PWCC Gala Dinner

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PWCC Gala Dinner

19 Mei 2018

Jen Hotel

Salam Harapan & a very good evening to all of you.

First of all, I would like to thank the Penang Women Chamber of Commerce (PWCC) for inviting me to grace your momentous first anniversary celebration. When the acronym PWCC cropped up in the invitation card I received and for me to discover what the 4 letters stand for, I know without the slightest doubt that the event of this evening is not one that I should give a miss. 

The reason for this is simple. I will be in the midst of the many successful women of substance and significance in the state who have contributed greatly towards the economic success of Penang. Such an opportunity is hard to come by.

And I have been proven right by the sheer scale and success of this gala dinner. Penang is a successful place because of you, the resourceful business and working women, and for the same reason, I believe the men who are also here with us in this ballroom right now are successful men because they chose the right partner in life. I know that for sure and that's the reason my wife is here with me this evening.   

The success of Pakatan Harapan in taking over Putrajaya in the recently concluded GE14 resulted in revived vigour and aspirations for a new Malaysia. In many fronts, we are all witnessing the renewed dynamism that Malaysia was once equated with especially in the 80s and 90s. But this dynamism in its current form is the fight against corruption by those who wielded unwarranted influence, those who walked the corridors of power in the old regime, the abolishing of laws that stifled press freedom, individual freedom and to a certain extent, laws that even prevent one from distinguishing what's real and fake. 

Given this renewed dynamism working its magic around us everyday, one important area that none of us must overlook is the empowerment of women and gender equality in Malaysia. This is best reflected by the appointment of Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the nation's first Deputy Prime Minister and also the Minister for Women and Family Development by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. At state level, this same dynamism is most apparent in the changes I made to certain portfolios of the State Executive Council sworn-in only 3 days ago (May 16). The addition of 'Gender Inclusiveness' for your adviser, YB Chong Eng's portfolio, is testimony of the will of the state government for women to have a louder voice, to have more say in the matters that most affect them whether at home, at the workplace, at schools but above all, the right to self-determination in making the right choices in life.    
I thank all of you for the confidence and trust given to me in leading the state of Penang. I also thank all of you who have voted in Pakatan Harapan and whose unwavering support had enabled a change of federal government for the first time in 61 years. I now urge all of you to walk alongside me in this path of continued excellence for Penang. Together, we can make Penang scale greater heights and ensure all Penangites have a deserving share of this great place.  

Lastly, I would like to congratulate Datin Annie Chin and your dedicated team of great women for a job well done not only for the gala dinner event but for making the first of many bold steps in getting the voice of your fellow women heard loud and clear. 


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Salam sejahtera,


Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengucapkan ribuan terima kasih kepada Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai kerana sudi menjemput saya hadir pada malam ini untuk merasmikan Taman Malam Bercahaya (Night Park) yang pertama di Seberang Perai. Konsep taman malam bercahaya ialah inisiatif baru untuk menggalakkan penggunaan oleh orang awam pada waktu malam.


Pada hari ini, kita dapat menyaksikan penyempurnaan projek pemasangan lampu jalan di keseluruhan Taman Tunku Seberang Jaya yang akan memanfaatkan para pengguna Taman Tunku. Projek ini telah mula dilaksanakan pada 13 Mac 2018 dan berjaya disiapkan pada 30 Mac 2018


Saya telah dimaklumkan bahawa MPSP telah membelanjakan sebanyak RM 116,770.72 untuk pemasangan 15 unit tiang konkrit, 1 tiang highmast, 15 unit Lampu Jalan LED (90watt / unit), 3 unit Lampu Jalan LED (120 watt /unit), 6 unit Lampu Limpah LED (100 watt / unit).


Disamping itu, MPSP juga menaiktaraf pencahayaan sediaada di Taman Tunku dengan membelanjakan RM 19,639.00 yang melibatkan 6 tiang dekoratif konkrit dengan 12 unit Lampu Limpah LED (100 watt / unit) .


Hadirin yang saya hormati sekalian,


Untuk makluman semua, fasa pada kali ini ialah fasa ketiga yang dilaksanakan di sepanjang laluan trek jogging di Taman Tunku, Seberang Jaya. Fasa pertama telah dilaksanakan di sebelah Sungai Pertama berdekatan Safira Country Club pada 18 Oktober 2017 yang melibatkan pemasangan dua puluh (20) batang tiang dan sebelas (11) unit lampu awam jenis konkrit TNB (150 watt) di laluan trek jogging sepanjang 626 meter yang menelan belanja sebanyak RM 60, 496.60.


