MAJLIS PERASMIAN ‘KEUSAHAWAN KOMUNITI”

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UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG, YAB TUAN CHOW KON YEOW

DI MAJLIS PERASMIAN ‘KEUSAHAWAN KOMUNITI”

30 MAC 2019

PERKARANGAN PASAR AWAM, SUNGAI DUA

YB Dato’ Haji Abdul Halim bin Haji Hussain

EXCO Perdagangan Antarabangsa & Dalam Negeri, Hal Ehwwal Pengguna dan Pembangunan Keusahawanan

En. Rosmin bin Yaakob

Pemangku Pengawai Daerah Seberang Perai Utara

En. Zahar bin Zainal

Pegawai Penerangan, Bahagian Penerangan Pejabat Ketua Menteri

En. Yusri bin Ahmad

Pegawai Penyelaras KADUN Sungai Dua

En. Kholil bin Salleh

Pegawai Penyelaras KADUN Penaga

Pengerusi MPKK, Wakil-wakil pemimpin tempatan, NGO

Rakan -rakan media

 

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan

Salam Sejahtera.

Terlebih dahulu, saya ingin mengambil kesempatan ini mengucapkan jutaan terima kasih kepada jawatankuasa penganjur program ‘Keusahawanan Komuniti’ yang telah memastikan program pada hari ini dapat dijalankan dengan lancarnya.

Seperti mana yang kita maklum, penganjuran ini merupakan sebuah program pembangunan ekonomi dalam komuniti yang berasaskan keusahawanan sosial dengan menggunakan model ekonomi bagi membantu meningkatkan pendapatan atau ekonomi, dan ia telah dilaksanakan di serata dunia.

Melalui penganjuran program seumpama ini, ia dapat menyediakan platform terutama kepada kumpulan sasaran seperti suri rumah, ibu tunggal dan juga kelompok belia tanpa mengira latar belakang kaum mahupun agama untuk menjana pendapatan tambahan.

Antara program yang akan diberikan tumpuan adalah seperti peniagaan secara dalam talian ‘online’, aktiviti pertanian seperti penanaman kelapa di kawasan terbiar, penternakan, pembuatan kuih-kuih tradisional dan pelbagai lagi.

Hadirin sekalian,

Sememangnya pelbagai bentuk inisiatif dan bantuan telah disediakan sama ada di peringkat Kerajaan Persekutuan mahupun Kerajaan Negeri bagi membantu dan memperkasakan usahawan dalam pelbagai bidang.

Antaranya, Kerajaan Negeri melalui Perbadanan Pembangunan Pulau Pinang (PDC) misalnya telah memperkenalkan Skim Pinjaman Harapan (SPH) dengan jumlah pinjaman antara RM1,000 hingga maksimum RM25,000 bagi membantu para usahawan mengembangkan modal perniagaan. Sejak tahun 2009 hingga Februari 2019, sebanyak RM16.53 juta telah dibelanjakan dan memberi manfaat kepada 3,197 peminjam bagi menjalankan dan mengembangkan perniagaan masing-masing.

Selain itu, Kerajaan Negeri pada tahun 2014 juga telah memperkenalkan Tabung Usahawan Tani Muda (TUTM) bagi membantu para usahawan muda khusus dalam sektor pertanian, penternakan dan perikanan. Sehingga tarikh 19 Mac lalu, seramai 131 penerima yang terdiri daripada pelbagai kategori pertanian, penternakan dan perikanan telah menerima manfaat TUTM.

Mengikut komposisi kaum, seramai 124 penerima adalah Melayu, diikuti Cina (5) dan India (2). Setakat ini, Kerajaan Negeri telah menyalurkan RM713,000 kepada usahawan-usahawan yang layak dan masih berbaki RM37,000.00 daripada jumlah keseluruhan peruntukan RM750,000 bagi tahun ini.

Kerajaan Negeri berharap dengan segala bentuk bantuan yang diberikan secara berterusan kepada para usahawan negeri ini, ia bakal membantu golongan B40 terutamanya untuk mereka keluar daripada kepompong kemiskinan dan mampu berdikari pada masa hadapan.

Malah, ia juga sekaligus membuktikan bahawa Kerajaan Negeri sememangnya amat komited dan sentiasa berusaha untuk meningkatkan pendapatan isi rumah rakyat negeri ini sejajar dengan matlamat visi Penang2030.

Visi Penang2030 yang dilancarkan oleh saya pada Ogos 2018 bakal menggunakan pendekatan inklusif dan “bottom up” yang mana kepimpinan Kerajaan Negeri akan menggunakan ia untuk memacu pembangunan negeri ini dalam mencipta pelbagai kejayaan lain menjelang tahun 2030.

