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14 AUGUST 2018

Ooi Peng Ee
CEO, Penang Science Cluster

Dato’ Yoon Chon Leong
Director, Penang Science Cluster

Chai Meng Fee
President and General Manager, Agilent Technologies LDA Malaysia

Chan Keng Cheong
Vice President of Global Procurement and Materials, Keysight Technologies

Sinan Eserman
Vice President and Managing Director, B. Braun Medical Industries

Choo Wai Heng
Founder and CEO, Dreamcatcher

Ladies and gentlemen

Good morning!

It gives me great pleasure to be here today to launch Agilent Technologies’s CSI Week for Upper Secondary school students.

Penang is known as Silicon Island of the East. It is home to many of the largest semiconductor and electronic companies in the world such as, Intel, Broadcom, Keysight, Motorola, HPMM – many of them present in this room today. This is well known fact.

What is not so common knowledge, however, is that Penang is also home to the medical device industry. In fact, one-third of the medical devices companies in Malaysia is based in Penang such as Agilent Technologies, B. Braun, St Jude – again, many of them also present in this room too. Not surprising, Penang accounts for one-third of total export value of RM18 billion of medical devices.

Whether it is the semiconductors, electronics instruments or medical devices industry, one thing they all have in common – they need talented people to drive their companies forward!

To grow our future talent pool, the Penang State Government initiated Penang Science Cluster (PSC) with the industry back in 2009.

PSC, as you all know by now, is a Private, Public, Partnership; set up as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, with strong support from the Penang State Government and the MNCs in Penang.

Through PSC, the State Government is preparing our young for the future by sparking interest in STEM and inspiring innovation. Here are some examples of that:

- PSC supports 220 schools in our TechMentor Lego Robotics, Embedded Systems Coding, Radio Astronomy and AgriTech programs, with 200+ volunteer mentors going to schools with hardware and software to mentor students.

- PSC is developing coding skills in 100,000 students in Penang through a State grant of RM2 million in 2018.

- PSC brings 100 over schools to our Science Cafes for hands-on workshops through sponsorships from Motorola Solutions Foundation and US Embassy.

- Just 3 weeks ago, through the sponsorship from Vitrox Technologies and NationGate, Junior Innovate program was launched right here for 23 primary schools in Penang

Today, I am happy to launch yet another program to inspire our students, but this time in the life science field - Agilent Technologies CSI!

I understand that in this program, our secondary students, acting as detectives, will work in teams to compete using their observational and deductive skills, real forensic techniques and use of industry equipment such as DNA PCR, blood typing, fingerprint to solve a crime. Students will not only learn forensic science technology,but will understand how these are used in real-life in industry.

students from 30 schools over 5 weekdays, and members of the public on Saturday, will get the experience of their life time during Agilent Technologies CSI Week. I want to thank Agilent Technologies for sponsoring the QPCR and FTIR equipment for DNA and materials analysis as well as sponsoring all the students and public expenses for the workshops.

At this point, I would also like to acknowledge our industry partners in Penang Science Cluster, namely Motorola, NI, Intel, HPMM, B Braun, Agilent and Keysight, DreamCatcher, Vitrox, Exabytes and Mini-Circuits for their strong support. When industry, government and community work together towards a common goal of inspiring and educating our young, Penang and Malaysia will be successful.

With this, I hereby declare the launch of Agilent Technologies CSI Week!.

Thank you.


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13 August 2018
Aspen Group Concept Gallery, Queensbay Mall

Dato’ Seri Nazir Ariff
Group Executive Director of Aspen Group

Dato’ M. Murly
President & Group CEO of Aspen Group

Dato’ Ar. Yew Tung Seang
Mayor of Penang Island City Council

Dato’ Finn Chong
Independent Non-Executive Director of Aspen Group

Mr. Lee Peng Cheong
Executive Director of Aspen Group

Mr. Harith Iskandar
Actor and the “Godfather of Stand-Up Comedy" in Malaysia

The management and staff of Aspen Group

Members of the press

Ladies and Gentlemen

Firstly, I would like to thank Aspen Group for having me this evening to officiate the Umbrella Sharing Initiative, a very meaningful initiative for the Penang community. I would also like to congratulate the Aspen Group for being the pioneers of this initiative and commend them for going the extra mile to promote the shared act of kindness via this Umbrella Sharing Initiative.