Manakala fasa kedua pula telah siap dilaksanakan pada 10 Januari 2018 dengan memasang sebanyak sebelas (11) batang tiang konkrit dan lapan (8) unit lampu (150 watt) di laluan trek jogging sepanjang 328 meter yang menelan belanja sebanyak RM 42, 700.00. Jumlah kos keseluruhan adalah sebanyak RM239,606.32.


Pemasangan lampu LED di taman ini bukan sahaja bertujuan untuk mengurangkan kegunaan tenaga elektrik, kos elektrik tetapi juga merendahkan tahap pengeluaran karbon dioksida.


Kita harap kita berpeluang lagi untuk menaik taraf taman malam bercahaya ini sebagai usaha ke arah menjadikan Pulau Pinang sebagai negeri hijau.


Dengan itu, saya sukacita merasmikan Projek Pemasangan Lampu Jalan di Taman Tunku, Seberang Jaya.


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19 APRIL 2018 (THURSDAY), 9.30 AM



A very good morning to all of you.


Cultural and religious diversity and tolerance in Malaysia are the hallmarks of a harmonious and progressive society. Only a harmonious and progressive society can a state be international and intelligent.


Where else , in the world can you find a Street of Harmony, where 4 major religious buildings/temples are just meters apart from each other along a short 800-meter street:


  1. For the Chinese we have the Goddess of Mercy Temple
  2. For the Muslims, there is Kapitan Keling Mosque
  3. For the Hindus, we have Sri Maha Mariamman Temple; and
  4. For the Christians, the St George’s Church


The proximity of these places of worship shows Penang’s rich multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious population that has respect for each other and able to co-exist in harmony. In the old days, Harmony Street was the main street in George Town where people meet, work, play and pray in peace. Hence, the appropriate name of Street of Harmony was coined.


The idea of this Harmony Center is built upon this premise where the unique and rich diversity of Penang people from various cultural and religious backgrounds, especially for religions other than Islam, can share a common venue, to hold and promote their various activities throughout the year.



The Harmony Centre will be a permanent home and activity centre for all religious bodies in Penang, potentially becoming a universal community space for religious activities for all walks of life. This Centre is set up to manage affairs specifically for Penang Non-Islamic Religions Executive Council portfolio


Four major functions intended for the Harmony Centre: -

  1. Learning;
  2. Administration;
  3. Events; and
  4. Meetings & Seminar,


which are programmed into different spaces within the existing 4,300 sq.ft.bungalow, such as offices, function rooms, dining areas and conference rooms. A new building of 2,800 sqft community hall will be constructed beside the bungalow to accommodate larger events. The centre is expected to have a capacity of 300 persons at once. It will be complemented by the vast green lawn around the site which will be used for public outdoor activities in the future.


This Harmony Centre will be a venue for religious activities and events that are non-Islamic. These events can be in the form of yoga lessons, meditation sessions, arts and music, religious talks/seminars/ conventions and meetings.


The State government has allocated RM3 million to refurbish and expand this building and we target to open this by February 2019.


The State Government will continue to support and has implemented 11 measures to uphold the Federal Constitution's guarantees of freedom of worship.


  1. Establishing a Penang Executive Council (EXCO) for religions other than Islam portfolio that is headed by the Penang Chief Minister
  2. Allocating land for places of religious worship for religions other than Islam
  3. Providing funding amounting to RM30 million since 2008
  4. Granting approval by local government councils for construction of places of religious worship for religions other than Islam
  5. Granting a yearly allocation of RM1.5 million to the Hindu Endowment Board
  6. Giving a building in Macalister Road for Hindu Endowment Board to manage theirs affairs
  7. Ensuring that housing developers must provide for an equal amount of religious land for religions other than Islam
  8. Giving a building in Scotland Road to manage affairs specifically for Penang Executive Council (EXCO) for Religions Other Than Islam portfolio
  9. Annual allocations of RM50,000 to Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taosiam (MCCBCHST)
  10. Annual allocations to missionary or religious-based schools registered under the Ministry of Education.
  11. Apply for approval of paid leave for state government servants to non-Muslims conducting religious pilgrimage similar to Muslims performing their haj and umrah.


The Penang State Government has pledged to ensure that the Federal Constitution's provision of freedom of worship is upheld and we have proven by delivering our commitments since 2008.


I hereby officiate the RM3 million Harmony Centre Project.


Thank you.


