LAUNCHING OF GBS@ MAYANG

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

AT THE LAUNCHING OF GBS@ MAYANG

7 April 2017
Atrium Mayang Mall, Bayan Baru




A very good morning to everyone. It gives me great pleasure to welcome all of you here today for today's launch of our ‘GBS@Mayang’.

GBS@Mayang’ marks an important milestone in the Government’s continuing efforts in creating higher value jobs for the Rakyat, leveraging on Penang as an international & intelligent city as well as a destination of choice for investors.

PENANG’S GLOBAL BUSINESS SERVICES (GBS) ECOSYSTEM

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Penang State Government’s strategy will further enhance the 3rd wave of development of the services sector, encompassing GBS/SSO, BPO, Research & Development (R&D), Design & Development (D&D), and advanced manufacturing. While the manufacturing sector continues to grow, many have since diversified in terms of manufacturing activities as well as other services. Many companies, led by the numerous MNCs here, have expanded from the manufacturing base to include global business services.

According to Outsourcing Malaysia (OM), Malaysia’s GBS Sector will see a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10%-15% for the next five years. Locally, in the recently announced Malaysia Investment Performance 2016 by Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Penang received the second largest investments for Global Establishments for Services or ‘Principal Hub’ after Kuala Lumpur with an investment value of RM4.1 billion.

Penang currently hosts a vibrant GBS community with an estimated 50 GBS companies providing more than 8,000 high income jobs to locals, serving both regional and global markets. Job opportunities are expected to grow in tandem with new investments in this sector.

Only 2 months ago, Switzerland based leader in high-end automotive solutions, Luxoft, launched their first ever Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Asia in Penang. The CoE will offer more than 500 IT/software development engineers in Penang in the next 5 years, investing RM235 million in human capital and technology. The CoE will further develop the automotive software/IT ecosystem in Penang as well as complementing the existing cluster e.g. Bosch, Continental, Clarion and Malaysia Automotive Lighting (MAL).

GBS@PENANG & GBS@MAYANG>

Ladies & Gentlemen,

The huge growth potential of the GBS industry needs a conducive business environment in order for this sector to flourish. In a move to house new & expanding knowledge driven companies in Penang, the State will be spending RM10 million to refurbish this building to turn it into a GBS Centre for investors. The refurbishment works will include major facelift of the building facade, improvement of shared facilities and most importantly, infrastructure upgrades in line with MDeC’s MSC Malaysia Cybercentre standards.

An approximate total of 110,000 square feet of MSC Malaysia Cybercentre office space will be made available once the building is completed in January 2018. In addition to infrastructure, this building is already centrally located in the heart of Bayan Baru’s business district with good connectivity, where the majority of our GBS/SSO players and more than 200 MSC Malaysia companies are housed in the Penang Cyber City. Penang is 2nd after Klang Valley hosting the most number of MSC Malaysia Status companies in Malaysia.

GBS@Mayang is in fact part of the State’s master development plan to offer conducive enterprise space and environment for investors and supporting talents worldwide. Phase 2 development plan, tentatively called ‘GBS by the Sea’, at Bayan Lepas Phase 4 will follow soon.

LIVABILITY & WORK-LIFE BALANCE TO RESIDENTS

Ladies & Gentlemen,

As the 2nd largest city in Malaysia, Penang continues to attract global talents with job opportunities, offering sustainable living with a balance lifestyle. Only recently, CNN ranked Penang as No. 2 out of the ‘Top 17th tourist destination for 2017’ whereas 2 weeks ago, our very own Gurney Drive made it to the 13th spot on the list of ‘25 best streets in the world for tourists to visit around the world before you die’ by well-known Australian travel resource, ‘Traveller’.

In a nutshell, Penang is a place where you can do business, create great products, deliver great services, make money, and at the same time enjoy a desirable lifestyle. You will also find a government with strong & transparent leadership, committed to improve the lives of the people here.

On that note, I am pleased to launch the upgrading works of ‘GBS@Mayang’ and wish all you a pleasant day ahead.

