Official Opening of Solid State Lighting (SSL) Headquarter and R&D Center Building OSRAM Opto Semiconductor (M) Sdn Bhd

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Official Opening of Solid State Lighting (SSL) Headquarter and R&D Center Building OSRAM Opto Semiconductor (M) Sdn Bhd

8 June 2017

Osram PEN 33, Bayan Lepas Industrial Park, Penang


Good morning. I am pleased to be present today at the Official Opening of OSRAM Opto Semiconductor (M) Sdn Bhd (Osram) Solid State Lighting (SSL) Headquarter and R&D Center Building. We are proud that in Osram’s quest in lighting the world, Osram has chosen Penang as a home outside Germany for the past 45 years. Osram, a major driver of innovation in the semiconductor opto sector, has continued expansion of their business in Penang, which is a strong rate of confidence in Penang.

Penang’s Growing Investments – FDI in E&E Sector

Osram’s expansion shows stable and steady flow of investments into Penang. In 2016, FDI from Germany worth RM404 million was recorded for Penang, and was the third largest among the foreign investments received. For the 9-year period between 2008-2016, Penang recorded an investment of RM 59 billion, a 73% increase compared to the previous 9 years period between 1999 to 2007 of RM 34 billion. Out of the RM59 billion approved investment recorded from 2008-2016, RM39.7 billion or 67% were foreign direct investments (FDI) from a diversified number of countries including from Germany.

Penang is also actively partaking in the Industry 4.0 initiatives, which revolves around big data, cloud computing, automation and data exchange and analysis. In line with globally best practices, the Penang government has allocated RM4 million to the German Dual Vocational Training (GDVT), to increase our talent pool in Penang based on the German Training Standards – as a new benchmark for high-quality training in Malaysia and the world.

The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) has announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached USD30.9 billion for the month of March 2017, an increase of 18.1% compared to the March 2016 total of USD26.2 billion and 1.6% more than the February 2017 total of $30.4 billion. In terms of LED market growth, Radiant Insights forecasts that LED demand will grow by a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 29% per year through 2020 to reach USD63.1 billion by 2020 which Osram will play a significant role.

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s E&E export in Jan-March of 2017 increased 21.3% year-on-year, to reach RM224.7 billion. In 2016, E&E contributed 40% out of Penang’s RM4.3 billion investments. And, we expect the investments to grow based in Bank Negara’s statement that private investment grew at a robust pace of 12.9% in Q1 2017 following continued capital spending in the services and manufacturing sectors.

On our part, the State government will also continue to work with the various stakeholders to increase our skilled human capital and interest among the young in science and technology though various initiatives such as the Penang @CAT, Penang Tech Dome, Penang Digital Library, Penang Science Café and the Penang Science Fair.

OSRAM’s first global Solid State Lighting HQ and R+D Center

Osram first set shop in Penang in 1972, under Siemens and is one of what is popularly known as ‘the 8 Samurais’. Like many of its contemporaries, it has grown leaps and bounds since then. Today, as one of the largest and best equipped OSRAM Opto Semiconductors production facilities in the world, with an overall floor space of 55,000 sq m, the Penang operations features cutting- edge technologies with matching capabilities, support by no less than 6,100 strong staff. OSRAM is indeed one of the largest single employers in this State.

I am thus particularly happy to be officiating this morning, the launch of another of Osram’s expansion project, the Solid State Lighting (SSL) Headquarters and R+D Center or codenamed PEN 33.

This center, covering a floor space of over 6,500 sq m will host OSRAM’s first global SSL Headquarter where global corporate activities in lighting and also advance research and development on LEDs (light emitting diodes) will be carried out. The company’s fame as a producer in world class LEDs with pioneering technologies in sectors such as mobile devices, infrared diodes, automotive lighting and semiconductor lasers will continue to enhance this SSL HQ and R+D Center.

I am proud that OSRAM has chosen Penang to establish this center of excellence and even prouder that the talents of Malaysia particularly those in Penang, are ready to match and make this project another feather in the cap for OSRAM.