Bagi merealisasikan hasrat tersebut, sememangnya penglibatan semua rakyat negeri ini adalah amat digalakkan agar kemakmuran hidup sebenar dapat dinikmati oleh semua lapisan masyarakat dan sekaligus menjadi ‘role model’ kepada negeri-negeri lain.

Kerajaan Negeri berharap program sebegini akan terus dipergiatkan dan digerakkan secara lebih agresif di peringkat akar umbi pada masa hadapan. Majlis Pengurusan Komuniti Kampung (MPKK) yang bertindak sebagai mata dan telinga Kerajaan Negeri yang telah dilantik seharusnya memainkan peranan yang sangat penting bagi membantu komuniti setempat demi kesejahteraan serta masa depan yang lebih baik. Sejajar dengan pertukaran nama MPKK daripada JKKK sebelum ini, saya amat berharap agar corak perkhidmatan kepada masyarakat atau komuniti juga turut bertukar menjadi lebih efisien dan berkesan kepada masyarakat sekeliling terutama dalam pembangunan aspek sosio-ekonomi.

Akhir kata, saya berharap agar program “Keusahawanan Komuniti” ini akan memberi dimensi baru terutama kepada mereka yang baru berjinak dalam dunia keusahawanan dan seterusnya melahirkan lebih ramai usahawan tempatan yang berdaya saing.

Dengan ini, saya melancarkan ‘Program Keusahawanan Komuniti’ Peringkat Parlimen Tasek Gelugor serta KADUN Sungai Dua.

Sekian, terima kasih.

OPENING OF THE INSPIRING FUTURE LEADERS CONFERENCE

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SPEECH BY THE CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG YAB TUAN CHOW KON YEOW FOR THE OPENING OF THE INSPIRING FUTURE LEADERS CONFERENCE

30 March 2019

G Hotel

YB Chong Eng
State Executive Councillor for Women and Family Development, Gender Inclusiveness and Non-Islamic Religious Affairs cum PWCC Adviser

 

YB Lim Siew Khim
Assemblywoman for Sungai Pinang

 

Tan Sri Datin Paduka Rafidah Aziz
Former International Trade and Industry Minister

 

Dato’ Seri Lee Kah Choon
InvestPenang Director

 

Dato’ Annie Chin
Penang Women Chamber of Commerce (PWCC) President and Organising Chairperson

 

Our Distinguished Speakers for today

Friends from the media

 

Ladies & Gentlemen

Good morning to all of you.

When the invitation to officiate the opening and to speak at the Inspiring Future Leaders Conference reached my desk, I know at that moment that this is one invitation that I must not turn down despite my tight schedule because the significance of the conference we are having this morning covers not only the issues concerning the various industries so vital to the economic heartbeat of Penang but it also reflects the issue of leadership in the current political crossroad of Malaysia and for that matter, the state of Penang in which all of us who are present right now have a stake in.

The leadership of Malaysia finally took a different path after more than 60 years when the majority of Malaysians voted the Barisan Nasional out of office on May 9, 2018. Pakatan Harapan came into power in Putrajaya with our current Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad back in his previous job which he had resigned from just 15 years earlier. And Malaysians now have a prime minister with more than 20 years of experience at the helm and a Cabinet of many young faces with fresh ideas. While some critics through the press and social media have voiced their dissatisfaction over the performance of certain inexperienced ministers, I believe given time and exposure, these ministers will improve and so will the performance of the federal government.

The point I’m making here is this – leaders whether in government, business or captains of industry – need to be inspired to be effective and will achieve greatness if given time and sufficient inspiration. Having a conference with a focus on Inspiring Future Leaders is one way of providing lessons on the soft skills, latest knowledge and life experiences from others who are successful in their respective areas, so critical for aspiring leaders in the pursuit of their goals.

The state government takes a similar view when it comes to leadership and have never lose sight of our human talent being the greatest asset of Penang and the need to ensure the continuity of its inculcation. It was for this reason that the 2-term limit on the position of the Chief Minister was passed by the Penang State Assembly in November 2018. Leaders at the pinnacle must be ever ready to groom future leaders or their successors and having a deadline serves as a perfect impetus to make that happen. On some of the challenges that Penang is facing, I will dwell on them when I start the ball rolling as the keynote speaker this morning on the topic closest to my heart which is my vision for the state – Penang2030: Our Challenge – in a short while.

