LITTLE INDIA LED LIGHTING LAUNCHING

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SPEECH BY YAB CHIEF MINISTER LIM GUAN ENG

AT LED LIGHTING LAUNCHING

ON 13 APRIL 2018

 

First of all I would like to take this opportunity to inform everyone that during the Deepavali Open House Function held on 29th October 2017, I had announced that the Penang State Government would allocate a fund of RM 1 million to upgrade public facilities in the precincts of Little India. As mentioned in my Budget 2018 speech, the State Government will spend RM 1 million seed money to upgrade the public facilities in the precincts around Little India in Georgetown.

 

A welcome arch will also be built and financed by Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang. This and other projects will allow us to rebrand this area as “Beautiful Little India”! The Penang Indian Chamber of Commerce has agreed to fund related projects to make this centre of Indian cultural and religious activities a unique showcase of Penang’s diverse heritage.

 

The precinct improvement plan of Little India is to increase the quality of streetscapes, such as improving walkability, drainage improvement, installation of decorative lighting, art and wayfainding systems. The plan will also introduce regular cultural shows at key spots in Little India during the weekend to bring life into the streets of Little India. The RM1 million seed fund is handled by the Penang caretaker EXCO for Local Government YB Chow Kon Yeow.

 

Today we wish to announce that of that RM1 million, RM 550,000.00 will be for the decoration of Little India with Decorative LED Lightings which is expected to materalise within 60 days. Again this shows the Penang Pakatan government keeps its promises.

 

The Malaysian Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Penang had requested the State Government for the construction of a Permanent Arch at the Gate-way of Little India and the above project is taking shape and is under progress. YB Chow will be discussing this further with the Chamber for their funding as promised and the design of this structure to beautify “Little India”

 

Finally I once again thank the Malaysian Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Penang, Traders of Little India and all presence. Let us make “Beautiful Little India” a reality and a dream come true.

MALAYSIAN MEISTER PROGRAM LEVEL 1 (MMPL1) AGREEMENT SIGNING CEREMONY & LAUNCHING OF MMPL1 ELECTRONICS IN AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

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MALAYSIAN MEISTER PROGRAM LEVEL 1 (MMPL1)

AGREEMENT SIGNING CEREMONY & LAUNCHING OF MMPL1 ELECTRONICS IN AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

13 April 2018 @ 12Noon

 

Salam sejahtera and good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I am pleased and honoured to be here with all of you today. First and foremost, I would like to congratulate the PSDC for the success of the Malaysian Meister Program Level 1 (MMPL1) in Penang. I am proud that in a short span of 2 years since the initial launching of the Malaysian Meister Program Level 1 Mechatronics Program, we have trained 5 batches of apprentices and today, we are officially launching the Electronics in Automation Technology Program here.

 

Additionally, I am excited to note that this year we will see the first graduates of GDVT students in Penang. Thusfar, 22 students have completed Level 4 (Skills Diploma) and out of which, 12 students went on to pursue the Advance Skills Diploma -Level 5. While 73 students are still studying in Level 2 – 4 under the MMPL1 programme in PSDC.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

The Penang State Government recognizes the significance and the importance of this program and we committed to fully support this program since Day 1. In 2015, we signed an initial agreement to provide a RM2 million sponsorship in support of this program to pay for the tuition fees of the participating students. The agreement has since been revised to include the Electronics program and the total sponsorship now covers RM3,000 per apprentice for the Skills Diploma level and RM1,000 per apprentice for the Advanced Skills Diploma level.

 

The state is going to extend to RM6 million sponsorship when the RM2 million are fully utilized, as a mark of the state`s commitment towards the programme. Besides that, the Penang State Government has also made financial provision for marketing and promotional activities to raise awareness and promote the MMPL1 to school students, especially in the rural areas.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

It is a well-known fact that the German brand has a long legacy and association to high quality and innovation. Germany is one of the largest economies and one of the highest labour productivity levels in the world. The German dual vocational training system is the foundation of Germany’s economic success and a crucial pillar for recruiting and obtaining employees.

 

It is one of the core reasons the country has a constant stream of a trained skilled workforce. The combination of work and study has been proven as a successful model in Germany. We are learning from the German example but adapting it to our local context and setting to make it suitable for Malaysians, and we believe that it will make the same positive impact here as it has done in Germany.

 

The program is only possible with the support of all the stakeholders. I would like to personally thank all existing and new Host Companies for believing and investing into the future of your employees. I am happy to know that 6 Host Companies have already committed to participate in the upcoming new intake for the Mechatronics program, while 2 Host Companies have signed up for the new Electronics in Automation Technology program.

