Key Note Address by Chief Minister of Penang
During The Equipment Handover Ceremony to Penang Science Cluster
12 June 2016
Wisma Yeap Chor Eee
We are gathered here to witness from yet another successful MNC, Linde Material Handling, contributing to the Penang Science Cluster. I encourage industry leaders who are here today to use this platform to network and form a robust collaboration among companies to grow together in Penang and contribute to the local community.
Today, Linde Material Handling will contribute the innovative “CiTi Truck” to Penang Science Cluster. The sponsorship cost of the Linde Cititruck is RM20,000. It is not so much the quantum that matters but the thought that counts. Invariably it is such thoughtfulness and thought exercise that leads to scientific breakthrough.
Founded in 1904, Linde Material Handling GmbH, a member of the KION Group, ranks among the world’s foremost makers of forklift and warehouse trucks and is the market leader in Europe.
The Penang Science Cafe (PSC) is a unique initiative by the Penang State Government to rekindle interest in science and technology amongst young kids by showing them the wonders of science and the magic of seeing technology work. We believe that the experience of making robots and seeing toys move will inspire their interest to partake science as a career.
The Penang Science Cafe is housed in ground floor of the Yeap Chor Ee Building. The top 2 floors is reserved for our Creative Animation Triggers (CAT) to help tech start-ups, teach coding classes and mentor creative and innovative software project.
Both the PSC and CAT are important to allow Penang to be involved in the 4th Industrial Revolution. The 1st Industrial Revolution happened with the invention of steam engines, the 2nd Industrial Revolution with the discovery of electricity of mass production and specialisation of work, the 3rd Industrial Revolution with the invention of computers and internet. Finally the 4th Industrial Revolution revolves around the Big Data Analystics (BDA), Cloud Computing and Internet of Things (IoT) that can help us to start-up technogy through accelators so that we can leverage on our core competencies in our electronic cluster. Penang must be part of this 4th Industrial Revolution or else we would be left behind and die.
The State Government spent RM20 million to secure the lease and refurbish the building. We shall be depending on our young talents to be the catalyst of the 4th Industrial Revolution.