Extract from Malaysia’s Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s speech at Oxford University.
Title: “Penang: A High-Income Model For Malaysia Through Inclusive Growth”
Venue: T.S. Eliot Lecture Theatre, Merton College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Date: 14th October 2015
Ideas for good governance and progressive policies are not created by accident. Inputs are needed from various stakeholders, practitioners, public officials, civil society agents and think tanks. Any progressive agenda only succeeds if the policy ideas work. We have established a state think-tank, Penang Institute headed by Dr Lim Kim Hwa from Cambridge University, that explores new ideas and how to make them work.
We are also working with international organisations such as Aga Khan Trust for Culture, to introduce community based urban regeneration projects which have changed the landscape of George Town, a Unesco world heritage site. Today, tourists throng the streets of George Town, soaking up the “unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia” – the very reasons George Town was inscribed by Unesco.
Lim Guan Eng (@cmlimguaneng) October 15, 2015
In this, the state government plays a role of enabling George Town heritage city by combining the ancient and the modern, heritage with science. Tech starts-up want to operate in the heritage area in their belief that the unique atmosphere can help to inspire innovation and creativity.
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