Unveiling of The Design Village in Batu Kawan, Penang

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Speech by The Right Honourable Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang in Unveiling of The Design Village in Batu Kawan, Penang at Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion on 23rd April 2015

Good evening, everyone.

The Penang State government wishes to transform Penang into an international and intelligent state. Batu Kwan is part of that vision - An international location that welcomes all types of retail businesses including the premium category.

By 2016 the first premium outlet mall of the north will open to mark Penang’s status as an international shopping destination. Indeed with 6.0 million tourists a year in 2013, it is not difficult to see how popular it already is.
Batu Kawan is growing into a major investment hub not just for the manufacturing and the services sectors, but also the knowledge and IT industries with the likes of Temasik, Citibank, HP, SanDisk and Seagate investing billions into its future.

The total land area of Design Village is 40 acres amounting to RM65 million for the development to be paid to PDC.

This Design Village will be well-served by transport links. The good connectivity includes the proposed MRT/LRT network that will run through Batu Kawan. Savills, who are the international property developer and listed company supporting this development, have confirmed that most premium brands are signing up here. In total the 40 acre development, will exceed RM1 billion in value when completed.

Design Village will have 150 branded shops supported by 2,500 car parks on 28 acres of land. It will create more than 1,500 jobs directly and more than 5,000 in support industries in the state. We envisage that together with its neighbours like KDU University and Ikea, thousands more jobs and opportunities will become available very quickly.

When fully developed, Batu Kawan should have a total population of 300,000, one-sixth of the state’s current population. With all its planned commercial, leisure, retail and industrial developments underpinnned by a comprehensive infrastructure, it is clear that residential real estate will be popular with both Penang and non-Penang residents.

PE Land’s project is on target to open for Christmas 2016, but the Design Village has in fact brought together the best local, regional and international creative and retail minds. They could have taken the easy route and just build a normal brick and mortar but, instead, we have here tonight the most creative people from Penang and the top names from Japan, Bangkok, China and New York.

We hope that PE Land can bring the most creative minds to curate Design Village to be a development that is not merely unique and the only one of its kind in all of Batu Kawan, but in fact the catalyst that will brand Penang as a world-class retail destination.

Let them showcase and unveil the Design Village here tonight, Penang indeed deserves the best because it is simply the best!



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Good afternoon.

It is indeed a great pleasure for me to attend this luncheon, held in conjunction with the official opening of the Battery Separator Film Division at Penfibre this morning.
On behalf of the government and people of Penang, I would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to Toray for another milestone in your business expansion, particularly in the State of Penang.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

From a humble beginning where Toray Industries Inc., Japan first invested in Penang in 1973, we are proud to see that TORAY Group (Malaysia) has grown and expanded tremendously over the last 40 over years. With approximately RM4.5 billion investment to date and annual sales revenue of over RM4.1 billion from Penfibre, Penfabric, Toray Plastics (Malaysia) and Toray BASF PBT Resin, Toray is now one of the single largest investors in Penang and Malaysia. Thank you to Toray for providing thousands of job opportunities to our Malaysians over the last 4 decades.

Penang’s approved manufacturing investments increased to RM 8.2 billion in year 2014 compared to RM 3.9 billion in year 2013, a significant 109% increased. This made Penang the top 3 State with the highest investment, after Johor and Sarawak. Total investments in Penang has increased 93.6% to RM48.2 billion for the seven years period of 2008 to 2014, compared to the previous seven years period of 2001 to 2007 which was only RM24.9 billion. The jobs created has also increased 20.1% to 109,592 compared to 91,252 for the same period.

Going forward, it is important for Penang to stress on establishing Penang as a centre of science and technology through the Tech-Dome Penang project. Supported by our strong commitment to the Penang Government’s CAT policy, which stresses on “Competency”, “Accountability” and “Transparency”, it is our fervent hope that the bond and cooperation between all stakeholders will bring about a better tomorrow for every one of us.

I am happy to note that TORAY Group (Malaysia) has never failed in coming forward to support our nation building, through the various community projects under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), namely:

• the RM2.5 Million Seberang Jaya Swimming Pool Complex in 1982,

• the RM6.0 Million Electronic Scoreboard at Batu Kawan Stadium in 1999,

• the establishment of the Malaysia Toray Science Foundation (MTSF) in 1993 to promote science and technology in Malaysia,

• the setting up of the “TORAY-USM KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER CENTRE” with a donation of RM4.0 Million to Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), and

• the recent cash contribution of RM300 thousand towards the Tech-Dome Penang project.

In conclusion, I would like to once again congratulate Toray for having successfully established this new BSF Division in Penang. I am confident that Toray Group will enjoy even greater success in your future endeavors.
Thank you.



