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13th October, 2017 on Friday (8AM)
E&O Hotel, Penang



Allow me first to extend a very warm welcome to all of you to this lovely island of Penang. I am pleased that ARTDO International, an organisation dedicated to developing human resources, promoting corporate leadership, nurturing and retaining talent, has chosen Penang for its annual conference this year. Your choice is indeed apt. Apart from its excellent infrastructure and conducive learning environment, Penang offers an excellent case study for successful talent and skills development.

The 44th ARTDO International Conference

I understand that the theme for this year’s ARTDO International Leadership and Talent Development Conference is “Transforming Leaders and Talents for a Better World”. Given the many challenges that business entities face, such as rapid technological advancements, changing labour hiring practices, and enhanced competition in markets for goods and skilled labour, corporate leaders need to continuously adapt, reform and transform their business corporations in order to stay ahead of the pack.

They need in particular to develop and strengthen capacity in nurturing and retaining talents that can spearhead their businesses’ innovative and creative capabilities, so essential for staying on and even pushing the production possibility frontier outwards. Talent development is and has always been a key factor in high performing organisations.

Relevant to Penang

I also find what you all plan to deliberate later today and over the next couple of days to be particularly relevant to Penang. Here is a state that is resource scarce, yet is able to transform its economy structurally to attain full employment and to be among the fastest growing in the country. Our per capita Gross Regional Product is also among the highest among all the states in the country.

We are also proud that Penang hosts the No.1 & No.2 single largest exporter in Malaysia, with Avago contributing RM20 billion of exports annually in 2017 or 2.3% of Malaysia's total exports and Broadcom contributing RM70 billion by 2018. Broadcom alone will contribute 8% of Malaysia total annual exports. The value of exports for Penang in Q1 2017 is RM52.9 billion an increase of 22% y-o-y compared to RM43.5 billion, largely contributed by E&E exports. Penang’s export contribution to the total national export is 23.5% and is expected to exceed 30% next year.

Good governance described as Competent, Accountable and Transparent (CAT) governance, clean leadership and the practice of open tenders in the award of contracts allows us to curb corruption and our ability, within the constraints faced, to continuously develop and upgrade our skilled workforce. Corruption-free good governance is reflected by our sterling financial performance. Penang has recorded annual surpluses since 2008, we have also doubled our asset reserves to RM1.8 billion and remarkably reduced our state debts by 90%! We have the lowest debts in the country at RM65 million as compared to the debt champion Pahang with RM3.1 billion, Sabah (RM2.8 billion), Kedah (RM2.7 billion), Sarawak (RM2.5 billion) and Kelantan (RM1.4 billion). If there is a gold medal for overall financial performance by a state, Penang would definitely have clinched it! This success in skills development has been achieved largely through our success in institution building and in harnessing collaboration between the different stakeholders.

For example, we have the Penang Skills Development Corporation (PSDC), the leading skills training centre in the country, where the State Government, industry and university are partners in designing and imparting skills that are relevant to the needs of industry. We have also set up the Penang Future Foundation, which has as its objective the granting of scholarships to young talented students from Penang. The condition is these scholarship recipients must return to work and live in Penang for 8 years upon completing their tertiary education.

Making Penang a livable city that is cleaner, greener, safer and healthier as well as being an international and intelligent city helps to attract young talents to choose Penang as their home. We are the 8th most livable city in Asia and most livable city in Malaysia according to ECA International. We intend to be better with world – class tourist attraction, bicycle lanes and a centre for art and culture.

However, our effort here is constrained by the larger socio-political environment which is determined by the social, economic and political policies of the Federal Government. To cultivate an interest in science and technology among our young, we have embarked scientific initiatives upon an initiative with industry to launch exciting and interesting science –based programmes. The State Government has spent RM68 million in STEM – related teaching facilities.

Skills shortage still a problem

Despite our progress in developing skills and talents, skills shortages remain a problem faced by the state economy. Over the years, Penang has moved from low value-added, high volume and low skilled manufacturing to high skilled, high value-added and knowledge-intensive manufacturing and services. To succeed in such a move along this value-added chain, we need a huge pool of skilled workers in design engineering and research and development (R&D).

In a way Penang is a victim of our own success. Penang is an industrial state with 95% of our GDP contributed by both the manufacturing and services sector has seen tremendous growth since 2008. Penang has recorded strong investment in manufacturing sector over last 9 years. For the 9-year period between 2008-2016, Penang recorded an investment of RM 59 billion, a 73% increase compared to the previous 9 years period between 1999 to 2007 of RM 34 billion. Penang has recorded employment growth of 15% from 121,511 jobs for the period from 1999 to 2007 to 139,133 jobs over the same period from 2008 to 2016.

