2019 Special Certification Award Ceremony of Amcham-Usains HRDF Inbase Programme

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang
At 2019 Special Certification Award Ceremony of Amcham-Usains HRDF Inbase Programme

8 March 2019 (Friday)


Dato’ Seri Wong Siew Hai, Chairman of MAEI, American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce,

Mr. Elanjelian Venugopal, Chief Executive of Human Resources Development Fund,

Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Datin Paduka Siti Sa’diah Sheikh Bakir, Chairman of USAINS,

Mr. Farid Wajidi, Managing Director, USAINS,

Principal officers and head of departments, USM,

Media representatives,

Graduates of the INBASE program,

Ladies, and gentlemen,

Good morning.

Firstly, I would like to welcome you all to this special certificate awarding ceremony of AMCHAM-USAINS HRDF INBASE Programme year 2019. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all 192 graduates of the 2019 batch who have successfully completed the programme.

As we all are aware of, the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), and USAINS have come together in a joint effort to enhance the skills of our graduates up a further level from Electronic and Electrical Engineering, or E&E, to Advanced Design and Development, or D&D.

In terms of talent development, the state government takes a serious approach in supporting and encouraging programmes such as INBASE programme as it acts as a catalyst to boost the E&E Human Capital in Malaysia, especially in Penang to rise up the value chain. Penang may be prominent with picturesque holiday destinations with its off-the-wall street art, world-class food destination, and sandy beaches but with what’s being offered through this collaboration, the INBASE programme aims to advance and to improve the skills of industrial engineering professionals and this will prepare Penang for the upcoming Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Riding on the IR4.0 wave, there is a need for Penang state to modernise its agriculture sector where areas such as crops production, animal husbandry as well as aquaculture can be benefitted from technology advancement in the agriculture sector. Penang consistently leads in attracting new investors and re-investments from existing investors. In 2017, Penang recorded the largest FDI inflow of MIDA approved manufacturing FDI among states in Malaysia, valued at RM8.5 billion. Penang is also the second top recipient of total manufacturing investment among states valued at RM10.8 billon. Domestic investment also grew steadily by 92% year-on-year to reach RM2.3 billion in 2017.

From January-September 2018, Penang recorded total approved manufacturing investments of RM3.8 billion, showing a steady continued inflow of investments into Penang, well within the range of the past five years.

Our reputation has always connected with a hub of start-ups every year. The brand of “Silicon Island” has been attached to Penang since Intel and Bosch set up operations in Bayan Lepas, an industrial park, in the 1970s. As for our “Silicon Island” itself, ever since the days where the giant tech companies arrived here, there are now more than 300 multinational corporations (MNCs) that have established their operations on the island and are now looking forward to making their mark on the global marketplace.

Thanks to the great amount of cultural diversification and entertainment places, Penang has been a smart alternative to the hustle and bustle of other busier states. These qualities have greatly enabled Penang to be highlighted as a tech county. Also, not forgetting with the rapidly growing Batu Kawan Industrial Park, all these are contributing towards the realization of our state in the near future to be regarded in South East Asia as the “Silicon Valley of the East”.

Following the label, the INBASE programme has been successful in assisting companies to evolve in Design and Development, as well as keeping our engineers to remain relevant and competitive in the engineering industry. With that, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate HRDF, AMCHAM, USAINS for the success of their hard work and once again, to congratulate the 192 graduates for having successfully undergoing the programme and supporting the development of our island and country.

With today’s milestone, we have manpower of better quality to face the ever challenging and evolving needs of engineering in our country. This could only be possible with the mind set for continuous improvement and willingness to learn by the individuals involved. The future of our state depends on the people who are here today. I urge each and every one of you to have a mentality for continuous improvement and learning spirit for the nation’s growth and accomplishments.

Just like what Leonardo da Vinci said: “Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.”

Keep on learning, until you are where you think you should be.

Thank you.


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7 Mac 2019
Auditorium A, Komtar


Selamat Petang dan Salam Sejahtera.

Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengambil kesempatan di atas kesudian menjemput saya ke Majlis Penyampaian Cek Bantuan kepada Sekolah dan Tadika Tamil, bagi tahun 2019. Ini merupakan majlis pertama saya sebagai kapasiti Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, walaupun ia merupakan penganjuran majlis yang ke-11 bagi Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang.

Seperti mana anda semua sedia maklum, Pulau Pinang merupakan negeri pertama yang memberikan bantuan sedemikian sejak Kerajaan Negeri mengambil alih tampuk pemerintahan negeri ini pada tahun 2008. Dan sehingga kini, pemberian ini masih diteruskan, malah ia tidak terhad kepada sekolah sahaja, Kerajaan Negeri juga turut memberikan sumbangan kepada Tabung Khas Sekolah-Sekolah Tamil.

Para hadirin sekalian,

Meskipun peruntukan kewangan yang diberikan agak terhad, tetapi Kerajaan Negeri berharap agar ia dapat digunakan dengan cermat terutama untuk penambahbaikan kemudahan infrastruktur dan keperluan asas persekolah yang lain demi keselesaan para pelajar dan pihak sekolah di samping mewujudkan suasana kondusif semasa proses pembelajaran dan pengajaran di sekolah.

Sejajar dengan perubahan corak dan sistem pendidikan masa kini, Sekolah Tamil juga tidak seharusnya ketinggalan dalam dalam menghadapi cabaran abad ke-21 ini. Atas sebab itu, Kerajaan Negeri telah
mula mengambil langkah-langkah ke arah meningkatkan kemudahan ICT di sekolah-sekolah Tamil sejak 4 tahun yang lepas di mana sekolah-sekolah Tamil di Pulau Pinang telah dibekalkan dengan kemudahan ICT termoden seperti Computers, LCD Projectors, vizualizer, SWIPE dan 21st Century Smart Boards, tidak lagi bergantung kepada chalk and talk sahaja.
Saya difahamkan pihak guru-guru juga telah diberi latihan untuk menggunakan kemudahan ini dengan lebih efektif.

Mengambil kira peningkatan kos dan keperluan yang semakin meningkat, Kerajaan Negeri telah memutuskan untuk meningkatkan jumlah wang yang diperuntukkan kepada sekolah-sekolah Tamil, Tadika dan juga Tabung Khas pada tahun ini. Maka, dengan bangganya saya ingin mengumumkan bahawa:

1. Peruntukan bagi Sekolah Tamil dinaikkan daripada RM1.75juta kepada RM2.00 juta
2. Peruntukan bagi Tadika dinaikkan daripada RM100,000 kepada RM150,000
3. Peruntukan bagi Tabung Khas Jawatankuasa Khas Sekolah Tamil dinaikkan daripada RM100,000 kepada RM150,000

Sama seperti tahun-tahun sebelum ini, peruntukan ini akan diagihkan berlandaskan keperluan setiap sekolah. Disebabkan itu, bantuan yang diperuntukkan kepada setiap sekolah adalah berlainan. Saya yakin, pihak sekolah dan PIBG akan bekerjasama dengan Jawatankuasa Sekolah Sekolah Tamil dalam menguruskan peruntukan ini dengan sebaik-baik yang mungkin.

Akhir kata, Kerajaan Negeri akan terus menghulurkan bantuan kewangan ini selagi kami diberi mandat oleh rakyat. Marilah kita semua berganding bahu dalam memastikan anak-anak kita mendapat pendidikan yang sewajarnya selaras dengan cabaran revolusi industri 4.0.

Sekian, terima kasih.



