Innovation central to Penang’s development

Penang is participating in ITB Asia this year demonstrating the Malaysian state’s ongoing dynamic development in line with its recently launched “Penang 2030 Vision”. 

To this end, the Penang State Government this summer launched the “Penang Bay International Ideas Competition”. Open to local and global innovators and thinkers, the competition seeks to generate inspiring ideas and concepts for Penang’s waterfront assets in order to drive prosperity.

The Penang Bay concept aims to bring life back into Penang’s historical and natural water-based assets. As part of Penang’s recovery strategy, innovation will be at the heart of reshaping the future, by transforming the waterfronts of the island and mainland in a way that builds social, economic and environmental resilience.

Meanwhile, eco-responsibility took a major step forward last month, as the Penang Hill Corporation successfully submitted an application to be listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve under the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme.

After four years of meticulous research work and tedious submission processes, the nomination dossier was submitted by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources on 29th September 2020 after it was approved by the Cabinet. The assessment of the application at UNESCO is then estimated to take around one year.

The proposed UNESCO Biosphere Reserve will encompass 20% of Penang Island, covering Penang Hill as a central park, Teluk Bahang National Park and Marine Park, Penang Botanic Gardens, 6 permanent forest reserves which are Bukit Kerajaan Forest Reserve, Teluk Bahang Forest Reserve, Laksamana Forest Reserve, Penara Bukit Forest Reserve, Highlands Forest Reserve, and Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve including 2 dams; Teluk Bahang Dam and Ayer Hitam Dam. It is equivalent to 12,481 ha of land.

Penang prides itself in its nature: recently completed “Langur Way” canopy walk at the Habitat, Penang