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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Official Opening of Boston Scientific Penang

Batu Kawan Industrial Park, Penang

6 February 2018


Good morning. I am pleased to be present today at the official opening ceremony of Boston Scientific’s manufacturing plant in Asia, here in Penang. We are proud to join in congratulating Boston Scientific, a Fortune 500 company, one of the world’s leading medical device companies, and also among the world’s most innovative as named in the Top 100 Global Innovator by Clarivate Analytics.

I would also like to welcome Y.B Datuk Chua Tee Yong representing Y.B. Dato’ Sri Mustapha Mohamed, H.E. Ambassador of United States to Malaysia Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir and Mr Warren Wang, and also other guests who have travelled to Penang to attend today’s event, welcome to Penang, one of 16 must visit global destinations as listed by LA Times.

Penang – the right location for Boston Scientific

Boston Scientific’s investment and setting up of their plant in Penang is one that Malaysians look forward to. Last year, the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), in their investment promotion, highlighted the investment by Boston Scientific in Penang with the headline: “In Perfect Health”. Penang is no stranger as a home to MNCs investment, especially FDIs from the United States. Indeed, among the earliest pioneer investors in Penang, which is more than 45 years ago, are US companies. Many such as Intel, are not only still in Penang but have grown stronger and bigger. From 2008-June 2017, US investors are the largest FDI contributors into Penang with about 25% of total manufacturing FDI in the State, valued at RM14.2 billion. Apart from Boston Scientific, recent significant investment and re-investment in Penang by US companies include luminaries such as Broadcom, Intel, Motorola, Western Digital, Keysight, Haemonetics, Jabil, HP and Flex.

I am pleased to also share that via the strong support by global and local MNCs, Penang is the second top recipient of approved manufacturing investment in the first nine months of 2017 valued at RM9.9 billion, which is way ahead of RM4.3 billion recorded for the whole of 2016. While Penang’s strong investment and economic vibrancy was built on the base as E&E and semiconductor hub, which a recent BBC-feature video report named Penang as a regional hardware manufacturing hub and Asia’s next Silicon Valley, Penang’s diversification into fast growing sectors such as medical devices and avionics have continued to strengthen Penang’s value proposition to investors. Penang is home to 1/3 of medical devices companies in Malaysia and Penang also accounted for 1/3 of the total value of medical devices export from Malaysia (RM17.8 billion in 2016). In 2017, the Association of Malaysian Medical Industries estimated an export growth of 12% valued at RM17.74 billion, and we expect Boston Scientific to contribute positively to Malaysia’s medical device export growth.

Boston Scientific’s new manufacturing plant in Asia

We are excited with Boston Scientific’s investment in this new plant, in our vibrant Batu Kawan Industrial Park. This 375,000 sq-ft facility we are in today will be the newest addition to Boston Scientific’s global network of high-tech manufacturing facilities, and is amongst one of their largest sites in their network. The company is expected to create more than 400 high value jobs in the medical device manufacturing devices in cardiology, endoscopy, and urology portfolios to cater to their global consumer needs. Other than their investment in this facility itself, the company will also be helping to further develop the local talents through knowledge and skills training and benefitting Malaysia in the global ecosystem network of high-tech companies.

In our efforts to partake in the Industrial 4.0 revolution, revolving around interaction of machines, cloud computing and Internet of Things, whilst we acknowledge that `Data is King, Talent is everything’. The State has invested RM75 million in setting up the Penang STEM Sdn Bhd. as the umbrella organization STEM education of science technology engineering Maths consisting of @CAT Penang (Accelerator for Creative, Analytics and Technology), Penang Skill Development Centre (PSDC), Penang Science Cluster (PSC), Karpal Singh Penang Learning Centre (KSPLC), Tech Dome Penang (TDP), and Penang Digital Library (PDL). It is a coherent and synergistic strategy to spearhead STEM, in line with our plan to establish Penang as the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Science and Technology. Two weeks ago, the State has also announced a Industry 4.0 Seed Fund (I4) for tech Startups of USD 1 million for 2018 funded by the State Government.