Penang has also recorded a growth of 14.8% in medical tourists from 302,000 in 2015 to 347,000 in 2016. This has resulted in one of the lowest unemployment rate in Malaysia of 1.6%.

Bringing in highly skilled professionals and talents from overseas can be used as a temporary measure to overcome the skills shortages. This again is not within our ambit as both labour and immigration policies are under the control of the Federal Government.


Overall, continued human capital development is still of paramount importance in moving Penang along the trajectory towards a high income state. The State Government is committed to this development and is hence prepared to listen to constructive views on how to realise the goals of developing a huge pool of skills, nurturing talents and retaining them.

I would like to wish your conference every success and do hope that all of you, especially those of you from overseas, will have a very productive and enjoyable stay in Penang especially the UNESCO World Heritage City of George Town and the best street food in the world! I now have great pleasure in officially declaring open the 44th ARTDO International Conference on Leadership and Talent Development open.

Thank you.


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ON 9TH OCTOBER, 2017 (7.00 PM) 


It is indeed a great pleasure to be here on board INS TIR. I am happy to welcome the four ships of the Indian Navy visiting Butterworth after a gap of several years. The visit of the Indian Navy ships to Butterworth Port is a clear manifestation of the importance that India attaches to Penang.

Penang has been the State which has seen one of the earliest migration of Indians into Malaysia from India. We are also currently celebrating 200 years of the presence of Tamil schools in Malaysia. It would be pertinent to recall that the first Tamil school was in fact started in Penang, i.e. Penang Free School. We now have a very progressive and thriving Indian community in Penang which is contributing significantly to the emergence of Penang as a development hub. 

In recognition of the strong Indian contribution to Penang, we have Malaysia's only Indian Deputy Chief Minister and also a record 2 Indian state cabinet positions. We recently had the visit of an official delegation visiting India from Penang headed by our Deputy Chief Minister Prof. Dr. P.Ramasamy to the political leaders and business communities in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telenagana and New Delhi.

The Indian High Commission has also kindly arranged business delegations from India to Penang. We hope our bonds of friendship between the largest democracy in the world can be strengthened with direct flights between Penang and Indian cities. We have also had several events conducted in Penang in the last few years by the High Commission of India in Malaysia.

The First Festival of India in Malaysia saw the performance by the famous Kalakshetra Dance School in Chennai. Other events include the highly acclaimed exhibitions on Indian science and technology, an exhibition on the Chola temples of India and another one on the city of Chennai.

The Indian High Commission had also held a puppet show on the life of the great Indian spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda who, in fact, visited Penang in the year of 1893. These and other activities in Penang serve to strengthen the strong cultural links between India and the people of Penang.

One of the cornerstones of our strong relations has been in the field of defence cooperation. We have joint Army exercises with India. We have also started joint Naval exercises since 2016 with India. We have had close cooperation between our Air Force as well especially when Indian Air Force instructors trained our SU-30 pilots between 2008-10.

It is in this context that I welcome to Penang the four Indian Naval Ships including one frigate (INS TIR), two Off-Shore Patrol Vehicles (INS Sujata and ICGS Sarathi) and one Landing Ship Tank (INS Shardul), as a sign of our continuing friendship between India and Malaysia as well as between India and the state of Penang.



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9 OKTOBER 2017, 9 PAGI


Terlebih dahulu, saya mengucapkan tahniah atas kejayaan menganjurkan Taklimat Latihan Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0) pada hari ini.

Saya difahamkan taklimat pada hari ini merupakan taklimat untuk memberi pengenalan dan gambaran yang jelas kepada pelaksanaan Industrial Revolution 4.0 agar ianya dapat dilaksanakan dengan lebih berkesan di Seberang Perai. Taklimat ini merangkumi penglibatan Ahli Majlis, Pegawai Pengurusan Atasan dan pegawai-pegawai MPSP. 
Sebelum ini revolusi perindustrian pertama bergantung kepada penggunaan mesin berkuasa wap. Revolusi perindustrian kedua pula melibatkan kuasa elektrik. Diikuti revolusi perindustrian ketiga berasaskan teknologi maklumat dan komputer sebagai tonggaknya. Gelombang keempat atau industri 4.0 didorong oleh revolusi digital atau internet melalui aplikasi sistem siber fizikal yang bukan hanya tertumpu pada sektor pembuatan malah akan turut melibatkan sektor perkhidmatan. Gelombang ini merupakan kesinambungan daripada gelombang perindustrian ketiga yang berteraskan sistem elektronik dan teknologi maklumat.

