The Opening of Penang Maths Platform

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang
At The Opening of Penang Maths Platform

4 November 2017


Ladies and gentlemen

The importance of mathematics cannot be over emphasized. Scientists and economists agree that, “In the modern era, few succeed in their endeavors without firm mathematical background.”

Indeed, to succeed in the coming extreme digital economy, the transactional engine of the 4th industrial revolution, the mastery of the STEM subjects is crucial. Especially of M which is Mathematics.

Today marks an important chapter for Penang in our effort to make the State a Centre of Excellence for STEM education. With the official launching of Penang Math Platform (PMP), we have a complete and viable ecosystem under the Penang STEM group to achieve that vision which enables us to compete with the best in the world for the opportunities and rewards of Industry 4.0.

However, international assessments such as Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) have found that our 15 years old students are lagging behind in Science and Math achievements, compared to many East Asian economies like Singapore, Shanghai, South Korea and Japan. Worse, our students are even inferior to students from Thailand and Vietnam.

Setting up PMP as a dedicated centre to promote greater interest in Math will definitely boost our competitiveness in STEM capabilities. PMP is the first centre of its kind in Penang where the agenda and programs cover all level of needs, from pre-school students to professionals and experts in the field of mathematical sciences.

A wide spectrum coaching program is available for students, ranging from a sponsored Grade 1 Japanese Math for the 6 and 7 years old to tuition for those from Form 1 to From 6. The PMP blueprint includes activities that encourage engagement and collaboration to make learning more effective. These include seminars, competitions workshops and math camps that spur face to face interaction and mutual motivation. Rather than being just a delivery system, PMP will collaborate with international organizations such as the Math Olympiad and Mensa to develop tools and aids to train the trainers, be they career teachers or private coaches.

The sponsored Japanese Math class will not only enhance the pre-school and standard one students’ proficiency in the subject but it also aims to develop the children’s social skills. The Japanese Math method is not just focused on the answers but also the process to the answers.

Besides offering equal access to its expertise and resources, the PMP facility at the Karpal Singh Penang Learning Centre (KSPLC) at Gelugor , also houses a big study lab with Wi-Fi which is free for all students, regardless of race and background.

I urge Penangites to take advantage of the excellent facilities and resources of PMP, as well as those of the other Penang STEM organizations (namely, the PSDC, the PDL, the PSC, Tech Dome and ACat), to ready themselves and their children, for the opportunities of Industry 4.0.

Thank you.


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A very good evening everyone.

Ladies and gentlemen.

First and foremost, I feel very honoured to be invited join in this event celebrating the 45 Anniversary for Renesas Semiconductor (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.

I take this opportunity to congratulate Renesas Semiconductor (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. or RSM on its 45th Anniversary. Originally known as Hitachi Semiconductor, it is one of the ‘Eight Samurai’ who is among the pioneer companies who came to Bayan Lepas’s silicon valley in 1972.

Starting with only 200 employees when you first set up the plant in Bayan Lepas. Now you have several subsidiaries including Renesas Semiconductor Design and Renesas Semiconductor Kulim plant that bring the total workforce to around 2000 of which 1600 is in Penang. Your design subsidiary is a testimony to your high technology and knowledge-based skill sets. Indirectly this enhances your reputation as a key investor and reaffirms your commitment to Penang growing economy. Renesas Penang has invested approximately a total amount of RM 600 million from the year 2015 into 2019.

As Renesas continues to grow in the electronics industry in Penang, the Penang State Government is happy that its has created many employment opportunities for the Penangites. Your presence in Penang has set a good example and attracted other multi-national companies to invest in Penang.

Through the 45 years, your contribution to the local society in welfare programs and corporate social responsibility especially to the Malaysian Red Crescent Society in Penang and community and environment projects are highly commendable.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Let me share with you something about Malaysia-Japan relationship in industrialization. This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of the Malaysia-Japan diplomatic relationship. This relationship has brought about many benefits to Penang. Generous contributions of the Japanese companies in Penang in the 40 decades since the Free Trade Zone started in Penang have benefited both Penangites, the community and Japanese companies.

Last August, I was at the launching of the Tech Dome Penang in conjunction with the Japanese Technology Weekend together with Kiyoshi Itoi san, the Consulate-General of Japan in Penang who is also here this evening. That is yet another milestone in Japanese companies’ contributions to Penang in the area of Japanese work culture, advanced scientific knowledge and technology. I am very happy to note that Renesas Semiconductor is one of the companies that participated in the Tech Dome Penang program. Thank you very much RSM for your participation.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Penang is an industrial state that depend on manufacturing and services industry. Penang contributes about one third of Malaysia’s trade surplus and one quarter of Malaysia’s total imports and exports. As free trade and open market is important for Penang, Japan is one of Malaysia's top trading partner.