In line with the aspiration of the State to increase more and better career opportunities for the Rakyat, this re-investment by OSRAM is expected to create another 300 high value jobs. This is only for direct jobs without taking into account knowledge transfer. More jobs will be created via downstream opportunities created for local supply chain support and vendors. This project is also made possible by the State’s Private- Public- Partnership initiative, where the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) injected RM15.5 mil in developing this building to lease to OSRAM.

In addition to the business sector, the German community has also established strong ties in Penang, and Penang has become an important centre for German presence in Malaysia. Several important German celebrations, including the annual Oktoberfest held by the German community have added more flavours and life into Penang. Penang, as an international intelligent city, will continue to enhance its liveability to make Penang a great place to work, live and play

Closing Remark

Penang will continue to increase our convergence of public-private-people partnership to attract new investments and facilitate re-investments. This expansion by Osram is another boost to the ‘Powered in Penang’ brand. I congratulate Osram to this new facility and we look forward to Osram’s greater next 45 and more years of growth in Penang.

Thank you.


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PADA 6 JUN 2017


Terlebih dahulu saya ingin merakamkan rasa bersyukur dan terima kasih kerana kita dapat bersama-sama dalam Majlis Penyerahan OC Kompleks Pasar dan Makanan Pagar Buloh dari Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang kepada Ideal Properties pada pagi ini. Hari ini adalah merupakan hari yang amat bermakna bagi penduduk negeri Pulau Pinang kerana ia menjadi saksi kepada janji Kerajaan Negeri dalam membantu peniaga kecil yang menjalankan aktiviti perniagaan di kawasan ini.

Para hadirin yang saya hormati sekalian,

Sejak Pakatan Harapan Rakyat mengambil alih pentadbiran Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang, beberapa inisiatif dan program telah dilaksanakan bagi membantu golongan peniaga kecil dalam menjalankan aktiviti perniagaan dalam ruang niaga yang lebih moden dan komprehensif.

Ideal Properties adalah merupakan salah satu pemaju hartanah yang begitu prihatin dalam membantu memenuhi keperluan syarat yang ditetapkan oleh Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP).

Konsep pembangunan kompleks Pasar dan Makanan ini mencerminkan tujuan MBPP untuk meningkatkan integrasi antara komuniti yang mana kompleks ini mempunyai komponen pasar, kompleks makanan, dewan orang ramai serta taman permainan kanak-kanak. Dengan adanya komponen ini, komuniti dalam kejiranan ini akan dapat berinteraksi antara satu sama lain.

Tuan-tuan & Puan-puan yang dihormati sekalian,

Saya difahamkan bahawa kos pembinaan kompleks ini adalah sebanyak RM27 juta yang mana kos ini meliputi kerja-kerja rekabentuk, harga tanah, binaan bangunan yang merangkumi 25 gerai makanan, 44 gerai bagi unit pasar dan 1 dewan serbaguna yang dapat memberi manfaat kepada penduduk di Golden Triangle bahagian Pulau ini.

Pembinaan kompleks ini yang mula dibina pada pertengahan tahun 2015 dan disiapkan pada Disember 2016 telah menjadikan kompleks ini sebagai salah satu bench marking dalam pengurusan penjaja di Pulau Pinang. Binaan kompleks ini adalah salah satu projek yang terbaik dibina oleh pihak swasta di Pulau Pinang dan diharapkan para penjaja dapat mengekalkan standard ini dengan memberikan perkhidmatan yang baik dan menjaga kebersihan serta mematuhi peraturan yang ditetapkan oleh MBPP.

Dengan kata-kata tersebut saya dengan ini merasmikan bangunan Kompleks Pasar dan Makanan Pagar Buloh dengan harapan agar kemudahan yang disediakan ini dapat memberikan keselesaan dan kesejahteraan kepada semua pihak.

Sekian, terima kasih.


