Penang International Green Conference & Exhibition 2019 (PGIGCE

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Speech by Y.A.B Tuan Chow Kon Yeow, Chief Minister of Penang cum Chairman of Penang Green Council during Penang International Green Conference & Exhibition 2019 (PGIGCE) at Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang.

28 September 2019

Good afternoon and welcome to the Penang International Green Conference & Exhibition (PGIGCE) 2019!

The theme for PGIGCE this year is “Penang Green and Smart City” and it is about making our city sustainable, prosperous and future-inclusive for the people of Penang by effectively integrating physical, digital and human systems in the built environment.

I believe all of us who are here today share the very same concerns. In fact, Penang’s enlightened journey towards a greener and sustainable future began many years back with the founding of Penang Green Council (PGC) in 2011 as a state agency to nurture, facilitate and coordinate environmental causes in Penang. We then discouraged the use of plastic bags as much as possible in our malls and the “Waste Segregation at Source” policy was implemented in June 2016 and with legal enforcement by our councils a year later, therefore, allowing exactly a one-year grace period for Penangites to grow accustomed to the practice.

Penang also has its very own solid waste management station in Batu Maung, built at a cost of RM75 million which uses vertical compression technology and remarkably, it can also function without electricity. Our recycling rate at 42.7% recorded last year is already double of the national recycling rate for the same corresponding period at 21%.

Moreover, across the state, developers whose projects meet the criteria to obtain the Green Building Index (GBI) certification will be eligible for rebates on assessment fees and development charges for a stipulated number of years. Over the years, these are some of the measures which we took to create the much needed and necessary awareness for Penangites to go green.   

We used to say that everyone has to be on the same page in order to achieve a particular goal. To be only on the same page, however, is inadequate for us to achieve the long-term environmental goals of Penang. Everyone should have a focal point on this very same page which we share and every action, plan as well as decision should be driven towards that one focal point which is the Penang2030 vision.

The state government launched vision Penang2030 last year and it serves as an action plan with a focus on improving our liveability, upgrading the economy, strengthening civic participation and building a balanced environment to achieve a “Family-focused, Green and Smart State that Inspires the Nation.”

As a major step towards this Penang2030 vision, Penang Green Council has formulated the Penang Green Agenda (PGA) which is a 3-year policy realisation project, aimed at implementing strategies to build a resilient community in Penang to meet and adapt to future environmental challenges by the year 2030.

With the support from Penang Institute, Penang Green Council is facilitating the sharing of information and inputs from 10 working groups made up of federal agencies, state government departments, businesses, academicians, NGOs and experts in their respective fields. After all working groups have been assembled by October, these PGA advisers will be working closely with the Penang2030 committee to develop a roadmap which will be officially launched next year together with a series of public engagement sessions to ensure that the public is well-aware of the existence and objectives of the PGA.

Ladies & gentlemen,

What we have achieved so far in our green journey towards liveability and sustainability in Penang are not just results on paper or a far-flung utopia waiting in the horizon. We have concrete results not only to pride ourselves in, but to spur us to work harder because they serve as a reminder that more can be done if we set our hearts towards long-term goals. Among our achievements are the following:-

  • KOMTAR was awarded the Energy Management in Building (Large) Award in the Energy Efficient category during the National Awards (NEA) ceremony hosted by MESTECC last month and early this year, KOMTAR was also awarded with one Diamond rating for the Low Carbon Building category by the Sustainable Development Authority Malaysia (SEDA Malaysia).
  • The installation of energy efficient LED street lights to replace all the old ones throughout Penang which will reduce our electricity bill by more than half. Currently 7,135 streetlights maintained by MBPP have been replaced with LED ones and the remaining 9,501 will be changed by May 2020.
  • The state government is now working closely with the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) on the Penang Bicycle Route Master Plan which is a 200km-long bicycle lane with green concept connectivity to be ready by 2020.
  • A 6km-long eco-deck structure for the safety of our cyclists and pedestrians that will connect the beach in front of Flamingo Hotel at Tanjung Bungah to the beach at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort in Batu Ferringhi.
  • The City Council of Seberang Perai (MBSP) is also developing a technology platform for better management and information control under its SCope (Smart City of Penang) Project using 64 CCTV cameras enhanced with facial recognition features will be set up in several areas.
  • An area covering 12km by 18km in Bukit Mertajam will be transformed into a smart city by August next year under the BM Digital Initiative. This initiative would feature the use of a smart city application through the PenangReach platform to monitor the city environment, operations and services.

We are confident what we have done so far will generate a green and smart place to live in and to offer Penangites a higher quality of life.

Our event today is jointly organized by the State Government, Penang Green Council (PGC), Malaysian Green Building Confederation (MGBC) Northern Chapter and Green Building Index (GBI). Our heartfelt gratitude goes to our co-organisers, sponsors and partners as this event would not have been possible without the strong and continuous support from them. And of course, not to forget Gurney Paragon Mall as the venue sponsor for PGIGCE.  

With that, I wish all of you will have a great time today with your friends and family, to explore new things and enjoy every activity which comes with this meaningful event.

Thank you.

THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE BUSINESS START-UP EXPO 2019

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SPEECH BY YAB CHOW KON YEOW, CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF

THE BUSINESS START-UP EXPO 2019

 

28 OCTOBER 2019

PRANGIN MALL

Good Morning.

First and foremost, I would like to thank Persatuan Kebajikan dan Kebudayaan Kaum India Batu Maung for inviting me here today and I would also like to congratulate them for successfully organising the Business Start-Up Expo 2019. I am indeed pleased to be present here today and even more so to see all of you who are present here today for the interest and passion on the business start-up of your very own ideas, inventions and innovations.

