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30 March 2019

G Hotel

YB Chong Eng
State Executive Councillor for Women and Family Development, Gender Inclusiveness and Non-Islamic Religious Affairs cum PWCC Adviser


YB Lim Siew Khim
Assemblywoman for Sungai Pinang


Tan Sri Datin Paduka Rafidah Aziz
Former International Trade and Industry Minister


Dato’ Seri Lee Kah Choon
InvestPenang Director


Dato’ Annie Chin
Penang Women Chamber of Commerce (PWCC) President and Organising Chairperson


Our Distinguished Speakers for today

Friends from the media


Ladies & Gentlemen

Good morning to all of you.

When the invitation to officiate the opening and to speak at the Inspiring Future Leaders Conference reached my desk, I know at that moment that this is one invitation that I must not turn down despite my tight schedule because the significance of the conference we are having this morning covers not only the issues concerning the various industries so vital to the economic heartbeat of Penang but it also reflects the issue of leadership in the current political crossroad of Malaysia and for that matter, the state of Penang in which all of us who are present right now have a stake in.

The leadership of Malaysia finally took a different path after more than 60 years when the majority of Malaysians voted the Barisan Nasional out of office on May 9, 2018. Pakatan Harapan came into power in Putrajaya with our current Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad back in his previous job which he had resigned from just 15 years earlier. And Malaysians now have a prime minister with more than 20 years of experience at the helm and a Cabinet of many young faces with fresh ideas. While some critics through the press and social media have voiced their dissatisfaction over the performance of certain inexperienced ministers, I believe given time and exposure, these ministers will improve and so will the performance of the federal government.

The point I’m making here is this – leaders whether in government, business or captains of industry – need to be inspired to be effective and will achieve greatness if given time and sufficient inspiration. Having a conference with a focus on Inspiring Future Leaders is one way of providing lessons on the soft skills, latest knowledge and life experiences from others who are successful in their respective areas, so critical for aspiring leaders in the pursuit of their goals.

The state government takes a similar view when it comes to leadership and have never lose sight of our human talent being the greatest asset of Penang and the need to ensure the continuity of its inculcation. It was for this reason that the 2-term limit on the position of the Chief Minister was passed by the Penang State Assembly in November 2018. Leaders at the pinnacle must be ever ready to groom future leaders or their successors and having a deadline serves as a perfect impetus to make that happen. On some of the challenges that Penang is facing, I will dwell on them when I start the ball rolling as the keynote speaker this morning on the topic closest to my heart which is my vision for the state – Penang2030: Our Challenge – in a short while.

I wish to congratulate the Penang Women Chamber of Commerce (PWCC) for braving the steps forward in making a success out of its vision to groom future leaders by organising this Inspiring Future Leaders Conference. Your success in putting together prominent speakers from Penang as well as from overseas who are the experts in their respective fields with a strong willingness to share speaks volumes of the organisational skills and caliber of the PWCC office holders. Even more so is the focus of its members in leadership positions towards the need to inspire, to cultivate and to groom the next generation of leaders in the field of business, industry and education.

I also wish the speakers and participants to have a fruitful day of sharing and learning from one another and of course, be inspired to reach greater heights for your respective organisations and even more so, individually as a person.

Thank you.


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28 MARCH 2019


Dato’ Loo Lee Lian,

Chief Executive Officer of investPenang

Dato’ Yoon Chon Leong

Director of Penang Science Cluster

Ms Yu Xin,

Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Left Pocket Studio

Management and staff of Left Pocket Creatives Sdn Bhd

Distinguished guests,

Members of the Press,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

A very good morning to everyone.

I am delighted and honoured to be here this morning to witness the opening ceremony of Left Pocket Creatives, a Shanghai-based Intellectual Property (IP) creation company focusing on animation and webcomics, to be the latest tenant of Wisma Yeap Chor Ee. This occasion is made even more significant because Left Pocket has chosen to locate its first Malaysian Studio in this renowned colonial heritage building which is home to the tech & creative community in Penang.

Over the past five decades and still counting, Penang has been a preferred location for many multinational corporations (MNC) to set up their manufacturing facilities. Even that being so, the state government understands and acknowledges that the key to future economic success is to seek convergence not only of the manufacturing sector but the service sector as well. The service sector includes not only elements of traditional tourism, medical treatment and education, but also the Global Business Services (GBS), Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and creative content & technology, which the state has been significantly working on to shape up for the past few years.  

One of the key initiatives by the State government was the restoration of this unique colonial heritage venue, Wisma Yeap Chor Ee, with the objective of building an interactive connection between science & technology together with the creative content industries. The state government has spent RM23million to create the space necessary while maintaining the characteristic and old-world charms of this historic building.

We have created a collaborative and supportive environment within Wisma Yeap Chor Ee to have three functions under one single roof. Firstly, we have the Penang Science Cluster to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education and innovation centre at level one. We then house our Creative Animation Triggers (CAT) at level 2, with the purpose of prospering local creativity in digital multimedia contents, animation and game development. And as for level 3, we have our accelerator for Creative, Analytics and Technology (or known as @CAT) with the objective of accelerating the establishment of tech startups & nurturing talents in new growth areas such as IoT, Big Data Analytics, cloud computing and so forth.

Ladies and gentlemen,      

The Creative Technology Content ecosystem is still very much in its infancy stage in Penang. Although we have Institutions of Higher Learning such as Universiti Sains Malaysia, The One Academy, and Two Studio Multimedia Academy among others that supply our creative talents every year, it is unfortunate that there is lack of job opportunities in this field in Penang. However, I believe that with the addition of Left Pocket Creatives in Penang, opportunities would be aplenty and forthcoming for us to open the doors for more high-income jobs related to the creative industry and we would retain our creative tech players in Penang who will contribute to this new stream of economy.