I wish to congratulate the Penang Women Chamber of Commerce (PWCC) for braving the steps forward in making a success out of its vision to groom future leaders by organising this Inspiring Future Leaders Conference. Your success in putting together prominent speakers from Penang as well as from overseas who are the experts in their respective fields with a strong willingness to share speaks volumes of the organisational skills and caliber of the PWCC office holders. Even more so is the focus of its members in leadership positions towards the need to inspire, to cultivate and to groom the next generation of leaders in the field of business, industry and education.

I also wish the speakers and participants to have a fruitful day of sharing and learning from one another and of course, be inspired to reach greater heights for your respective organisations and even more so, individually as a person.

Thank you.

OPENING CEREMONY FOR LEFT POCKET CREATIVES

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SPEECH BY YAB TUAN CHOW KON YEOW, CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

OPENING CEREMONY FOR LEFT POCKET CREATIVES

28 MARCH 2019

 

Dato’ Loo Lee Lian,

Chief Executive Officer of investPenang

Dato’ Yoon Chon Leong

Director of Penang Science Cluster

Ms Yu Xin,

Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Left Pocket Studio

Management and staff of Left Pocket Creatives Sdn Bhd

Distinguished guests,

Members of the Press,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

A very good morning to everyone.

I am delighted and honoured to be here this morning to witness the opening ceremony of Left Pocket Creatives, a Shanghai-based Intellectual Property (IP) creation company focusing on animation and webcomics, to be the latest tenant of Wisma Yeap Chor Ee. This occasion is made even more significant because Left Pocket has chosen to locate its first Malaysian Studio in this renowned colonial heritage building which is home to the tech & creative community in Penang.

Over the past five decades and still counting, Penang has been a preferred location for many multinational corporations (MNC) to set up their manufacturing facilities. Even that being so, the state government understands and acknowledges that the key to future economic success is to seek convergence not only of the manufacturing sector but the service sector as well. The service sector includes not only elements of traditional tourism, medical treatment and education, but also the Global Business Services (GBS), Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and creative content & technology, which the state has been significantly working on to shape up for the past few years.  

One of the key initiatives by the State government was the restoration of this unique colonial heritage venue, Wisma Yeap Chor Ee, with the objective of building an interactive connection between science & technology together with the creative content industries. The state government has spent RM23million to create the space necessary while maintaining the characteristic and old-world charms of this historic building.

We have created a collaborative and supportive environment within Wisma Yeap Chor Ee to have three functions under one single roof. Firstly, we have the Penang Science Cluster to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education and innovation centre at level one. We then house our Creative Animation Triggers (CAT) at level 2, with the purpose of prospering local creativity in digital multimedia contents, animation and game development. And as for level 3, we have our accelerator for Creative, Analytics and Technology (or known as @CAT) with the objective of accelerating the establishment of tech startups & nurturing talents in new growth areas such as IoT, Big Data Analytics, cloud computing and so forth.

Ladies and gentlemen,      

The Creative Technology Content ecosystem is still very much in its infancy stage in Penang. Although we have Institutions of Higher Learning such as Universiti Sains Malaysia, The One Academy, and Two Studio Multimedia Academy among others that supply our creative talents every year, it is unfortunate that there is lack of job opportunities in this field in Penang. However, I believe that with the addition of Left Pocket Creatives in Penang, opportunities would be aplenty and forthcoming for us to open the doors for more high-income jobs related to the creative industry and we would retain our creative tech players in Penang who will contribute to this new stream of economy.

As a matter of fact, Left Pocket Creatives is projected to create approximately 100 creative talent opportunities in the next 4 years. Its Penang facility would be used in the vital areas of creation, animation from pre-production to post-production of comics that would require talents with related skill sets. On top of job creations, Left Pocket will also assist in grooming the creative technology ecosystem and culture within the state.

Ladies and gentlemen,      

The creative multimedia industry is making its mark as one of the most sought-after industries in the world due to its huge economic potential. Industrial research suggests that the total value of the global animation industry will reach USD 270 billion by 2020. The traditional form of content viewership is giving way to a sharp increase in streaming video consumption. The size of the streaming market for animation content was USD 2.9 billion in 2018 and is growing at an annual rate of 8% and the size of global video gaming industry was USD 96 billion in 2018. Meanwhile, the global eSports industry is growing at the rate of 30% year-on-year and it is predicted to be a billion-dollar industry by 2019.

Given the excited outlook of the creative technology content industry, Penang should intensify its presence and capture a share of it. Having mentioned that, I would like to take this opportunity to commend Invest Penang for their incredible efforts in moving towards this direction as they attract prominent investors such as Left Pocket Creatives to be an added impetus to boost the service sector in Penang.

I would like to end my speech by expressing my heartfelt congratulations and appreciation to Left Pocket Creatives for choosing Penang as your first studio in Malaysia.

Thank you.