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1. Jalan Masjid Negeri merupakan sebahagian daripada jalan lingkaran utama mengelilingi pinggiran George Town yang menampung aliran lallintas yang tinggi setiap hari. Jalan Masjid Negeri berserta jalan-jalan lingkaran tempatan lain iaitu Jalan Tunku Kudin Jalan Scotland, Jalan Utama, Jalan Gottlieb dan Jalan Bagan Jermal menjadi tulang belakang kepada rangkaian jalan di Pulau Pinang dengan ketiadaan lebuhraya dan jalan pintas pada masa sekarang. Lebih kurang 66,000 kenderaan menggunakan Jalan Masjid Negeri setiap hari dan tidak dapat dinafikan bahawa kesesakan lalulintas berlaku pada waktu-waktu puncak.

2. Kerajaan Negeri bersama Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang telah berusaha menangani masalah kesesakan lalulintas di Pulau Pinang secara amnya dan George Town secara khususnya sejak tahun 2008. Sehubungan ini, Kajian “Concept Plans for Immediate Measures to Alleviate Traffic Congestion within George Town and its Vicinity” telah ditauliahkan pada tahun 2009 untuk mencari jalan penyelesaian yang terbaik dalam jangka masa pendek dan sederhana. Kajian ini telah disiapkan pada tahun 2010 dan projek-projek menambahbaik aliran lalulintas seperti pelebaran dan menaiktaraf jalan telah dilaksanakan secara berperingkat dan berterusan sejak tahun 2010 di samping pelaksanaan sistem jalan sehala. Semua ini telah direalisasikan melalui tender-tender terbuka yang telah dipanggil oleh Kerajaan Negeri dan MBPP.

3. Pelaksanaan Projek Pembinaan Jalan Masjid Negeri di antara Bulatan Udini dan Jalan Delima telah menghadapi banyak cabaran dan akhirnya dapat disiapkan dengan berjayanya pada bulan April 2015 ini. Jumlah kos projek ini adalah RM 7.3 juta. Kesesakan lalulintas telah dikurangkan pada waktu-waktu puncak lalulintas dan aliran lalulintas dengan menjadi lebih licin pada masa-masa lain. Pengguna jalan raya secara umumnya berpuas hati dengan penambahbaikan lalulintas sebanyak lebih kurang 15% yang wujud sejak projek ini disiapkan.

4. Seterusnya, MBPP juga sedang mengambil tindakan untuk memulakan satu projek lain untuk melebarkan sebahagian Jalan Masjid Negeri di antara persimpangan Jalan Hamilton/ Lorong Batu Lancang/ Jalan Masjid Negeri ke persimpangan Jalan Ayer Itam/ Jalan Scotland/ Jalan Masjid Negeri untuk melancarkan lagi aliran lalulintas. Tender terbuka sedang dipanggil untuk pelaksanaan projek ini dan kerja-kerja dijangka bermula pada bulan Ogos 2015.

5. Setakat ini, MBPP telah melaksanakan 7 buah projek untuk menambahbaik aliran lalulintas di Jalan Masjid Negeri, Jalan Ayer Itam, Jalan Gottlieb, Jalan Bagan Jerrmal dan kawasan sekitarnya dengan jumlah kos RM 22.6 juta. Selain daripada ini, sebuah projek berada pada peringkat pelaksanaan serta 2 buah projek lagi berada pada peringkat panggilan tender dengan jumlah kos RM 50.8 juta. Ini memberikan jumlah keseluruhan kos menambahbaik aliran lalulintas di Jalan Masjid Negeri, Jalan Ayer Itam, Jalan Gottlieb, Jalan Bagan Jerrmal dan kawasan sekitarnya adalah RM 73.4 juta.

6. Dalam jangkamasa panjang, Kerajaan Negeri dan MBPP telah merancang untuk melaksanakan Projek Pembinaan By-pass dari Lebuhraya Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu ke Ayer Itam untuk melegakan kesesakan dan menambahbaik aliran lalulintas di kawasan Jalan Masjid Negeri, Ayer Itam dan sekitranya. Kajian kemungkinan (feasibility studies) untuk projek ini telah disiapkan dan rekabentuk terperinci sedang disediakan sekarang. Adalah dijangka projek ini dapat dimulakan pada pertengahan tahun 2016 selepas Kajian Terperinci Kesan kepada Alam Sekitar disempurnakan. Projek ini dianggarkan akan menelan belanja RM 1.04 billion dan dijangka dapat disiapkan pada tahun 2019.

7. Di samping ini, panggilan tender terbuka telah dibuat untuk Projek Pembinaan dan Penyambungan Jalan Berkembar Jalan Paya Terubong (Jalan Bukit Kukus) dari Lebuhraya Thean Tek ke Lebuh Bukit Jambul yang dijangka bermula pada September 2015 dan disiapkan pada Ogos 2018. Jumlah kos yang terlibat adalah RM 230 juta.

8. Pendekatan yang diambil oleh Kerajaan Negeri dan MBPP dalam menangani masalah lalulintas adalah dengan meneruskan projek-projek pembinaan dan menaiktaraf jalan serta pada masa yang sama menggalakkan dan meningkatkan penggunaan pengangkutan awam. Dari segi pengangkutan awam, Request for Proposal secara terbuka untuk Perlantikan Project Delivery Partner telah diadakan dan projek-projek berkaitan dijangka bermula secara berperingkat pada akhir tahun 2015 atau awal 2016.

