GEORGE TOWN, Sept 5 (Bernama) — The development of Penang must use its own mould and identity based on human capital advancement to ensure ongoing racial unity.
Penang Governor Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas said this was crucial because the development achieved would not be meaningful without a close and strong unity among the communities.
“In this regard, I am very happy to see the 2015 National Day celebration which was more cheerful with the involvement of all quarters full of the spirit of unity and independence.
“We should continue to foster this spirit for the sake of solidarity and national development,” he said in his speech at a ceremony to confer state awards at Dewan Sri Pinang, here, Saturday.
The ceremony, in conjunction with his 77th birthday, saw 162 people being conferred awards including Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang and Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim.
Also present were Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, State Assembly Speaker Datuk Law Choo Kiang, State Secretary Datuk Seri Farizan Darus and state executive councillors.
A total 1,275 award recipients had been listed and Ambrin headed the list being among six recipients of the Darjah Panglima Pangkuan Negeri which carried the title Datuk Seri, while Noor Rashid received the Darjah Gemilang Pangkuan Negeri which also carried the title Datuk Seri.
Meanwhile, Abdul Rahman stressed on the importance of the conservation of the environment which could tackle the problem of haze that had worsened lately and had affected the health of the people and the national economy.
He said the increasingly significant weather change was one of the global issues which should be viewed seriously and followed up with consistent and effective conservation measures at state level.
“As such, efforts must be redoubled so that we are friendly and not hostile to the environment,” he added.