At Inauguration of UST Global’s New Facility Bayan Lepas

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At Inauguration of UST Global’s New Facility Bayan Lepas, Penang

7 September 2017


Good morning.

I am pleased to be present today to officiate the inauguration of UST Global’s new facility in their journey of growth in Penang. Since commencing operation in 2011 in Penang, this IT solutions multinational has grown from strength to strength.

Penang as UST Global’s Technology Centre of Excellence in Malaysia

UST Global plays a major role in the Global Business Services ecosystem in Penang with a total strength of more than 900 employees currently. The company is still expanding and is expected to grow to a company with 2,000 staff in Penang by 2020. I was informed that their first facility at GBS@Mayang can no longer support the company’s growing needs which has led to the need to expand to this new facility.

Penang is truly the destination of choice for US companies such as UST Global which is offering digital technology services and engineering research, design and development. The investment by a US company proves untrue allegations by certain irresponsible parties that American investment is not coming to Penang. We have a vibrant and established ecosystem with over 300 multinational corporations and 3,000 highly competent local supply chain vendors to support the ecosystem of the industry. More importantly, building on our residual intelligence accumulated over more than 40 years of industrialization, we have a pool of skilled and knowledge based workers.

In our efforts to partake in the Industrial 4.0 revolution, revolving around interaction of machines, cloud computing and Internet of Things, Penang has invested RM 60 million in several scientific projects, such as @CAT Penang (Accelerator for Creative, Analytics and Technology), Penang Science Cluster (PSC), Karpal Singh Penang Learning Centre (KSPLC), Tech Dome Penang (TDP), and Penang Digital Library (PDL). We also have Malaysia’s best skill training and retraining center, Penang Skill and Development Center (PSDC). 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. All our efforts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning and experience will surely benefit tech-based companies in Penang, and ensure a continuous flow of talent pool. While Data is king, to Penang Talent is everything.

Accelerating Penang’s Growth – GBS as Catalyst towards a High-income and a Knowledge-based Economy

Within the period of 12 years, since Penang has been awarded the MSC Malaysia Cybercity Status in year 2005, Penang Cybercity initiative has also created over 200 MSC status companies and a total of more than 10,000 high value jobs. Penang is proud that Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), in their Malaysia Investment Performance 2016 listed Penang with the second largest investments for Global Establishments for Services or ‘Principal Hub’ with an investment value of RM4.1 billion, after Kuala Lumpur.
Penang continues to be a preferred investment location of choice for GBS companies. Apart from more than 250 MSC status companies operating in Penang, latest GBS investments from Oct 2016 – July 2017 into the State include Celestica, Luxoft, Swarovski and Teleperformance. Penang is an excellent location for GBS and CoE for investors such as UST Global and the State will continue to support and enhance the eco-system, in tandem with the bright prospect of such industry where Malaysia’s GBS is expected to see a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10-15% from 2016-2020.

Closing Remark

The decision by UST Global to set up in Penang once again demonstrates the success of Penang as an attractive destination for GBS investments - good governance, efficient logistics hub, competent supply chain, excellent communication infrastructure, conducive business parks and building as well as availability of skilled talent and of course, all happening in an international and intelligent city.

I wish to once again congratulate UST Global and look forward to your continuous growth here in Penang.

Thank you.


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10.30 pagi | Sabtu | 2 September 2017 | Taman Inderawasih, Perai


Selamat pagi dan salam muhibah. Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada pihak penganjur kerana sudi menjemput saya pada pagi yang mulia ini untuk merasmikan Dewan JKKK Taman Inderawasih, Perai.

Jawatankuasa Keselamatan Kampung dan Kemajuan Komuniti adalah merupakan nadi dan jentera pentadbiran Kerajaan Negeri di peringkat akar umbi. JKKK bertanggung jawab dalam membantu membangunkan kampung dan kawasan komuniti mereka serta memainkan peranan sebagai perantara pihak kerajaan dengan masyarakat.

Itulah sebabnya pihak kerajaan negeri telah menaikkan elaun bulanan Pengerusi kepada RM700, Setiausaha kepada RM600 dan juga ahli-ahli JKKK biasa kepada RM50. Ini perlukan peruntukan tahunan sebanyak RM7,295,600 untuk semua JKKK.

Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai telah meluluskan pengurusan Dewan Taman Inderawasih kepada JKKK Taman Inderawasih. Baru-baru ini, MPSP juga telah membelanjakan amaun melebihi RM 75 ribu untuk membaiki dan menaiktaraf Dewan Taman Inderawasih.

Dewan JKKK Taman Inderawasih serba lengkap dengan 2 buah bilik mesyuarat, sebuah study corner dan sebuah gelangang badminton. Saya mengambil kesempatan untuk mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Pengerusi, Dato' Ng Hooi Lai dan ahli-ahli JKKK yang sentiasa memikul tanggungjawab mereka dengan cemerlang. Marilah kita memberikan perkhidmatan baik agar meringkankan beban ADUN anda YB Prof P. Ramasamy, yang sibuk dengan tugasnya sebagai TKM 2 Pulau Pinang.

Dengan ini saya merasmikan dewan JKKK Taman Inderawasih, Perai.

Sekian, terima kasih.


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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

The Opening of Penang International Food Festival 2017

1 September 2017, 8.00pm @ Lebuh Pantai, George Town

First of all, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all of you to the opening of the second Penang Street Food Festival in 2017. Yes! We have brought this back for the second time this year, and this time, it is in conjunction with our 60th Merdeka Celebration.

Penang is world famous for two things… our delectable street food and those vibrant arts and cultural scenes that surrounds George Town. CNN, Trip Advisor and many travel publications has listed our street food as amongst the best, if not the best in the world.

We are widely known as one of Asia’s food capital. There are huge varieties of mouth-watering dishes originating from Penang, ranging from our very own Penang street food to Malay, Indian, Peranakan, Hainanese, Chinese cuisines, European and even Arabic. Penangites believe that the unique taste of these Penang flavours will make every meal in Penang a memorable one!

We are focused on preserving not just the delicious taste of our street food but also its heritage value by implementing the local cook ruling. This rule requiring only that Malaysians can cook street food is applicable to hawkers, not hotels or restaurants. Once cooked by foreign workers the taste is gone! Penang is intent on preserving the authentic taste and flavours of Penang street food- Ho Chiak!

Penang also provides an exciting and unique platform for the arts, heritage and culture. It’s quite apparent that the arts scene is flourishing in Penang with the growing number of arts societies and 15 art galleries, including an open-air art gallery and 20 museums. As our tagline says, “where the excitement never ends”.

One of the largest arts event in Asia is the month-long George Town Festival held in August every year. At the same time, the Penang Fun Experiences with Despicable Me3 is happening over at the mainland. Just next to it, there is the Butterworth Artwalk filled with murals of local creative talents which you must see.

Other latest attractions in Penang include the offer of Best deals at Penang’s premiere outlet Design Village, The Habitat Penang and Entopia Penang – a nature lover’s playground, Tech Dome Penang, The TOP at Komtar and for the adventurous – a fun-filled day at the Escape nature theme park.

The services sector, including tourism now contributes nearly 50 percent of the state’s GDP. According to figures released by Penang Global Tourism (PGT) and sourced from Malaysia Airports Berhad, the passenger traffic recorded in Penang was 6.03 million in 2014. 6.3 million in 2015 and to 6.7 million in 2016. For the first five months of 2017, passenger movements grew by 8.7%.

The Penang Street Food Festival aims to put Penang in the world map, with our much-loved Penang food. Famous street food around Penang including the mainland has been brought over here today and tomorrow. For this festival, we introduce the famous mee udang from Batu Ferringhi and Pulau Aman. The previous headline attraction, the famous daging harimau menangis- translated to "tiger crying over beef" will once again join us.

Lastly, my wish to everyone who joins us at the PSFF: May you have an unforgettable experience here in Penang. Don’t forget to join us for yet another exciting evening tomorrow and let us all witness the couple who made Malaysia proud, Avery Chin and Sylvia Lim challenge their own Guinness World Records of 19 changes in one minute. Their challenge will take place here tomorrow at 8pm. Now, “Jom Makan Holiao” “Let’s Chiak!” “Eat your heart's delight!”

Thank you!