OPENING CEREMONY: NEW OFFICE BUILDINGS & PRODUCTION FACILITIES OF B. BRAUN MEDICAL INDUSTRIES

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OPENING CEREMONY:

NEW OFFICE BUILDINGS & PRODUCTION FACILITIES

OF B. BRAUN MEDICAL INDUSTRIES

Speech by YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang @

18 April 2018

 

I am pleased to join you in B. Braun Medical Industries official opening of your new office and production facilities. I wish to also welcome His Excellency, Nikolaus Graff Lambsdorff, Prof. Dr. Heinz Walter Grosse, Ms. Anna Maria Braun, and the global management team of B.Braun to Penang – where George Town was named specifically as among the top 4 best health care centres in the world by International Living in 2017.

 

Investors from Germany have been pioneers in the industrial development of Penang and more than 45 years on, they continue to grow and re-invest. In the period of 2008 - 2017, German investors were the second largest manufacturing FDI contributors in Penang with the total investment value of RM5.15 billion.

 

Last year, Penang recorded RM8.5 billion of approved manufacturing FDI, the highest among states in Malaysia. This represents a growth of 209%, year-on-year. Penang is also the second top recipient of total manufacturing investment among states valued at RM10.8 billon. Domestic investment also grew steadily by 92% year-on-year to reach RM2.3 billion in 2017.

 

B.Braun – The pioneer in medical device manufacturing investments in Penang

 

It was in 2009 that B. Braun launched your great Master Plan to rebuild and expand your production facilities in Penang. How different all the buildings now look! Today, we can see the significant execution of the Master Plan - large and modern factories and office buildings, which has truly become a landmark and a benchmark in the Bayan Lepas Industrial Zone – a great achievement and success that not only B.Braun and Penang are proud of, but it is also a testament of the confidence of foreign investors in Penang.

 

  1. B. Braun was one of the first foreign companies to invest in Penang in the 70’s. Even during global economic slow-downs, B. Braun continued to grow and expand, and provide employment.

 

  1. B. Braun’s investment of over RM4.75 billion in Penang, from its establishment to the end of last year, is to be applauded. In addition, they have created over 3,000 job opportunities since 2009. And judging by the new buildings and facilities, it looks like they are not only set to invest more money in their production site here, but also create even more job opportunities for Penangites – something I, as Chief Minister, am very pleased with.

 

  1. B. Braun is currently already one of the largest single employer in Penang, with over 7,700 employees – 99% of whom, I am happy to say, are Malaysians.

 

I am delighted to hear that B. Braun’s global Centre of Excellence for Intravenous Access is in Penang, the only one outside of Europe with full R&D capabilities and more than 100 engineers. This indicates that the quality of our local talent meets the requirements of world-class R&D assignments.

B.Braun’s significant talent initiatives in Penang

 

While their economic contributions to Penang are impressive, I am equally pleased that B. Braun is also committed to developing human capital. Their involvement is in the true spirit to the State’s 4P -public, private, people, professional partnership – enhancing our STEM initiatives in Penang where the Penang state government has already allocated RM75 million to COEs of @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).

 

B.Braun is among the pioneer sponsoring companies for the first-of-its-kind Malaysia Meister Program @ Penang, working closely with the Penang Skills Development Centre to provide paid on-the-job training for vocational students supported by State government scholarships with a RM6 million allocation. I understand that the first batch of 22 students who started in 2015 has completed their diploma recently in March this year, before proceeding on to their Advanced Diploma.

 

Not only that, B Braun intends to have an even bigger intake this year, focusing on Mechatronics and Electronics Automation. I certainly commend their commitment to this programme, especially as they invested RM1.6 million in a vocational training facility with workstations that can cater to 50 students at a time. They also have their own in-house engineering, technical and leadership programmes to help develop and upskill their employees.

 

Besides that, B. Braun is the Pillar Lead for Life Sciences and Medical Health for the Penang Science Cluster. Since 2010, when this initiative was started by Penang government, B. Braun has played a significant role and have been strong supporters of our annual Penang International Science Fair, which is the largest science fair in Malaysia.

 

In 2016, they launched the first B. Braun Genetics Week in Penang, flying in a team of scientists from the University of Kassel in Germany to conduct genetics workshops for our students. In fact, the Genetics Week was such a success that they did it again last year, in which 325 students from 16 primary and secondary schools in Penang were exposed to genetics science. Just as the corporate motto of B.Braun says, “Sharing Expertise”.

 

Please accept my heartiest congratulations on the occasion of your official opening of the new office buildings and production facilities. The State wishes to record our appreciation to B.Braun’s significant contribution in Penang, and I look forward to seeing B. Braun’s continued growth in Penang.

 

 

Thank you.

