Ground Breaking Ceremony by Hotayi Electronics (M) Sdn Bhd Plot 304a, Batu Kawan Industrial Park, Penang

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Ground Breaking Ceremony by Hotayi Electronics (M) Sdn Bhd Plot 304a, Batu Kawan Industrial Park, Penang

16 June 2017



Good morning. I am pleased to be present today at the ground breaking ceremony of Hotayi (M) Sdn Bhd at Batu Kawan Industrial Park. This Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) by an established integrated manufacturing organization marks the continued growth of investments into Penang.

Penang to benefit from E&E Sector Growth

The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) has projected that the global semiconductor sales will increase by 11.5% to reach USD377.8 billion this year, and the Asia Pacific region will experience the highest growth of 12.4%. Worldwide sales of semiconductors from the first quarter of 2017 were US $92.6 billion, up 18.1 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016.

Penang which contributes 8% of back-end semiconductor output globally is set to benefit from the steady growth of the industry, catalyzed by Industry 4.0 revolution. In 2016, E&E contributed 40% out of Penang’s RM4.3 billion investments.

RM1 billion Re-investments by Hotayi

Established in 1992, with 25 years of excellence, the Hotayi Penang facility has grown and is well-known in the global E&E business landscape. As an Electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company expanding to Vertical Integration (VI) Manufacturing, which provides total solution to customer, Hotayi demonstrated its confidence in Penang by making this RM1 billion re-investment in the Batu Kawan Industrial Park.

Following strong global growth in the semi-conductor industry, with companies growing by at least and some as much as 80%, Hotayi Electronics (M) Sdn Bhd will be making a total re-investment of RM1 billion. Phase 1 will involve the construction of a 250,000 sq ft facility, which is targeted to begin operation in Q1 2018. This development is expected to increase Hotayi’s total employment to 1,450 jobs including new high-income jobs in the field of mechanical and technical engineering, from the current headcount of 450.

The new facility in Batu Kawan will also adopt Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing concept. At the same time this facility will incorporate eco-friendly qualities, with its environmental and energy-conserving elements, which is in line with our vision for a Cleaner and Greener Penang.

As a responsible and caring employer, from a 100% foreign-owned company in 1992, the company employees now own 30% of the company’s shares. This re-investment will also further improve the eco-system in Batu Kawan Industrial Park and will benefit the local SMEs, especially those in the SME Village and SME clusters.

Hotayi also shares the vision of the State Government to nurture talents especially in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). Hotayi Electronics has been very supportive towards the State’s projects to spur interest among Penang’s young generation for STEM, donating RM25,000 towards the Tech Dome Penang Project. The State government is committed to making Penang a center of excellence (COE) for science and technology through the RM 20 million Penang Science Café, RM 28 million Penang Tech Dome, RM23 million Penang @CAT, the RM 6 million STEM Karpal Singh Learning Centre and the new RM 3 million Penang Digital Library – first 24-hour digital library.

The Penang state government has allocated RM6 million to the Malaysian Meister Program (MMP), previously named German Dual Vocational Training (GDVT), to train our skilled talents in Penang based on the German Training Standards – as a new benchmark for high-quality training in Malaysia and the world. This will increase our talent pool in the vocational and technical field – where the state government sponsors the tuition fee while the participating employers pay these students at least at the minimum wage of RM1,000 – a scenario where students get paid to study and get equipped with better skills.

Closing Remark

Penang is an established location of choice for global investors. I wish to once again congratulate Hotayi 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.


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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

Chung Ling Centenary Invitational Art Exhibition

10/06/2017, 4pm, Penang State Art Galery


Chung Ling High School established in 1917 is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. I congratulate the school.

Students of Chung Ling are known to excel in the sciences. Many of its alumni are successful professionals and business entrepreneurs. They contributed to the success of our nation and particularly our state Penang. I am very glad to note that Chung Ling also excels in the arts. This exhibition is a testament to that fact.

I am told that there are 76 artists’ works showcased in this exhibition. They are made up of teachers and students of Chung Ling High School.

