Lot 10 Hutong Grand Launch Opening Speech
By Puan Sri Datin Sri Kai Yong, Yeoh
Secretary-General, Ministry of Tourism Malaysia, YBhg. Dato’ Dr. Ong Hong Peng
Honorable Internationally-renowned Gourmand and Well-known Writer, Mr Chua Lam,
Dear Business Associates,
Owners of “Lot 10 Hu Tong” Cuisine Operations,
Press Reporters, Ladies and Gentlemen.
A very good afternoon to all of you!
Today, we are indeed honored to have our distinguished Secretary-General of Tourism, Dato’ Dr. Ong Hong Peng, who is here to officiate the opening ceremony of this “Lot 10 Hu Tong” Food Center in spite of his hectic schedule. His presence, amidst your good selves, adds more color to this considerable antiquity setting of “Lot 10 Hu Tong”.
On behalf of the members of the Board of Directors, I would like to extend our sincere gratefulness and warmest welcome to Dato’ Dr. Ong Hong Peng for his gracious presence here. We would also like to express our sincere appreciation to internationally-renowned gourmet and well-known writer, Mr Chua Lam, who has taken the trouble to come from afar - to advice and to support us.
“Lot 10 Hu Tong” Food Center on the one hand was founded in response to the call of the Honorarable Minister of Tourism Malaysia, YB Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen to actively advance Malaysian food culture as a unique selling point. This is to promote tourism and to attract foreign tourists so that visitors, besides enjoying the tropical sceneries of Malaysia, would also have a chance to experience the unique characteristics of Malaysian cuisines, and to promote prolonged stays as well as offering unforgettable experiences.
On the other hand, based on the principle of “Having New Cuisine Havens to Meet the Palates of New Generations”, we have extended our invitation to cuisine operators across Malaysia to participate in this little world in order to unleash the strength of a group and display the appeal of each to ensure local guests and those from afar would stream in steadily all year round and at the same time offer these guests a feeling of home from home.
As such my eldest son, Tan Sri Dato’ Francis Yeoh Sock Ping, spent substantial time and effort visiting operators offering great food in various localities to promote his concept of “Having New Cuisine Havens to Meet the Palates of New Generations”. Finally he secured cooperation of over twenty cuisine operators from across Malaysia, many of which are those that I frequented when I was at school and also of my children’s favourites during their childhood days. We procured their agreement to bring their authentic and delicious food, which have flourished through two or three generations and renowned in South East Asia, together to Lot 10 Shopping Mall. This will enable customers to experience a one-stop gourmet service as well as to enjoy the food in a pleasant and hygienic environment, and also in comfort. This also opened the various renowned food of our country to better scopes of development and encouraged new options. We are indeed very happy and satisfied with it.
Here, on behalf of the Board of Directors, I would also like to extend my heartiest congratulations and warmest welcome to the participating cuisine operators. I hope you all will make the most of this wonderful environment and provide customers with better food preparations and excellent customer service. I also wish everyone happiness in your work and a prosperous and growing business in this cuisine haven!
Finally, on behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank our fellow business associates and friends for their support and kind blessings; the Board of Governors, Teacher and Parent Association and Alumni Association Of Zhou Li Chinese Primary School for their congratulatory flower bouquets and wishes; and particularly to all mass media who had made a lot of detailed reporting and had given their highest commendations to “Lot 10 Hu Tong”. At the same time I would also like to express my appreciation to all YTL staff that has enabled the perfect design and arrangement for today’s opening ceremony.
Thank you for all your love and support! I would like to sincerely wish all of you again good health and all the best in life!