THE OPENING OF PLEXUS APAC ADVANCED INNOVATION CENTER (DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT)

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Opening of Plexus APAC Advanced Innovation Center (Design & Development) @ Penang Design Center in Penang, Islandview Facility

18 September, 11.20 a.m.

1. Mr. YJ Lim, President of APAC Plexus

2. Mr. Randy Hrnicek, Vice President of Global Product Commercialization, Plexus Engineering Solutions

3. Mr. Victor Tan, Vice President of APAC Operations

4. Mr. YY Lim-Xia, Vice President of Penang Operations

5. MIDA representatives (to be advised)

6. Dato’ Loo Lee Lian, CEO, investPenang

7. Representatives from 6 universities (to be advised)

8. Ladies & Gentlemen

Good morning.

I am pleased to be invited to join you in this launching ceremony to mark the opening of your APAC Advanced Innovation Center (Design & Development) @ Penang Design Center in Penang. I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Plexus for the evolution of your Penang Design Center focusing on advanced innovation to further enhance design and development competencies, providing opportunity to expand the talent pool potentially up to 200 within the next 5 years. This is a significant milestone not only for Plexus Corporation globally but specifically for Plexus’ vast presence in Malaysia.

The AT Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Index 2018 indicated that the Asia Pacific region is among the most preferred location of choice for FDI. Penang expects to partake in attracting more investment flow and to continue our efforts to become the preferred destination of choice for investors. In 2017, Penang recorded the largest FDI inflow of MIDA approved manufacturing FDI among states in Malaysia, valued at RM8.5 billion. 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. Penang is now home to more than 300 MNCs and more than 3,000 supporting SMEs. All of these achievements are testament of the economic contribution by the multinational companies like Plexus, local large companies, small and medium enterprises and the State’s dedicated talents.

The Penang State Government values the investments already here and the many years of strong relationship that we have built. We look forward to more new investments and expansion of existing companies located here and that these companies will also bring with them new technologies, design & development (D&D) and research & development (R&D) capabilities. We are confident that Penang will remain a thriving growth hub for many years to come. This is in line with the Penang2030 aspirations aimed at making Penang a model for the nation and the world announced on 30 August 2018. Themed “A Family-focused Green and Smart State to Inspire the Nation”, the policy package is the state’s four-prong vision to increase liveability to enhance quality of life, upgrade the economy, empower the people to strengthen civic participation and invest in the built environment.

We also believe that the strategic collaboration with the State and industries will benefit all parties. I was informed that since 1979, Plexus has been partnering with companies to create products that builds a better world with a team of over 15,000 providing global design and development, supply chain solutions, new product introduction, manufacturing and aftermarket services. The newly expanded innovation center is Plexus’ only design center in the APAC Region and at full capacity, the 26,500 square feet office space can house up to 175 employees mostly performing design and development with complex products for the Healthcare/Life Sciences and Aerospace industries. The new design center also includes 6,100 square feet of lab space utilized for product development and prototyping validation, testers design, integration and validation as well as product and board level failure analysis.

I believe under the leadership of Mr. YJ Lim and the Management team, Plexus will remain competitive for many years to come.

I also would like to thank Plexus for supporting the various university initiatives to promote more engineering graduates in Malaysia and participating in CSR programs organized by the state government or NGOs. I was informed that the Penang Design Center have also provided sponsorship to TechDome where your team have collaborated with students from the academy to develop a hand gesture control wheel chair.

Once again, please accept my heartiest congratulations on the opening of your APAC Advanced Innovation Center. I wish Plexus every success in the future.

Thank you.

KEMPEN #ANAKANAKMALAYSIA WALK

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UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG
SEMPENA KEMPEN #ANAKANAKMALAYSIA WALK