The Umbrella Sharing Initiative, is an initiative started by Aspen Group early July. This simple initiative is basically to provide convenience to the public through the act of sharing the umbrellas that have been placed at 12 of Aspen Group’s bus stops that can be found around Penang island, especially in areas where there are heavy traffic.

These umbrellas are also placed at 5 schools in Penang so that the students, teachers and parents can utilise these umbrellas when needed.

With the motto TAKE, USE, RETURN, Aspen Group aims to help the community to stay safe and protected on either rainy or hot sunny day. You can take the umbrella from any of the AG umbrella stands, use it for shade and shelter, then return it to any of the AG umbrella stand to be shared with others. You may not be aware that sometimes by doing this, the sharing can continue in an infinite loop, and we can help each other in our community and make Penang a better place to live.

Unfortunately, from what I have heard, many of these umbrellas are taken but do not make it back to the umbrella stands where they are supposed to be. So, with the official launching of this initiative, I hope that Penangites are able to turn into a new leaf and show Aspen Group that we can make this initiative a successful and sustainable one.

To engage with the community, I also understand that Aspen Group has come up with many creative approaches to make the public understand and aware of the objectives of this initiative, and hope that every one of us can share and educate the people around us.

Educational videos, images and GIF videos have been shared through their social media platforms ever since the initiative kick-started in early July. Educational flyers have also been distributed to the participating schools and will be distributed to the public in the near future.

They have also invited Harith Iskandar, to work together with them to spread the word and share this act of kindness. With Harith’s influence, I believe he can encourage the public to Take, Use and Return the umbrellas.

I personally also hope that other private corporations will be able to follow suit with what Aspen Group has initiated and step in to provide these simple conveniences to the public through some acts of kindness such as this.

Not only are we will able to teach the community to share, such initiatives can also educate the public to be more mindful, considerate and responsible on their action. Sharing is something that we were taught as kids but somehow as we become adults, we forget these teachings and become selfish and disregard the needs of others.

As Malaysians collectively, we were able to change our country to the new Malaysia that we have always dreamt of and make it a reality. Now, it is time for us to stand together to change our mind set towards a Malaysia that is productive and well respected by other countries of the world starting with ourselves. The Penang State Government applauds this initiative and will assist as much as possible to make this initiative a successful one.

Thank you.

Certificate Presentation Ceremony for Mediation

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Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

 for Certificate Presentation Ceremony for Mediation

Royal Hotel, Jalan Larut

12 August 2018, 8 p.m.

Yang Berhormat Speaker Dewan Undangan Negeri Dato Law Choo Kiang

Yang Arif Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi Dato Lim Chong Fong

Yang Berhormat Ahli Exco Negeri Dr Afif Bahardin

Yang Berhormat Ahli Exco Negeri Tuan Soon Lip Chee

Yang Berhormat Setiausaha Negeri Dato Seri Farizan Darus

Yang Berhormat Penasihat Perundangan Negeri Dato Anas Ahmad Zakie

Yang Berbahagia Ketua Polis Negeri Dato Seri Thaiveegan Arumugan

Yang Berbahagia Pengarah AIAC Datuk Sundra Rajoo

Yang Berbahagia Presiden Majlis Jaksa Jaksa Pendamai Negeri Pulau Pinang Dato Seri R. Arunasalam

Yang Berbahagia Penasihat Majlis Jaksa Jaksa Pendamai Negeri Pulau Pinang Tan Sri Haji Yusof Latif

Yang Berbahagia Penasihat Majlis Jaksa Jaksa Negeri Pulau Pinang Dato Seri Markend Joshi

Dato Dato, Datin Datin, Dif Dif Kehormat, Ahli-ahli Media Massa, Tuan Tuan dan Puan Puan sekalian

1. The Institution of Justices of the Peace (JP) is a British creation. As a British colony, the then Straits Settlements of Penang inherited the tradition of appointing JPs from among its eminent individuals and community leaders. The honorary office comes with significant statutory and public roles. These include maintaining peace and act as lay magistrates to try minor offences. However, it is to be noted that their influence and standing in the community had extended their duties and services to include serving as mediators in community and business disputes. All these contributions are well recorded in the history of Penang. The first known JP appointed in the then Straits Settlements was the late Foo Tye Sin in 1872. So, on record the JP institution in Penang existed since the 19th century.

