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16 August 2018
@CAT Wisma Yeap Chor Ee, George Town, Penang

Dato’ Rosli Jaafar
General Manager of Penang Development Corporation (PDC)

Dato’ Loo Lee Lian
Chief Executive Officer of InvestPenang (IP)

Members of the Penang i4.0 Seed Fund Steering & Evaluation Committee

Members of the startup community

Members of the press

Ladies & Gentlemen

Good afternoon.

I am pleased to be present at the Penang i4.0 Seed Fund Recognition Day this afternoon. Our session today serves to celebrate another milestone in the achievements of the recipient companies while at the same time also signifies another chapter in the journey of these companies in maximising their full potential using the seed fund that is awarded to them.

On 10 March 2018, the Penang State Government established the Penang i4.0 Seed Fund with an allocation of USD 1 million. We want to create awareness and increase participation in the Industry 4.0 revolution and digital economy that is shaping our world today. The i4.0 Seed Fund provides funding for qualified high potential early stage technology start-ups and we hope that this fund can enhance the growth of Penang’s tech ecosystem.

I am pleased to note that in the first round, a total of 16 companies have been successfully awarded with the funding from the Penang i4.0 Seed Fund. The total amount awarded to these 16 recipient companies today involves an allocation of RM1.67 million. These companies are involved in a wide range of business activities that includes health assistance software, e-commerce and inventory systems, membership platform, tech design, job matching, backend support services, drive-thru services, monetisation assistance for gamers and combinations of IoT, sensors and tracking systems.

The quantum breakdown provided is as follows: a total of 9 companies were awarded RM50,000 while another 7 companies are awarded with a quantum of more than RM50,000.

I wish to congratulate these 16 recipient companies, and hope that this funding will catalyse their growth, providing greater dynamics to scalability of business and they will be able to reach their target customers better.

It is also important to keep in mind that this funding is a mean to an end and is not the end itself. It marks another milestone in the journey of each of your company and the Evaluation Committee and secretariat will work closely with you to achieve the defined milestones. Relevant mentorship and linkages will also be facilitated from time to time.

I was also informed that the Stream #2 application was closed two weeks ago, and a total 114 applications were received. Their applications will be evaluated and shortlisting for pitching will be made soon. The recipients for the Stream #2 and future streams will serve as friendly competitors to each of you in your respective fields, and we hope that this friendly competition will energise more innovation to take place.

Penang has come a long way in facilitating and developing the start-up ecosystem. This October will mark the third anniversary of the launch of this RM23 million @CAT Penang Wisma Yeap Chor Ee, which we launched on 10 October 2015. Since its inception, @CAT Penang has served as Penang’s catalyst in accelerating emerging tech start-ups & entrepreneurs to gain access to our co-working space & shared facilities, tech community events and entrepreneurship development programs. An accumulative total of 1,700 co-working space applications were approved from Oct 2015 – July 2018 and over 250 tech community events & entrepreneurship development programs combined were held at @CAT Penang. As for the talent supply for start-up companies are concerned, long term e-commerce and coding workshops will continue to be conducted, aimed at providing job opportunities to the local tech and non-tech community in learning programming and improving career marketability.

Moving forward, we will also launch the ‘Penang Innovation Platform’ by end of this year. This platform is a crowd-sourcing platform that will connect problem owners and problem solvers, enabling enterprises, government agencies and multinational corporations with business challenges to develop innovative solutions by collaborating with start-up companies with technology expertise in different fields.

Today, we mark another milestone by awarding the first batch of Penang i4.0 Seed Fund recipients and I wish to once again congratulate all the 16 recipient companies. We look forward to your success and long-term growth.

Thank you.


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14 AUGUST 2018

Ooi Peng Ee
CEO, Penang Science Cluster

Dato’ Yoon Chon Leong
Director, Penang Science Cluster

Chai Meng Fee
President and General Manager, Agilent Technologies LDA Malaysia

Chan Keng Cheong
Vice President of Global Procurement and Materials, Keysight Technologies

Sinan Eserman
Vice President and Managing Director, B. Braun Medical Industries

Choo Wai Heng
Founder and CEO, Dreamcatcher

Ladies and gentlemen

Good morning!

It gives me great pleasure to be here today to launch Agilent Technologies’s CSI Week for Upper Secondary school students.

Penang is known as Silicon Island of the East. It is home to many of the largest semiconductor and electronic companies in the world such as, Intel, Broadcom, Keysight, Motorola, HPMM – many of them present in this room today. This is well known fact.

What is not so common knowledge, however, is that Penang is also home to the medical device industry. In fact, one-third of the medical devices companies in Malaysia is based in Penang such as Agilent Technologies, B. Braun, St Jude – again, many of them also present in this room too. Not surprising, Penang accounts for one-third of total export value of RM18 billion of medical devices.

Whether it is the semiconductors, electronics instruments or medical devices industry, one thing they all have in common – they need talented people to drive their companies forward!

To grow our future talent pool, the Penang State Government initiated Penang Science Cluster (PSC) with the industry back in 2009.

PSC, as you all know by now, is a Private, Public, Partnership; set up as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, with strong support from the Penang State Government and the MNCs in Penang.

