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10 October 2015


Welcome to this unique gathering, which brings together key representatives from the technology, creative multimedia sector, multinational companies, entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts to celebrate the official launch of Penang @CAT- Penang’s Accelerator for Creative, Analytics & Technology. This unique colonial heritage venue is the new home where the tech community in Penang can unleash their inspiration, technological aspirations and creative talents.

I still remember when the idea to have an accelerator programme in Penang was mooted during our inaugural Penang State Shared Services & Outsourcing and Creative Multimedia Content Council (PSSCC) meeting on Jan 27, we hope to stimulate the establishment and growth of tech startups in Penang. 8 months have passed and we are proud with the efforts put in by @CAT council, InvestPenang and PDC to make this happen.

Wisma Yeap Chor Ee

Since @CAT is going to be another prominent initiative in Penang, we decided to house this programme in one of the elegant historic building within the George Town’s heritage enclave, Wisma Yeap Chor Ee (WYCE). WYCE, leased out by Wawasan Open University to Penang Development Corporation (PDC) on 29th June 2014 for 30 years at a cost of over RM14 million (RM40,402 per month), has successfully realized part of the state government’s dream in promoting science and technology and creative animation cluster. In addition, the restoration costs, to be financed by PDC works out to be RM5 million. Penang @CAT will be located at level 3, Creative Animation Triggers project at Level 2 and Level 1 will be leased to Penang Science Cluster.

At State level, we have formed an Executive Council for WYCE, chaired by myself and YB Chow Kon Yeow (alternate) and members consisting of Dato’ Lee Kah Choon, Dato’ Rosli Jaafar, Loo Lee Lian and Chang Wing Mow, responsible for policy, tenant selection and provision of resources required in operation of WYCE.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Tech Startups

@CAT at WYCE will be the heart of Penang’s tech start up ecosystem where the Penang State government’s enterprising plan is to boost the local tech sector and to bring the state’s many players under one roof. @CAT aims to accelerate the establishment and growth of creative and technology based startup companies, to nurture new talents in the new sunrise fields of cloud computing, applications technology, Big Data Analytics (BDA) and Internet of Things (IoT). I believe, developing the state’s talented young people to move up the value chain and promote new creative ideas and innovative technology is our priority today.

Over the last 40 years, Penang’s economic success has been driven by manufacturing sector. It will still be the state’s core business and in addition to the convergence of the manufacturing, services and public sector, the establishment of @CAT will unleash new synergies in both new and existing industries. If Penang is to win the future, we have to invest not only in education but also master disruptive technology, innovation and automation. The @CAT is one of our initiatives to master these difficult challenges especially in BDA, cloud computing and IoT.

The recent trend of the global semiconductor industry has been shifting towards the Internet of Things (IoT) where wearable technologies, machines, software and sensors that use cloud computing to communicate with each other is in rising demand. This is where the Penang @CAT fits in as we also believe in venturing into IoT and creative multimedia industry that bonds technology and arts together, could ultimately transform Penang in achieving the vision of becoming an international and intelligent city.

In this 21st century, millennials generation are powerful, creative, controversial and the future game changers in the marketplace. We want to help to develop the innovation-driven millennials who want to build their own businesses and tech startups through the platform of @CAT.

@CAT (Accelerator for Creative, Analytics & Technology)

@CAT will occupy the entire top floor of WYCE. The accelerator programmes shall help students, individuals and startup entrepreneurs gain access to mentors, training, shared facilities and space, professional assistance and other value added services that will position them on the fast and right track towards budding their success.

Next, @CAT will also offers various packages for co-working space that are accessible with competitive rates from as low as RM25 daily and up to RM200 monthly and equipped with full facilities and support. In addition, this unique place will also be a magnet for various tech-community driven organizers to house their events to aid startup entrepreneurs and tech community to network, incubate and accelerate their ideas as well as enhance their business and technical skill. The flexible function and event space would be able to cater up to 100 people and is perfect for inspirational bootcamps, webcamps, seminars and private networking events.

