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26 October 2019


A very good afternoon to all of you.

It is a great pleasure for me to be here today to witness this joyful celebration of Halloween and more importantly, to be part of this Awards Ceremony of Persatuan Guru Tadika Pulau Pinang.

As we are all aware of, the Ministry of Education has enforced at least a Diploma in Early Childhood Education as the minimum qualification of all preschool teachers by 2020. On that note, it is indeed a proud moment for all of us as we witness the Awards Ceremony of all 30 members from Persatuan Guru-Guru Tadika Pulau Pinang who had successfully graduated with a

Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education recently to pursue a career in teaching the young. I highly commend the efforts made in uplifting your respective teaching skills and standards to effectively contribute towards the cognitive capacity of our pre-schoolers.

As John F. Kennedy pointed out, “Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.” I am quite convinced that everyone here agrees with his statement. As a parent, we strive to give the best to our children and we always hope for the best for them as well.

Research has shown that much of what we need to succeed in life is established before the primary school phase. During that time, the human brain undergoes rapid development. It’s a period when a child builds cognitive skills — the foundation for reading, math, science and academics — as well as personal characteristics, social-emotional growth, gross-motor skills and executive functioning, which include everything from impulse control to problem solving.

All these can only come true when a child receives proper teaching or nurturing especially through a qualified early childhood educator. A well-trained early childhood educator would have gone through the thorough training on the sophisticated understanding of a child’s cognitive and socio-emotional development as well as on the knowledge of a broad range of subject-matter content areas. Teaching young children is certainly a profession that needs serious coaching and training and I strongly urge all pre-school teachers to consider developing your skills and knowledge through a professional course such as Diploma in Early Childhood, which is not only for your personal growth, but also to make teaching pre-schoolers a rewarding career.

Ladies & gentlemen,  

Another significant point I would like to highlight is the importance of English. Being equipped with profound knowledge and a good character are indeed necessary to ensure a bright future in our hand. However, one should not overlook the fact that, by mastering English at the same time, it enhances all opportunities in life and opens every door along the way, owing to the fact that English is a global language. I regret to say that many graduates nowadays are facing difficulties to succeed in getting their dream job mainly due to their inadequate command of the English language. This is obviously an issue that can be overcome as long as we realise it soon enough to make changes.

According to the Roadmap for English Language Education Reform in Malaysia spanning 2015 to 2025, a joint initiative between Cambridge Assessment English and the Ministry of Education adopting the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference), all students are expected to achieve A2 (basic user) by the time they complete primary school education and B1 (independent user) by the end of secondary school. As for English teachers, they are expected to achieve C1 (proficient user) by 2025.

We can take advantage of this clear framework and take the necessary steps to improve our English proficiency level through proper channels to build up all four skills of English, namely reading, writing, listening and speaking. If we, especially children, are given the right learning materials along with qualified teachers and environment, I believe the objectives mentioned in the Roadmap can definitely be achieved!

Quality education is undoubtedly the passport for our young to reach their full potential in life and it is our duty to provide them with such means. However, in order for us to do so, we must first take the initiative to carry out the first step which is to educate ourselves. As such, let us all work hand in hand to make further progress in education that will enable us to create a better future for our children tomorrow!

Thank you.


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25 October 2019


First of all, I would like to thank the President and Management Committee of Gujarati Samaj Penang for inviting me as the Guest of Honour for your 69th Annual Diwali Nite.

I am happy to note that the Gujarati Samaj Penang continues to play an important role in the socie-economic development of Penang. Despite your small numbers, you have successfully organised multiple events for your members and actively participate in the Penang community, by being a founding member of the Penang State Consultative Goodwill Council which has 20 NGOs representing the welfare of various races.

I, together with my colleagues in the state executive council, will work closely with you to ensure that not only the Gujaratis but the people of Penang will be at the forefront of development and progress. The state government values your contributions to our economic development, and we look forward to working with you to transform Penang into an international and intelligent city. We can all work together to make Penang cleaner, greener, safer and healthier – in short, a better State to live in, attend school, work and even play in.

With our expanding economy and the growth of Penang, the state is seeing many job opportunities, and many expatriates are coming to our shores. This includes many Gujaratis & North Indian expatriates who have made Penang their home. We hope that the state continues to flourish economically and thereby providing new jobs especially in the knowledge-based industries which will enable us to move up the value chain.

Furthermore, Gujarati Samaj Penang also actively participated in the recently held George Town Heritage Day celebrations by having a Rangoli demonstration, a colourful Raas Garba performance and also a mock Gujarati wedding. The Gujarati culture and traditions were certainly well showcased in the George Town Heritage celebration.

Besides cultural and economic activities, the Gujarati community in Penang has also contributed generously towards worthy causes through your annual Diwali Charity Project. Besides cash and kind, members of Gujarati Samaj Penang also contributed time and energy to arrange items to be sent to the orphanages as well as needy families. I truly appreciate the kind deeds and commitment of your members in playing a wholesome role for the well-being of the less fortunate.

Finally, in the festive spirit of Diwali, let’s count our blessings that we live in peace, harmony and prosperity with one another and continue to do so.

I wish everyone a very Happy and Prosperous Diwali.

Thank you.

Deepavali Hamper and Cash Giveaway Programme

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Speech by The Right Honourable

 Tuan Chow Kon Yeow, Penang Chief Minister

Deepavali Hamper and Cash Giveaway Programme

24th October 2019


A very good evening and warm welcome to everyone.

First of all I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a blessed Happy Deepavali and thank Datuk N Gobalakrishnan, the president of the Malaysian Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, for the initiative taken to organize this corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme in conjunction with the Deepavali festival which falls on 27th October 2019 for the third year consecutively to hand out hampers & goody bags to 100 poor Indian families which contains various assortments of cooking essential items.

Since Datuk N Gobalakrishnan took over as the President of the Penang Indian Chamber in May 2017, he decided to start the CSR Programme by organising the “Majlis Bantuan Ramadhan 2017” in conjunction with Hari Raya Puasa and 50 poor Muslim families were given with an assortment of cooking items, dates and cash amounting to RM 5,000.00.

The chamber started its 1st (CSR) Deepavali programme in 2017 by handing out cash and cooking items worth of RM 16,000.00 to 80 poor Indian families and this year the number of recipients has increased to 100 families.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the president, his management council members and member traders for their generosity in contributing to make this event a great success. I came to understand that we had good response from the recipients, and it had to be limited for 100 families only for this year.

Finally, I once again thank the Malaysian Indian chamber of Commerce and Industry and their members for this great effort in organizing this event.

Thank you.