The Launching of Gemilang Cahaya Komtar

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Launching of Gemilang Cahaya Komtar

3 October 2017


Two weeks ago, I have the pleasure of giving away letters of appreciation to the technical team that was engaged in the Revitalisation Project of Komtar, which won the Best Project 2017 awarded by CIDB. The award was given based on the engineering knowhow and skills required to implement the project. However, the Komtar Revitalisation Project must not only be excellent in terms of engineering but must also be aesthetically attractive as well. Hence at the inception of this Revitalization project, efforts were made to ensure that the Revitalized Komtar would be lighted up so as to be more attractive at night.

When Komtar was first built, spot lights were installed to shine on the building at night. The initial plan was to have the building brighten up every night. Later it was shortened to light up only on special occasions such as Hari Merdeka, Hari Raya Aidilfiri, Chinese New Year, Christmas Eve and New Year Eve or 7 nights a year. The main reason for doing this was to reduce the electricity cost, which came to about RM264 per night or about RM96,560 per year.

Taking advantage of the energy-saving LED and the computer technology, the new light installed in Komtar consumed energy as low as RM10 per night or RM3, 650 per year. And Komtar can be seen at night almost every where in Penang. We are proud that Komtar has light up Penang at night.

This is a tremendous amount of energy saving, which is in line with the current world-wide trend of lighting up the building green. Lighting up the building Green means lighting up the building with minimal carbon emission.

Apart from energy saving, we also took into consideration the maintenance aspect during the design stage. There are now a lot of buildings in KL and Melaka that enclosed the whole buildings with wire mesh netting and installed LED lights on the nettings. This results in very brightly lighted buildings but when thousands of light bulbs are installed on the nettings maintenance becomes very difficult and blown bulbs are left unreplaced. In the end the buildings look ugly. So in Komtar we made sure such mistake is not repeated here.

Also, instead of a single yellow light shining on the building as done in the past, under the Reviltalisation Project, with soft and soothing rainbow colours to make it more contemporary and more appealing.

I would like to congratulate GigaTera (M) sdn bhd for the design and completing this job on time (in fact ahead of time) and on cost (without VO) of RM930,000(If including GST is RM985,800). I would also like to thank PDC, PDC Setia Urus and OWG for implementing this lighting project well.

Thank you.


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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Opening Ceremony of Power Integrations in Penang, Bayan Lepas, Penang

3 October 2017



Good afternoon.

It is my pleasure to be present today to celebrate Power Integrations’ opening hub for Asian region in Penang; another landmark growth for this US Silicon Valley-based multinational corporation (MNC) of high-performance electronic components used in high-voltage power-conversion systems.

Today’s launch marks another milestone in continued investments by American high-tech companies in Penang, joining other USA companies which have chosen Penang as their home since more than 4 decades ago. New companies such as Boston Scientific and UST Global, have joined existing US companies like Intel, Broadcom, Jabil, Motorola, Sandisk, HP, Haemonetics and Abbott/St Jude. From 2008-2016, out of the RM59 billion approved investment recorded, RM14 billion or 24% were from US investors, which makes US the largest FDI contributor to the Penang’s economy. Clearly US companies have not left Penang and are here to stay.

The economic transformation towards knowledge-based, innovation-led

Penang’s economy has experienced transformation from the 1980s and 1990s where economic growth was supported by industrialisation to knowledge intensive, innovation-led manufacturing and services in the year 2000 and beyond. The manufacturing world today is no longer about mass manufacturing requiring large factory, repetitive manual processes – but more importantly, the economy has transformed into smart and advanced manufacturing incorporating Big Data Analytics, IoT and Industry 4.0 processes. This is where high value products and services are generated, leading to higher value jobs creation.

I am also proud that in the recently announced Malaysia’s GDP by States, Penang’s GDP growth in 2016 was 5.6%, above the national average of 4.2%. Penang also attracted 1/3 of the total E&E investments into Malaysia. All these reflect on the success of Penang’s economic transformation into a knowledge-based, innovation-led state.

Penang as Power Integrations R&D and Supply Chain Management Hub for Asian Region

The establishment of Power Integrations’ R&D and Supply Chain Management Hub for Asian Region in Penang with investment of RM33 million over the next 5 years with the main activities of research, design, development, testing and supply chain management truly exemplifies the high value economic activity in this digital economy era. Power Integration is well-positioned in their addressable market valued more than USD3 billion where the company’s innovations radically simplify power supplies. By 2018, Power Integration’s centre in Penang is expected to employ more than 35 staff, in the functions of high value jobs of R&D engineering, testing and supply chain management.