The Opening of Penang International Food Festival 2018

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Speech by YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng

Penang Chief Minister

The Opening of Penang International Food Festival 2018

15th April 2018 @ Lebuh Pantai, George Town

 

 

What an honour it is to open the second Penang International Food Festival at our beloved Lebuh Pantai. This iconic strip is home to some of our city’s finest street food hawkers, and tonight, hawkers statewide have gathered here for PIFF’s two-day Street Food Festival.

 

Penang’s world-famous street food has placed our city on the global culinary map, so it makes perfect sense that PIFF’s opening event be the Street Food Festival, a celebration of our hardworking hawker heroes and their famed, glorious food.

 

Revered publications and websites such as Culture Trip, CNN Travel, and more, have included Penang and its acclaimed dishes on their esteemed lists. One notable example is our famous and tasty Assam Laksa ranking seventh in CNN Travel’s ‘World’s 50 Best Foods’ list. This illustrates Penang’s high-ranking reputation amongst the world’s finest culinary cultures.

 

PIFF this year will be a 16-day event with three major events, six Mini Festivals and three Dining Experiences at a cost of RM1.5 million funded by the State Government. The Festival kicks off with a Street Food Festival this weekend, with a theme of Penang’s Hawker Heroes. As you can see here today, we have 119 stalls of Penang street food where 94% (112) of them are hawker heroes with more than 5 years of experience.

 

Next weekend, the festival will showcase the best of Penang’s cafes, restaurants and hotel F&Bs at Jalan Kelawai. Cafes and restaurants with unique food and beverages, and our hotels’ F&Bs will bring out their delectable and exquisite creations. There will also be Chefs’ Demonstrations by the GCCA (Golden Chef Culinary Association), as well as other local chefs showcasing food creation with Penang flavours. Also joining us at TOP’s Chefs’ Demonstration is the Japan and Indonesia Embassy.

 

To end the scrumptious 16 days, Penang will challenge to achieve a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for the Largest Food Truck Rally in the world. The third major event – Food Truck Invasion (FTI) will see more than 150 food trucks gathered at the Design Village Penang offering food from more than 10 different cuisines. To hype up the cheery evening further, don’t miss exciting performances by international buskers who have been brought in specially for this.

 

In between these three major events will be mini-festivals dedicated to a different element of the Penang food scene; these are Meatless Monday, Kopi ‘O’, Mini Curry Festival, Thirsty Thursday, Crispy Fryday, and RM2 Mini Food Festival. This rich selection indicates the layered and diverse options available to Penang’s food lovers.

 

Other unmissable PIFF pocket events include the exclusive Dining Experiences that offer extraordinary locations as dining settings. Dining Amid Water, Dining Amid Heritage, and Dining Amid Stars will be held at unconventional venues with exquisite views.

 

Back to PIFF.

 

I do hope everyone has a memorable and joyous PIFF2018, and sample as much food and drink as they can! What are you waiting for, let’s makan!

LAUNCHING OF E-SPORTS EXPERIENCE AT 1ST AVENUE

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SPEECH BY CARETAKER CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG LIM GUAN ENG

LAUNCHING OF E-SPORTS EXPERIENCE AT 1ST AVENUE

14 APRIL 2018, 1PM

 

Salam Sejahtera and good afternoon,

 

Welcome to Penang's inaugural E-Sports Experience brought to you by Penang Youth Development Corporation, PYDC.

 

Global E-Sports revenues will grow 38% to $906 million in 2018 and further grow to $1.65 billion by 2021, according to a report on eSports by market researcher Newzoo. In 2017, there was 14.0 million gamers in Malaysia spending a total of $587 million. This makes Malaysia #21 worldwide in terms of game revenues.

 

E-sports should be professionally organised to cater to youths. E-Sports has emerged as an international sport with professional teams and players from all over the world. The Penang state government is facilitating the healthy development of E-Sports by allocating up to RM1 million to help and train players and teams under 25 years old and to compete in E-Games.

 

The Penang Youth Development Corporation (PYDC) will be the mechanism for this RM1 million initiative.

 

Today, PYDC and The Pantheon, the first E-sports Arena in Malaysia, are bringing the first E-Sports Experience to Penang.

 

In line with the state STEM education initiative, we hope that E-Sports can be one of the platform to cultivate our youth in science and technology industry. With our efforts to succeed in the Industrial 4.0 revolution, revolving around interaction of machines, artificial intelligent, big data analytics, fintech, cloud computing and Internet of Things. Whilst we acknowledge that in this digital era, “data is king”, the state government believes that “talent is everything”.

 

The State has invested RM75 million in STEM education to establish Penang as the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Science and Technology. This RM75 million includes @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 the Penang Digital Library (PDL).

 

That is the reason why, we invest in STEM education and E-Sports, to help make Penang a Centre of Excellence for Science and Technology.

 

Thank you.

 

LIM GUAN ENG