Closing Remark

Once again, I wish to congratulate Boston Scientific on their official opening of their new manufacturing plant in Asia, here in Penang, Malaysia. Penang is proud to have over 45 years of cumulative industrial intelligence, and host to many reputable American and global MNCs. We warmly welcome Boston Scientific to our family and look forward to their continued growth and success.

Thank  you.


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5th February 2018
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, Penang


Good morning, ladies and gentleman, and welcome to the launch of Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB)’s 2017 Review of Penang’s Business Events industry.
Before we move on to the statistics and roundup of 2017, I would like to congratulate PCEB for starting 2018 on an exciting note with the signing of a strategic partnership alliance with Malaysia Airlines Berhad. With this strategic partnership, we believe that PCEB will be able to better position and promote Penang as the preferred Business Events destination in the region by tapping into the airline’s extensive network.

Besides that, I am also proud to announce that Team Penang has just completed its first road show for both leisure and Business Events. Covering four Indian cities – Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, the Penang Sales Mission to India was supported by a Penang delegation of 17 partners. Among the partners were Penang Global Tourism, hotels, destination management companies, event experts and Malaysia Airlines.

About 1,000 interested buyers, as well as media, association chairs and members of the Indian tourism and trade boards attended the roadshow. In all four cities, PCEB organised three events which included the B2B Session, a press conference and a networking dinner. The Penang partners also sponsored lucky draw prizes that amounted to a total of RM 100,000.

The roadshow signifies that Penang has arrived – being the first Malaysian state to organise its own roadshow to India.

After India, Team Penang will also be attending 9 other trade shows this year namely in China, Korea, Germany, London, and America which will benefit and expand the Penang Business Events market by reaching out to more potential buyers and meeting planners.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I stand here today, proud to announce that PCEB and its partners have reached the RM 1 billion target for Penang’s Business Events in 2017. The overall Estimated Economy Impact (EEI) for the year was RM 1.002 billion and Penang hosted a total of 2,511 events, with 267,518 participants. This resulted to RM 1.373 million for room fees with an accumulation of 457,806 room nights.

International events make up to 159 with 141,294 participants, or an EEI value of RM376.65 million. These international events comprise 38% of the overall EEI.

As for the area for domestic events, there was a total of 126,224 participants for 2,352 events, that contributed to an EEI of RM 626.17 million.

The top 3 sectors that have been dominantly prevalent include Commerce, Industry, and Corporate events, which are the factors for the increase of Business Events in Penang.

For 2018, the target has been raised to RM 1.8 billion and we are certain that with the launch of the annual review, the industry is able to focus more on the targeted sectors that are bringing in more income for Penang.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate PCEB on delivering one of the most comprehensive Business Events reports in the nation. This is a proof that Penang is driven by facts and figures, ad that we are committed to developing our economy based on sound analysis after all everything that is worth doing must be measurable.
This report will further emphasise on not only our strengths and challenges, but our collective effort to continue what we do best – for delegates to have an ‘Experiences Unfiltered’ time in Penang.

I wish to applaud everyone in the industry and those who are here for the launch regarding this remarkable accomplishment. The statistics that will be presented are all part and parcel of your efforts and hard work in bringing in Business Events for Penang.

Thank you.


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Salam Sejahtera.

Saya ingin mengucapkan syabas kepada 6 pasukan wanita yang sudi menyertai dan bertanding bersama dalam Kejohanan Bola Keranjang Piala PYDC Peringkat Kawasan Seberang Perai 2018.

Seperti mana semua sedia maklum, terdapat jumlah 63 pasukan berbanding dengan jumlah 56 pasukan pada tahun lepas yang telah menyertai kejohanan ini bagi 2 kawasan dalam 3 kategori iaitu kumpulan lelaki berumur 15-20 tahun, kumpulan lelaki berumur 21-30 tahun dan kumpulan wanita yang berumur 15-30 tahun.

Marilah kita menuju ke arah Pulau Pinang yang bersih, hijau, sihat dan selamat.

Sebelum mengakhiri ucapan ini, saya mengucapkan syabas dan tahniah kepada pihak penganjur, iaitu PYDC, dan JKKK Taman Kota Permai juga Persatuan Bola Keranjang Negeri Pulau Pinang kerana telah menjayakan pertandingan ini.

Sekian, terima kasih.