Farewell German Ambassador

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Speech by Chief Minster of Penang
Farewell German Ambassador, E&O, 9 June 2017
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Ladies and gentlemen,

I’m delighted to be here this evening to honor the Ambassador for his time here in Malaysia representing Germany.

You can be proud of your achievements as Ambassador during your time since your appointment in August 2013. The relationship between Germany and Malaysia - and of course especially between Germany and Penang - are strong, and has become even stronger, broader, deeper. Indeed, German investments play a significant role in the development of Penang as Malaysia's most dynamic manufacturing hub as well as the introduction of a German dual vocational training programme, now called Meister Programme “Trained in Malaysia but made in Germany”.

Relations - whether economic or cultural - between Germany and Penang go back even longer than the establishment of the diplomatic relations in 1957, as the island has been home to many German merchants, traders and missionaries more then 200 years ago.

Germans left a deep impact on Penang's heritage, which can be seen till today in many old German trading buildings along Weld Quay or Beach Street. One of Penang's most famous buildings of worship - the Kapitan Keling Mosque - was designed by a German-Eurasian architect named Neubronner in the moghul-style domed mosque which embellishes Pitt Street until today.

The Malaysian-German Society was founded in 1962 - which in fact is a successor of the old Deutsche Vereinigung (pronounce: DEU-TSHE FAIR-EY-NIGUNG) which was founded in the 19th century - is still a place in Penang, where Germans and Malaysians strive for mutual understanding and strengthening the friendship of our two countries.

Malaysia has for many years been Germany’s principal trading partner among the ASEAN countries and in 2016, bilateral trade was worth almost RM58 billion. Meanwhile, manufacturing investments by Germany in Penang was valued at RM 404 million in 2016 (ranked third highest FDI into Penang in 2016), an increase of 67% from RM242 million recorded in 2015. Germany’s principal imports from Malaysia are electrical and electronic goods, machinery, instruments and technical devices - mainly produced in Penang!

Ambassador Michael, all things said, your support, dedication, and friendship towards Penang was and is indeed incredible and on behalf of the state government and the people of Penang. You symbolized both Gesinnungsethik (Pronounce: Ghe-Sin-Nungs-Ae-tick) (the ethic of conviction) and Verantwortungsethik (Pronounce: Fair-Unt-Wor-Tungs-Ae-Tick) (the ethic of responsibility), principally the tension between Utopian romanticism and practicality as stated by Max Weber in his classic 'Politics as a Vocation'.

An idealist but not a foolish one who wants to see things get done. Truly you will be missed. This was all meant to be and I’m sure you’ll continue to be a strong and great friend of Penang. I wish you all the best for you and your family's future in your next posting overseas.

Thank you.

MAJLIS PERASMIAN GERAI PENJAJA PASAR AWAM, TAMAN BERJAYA, NIBONG TEBAL

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UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG
MAJLIS PERASMIAN GERAI PENJAJA PASAR AWAM, TAMAN BERJAYA, NIBONG TEBAL, SEBERANG PERAI SELATAN
PADA 10 / 06 / 2017 ( SABTU )

 

Terima kasih kerana jemput saya datang ke Pasar Awam Taman Berjaya Nibong Tebal ini. Saya pun tidak tahu kenapa pada awal tahun ini sahaja saya sudah datang ke Nibong Tebal ini sudah masuk kali keempat. Saya rasa macam kawasan saya pulak.

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekelian,

Saya telah dimaklumkan, walaupun pasar awam ini telah lama dibina iaitu sejak taman ini diwujudkan lebih 20 tahun yang lalu. Ia tidak pernah dinaik taraf sehingga Kerajaan Negeri bertukar kuasa kepada Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan sekarang pada tahun 2008. Penaiktarafan pasar dijalankan pada tahun 2013 dengan kos RM1.73 juta. Saya diberitahu pasar awam ini telah menjadi pasar awam yang menjadi tumpuan utama bagi penduduk yang tinggal dalam kawasan Nibong Tebal ini dan juga lain-lain tempat termasuk dari Negeri Perak dan Kedah

Atas keprihatinan Kerajaan Negeri, pasar ini telah berubah wajah dan terbahagi kepada beberapa bahagian yang mana tempat jualan telah diasingkan mengikut kategori.

