"Small is Beautiful" as denoted by Schumacher, works out well for Penang as it is not necessarily that "bigger is better". As the second smallest State in Malaysia, Spreading over 1,031 sq. km, with 293 sq. km on Penang Island and 738 sq. km on Mainland Penang, Penang is the top 3 most developed and industrialised State in the country.
The year-round equatorial climate, which is warm and sunny, together with plentiful rainfall, especially during the southwest monsoon from April to September, contributes to Penang's attraction as an investment and tourism centre.
Quality of Life – Conducive Work and Play Environment, Leisurely Lifestyle and Never Ending Indulgence in World Famous Cuisines
There is an undeniable, exciting buzz about this Silicon Island which is My Penang.... also THE top ten island you must visit before you die (Article from Yahoo)
Penang is the Silicon island of opportunities and a “Great Place to Work” in a holiday resort setting. She prides herself as the centre of excellence in the continuous growth of value-added, high-tech and knowledge-based companies that engender high-income, technology transfer and innovative industries, creating Intelectual property in many dimensions. Testamount to it’s diverse, technological investment portfolio, Penang offers tremendous opportunity for personal grow, coupled with the uniquely vibrant, livable city environment, making it a Fantastic Place to work, for the Young, and the young at heart. It is no surprise then, that together with it’s many facets of world class recreational facilities, entertainment, infrastructure and serene escapades, Penangites, Malaysians and Talents around the world, find Penang a Fantastic Place to Work and Play. Many talented Penang workforce from not only Penang, but all over the world, who have made Penang companies , their employer of choice.
Listen up to what they have to say, of why they have chosen Penang as their workplace and how they have taken in, lock ,Stock and barrel this enchanting, exciting, technological island, which has warmly become their Home ,their vision and their future. We will tell of their personal stories of how they have passionately embraced, what they now call……. “My Penang”
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Penang Malaysia Voted Among World's Best Islands in Asia
Penang Malaysia was recently honored as one of the top Asian islands in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards. A first timer on the list, Penang Malaysia continues to gain popularity among travelers for its lively beaches, interesting architecture, and amazing Asian-fusion cuisine.
The World's Best Awards are voted on by Travel + Leisure's readers, selecting their favorite hotels, spas, airlines, cruise lines, outfitters, cities, and islands around the globe. This was the magazine's 13th poll.
Penang, with its unique blend of cultures and heritage, has always been a favourite holiday destination among foreign travelers. George Town, the state capital of Penang Malaysia, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, putting it in the ranks of such iconic landscapes and monuments as China's Great Wall, India's Taj Mahal, the US' Grand Canyon and Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
Yahoo list Penang as Top 10 islands you must see before you die
An online travel guide has picked Penang as one of the top 10 islands in the world “you must see before you die.”
Yahoo! Travel writer Gary McKechnie ranks Penang eighth on the list of the “must visit” places.
Other islands listed are Bali, Vieques in Puerto Rico, Easter Island in Chile, Ischia in the bay of Naples (Italy), Chiloe in Chile, Bora Bora in French Polynesia, Key West in the Conch Republic, Galapagos in Ecuador and Palm Islands in Dubai.
The Port of Penang’s city, George Town, was voted as one of Asia’s best cities ...
by Asiaweek in 1998 and again in 2000
In 2009, Conditions Abroad Limited ranked the Port of Penang and George Town as one of the 10 top locations where Europeans want to work and live.
George Town has improved a notch to rank as the 9th most liveable city in Asia in a survey of 254 cities worldwide.
The ECA International Location Ranking Survey had the previous year ranked the Penang capital as the 10th most liveable city in Asia for Asians.
George Town also saw the biggest improvement in scores among the 49 Asians cities surveyed by rising 11 notches in global ranking from 74 to 63.
In 2008, George Town was designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Site for its architectural and cultural character that is unique in East and Southeast Asia.
George Town and the Port of Penang have a 500-year history of trade and cultural mixing. With both Asian and European influences, the area is multi-cultural. George Town’s historic center is an excellent example of British colonial life in the late 18th and 19th Centuries.
Lonely Planet’s top 10 foodie holidays
Nasi goreng is available practically anywhere in Malaysia but is best sampled within the wonderfully crowded hawker centres that dot the island of Penang. The diverse Malay, Chinese, Indian and Baba-Nonya cooking styles conspire to give an otherwise humble dish some special flavours
Penang Voted top 8 most livable city in Asia
theSun, April 27, 2012
GEORGE TOWN: Penang's latest achievement in being ranked the 8th most liveable city in Asia will boost the state government's efforts to make it a strong location of choice for foreign investors and tourists.
State Housing Committee chairman Wong Hon Wai said the ranking by global consultancy firm ECA International for the second consecutive year would also bring positive impact to the property sector here.
Speaking at the opening of the Penang International Property forum yesterday (26 April 2012), Wong hailed the recognition as being in line with the state government's vision to transform Penang into an international city.
He stressed that Singapore, Indonesia, Britain, Australia and China were the top five countries from which international buyers bought property in Penang.
He noted that the state government was proposing to increase the minimum price limit for property purchases by foreigners from the current RM500,000 to RM1 million, with a higher limit of RM2 million for landed property on the Island.
"In year 2010 and 2011, there were 774 and 890 property transactions involving foreigners. These transactions constitue only 2.98% and 2.26% respectively of the total number of transactions in Penang," he said.
He added with the declaration of Penang as a UNESCO World Heritage Site had spurred a bigger influx of tourists to the island and bolstered occupancy in local hotels.
"Activities like the Georgetown Festival, Penang World Music Festival and others have served as positive catalysts to showcase uniqueness of Penang to domestic and foreign tourists," he said during the forum at Eastin Hotel here.
Penang shoots to top spot for capital investment
PENANG, Jan 19, 2011: Penang has come up tops for capital investments in the manufacturing sector last year by contributing 26 per cent of the total investment in the country in 2010.
According to figures released by Malaysian International Development Agency (MIDA), the Pakatan Rakyat ruled state has increased its investment by a whopping 465 percent from RM2,165 million in 2009 to RM12,238 million in 2010.
“The significance of this historic achievement is highlighted by Penang's contribution of RM12,238 million to Malaysia's investment constituting 26% of Malaysia’s total investments of RM47,177 million in 2010,” said chief minister Lim Guan Eng in a statement to Harakahdaily.