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8 June 2017

Salam Sejahtera and a good afternoon.

Dato' Patahiyah bt Ismail
Mayor of George Town, Penang

Dato’ Rosli bin Jaafar
General Manager, Penang Development Corporation (PDC)

Dato’ Ir. Jaseni Maidinsa
Chief Executive Office, PBA Sdn Bhd

Dr. Ang Ming Chee
General Manager George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI)

Working partners with George Town Festival and members of the media.

The George Town Festival has come at a time when fellow citizens of our country are plagued by daily news of uncertainties and troubling times ahead, including those extremist statements made by racists, who seek to divide and create disharmony amongst the people.

We need to re-focus all that toxic energy and instead talk about the way forward through the arts. When Winston Churchill was asked to cut arts funding in favor of WWII, he replied, “then, what are we fighting for?” What Winston Churchill said is apt if we are to be civilized society, we must first embrace culture.

It is important at this present time to urge our fellow citizens to immerse themselves in various cultural endeavours - for not only does it soothe the soul, it educates and informs about the complex, yet fascinating nature, of humankind. Celebrating its 8th year, the George Town Festival - with its wide array of exciting and insightful events - is the perfect occasion to do so.

The Penang government has supported a number of initiatives in recent years, and George Town Festival is one that has allowed the artistic freedom and inclining growth of the embracement of arts in Penang. Over the years, George Town Festival has garnered a huge international following and consistently delivers shows reflecting the rich tapestry of the cultural world. And our beautiful heritage city of George Town has proved time and time again that it is the best canvas to host various acts of local and international stature.

The State has always been at the forefront of being recognised as a vibrant arts and cultural hub, not only in Malaysia but also Southeast Asia. It is a positive testament to the scale of tourism and the steady strewn of visitors that flock the town each year. GTF has been a fundamental factor in bringing us that reputation; both local and international visitors converging into our great city to experience a festival like no other.

The State is also proud to be supporting the progressive development of activities oriented towards empowering youth, the community and women. I have been informed by Joe Sidek that many of the programs are skewed and tailor-made to generate a strong following from these groups of people. For a start, the Macullum Theatre is an exciting project this year as it sets the mood for appreciation of cultural arts within an urban village – one of the high-density dwellings in town.

Allow me to pass the time to Joe Sidek, the Festival Director to elaborate more on the project and to announce the exciting programme line up of George Town Festival.

Official Opening of Solid State Lighting (SSL) Headquarter and R&D Center Building OSRAM Opto Semiconductor (M) Sdn Bhd

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At The Official Opening of Solid State Lighting (SSL) Headquarter and R&D Center Building OSRAM Opto Semiconductor (M) Sdn Bhd

8 June 2017

Osram PEN 33, Bayan Lepas Industrial Park, Penang


Good morning. I am pleased to be present today at the Official Opening of OSRAM Opto Semiconductor (M) Sdn Bhd (Osram) Solid State Lighting (SSL) Headquarter and R&D Center Building. We are proud that in Osram’s quest in lighting the world, Osram has chosen Penang as a home outside Germany for the past 45 years. Osram, a major driver of innovation in the semiconductor opto sector, has continued expansion of their business in Penang, which is a strong rate of confidence in Penang.

Penang’s Growing Investments – FDI in E&E Sector

Osram’s expansion shows stable and steady flow of investments into Penang. In 2016, FDI from Germany worth RM404 million was recorded for Penang, and was the third largest among the foreign investments received. 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. Out of the RM59 billion approved investment recorded from 2008-2016, RM39.7 billion or 67% were foreign direct investments (FDI) from a diversified number of countries including from Germany.

Penang is also actively partaking in the Industry 4.0 initiatives, which revolves around big data, cloud computing, automation and data exchange and analysis. In line with globally best practices, the Penang government has allocated RM4 million to the German Dual Vocational Training (GDVT), to increase our talent pool in Penang based on the German Training Standards – as a new benchmark for high-quality training in Malaysia and the world.

The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) has announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached USD30.9 billion for the month of March 2017, an increase of 18.1% compared to the March 2016 total of USD26.2 billion and 1.6% more than the February 2017 total of $30.4 billion. In terms of LED market growth, Radiant Insights forecasts that LED demand will grow by a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 29% per year through 2020 to reach USD63.1 billion by 2020 which Osram will play a significant role.