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekelian,

Dengan jumlah 251 petak niaga keseluruhannya yang telah disediakan oleh Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai, sejumlah 229 petak telah berjaya disewa kepada peniaga manakala 22 petak lagi masih lagi kosong. Saya harap peniaga-peniaga dapat berniaga dengan lebih selesa dan tidak lagi terkena hujan atau panas dengan bumbung baru ini. Saya harap baki petak kosong dapat dipenuhkan oleh penjaja kecil yang ingin berniaga.

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekelian,

Pada hari ini, kita lihat bangunan bumbung tambahan Pasar Awam Taman Berjaya yang siap terbina ini boleh memberi menafaat kepada peniaga-peniaga dan juga pengunjung-pegunjung yang datang ke sini.

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekelian,

Inilah berikutan jelajah “ Listening Tour ” dengan penjaja/ peniaga bersama YB Tuan Chow Kon Yeow pada 13 Oktober 2016 tahun lalu di Pasar Awam Taman Berjaya ini bersama YB Soon. Anda semua meminta Kerajaan negeri membina bumbung tambahan antara kompleks makanan & minuman dan bangunan tinggi yang menjual barang-barang plastik ini. Sebagai kerajaan berjiwa rakyat, saya telah meluluskan sebanyak RM 199,964.00 pada 28 Disember 2016 untuk bumbung ini. Saiz bumbung tambahan ini adalah 11.1 Lebar meter x 45 meter Panjang dan boleh menempatkan banyak peniaga-peniaga.

Di samping itu juga, saya mohon pihak Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai dapat membuat sesuatu untuk menyedarkan orang ramai menjaga kebersihan dalam kawasan pasar contohnya seperti inisiatif daripada YB. Soon Lip Chee ADUN Jawi buat dengan menjadikan tembok batu yang ada disini dengan membuat lukisan mural dengan tema “ Pengasingan Sisa Dipunca “ sebagai satu didikan awal kepada orang awam.

Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai juga akan menyediakan peruntukan untuk kerja-kerja memasang “ Metal deck “ disekeliling bangunan jualan barangan am ini dalam tahun ini juga bagi mengelakan peniaga-peniaga terkena tempias hujan dan juga panas.

Selain daripada itu juga, masalah tempat letak kereta yang sangat terhad yang mana sehingga kini hanya ada dalam 112 petak dan 2 petak untuk OKU. Ini amat tidak mencukupi dengan bertambahnya pengunjung yang datang kepasar awam ini terutamanya pada hujung minggu sabtu dan ahad, lebih-lebih lagi semasa hendak menyambut hari kebesaran pelbagai kaum. Kajian akan dibuat untuk melihat macam mana menambahkan tapak letak kereta.

Dengan ini, saya merasmikan Bumbung Tambahan Gerai Penjaja Pasar Awam Tama Berjaya ini dan Lukisan Mural Pasar Awam Taman Lukisan Mural.

Sekian, terima kasih.

Malaysian Meister Program Level 1 Industry Engagement Session

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

Malaysian Meister Program Level 1 Industry Engagement Session 

9 June 2017 | 10.00 am | PSDC

 

Salam sejahtera and good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It is a great pleasure and honour for me to be here with all of you today. Firstly, I would like to extend my appreciation to His Excellency Mr Holger W Michael, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany for making time to be here today despite his busy schedule. We really appreciate the involvement and the commitment of the German Government, the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MGCC), and the German industry in Malaysia in supporting this initiative.

I would also like to congratulate the PSDC for its success in rolling out the Malaysian Meister Program Level 1 in Penang. The State Government of Penang recognises the significance and the importance of this program and we have been on board from Day 1. Most of you may already know that the State Government is providing a RM2 million sponsorship in support of this program to pay tuition fees for students. Since students working in factories to learn must also be paid a minimum wage and your tuition fees is covered by the state government, you are effectively paid to study in Penang. This course of 42 months of advanced diploma and another 2 years after that to be a Meister 1 is as popular, that there are many applicants but not enough places. As this program is very close to my heart, I am personally monitoring the progress of this program and all matters relating to the MMP L1 is directly reported to me either through Penang Institute or the PSDC.

You may wonder why the State Government of Penang is so keen on adopting the German Dual Vocation Training pathway. It is a well-known fact that the German brand has a long legacy and association to high quality and innovation. Germany is the one of largest economies and one of the highest labour productivity levels in the world.

I believe that the German dual vocational training system is the foundation of Germany’s economic miracle as well as a crucial pillar for recruiting and obtaining employees. The combination of work and study has been proven as a successful model in Germany. We are learning from the German example, and adapted it to our local context and setting through the MMP L1, and we hope that it will make the same positive impact here.