The objective of the Business Start-Up Expo 2019 is to raise public awareness and to welcome even more people to involve themselves in business. The various educational talks and activities held are hoped to instil the interest and knowledge of business in everyone who are involved in this Expo while it provides assistance and support for business start-ups. It strives to build a vibrant start-up landscape where innovative start-ups can flourish and grow in a sustainable manner.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Launching a start-up comes with its fair share of challenges and struggles. The common start-up challenges faced are financial constraints, lack of planning, poor management, competition and so forth. Nevertheless, with the assistance of programmes and initiatives by the national government, state government and other relevant parties, these challenges may be swiftly overcome. However, the major problem is, there is a lack of public awareness pertaining this matter and it may be the main cause that is hindering the development of our local entrepreneurs.

Hence, this signifies the importance of the educational talks and activities that are carried out in events suchlike the Business Start-Up Expo 2019 today to keep the public abreast with the SME Development Framework or any programmes and initiatives that can aid their business start-up and move towards a competitiveness led economy.

Speaking of the Penang State Government on this matter, we understand the challenges faced by our local entrepreneurs as were mentioned as well as the need to assist them in their respective business development for the development of the state as a whole. As such, Penang State Government and investPenang had initiated the Small and Medium Enterprises Market Advisory Resource and Training (S.M.A.R.T.) Centre to provide market intelligence, business advisory, information & resources, and training services to the local small and medium companies (SMEs) in Penang.

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is my fervent hope that with such programmes, initiatives and a closer collaboration between the government and private sector we are able to bloom our local entrepreneurs to successful business leaders. I also hope that NGOs suchlike Persatuan Kebajikan dan Kebudayaan Kaum India Batu Maung will continue their beneficent efforts in assisting the government in the development of our local entrepreneurs as well as raising public awareness and welcoming even more people in the business industry.

I would also like to take this opportunity to commend the efforts of the organizers to place extra emphasis and to provide a platform for the single mothers and the B40 group during this Expo. In line with the Penang2030 vision, the Penang State Government advocates the empowerment of the people especially for the B40 group and women, particularly the single mothers in this case.

Lastly, I once again thank and congratulate Persatuan Kebajikan dan Kebudayaan Kaum India Batu Maung for organising the Business Start-Up Expo 2019. I hope that more events such as these will be held in Penang to further benefit our local entrepreneurs.

Thank you.

THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF SCANDINAVIAN INDUSTRIALISED BUILDING SYSTEMS

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SPEECH BY YAB CHOW KON YEOW, CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

FOR THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF SCANDINAVIAN

INDUSTRIALISED BUILDING SYSTEMS

20 September 2019

 

 

 

A very good afternoon to all of you.

Firstly, I would like to thank SIBS for inviting me to be part of the grand opening ceremony of its production facility in Penang. I am delighted to see that a Swedish company has chosen Penang as its destination of choice for investment.

Penang is well known for many investors from European countries, particularly those from Germany. However, we only have a handful of Swedish companies in Penang. Following the latest addition of SIBS, I hope that more companies from Sweden will be aware of the competitiveness and capabilities of Penang and will consider us for their future expansion.

Despite being established in Penang only in 2017, SIBS is now in the midst of preparing for its next phase of expansion. I was informed that SIBS currently is working closely with InvestPenang and PDC on the plan of constructing a new facility of about 500 thousand square feet at North Penang Science park, which is less than a kilometre from here.

The capacity of this upcoming facility is four times the capacity of the current factory that stands here today. This means that the new plant can facilitate the production of more than 7,000 units of apartments annually. I am pleased that this upcoming factory will create more than 600 job opportunities in Penang, which is more than double of SIBS’s current headcount.   

Without a doubt, SIBS’s expansion plan is the evidence of Penang’s strong competitive edge in meeting investors’ stringent requirements in areas such as the government support, infrastructure, supply chain and talent.

Ladies and gentlemen,

We are no strangers to the Industrialised Building Systems (or IBS)

industry and in fact it’s growing at a rapid pace in Malaysia. Nevertheless, when I first heard about the investment from SIBS in Penang and its capability of completing the apartment units in a factory, I was impressed. Each industry players may produce different components and different levels of completion and quality, and with SIBS in the playing field, it is clear that there is a common goal – which is to industrialise and optimize the construction industry.

The world population is growing and the need for more intelligent and faster construction methods is on the agenda of many countries, including Malaysia. SIBS engineers, a combination of Swedes and Malaysians, have taken on an important mission and I am impressed by the results. It is very rewarding to see how people from two distanced countries work together in developing and building a system, which is deemed to be one of the most advanced building systems in the world.

Penang has more than 50 years of industrial experience in the semiconductor and E&E industry and equally doing very well in the medical devices industry for the past 15 years. The vast pool of engineering talents in these fields is one of the key factors of our success story. With SIBS on board, I am glad to see that Penang is now placed on the world map of the IBS industry. With the advanced technology that SIBS has developed, I am sure that Penang’s engineering expertise in IBS will soon be propelled to the next level and this may also create the spill-over effect on the whole supply chain.

Ladies and gentlemen,

With the close collaborative relationship between the business community and the State government, I am hopeful that we can work towards realising my Penang2030 vision. Through the State’s persistent emphasis on advanced readiness of the manufacturing industry for the digital age, I am hopeful that Penang State will be a role model that inspires the nation in modernizing the country’s manufacturing industry.   

Through InvestPenang, the state government is committed to continuously facilitate and provide our utmost support in assisting SIBS’s growth and presence in Penang. I look forward to seeing your new plant come to fruition in 2021 and I wish you a great success.

Thank you.