THE GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY BY FEDERAL OATS MILLS SDN BHD

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Ground Breaking Ceremony by Federal Oats Mills Sdn Bhd

St. Giles Wembley, George Town, Penang
29 August 2017

 

Ladies and gentlemen

Good morning. I am pleased to be present today at the ground-breaking ceremony of Federal Oats Mills Sdn Bhd new plant at halal food manufacturing hub located within the Penang Science Park - North. This re-investment in Penang by one of Malaysia’s most prominent and established companies, established in 1965, marks the continued growth of investments into Penang.

Penang Investment and Food Manufacturing Growth

Penang has recorded strong investment in manufacturing sector over last 9 years. For the 9-year period between 2008-2016, Penang recorded an investment of RM 59 billion, a 73% increase compared to the previous 9 years period between 1999 to 2007 of RM 34 billion. More interestingly, our domestic investment has increased by 178% where we recorded RM19.5 billion domestic investment in the period of 2008-2016 compared to RM7.0 billion in the corresponding period of 1999-2007.

The food and halal industry has showed continued growth in Penang. Today, Penang International Halal Hub (PIHH) is now Malaysia’s second leading Halal hub after Selangor. The Harvard Business Review, in 2016, estimates food demand to increase between 59% to 98% by 2050. Specifically, for oatmeal, global market size for the product is expected to reach USD2.5 billion by 2022 according to Zion Market Research. The Halal industry will be expected to reach USD 3.5 trillion.

RM120 million Re-investments by Federal Oats Mills Sdn Bhd

I wish to congratulate Federal Oats Mills Sdn Bhd which will be investing RM120 million into their new plant in Penang Science Park – North under the Penang International Halal Hub Food Zone. The new oats mill facility will be built on 6.7 acres of land, and the expansion will cater to the growing business demand of Federal Oats products under the popular brand of Captain Oats. In line with the global trend towards smart manufacturing in the new digital horizon of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, this facility will be a state-of-the-art design with fully automated production and packing systems.

The company celebrated its 50th Anniversary milestone in 2015, which shows how much the company has grown and expanded over the years. Currently located at Mak Mandin Industrial Park, Federal Oats Mills is the only oat milling plant in South East Asia. Phase 1 of this expansion project will be completed in 2019, just in time for the company’s 55th anniversary, while the entire expansion is estimated to be completed in 2025, which will mark its 60th anniversary. But, it is still very young at heart, as I was informed that the office will incorporate a modern work environment, open concept area for the millennials, and also an outdoor rooftop garden area for social activities and relaxation.

Under the leadership of Mr. Chew Soo Eng, Managing Director; Mr. Michael Chew, Executive Director; and Ms. Tan Kim Choo, General Manager, the company has and will continue to achieve greater heights. It is truly a ‘Powered in Penang’ brand as well – and the company is currently exporting to more than 35 countries, spanning S.E. Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Africa and Greater China. The company has also put the trust of management of the company into Ms. Tan, who is in the group of growing female leaders in both the public and private sectors in Penang.

Closing Remark

This ground-breaking ceremony today further strengthens Penang as an established destination of choice for global investors. I wish to once again congratulate Federal Oats Mills on this ground-breaking ceremony and look forward to the completion of your facility. The State Government through agencies such as InvestPenang and Penang Development Corporation will continue to facilitate, promote and further support the growth and development of the industry.

Thank you.

JAPANESE TECHNOLOGY WEEKEND 2017

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At Japanese Technology Weekend 2017

on 27th August 2017, Tech Dome

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of the Malaysia-Japan diplomatic relationship. This close friendship has brought many benefits to Malaysia and to Penang. In Penang, the involvement and generous contributions of the Japanese companies and community in the 40 decades since the Free Trade Zone started in Penang have benefited both Penangites and Japanese companies and residents here.

I am very happy that under the leadership of the Consulate-General of Japan in Penang in collaboration with Tech Dome Penang, the Japanese Technology Weekend is happening again in 2017. It is fitting for us to recognize the contributions of the Japanese companies through the Japanese Technology Weekend. Many Penangites have been given the opportunity to learn about the meticulous Japanese work culture, advanced scientific knowledge and technology as well as develop friendships with the Japanese companies they are have worked in.