Today, Penang is one of the global hubs in the electronics and electrical manufacturing and plays host to over 300 multinational companies. Penang has also recorded strong investment in manufacturing sector over the last 9 years.
I am also proud that Malaysia’s GDP by States, Penang’s GDP growth in 2016 was 5.6%, above the national average of 4.2%. Penang also attracted 1/3 of the total E&E investments into Malaysia. In the latest MIDA (Malaysian Investment Development Authority) announcement last week, Penang topped the national list with total approved investments of RM7.7 billion in the manufacturing sector for the first half of 2017, it is also more than the RM4.3 billion investments recorded for the whole of 2016.

Penang’s 1H 2017 total approved manufacturing investments contributed to 45 per cent of the total RM17 billion investments approved nationwide. For the 9.5-years period between 2008- June 2017, Penang recorded an investment of RM 67 billion, a 81.6% increase compared to the previous 10 years period between 1998 to 2007 of RM 37 billion.

Ladies and gentlemen,

On behalf of the Penang State, I would like to say a big thank you to all management and staff of RSM as well as to Renesas main office, Renesas Electronics Corporation (REL) in Japan for your tremendous support and contributions to Penang’s economy for the past 45 years. Please continue to support Penang for coming years. I wish RSM all the very best in your journey to excel and become an exemplary organization in all aspects.

Thank you.


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Salam Sejahtera dan Salam bersih,

Pertama sekali saya berasa amat berbesar hati kerana kita dapat bersama-sama berkumpul bagi meraikan Majlis Sambutan Hari Perayaan Deepavali 2017 walaupun Perayaan Hari Deepavali telah berlalu, saya ingin mengambil kesempatan ini untuk mengucapkan Selamat Menyambut Hari Deepavali kepada semua kakitangan PDC yang beragama Hindu.

Saya juga ingin mengucapkan tahniah kepada PDC dan investPenang di atas  komitmen kerja yang baik dan kejayaan dalam menarik pelaburan sebanyak RM7.7 billion bagi 6 bulan pertama tahun 2017, berbanding dengan keseluruhan tahun 2016 sebanyak RM4.3 billion. Ini adalah pelaburan tertinggi yang diperolehi di Malaysia bagi tempoh tersebut di mana Pulau Pinang mendahului negeri-negeri lain di Malaysia seperti Melaka dengan jumlah pelaburan sebanyak RM2.9 billion, Selangor RM1.7 billion dan Johor RM1.4 billion.

Sehubungan ini, dengan usaha PDC dalam menyediakan infrastruktur yang bertaraf antarabangsa, Taman Perindustrian Batu Kawan telah berkembang pesat dengan kehadiran syarikat- syarikat MNC seperti Broadcom, Boston Scientific Medical Devices Sdn Bhd, Flex LTD Systems (M) Sdn Bhd dan yang terbaru pelaburan sebanyak RM1 billion oleh Hotayi Sdn Bhd.

PDC baru-baru ini telah melancarkan enam projek-projek infrastruktur di Seberang untuk menerajui pertumbuhan dan pembangunan di Seberang Perai sebanyak RM 121.08 juta.

Selain projek –projek infrastruktur, PDC juga telah melancarkan projek RIBI sebanyak 50 ekar untuk dijual di Batu Kawan untuk memastikan tanah yang mencukupi untuk RIBI disediakan untuk yang bukan beragama Islam di kawasan pembangunan Seberang Perai. Ini berikutan projek pertama di Ampang Jajar sebanyak 20 ekar yang tidak cukup untuk memenuhi permintaan.

Saya juga berbangga ingin memaklumkan bahawa fasa pertama Perumahan Mampu Milik PDC di Bandar Cassia akan disiapkan dengan CCC tahun hadapan.

Selain itu juga 2 lagi projek perumahan mampu milik PDC yang telah dirasmikan oleh saya baru-baru ini ialah perumahan Mampu Milik Dua Residensi, Teluk Kumbar, dan Jiran Residensi,  Kampung Jawa, Butterworth.

Akhir kata, saya juga ingin mengambil kesempatan ini untuk mengucapkan terima kasih kepada pihak Jawatankuasa Sambutan Hari Deepavali 2017 yang telah menganjurkan perayaan ini dengan jayanya.

Saya dengan ini merasmikan Majlis Sambutan Hari Deepavali PDC 2017.

Sekian, terima kasih.

Nandri, Vanakkam