I believe Penang has a unique tech start-up scene made up of a close community of local start-ups and founders involved in various activities ranging from e-commerce, mobile applications, IoT, and many more. As our local tech start-ups are scattered all over Penang, this @CAT space will serve as a platform and launch pad in bringing the tech-startup community under one roof and provide the necessary support and services to build a strong ecosystem.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Upcoming programmes and events at @CAT

I am excited to announce some of the lineups of our upcoming @CAT Accelerator Programmes and community events for this year such as
Startup Weekend George Town - 16th Oct to 18th Oct 2015
IoT Accelerator Lite - 23rd November to 4th December 2015 (Co-organized by MDeC, @CAT & TE4P), which I believe Dato’ Ng Wan Peng will share further during her session
Pre Start-up Program – 2nd week of December 2015
Founder Institute (Penang Chapter) on startups trainings – 8th March to 24th May 2016, which will also be shared further by Mr. Chan later

As for the supply of talent for start-up company goes, Penang has already started with the ‘Coding Shophouse’ programme early June this year. This programme, an initiative by Mr Douglas Khoo an entrepreneur himself, is aimed at providing opportunities to Penang’s tech and non tech community in learning programming and improving career marketability. As a start, 15 students have already graduated from the 3-months first batch course which focused on ‘Ruby on Rails’, a web application framework. I understand that the 2nd intake is scheduled to take place early next month (November 2015), which this time will turn its focus on the foundation and basics of HTML & CSS, a 2 months course.

In addition to this, to unleash the inner power of our young Penangites, Penang @CAT plans to offer more education and enrichment in programming and coding classes, in various popular languages such as Java, Python, Objective-C, C#, SQL and etc. Engaging into IT related activities, trainings and exposures that feed the people’s passions in becoming an aspiring web developers or tech entrepreneurs.

This morning, in conjunction with our landmark launch, we are proud to have GDG DevFest George Town 2015, an international tech community event supported by Google as the first ever event to be held at Wisma Yeap Chor Ee. This program will be extended till 6.00pm and has attracted over 200 attendees.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

@CAT Council & Advisors

Today’s opening of @CAT has been made possible by the advice of the newly formed @CAT council, consisting of Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, COO of Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and successful entrepreneurs such as the founder of Jobstreet, Mark Chang, founder of Exabytes, Chan Kee Siak and founder of, Douglas Khoo, Curry Khoo and investPenang as the project lead.

In laying the foundations of transforming Penang into high-income knowledge economy, we will strive to enhance capacity, capability and competency in Penang’s creative industry. We believe that Penang has the 3Ts to establish a creative cluster, the Talent, Technology and Tolerance of new ideas. We believe that our most passionate value of freedom will allow @CAT to produce world-class content and be a national hub for multi-media information and digital content services.

Moving Forward

I want to see in Penang, groups of young generations exploring creative and tech enterprises. In terms of the business standpoint we are proud to have many successful accomplished homegrown local companies like Jobstreet, Exabytes, Piktochart, Vitrox Technologies etc. Piktochart, an infographic design app company has crossed the US$1 million turnover milestone but what’s more crucial is that it currently boasts over 2.7 million registered users; Vitrox, manufacturer of machine vision inspection systems born in 2000 have reported revenue of MYR 38.9 million today, Exabytes, a webhosting and e-commerce solutions provider has recorded RM32 million in revenue and Jobstreet as you are all aware of, an online job portal was acquired by Australia’s SEEK Ltd for more than RM1.7 billion.

I hope, with the Penang @CAT programme in place, we would be able to increase the number of successful startups originating and developing from Penang.

And today we are also proud to announce our Penang @CAT official website,, tailored for the general public especially startups entrepreneurs – contain information on accelerator programme, tech events, co-working space etc.