 

I do echo Dr Schloesser’s sentiments that more companies need to be involved in this. It is my sincere hope that the Industry will capitalize on the availability of such a special program here in Penang. I am very much looking forward to see how the first graduates of the programme will utilize their skills and knowledges within in their companies.

 

In closing, allow me to once again congratulate the PSDC and all the host companies and it is with great pleasure that I announce the official launching of the Malaysian Meister Program Level 1 Electronics in Automation Technology program.

 

Thank you.

MAJLIS ANUGERAH PELAJAR CEMERLANG SPM TAHUN 2017 NEGERI PULAU PINANG

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TEKS UCAPAN

YANG AMAT BERHORMAT KETUA MENTERI

SEMPENA MAJLIS ANUGERAH PELAJAR CEMERLANG SPM

TAHUN 2017 NEGERI PULAU PINANG

12 APRIL 2018 (KHAMIS)

DEWAN SRI PINANG

 

 

 

Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengucapkan setinggi-tinggi penghargaan dan terima kasih kepada YB. TKM II, YB. Wong Hon Wai dan Urusetia Majlis daripada Pejabat Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang yang bertungkus-lumus memastikan majlis dapat dijalankan dengan jayanya. Terima kasih juga kerana sudi menjemput saya untuk merasmikan majlis ini yang diadakan setiap tahun demi untuk memberikan penghargaan kepada pelajar-pelajar yang cemerlang di dalam peperiksaan SPM yang lalu.

 

Berdasarkan maklumat, pada tahun 2017, seramai 265 orang calon SPM telah mendapat keputusan cemerlang iaitu mendapat semua A+ dalam matapelajaran dengan sekurang-kurangnya 7A+ dan ke atas. Jumlah ini adalah termasuk 5 orang pelajar cemerlang khas (OKU). Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang berasa amat berbesar hati untuk memberikan insentif kewangan sebanyak RM500.00 berserta sijil kepada setiap pelajar cemerlang. Selain itu, Kerajaan Negeri turut akan menyampaikan anugerah kepada 3 buah sekolah yang memperolehi keputusan keseluruhan terbaik.

 

Sidang hadirin sekalian,

 

Kami akan terus mendorong ekonomi berpendapatan tinggi melalui tadbir urus yang baik, integriti dan penekanan berterusan kami terhadap Sains & Teknologi. Sejajar dengan perkembangan teknologi yang menggalakkan penggunaan internet secara maksima, kita semua mesti menguasai gelombang Revolusi Industri 4.0 yang merangkumi Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, E-Commerce, Crowd Sourcing dan Internet of Things.

 

Kerajaan Negeri telah melabur RM75 juta dalam usaha untuk menjadikan Pulau Pinang sebagai pusat kecemerlangan bagi sains dan teknologi seperti Penang Tech Dome, Perpustakaan Digital di bahagian Pulau dan Seberang Perai, Kelas Vokasional Jerman yang terbaik di dunia dan Penang Science Cluster (PSC). Baru- baru ini Kerajaan Negeri juga telah melabur sejumlah RM6 juta dalam tempoh 3 tahun kepada Penang Science Cluster untuk Kelas Koding (coding classes) kepada 120,000 pelajar sekolah rendah dan menengah kita di Pulau Pinang menjelang tahun 2020.

 

Dalam usaha kita untuk menjadi sebuah Negeri dan Negara yang berpendapatan tinggi, kita seharusnya memberikan tumpuan kepada pelaburan “talent” ataupun “bakat” rakyat Malaysia itu sendiri. Sehubungan itu, saya sering memaklumkan kepada semua pada setiap kali majlis seumpama ini iaitu Kerajaan Negeri telahpun menubuhkan Penang Future Foundation (PFF) iaitu satu program biasiswa. PFF ini ditawarkan kepada pelajar-pelajar cemerlang dan berkelayakan dan keutamaan adalah untuk anak jati Pulau Pinang.

 

Akhir kata, saya sekali lagi mengucapkan syabas dan tahniah kepada pelajar-pelajar yang telah berjaya di dalam peperiksaan SPM yang lalu. Tahniah juga diucapkan kepada para ibubapa, guru-guru dan juga semua pihak yang terlibat dalam memastikan kejayaan pelajar-pelajar ini. Teruskanlah berusaha untuk menghadapi pelbagai cabaran yang baru dan lakukanlah inovasi agar dapat kita langkaui sempadan kecemerlangan yang ada pada hari ini.

 

Dengan ini saya merasmikan Majlis Anugerah Pelajar Cemerlang SPM Tahun 2017 Negeri Pulau Pinang.

 

Sekian, terima kasih.