In the speech, Mr Lee spoke about how Penang has become a dominant force competitively among all states in Malaysia.
Clearly, the results speak for themselves, from scholastic/junior chess Penang is MSSM champion this year. Also the recent Inter State was also won by Penang. I was here for the first Penang Open and it was pretty modest with only one GM taking part. The 8th edition of the Penang Open sees 8 GM and a host of other titled players taking part. Total participants are 98 in the Open section and a whopping 223 in the Challengers' section.
This is the biggest chess event in Malaysia second only to the Malaysian Chess Festival.