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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.


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14 June 2019, Hotel Jen Penang

A very good evening to all of you.

First of all, please allow me to express my heartfelt gratitude for this invitation to be a part of the Chinese People’s Federation for World Peace Malaysia (CPFWPM) Inaugural Ceremony. This ceremony cannot be more timely because Malaysia has always been known as a peace-loving country. The peaceful transition of power from Barisan Nasional to Pakatan Harapan after the 14th General Election last year is a solid proof of how much we Malaysians value our peace. And for the CPFWPM to be founded and based here in Penang, it is a decision which I believe to be well-considered because the state provides vibrant socioeconomic conditions for NGOs to thrive and to meet their objectives.  Congratulations for being here in Penang!

The Chinese People’s Federation for World Peace Malaysia (CPFWPM) – I have been informed of its founding purpose, and inspired by it, especially its focus on advocating the spirit of Chinese traditional virtues, namely upholding family values and filial piety just like the English saying “Charity Begins at Home” which echoes similar notions from a Western perspective.  Hence, without a doubt, creating a world of peace starts within the family. And this is aligned with our vision of Penang2030 in building a family-focused, green and smart state that inspires the nation.

The key phrase here is “family-focused” which to me, means the importance of achieving harmony, cohesiveness and keeping the flame of passion burning in one’s immediate & extended family, between married couples and to a certain extent, even to a friend if he or she were to be treated as family.

History has repeatedly proved that peace does not fall from the sky; the process towards attaining it is time-consuming, not to mention the obstacles faced by right-minded people who are vying to achieve consensus in the path towards a peace process in a conflict and more often than not, it can only be achieved by the collective effort of peace-loving people around the world who shed blood in one struggle after another.

Today, through the concerted efforts of generations, peace and development have become the main themes of our time. However, various kinds of hegemony, power politics, a cold war mentality among the world’s superpowers and terrorism fueled by race and religion are very much threatening the peace and social fabric of communities across the globe.

The world today is, unfortunately, still not at peace and as such, the promotion of peace and even more so of its maintenance remain the common task and a challenging mission facing mankind.

Here at the CPFWPM, all of us must renew our commitment to global solidarity. To sustain peace, we must build it every day, in every society, with every woman and man, by working together towards a better common future in which not only everyone has a stake in but truly believes in it to be so.

Finally, I would like to conclude my speech by quoting the Nobel Prize Winner of 2014, Malala Yousafzai: “Let us bring equality, justice, and peace for all. Not just the politicians and the world leaders, we all need to contribute. Me. You. It is our duty.”

Ladies and gentlemen, my friends, dear brothers and sisters, justice will prevail, peace will prevail, and the people will prevail as long as each of us contribute a fair bit towards our shared future! Thank you very much.


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Terlebih dahulu, saya ingin mengambil kesempatan ini mengucapkan sekalung penghargaan kepada penganjur hari ini atas kesudian menjemput saya merasmikan kod promosi PENANG2030 bagi membolehkan pengguna Pulau Pinang menggunakan perkhidmatan dengan kadar yang rendah dan diskaun hebat.

Selaras dengan teras pertama dalam visi Penang2030 iaitu meningkatkan daya huni untuk meningkatkan kualiti kehidupan, kesejahteraan dan kesihatan rakyat Pulau Pinang yang merupakan salah satu aspek utama yang dititikberatkan dalam visi tersebut. Program Mammo-Penang dan Crush Aedes Totally (CAT) merupakan antara inisiatif atau program yang telah dilaksanakan oleh Kerajaan Negeri untuk membantu rakyat Negeri Pulau Pinang bagi mendapatkan perkhidmatan akses yang mudah dan berkemampuan terhadap kemudahan kesihatan. Jadi, untuk meneruskan tanggungjawab sosial Kerajaan Negeri, saya ingin memperkenalkan dan menyeru rakyat Pulau Pinang untuk menggunakan perkhidmatan konsultasi doktor dalam talian yang pertama dan terbesar di Malaysia iaitu merupakan sebuah platform atas talian yang menyediakan perkhidmatan konsultasi kesihatan bersama doktor-doktor yang berdaftar penuh dengan Majlis Perubatan Malaysia. Saya difahamkan melalui perkhidmatan yang disediakan, pesakit hanya memerlukan peranti yang mempunyai akses internet untuk berhubung terus dengan seorang doktor secara atas talian. Lebih daripada 80 orang doktor yang terdiri daripada pelbagai kepakaran bersedia untuk memberikan konsultasi berkenaan penyakit-penyakit seperti batuk, selsema, demam, masalah kulit seperti kudis buta, penyakit jangka panjang seperti kencing manis, tekanan darah tinggi, kolestrol dan lain-lain.

Sehubungan dengan itu, akan bekerjasama dengan Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang dalam meningkatkan kualiti kehidupan rakyat pulau pinang untuk mendapatkan akses yang mudah dan berkemampuan terhadap perkhidmatan kesihatan. Melalui kerjasama ini, masyarakat Pulau Pinang boleh mendapatkan perkhidmatan kesihatan secara atas talian sekaligus membantu kerajaan menyediakan perkhidmatan kesihatan kepada masyarakat di kawasan pedalaman. Saya percaya perkhidmatan ini juga akan dapat menyumbang kepada program “Penang Sihat”.

Akhir kata, saya menggalakkan rakyat Pulau Pinang untuk menggunakan perkhidmatan dengan melayari laman web atau telefon terus ke HOTLINE DoctorOnCall 03-84082000 sekiranya terdapat masalah kesihatan dan mendapatkan rawatan segera. Sekian, terima kasih.