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28 JULY 2018

Teng Kok Liang
Chief Executive Officer, Penang Youth Development Corporation (PYDC)

Ladies and gentlemen

Good Morning.

First of all, I would like to thank to Penang Youth Development Corporation (PYDC) for inviting me to present the views on Penang State's Smart City Initiative, which we hope this will help to transform Penang to one of the important international city in the region.

Governed by the CAT principle of “Competency, Accountability and Transparency” since the Penang Government came into power in 2008, Penang has transformed itself into one of the most livable cities in Asia as well as one of the leading states in Malaysia. 

And now, it is the time for Penang to step forward and develop into intelligent city. As such, we plan to initiate and integrate the concept of smart city into the governance and policy making.

With the development of technology nowadays, we believe this could potentially reduce the waste of time and resources, and eventually increase the productivity and quality life for all Penangites.

A sustainable development of a State depends on a systematic and realistic planning. It has huge impact on economic growth, liveability and sustainability of a city. Such planning’s should not only be cheaper and faster, but it is important that the plan is reliable, feasible and sustainable. To truly realize the potential of Penang as a modern and socially progressive state, a holistic transformation masterplan is needed. Therefore, to transform Penang into a holistic transformation masterplan is planned via the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) – a holistic transformation masterplan is planned via the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project. 

The intent of the Penang State Government is in congruence with the Federal Government’s vision to spur productivity and transform innovation to wealth through strategic measures and programmes to boost the capital and human economy. The overall PSR masterplan, adopts towards the “Smart City” concept that has been engineered to attract talents, create value, generate demand, sustain supply and preserve the cultural legacy of Penang.

The concept offers opportunity to build a “City of the Future” from day one in all aspects of living, business, sustainability and governance. Once put into motion, the Penang State believes the Smart City blueprint on PSR would enhance the core transformation in all spheres of development especially towards economic, environmental and social integrating all three (3) aspects of Penang Paradigm into a single coherent agenda that would uplift Penang’s growth trajectory in the next five (5) decades.

The Smart City concept for this PSR project covers six (6) aspects such as:

-Smart Mobility & Connectivity - efficient, safe and well connected
-Smart People – Healthy, Skilful and Knowledgeable
-Smart Economy – well supported eco-system of business and industrial clusters
-Smart Living – high quality of life, opportunities for live, learn, work and play
-Smart Environment – climate responsive, low carbon, integrated and multi-functional use
-Smart Governance – effective, transparent and participatory 

For your information, Penang establishing good governance and clean leadership, building public infrastructure, developing human talent, promoting arts and culture, embracing sustainable development, undertaking community projects through 4P (public, private, people and professional) Partnership, wiped out hard-core poverty as well as uphold a harmonious society that respects differences in faiths and beliefs.

We strongly believe that Penang is currently on the right path of development, where all decision with best public interest are made through careful and extensive consideration of every aspects after listening to opinions of public and professionals.

With these words, I wish to congratulate PYDC and partners: Penang Institute, CISCO, Selangor Information Technology and E-Commerce Council (SITEC), CREST, Hexon Data and SRS Consortium, on their successful organization of this PENANG YOUTH & UNIVERSITY STUDENT SMART CITY FORUM 2018.

As I have been informed, Penang Youth & University Student Smart City Forum 2018 had received more than 100 applications, but only 80 participants were selected to attend the forum. I wish to congratulate to all of you and have a good forum today.

For Youth For Future, let’s make Penang better than ever.

Thank you.


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28 July 2018 | 9.00 am

Salam Sejahtera.

I am pleased to have this opportunity to address the PSDC’s Graduating Class of 2018 from the German Dual Vocation Training (GDVT) Malaysian Meister Program Level 1 in Mechatronics, Diploma in Manufacturing Technology (CAD/CAM) Program, and the Contestable Funding Program.

