Speech by Chief Minister of Penang
MGS OKTOBERFEST 2015
On 24 October 2015 at Malaysian-German Society
This evening, we are here to celebrate this spirit of brotherhood and togetherness and I want to thank the Malaysian-German Society for holding this great festival in Penang continuously for 43 years, a record in Malaysia, and perhaps S.E. Asia too.
I want to congratulate the joint efforts between Germans and Malaysians working together as a team to make the annual celebration not only the longest but the biggest Oktoberfest event in this country.
After 3 years of hard work, the Penang government has finally launched Malaysia’s first German Dual Vocational Training Programme on 1 September 2015. The Penang state government is contributing RM2 million to pay school fees for 500-600 students, whilst the students have the benefit of an allowance of RM900 monthly by the participating companies. The State Government bear twenty (20) percent of the total tuition fees charged for every participant who enrolled a diploma course under the GDVT Programme in Mechatronics and the Participating companies bear the balance 80%. We are inviting more companies to participate in this programme.
We intend to open up more places for not just Penangites but for all Malaysians. We are willing to spend another RM2-4 million more if necessary to build new talent. Talent must be enabled with rights and responsibilities. To do that we have to grant them freedom, freedom of equal opportunity, freedom to be the best they want to be and realize their potential.
I also like to encourage you all to learn from one another the good values and practices from each culture and continue to meet through the social, cultural and language learning activities organized by MGS at this spacious premises here owned by the Penang government.
Finally, let me thank the organizing committee and all parties involved for the hard work to arrange this celebration and wish you all having a great time this evening of German culture and entertainments.