Automall Grand Opening
Speech by Penang Chief Minister
During Automall Grand Opening
3 October 2015
Founder of Automall Penang Mr Benson Ooi
IJM Northern Region Senior General Manager of Property Development Dato’ Toh Chin Leong
Ewein Berhad Managing Director Dato’ Ewe Swee Kheng
Zeon Properties CEO Mr Leon Lee
Members of The Press,
Ladies and gentlemen.
I wish you a good afternoon and Salam Bahagia.
It is a great pleasure standing in front of all my beloved Penangites here today at the signature street of Penang the “Karpal Singh Drive”, to officiate the opening of the Automall.
This new commercial hub in the island is primarily as an international multi-brand automobile retail hub. The grand edifice of IJM Maritime offers contemporary architecture with a wide range of food and beverage outlets lined up in a comfortable seaside alfresco along the waterfront. Automall has quickly become one of the most happening places in Penang Island.
With an estimated of 8 to 15% increase of tourist arrivals, tourism is set to overtake the manufacturing sector as the state’s main economic driver. Ever since George Town was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, Penang has now become a major heritage and arts tourism site for tourists. The grand opening of Automall came at a splendid time following the launching of the Visit Penang Year as well as Visit Malaysia Year.
I was told by the management that there are many, many more exhilarating programs and unconventional festivities in the pipeline that’s going to keep us at the edge of our seats. For example today itself we shall have the inaugural Automall Run, followed by Pakelo Gymkhana Street Racing.
I hereby declare open the Automall Penang at Karpal Singh Drive.