16 SEPTEMBER 2018
ECOWORLD GALLERY, BANDAR CASSIA

YANG BERBAHAGIA TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE 
PENGERUSI PENGANJUR #ANAKANAKMALAYSIA 2018

YANG BERBAHAGIA DATO' IR. HJ. AHMAD ZAKIYUDDIN BIN ABDUL RAHMAN
TIMBALAN KETUA MENTERI (1) PULAU PINANG

YANG BERHORMAT AHLI MAJLIS MESYUARAT NEGERI PULAU PINANG

YANG BERORMAT AHLI-AHLI DEWAN UNDANGAN NEGERI PULAU PINANG

YANG BERBAHAGIA TAN SRI DATO' LIEW KEE SIN 
PENGERUSI ECOWORLD DEVELOPMENT GROUP BERHAD

YDH CP DATO' SERI A THAIVEEGAN 
KETUA POLIS PULAU PINANG

YANG BERUSAHA DATO’ AR. YEW TUNG SEANG
DATO’ BANDAR MAJLIS BANDARAYA PULAU PINANG

KETUA – KETUA JABATAN DAN WAKIL-WAKIL JABATAN KERAJAAN

DATO’ – DATO’, DATIN – DATIN

PARA PESERTA #ANAKANAKMALAYSIA TAHUN 2018

Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengucapkan jutaan terima kasih kepada Eco World Development Group Berhad dan The Star Media Group sebagai penganjur #AnakAnakMalaysia Walk sempena Sambutan Hari Kebangsaan dan Hari Malaysia pada tahun ini. Ini merupakan tahun kedua kita berkumpul di Eco Horizon, Galeri Jualan Eco World, Bandar Cassia.

Dengan tema #JomKeHadapan, pada pagi ini kita boleh lihat hampir 4,000 penyertaan daripada pelbagai golongan usia, tanpa mengira bangsa dan agama sebagai simbol semangat perpaduan yang utuh.

Sejak penganjurannya pada tahun 2015, sambutan yang diterima sangat menggalakkan dan telah menjadi seperti acara tahunan kepada Eco World Development Group Berhad. Tahniah dan syabas kepada Ecoworld!

Selari dengan visi Penang2030, Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang sentiasa menyambut baik segala cadangan daripada mana-mana pihak yang membawa kemakmuran kepada rakyat dan pembangunan Negeri Pulau Pinang.

Akhir kata marilah kita semua mengekalkan keamanan dan membangunkan Negara Malaysia yang kita cintai seiring dengan tema ’#AnakAnakMalaysia Walk’ iaitu #JomKeHadapan. Usaha murni kempen ’#AnakAnakMalaysia Walk’ ini diharap dapat diteruskan pada masa hadapan

Sekian, terima kasih.

APMG 2018 CLOSING CEREMONY

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
DURING APMG 2018 CLOSING CEREMONY

15 SEPTEMBER 2018

SPICE ARENA

Today is officially the final day for the Asia Pacific Masters Games Penang 2018.

All of us present tonight have created history by being a part of the first-ever Masters Games in Asia. It gives me great pleasure to have the chance of being a part of this big but satisfying project from the very beginning when it was just a concept until its execution at the very end.

I still remember when the delegation from Penang went to Nice in Southern France during the European Masters Games in 2015 to bid for the Games.

The hosting contract was signed in December 2016, and after that, we went through the process of building up the APMG 2018 from scratch in just 21 months. There were many challenges, and slip-ups, but each time we got up again stronger and managed to put on a spectacle worthy of praise. We could not have done it without the assistance from all parties.

First of all, I would like to thank our Mayor Dato’ Yew Tung Seang and the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) for being the backbone of the Games. Not forgetting the International Masters Games Association, who have been very supportive and accommodating for Penang to host this Games.

I am also grateful to the Olympic Council of Malaysia for going beyond their way to not just provide sanctioning, but also technical support and advice for the event. The APMG 2018 organising team led by CEO Linda Geh have done a terrific job together with all the sports partners, officials and volunteers involved. You should give yourselves a big applause for your hard work, sleepless nights and perseverance to get the job done.

Although the APMG 2018 is a state government project, we did not have a lavish budget or the luxury to spend big to host the APMG 2018. We still needed our valuable sponsors and partners, who were gracious enough to come forward and contribute cash and kind towards the hosting of this international event.

And last but not the least, the main ingredients of the APMG 2018 – the participants. For those participants who are here with us tonight, I hope you had an enjoyable time throughout the ten days of competition.

I hope your time in Penang was not only spent in the competition venues, but also among the many attractions and interesting places which our state has to offer.

More importantly, all of you here have had a good time and made new friends, befitting the official tagline “Beyond the Games”. This APMG 2018 closing ceremony has been organised to celebrate our success, and to come together for one final time in this Games. We will remember this event for the rest of our lives.

Thank you.