Before I end my speech, I would like to express my heartfelt congratulations and appreciation to investPenang, PDC, MDeC for collaborating and distinguished speakers from Magic, Cradle, Founder Institute (Penang Chapter) for sharing in this event and I wish to thank all of you for finding time to attend this important launching ceremony. I wish to also thank the General Manager of Invest Penang Ms Loo Lee Lian for providing @CAT with the essential content and software. Also PDC General Manager Dato’ Rosli Jaafar for making the Wisma Yeap Chor Ee physically ready. It is our greatest wish that Penang @CAT will continue to walk and grow alongside our tech startups in efforts to make Penang prosperous.

I invite other government agencies such as MaGIC and Cradle to actively work in force together with us to nurture Penang’s new generation of tech entrepreneurs. We have always envisaged Penang as a platform for dream makers to make your dreams come true. Let us make Penang @CAT our dream platform where we establish convergence in manufacturing, services and the local internet community to create new synergies in new and existing industries.

It is my pleasure to declare the @CAT at Wisma Yeap Chor Ee and website officially launched.

Thank you.







既然“@CAT新创加速器”将成为槟城重要的创举,因此地点就此计划选在充满历史气息的乔治市古迹大楼 – 叶祖意大厦。槟城宏远大学在2014年6月29日以30年1400万令吉(每月4万402令吉)的租约租给槟州发展机构。这阶段性实现了州政府要推广科学、科技与创意动画圈的梦想。另外,槟州发展机构挹注了500万令吉作为修复该大厦,“@CAT新创加速器”位于该大厦三楼,CAT创意动画进击区位于二楼、一楼则是租给槟城科学圈。


Ladies and Gentlemen,







@CAT新创加速器 将设立在叶祖意大厦顶层。加速器计划协助学生、个人及新创企业家获得咨询、训练、共享配备与空间、专业支援及其他附加价值的服务,以让他们能快速走上成功的正轨。



乔治市新创周末 - 2015年10月16日至18日
物联网小型加速器 - 2015年11月23日至12月4日
新创准备课程 2015年12月第二周
Founder Institute 新创训练 – 2016年3月8日至5月24日



The Yeangs Shd Bhd's Show Unit Opening

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Speech by YAB Lim Guan Eng, Penang Chief Minister on 10 Oct 2015 at The Yeangs Shd Bhd's Show Unit Opening at No 24 Cantoment Road, Penang

Good Morning and welcome to the launching of The Yeangs Sdn Bhd’s project Show Unit designed by Dato’ Dr. Ken Yeang.

Dato’ Prof. Jimmy Choo, internationally renowned designer OF OUR VERY OWN from Penang is also here with us.

We should be proud to be Malaysians, especially PENANGITES because PENANG, According to Yahoo, is a place ranked as ONE OF THE 10 ISLANDS TO EXPLORE before you die.

PENANG, according to Forbes International, is a place voted 3rd best city to retire inexpensively in the world.

PENANG, according to UNESCO, is a place with harmonious MULTIRACIAL and WELL-PRESERVED HERITAGE BUILDINGS.

PENANG FOOD is second to none! According to CNN, is a place where ASSAM LAKSA is voted 7th Best Food in the world?

The list goes on and as we know Penang is a place with many expats and foreign retirees…BRITISH, AMERICAN, INDIAN, JAPANESE, KOREAN and CHINESE, and MORE are calling it home.

I’m here to promote PENANG to the world, as PENANG is voted to be one of the most liveable cities in the world.

And are you aware that PENANG is to be our first green state in Malaysia with the first no free plastic bags, ban on polystyrene boxes and the highest recycling rate in Malaysia at 32%

Y-CANTONMENTS houses are GBI-Gred rated

- Bioclimatic or climate responsive,

- Low energy, 

- Rainwater harvesting,

- Natural daylight, passive solar shading,

- Water saving features.