Sejajar dengan perkembangan teknologi yang menggalakkan penggunaan internet secara maksima, Pulau Pinang akan menguasai gelombang Industrial Revolution 4.0 yang merangkumi Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, E-Commerce, Crowd Sourcing dan Internet of Things. Pulau Pinang tidak mempunyai sumber asli lain, justeru Kerajaan Negeri komited untuk membangunkan modal insan demi menjamin pembangunan ekonomi yang mampan.

Bak kata pepatah di Silicon Valley “Data Is King” tetapi saya mahu menambah “ Talent is everything”. Itulah sebabnya kami harus didedahkan dengan teknologi terkini serta membina modal insan yang celik atau berpengetahuan tentang ilmu ini. Kerajaan Negeri telah mengambil initiatif mendalami pendidikan STEM (Science, Technology, English and Mathematic) dengan pelbagai projek yang berharga RM68 juta.

Akhir sekali, adalah baik MPSP memberikan perhatian kepada industri 4.0 menerusi taklimat hari ini dan diharapkan anda dapat lebih memahami tentang teknologi asas dan semua yang digunakan dan yang perlu disediakan oleh MPSP bagi melaksanakan Industrial Revolution 4.0 di Seberang Perai.

Dengan itu, saya merasmikan Taklimat Latihan Industrial Revolution 4.0 pada hari ini.

Sekian, terima kasih.

The Senior Citizens’ Day

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang
At The Senior Citizens’ Day

on 8 October 2017

At Silver Jubilee Home for the Aged 

Senior Citizens’ Day is celebrated annually at Silver Jubilee Home to recognize the contributions of these senior citizens to our family and society. As the Chinese proverb goes, “when you drink the water, remember its source”.

For all that they have achieved throughout life and what they continue to accomplish, we owe these senior citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We should show our gratitude by showering them with love, time and patience.

Here, at Silver Jubilee Home, the 160 over residents’ welfare is filled with tender loving care and treatment. Ever since its establishment in 1935, the General Committee Members, supported by some 50 over full time staff, have worked tirelessly.

The various facilities that are of world-class standard attests to the excellent and efficient management of the Home as well as allowing the residents to live with proper care, with hope not despair. The Home's expenditure comes up to RM 2, 170, 763 million annually, all which are raised from the public. Thank you.

Silver Jubilee Home also opens its doors to potential residents and the Public for 365/366 days a year. At the 2 medical wards, i.e. male and female wards, residents are cared for by nursing staff for 24 hours a day. We can be proud that this is the best run government senior citizens welfare home in Malaysia!

The Home stands on a piece of 22.5 acres of land donated by Mr. Cheah Leong Keah. We thank the family members of Mr Cheah for this generous donations.

However, this could not have been possible without the strong, generous and continuous support, and most importantly, donations, from the Public which enabled the State Government not to have to make significant contribution. On behalf of the State Government, we thank these contributions from the public. Some of the donors are :-

a. Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Tan Kok Ping
b. Dato Tan Su Chin
c. Dato Seri Richard Koh
d. Super Tanker Food Court Sdn Bhd
e. Kamsen Construction Sdn Bhd
f. SD Design & Management Sdn Bhd
g. District Grand Lodge of the Middle East
h. Pan Malaysian Pools Sdn Bhd
i. Conaire Engineering Sdn Bhd
j. Maple West Sdn Bhd
k. CYC Management Sdn Bhd
l. Yeap Leong Hai Trust
m.Yeap Leong Chooi Trust
n. Guangdong Blue Sky Lions Club
o. Lim Lean Teng Foundation
p. Berjaya Corporation
q. Mr. Ang Bean
r. Mr. Cheung Wing Shing
s. Dr. Choong SIm Poey
t. Dr. Heah Kwee Hong
u. Mr. Cheah Wee Khye
v. Mr. Choo Sin Fook
w. Mr. Yeo Khee Huat
x. Mr. Yap Soon Hin
y. Mr. Teoh Beng Seng
z. Mr. Sri Tjandra@ Chan A Tjong
aa. Mr. Lim Kok Seng

I wish to congratulate the past and present General Committee Members for their commitment in ensuring the steady growth of Silver Jubilee Home to continuously provide excellent care and treatment for the needy senior citizens.

Lastly, I take this opportunity to wish all senior citizens present here, “Happy Senior Citizens’ Day !”