Thank you.

Majlis Perasmian Rumah Pam Permatang Tinggi Seberang Perai Tengah, Pulau Pinang

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Teks Ucapan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang

Sempena Majlis Perasmian Rumah Pam Permatang Tinggi Seberang Perai Tengah, Pulau Pinang

Jabatan Pengairan Dan Saliran Pulau Pinang


31 Mac 2017
Rumah Pam Permatang Tinggi, SPT, P.Pinang


Selamat Pagi & Salam sejahtera,

1. Pertamanya, saya berasa gembira kerana berpeluang untuk bertemu dengan tuan / puan semua yang mana saya dimaklumkan Rumah Pam Permatang Tinggi telah siap dibina dan sudah boleh beroperasi. Syabas dan tahniah saya ucapkan kepada semua, terutamanya kepada JPS Pulau Pinang. Saya juga ingin merakamkan ucapan terima kasih kepada Yang Berusaha Tuan Pengarah JPS Pulau Pinang di atas kesudian menjemput saya hadir untuk merasmikan Majlis ini.

Hadirin yang dihormati sekalian,

2. Pembinaan Rumah Pam Permatang Tinggi ini akan meningkatkan tahap perlindungan banjir ke tahap optimum dan membawa manfaat kepada penduduk setempat.

3. Kerajaan Negeri juga akan memperuntukkan wang yang paling besar sebanyak RM220 juta untuk pencegahan banjir kilat di seluruh Pulau Pinang. Bagi mengatasi dan mengurangkan kejadian banjir kilat, Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran Negeri (JPS) telah diarah untuk menggiatkan lagi kerja-kerja pengurusan sungai, membaiki tebing-tebing sungai yang runtuh, menyelenggara infrastruktur saliran dan menyeleras projek-projek mitigasi banjir di seluruh negeri.

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan,

4. Peruntukan sebanyak RM150 juta pada tahun 2017 kepada JPS secara terperinci adalah seperti berikut :-

I. Sungai Permatang Rawa, Daerah Seberang Perai Tengah berjumlah RM12.6 juta;
II. Padang Lalang/ Kg. Permatang Rawa, Daerah Seberang Perai Tengah berjumlah RM19.1 juta;
III. Bukit Tengah, Daerah Seberang Perai Tengah berjumlah RM19 juta;
IV. Taman Mangga/ Jalan Juru, Daerah Seberang Perai Tengah berjumlah RM11.5 juta;
V. Alma, Daerah Seberang Perai Tengah berjumlah RM9.6 juta;
VI. Mak Mandin, Daerah Seberang Perai Utara berjumlah RM40 juta;
VII. Sungai Relau, Bayan Baru berjumlah RM20.1 juta;
VIII. Taman Iping, Daerah Barat Daya berjumlah RM13.6 juta; dan
IX. Kampung Naran, Daerah Barat Daya berjumlah RM4.5 juta.

5. Kerajaan Negeri juga melalui Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang Sdn. Bhd. (PBAPP) akan menyediakan peruntukan sebanyak RM50 juta untuk projek pembinaan paip besar bagi mengalihkan air di Empangan Air Itam ke Empangan Teluk Bahang. Tanggapan orang ramai bahawa pelepasan air oleh PBAPP di Empangan Air Itam merupakan salah satu punca banjir adalah tidak benar sama sekali.

6. Di samping itu, bagi tahun 2017, Kerajaan Negeri melalui Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP) juga memperuntukkan sejumlah RM11.61 juta untuk melaksana projek-projek tebatan banjir kilat di kawasan bandaraya. Antaranya, ialah menaiktaraf sistem saliran di Hilir Sungai Pinang, Sistem Saliran Bandar S10, Parit Lumba Kuda, lencongan Sungai Jelutong di Jalan Tengku serta Jalan Merican dan Lebuh McNair.