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s E&E export in Jan-March of 2017 increased 21.3% year-on-year, to reach RM224.7 billion. In 2016, E&E contributed 40% out of Penang’s RM4.3 billion investments. And, we expect the investments to grow based in Bank Negara’s statement that private investment grew at a robust pace of 12.9% in Q1 2017 following continued capital spending in the services and manufacturing sectors.

On our part, the State government will also continue to work with the various stakeholders to increase our skilled human capital and interest among the young in science and technology though various initiatives such as the Penang @CAT, Penang Tech Dome, Penang Digital Library, Penang Science Café and the Penang Science Fair.

OSRAM’s first global Solid State Lighting HQ and R+D Center

Osram first set shop in Penang in 1972, under Siemens and is one of what is popularly known as ‘the 8 Samurais’. Like many of its contemporaries, it has grown leaps and bounds since then. Today, as one of the largest and best equipped OSRAM Opto Semiconductors production facilities in the world, with an overall floor space of 55,000 sq m, the Penang operations features cutting- edge technologies with matching capabilities, support by no less than 6,100 strong staff. OSRAM is indeed one of the largest single employers in this State.

I am thus particularly happy to be officiating this morning, the launch of another of Osram’s expansion project, the Solid State Lighting (SSL) Headquarters and R+D Center or codenamed PEN 33.

This center, covering a floor space of over 6,500 sq m will host OSRAM’s first global SSL Headquarter where global corporate activities in lighting and also advance research and development on LEDs (light emitting diodes) will be carried out. The company’s fame as a producer in world class LEDs with pioneering technologies in sectors such as mobile devices, infrared diodes, automotive lighting and semiconductor lasers will continue to enhance this SSL HQ and R+D Center.

I am proud that OSRAM has chosen Penang to establish this center of excellence and even prouder that the talents of Malaysia particularly those in Penang, are ready to match and make this project another feather in the cap for OSRAM.

In line with the aspiration of the State to increase more and better career opportunities for the Rakyat, this re-investment by OSRAM is expected to create another 300 high value jobs. This is only for direct jobs without taking into account knowledge transfer. More jobs will be created via downstream opportunities created for local supply chain support and vendors. This project is also made possible by the State’s Private- Public- Partnership initiative, where the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) injected RM15.5 mil in developing this building to lease to OSRAM.

In addition to the business sector, the German community has also established strong ties in Penang, and Penang has become an important centre for German presence in Malaysia. Several important German celebrations, including the annual Oktoberfest held by the German community have added more flavours and life into Penang. Penang, as an international intelligent city, will continue to enhance its liveability to make Penang a great place to work, live and play

Closing Remark

Penang will continue to increase our convergence of public-private-people partnership to attract new investments and facilitate re-investments. This expansion by Osram is another boost to the ‘Powered in Penang’ brand. I congratulate Osram to this new facility and we look forward to Osram’s greater next 45 and more years of growth in Penang.

Thank you.


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PADA 6 JUN 2017


Terlebih dahulu saya ingin merakamkan rasa bersyukur dan terima kasih kerana kita dapat bersama-sama dalam Majlis Penyerahan OC Kompleks Pasar dan Makanan Pagar Buloh dari Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang kepada Ideal Properties pada pagi ini. Hari ini adalah merupakan hari yang amat bermakna bagi penduduk negeri Pulau Pinang kerana ia menjadi saksi kepada janji Kerajaan Negeri dalam membantu peniaga kecil yang menjalankan aktiviti perniagaan di kawasan ini.

Para hadirin yang saya hormati sekalian,

Sejak Pakatan Harapan Rakyat mengambil alih pentadbiran Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang, beberapa inisiatif dan program telah dilaksanakan bagi membantu golongan peniaga kecil dalam menjalankan aktiviti perniagaan dalam ruang niaga yang lebih moden dan komprehensif.

Ideal Properties adalah merupakan salah satu pemaju hartanah yang begitu prihatin dalam membantu memenuhi keperluan syarat yang ditetapkan oleh Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP).

Konsep pembangunan kompleks Pasar dan Makanan ini mencerminkan tujuan MBPP untuk meningkatkan integrasi antara komuniti yang mana kompleks ini mempunyai komponen pasar, kompleks makanan, dewan orang ramai serta taman permainan kanak-kanak. Dengan adanya komponen ini, komuniti dalam kejiranan ini akan dapat berinteraksi antara satu sama lain.

