VIDEO DOCUMENTATION PROJECT LAUNCHING CEREMONY:THE ARTISANS AND PRACTITIONERS OF GEORGE TOWN

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

AT VIDEO DOCUMENTATION PROJECT LAUNCHING CEREMONY:THE ARTISANS AND PRACTITIONERS OF GEORGE TOWN

01.04.2018 (SUNDAY)

MAJESTIC THEATRE, GEORGE TOWN 

A very good morning to all of you, Salam Bersih and welcome to the launching ceremony of the Video Documentation Project on The Artisans and Practitioners of George Town. Let me congratulate George Town World Heritage Incorporated, together with Image Farm and Majestic Theatre for successfully organising this public screening featuring 30 outstanding artisans and practitioners of the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

I wish to thank these unsung heroes and heroines whose devotion to their trades and crafts have safeguarded the cultural heritage of George Town. 

We are grateful that these artisans have agreed to be interviewed and share with the video project team their techniques, skills, and insider insights during the video documentation process. The videos that we will be watching today document the history, daily life, working methods and the working environment of the heritage traders. The videos provide a window for the public to visualise the life of a heritage trader and to understand the background to their craft. 

This video documentation project launching ceremony is our stepping stone to invite more people to join us in appreciating the contributions of the unsung heroes and heroines of cultural heritage. We hope to raise awareness and urge more people to stop taking heritage for granted, as knowledge from the past helps us to define who we are today, and where we want to go in the future. 

The Penang State Government through George Town World Heritage Incorporated is committed to safeguard valuable craftsmanship and knowledge by recognising them as the living heritage of George Town. We walk the talk through our 4P (Public-private-people-professional) partnerships to initiate inclusive programs for all communities despite their race, cultural or political differences. For example, the Penang State Government has committed a total of RM3mil towards the Heritage Habitat Seed Fund to assist the community in the George Town World Heritage Site to safeguard their continued habitation of their rented heritage premises.

We also have in place the state-initiated pilot programme called the ‘Artisan-in-Residence Programme’ to safeguard the cultural heritage of the George Town World Heritage Site. It provides an opportunity to rebrand and innovate traditional products. 

Also, through the recently launched Sia Boey Rejuvenation Project, the old Sia Boey Market will be renovated and made into a flexible space to be used to host temporary or seasonal markets, cultural and educational events. 

These initiatives will provide the venue and platform for us to promote cultural heritage knowledge and products to more people. It is through these holistic approaches that we can successfully safeguard cultural heritage with impactful results. 

With this, I end my speech by thanking everyone for attending today’s event and let’s work collectively in safeguarding our cultural heritage. I wish all of you a happy Sunday watching the video documentaries featuring the artisans and practitioners of George Town. 

 Thank you.

THE LAUNCHING CEREMONY OF CODING FOR ALL

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

AT THE LAUNCHING CEREMONY OF CODING FOR ALL

2 APRIL 2018

Good morning!

In August last year at this same spot, I launched Code-on-Wheels, an initiative that bring Coding or computer programming workshops directly to students in school. This initiative, a partnership with HPMM, Little Rain Children Trust, ECM Libra Foundation, impacted 4000 students in 40 schools.

Code-on-Wheels is a very good program, because the ability to code is an essential skill that ALL students should have. Why do I say that?

The 4th industrial revolution is upon us. We are in the midst of a data-driven economy. In Silicon Valley, data is king. For us, our challenge is to build up more talent adept in science and technology. Artificial intelligence is coming. Let me give you an example of the power of AI or specifically, machine learning. In March 2016, the 18-time world champion of Go (Weiqi), Mr Lee Sedol, played against a computer, AlphaGo. Unlike Chess, the game of Go is considered impossible for a computer to play because of the enormous permutations. 

But, guess what? AlphaGo beat the 18-time world champion, 4-1! This is not the end of the story. About a year later, a modified computer AI program, AlphaGo Zero beat Alpha Go by 100-0! This is how fast technology progresses!

Even more remarkable, when you consider this -It takes decades to train a human to be a world champion. It took 6 weeks for humans to train AlphaGo. It took 3 days for AlphaGo Zero to train itself!

The power of technology is amazing! It can also be scary. Many jobs will be destroyed. In fact, an Oxford University study concludes that 60% of jobs will be destroyed. It is not gloom and doom, because many other jobs will be created too.

So, in the face of rapid technological change, how do we prepare our young for the future? How do we create the future talent pool for our industry in Penang? How do we create a bright future for our young?

As I have said many times, the most important thing any responsible government should do is to prepare our students well for the future. We must equip our students with critical thinking skills, and to be able to think innovatively. We must be a centre of excellence for science and technology. STEM teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics is the way forward. 

