Penang-Hainan inked friendly-city status 槟城-海南签署友好城

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There are many Chinese clan associations in George Town, Penang.  Membership of these associations is usually determined by paternal origin either of a province (省) or a county (县) in China.  There are also many Chinese associations where membership is opened to individual of the same trade or faith or profession or surname.  There are many of these associations whose membership is based on one’s paternal origin in China as well.   

There are 74 of these associations, which exist for over 100 years.  The Goddess of Mercy (观音亭), for example, has history dated back to 1800.  In recognition of their enrichment to the local culture, their contribution to their respective clan and the advancement of Penang today, the State Government, through the office of the State Tourism and Cultural Committee, organized a grand celebration on 21 June 2012.  Representatives from the 74 organizations were invited to the function.  Guests from faraway Hainan Province, led by Mr She Zhiling (折志凌先生), Deputy Director-General of the Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs of the Hainan Province and his entourage were also present at the celebration. 

At the celebration the Chief Minister of Penang, Mr Lim Guan Eng witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a Friendly City Status between Penang State and Hainan Province.  Mr Chow Kon Yeow and Mr She Zhiling, representing Penang and Hainan respectively, inked the MOU.  The MOU aims to promote inter-state (province) trade, investment, tourism and cultural activities.

Note: The official signing ceremony of the  Agreement On The Establishment Of Sisterhood Relationship Betweem Penang and Hainan was held on 7th November 2013 at Haikou, Hainan.  The signatories to the Agreement were Mr Jiang Ding Zhi, Hainan Province Governor and Mr Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang.