Another chapter in George Town Mutiara's history was written when President Mark Labrooy inked a historic Memorandum of Understanding with the Executive Director of NPO Urban & Community Development of Tokyo, Japan, Mr. Yushi Kumagai on Sunday 25 September 2011.
The signing of the MoU marks the start of a project whereby Japanese nationals affected by the recent earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan on 11 March 2011 will be temporarily relocated to Penang in a bid to revitalise their lives and their morale. The first group of Japanese nationals are expected to arrive in Penang by December 2011.
The historic occasion was witnessed by Guest of Honour, the Hon'ble Lion Phee Boon Poh, Penang State Executive Councillor for Health, Welfare & Caring Society who in his speech, pledged the unreserved support of the Penang State Government for the project. The other witnesses were the Deputy Consul-General of Japan, Penang, Ms. Hiroko Taniguchi and District 308 B2 Governor Shawn Lee.
Lions dignitaries present at the event were Past Council Chairperson Allan Cheah Cheng Wah, 1st Vice District Governor Tan Swee Kok, 2nd Vice District Governor Lee Boon Hoe, Past District Governor Dato' Khoo Kay Huat, Region 1 Chairperson Dato' Yeoh Moh Chai, District Cabinet Officers including numerous Clubs Presidents and Lions.
All attendees were treated to a sumptuous high tea after the signing ceremony held at the Eastin Hotel, Penang.