YAB Lim Guan Eng

19 April 2018


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Speech by YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang @

18 April 2018


I am pleased to join you in B. Braun Medical Industries official opening of your new office and production facilities. I wish to also welcome His Excellency, Nikolaus Graff Lambsdorff, Prof. Dr. Heinz Walter Grosse, Ms. Anna Maria Braun, and the global management team of B.Braun to Penang – where George Town was named specifically as among the top 4 best health care centres in the world by International Living in 2017.


Investors from Germany have been pioneers in the industrial development of Penang and more than 45 years on, they continue to grow and re-invest. In the period of 2008 - 2017, German investors were the second largest manufacturing FDI contributors in Penang with the total investment value of RM5.15 billion.


Last year, Penang recorded RM8.5 billion of approved manufacturing FDI, the highest among states in Malaysia. This represents a growth of 209%, year-on-year. Penang is also the second top recipient of total manufacturing investment among states valued at RM10.8 billon. Domestic investment also grew steadily by 92% year-on-year to reach RM2.3 billion in 2017.


B.Braun – The pioneer in medical device manufacturing investments in Penang


It was in 2009 that B. Braun launched your great Master Plan to rebuild and expand your production facilities in Penang. How different all the buildings now look! Today, we can see the significant execution of the Master Plan - large and modern factories and office buildings, which has truly become a landmark and a benchmark in the Bayan Lepas Industrial Zone – a great achievement and success that not only B.Braun and Penang are proud of, but it is also a testament of the confidence of foreign investors in Penang.


  1. B. Braun was one of the first foreign companies to invest in Penang in the 70’s. Even during global economic slow-downs, B. Braun continued to grow and expand, and provide employment.


  1. B. Braun’s investment of over RM4.75 billion in Penang, from its establishment to the end of last year, is to be applauded. In addition, they have created over 3,000 job opportunities since 2009. And judging by the new buildings and facilities, it looks like they are not only set to invest more money in their production site here, but also create even more job opportunities for Penangites – something I, as Chief Minister, am very pleased with.


  1. B. Braun is currently already one of the largest single employer in Penang, with over 7,700 employees – 99% of whom, I am happy to say, are Malaysians.


I am delighted to hear that B. Braun’s global Centre of Excellence for Intravenous Access is in Penang, the only one outside of Europe with full R&D capabilities and more than 100 engineers. This indicates that the quality of our local talent meets the requirements of world-class R&D assignments.

B.Braun’s significant talent initiatives in Penang


While their economic contributions to Penang are impressive, I am equally pleased that B. Braun is also committed to developing human capital. Their involvement is in the true spirit to the State’s 4P -public, private, people, professional partnership – enhancing our STEM initiatives in Penang where the Penang state government has already allocated RM75 million to COEs of @CAT Penang (Accelerator for Creative, Analytics and Technology), Penang Skill Development Centre (PSDC), Penang Science Cluster (PSC), Karpal Singh Penang Learning Centre (KSPLC), Tech Dome Penang (TDP), and Penang Digital Library (PDL).


B.Braun is among the pioneer sponsoring companies for the first-of-its-kind Malaysia Meister Program @ Penang, working closely with the Penang Skills Development Centre to provide paid on-the-job training for vocational students supported by State government scholarships with a RM6 million allocation. I understand that the first batch of 22 students who started in 2015 has completed their diploma recently in March this year, before proceeding on to their Advanced Diploma.


Not only that, B Braun intends to have an even bigger intake this year, focusing on Mechatronics and Electronics Automation. I certainly commend their commitment to this programme, especially as they invested RM1.6 million in a vocational training facility with workstations that can cater to 50 students at a time. They also have their own in-house engineering, technical and leadership programmes to help develop and upskill their employees.


Besides that, B. Braun is the Pillar Lead for Life Sciences and Medical Health for the Penang Science Cluster. Since 2010, when this initiative was started by Penang government, B. Braun has played a significant role and have been strong supporters of our annual Penang International Science Fair, which is the largest science fair in Malaysia.


In 2016, they launched the first B. Braun Genetics Week in Penang, flying in a team of scientists from the University of Kassel in Germany to conduct genetics workshops for our students. In fact, the Genetics Week was such a success that they did it again last year, in which 325 students from 16 primary and secondary schools in Penang were exposed to genetics science. Just as the corporate motto of B.Braun says, “Sharing Expertise”.


Please accept my heartiest congratulations on the occasion of your official opening of the new office buildings and production facilities. The State wishes to record our appreciation to B.Braun’s significant contribution in Penang, and I look forward to seeing B. Braun’s continued growth in Penang.



Thank you.