Pesta Tanglung 2017

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Speech by Chief Minister of Pinang 
Pesta Tanglung 2017 

3 Oktober 2017 
Tempat Letak Kereta RT, Taman Reservior, Jalan Air Puteh


Selamat pagi dan salam sejahtera.

Good evening and Salam Sejahtera.

Welcome to the “Pesta Tanglung 2017”.

Congratulations to JKKK Bukit Bendera as the main organizer for this event this evening. My compliments to all the splendid performances throughout this evening. The highlight of this event that started upon nightfall where children from local vicinity had joined in a “Tang Lung” procession.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The atmosphere at Penang Hill has improved significantly over the years. With the implementation of new projects which are more focused on the comfort and convenience of visitors, the numbers of visitors have grown from 200,000 many years before. In the year of 2016, statistic shows that there were more than 1.6 million visitors who have visited Penang Hill. From January to August 2017 we have exceeded more than a million visitors (1,048,740) about 11.9% higher than 2016 (936,846) for same period of time. Penang Hill is well on its way to becoming the hill resort of choice in Malaysia.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Once again would like to congratulate JKKK Bukit Bendera for making this event successful and I hope this will be a part of annual events in promoting diversity and bringing the community together to celebrate “Pesta Tanglung”.

Thank you.

The Launching of Gemilang Cahaya Komtar

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Launching of Gemilang Cahaya Komtar

3 October 2017


Two weeks ago, I have the pleasure of giving away letters of appreciation to the technical team that was engaged in the Revitalisation Project of Komtar, which won the Best Project 2017 awarded by CIDB. The award was given based on the engineering knowhow and skills required to implement the project. However, the Komtar Revitalisation Project must not only be excellent in terms of engineering but must also be aesthetically attractive as well. Hence at the inception of this Revitalization project, efforts were made to ensure that the Revitalized Komtar would be lighted up so as to be more attractive at night.

When Komtar was first built, spot lights were installed to shine on the building at night. The initial plan was to have the building brighten up every night. Later it was shortened to light up only on special occasions such as Hari Merdeka, Hari Raya Aidilfiri, Chinese New Year, Christmas Eve and New Year Eve or 7 nights a year. The main reason for doing this was to reduce the electricity cost, which came to about RM264 per night or about RM96,560 per year.

Taking advantage of the energy-saving LED and the computer technology, the new light installed in Komtar consumed energy as low as RM10 per night or RM3, 650 per year. And Komtar can be seen at night almost every where in Penang. We are proud that Komtar has light up Penang at night.

This is a tremendous amount of energy saving, which is in line with the current world-wide trend of lighting up the building green. Lighting up the building Green means lighting up the building with minimal carbon emission.

Apart from energy saving, we also took into consideration the maintenance aspect during the design stage. There are now a lot of buildings in KL and Melaka that enclosed the whole buildings with wire mesh netting and installed LED lights on the nettings. This results in very brightly lighted buildings but when thousands of light bulbs are installed on the nettings maintenance becomes very difficult and blown bulbs are left unreplaced. In the end the buildings look ugly. So in Komtar we made sure such mistake is not repeated here.

Also, instead of a single yellow light shining on the building as done in the past, under the Reviltalisation Project, with soft and soothing rainbow colours to make it more contemporary and more appealing.

I would like to congratulate GigaTera (M) sdn bhd for the design and completing this job on time (in fact ahead of time) and on cost (without VO) of RM930,000(If including GST is RM985,800). I would also like to thank PDC, PDC Setia Urus and OWG for implementing this lighting project well.

Thank you.


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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Opening Ceremony of Power Integrations in Penang, Bayan Lepas, Penang

3 October 2017



Good afternoon.

It is my pleasure to be present today to celebrate Power Integrations’ opening hub for Asian region in Penang; another landmark growth for this US Silicon Valley-based multinational corporation (MNC) of high-performance electronic components used in high-voltage power-conversion systems.

Today’s launch marks another milestone in continued investments by American high-tech companies in Penang, joining other USA companies which have chosen Penang as their home since more than 4 decades ago. New companies such as Boston Scientific and UST Global, have joined existing US companies like Intel, Broadcom, Jabil, Motorola, Sandisk, HP, Haemonetics and Abbott/St Jude. From 2008-2016, out of the RM59 billion approved investment recorded, RM14 billion or 24% were from US investors, which makes US the largest FDI contributor to the Penang’s economy. Clearly US companies have not left Penang and are here to stay.

The economic transformation towards knowledge-based, innovation-led

Penang’s economy has experienced transformation from the 1980s and 1990s where economic growth was supported by industrialisation to knowledge intensive, innovation-led manufacturing and services in the year 2000 and beyond. The manufacturing world today is no longer about mass manufacturing requiring large factory, repetitive manual processes – but more importantly, the economy has transformed into smart and advanced manufacturing incorporating Big Data Analytics, IoT and Industry 4.0 processes. This is where high value products and services are generated, leading to higher value jobs creation.

I am also proud that in the recently announced 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. All these reflect on the success of Penang’s economic transformation into a knowledge-based, innovation-led state.

Penang as Power Integrations R&D and Supply Chain Management Hub for Asian Region

The establishment of Power Integrations’ R&D and Supply Chain Management Hub for Asian Region in Penang with investment of RM33 million over the next 5 years with the main activities of research, design, development, testing and supply chain management truly exemplifies the high value economic activity in this digital economy era. Power Integration is well-positioned in their addressable market valued more than USD3 billion where the company’s innovations radically simplify power supplies. By 2018, Power Integration’s centre in Penang is expected to employ more than 35 staff, in the functions of high value jobs of R&D engineering, testing and supply chain management.

Penang is truly the destination of choice for companies such as Power Integration which is offering engineering research, design and development. 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. In February this year, the RM63 million Penang Automation Cluster (PAC) was established, making it a first world-class SME precision metal fabrication cluster zone in Malaysia as a one-stop metal parts supply chain hub through collaborative efforts between local large companies (LLCs) and small medium enterprises (SMEs), which will attract attention of multinational corporations (MNCs) into this one-stop metal parts supply chain hub.

To move forward we have to keep up with change with continuous improvement and the only way is through adoption of innovation, invention and ideation (3Is). These are built on the Penang’s DNA on 3T's of Talent, Technology and Tolerance of new ideas:

Talent: Building on our residual intelligence accumulated over 40 years of industrialization, we have a pool of highly skilled and intelligent workers. To ensure the sustainability of our talent pool, STEM teaching and interest is a priority. We have invested RM 68 million in STEM education to make Penang a Centre of Excellence for Science and Technology such as @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). To us “Data is king, and Talent is the everything”.

Technology: The State will continue to support the tech based companies in Penang by building and improving on the world class infrastructure in Penang to ensure that we remain the Silicon Valley of the East, and an important E&E hub in this region.

Tolerance: We believe passionately in freedom, only in Penang can you enjoy freedom. And freedom works in Penang. Not just of ideas and ideals but also freedom of expression in art and culture as well as the freedom to enjoy equal opportunity to realize your full potential. Penang has the passion for diversity and inclusion. Penang’s relentless pursuit of excellence based on the principles of “Competency, Accountability and Transparency” (CAT), core of our good governance, guarantees the spirit of Tolerance in Penang.

Closing Remark

The decision by Power Integration to set up in Penang once again demonstrates the success of Penang as an attractive destination for investments.

Thank you.