

H.E. Dr. G .Gruber - Ambassador of Germany

H.E. Ambassador Paul W. Jones

Mr. Karl Ebinger - President of Malaysian-German Society

Mr. Tetsuro Kai - Hon. Consulate of Japan 

Tuan Shaik Mohd Hussain - Hon. Consulate of Austria 

Dato’ Herbert Weiler - Hon. Consulate of Germany 

Mr Robert H. Hawkins - Hon. Consulate of Great Britain

H.E. Mr Voradet Viravakin - Hon. Consulate of Thailand

Goethe Institute Dr. Volker and wife

Mrs. Aldina Cronbrugge – Vice President of Alliance Francaise de Penang

Datuk-Datuk, Datin-Datin, Distinguished Guests,

Members of the media, Ladies and gentlemen

Good Evening and Guten Abend!

It is indeed an honour to be here today for the official opening of the 40th Oktoberfest 2012, one of the most celebrated events worldwide.

This is the second year MGS consecutively decided to organize Oktoberfest for 2 nights in a row, I hope that this event will bring fond memories of your wonderful times in Germany.

The festival initiated in 1973 to celebrate a traditional festival among the members of the German community who were working in the various companies in Penang. It provided an opportunity for them to get together and also to interact closely with their Malaysian friends. Even German ambassador H.E. Dr Guenter Gruber also mentioned that Penang hosted the best Oktoberfest in Malaysia.

Since the formation of the Malaysian German Society in 1962, many achievements have been accomplished in promoting and fostering friendship, understanding and good relationships between the peoples of both countries.  The Society’s efforts have improved relations between Malaysians and Germans through education, culture and social activities.  Oktoberfest is one of the many functions which have helped to link up both countries.

Malaysians share many common traits and values with German in working hard and being hospitable. We admire the culture of excellence and integrity amongst Germans and hope that this close interaction will be of mutual benefit and help improve people-to-people link between Penang and German expatriate community here.

I hope that their efforts to conduct the German language classes will receive greater support from Malaysians.

I have been told that Germans have a word gsuffa that is closest to Chinese saying ‘Yam Seng!’ Please allow me to use this word “Yam Seng” to officiate the opening of Oktoberfest.

On that note, I now declare “Yam Seng!”

Thank You.





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