Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Assalamualaikum, salam 1Malaysia Negaraku & Salam Perak Amanjaya

    I am indeed delighted and feel honoured to be invited to tonight’s appreciation and award dinner for Pangkor Dialogue 2017. Let me take the opportunity in congratulating the Perak State Government for hosting such a prestigious international conference. The round of applause also go the co-organisers, namely Institut Darul Ridzuan, Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Ladies and gentlemen,

 The inaugural Pangkor Dialogue was first held in 2014 and this is its edition. The event has become bigger and more prominence throughout the years as it brings together many agencies and professional mind for deliberation. Pangkor Dialogue has started to gain the world’s attention for the subject of development ad sustainable growth. Pangkor’s history has a strategic place in the starting point of our country. The treaty that was signed between the British and Sultan of Perak is significant in the Malay states history because it signalled the British official involvement in the Malay states’ policies. Signed in Pangkor Island in 1874, it has ignited the fight for independence that eventually came in 1957.

 Moving on, we must explore the most rigid beliefs about what tomorrow will contain. Pangkor Dialogue is the journey which explores the starting point of our future and the future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. It is just a matter of time when Pangkor Dialogue will be held in Pangkor when the island is ready to host high level international delegates. Pangkor would one day become the focal meeting point where business and political leaders get together in a relaxed environment and comfortably open up for a better tomorrow.

  The Pangkor Dialogue is an international knowledge exchange, which aims to inspire sustainable economic growth in the region in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. It is unique in the sense that it is one of the few dialogues in the world that is promoted by a State Government. This dialogue is also a platform where inside information is shared to find solutions for universal challenges faced by the region. These valuable insights provide a greater understanding of the issues at hand.

Ladies and gentlemen,

 The outcome of the dialogue provides actionable and impactful recommendations for the benefits of all stakeholders. It has been proven to be a venue for forming fruitful collaborations between international stakeholders. It is a meeting place that brings all the stakeholders under one roof. And it is no doubt that Pangkor Dialogue is an event that gathers experts from various backgrounds that will benefit multiple stakeholders. Perak state government under the leadership of Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry has successfully branded Perak as the emerging hub for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibition (MICE). When people talk about Perak, there are many international events that people can associate with: Pangkor Dialogue, World  Conference of Islamic Thoughts and Civilization, Pangkor International Poetry & Folk Songs Festival and many more. We have seen how this state has became host to about 60 major events along the Perak Festival of Ideas calendar. This is not only to promote the state but Malaysia in general. We have the ability to play host to any international conference, meeting, seminar and event. The just concluded SEA Games is a testimony of how a major sports meet should be organised, and that we are ready for a bigger fests.

The first participation of the UNDP in this dialogue is indeed a recognition to the importance of a global development network to international growth. Advocating change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources are among the best available channels in helping the world to build a better life.  With the theme “Making the Future: Innovative Pathways to Sustainable Development”, the dialogue is hoped to achieve its goal in strategizing a better development growth, not only in Malaysia but in other regions as well.  I have a strong confidence that this Pangkor Dialogue, which features a large-scale gathering of international and local dignitaries, academicians, investors and non-governmental organisations, will find a solid way of how future development can be done without over-zealous implementation.

On behalf of the Federal Government, I would like to thank the state government for its endless effort to promote this dialogue and for making Perak a centre of deliberation for future growth. We can take pride in it. As this year dialogue aims to explore possible innovations and solutions to achieve the sustainable development goals set out in Agenda 2030, I was told many distinguish speakers are taking part in it. Let us focus on optimising the social development goals at the sub-national level, and focusing on finding an optimal pathway between innovation and sustainable development.

With that, I wish to thank everyone who has contributed towards the success of this event and may the Pangkor Dialogue 2017 continue to prosper in the spirit of togetherness and solidarity.