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7 MARCH 2019 (10.30 AM)



Professor Datuk Dr. Asma binti Ismail
Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Professor Dr. Motoko Kotani
Executive Director of RIKEN

Professor Ir. Dr. Abdul Rahman Mohamed
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation, USM

Professor Dr. Ahmad Farhan Mohd Sadullah
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic & International, USM

Prof. Dr. Shaharum Shamsuddin & Professor Dr. Hiroshi Ohno
Coordinators of URICAS

Associate Professor Dr. Badrul Hisham Yahaya
Conference Chair

Principal Officers and Head of Departments of the University

Keynote and Invited Speakers, Conference Delegates, Organising Committees

Distinguished Guests

Members of the Media

Ladies and Gentlemen

First and foremost, I would like to particularly thank Professor Datuk Dr. Asma Ismail, Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia and the organising committee of the International Conference on Ageing (ICA) 2019 for inviting me to deliver the keynote address this morning.

The face of Malaysian society is changing with people living longer than ever before. Our country will have 6.3 million people above the age of 60 by 2040, making up 20 per cent of the population. The dramatic increase in average life expectancy was not anticipated by demographers, and it raises questions about how high the average life expectancy can realistically rise and about the potential length of the human lifespan. While some experts assume that life expectancy must be approaching an upper limit, data on life expectancies between 1840 and 2007 have shown a steady increase, averaging about three months of life per year.

Statistics show that although longevity today can extend well beyond the life expectancies of the past, quality of life is increasingly compromised with age, posing challenges for the elderly, their children and the community as a whole. Ageing is taking place alongside other broad social trends that will affect the lives of older people. Economies are globalizing, people are more likely to live in cities, and technology is evolving rapidly. Demographic and family changes mean there will be fewer older people with families to care for them. With declining support from families, society will need better information and tools to ensure the well-being of the world’s growing number of older citizens.

Malaysia has a few national policies in place to protect and safeguard the wellbeing of the elderly. Among them are the 1995 National Policy for Older Persons, the 1998 Plan of Action for Older Persons, National Health Policy on Ageing and National Family Policy. The goals of these policies are to empower not only individuals, but also families and communities to provide friendly services to older persons effectively and efficiently and to ensure that the environment for the elderly and surrounding are supportive enough to enhance the wellbeing of the elderly. Most importantly, under the National Family Policy, we emphasize on ‘Family Well-Being’ that is based on family values such as love, caring, honesty, justice and equity

As such, Malaysia has taken the initiatives to ensure that the elderly continues participating and contributing in the community. We have set up more than 45 centres in the country known as Pusat Aktiviti Warga Emas (PAWE), or Elderly Activity Centres to organise activities for the elderly and as avenues for the elderly to socialise with the community. Together with the Central Welfare Council of Peninsular Malaysia, we have established Mobile Care Services to care and attend to the elderly’s needs.

However, these uncertain times bring about a genuine opportunity to build a more efficient and cost-effective system of care, with the needs and desires of people as the centre of the decision-making process. As this important work continues, it will be critical to have an accurate understanding of the older population and their pending needs. The first fact sheets should describe the demographic and economic characteristics of the ageing population. Additionally, while older adults are more educated and may have more resources than previous generations, many will not have the income to make ends meet. About 39 percent of all Malaysians age 65 and older had incomes that were above the national poverty level, but less than what they needed to meet basic needs, including housing, food, transportation, and health care. This means that they are most likely struggling to get by. If these individuals are barely able to survive, how will they fare in the event that they require supportive services, such as care in a nursing facility or home health services, which are quite expensive? Many will be unable to pay for this care on their own for the duration that it is needed and may have to impoverish themselves and need to receive financial support.

In the midst of these demographic and economic shifts, the challenge in going forward will be to ensure that older adults can age where they choose to with the greatest degree possible. The information on the basic needs of our ageing population is a starting point in meeting that challenge. By raising public awareness of the pressing reality of these important issues, policy-makers can be mobilised to think about and plan for fulfilling potential future needs of the aged. This highlights the importance of working towards a more efficient and effective system of long-term services and supports which are poised to take on the increasing number of older adults who may draw on it, offering them the choices that would meet their needs and preferences.

On this note, it is with great pleasure that I declare open the International Conference on Ageing (ICA) 2019.

Thank you.