Karnival Fantasi Lampu LED

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Ucapan Perasmian Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang

Sempena Karnival Fantasi Lampu LED

6 September 2019

Perkampungan Juru, Bukit Tengah

Salam Sejahtera.

Pertama sekali, saya ingin mengucapkan jutaan terima kasih kepada MPKK Perkampungan Juru yang telah menjalinkan kerjasama dengan pejabat ADUN Bukit Tengah, YB Gooi Hsiao Leung dan pejabat Ahli Parlimen Batu Kawan, YB Kasthuri Patto bagi menganjurkan Karnival Fantasi Lampu LED pada malam yang berbahagia ini.  

Sebaik tiba tadi, saya juga sedikit terpegun melihat tapak pasar malam Perkampungan Juru ini bermandikan cahaya lampu LED menghiasi kawasan ini dan dipasang khas sempena perayaan Tanglung atau lebih dikenali sebagai Festival Kuih Bulan (mooncake festival) yang kini bukan sahaja disambut oleh masyarakat Cina, tetapi turut diraikan oleh semua kaum di seluruh negara.

Saya dimaklumkan bahawa Karnival Fantasi Lampu LED ini telah berlangsung sejak 31 0gos 2019 yang lalu sehingga Hari Malaysia, 16 September 2019 ini.  Pada malam ini, kita dapat saksikan 10,000 lampu LED disusun membentuk bunga ros dan juga terowong sepanjang 50 meter serta lebih 50,000 lampu LED disusun mengikut pelbagai reka bentuk.

Di kesempatan ini, saya turut ingin mengalu-alukan kerjasama Pertubuhan Senibudaya Bafang Antarabangsa Malaysia yang sudi memilih Pulau Pinang sebagai lokasi karnival fantasi lampu selepas pameran di Raub (Pahang), Taiping (Perak) dan Melaka.

Saya ingin mengucapkan syabas dan tahniah kepada pihak MPKK Perkampungan Juru diatas inisiatif dan usaha untuk menganjur Karnival Fanatsi Lampu LED di Perkampungan Juru sempena perayaan Tanglung yang disambut dengan penuh meriah, semangat perpaduan dan setiakawan dan hormat menghormati adat dan kebudayaan masyarakat majmuk di Pulau Pinang dan seluruh Malaysia.

Saya yakin dan percaya inisiatif penganjuran Karnival Fantasi Lampu LED ini mampu mewujudkan satu platform baru kepada penduduk setempat dan kawasan berhampiran seperti Ladang Valdor, Kampung Sekolah, Kuala Juru dan Sungai Semilang sebagai lokasi untuk mengeratkan hubungan kekeluargaan dan seterusnya menjalinkan perpaduan yang lebih erat di antara satu sama lain.

Sememangnya Perkampungan Juru merupakan salah sebuah perkampungan yang sentiasa dan akan diberikan fokus terutama dari segi pembangunan dan pembersihan. Kerajaan Negeri mengambil maklum akan risiko banjir yang melanda kawasan perumahan seperti Taman Mangga dan Kampung Tersusun yang masih tidak mempunyai sistem perparitan yang baik dan sering mengalami banjir kilat ketika hujan lebat.

Dimaklumkan, penambahbaikan sistem perparitan adalah dalam perancangan pembangunan Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang namun pada masa yang sama, Kerajaan Negeri berharap agar para penduduk dapat bersama-sama membersihkan kawasan persekitaran untuk kebaikan bersama.

Akhir kata, saya ingin mengucapkan syabas dan tahniah kepada Pengerusi dan semua ahli MPKK Perkampungan Juru yang telah bertungkus-lumus memastikan Karnival Fantasi Lampu LED ini dapat dijalankan dengan jayanya. Saya berharap kerjasama yang erat seperti ini terus diperkukuhkan dan berkekalan untuk manfaat penduduk sejagat.

Dengan kata-kata ini, saya merasmikan Karnival Fantasi Lampu LED dan Pesta Tanglung MPKK Perkampungan Juru.

Sekian, terima kasih.

FMM 50th Anniversary Dinner

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Speech by the Chief Minister of Penang YAB Tuan Chow Kon Yeow For FMM 50th Anniversary Dinner

On 5 Sept 2019

Equatorial Hotel, Penang

 

Good evening everyone! Let me first thank the FMM Penang Branch Chairman, YBhg. Dato’ Dr Ooi Eng Hock for inviting me to this momentous event. It is indeed my pleasure and honour to join you in celebrating FMM Penang Branch’s 50th anniversary!

