Penang Targets RM 6.1 Billion Investments In 2011 To Attract High Value-Added, High-Tech, Knowledge Based Companies

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The Penang State Government is targeting to achieve RM6.1 billion investments for this year, which is 50% of the record RM 12.2 billion in 2010 and topped the investment charts for the first time in Malaysia. A lower figure has been set to attract high value-added, high-tech, knowledge based companies that engender high-income, technology transfer and innovative industries. Additionally the Gartner September 2010 report indicates that worldwide semiconductor revenue growth is expected to decrease from 31.5% in 2010 to 4.6% in 2011. This means that the growth rate will taper off.

At the same time, there is a need to “digest” (consolidate) the record investments last year so that the workers and skills shortage engendered does not overspill and damage the industry. According to the latest MIDA, the first three months of 2011 saw a total of RM1.8 billion approved from 20 projects for Penang.

Penang accounts for 15 percent of the total investments approved for the country of RM12.2 billion during January to March 2011. The FDI approved for Penang amounting to RM 991 million constitute 21 percent of the total FDI approved for Malaysia. Penang currently placed fourth in Malaysia.

In 2010, Penang’s RM12.2 billion investments are expected to generate 21,000 new jobs.  With the current full employment situation in the State, the State authorities have to deal with various challenges such human resource and SME (small and medium enterprise) development.

In response to these challenges, the State Government, through investPenang, has initiated several programmes like the SME Market Advisory, Resource and Training (SMART) Centre and the Career Assistance & Training (CAT) Centre to address the worker shortage. The SMART Centre was set up specifically to facilitate all SMEs in the State to expand their business through the provision of various activities carried out by the centre.

Further the state government is also collaborating closely with the PSDC to address the skills shortages. Establishing the Penang Science Council has also demonstrated a commitment to train and retrain new talents as well as establish Penang as a centre of excellence for science and technology.

The CAT Centre that was set up in early 2009 to assist the retrenched workers and the unemployed has been recently streamlined with a revised role and responsibility to attract and retain talents. The mission of CAT Centre is to rebrand Penang as the place to work and live, with a new motto “My Penang, My Workplace” emphasising opportunity, economics and liveability.

Penang can lead again by not only be a sweatshop but also the smartshop of the manufacturing industry in Malaysia.

Press Conference Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng After The investPenang Board Meeting In Penang On 19 May 2011



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 Adalah menjadi harapan saya untuk bertemu dengan rakan-rakan atau dengan lebih tepat penyokong-penyokong setia laman sosial Facebook saya yang kini telah mencecah angka kira-kira 35,000 orang.

Umumnya, saya amat berbesar hati dan terasa terharu dengan sokongan padu yang diberikan oleh rakan-rakan sekalian. Kata-kata hikmah dan juga dorongan berterusan yang diberikan telah menyuntik semangat saya untuk terus berjuang terutamanya dalam memartabatkan pentadbiran Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang dan juga kebajikan rakyat seluruh negara ini.

Sebagai sebuah kerajaan berjiwa rakyat, adalah menjadi prinsip Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan Rakyat (PR) untuk mendengar suara rakyat, buat kerja untuk rakyat dan memberi harapan baru kepada rakyat.

Initipati ini turut dipraktikkan terhadap maklum balas yang diberikan di laman Facebook saya. Walaupun saya tidak dapat meluangkan sepenuh masa untuk berinteraksi, kakitangan dari Unit Penerangan Pejabat Ketua Menteri sering memaklumkan kepada saya mengenai perkembangan terkini rakan-rakan sekalian.

Justeru, bersempena dengan ulangtahun pertama saya di laman Facebook yang diwujudkan sejak Jun 2010, saya ingin menjemput anda sekalian ke majlis Hi-Tea bersama saya pada 25 Jun 2011 jam 3 hingga 5 petang di Perkarangan Straits Quay, Tanjung Tokong, Pulau Pinang.

Bagi penganjuran pertama, seramai 200 rakan akan dipilih bagi menyertai majlis berkenaan. Pertemuan selanjutnya akan diatur dari semasa ke semasa. Sila isi borang penyertaan yang disediakan dan rakan-rakan yang bertuah akan dihubungi bagi pengesahan lanjut. Borang penyertaan di sini :

Sekian terima kasih.


Joint Statement by the Christian Pastors of Penang with Penang Chief Minister of Penang Lim Guan Eng at Komtar, Penang 9th May 2011

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 Joint Statement  by the Christian Pastors of Penang with  Penang Chief Minister of Penang Lim Guan Eng  at Komtar, Penang 9th May 2011


  1. DAP and the Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng have never asked Christian Pastors to pray to seek God’s divine intervention to establish Malaysia as a Christian state or have a Christian Prime Minister.


  1. Christian Pastors and Churches have always prayed for blessings for the nation, peace and well-being, unity and harmony amongst all races as well as a leadership that is honest and just.


  1. Christian Pastors and Churches are aggrieved that such outright lies can be published in the mass media. We sincerely and strongly urge the Prime Minister and Home Minister to take action against Utusan Malaysia for printing and spreading such dangerous lies that have disturbed the multi-religious harmony of society, created fear and uneasiness amongst Malaysians, especially Christians.


  1. We express grave concern that Utusan Malaysia is spreading dangerous lies that make Christians the object of hate and incite hatred against Christians that may lead to undesirable consequences.


  1. The Chief Minister of Penang will continue to meet with Christian leaders, Bishops or Pastors just as he meets with Muslim clerics, Buddhist or Hindu monks in line with Mr. Lim Guan Eng’s duties as the Chief Minister.


Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM)


      a)Roman Catholic Church

      b)Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM)

      c) National Evangelical Christian Fellowship of Malaysia


Lim Guan Eng, Penang Chief Minsiter 



Translation in Mandarin





  1. 民主行动党和槟州首席部长林冠英从来不曾要求基督教牧师向上帝祷告,建立基督教国,或让基督徒成为首相。


  1. 基督教牧师和教会向来都祈求我国人民安居乐业、各族人民团结与和谐,以及诚实及公正的领导。


  1. 基督教牧师和教会感到痛心疾首,因为如此荒唐的谎言竟然可以刊登在大众媒体上。我们诚心与强烈地要求首相和内政部长对付《马来西亚前锋报》,他们刊登并散播如此危险的谎言,这可能破坏社会多元宗教和谐、令马来西亚人特别是基督徒感到恐慌、不安。


  1. 对于《前锋报》散播危险谎言,令基督徒成为遭仇恨的目标,以及煽动反对基督徒的情绪,令基督徒置身于不安的情况,我们表示高度关注。


  1. 槟州首席部长将继续与基督徒领袖、主教或牧师会面,正如他也与回教神职人员、佛教或兴都教僧侣会面一样,这是林冠英履行他身为槟州首长的义务。




马来西亚基督教联合会 (CFM)


      a) 天主教堂

      b) 马来西亚教会协会 (CCM)

      c) 马来西亚福音联谊会(National Evangelical Christian Fellowship of Malaysia