I am especially pleased to see Japanese Technology Weekend in Tech Dome Penang, as this place was established for the purpose of inspiring the next generation in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - STEM. In the 2016 Japanese Technology Weekend, we observed first-hand how Malaysian engineers have worked competently alongside their Japanese counterparts to create and innovate. These innovations by Malaysian engineers working alongside their Japanese counterparts, eventually led to new and better consumer technology products. Their story will open the eyes of the young people to the technology and employment opportunities for them in Japanese companies.

As we move forward, this partnership with the Japanese companies become important as we become increasingly more globally integrated in our business and technology environments. As the rate of technological progress accelerates, the diversity of ideas coming from across different geographical locations and cultures will allow innovations to happen faster. I am sure some of these innovations will be show cased in JTW 2017 and be an inspiration for the future generation of Malaysian engineers.

The Penang State government is pushing hard to build a strong eco-system where STEM can thrive. We have no choice but to adapt and prosper in industry 4.0. We do not have too many natural resources, we depend on what we have between our ears i.e. our brains. We live and succeed by our wits, our creativeness and our determination, as we face the new wave of Industry 4.0.

Together with a good grounding in principles of the basic sciences and engineering, our young people will need to be attuned to Big Data, Analytics, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence that makes up Industry 4.0. Technology will impact almost all aspects of human endeavors. I encourage everybody, especially young people to ensure that you keep up with what is happening in the world of STEM and ICT, because for many of you, your success and maybe even your survival, in a world that is highly dependent on technology, will depend on how well you master STEM and ICT.

On behalf of the Penang State, I like to say thank you to all the companies participating in JTW 2017. Today's event is one small step to build a support system that will help establish Penang as a Centre of Excellence for science and technology in Malaysia. Penang as a COE for science and technology is important, if we want to be part of Industry 4.0.

Congratulations to the organizers and I hope all who attend will benefit from this event and get to experience some of the delights of Japanese culture and wonders of its technology.

Thank you.

PROGRAM PENANAMAN POKOK SEMPENA SAMBUTAN HARI KEMERDEKAAN YANG KE-60

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Ucapan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang

Sempena Program Penanaman Pokok Sempena Sambutan Hari Kemerdekaan Yang Ke-60

pada 27 Ogos 2017

Terdahulu, ia adalah satu penghargaan bagi saya untuk merasmikan majlis penanaman 3000 pokok dari spesis Tabebuia Spp (Tecoma) hari ini yang melibatkan sebanyak 3000 batang pokok yang ditanam secara serentak di kawasan kolam tadahan (wet pond) bersebelahan Ibu pejabat MPSP, Bandar Perda serta di 12 lagi lokasi yang telah dikenalpasti di ketiga-tiga daerah Seberang Perai.

Pulau Pinang memenuhi tanggungjawabnya sebagai sebuah bandar yang bertaraf antarabangsa dalam menanami kesedaran dan mewujudkan satu platform yang membolehkan semua orang di seluruh dunia untuk menyertai usaha untuk menanam semula pokok dan memerangi perubahan iklim. dengan menunjukkan sokongan bagi membina persekitaran yang sihat, mampan, menangani perubahan iklim dan melindungi bumi untuk generasi masa depan.

Kerajaan Negeri mempunyai visi untuk menjadikan Pulau Pinang sebuah negeri yang Bersih, Hijau, Selamat, Sihat dan Ceria. Semenjak 2010, kami telah memulakan satu siri inisiatif alam sekitar untuk meningkatkan kecekapan sumber seperti perkhidmatan bas CAT secara percuma, Tiada Beg Plastik Percuma setiap hari, larangan bekas makanan polistirena, memberi insentif untuk bangunan hijau, membina laluan basikal dan memperkenalkan sistem perkongsian basikal Link Bike serta melaksanakan Dasar Pengasingan Sisa Di Punca.

Pulau Pinang telah mencapai 38% kadar kitar semula yang tertinggi di negara ini berbanding dengan 22% kadar kitar semula negara dan berharap untuk meningkatkan kadar kitar semula kepada 40% menjelang tahun 2020. Kami adalah negeri pertama yang menentang loji tenaga kuasa nuklear di Malaysia dan akan terus berbuat demikian.