The FMM Penang Branch has come a long way for the past 50 years.  The trade association has always been a close partner to the State Government, various government agencies and departments. For five decades, we have worked tirelessly together hand-in-hand for the betterment of the industries, especially the ones in the manufacturing sector.

You have now reached a significant milestone and I am impressed by the vital role FMM has been playing over the decades at the national and state levels in providing the voice for the manufacturing sector especially when it concerns public policy and policy implementation as well as bridging the gap between the government and the manufacturing sector. 

Your contributions through your regular public-private sector dialogues and constructive engagements to address the amendments in government laws, policies and procedures have been noted and appreciated by the State Government.  This reflects the good work which the FMM has been doing, the strong support you receive and the good rapport you have created among the stakeholders of the manufacturing industry.

Being the voice of the industry, the FMM has been actively involved in the Penang Transport Master Plan since 2009.  The Penang state government wishes to express our appreciation for your support and contributions which have been pivotal as the project moves closer towards reality.  I am sure the PTMP will benefit the various industries in Penang and provide the much-needed boost for the State to capture the next wave of growth and prosperity to be brought upon by Industrial Revolution 4.0.

Besides being a trade association representing the manufacturing industry, the FMM Penang Branch also made your mark by actively organising corporate social responsibility programmes.  The FMM-USM CEO Forum and the FMM-OCBC Power Talk which all of us are privileged to be part of today attracted an impressive crowd of 3,700 participants including students and 500 participants including the Captains of the respective industries. Congratulations, FMM Penang for a job well done!

From this CEO Forum, a sum of RM200,000.00 is donated to the Penang Future Foundation (PFF) for deserving outstanding underprivileged students.  PFF has, so far, awarded 408 scholarships from 2015 to 2018.

PFF provides fruitful opportunities for our future Malaysian leaders. With PFF the state government hopes to attract, build and retain human talent in Penang.  The FMM Penang Branch has been a regular donor.  On behalf of the State Government, I wish to once again express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to FMM Penang’s sponsors. 

Ladies and gentlemen, please give FMM Penang a big round of applause!  

The State Government continues to work hard with the relevant government agencies to ensure that Penang continues to enjoy the FDI from various countries and at the same time, encourage local investments. 

We are happy to announce that Penang is currently ranked number one in receiving the highest investments amounting to RM9.2 billion in the first half of this year. Out of the total amount, RM8.07 billion were foreign investments while RM506.5 million was domestic, involving 56 projects.  These projects will create approximately 10,000 jobs.  The Malaysian E&E industry received the highest investments followed by paper, printing, publishing, transport equipment and plastic products.   

We have a robust supply chain, strong talent pool, well established infrastructure and good support services, and all these are making Penang the first choice of foreign investors.

The State Government will continue to play our role in creating an environment where innovation and entrepreneurship in all sectors of the economy can flourish.  We will collaborate with the private sector on any initiative to support the innovators who want to create the next Malaysian business. Our intention is to remove the barriers in order to facilitate growth, and to support the creativity of Malaysians. Such are some of our measures which would serve to complement our strategic initiatives for the upgrading of our economy to raise household incomes as outlined in vision Penang2030

We, Penangites are also very proud of our food, the unique colourful diversified cultures, the various dialects, street arts, heritage sites, beautiful sandy beaches and many more.  We are proud that Penang is the first and only state in Malaysia with all its Local Authorities to be elevated to city council status.  Soon, both the Island and the Mainland will have city status.

Penang is set to make waves despite the gloomy global economy.  The federal government had given the green light for the reclamation project of the three man-made islands to be developed at the Southern Coast of the island.  The development of the Bayan Lepas LRT route of 30 km with 27 stations, furthermore, has also been approved by the federal government with conditions.

Under the Penang Transport Master Plan which is the future engine of growth, the Penang South Reclamation initiative will reclaim 4,500 acres of land off the south coast of the Island.  From this, a large plot of reclaimed land will be dedicated to a high-tech manufacturing and R&D cluster.

With nearly 50 years of industrial development, Penang is now one of the world’s top five largest electronics and semiconductor manufacturing clusters.  We are the choice manufacturing base for many European, American and Japanese electronics companies.