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Good Evening

It gives me great pleasure to be here this evening for this Dinner and Forum that is organised in conjunction with the 16th Nepcon Workshop Series in Penang. Penang has always been and will continue being one of the key centres for exhibition of E&E (electronic and electrical) industry not only in this region but globally as well. This is so evident with the presence of captains of the industry from many multi-national corporations for today’s dinner and forum.

Penang has long been acknowledged as a major electronics hub in the region. I have been made to understand from Knowledge Group that the “Nepcon Workshop Series Malaysia” brings together about 300 participants from 120 companies, not only from Malaysia but from the neighbouring countries as well. Speakers from Singapore, USA and UK during the next 3 days will touch on topics that range from PCB Assembly, Soldering, IC Packaging, Process Optimization and Printed Circuit Board.

Worldwide sales of semiconductors from the first quarter of 2017 were US $92.6 billion, up 18.1 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016. As Penang provides 8% of the worldwide sales, this has made manufacturing generally a booming sector globally. With this significant progress in the E&E sector we need to create a valuable pipeline of talent to embrace new technologies that is rapidly changing, I believe these 3 days of Nepcon Workshop Series will be able to address some of the latest technologies in the E&E sector.

Penang with its vibrant E&E ecosystem of over 3,000 well diversified and competent local suppliers contributes more than 8% of back-end semiconductor output globally. Penang has emerged as a state that has world class capabilities, robust supply chain, competent workforce and the talents that helps to provide shorter development cycles, steeper learning curves, reduced cost and time to market.

The competing focus in the electronic industry is to choose between developing a world-class product or a platform that becomes the industry standard. Penang’s competitive advantage is that we have the ecosystem to help you develop both whether you choose to focus on the platform or the product, it will be world class. Or better even both just like Apple Iphone and their operating system.

Furthermore Penang is committed towards being part of Industry 4.0 transformation that requires our involvement in Big Data Analytics (BDA), e-commerce, crowdsourcing, Cloud Computing and Internet of Things (IoT). Towards this end we have taken several initiatives to establish Penang as a Centre of Excellence for science and technology, such as the RM 20 million Penang Science Café, RM 28 million Penang Tech Dome, RM23 million Penang @CAT, and the new RM 3 million Penang Digital Library – first 24-hour digital library. These facilities were launched to spur the interest of our younger generation and to provide an avenue for them to learn science and technology in an interactive and fun manner, which will then encourage them to explore into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). In the long term, the state government’s aim is for the young generation to build their career and contribute in the high value industries in Penang.

In 2015, Penang launched the first ever state government supported- German Dual Vocational Training Program. This skill development program, based on the world renowned German vocational training module, will see apprentice hired by and working in factories (with guidance from experienced tutors) and studying in designated centres such as PSDC. The Penang State Government is allocating RM6 million to pay the tuition fees.

To conclude, I am very glad to be part of this event and I wish all of you a beneficial learning experince during this 3-Days of Nepcon Workshop Series and to my Muslim friends Selamat Berbuka Puasa.

Thank You.


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PADA 4 JUN 2017

Saya berasa amat berbangga dan bersyukur kerana pada hari yang penuh bermakna ini, kita sama-sama berhimpun di sini untuk merayakan upacara penyerahan rasmi penyiapan kerja-kerja pengecatan semula untuk Blok 74, Jalan Tengah, Bayan Baru.

Untuk makluman YB/Dato’/Tuan/Puan, blok ini merupakan projek pengecatan semula yang ke-14 yang telah siap dilaksanakan oleh PDC pada bulan Mac tahun ini melalui kaedah perkongsian kos di antara tiga pihak iaitu PDC, pemilik-pemilik unit melalui Perbadanan Pengurusan (MC) Blok 74 dan bantuan peruntukan daripada Kerajaan Negeri. Kerjasama ini telah membuahkan hasil sepertimana yang dapat kita saksikan pada hari ini. Di dalam hal ini, saya ingin mengucapkan syabas kepada kesemua pihak yang telah bekerjasama untuk berjaya merealisasikan inisiatif ini.