9. Dengan kedudukan kewangan Kerajaan Negeri dan MBPP yang lebih kukuh tahun demi tahun, lebih banyak peruntukan dapat disediakan bagi projek-projek menambahbaik aliran lalulintas dan pengangkutan awam untuk manafaat penduduk Pulau Pinang dan membentuk Pulau Pinang menjadi sebuah bandar antarabangsa.

Dengan ini, saya merasmikan Majlis Menaiktaraf Sebahagian Jalan Masjid Negeri di antara Bulatan Udini dan Jalan Delima.

SEMICON SEA 2015 Opening Ceremony

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Welcome Address By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for SEMICON SEA 2015 Opening Ceremony On April 22 2015 at SPICE Arena.

Good Morning,

It is a great pleasure to welcome all of you to SEMICON SEA 2015 here in SPICE Arena. It’s wonderful to be able to stand here today and to welcome all of you to Penang, dubbed the Silicon Valley of the East yet rich in the diversity of our heritage and culture.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

SEMICON Southeast Asia is the region's only trade and technology event that covers the entire microelectronics manufacturing ecosystem, from process materials and equipment to packaging, test, and assembly technologies. And for the first time, this prestigious event is held in Penang, Malaysia. This isn’t just a pat on our back; this is another milestone marked for us to continuously empower the semiconductor industry in Penang as well as in Malaysia, to greater heights.

40 years Industrial Ecosystem and Sound Economic Growth

Penang industrialization record of 40 years provides an outstanding combination of attributes that are the cornerstone of the thriving semiconductor industry in Malaysia. All the top names in the E&E industry are here and we have nearly 1,000 factories all over Penang.

FDI will continue to push Penang's economy ahead. Penang has received about 13% of Malaysia's total investment between 2008 and 2013. Within the same time span, Penang captures almost 15% of Malaysia's FDI. Investment statistics released by MIDA recently, showed that Penang has recorded a 109% increase in investments last year over 2013’s volume of RM3.91 billion to RM8.16 in 2014. Penang’s investment for 2008 to 2014 is RM 48.2 billion, a 93.6% increase over similar period from 2001 to 2007 of RM 24.9 billion. 62.5% of the total investment came from FDI. This proves that foreign direct investments have fueled Penang attractiveness a preferred investment location. Penang with its vibrant E&E ecosystem of over 3,000 well diversified and competent local suppliers. Thus, Penang now contributes about 8% of back end semiconductor output globally. With the increasing number of investments, both domestic and foreign, Penang has emerged as a state that has world class capabilities, robust supply chain, proven track
record and critical support services that help to provide shorter development cycles, steeper learning curves, reduced cost and time to market.

Penang towards Generating Higher Pool of Knowledge Workers

With 40 years of cumulative industrial intelligence, developing the state’s talented young people to move up the value chain has become a priority of the State Government. In Penang, there are over 40 public and private universities and colleges, in addition to the eight reputable international schools. We have set up learning and training centers, such as Penang Skills Development Centre - a world-class, non-profit training and educational centre built on a tripartite partnership model between the Government, Industry, and Academia as we believe it is important to nurture talents that caters specifically for the industrial and services sectors.

Penang is also successful in attracting talents from overseas. The Penang Career Assistance and Talent (CAT) Centre is assisting an international internship programme, in collaboration with universities in Japan, New Zealand, Germany and Switzerland. We are helping to build the capacity of the state as it moves toward a knowledge economy by maximizing local content, adding value through integrated industrial parks, and promoting economic diversification and entrepreneurship.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Convergence of Manufacturing and Services Sector is the Key to Future Economic Success

Although we strive for excellence in the manufacturing sector, we do believe that the key to Penang’s future economic success is not through over-reliance on one sector but to seek convergence between manufacturing and services sectors as well as the government sector. This convergence that is taking place in Penang is making progress towards revolutionizing Penang’s intellectual capability towards a high income state.

Incorporating Desirable Work-Life Balance to Residents

No matter how much I have talked about the attractiveness of Penang investment-wise, Penang is the destination of choice because it is a great place to live.

With a UNESCO World Heritage site, the best street food in the world and a mere 10 minute drive from either the beaches or the hills, it is no wonder that the paper, Guardian UK has named Penang as the Top 10 “World’s Must Visit Destinations in 2014”.

If you need further convincing, please take the opportunity today to talk to those existing companies in Penang, they will be our best reference. We also have MIDA and investPenang booths in this exhibition where you can pay a visit and have your enquiries answered. If your time permits, I also recommend you to participate in investPenang’s arranged site visit to Batu Kawan Industrial Park and selected factories; so that you will be able to see for yourself Penang’s semiconductor ecosystem. investPenang’s officials will also be on standby for the next 3 days to meet you individually.

Penang offers our hand as a partner who will stand by you. We will not guarantee that there will be no problems but we assure you that we will help to resolve them together.

Thank you very much.