Penang is truly the destination of choice for companies such as Power Integration which is offering engineering research, design and development. We have a vibrant and established ecosystem with over 300 multinational corporations and 3,000 highly competent local supply chain vendors to support the ecosystem of the industry. In February this year, the RM63 million Penang Automation Cluster (PAC) was established, making it a first world-class SME precision metal fabrication cluster zone in Malaysia as a one-stop metal parts supply chain hub through collaborative efforts between local large companies (LLCs) and small medium enterprises (SMEs), which will attract attention of multinational corporations (MNCs) into this one-stop metal parts supply chain hub.

To move forward we have to keep up with change with continuous improvement and the only way is through adoption of innovation, invention and ideation (3Is). These are built on the Penang’s DNA on 3T's of Talent, Technology and Tolerance of new ideas:

Talent: Building on our residual intelligence accumulated over 40 years of industrialization, we have a pool of highly skilled and intelligent workers. To ensure the sustainability of our talent pool, STEM teaching and interest is a priority. We have invested RM 68 million in STEM education to make Penang a Centre of Excellence for Science and Technology such as @CAT Penang (Accelerator for Creative, Analytics and Technology), Penang Skill Development Centre (PSDC), Penang Science Cluster (PSC), Karpal Singh Penang Learning Centre (KSPLC), Tech Dome Penang (TDP), and Penang Digital Library (PDL). To us “Data is king, and Talent is the everything”.

Technology: The State will continue to support the tech based companies in Penang by building and improving on the world class infrastructure in Penang to ensure that we remain the Silicon Valley of the East, and an important E&E hub in this region.

Tolerance: We believe passionately in freedom, only in Penang can you enjoy freedom. And freedom works in Penang. Not just of ideas and ideals but also freedom of expression in art and culture as well as the freedom to enjoy equal opportunity to realize your full potential. Penang has the passion for diversity and inclusion. Penang’s relentless pursuit of excellence based on the principles of “Competency, Accountability and Transparency” (CAT), core of our good governance, guarantees the spirit of Tolerance in Penang.

Closing Remark

The decision by Power Integration to set up in Penang once again demonstrates the success of Penang as an attractive destination for investments.

Thank you.


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Salam Sejahtera. First and foremost, I would like to welcome all of you to this simple but meaningful occasion to witness the signing of Sale & Purchase Agreement by the purchasers of Affordable Housing Scheme, Dua Residensi, Teluk Kumbar, Pulau Pinang.

This AHS project at Teluk Kumbar is a State Government initiative under the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) to develop more affordable homes for Penang, whereby 694 units of medium cost (MC) and low medium cost (LMC) affordable homes have been built over 5.889 acres at Teluk Kumbar. These public and affordable housing units are financed by the State Government's RM500 million Public and Affordable Housing Fund undertaken by PDC. The development cost for Dua Residensi is RM145 million and the project is contracted to Teh Kien Sai Sdn Bhd via open tender.

Besides providing affordable housing for the people, this scheme also alleviates squatter problem, with allocation of 30 units to the fishermen there. The breakdown of the components of the project are:-

1 Block 26-Storey Medium Cost (348 units) 
174 units (1000 sf) @ RM330,000
174 units (850 sf) @ RM250,000 
*1 Free carpark is allocated to each unit 

1 Block 25-Storey Low Medium Cost (346 units) @ RM72,500

1 Block 7-Storey Carpark

7 units shop offices (2 units 4-Storey & 5 units 3-Storey)

Presently the total number of units allocated to applicants by the State and given to PDC is 574, out of the total available units of 694 for both the LMC and MC. Facilities available are playground, hall, surau, management office, tadika, guard house, access card accessibility and centralised rubbish collection centre. These facilities will serve as a good community living and integrated neighbourhood for all, as aptly linked to the project tagline “Kehidupan Baru Penuh Kedamaian”. We hope to build the best quality affordable homes with good facilities and community infrastructure.

The State has now 14 projects in the pipeline, which we will see 26,255 units of low cost, low medium cost and affordable housing in all the five (5) districts in Penang. The projects are Bandar Cassia (Batu Kawan), SP Chelliah, Teluk Kumbar, Jelutong, Pintasan Cecil, Sandilands, Kampung Jawa, Ampang Jajar, Bukit Mertajam, Juru, Mak Mandin, Perak Road, Kampung Main Road and Ujung Batu. Works have started for 3 projects i.e. Bandar Cassia, Teluk Kumbar and Kampung Jawa.

Delivery of its first in affordable housing namely Phase 1 of Bandar Cassia, Batu Kawan whereby 520 units of affordable housing which started in July 2014 is pending issuance of Certificate of Completion and Compliance by end of this year. In this regard, I would like to congratulate Penang Development Corporation (PDC) in bringing the Affordable Housing project to fruition, for the people of Penang.