Through PSC, the State Government is preparing our young for the future by sparking interest in STEM and inspiring innovation. Here are some examples of that:

- PSC supports 220 schools in our TechMentor Lego Robotics, Embedded Systems Coding, Radio Astronomy and AgriTech programs, with 200+ volunteer mentors going to schools with hardware and software to mentor students.

- PSC is developing coding skills in 100,000 students in Penang through a State grant of RM2 million in 2018.

- PSC brings 100 over schools to our Science Cafes for hands-on workshops through sponsorships from Motorola Solutions Foundation and US Embassy.

- Just 3 weeks ago, through the sponsorship from Vitrox Technologies and NationGate, Junior Innovate program was launched right here for 23 primary schools in Penang

Today, I am happy to launch yet another program to inspire our students, but this time in the life science field - Agilent Technologies CSI!

I understand that in this program, our secondary students, acting as detectives, will work in teams to compete using their observational and deductive skills, real forensic techniques and use of industry equipment such as DNA PCR, blood typing, fingerprint to solve a crime. Students will not only learn forensic science technology,but will understand how these are used in real-life in industry.

students from 30 schools over 5 weekdays, and members of the public on Saturday, will get the experience of their life time during Agilent Technologies CSI Week. I want to thank Agilent Technologies for sponsoring the QPCR and FTIR equipment for DNA and materials analysis as well as sponsoring all the students and public expenses for the workshops.

At this point, I would also like to acknowledge our industry partners in Penang Science Cluster, namely Motorola, NI, Intel, HPMM, B Braun, Agilent and Keysight, DreamCatcher, Vitrox, Exabytes and Mini-Circuits for their strong support. When industry, government and community work together towards a common goal of inspiring and educating our young, Penang and Malaysia will be successful.

With this, I hereby declare the launch of Agilent Technologies CSI Week!.

Thank you.


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13 August 2018
Aspen Group Concept Gallery, Queensbay Mall

Dato’ Seri Nazir Ariff
Group Executive Director of Aspen Group

Dato’ M. Murly
President & Group CEO of Aspen Group

Dato’ Ar. Yew Tung Seang
Mayor of Penang Island City Council

Dato’ Finn Chong
Independent Non-Executive Director of Aspen Group

Mr. Lee Peng Cheong
Executive Director of Aspen Group

Mr. Harith Iskandar
Actor and the “Godfather of Stand-Up Comedy" in Malaysia

The management and staff of Aspen Group

Members of the press

Ladies and Gentlemen

Firstly, I would like to thank Aspen Group for having me this evening to officiate the Umbrella Sharing Initiative, a very meaningful initiative for the Penang community. I would also like to congratulate the Aspen Group for being the pioneers of this initiative and commend them for going the extra mile to promote the shared act of kindness via this Umbrella Sharing Initiative.

The Umbrella Sharing Initiative, is an initiative started by Aspen Group early July. This simple initiative is basically to provide convenience to the public through the act of sharing the umbrellas that have been placed at 12 of Aspen Group’s bus stops that can be found around Penang island, especially in areas where there are heavy traffic.

These umbrellas are also placed at 5 schools in Penang so that the students, teachers and parents can utilise these umbrellas when needed.

With the motto TAKE, USE, RETURN, Aspen Group aims to help the community to stay safe and protected on either rainy or hot sunny day. You can take the umbrella from any of the AG umbrella stands, use it for shade and shelter, then return it to any of the AG umbrella stand to be shared with others. You may not be aware that sometimes by doing this, the sharing can continue in an infinite loop, and we can help each other in our community and make Penang a better place to live.

Unfortunately, from what I have heard, many of these umbrellas are taken but do not make it back to the umbrella stands where they are supposed to be. So, with the official launching of this initiative, I hope that Penangites are able to turn into a new leaf and show Aspen Group that we can make this initiative a successful and sustainable one.

To engage with the community, I also understand that Aspen Group has come up with many creative approaches to make the public understand and aware of the objectives of this initiative, and hope that every one of us can share and educate the people around us.

Educational videos, images and GIF videos have been shared through their social media platforms ever since the initiative kick-started in early July. Educational flyers have also been distributed to the participating schools and will be distributed to the public in the near future.

They have also invited Harith Iskandar, to work together with them to spread the word and share this act of kindness. With Harith’s influence, I believe he can encourage the public to Take, Use and Return the umbrellas.

I personally also hope that other private corporations will be able to follow suit with what Aspen Group has initiated and step in to provide these simple conveniences to the public through some acts of kindness such as this.

Not only are we will able to teach the community to share, such initiatives can also educate the public to be more mindful, considerate and responsible on their action. Sharing is something that we were taught as kids but somehow as we become adults, we forget these teachings and become selfish and disregard the needs of others.

As Malaysians collectively, we were able to change our country to the new Malaysia that we have always dreamt of and make it a reality. Now, it is time for us to stand together to change our mind set towards a Malaysia that is productive and well respected by other countries of the world starting with ourselves. The Penang State Government applauds this initiative and will assist as much as possible to make this initiative a successful one.

Thank you.