Malaysian Meister Program Level 1 Industry Engagement Session

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

Malaysian Meister Program Level 1 Industry Engagement Session 

9 June 2017 | 10.00 am | PSDC


Salam sejahtera and good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It is a great pleasure and honour for me to be here with all of you today. Firstly, I would like to extend my appreciation to His Excellency Mr Holger W Michael, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany for making time to be here today despite his busy schedule. We really appreciate the involvement and the commitment of the German Government, the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MGCC), and the German industry in Malaysia in supporting this initiative.

I would also like to congratulate the PSDC for its success in rolling out the Malaysian Meister Program Level 1 in Penang. The State Government of Penang recognises the significance and the importance of this program and we have been on board from Day 1. Most of you may already know that the State Government is providing a RM2 million sponsorship in support of this program to pay tuition fees for students. Since students working in factories to learn must also be paid a minimum wage and your tuition fees is covered by the state government, you are effectively paid to study in Penang. This course of 42 months of advanced diploma and another 2 years after that to be a Meister 1 is as popular, that there are many applicants but not enough places. As this program is very close to my heart, I am personally monitoring the progress of this program and all matters relating to the MMP L1 is directly reported to me either through Penang Institute or the PSDC.

You may wonder why the State Government of Penang is so keen on adopting the German Dual Vocation Training pathway. It is a well-known fact that the German brand has a long legacy and association to high quality and innovation. Germany is the one of largest economies and one of the highest labour productivity levels in the world.

I believe that the German dual vocational training system is the foundation of Germany’s economic miracle as well as a crucial pillar for recruiting and obtaining employees. The combination of work and study has been proven as a successful model in Germany. We are learning from the German example, and adapted it to our local context and setting through the MMP L1, and we hope that it will make the same positive impact here.

The State Government’s goal is to generate the best qualified workforce for the Industry and we believe the MMP L1 is one of the most effective ways to achieve this goal. The beauty of the MMP L1 is that it involves a healthy balance of both theoretical classroom training and practical training. It is an industry-oriented training, conducted in actual work conditions under the guidance of competent coaches and trainers. This program promotes a ‘win-win’ for both the Industry and the workforce. It is a perfect combination where companies can develop, retain, as well as create opportunities for both vertical and horizontal career growth for their workforce, while employees and fresh school leavers can work, learn, earn, and at the same time, enhance their opportunities for future career advancement.

I would also like to personally thank all existing and new Host Companies for participating in, believing and investing into the future of your employees; the Department of Skills Development (JPK) and the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MGCC) for endorsing and accrediting this program and for ensuring that it is suitably designed and adapted to cater to local needs and conditions. The host companies are as below with the number of students, inclusive the upcoming intake.

Host Companies

No of Students

B Braun Medical Industries


Robert Bosch


Carsem Semiconductor Sdn Bhd


OSRAM Opto Semiconductor


Infineon Technologies (Kulim) Sdn Bhd


Dynacraft Industries Sdn Bhd


Southern Steel Berhad


Amphenol TCS (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd


BBS Automation Penang Sdn Bhd 
[Previously known as Ixmation (Asia) Sdn Bhd]


Inari Technology


SCHOTT Glass (M) Sdn Bhd




The State Government need your support to participate to make MMP L1 a success. The MMP L1 is a sustainable way to upskill your workforce and ensure a consistent supply of outstanding talent for your future business needs. Those who graduate as Meister are assured a good job and pay prospects that are almost equal if not equal to those with university degrees.

In conclusion, allow me to once again thank the PSDC for organising this session and for providing a platform for the Industry, the State Government, and the accreditation bodies to connect and have a meaningful engagement. I look forward to hearing more from all of you during the dialogue session.

Thank you.


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8 June 2017

Salam Sejahtera and a good afternoon.

Dato' Patahiyah bt Ismail
Mayor of George Town, Penang

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

Dato’ Ir. Jaseni Maidinsa
Chief Executive Office, PBA Sdn Bhd

Dr. Ang Ming Chee
General Manager George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI)

Working partners with George Town Festival and members of the media.

The George Town Festival has come at a time when fellow citizens of our country are plagued by daily news of uncertainties and troubling times ahead, including those extremist statements made by racists, who seek to divide and create disharmony amongst the people.

We need to re-focus all that toxic energy and instead talk about the way forward through the arts. When Winston Churchill was asked to cut arts funding in favor of WWII, he replied, “then, what are we fighting for?” What Winston Churchill said is apt if we are to be civilized society, we must first embrace culture.

It is important at this present time to urge our fellow citizens to immerse themselves in various cultural endeavours - for not only does it soothe the soul, it educates and informs about the complex, yet fascinating nature, of humankind. Celebrating its 8th year, the George Town Festival - with its wide array of exciting and insightful events - is the perfect occasion to do so.

The Penang government has supported a number of initiatives in recent years, and George Town Festival is one that has allowed the artistic freedom and inclining growth of the embracement of arts in Penang. Over the years, George Town Festival has garnered a huge international following and consistently delivers shows reflecting the rich tapestry of the cultural world. And our beautiful heritage city of George Town has proved time and time again that it is the best canvas to host various acts of local and international stature.

The State has always been at the forefront of being recognised as a vibrant arts and cultural hub, not only in Malaysia but also Southeast Asia. It is a positive testament to the scale of tourism and the steady strewn of visitors that flock the town each year. GTF has been a fundamental factor in bringing us that reputation; both local and international visitors converging into our great city to experience a festival like no other.