We must also equip them with relevant technical skills; and, one of the most important technical skill is the ability to communicate with computers – to analyse data sets, draw insights, create solutions using computers. To do all this, our students must learn to code!

As such, the Penang State Government today is launching the “Coding For All”, a quantum expansion of our Code-on-Wheels initiative. We will be investing a total of RM6 million over the next 3 years in Penang Science Cluster to develop coding skills in our young students in Penang.

Specifically, this RM6 million investment will provide: - training to over 400 teachers in Penang on Scratch, Python and other Computer Science subjects.- provide hardware and course materials to over 100 schools in Penang to enable students to learn line coding and Arduino- free Coding workshops to our community organized by YBs- free Coding workshops to our disadvantaged in our society eg, orphanages.- software competitions for our students to gauge their skills.

All in all, we expect over 120K primary and secondary students or more than 50% of total students in 400 primary and secondary schools in Penang today to benefit from the “Coding-For-All” initiative.

I am proud to announce that Penang is the only state in Malaysia doing this. The State Government is happy and proud to work through Penang Science Cluster to make this happen.

Now, this is only the latest investment that Penang State Government is putting into STEM education. Just 2 weeks ago, we laid the foundation for PDL 2, an expansion of the 1st digital and 24hrs library in Malaysia. We have also the Pg STEM focused on Maths education, Tech Dome, PSDC and @CAT. Collectively, these 6 organisations are championing STEM education for our next generation in Penang.

At this point, I would like to thank all our industry partners who have provided so much support and working with the State to inspire and educate our young. Thank you to you all!

With this, I hereby declare the launch of the “Coding-For-All”.

Thank you.

MAJLIS PECAH TANAH PEMBINAAN STADIUM HOKI DI JALAN BETEK, SEBERANG PERAI TENGAH

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SEMPENA MAJLIS PECAH TANAH PEMBINAAN STADIUM HOKI DI JALAN BETEK, SEBERANG PERAI TENGAH

2 April 2018 @ 9.00 pagi

 

Pulau Pinang buat masa ini hanya mempunyai satu padang hoki yang diiktiraf oleh International Hockey Federation (FIH) iaitu di Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). 

Padang hoki di Kompleks Sukan Bertam, Seberang Perai Utara masih belum dinaik taraf sungguhpun dijanji berkali-kali oleh Kementerian Belia dan Sukan. Sememangnya janji tidak ditepati.

Pulau Pinang memerlukan sebuah pusat latihan hoki kekal untuk dijadikan pusat latihan utama skuad hoki negeri. Buat masa kini, pasukan Hoki Pulau Pinang terpaksa menggunakan kemudahan padang hoki USM dan juga padang hoki di SMK Mutiara Impian (Penang Sport School) untuk mengadakan latihan atau pertandingan.  

Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan (MMK) dalam mesyuaratnya pada 2 November 2016 dan disahkan pada 10 November 2016 telah bersetuju untuk pembinaan sebuah stadium hoki di atas tanah Kerajaan Negeri dengan anggaran 6 ekar di Lot 2763, Mukim 10, Bukit Mertajam, Seberang Perai Tengah. Pembinaan stadium hoki ini merupakan obligasi sosial Kerajaan Negeri dalam pembangunan sukan negeri. Pembinaan stadium hoki ini juga bertujuan memberi pengiktirafan kepada pasukan lelaki negeri Pulau Pinang yang berjaya memenangi pingat emas dalam Sukma Ke-18 Sarawak 2016.

Kos  keseluruhan  pembinaan stadium hoki tersebut dianggarkan berjumlah RM7.5 juta. Kerajaan Negeri telah bersetuju membiayai RM3.5 juta daripada kos tersebut, manakala bakinya dibiayai oleh AEI International Berhad. Stadium ini akan dilengkapi dengan lampu limpah (floodlights) yang diikitiraf oleh FIH dan astaka (Grandstand) yang dapat menampung lebih kurang 500 orang. Sukacita dimaklumkan bahawa pembinaan stadium hoki dijangkai siap pada hujung bulan Ogos 2018.

Secara keseluruhannya terdapat 21 buah Stadium Hoki di Malaysia yang diiktiraf of FIH, dengan pembinaan Stadium Hoki Jalan Betek, ianya bakal menjadi Stadium Hoki ke-22 yang akan mendapat pengiktirafan FIH dan juga menjadi stadium hoki yang terbaru di Malaysia apabila ianya siap kelak. Untuk Kerajaan Negeri, inilah contoh yang ditunjukkan selama 10 tahun kebelakangan ini – Janji Ditepati!