The Launching of Design Village Penang
SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
AT THE LAUNCHING OF DESIGN VILLAGE PENANG
23 NOVEMBER 2016
Datuk Jason Tai
Chairman of PE Land
Managing Director PE Land
Board of Directors:
-Joanna Ling - Executive Director of PE Land
-Ronald Ling - General Manager of PE Land
-Datuk Christopher Boyd - Executive Chairman of Savills Malaysia
-Allan Soo - Managing Director of Savills Malaysia
-Stephen Chin, Director of PE Land
-Tay Ai Leen, General Manager of Design Village
Members of the media
Ladies and gentlemen
Good evening, and welcome to Batu Kawan for the launch of Design Village - Penang’s Outlet Mall. I would like to personally thank all of you for being here for this celebration.
On behalf of the Penang State Government, I would like to congratulate PE Land for their vision and today marks their achievement, which represents a significant milestone in promoting Penang’s tourism as well as providing a new shopping hub for the local community in the northern region and tourists.
Bandar Cassia on the mainland is one of the many important future drivers of Penang. It is destined to be a catalyst for our economy and it is attracting the biggest players like EcoCity, Paramount, Ikea and Aspen and PE Land, the developers of Design Village. Our vision is for Bandar Cassia to be the future global city and it is rapidly taking shape as a modern satellite city with superb infrastructure and proximity to Penang International Airport
Design Village will likely be one of the northern region’s top shopping destinations. This region has a large catchment of over 5 million from Penang and neighbouring Perak, Kedah and Perlis.
I’m also happy that the opening of Design Village will be providing more than 1,000 job opportunities for various talents and will attract more professionals from related industries.
I understand the leasable space of the 400,000 square feet complex has attracted a good mix and variety of international brands. It is just 30 minutes away from Penang International Airport and less than 40 minutes from George Town. Design Village will provide a dedicated shuttle bus plying between Gurney Drive-Komtar and Design Village.
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am confident Design Village will grow into a magnet as the must visit shopping destination with its numerous international brands. And I’m glad to know Design Village is also a big advocate in supporting local artists and their crafts through various art exhibitions and installation.
With many activities planned for Christmas and Chinese New Year and the best shopping deals with great discounts all year round, I am proud to launch Design Village and I am positive that it will make Penang a world class retail destination
Congratulations and thank you.