As a matter of fact, Left Pocket Creatives is projected to create approximately 100 creative talent opportunities in the next 4 years. Its Penang facility would be used in the vital areas of creation, animation from pre-production to post-production of comics that would require talents with related skill sets. On top of job creations, Left Pocket will also assist in grooming the creative technology ecosystem and culture within the state.

Ladies and gentlemen,      

The creative multimedia industry is making its mark as one of the most sought-after industries in the world due to its huge economic potential. Industrial research suggests that the total value of the global animation industry will reach USD 270 billion by 2020. The traditional form of content viewership is giving way to a sharp increase in streaming video consumption. The size of the streaming market for animation content was USD 2.9 billion in 2018 and is growing at an annual rate of 8% and the size of global video gaming industry was USD 96 billion in 2018. Meanwhile, the global eSports industry is growing at the rate of 30% year-on-year and it is predicted to be a billion-dollar industry by 2019.

Given the excited outlook of the creative technology content industry, Penang should intensify its presence and capture a share of it. Having mentioned that, I would like to take this opportunity to commend Invest Penang for their incredible efforts in moving towards this direction as they attract prominent investors such as Left Pocket Creatives to be an added impetus to boost the service sector in Penang.

I would like to end my speech by expressing my heartfelt congratulations and appreciation to Left Pocket Creatives for choosing Penang as your first studio in Malaysia.

Thank you.

Launch of Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital and Roche Malaysia Cares Programme

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Speech by Yang Amat Berhormat Tuan Chow Kon Yeow, Penang Chief Minister

at the Launch of Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital and Roche Malaysia Cares Programme

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Mr. Dean Liu
Chairman, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital

Ms. Joan Lim–Choong
Chief Executive Officer, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital

Mr. Vinod Narayan
Business Unit Director, Roche Malaysia

Dr. Ho Kean Fatt
Clinical Director, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital

Members of the media

Ladies and gentlemen

Firstly, allow me to take this opportunity to thank Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital and Roche Malaysia for inviting me to launch the Mount Miriam Roche Cares Programme. I would like to congratulate both organisations for embarking on this unique corporate responsibility programme that benefits needy cancer patients. I am pleased to note that this progamme enables breast cancer patients from low income groups to gain access to innovative treatments at an affordable price. The Healthcare Performance Measurement and Reporting System report stated that 50% of breast cancer patients in Malaysia could have been saved if they had the right treatment at the right time.

The Malaysian National Cancer Registry Report 2011 showed that female breast cancer accounted for 32.1% of all cancers among females in Malaysia. The registry also listed Penang as the 3rd highest incidence recorded for new cancer cases every year with 11 out of 100 Penangites testing positive. Breast cancer recorded the highest incidence.

Prevention, early screening, testing and treatment are most important to ensure cancer patients have a higher chance of survival and even cure. Programmes such as Mount Miriam and Roche Cares can help to improve on cancer survival rates in the state and country.

This programme, moreover, fully meets the Penang state government’s initiative to harness the 4P model of public, private, professional, and people partnership to carry out projects with minimal use of public funds.

We had to implement this model as the Federal Government has categorized Penang as a developed state. At the 2019 Federal Budget announcement, Penang did not receive a huge allocation of federal funds. We understand the current financial situation of the country as the Federal Government had asked for three years to improve on our national financial position. We hope our innovative 4P model will enable our state to develop more effectively despite the challenges facing us.

I welcome private financial partnerships such as this initiative by Mount Miriam and Roche Malaysia which will enable the Penang state government to effectively allocate our resources to meet the healthcare needs of the people. This will also ease the congestion at our public hospitals as those who are eligible can now apply for funds through this programme.

It is not very often we hear about non-public hospitals serving the community without taking any profit. I am very proud to have in Penang, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital which has served the community for over 40 years as a not-for-profit hospital. In addition to not taking profits, Mount Miriam had also gone the extra mile to establish the Needy Cancer Patient Fund since 2006. I would like to urge private corporations in Penang to contribute to this fund. It will help cancer patients get new innovative treatments that are not available in public hospitals or if they have been turned away from other private hospitals due to financial difficulties.

Since the programme only targets 20 patients for now, I hope with additional funds, this can be increased to cater to more cancer patients. Such financial assistance can reduce the patients’ and their families’ mental stress while undergoing treatment. I was also informed that as of today, there is already one patient who has been enrolled for this programme. Congratulations to both Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital and Roche Malaysia for achieving this.

This fund, which I understand is a co-pay mechanism under Mount Miriam and Roche Corporate Responsibility Programme, will see both organisations subsidizing the cost of Trastuzumab for the treatment of HER2 positive breast cancer at a much lower price. This will definitely benefit a lot of women who urgently need this treatment.

The federal government has also launched two national health insurance schemes – Skim Perlindungan Nasional B40 (MySalam) and Skim Perlindungan Kesihatan (PeKa). MySalam aims to provide insurance for the B40 household income group in the event they develop 36 critical illnesses while PeKa is screening for a projected 800,000 of B40 Malaysians aged 50 years and above for non-communicable diseases. This demonstrates that the Government at the federal and state levels are continuously looking into the needs of the rakyat and providing solutions for a better quality of life.

I look forward to a more effective public-private partnership especially in identifying innovative funding solutions and schemes. The health sector requires the synergy of the public, private, professional and people to come together to make a more meaningful contribution in healthcare delivery. I hope the partnership between Mount Miriam and Roche Malaysia will serve as an exemplary corporate responsibility initiative for other pharmaceutical companies and healthcare organisations to follow suit.

With that, I now officially launch the Mount Miriam Roche Cares Programme for HER2-positive breast cancer patients.