7. Di Seberang Perai pula, Kerajaan Negeri melalui Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP) telah mencadangkan projek-projek sebanyak RM9.45 juta untuk menangani isu banjir kilat, di mana RM7.5 juta adalah untuk kerja-kerja penyelenggaraan parit monsun dan kolam takungan, penyelenggaraan rumah pam sebanyak RM0.25 juta dan RM1.7 juta pula bagi projek penyelenggaraan di kawasan perindustrian.

8. Peruntukan berjumlah RM220 juta yang dicadangkan oleh Kerajaan Negeri dan PBAPP untuk pembiayaan projek-projek mitigasi banjir adalah pembiayaan langsung Kerajaan Negeri, PBAPP, MBPP dan MPSP dan tidak mengambil kira peruntukan sebanyak RM150 juta yang dijanjikan oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan bagi menyempurnakan Rancangan Tebatan Banjir Sungai Pinang Fasa 3.

Hadirin yang dihormati sekalian,

9. Selain Projek-projek Berimpak Tinggi ini, Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang turut melaksanakan Projek-projek Mitigasi Banjir Negeri melalui EXCO Kerajaan Tempatan, Pengurusan Lalulintas dan Tebatan Banjir. Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang telah mengenalpasti empat (4) lagi Projek-projek Mitigasi Banjir dengan jangkaan perbelanjaan sebanyak RM 30 juta dengan menggunakan Peruntukan Caruman Permaritan Negeri. Dua (2) projek akan ditumpukan di beberapa kawasan “hotspot” banjir sekitar Daerah Timur Laut (Jelutong dan Bagan Jermal). Manakala berbaki dua (2) projek adalah di Daerah Barat Daya (Batu Maung dan Bayan Lepas)

10. Akhir kata, sekali lagi saya ucapkan syabas dan tahniah kepada jawatankuasa penganjur dan semua pihak yang terlibat dalam menjayakan Majlis Perasmian Rumah Pam Permatang Tinggi, Seberang Perai Tengah, Pulau Pinang ini.

Dengan ini, saya dengan sukacitanya merasmikan Rumah Pam Permatang Tinggi.

Sekian, terima kasih.

Opening Ceremony of The First International Penang Forum – The Belt & Road Initiative and Southeast Asia

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Opening Ceremony of The First International Penang Forum – The Belt & Road Initiative and Southeast Asia

25 March 2017

 

First and foremost, I would like to welcome all the distinguished and high-calibre scholars from China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Laos, Indonesia, The Philippines, Vietnam, Australia, Canada, United States of America and England as well as delegates of The First International Penang Forum: The Belt & Road Initiative and Southeast Asia to Penang.

Subsequently, I would like to thank the organizers of this Forum; Singapore Global Chinese Arts & Culture Society, Hong Kong Society of Asia Pacific 21 and Institute of Eastern Studies, Peking University for selecting Penang as the venue to host this exclusive Forum, which serve as a prelude to the major Summit on the same theme scheduled in Beijing in May this year.

This is the first time that Penang is given such an opportunity to host a grand forum, which we are indeed honoured and proud to do so.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today, Penang is one of the global hubs in the electronics and electrical manufacturing and plays host to over 300 multinational companies. We have also attracted China investors such as Jingko Solar(USD100 million), JA Solar(USD70 million) and Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics who had formed the joint venture with AMD Electronics investing USD436 million.

Penang is an industrial state dependent on manufacturing and services industry. Penang contributes about one third of Malaysia’s trade surplus and one quarter of Malaysia’s total imports and exports. As free trade and open market is important for Penang, China is Malaysia's top trading partner.

Penang is the friendship state with Hainan Province since 2013. George Town is also the sister city of Xiamen in Fujian Province. Penang together with multilateral relationship with our China friendship state and cities will actively participate in China's One Belt, One Road Economic Scheme and the construction of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. Chinese construction companies have undertaken RM14.3 billion of projects in Penang to build highways, bridges, water dams and undersea bed tunnel. We hope that through the One Belt One Road Program there will be more oppertunities for Chinese and Malaysian Companies to work together.