First and foremost, I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to all graduates for completing your program. Well done to all of you! I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the parents, guardians, and family members of the graduates. Whilst you may not be the one receiving a scroll today, your child’s success and achievements wouldn’t be possible without your love and support. We applaud and commend you for your hard work and sacrifices.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Penang State Government has always recognised the significance and the importance of talent development in sustaining and accelerating the growth of the state and the nation. As we move towards becoming a digital economy in the Industry 4.0 environment, it is crucial for us to have a consistent supply of multi-disciplined and multi-talented workforce to support the Industry and the economy.

Penang has always been at the forefront in human capital development with PSDC being the pioneer and leading skills development centre in Malaysia and the first Industry 4.0 Centre of Excellence. Penang is also leading in the area of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) through the GDVT program. We have learnt the best practices from the Germans and have successfully adapted it to our local context and setting to make it suitable for Malaysians. The State Government has also provided RM2 million sponsorship in support of this program here in Penang and I am proud that we are seeing the first fruits of this investment with the graduation of the first two batches of GDVT apprentices today.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Host Companies, PSDC, MGCC, and JPK for your support in ensuring the quality and effectiveness of the GDVT program. This is a great example that with a strong public-private partnership between the Industry, Government, and Training Institution, we can create a sustainable dual vocational training system for Malaysia.

To all graduates, I trust that the PSDC trainers and your on-job-training coaches have done a great job in providing you with the proper and relevant skills training and education. Now, it is time for you to shine and to put the training to proper use.

Congratulations once again to the Graduating Class of 2018. I wish you the best and may you continue to give your best for the future of this state and nation.

Thank you.


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26th July 2018

Mr Ashwin Gunasekeran
CEO of Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB)

Member of the media

Distinguished guest

Ladies and gentlemen

Good afternoon.

I am proud to announce that the Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) will be organising the inaugural Penang International Travel Exchange (PITE), a premier travel exchange that will be held in September 2018.

The PITE is a homegrown travel exchange created by PCEB to further position Penang as the leading Business Events and leisure destination in Asia Pacific. Selected buyers from around the world will be brought to Penang each year to experience Penang’s many experiences unfiltered. PITE will also include B2B sessions, site inspections, education workshops and networking events.

For the first edition of PITE, Penang will be hosting buyers from the Global Panoramic Showcase (GPS), which is a business meeting point for tourism professionals from the leading Tourism Service providers from India. This is a continuation of the highly successful India Roadshow that PCEB and Team Penang embarked on to India in January 2018. The Penang Sales Mission to India covered four cities which include Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

In each city, PCEB held a B2B Session and a networking dinner for the buyers, and Penang partners sponsored a total of RM 100,000 worth of lucky draw prizes.

About 1,000 interested buyers, as well as media, association chairs and members of the Indian tourism and trade boards attended the roadshow. From the four press conferences held during the Sales mission, Penang received approximately RM 1.03 million in media exposure.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The Business Events industry in Penang has been showing steady and positive growth. In 2016, the Estimated Economy Impact (EEI) for Business Events in Penang was recorded at RM808 million whereas last year, the EEI has surpassed the RM 1 billion target with a total of RM 1.002 billion. I am positive that with this travel exchange, Penang shall continue to position itself as a potential Business Events destination and convince more organisers to hold their events here.

In future, PITE will be opened up to other interested buyers and meeting planners around the globe to encourage exposure and instil more knowledge on organising Business Events in Penang.

In line with this, I would also like to introduce Penang’s first Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) – Apollo Conferences, which will also be the co-organiser for PITE. I believe to support Penang’s mission to be a leading destination for Business Events, we must have a PCO of our own, and this is one of the great initiatives of PCEB in developing the industry to move forward.

The increase of Business Events held in Penang will positively impact the growth of not only the EEI, but also the growth of the industry for Penang. Let us continue to strive in making Penang the preferred world-class Business Events destination for various congresses, conventions, meetings and other large-scaled events.

I wish PCEB and Apollo Conferences a successful event and we look forward to welcoming 150 Business Events and leisure buyers from the Global Panorama Showcase (GPS) for the Penang International Travel Exchange (PITE).

Thank you.