Tuan-tuan & Puan-puan yang dihormati sekalian,

Saya difahamkan bahawa kos pembinaan kompleks ini adalah sebanyak RM27 juta yang mana kos ini meliputi kerja-kerja rekabentuk, harga tanah, binaan bangunan yang merangkumi 25 gerai makanan, 44 gerai bagi unit pasar dan 1 dewan serbaguna yang dapat memberi manfaat kepada penduduk di Golden Triangle bahagian Pulau ini.

Pembinaan kompleks ini yang mula dibina pada pertengahan tahun 2015 dan disiapkan pada Disember 2016 telah menjadikan kompleks ini sebagai salah satu bench marking dalam pengurusan penjaja di Pulau Pinang. Binaan kompleks ini adalah salah satu projek yang terbaik dibina oleh pihak swasta di Pulau Pinang dan diharapkan para penjaja dapat mengekalkan standard ini dengan memberikan perkhidmatan yang baik dan menjaga kebersihan serta mematuhi peraturan yang ditetapkan oleh MBPP.

Dengan kata-kata tersebut saya dengan ini merasmikan bangunan Kompleks Pasar dan Makanan Pagar Buloh dengan harapan agar kemudahan yang disediakan ini dapat memberikan keselesaan dan kesejahteraan kepada semua pihak.

Sekian, terima kasih.


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Good Evening

It gives me great pleasure to be here this evening for this Dinner and Forum that is organised in conjunction with the 16th Nepcon Workshop Series in Penang. Penang has always been and will continue being one of the key centres for exhibition of E&E (electronic and electrical) industry not only in this region but globally as well. This is so evident with the presence of captains of the industry from many multi-national corporations for today’s dinner and forum.

Penang has long been acknowledged as a major electronics hub in the region. I have been made to understand from Knowledge Group that the “Nepcon Workshop Series Malaysia” brings together about 300 participants from 120 companies, not only from Malaysia but from the neighbouring countries as well. Speakers from Singapore, USA and UK during the next 3 days will touch on topics that range from PCB Assembly, Soldering, IC Packaging, Process Optimization and Printed Circuit Board.

Worldwide sales of semiconductors from the first quarter of 2017 were US $92.6 billion, up 18.1 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016. As Penang provides 8% of the worldwide sales, this has made manufacturing generally a booming sector globally. With this significant progress in the E&E sector we need to create a valuable pipeline of talent to embrace new technologies that is rapidly changing, I believe these 3 days of Nepcon Workshop Series will be able to address some of the latest technologies in the E&E sector.

Penang with its vibrant E&E ecosystem of over 3,000 well diversified and competent local suppliers contributes more than 8% of back-end semiconductor output globally. Penang has emerged as a state that has world class capabilities, robust supply chain, competent workforce and the talents that helps to provide shorter development cycles, steeper learning curves, reduced cost and time to market.

The competing focus in the electronic industry is to choose between developing a world-class product or a platform that becomes the industry standard. Penang’s competitive advantage is that we have the ecosystem to help you develop both whether you choose to focus on the platform or the product, it will be world class. Or better even both just like Apple Iphone and their operating system.

Furthermore Penang is committed towards being part of Industry 4.0 transformation that requires our involvement in Big Data Analytics (BDA), e-commerce, crowdsourcing, Cloud Computing and Internet of Things (IoT). Towards this end we have taken several initiatives to establish Penang as a Centre of Excellence for science and technology, such as the RM 20 million Penang Science Café, RM 28 million Penang Tech Dome, RM23 million Penang @CAT, and the new RM 3 million Penang Digital Library – first 24-hour digital library. These facilities were launched to spur the interest of our younger generation and to provide an avenue for them to learn science and technology in an interactive and fun manner, which will then encourage them to explore into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). In the long term, the state government’s aim is for the young generation to build their career and contribute in the high value industries in Penang.

In 2015, Penang launched the first ever state government supported- German Dual Vocational Training Program. This skill development program, based on the world renowned German vocational training module, will see apprentice hired by and working in factories (with guidance from experienced tutors) and studying in designated centres such as PSDC. The Penang State Government is allocating RM6 million to pay the tuition fees.

To conclude, I am very glad to be part of this event and I wish all of you a beneficial learning experince during this 3-Days of Nepcon Workshop Series and to my Muslim friends Selamat Berbuka Puasa.

Thank You.