Blok 74 ini merupakan satu antara 17 blok di Jalan Tengah, Bayan Baru yang telah dibina oleh PDC pada tahun 1980 dan merupakan bangunan 5 tingkat dengan sejumlah 30 unit kediaman. Sebagai pematuhan kepada kehendak Akta Hakmilik Strata 1985, blok ini telah diserahkan oleh PDC kepada Perbadanan Pengurusan (MC) untuk pengurusan dan penyelenggaraan pada 14 Februari 2002.

Seperti YB/Dato’/Tuan/Puan sedia maklum, sejak tahun 2011, pihak PDC telah memperkenalkan suatu insentif untuk menawarkan pelaksanaan kerja-kerja pengecatan semula berasaskan kaedah perkongsian kos. Pada amnya, nisbah perkongsian kos adalah atas 80/20 untuk semua bangunan kediaman bertingkat PDC yang telah diserahkan kepada MC. PDC melalui tanggungjawab sosial korporat (CSR) akan menanggung 80% dari jumlah kos pengecatan semula manakala baki 20% lagi akan ditanggung oleh MC blok masing-masing.

Walaubagaimanapun, projek PDC di Jalan Tengah ini yang merangkumi 14 “Slab Block” ( 5 tingkat) dan 3 “Point Block” (12 tingkat) adalah lebih istimewa sebab polisi pengecatan semula ini adalah berdasarkan 80/10/10 di mana pihak MC hanya perlu menanggung kos 10% sahaja, manakala baki 10% akan dibiayai oleh Kerajaan Negeri. Bagi Blok 74 ini, kos keseluruhan untuk kerja pengecatan semula ini adalah berjumlah RM40,500. Dalam hal ini, PDC telah menanggung 80% kos yang berjumlah RM32,400, manakala baki bahagian 20% adalah dikongsi antara MC dan Kerajaan Negeri sebanyak RM4,050 masing-masing. Kerja-kerja pengecatan semula bagi blok ini, yang telah dijalankan oleh PDC Nusabina Sdn Bhd telah bermula pada 10 Februari 2017 dan telah siap sepenuhnya pada 2 Mac 2017, dengan mengambil tempoh pelaksanaan selama kurang dari satu (1) bulan.

Selain dari pengecatan semula, kerja-kerja pembaikan atas kerosakan kritikal yang melibatkan kerja pembaikan bumbung, pembaikan tangki air, penggantian “surface water pipe” dan kerja “waterproofing” juga telah dijalankan atas perkongsian kos 80/10/10 di mana kos keseluruhan pembaikan tersebut adalah berjumlah RM93,310. Tujuan kerja-kerja pembaikan kritikal ini dijalankan adalah bagi melancarkan kerja-kerja pengecatan semula yang dijalankan di projek perumahan tersebut.

Di sini saya ingin sekali lagi menyeru MC yang lain di kawasan pembangunan Jalan Tengah ini agar mengambil tawaran perkongsian kos yang disediakan oleh PDC dan Kerajaan Negeri. Inisiatif ini merupakan kaedah yang terbaik untuk MC supaya berganding bahu dengan Kerajaan Negeri dan pihak PDC untuk sama-sama menikmati premis yang lebih selesa dan cantik. Seperkara lagi yang perlu diambil perhatian oleh pihak MC ialah dengan imej dan wajah baru yang diperolehi selepas bangunan dicat semula, nilai pasaran unit-unit di projek perumahan mereka akan terus meningkat. Ini telah dibuktikan bagi projek-projek perumahan PDC lain yang telah dicat semula.

Akhir kata, saya dengan perasaan sukacita dan besar hati, dengan ini merasmikan penyerahan penyiapan kerja-kerja pengecatan semula Blok 74, Jalan Tengah, Bayan Baru, Pulau Pinang.

Sekian, terima kasih.