MAJLIS RUMAH TERBUKA SAMBUTAN TAHUN BARU CINA PDC 2018

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TEKS UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG

SEMPENA MAJLIS RUMAH TERBUKA SAMBUTAN TAHUN BARU CINA PDC 2018

1 MAC 2018 (KHAMIS)
ATRIUM PEJABAT PDC

 

Salam Bersih, Salam Harapan dan Selamat Datang ke Majlis Rumah Terbuka Sambutan Perayaan Tahun Baru Cina anjuran PDC.

Setiap perayaan mengajar kita tentang kepentingan perpaduan dan mengeratkan silaturahim tanpa mengira kaum dan agama. Dan inilah yang dapat kita capai melalui perayaan yang diraikan pada hari ini.

Kerajaan Negeri telah mempromosikan Pulau Pinang sebagai negeri keusahawanan dan kebajikan dan kita telah berjaya meningkatkan pertumbuhan ekonomi, berdasarkan tadbir urus yang baik dengan prinsip CAT (Cekap, Akauntabiliti dan Telus).

Melalui kerjasama 4P Partnership yang melibatkan sektor Public (Awam), Private (Swasta), People (Rakyat) & Profesional, Pulau Pinang telah banyak memberi transformasi/ perkembangan yang utama.

Kita telah melihat perubahan ikon Pulau Pinang di Komtar yang dahulunya usang dan terbiar tetapi menerusi The Top@Komtar dengan pelaburan swasta sebanyak RM200 juta, kini Komtar telah berubah wajah.

Satu lagi tarikan antarabangsa ialah Taman Tema Escape di Pulau Pinang, yang kini menjadi taman tema No. 1 di Malaysia, menurut TripAdvisor. Kesemua pelaburan swasta ini disebabkan wujudnya keyakinan mantap ke atas kemampuan Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang mentadbir negeri ini.

Kerajaan Negeri juga telah melabur RM75 juta untuk menubuhkan Pulau Pinang sebagai pusat kecemerlangan bagi sains dan teknologi termasuk projek-projek seperti perpustakaan digital pertama – yang dibuka 24 jam sehari di Malaysia, kelas koding (coding classes) dan Kelas Vokasional Jerman yang terbaik di dunia.

Baru-baru ini, BBC telah menyatakan bahawa Pulau Pinang adalah ‘Asia’s Silicon Valley’ dengan menyebut bahawa Pulau Pinang ‘is punching well above its weight in the tech world through hardware manufacturing’.

MIDA juga telah mengumumkan Pulau Pinang sebagai penerima pelaburan kedua terbesar yang diluluskan pada sembilan (9) bulan pertama tahun 2017 sebanyak RM9.9 bilion berbanding RM4.3 bilion untuk keseluruhan tahun 2016 iaitu kenaikan sebanyak 130%.

PDC akan meneruskan Tanggungjawab Sosial Korporatnya dalam menyediakan Rumah Awam dan Mampu Milik untuk rakyat menerusi tabung RM500 juta yang didirikan oleh Kerajaan Negeri.

Projek-projek PDC iaitu Bandar Cassia AHS Fasa 1 telah siap dibina dan dijangka Sijil Perakuan Siap dan Pematuhan (CCC) akan diperolehi pada suku pertama tahun ini, diikuti dengan Jiran Residensi di Kampung Jawa menjelang hujung tahun 2018 dan Dua Residensi di Teluk Kumbar menjelang suku pertama 2019.

Dalam mensyukuri segala nikmat, kita juga tidak lupa akan orang yang kurang bernasib baik dan memberi sokongan kepada mereka untuk mewujudkan masyarakat yang lebih prihatin, baik dan damai dengan menjalankan Tanggungjawab Sosial Korporat.

Dengan ini saya merasmikan Ruah Terbuka Sambutan Tahun Baru Cina PDC 2018.

Sekian, terima kasih.

BENCHMARK PRECISION TECHNOLOGIES OPENING CEREMONY

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
AT BENCHMARK PRECISION TECHNOLOGIES OPENING CEREMONY

1ST MARCH 2018

 

Ladies & Gentlemen

A very good morning. I am pleased to join all of you at the Grand Opening ceremony of Benchmark Precision Technologies Penang, which is headquartered in the USA. Today’s ceremony marks the opening of Benchmark’s 2nd and 3rd facilities in Penang, which are both Precision Technologies facilities focusing on vertically integrated manufacturing and test of complex capital equipment used in semiconductor related industries.

Penang – A Preferred Destination for Investors
The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) has announced that Penang is the second largest recipient of the total approved manufacturing investments of RM9.9 billion for the first three quarters of 2017, which is way higher than the RM4.3 billion investments recorded for the whole of 2016. From this RM9.9 billion, Penang recorded RM8 billion in FDI, which is the highest in Malaysia – thanks to FDI from MNCs like Benchmark.