We also share a love for heritage. China has many UNESCO World Heritage sites. George Town is also a UNESCO World heritage site. Let us cooperate together on heritage to promote these treasures of humanity.

This conference focuses on art, culture and heritage. In Penang, we see art as economic game changer. We intend to develop a RM30 million Penang Arts District similar to Beijing 798 Art District. Penang is world-famous for our street art, wall paintings and iron sculptures. We will soon have the tallest wall mural in the world at a height of 232 metres along Komtar. Penang now has 15 'Museums' including the Sun Yat Sen Museum and 15 Art Galleries, including the Hin Art Open Air Art Gallery. We are also refurbishing and restoring the Penang State Museum at between RM2 million to RM20 million.

I certainly hope that you will spend some time aside from this Forum to explore enchanting Penang. Popularly known for its diversity of cultures, renowned hawker fare, heritage trail, beautiful beaches, Penang Hill, the latest addition The Top and Tech Dome in Komtar, Penang has it all!

In addition, Penang was recently listed by CNN as the 2nd Top Tourist Destination for 2017, the Top 10 Places to Retire in the World by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, as well as Traveller.com listed 25 Best Street for Tourists to Visit Around the World Before You Die , Gurney Drive was listed at No.13.

Thank you.

Opening Ceremony WTCF Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Opening Ceremony WTCF Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference

26 March 2017, 2.30pm

SPICE Convention Centre

 

Ladies and gentlemen

It is a great honor for me to welcome all delegates of the WTCF Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference to the beautiful island of Penang.

I am proud that Penang has been chosen by the World Tourism Cities Federation to co-organize this prestigious conference which brings government officials, policy makers, destination managers and media from various countries.

The theme of conference is “One Belt One Road: Development of Tourism Corridor and City Hub”. Penang is the perfect venue for such an influential conference because Penang is one of the top tourism destination in the region.

Penang was selected as the “No. 2 in the 17 Best Places In The World to Visit in 2017” by CNN, “No. 1 Best Healthcare In the World” by International Living.
Traveller.com from Australia published a list of “25 Best Streets in the World You Must See Before You Die” and Penang’s Gurney Drive came out at number 13 noted for the best street food.

The “One Belt One Road” initiative brings more opportunities for cities in Asia-Pacific to create and promote sustainable tourism.

Penang is fast developing into an international and intelligent city, and a location of choice for manufacturing, investments and a destination of choice for tourists.
The number of hotel rooms in Penang have grown by 6.1% from 2006 to 22,100 rooms in 2015. Hotel guests have also grown to 6.3 million in 2015.

Aside from that, there are various new attractions in Penang such as The Top in the new KOMTAR which was restored for RM200 million ,the fabulous Penang Hill and George Town World Heritage Site.

Penang is also moving into the important segment of Meetings Incentives Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) with the completion this new convention center and another one planned to be completed by 2021. SP Setia has invested RM 750 million in the completed Setia SPICE Convention Centre project here which can fit 550 tables.

Even in the mainland of Batu Kawan the RM 250 million Penang Design Village that sells branded goods at a discount. KDU Penang University College will be setting up a brand new 10- acre flagship campus in Batu Kawan with an investment of RM220 million. The RM 600 million IKEA store will also be opened at the end of 2018.

We are the most livable city in Malaysia and will strive to be cleaner, greener, safer and healthier Penang.

Remember not to miss Penang street food- the best in the world. If you have not put on a kg before you leave Penang, then you have not been to Penang. Do not worry about seeking medical treatment, Penang has the best private hospitals in Malaysia – with more than 50% market share. We aim to make Penang a medical city for all our foreign friends.

I believe in these two days, delegates of the WTCF Asia-Pacific Conference will gain rare and useful insights from industry leaders on how to achieve this. I am also confident the conference will encourage different cities to work with one another to generate creative and innovative ideas.

Lastly, I would like to again thank WTCF and welcome all delegates to Penang, and I hope you will have a memorable and fruitful time in Penang.

Thank you.