ACHIEVING A GOLD RATING by GBI (GREEN BUILDING INDEX) is a great achievement by Dato’ Dr. Ken Yeang, 



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主席 :章瑛行政议员




- 任期为3年,即 2015年10月9日 起至2018年10月9日。

- 委员会的操作已趋向行政式的操作,不像刚开始般繁复,因此,人数也从16人减至11人,都以个人身份受委。

- 教育部“停止聘请母语班教师”(POL)在国小和国中做为撙节措施之一是不明智的举措,无形中剥夺了学生学习母语的权利。这种舍本逐末的措施不但对国家经济发展毫无帮助,还影响目前在上母语班的教师和学生,可见国阵领袖的无能,只知道在非常时期向人民开刀,把应该承担的责任当作一种施舍。

- 根据联邦宪法第152(1)(a)條文,即除了官方用途,沒有人可以阻止任何人使用、教导和学习其他語文,教育部的宣布间接致使一些学生无法上母语班,这样有违联邦宪法。

- 我认为,只有严打贪污滥权,才能真正稳住我国的经济发展。 国家银行总裁丹斯里洁蒂也曾表示,只有在一马发展公司(1MDB)的问题获得解决后, 马币汇率才有望回弹。

- 另一方面,我呼吁身为国阵成员之一的马华和民政向槟州政府看齐,宣布无条件承认统考文凭,聘用独中统考生为公务员。 槟州政府早在2008年就无条件聘用独中统考生在政府权限下的州政府子公司担任高职,即聘用统考生邓晓璇为槟州绿色机构的总经理,因此,我希望马华和民政能为独中生争取。

- 针对单源流教育因巫统喉舌《马来西亚前锋报》的炒作而再次引起热议一事,我希望马华总会长廖中莱除了谴责,更应以最实际行动来证明,不要再让类似的煽动性言论破坏国家和平。马华部长是否有在内阁里纠正副首相阿末扎希发表“多源流教育阻碍国民团结”的言论是违联邦宪法第152(1)(a)條文?

- 这些年以来,虽然资源有限,州政府依然坚持制度化拨款给全槟125间学校,即华小、国民型中学和教会学校,还有5所独中。至今已拨出约5600万令吉的制度化给这些学校。除了制度化拨款,州政府至今已宣布拨逾43依格的地段给华校供发展用途,受惠的有恒毅中小学、直落公芭养正小学、威南日新中学、明德正校、益华小学、峇六拜中山小学、中华孔圣庙中学、北海光华小学及时中正校等。

- 除此之外,州政府也扮演桥梁向联邦政府反映州内华校所面对的问题,当中包括师资不足及独中文凭不受承认等课题。我们多次呼吁联邦政府以人民的利益为重,可是7年后的今天华教课题依然没有解决,制度化拨款也迟迟没有落实。最让人不满的是,一些不负责任的政治人物反而还发表“消灭华小”的煽动性言论,企图将教育政治化、种族化和极端化。

- 这些国阵的领袖的言行举止让人不敢恭维,所以,不难明白为何我国的大学无法挤进世界大学排名中的100大。


- 另外,我在此宣布槟州政府2016年的制度化拨款即日起公开给全槟125间学校,包括独中、华小、国民型中学和教会学校申请,所有的学校可以通过网上申请系统E-sumbangan Sekolah Pulau Pinang提出申请,截止日期为11月21日。

- 槟州华校事务协调委员会秘书处已于本月8日寄出申请指南给州内的125所华小、国民型中学、教会学校及5所独中。同时也将在10月15日、16日及19日举办6场的网上申请讲解课程和简报会,协助校方上网申请。

- 我希望各校能给予合作,尽快在截止日期前呈上申请和所需文件,以便能在华协会能在明年年头完成分发拨款的工作。

- 任何疑问请致电给首长特别助理兼华协会秘书沈佩蓉017-5910366或04-6505558或电邮This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.询问。