The manufacturing companies must thrive to move up the value chain instead of continuing with the traditional assemble and production.  Today’s manufacturers, especially the SMEs, must embrace Industrial Revolution 4.0, focus on design, research and development to bring their businesses to the next level.

The Penang state government is committed to moving away from low-skilled dependency particularly for the manufacturing sector.  The time is now for manufacturers in Penang to seize the opportunities now available in digital manufacturing and leapfrog onto the global stage to avoid being left behind.  I was told that the FMM Institute trains about 18,000 workers yearly.  Our workers need to be trained and re-trained to stay relevant to the various industries. 

We no longer have a choice but to surf the wave to embrace disruptive technologies in the digital era to bring your business to the next level playing field.   

Ladies & Gentlemen,

Before I end my speech, once again I would like to congratulate FMM Penang Branch for your 50th anniversary. I enjoy working with FMM Penang Branch and I look forward to many more years of support and collaboration.

I would also like to thank the committee members and staff for all the good work done. On a final note, I wish everyone a pleasant evening.

Thank you.

Official Opening of VAT Phase 2 Manufacturing Facility

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SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

Official Opening of VAT Phase 2 Manufacturing Facility

5 September 2019

VAT, Batu Kawan Industry Park

 

 

Good morning. I am delighted to be present here today for the grand opening of VAT’s Phase 2 manufacturing facility. I am pleased to see that VAT has chosen to deepen its root in Penang. VAT is one of the pioneers that opted to set-up its manufacturing operations in our greenfield Batu Kawan Industry Park here, with its opening ceremony dated back in April 2013.

Since then, VAT has steadily increased its investments here, not only in physical plant but more importantly bringing in advanced manufacturing processes and state-of-the-art vacuum valve technologies. VAT has expanded its engineering expertise here, with leading-edge labs and testing facilities staffed by Penang’s highly-skilled workforce. With 270 headcounts currently, VAT is targeting to increase its workforce to 800 by end of 2020.

Ladies and gentlemen, 

It is very common that MNCs with footprint in Penang are continuously expanding their operations here. Some of them have been here for more than four decades and their presence in Penang are no longer restricted to manufacturing but also research and development and shared service functions to support their global operations.

In the first half of 2019, Penang recorded RM9.2billion of approved manufacturing investment. Encouragingly, Penang contributed 35% of Malaysia’s total manufacturing FDI in first half of 2019, which is the highest among the states. In addition, our first half 2019 FDI had already surpassed 2018 full year FDI of RM3.7 billion.

I must say that Penang’s achievement is not by chance. Through the relentless efforts and close collaborations between the government and our valuable investors, we have transformed Penang from a low-cost manufacturing destination to a preferred location that is focused on high value-added and cutting-edge products. Together, we are creating a virtuous circle in which we build the skills and capabilities of the workforce as well as the technology capabilities of the local SMEs. This has enabled Penang to have a strong talent pool and robust ecosystem, which are among the crucial determining factors for companies’ investment decision.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The intensified trade and technology wars between the US and China have created uncertainties on the global trade and economic outlook. Following the latest round of tariff retaliation proposed by US and China, the trade tensions between the two superpowers could potentially erupt into a full-blown trade war. Companies are now even more urgently looking for new sites to divert their manufacturing operations to avoid being the victims of the trade war.  

For Penang, we are still seeing a lot of positive interests from both the existing and potential investors. Through InvestPenang, we are consistently evaluating and seeking for high quality and sustainable investment.

As you might be aware, I have launched the Penang2030 vision last year and I would like to take this opportunity to stress that the Penang2030 vision is not merely a State-sponsored initiative. I hope that both public and private sectors will work hand-in-hand in achieving the vision of upgrading the economy through the emphasis on advanced readiness of the manufacturing industry for the digital age.                                                                    

Let me conclude by saying that it has been very gratifying to witness the tremendous growth in VAT’s plant here over the past 6 years, and see how the cooperation between VAT, Penang and Switzerland has contributed to the success and greater prosperity for all of us. As such, I am proud that Penang will be playing a greater role in VAT’s future growth after this expansion and I certainly hope that we will continue striving for further success. Lastly, I would like to once again congratulate VAT on the completion of your Phase 2 facility.  

Thank you.