The State Government’s goal is to generate the best qualified workforce for the Industry and we believe the MMP L1 is one of the most effective ways to achieve this goal. The beauty of the MMP L1 is that it involves a healthy balance of both theoretical classroom training and practical training. It is an industry-oriented training, conducted in actual work conditions under the guidance of competent coaches and trainers. This program promotes a ‘win-win’ for both the Industry and the workforce. It is a perfect combination where companies can develop, retain, as well as create opportunities for both vertical and horizontal career growth for their workforce, while employees and fresh school leavers can work, learn, earn, and at the same time, enhance their opportunities for future career advancement.

I would also like to personally thank all existing and new Host Companies for participating in, believing and investing into the future of your employees; the Department of Skills Development (JPK) and the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MGCC) for endorsing and accrediting this program and for ensuring that it is suitably designed and adapted to cater to local needs and conditions. The host companies are as below with the number of students, inclusive the upcoming intake.

Host Companies

No of Students

B Braun Medical Industries

48

Robert Bosch

20

Carsem Semiconductor Sdn Bhd

9

OSRAM Opto Semiconductor

5

Infineon Technologies (Kulim) Sdn Bhd

5

Dynacraft Industries Sdn Bhd

4

Southern Steel Berhad

3

Amphenol TCS (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

2

BBS Automation Penang Sdn Bhd 
[Previously known as Ixmation (Asia) Sdn Bhd]

2

Inari Technology

2

SCHOTT Glass (M) Sdn Bhd

2

TOTAL

102


The State Government need your support to participate to make MMP L1 a success. The MMP L1 is a sustainable way to upskill your workforce and ensure a consistent supply of outstanding talent for your future business needs. Those who graduate as Meister are assured a good job and pay prospects that are almost equal if not equal to those with university degrees.

In conclusion, allow me to once again thank the PSDC for organising this session and for providing a platform for the Industry, the State Government, and the accreditation bodies to connect and have a meaningful engagement. I look forward to hearing more from all of you during the dialogue session.

Thank you.

PRESS CONFERENCE ON GEORGE TOWN FESTIVAL 2017

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

GEORGE TOWN FESTIVAL 2017

8 June 2017


Salam Sejahtera and a good afternoon.

Dato' Patahiyah bt Ismail
Mayor of George Town, Penang

Dato’ Rosli bin Jaafar
General Manager, Penang Development Corporation (PDC)

Dato’ Ir. Jaseni Maidinsa
Chief Executive Office, PBA Sdn Bhd

Dr. Ang Ming Chee
General Manager George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI)

Working partners with George Town Festival and members of the media.

The George Town Festival has come at a time when fellow citizens of our country are plagued by daily news of uncertainties and troubling times ahead, including those extremist statements made by racists, who seek to divide and create disharmony amongst the people.

We need to re-focus all that toxic energy and instead talk about the way forward through the arts. When Winston Churchill was asked to cut arts funding in favor of WWII, he replied, “then, what are we fighting for?” What Winston Churchill said is apt if we are to be civilized society, we must first embrace culture.

It is important at this present time to urge our fellow citizens to immerse themselves in various cultural endeavours - for not only does it soothe the soul, it educates and informs about the complex, yet fascinating nature, of humankind. Celebrating its 8th year, the George Town Festival - with its wide array of exciting and insightful events - is the perfect occasion to do so.

The Penang government has supported a number of initiatives in recent years, and George Town Festival is one that has allowed the artistic freedom and inclining growth of the embracement of arts in Penang. Over the years, George Town Festival has garnered a huge international following and consistently delivers shows reflecting the rich tapestry of the cultural world. And our beautiful heritage city of George Town has proved time and time again that it is the best canvas to host various acts of local and international stature.

The State has always been at the forefront of being recognised as a vibrant arts and cultural hub, not only in Malaysia but also Southeast Asia. It is a positive testament to the scale of tourism and the steady strewn of visitors that flock the town each year. GTF has been a fundamental factor in bringing us that reputation; both local and international visitors converging into our great city to experience a festival like no other.

The State is also proud to be supporting the progressive development of activities oriented towards empowering youth, the community and women. I have been informed by Joe Sidek that many of the programs are skewed and tailor-made to generate a strong following from these groups of people. For a start, the Macullum Theatre is an exciting project this year as it sets the mood for appreciation of cultural arts within an urban village – one of the high-density dwellings in town.

Allow me to pass the time to Joe Sidek, the Festival Director to elaborate more on the project and to announce the exciting programme line up of George Town Festival.