Program ini juga adalah merupakan salah satu program di bawah Keutamaan Yang Dipertua (YDP) bagi mencapai sasaran banadaray rendah karbon menjelang 2022. Kami berharap Malaysia dapat meninggalkan loji tenaga kuasa nuklear seperti Jerman. Kami tidak akan membenarkan sebarang pembinaan loji tenaga kuasa nuklear di Pulau Pinang dan Kerajaan Persekutuan telah bersetuju dengan keputusan kami.

Tambahan pula, kami telah menanam lebih daripada 271,000 pokok di Pulau Pinang sejak tahun 2008 sebagai tambahan kepada 3000 pokok baru yang ditanam hari ini. Semua majlis rasmi untuk melindungi biodiversity semulajadi. Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang telah berhenti menghidangkan sup sirip ikan yu. Kami sedang menuju ke arah negeri hijau yang pertama di Malaysia.

Kami tidak pernah membenarkan pembalakan hutan simpan kekal, tidak seinci persegi pun disentuh.

Pulau Pinang merupakan satu-satunya negeri yang tidak pernah menebang hutan simpanan kekal seinci pun daripada 544.011 hektar hutan simpan kekal ditebang di Semenanjung Malaysia dalam tempoh 10 tahun yang lalu. Negeri yang terkecil di Malaysia iaitu Perlis turut menebang sebanyak 167 hektar hutan simpanan kekal. Malaysia masih sempat menyelamatkan hutan hujan tropika yang berusia 130 juta tahun ini dengan meningkatkan dan tidak mengurangkan kawasan hutan simpanan kekalnya. Ini merupakan suatu tindakan yang masih belum terlambat jika semua pihak yang terlibat mempunyai komitmen yang sama dan menggembleng tenaga dalam usaha tersebut termasuk bayaran pampasan yang dikenakan oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan untuk menghalang Kerajaan Negeri supaya tidak menebang hutan simpanan kekal secara tidak bertanggung jawab.

Di sini wujudnya suatu pemintaan segera dimana penebangan hutan simpanan kekal yang telah diwarta untuk perlindungan harus diberhentikan dengan serta-merta dimana hutan tersebut telah dikeluarkan daripada warta memberi peluang kepada pembalak ataupun kroni pemaju untuk mengaut untung yang besar atas pengorbanan alam sekitar. Di Semananjung Malaysia (rujukan kepada graf), Pahang merupakan penyumbang terbesar di mana sebanyak 161,369 hektar hutan telah ditebang dalam masa 10 tahun, diikuti oleh Kelantan 157,919 hektar dan Perak 74,032 hektar.

Keluasan Hutan Simpanan Kekal (HSK) Yang Dilesenkan Untuk Pengusahasilan Mengikut Status Tanah, 2006-2015 (ha)

Negeri

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Jumlah

Pahang

13694

8892

12594

11350

12646

16314

19373

19835

22214

24467

161379

Kelantan

19880

17385

21243

16969

17943

15232

11727

13163

12255

12122

157919

Perak

9500

7901

6220

6616

6927

8213

7010

8722

6898

6025

74032

Terengganu

5096

3920

3861

3089

6909

8112

9530

8502

8269

4453

61741

Johor

8090

6072

5725

1480

2889

1944

3570

1583

3606

3195

38154

Kedah

2222

2007

2435

2028

3646

4978

2451

4715

3602

4658

32742

Negeri

Sembilan

1898

2473

1106

421

415

1458

820

609

1410

1130

11740

Selangor

2646

1905

893

23

376

-

39

-

-

-

5882

Melaka

57

-

45

20

-

-

-

-

133

-

255

Perlis

-

-

-

-

-

2

-

-

-

165

167

Pulau Pinang

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Jumlah

63083

50555

54122

41996

51751

56253

54520

57129

58387

56215

544011

***Sumber: Jabatan Perhutanan Semenanjung Malaysia, Kementerian Sumber Asli & Alam Sekitar Malaysia

Konsep pelaksanaan program ini adalah berteraskan kepada “PUBLIC, PRIVATE, PEOPLE & PARTNERSHIP – 4P's” yang melibatkan Asli Majlis MPSP, pihak pengurusan tertinggi MPSP dan kakitangan MPSP dengak kerjasama pihak swasta.

Sekian, terima kasih.