Although there were significant demand for affordable housing, the high loan rejection rates, particularly for the low and low medium is relatively high makes it almost impossible for low-income families to own their own homes. All the efforts by the Penang State Government to provide Lcs and LMCs will be wasted if Bank Negara does not direct banks to loosen existing strict guidelines.

I am pleased to inform that since 2008, the State has built 21,535 units of low and low medium cost houses (Type A & Type B) for the lower and middle income families in Penang.

As regards to construction of Affordable Housing Scheme (AHS), the number of AHS units currently built by the State/PDC are :

-520 units Bandar Cassia, Batu Kawan, which is pending CCC at the end of the year 
-Four (4) other projects under construction, namely Teluk Kumbar (694 units), Kampong Jawa (707 units), SP Chelliah (2,093 units) and Sandilands (803 units)

The Penang State Government prioritizes the supply of various types of affordable housing for the people of Penang: where the Penang State Government owns 17 projects that will supply 27,230 units of various affordable housing in the five districts of Penang, whereby the price is within RM42,000 (867 units); RM72,500 (9,283 units) and RM150,000 to RM300,000 (17,080 units).

Besides that, since the introduction of 100% Affordable Housing Guidelines for the private sector, I am pleased to say that 36,759 units have been approved for private sector development in the State of Penang. This excludes Type A and B Affordable Low Cost (Low Cost and Medium Low) built since we took over the Penang State Government of 21,535 units.

For information, the 21,535 units are 4 times the total of 5,154 units that were built in the same 7 years before we take over the administration of the Penang State Government. This clearly shows that the Pakatan Harapan Government has shown a performance achievement in terms of the provision of affordable housing, far better than the previous Barisan Nasional Government.

On this optimistic note, I now have the pleasure of officiating the signing of the Sale & Purchase Agreement by the purchasers of Dua Residensi, Teluk Kumbar.

Thank you.

Taiwan Invention’s Exhibition

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang
At Taiwan Invention’s Exhibition

2 October 2017



Ladies and gentlemen

Today marks a special milestone for Tech Dome Penang. After just over a year of operation, with so many activities and events to promote science and technology to our young, Tech Dome Penang has successfully brought in its first international exhibition to Penang – the Inventions Exhibitions from the National Science and Technology Museum, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

We wish first of all, to thank Dr CHEN Shiunn-Shyang [陈训祥] of the National Science and Technology Museum (NSTM), his dedicated staff and management team for having taken a lot of effort to bring this special exhibition here to Penang.

I understand this exhibition has travelled to Guangdong, Chongqing, Macau and now it has come to Malaysia to educate Penangites and Malaysians about the process of innovation and invention. We are very honoured and privileged that the prestigious NSTM has chosen to have this in Tech Dome.

This exhibition is very timely, as Penang under the present State Government has put a lot of effort to promote Science, Technology, English and Mathematic (STEM) and Innovation. Recently, we launched Penang STEM 4.0., which is an initiative to pull together all the STEM related agencies in Penang including the RM28 million Tech Dome. The other agencies are the Malaysia's first digital library the RM3.5 million Penang Digital Library (PDL), the Penang Skills Development Center (PSDC), the RM23 million @CAT (an incubator) and Penang Science Cluster, and RM6 million the Karpal Singh Learning Center. 

The development of STEM and an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset is especially vital for the survival of Penang especially as we are now in a digital economy. We must be actively participating in Industry 4.0 if we are to survive, covering areas from artificial intelligence, robotics, cyber-security, big data analytics, cloud computing and IoT. If data is king, then talent is everything. We need to develop STEM teaching to build up human talent so that Penang can establish itself as a Centre of Excellence for science and technology. We hope that an exhibition like this will inspire our young people and show them not just what are innovations but also how, with a bit of work, they too can participate in the innovative process and be innovators themselves.

I like to congratulate the team at Tech Dome for the many creative activities and events, including this “Inventions Exhibition”, that they have put through at a rapid pace over the year. These events and activities have delighted and inspired Penangites and Malaysians in promoting STEM.

Lastly, I like to say a very big thank you on behalf of the Penang people, to NSTM, Dr. Chen, for your kind generosity for funding the entire exercise of bringing the exhibit here to Tech Dome, to the tune of approximately RM400,000. More than the expenses that NSTM has incurred, it is the learning and the shaping of minds that the exhibits will bring. This will be invaluable to our young people.

Let’s put our hands together to the dedicated teams of NSTM and Tech Dome Penang working together with the common purpose of educating and inspiring the new generation about STEM. With this, I like to declare the “Inventions Exhibition” from the National Science and Technology Museum, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, opened.

Thank you.