From 2008-June 2017, US investors are the largest FDI contributors into Penang with about 25% of total manufacturing FDI in the State, valued at RM14.2 billion. In the corresponding period, 1/3 of E&E investments in Malaysia are in Penang. Furthermore, Malaysia’s largest single E&E exporter, Broadcom, located in Penang, is expected to export around USD16 billion worth of exports this year, contributing 8% to Malaysia’s total annual exports. The second largest single exporter, Western Digital, is also in Penang, contributing RM20 billion or 2.5% of Malaysia’s total annual exports.

The residual intelligence and our accumulated experience of over 45 years in the manufacturing sector continues to place Penang as a preferred destination for investors. The state government has put in RM75 million to promote STEM education of science, technology, engineering and maths. Amongst the scientific initiatives include science discovery centres, free coding classes to 120,000 primary and secondary students, German vocational training and Malaysia’s first digital library that is open for 24 hours. A recent BBC feature video report named Penang as a regional hardware manufacturing hub and Asia’s next Silicon Valley.

Benchmark - Landmark Presence in Penang
Benchmark Penang boasts the uniqueness of being the only Benchmark facility in the world which houses electronic manufacturing services, mechanical component manufacturing, simple to complex assemblies and full integration & test of complex systems – all at one location. To compliment this, Benchmark Penang also houses an International Procurement Office (IPO) and a Design Centre within their facilities premises here.

Benchmark entered Malaysia in 2007 through the acquisition of Quantum Peripherals (M) Sdn Bhd assets here and have since grown tremendously. Today Benchmark has 3 facilities in Penang and employs about 1,500 people.

I wish to once again congratulate the management and employees of Benchmark on your success and growth in Penang. Thank you for growing and being part of Penang’s growth in the past 11 years. The State will continue to support and facilitate the needs of investors in Penang.

Thank you.

NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON HARMONIZING COORDINATION TO IMPLEMENT DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (DRR) STRATEGY IN THE HERITAGE CITY OF GEORGE TOWN

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

AT THE WELCOMING REMARKS FOR NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON HARMONIZING COORDINATION TO IMPLEMENT DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (DRR)

STRATEGY IN THE HERITAGE CITY OF GEORGE TOWN 


01.03.2018 (THURSDAY) 
BAYVIEW HOTEL GEORGETOWN PENANG

A very good morning to all of you, Salam Bersih and welcome to the National Workshop on Harmonizing Coordination to Implement Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Strategy in the Heritage City of George Town. Let me begin by congratulating UNESCO Office Jakarta, George Town World Heritage Incorporated and Think City for successfully organizing this significant event in George Town.

I would also like to welcome our guests from UNESCO Office Jakarta and the Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO to this National Workshop.

As the chairman of George Town World Heritage Incorporated and the Chief Minister of Penang, I am proud to announce that this year, our historic city of George Town is celebrating its 10th Anniversary as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I would like to congratulate all of us in George Town who have contributed to conserving and safeguarding the tangible and intangible cultural heritage in our city.

It is an honour for George Town to be selected as a pilot site for the “Capacity Building for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) of Heritage Cities in Southeast Asia (SEA) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Pacific” project run by UNESCO Office Jakarta and UNESCO Apia Office in cooperation with George Town World Heritage Incorporated and International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM). This National Workshop is specifically addressed to the case of George Town and we are here today to discuss the development of effective Disaster Risk Reduction strategies for our heritage city.

On the 4th and 5th of November last year, several locations in Penang had experienced record rainfall and fierce winds, its ferocity shown by the Penang ferry being pushed inland. With aid from the Penang state government, commitment from local agencies and unconditional support from the community, Penang was able to recover at an incredible and admirable speed. On the 6th of November, just a day after the flood, we were able to welcome Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, for their maiden visit to George Town. The royal visit could proceed to tour the city as scheduled without any delay.

Nonetheless, to safeguard our beloved Penang, we must constantly aim to improve the disaster management strategy in place. We will continue to strive for a more comprehensive and effective disaster management plan through our 4P partnership involving the Public, Private, People and Professional sectors. In addition to a detailed study of the hazards Penang faces, a thorough analysis of the gaps in the current disaster management plan will also be conducted during the workshop.

This active involvement from our 4P partners have enabled Penang to bounce back from the worst rainstorm and natural disaster in history in a mere 10 days. A systematic approach would naturally encompass the urgent need for a reliable and credible weather forecasting mechanism. To this end, information must not be hoarded but shared freely and widely.

My gratitude to everyone here for taking the initiative to contribute your time and thoughts towards this issue. I wish you a constructive and successful workshop ahead.

Thank you.