The State is also proud to be supporting the progressive development of activities oriented towards empowering youth, the community and women. I have been informed by Joe Sidek that many of the programs are skewed and tailor-made to generate a strong following from these groups of people. For a start, the Macullum Theatre is an exciting project this year as it sets the mood for appreciation of cultural arts within an urban village – one of the high-density dwellings in town.

Allow me to pass the time to Joe Sidek, the Festival Director to elaborate more on the project and to announce the exciting programme line up of George Town Festival.

Official Opening of Solid State Lighting (SSL) Headquarter and R&D Center Building OSRAM Opto Semiconductor (M) Sdn Bhd

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Official Opening of Solid State Lighting (SSL) Headquarter and R&D Center Building OSRAM Opto Semiconductor (M) Sdn Bhd

8 June 2017

Osram PEN 33, Bayan Lepas Industrial Park, Penang


Good morning. I am pleased to be present today at the Official Opening of OSRAM Opto Semiconductor (M) Sdn Bhd (Osram) Solid State Lighting (SSL) Headquarter and R&D Center Building. We are proud that in Osram’s quest in lighting the world, Osram has chosen Penang as a home outside Germany for the past 45 years. Osram, a major driver of innovation in the semiconductor opto sector, has continued expansion of their business in Penang, which is a strong rate of confidence in Penang.

Penang’s Growing Investments – FDI in E&E Sector

Osram’s expansion shows stable and steady flow of investments into Penang. In 2016, FDI from Germany worth RM404 million was recorded for Penang, and was the third largest among the foreign investments received. 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. Out of the RM59 billion approved investment recorded from 2008-2016, RM39.7 billion or 67% were foreign direct investments (FDI) from a diversified number of countries including from Germany.

Penang is also actively partaking in the Industry 4.0 initiatives, which revolves around big data, cloud computing, automation and data exchange and analysis. In line with globally best practices, the Penang government has allocated RM4 million to the German Dual Vocational Training (GDVT), to increase our talent pool in Penang based on the German Training Standards – as a new benchmark for high-quality training in Malaysia and the world.

The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) has announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached USD30.9 billion for the month of March 2017, an increase of 18.1% compared to the March 2016 total of USD26.2 billion and 1.6% more than the February 2017 total of $30.4 billion. In terms of LED market growth, Radiant Insights forecasts that LED demand will grow by a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 29% per year through 2020 to reach USD63.1 billion by 2020 which Osram will play a significant role.

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s E&E export in Jan-March of 2017 increased 21.3% year-on-year, to reach RM224.7 billion. In 2016, E&E contributed 40% out of Penang’s RM4.3 billion investments. And, we expect the investments to grow based in Bank Negara’s statement that private investment grew at a robust pace of 12.9% in Q1 2017 following continued capital spending in the services and manufacturing sectors.

On our part, the State government will also continue to work with the various stakeholders to increase our skilled human capital and interest among the young in science and technology though various initiatives such as the Penang @CAT, Penang Tech Dome, Penang Digital Library, Penang Science Café and the Penang Science Fair.

OSRAM’s first global Solid State Lighting HQ and R+D Center

Osram first set shop in Penang in 1972, under Siemens and is one of what is popularly known as ‘the 8 Samurais’. Like many of its contemporaries, it has grown leaps and bounds since then. Today, as one of the largest and best equipped OSRAM Opto Semiconductors production facilities in the world, with an overall floor space of 55,000 sq m, the Penang operations features cutting- edge technologies with matching capabilities, support by no less than 6,100 strong staff. OSRAM is indeed one of the largest single employers in this State.

I am thus particularly happy to be officiating this morning, the launch of another of Osram’s expansion project, the Solid State Lighting (SSL) Headquarters and R+D Center or codenamed PEN 33.

This center, covering a floor space of over 6,500 sq m will host OSRAM’s first global SSL Headquarter where global corporate activities in lighting and also advance research and development on LEDs (light emitting diodes) will be carried out. The company’s fame as a producer in world class LEDs with pioneering technologies in sectors such as mobile devices, infrared diodes, automotive lighting and semiconductor lasers will continue to enhance this SSL HQ and R+D Center.

I am proud that OSRAM has chosen Penang to establish this center of excellence and even prouder that the talents of Malaysia particularly those in Penang, are ready to match and make this project another feather in the cap for OSRAM.

In line with the aspiration of the State to increase more and better career opportunities for the Rakyat, this re-investment by OSRAM is expected to create another 300 high value jobs. This is only for direct jobs without taking into account knowledge transfer. More jobs will be created via downstream opportunities created for local supply chain support and vendors. This project is also made possible by the State’s Private- Public- Partnership initiative, where the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) injected RM15.5 mil in developing this building to lease to OSRAM.

In addition to the business sector, the German community has also established strong ties in Penang, and Penang has become an important centre for German presence in Malaysia. Several important German celebrations, including the annual Oktoberfest held by the German community have added more flavours and life into Penang. Penang, as an international intelligent city, will continue to enhance its liveability to make Penang a great place to work, live and play

Closing Remark

Penang will continue to increase our convergence of public-private-people partnership to attract new investments and facilitate re-investments. This expansion by Osram is another boost to the ‘Powered in Penang’ brand. I congratulate Osram to this new facility and we look forward to Osram’s greater next 45 and more years of growth in Penang.

Thank you.