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15 JUN 2019




Selamat Petang dan Salam Sejahtera.

Pertama sekali saya ingin mengucapkan jutaan terima kasih kepada jawatankuasa penganjur bagi program Northern Bike Week 2019 (Vol.3) kerana sudi menjemput saya dalam majlis jamuan minum petang pada petang yang berbahagia ini.

Seperti mana yang semua sedia maklum, Northern Bike Week 2019 telah dianjurkan pada 26-28 April 2019 yang lalu, dan sendiri telah memberikan sedikit peruntukan untuk menyokong program tersebut. Program ini turut mendapat kerjasama kerjasama daripada pelbagai agensi kerajaan seperti Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM), Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ), Pejabat Daerah dan Tanah Seberang Perai Tengah (PDTSPT) dan juga pihak FAMA Negeri Pulau Pinang yang juga turut menganjurkan program yang melibatkan semua usahawan tani dan produk-produk usahawan.

Saya difahamkan program ini berjaya mengumpulkan seramai 20,000 penunggang motosikal dari seluruh Malaysia, termasuklah dari negara jiran Singapura dan Thailand yang berkumpul atas dasar minat yang sama. Tahniah dan syabas kepada semua.

Saya percaya penganjuran program ini dapat menyemarakkan dunia permotoran tempatan dan sedikit sebanyak dapat menghapuskan stigma masyarakat yang sering memandang serong kepada penunggang motosikal. Adalah amat tidak adil untuk kita menyalahkan semua penunggang motosikal kerana masih ramai penunggang motosikal yang mengamalkan tunggangan secara berdisiplin dan berhemah.

Semua sedia maklum di Pulau Pinang kini, industri permotoran kian berkembang maju. Di Pulau Pinang sahaja, kita mempunyai dua buah kilang motosikal iaitu satu kilang Honda di Batu Kawan dan satu lagi kilang motosikal berjenama SYM di Alma di mana saya percaya ia mempunyai permintaan, peminat dan pasarannya yang tersendiri.

Di peringkat Kerajaan Negeri, kita akan sentiasa menyokong dan memberi sokongan penuh kepada program-program sedemikian kerana ianya bukan sahaja dapat meningkatkan ekonomi negeri, tetapi dalam masa yang sama dapat mempromosikan industri pelancongan dan sekaligus dapat membuka peluang kepada syarikat-syarikat dari luar negara untuk membuat pelaburan di negeri ini.

Kerajaan Negeri juga akan terus menjalinkan kerjasama yang erat di antara pihak berkuasa seperti PDRM dan JPJ dari semasa ke semasa terutama dari segi aspek keselamatan. Kempen keselamatan akan terus diadakan memandangkan kes kemalangan terutama yang melibatkan penunggang motosikal masih berada di tahap yang membimbangkan.

Akhir kata, tahniah dan syabas kepada semua yang terlibat kepada penganjuran najlis ini. Semoga penganjuran majlis ini memperolehi kejayaan dan membuka mata kepada peluang yang lebih besar untuk penganjuran pelbagai program di masa akan datang.

Sekian, terima kasih.


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Saturday, 15 June 2019

Dewan Budaya, USM

Good morning. I am thankful to every one of you who gathered here to celebrate this Family Day, which is held for the first time at the state level in Penang. Nearly 10 months after I have launched the Penang2030 vision, “A Family-Focused Green and Smart State that Inspires the Nation”, here we are today, having the state-wide Family Day celebration. I would like to stress that it is each and every one of you who have made this possible. It is you, who have chosen to “vote” for a state that treats families as fundamental blocks of a happy society. As your Chief Minister, I have heard your voice loud and clear. Your unwavering support has made me even more determined to realize the Penang2030 vision for all of us and for our future generations.

The theme for this Family Day is “Celebrating Families”. Some of you may be sceptical and reasonably wonder why there is a need to celebrate families. After all, isn’t ‘family’ the very first social institution that has been around ever since the dawn of humankind? Well, it is no secret that individuals who have strong emotional and psychological support from their family tend to excel in life and, in turn, have more capacity to contribute to their state and country. They are also generally more confident and have a positive outlook on life. Therefore, it is essential to create that positive environment to ensure that our children have the opportunity to thrive in life. Unfortunately, I am unable to do it on my own as it necessitates the responsibility and commitment of all of us to do so.

This Penang2030 vision is collectively owned by every citizen of Penang. Thus, I would like to take this opportunity to urge that each and every one of us as Penangites to take ownership of this responsibility and lead by example to achieve this common goal of ours. Every gesture counts. It may be something as simple as cleaning your home together as a team or something as small as saying “well done” to your children for good performance at school. The point is, all of us can start by building stronger bonds with our family members in our own unique way.