Most of the artworks exhibited here are donated to the soon to be built Chung Ling Art Museum. I am told that another exhibition is currently held at the Chung Ling’s School Hall. The artworks exhibited there are for sale and the proceeds will go towards an art fund for the school’s art museum.

The state government has earmarked a 9 acre site for the RM30 million Penang Art District. There will be a new Penang State Art Gallery built at the PAD. The plan is to have a 50,000 square foot exhibition space showcasing Penang art, 5 times PSAG’s existing size. I hope that Chung Ling artists will be similarly enthusiastic in contributing to the PSAG. The family of one of Chung Ling’s artists, the late Tan Choon Ghee has led the way and very generously donated 124 artworks to the State Art Gallery. The works are currently on exhibition on the ground floor of the State Art Gallery. I hope that many artists will emulate that generosity and follow suit.

I extol the Chung Ling alumni for their love for their alma mater. Chung Ling has an admirable school motto, 爱吾锺灵 Love My Chung Ling. Earlier this year, the Penang State Government also launched the I Love Penang campaign. It is my hope that, just like how the old boys of Chung Ling love Chung Ling, the people of Penang, including the old boys of Chung Ling, will love Penang, and will continue to work together for a Cleaner, Greener, Safer, Healthier Penang and a more Creative, Innovative and Arty Penang.

I congratulate the organizers for putting together this worthy exhibition that I know will inspire the community.

I declare this exhibition open.

Farewell German Ambassador

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Speech by Chief Minster of Penang
Farewell German Ambassador, E&O, 9 June 2017


Ladies and gentlemen,

I’m delighted to be here this evening to honor the Ambassador for his time here in Malaysia representing Germany.

You can be proud of your achievements as Ambassador during your time since your appointment in August 2013. The relationship between Germany and Malaysia - and of course especially between Germany and Penang - are strong, and has become even stronger, broader, deeper. Indeed, German investments play a significant role in the development of Penang as Malaysia's most dynamic manufacturing hub as well as the introduction of a German dual vocational training programme, now called Meister Programme “Trained in Malaysia but made in Germany”.

Relations - whether economic or cultural - between Germany and Penang go back even longer than the establishment of the diplomatic relations in 1957, as the island has been home to many German merchants, traders and missionaries more then 200 years ago.

Germans left a deep impact on Penang's heritage, which can be seen till today in many old German trading buildings along Weld Quay or Beach Street. One of Penang's most famous buildings of worship - the Kapitan Keling Mosque - was designed by a German-Eurasian architect named Neubronner in the moghul-style domed mosque which embellishes Pitt Street until today.

The Malaysian-German Society was founded in 1962 - which in fact is a successor of the old Deutsche Vereinigung (pronounce: DEU-TSHE FAIR-EY-NIGUNG) which was founded in the 19th century - is still a place in Penang, where Germans and Malaysians strive for mutual understanding and strengthening the friendship of our two countries.

Malaysia has for many years been Germany’s principal trading partner among the ASEAN countries and in 2016, bilateral trade was worth almost RM58 billion. Meanwhile, manufacturing investments by Germany in Penang was valued at RM 404 million in 2016 (ranked third highest FDI into Penang in 2016), an increase of 67% from RM242 million recorded in 2015. Germany’s principal imports from Malaysia are electrical and electronic goods, machinery, instruments and technical devices - mainly produced in Penang!

Ambassador Michael, all things said, your support, dedication, and friendship towards Penang was and is indeed incredible and on behalf of the state government and the people of Penang. You symbolized both Gesinnungsethik (Pronounce: Ghe-Sin-Nungs-Ae-tick) (the ethic of conviction) and Verantwortungsethik (Pronounce: Fair-Unt-Wor-Tungs-Ae-Tick) (the ethic of responsibility), principally the tension between Utopian romanticism and practicality as stated by Max Weber in his classic 'Politics as a Vocation'.

An idealist but not a foolish one who wants to see things get done. Truly you will be missed. This was all meant to be and I’m sure you’ll continue to be a strong and great friend of Penang. I wish you all the best for you and your family's future in your next posting overseas.

Thank you.