Every time I look at my endearing sons, it has always dawned on me that we, Penangites, are not building this state for this generation, but we are building this state so that our children, their children, and their children’s children may enjoy what we enjoy today and even more. Penang is on the world map for numerous great things and was even chosen as one of the places for the “ultimate Asia experience” by CNN as recent as June 3rd, 2019. However, none of this “Asia experience” would have happened without our unique brand of family values that the visitors find heart-warming. Indeed, behind every famed and world-class Penang food, Penang heritage building, and Penang preserved natural habitat, there is a group of passionate Penangites, whose families have taken root in this soil for many generations and will continue to do so by their children. It is such great family values that enable us today, to hold our heads up high and it is of great significance that we ensure such family values are passed on to the future generations.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am particularly proud to see the State EXCO for Women and Family Development, Gender Inclusiveness, and Religions Other Than Islam, Saudari Chong Eng, together with Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC), who have taken the strategic initiative to create more platforms for public involvement and organizing this Family Day to bring family members together to interact through fun and educational activities.  Seeing you here today, bringing your family and friends, is a testimony to the fact that Penang is ready to move forward towards a more family-focused way of interaction and realizing our common dream as a state.

Lastly, I thank you all for attending and supporting this event. I wish every one of you will leave with unforgettable moments in this state celebration and walk home with family bonds stronger than ever. With this, I would like to officiate the celebration of Family Day in Penang.

Thank you.


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15 June 2019

Hotayi Batu Kawan


Good morning.

It gives me a great pleasure to be present today to witness the official opening ceremony of Hotayi Electronic (M) Sdn Bhd, here in Batu Kawan.

Hotayi started its first manufacturing plant at Bukit Tengah Penang in 1994 with just a small team of 50. I am pleased to see Hotayi has grown tremendously since then and the company has recognised Penang as an ideal location to embrace its next growth phase.

With a RM600m investment on its Phase 1 expansion of 350 thousand square feet electronics production facility at Batu Kawan here, Hotayi’s total workforce has increased to 850, from 350 previously. Hotayi may embark on phase 2 expansion in the next 1-2 years, which could bring its total estimated investment value in Batu Kawan to RM1 billion.

Like many companies with operations in Penang, Hotayi choose to reinvest and deepen its roots in the state. This has once again proved that the optimal combinations of robust supply chain, strong talent pool, well-established infrastructure, and the state’s support services to investors makes Penang a natural destination for investments.


In this regard, I am proud to highlight that based on MIDA’s latest figures, Penang has attracted RM8.8 billion of total approved manufacturing investment in January to March 2019, up 768% year-on-year and the first quarter 2019 investment already surpassed 2018’s full year total amount of RM5.8b. Notably, despite being the second smallest state in the country with only 1.8 million population, Penang leads other state in foreign direct investment (FDI), contributing 42% of Malaysia’s total manufacturing FDI in first quarter of 2019.

This stellar investment performance would also not have been possible if not for the hard work of the various federal ministries. I would like to thank MITI, especially MIDA who leads the investment promotion and works closely with investPenang in attracting high value investments to the State. I will also like to thank Ministry of Finance for granting & extending tax incentives to the high-tech new & re investment projects. The Finance Minister had personally met many of the industry captains to understand industry challenges and how MOF can assist to bring investment into Malaysia. The State government looks forward to continually work hand-in-hand with the federal government, in order to bring in more quality investments, jobs and prosperity to Penang.

Ladies and gentleman,

Despite of this great achievement, the State simply cannot afford to stay stagnant and complacent, particularly we are now in the highly uncertain period due to the latest development on the US-China trade war. On the global front, the worldwide semiconductor monthly sales recorded year-on-year contraction since early this year, widening from negative 6% in Jan to negative 15% in April, according to Semiconductor Industry Association, SIA. However, Malaysia’s E&E export performed significantly better with the month of April recorded year-on-year sales growth of 3.9%, suggested that trade diversion due to the trade war is happening.   

Although the relatively robust performance, the State is cautiously optimistic in the very near-term, given that the trade and technology disputes between the US and China intensified lately. The State Government is monitoring the situation and working closely with both MNCs and local companies to identify the potential opportunities arising from the trade war, and at the same time, face the challenges ahead. Penang State will continue to focus on bringing in high quality investment that could create high value jobs and suit our industry profile. Simultaneously, the State Government is proactively taking initiatives to mitigate the negative impact arising from US-China trade war on SMEs and the overall local economy.

Last but not the least, I must also give credits to Hotayi, which designs its building that comprise of three elements - smart, green and nature – which I deem it set a good example for other companies. I was told that Hotayi has brought the latest technologies, such as car plate and facial recognitions, rainwater harvesting, and building management system into its facilities design. Hotayi’s principle and business profile welly spell out my Penang2030 vision of a “Family-Friendly Green and Smart State to Inspire the Nation”. It also in line with one of the themes in the Penang2030 vision that advocates “Upgrade the economy to raise household incomes” through the advanced readiness of manufacturing industries for the digital age and the green economy.

With that, I once again would like to congratulate Hotayi in this significant milestone of your company.

Thank you.