2. The post-independence appointment of JPs by the State Authority is governed by the Subordinate Courts Act 1948 (revised 1972). In true tradition, the Penang JPs have lived up to their statutory roles as quasi judicial officer in serving the state. All appointed JPs took their oath of allegiance to the state as a public officer and all the public services rendered are performed pro bono.

3. In their private capacities, most of the JPs have also serve voluntarily in various social and welfare organisations across the all sectors of the community. I can recognise many of you here in this hall tonight. The state government of Penang do recognise your immense contributions, particularly in complementing the government’s effort for the betterment of the state.

4. Syabas! I commend the Council of Justices of the Peace in Penang for their commitment, unselfish and unfailing contributions for the well being and services to the community of Penang over the years.

5. To the current JPs under the leadership of Dato Sri R. Arunasalam, I applaud your courage and determination to transform and bring the JP institution to a different level, to be in tandem with the needs of the community. Your effort to transform the institution of JPs in Penang, particularly in offering mediation services deserves high commendation.

6. I have read with interest how the idea of offering mediation services was crystallised. It started from a suggestion by Y.A. Dato’ Lim Chong Fong, a Anak Pulau Pinang, then an advocate and solicitor, sometime in 2014. The JPs took it seriously and met up with Dato Lim to discuss the plan and process. Ir Harbans Singh, another Anak Pulau Pinang, who is also a certified Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practitioner was invited to give a short seminar to all JPs. Due to the overwhelming interest shown, the Penang JP approached the Director of Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA), now known as Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), Datuk Sundra Rajoo, also a Anak Pulau Pinang, for his endorsement and support. Without hesitation, he gave the nod and the rest is history. Ir Harbans Singh gave his time to provide the training together with his team from the AIAC.

7. In this regard, the state government wish to place on record our appreciation to the 3 distinguished Anak Pulau Pinang, namely Y.A. Dato Lim Chong Fong, YBhg Datuk Sundra Rajoo and Ir Harbans Singh, the unsung heroes, for their contribution back to our beloved Penang state.

8. At this juncture, I congratulate the Council again for successfully trained over 40 community leaders, both JPs and non-JPs, to serve the community through the JP Mediation Bureau which was officially launched by the Tuan Yang Terutama (TYT) Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas
Read in July last year. Today, Penang is the only state where the JPs are providing mediation services to the community. This is indeed another first (achievement) for the state of Penang.

9. Mediation is a consensual and flexible dispute resolution procedure targeted to achieve a speedy, economical and non-acrimonious resolution of the dispute. It is suitable for family, personal, commercial and other types of civil disputes. In mediation, the Mediator acts as facilitator, a neutral third party, to assist in settlement of disputes. In certain circumstances, the Mediator may play the role of evaluator if seek upon by the disputants. The sole purpose of mediation is to get both parties to come to an agreement or settlement. That is, facilitating the parties to reach their own agreement at their own terms. It is the most cost effective method of dispute resolution and is gaining popularity.

10. The JPs are eminent persons with high community standing and having undergone mediation skills training are best fitted to offer mediation services to the people of Penang through the JP Mediation Bureau. The state is committed to support the JP Mediation Bureau which is offering mediation services on pro bono basis. At the same time, the state may also consider your proposal that the state establish a state mediation centre with the local JPs, serving as mediators.

11. I understand that a few JPs had previously served in the Court annexed mediation. To this I must congratulate them for earning the confidence of the Judiciary and it proves that JPs are eminent persons of both high standing and integrity. Being quasi judicial officers of the state, I hope the JPs, especially those trained in mediation will continue to be appointed by the Court as and when the need arises.

12. Apart from their statutory roles and duties, the Penang JPs through its registered Council has played an exemplary role in community services. Their welfare fund has over the years helped the less fortunate in the community. The JP Council is also one of the first to come forward and contribute to the State Poverty Fund during its launch.

13. Touching on the memorandum received on the 13 June, I have studied the content and will respond to some of the pertinent points. The state is just as concerned with the diminishing number of JPs in Penang, currently 72, with less than 10 below age 75, due to non-appointment since 1990. Consider that the institution of JPs is still relevant and is transforming, the state acknowledges their value and unique roles and will study to resume the reappointment process in due course. The state will also look into the past records and reinstate some of the roles/appointments which were traditionally held by JPs upon resumption of appointments.

14. Again, congratulations to the Council of Justices of the Peace, state of Penang and Asian International Arbitration Centre for their successful collaboration to train mediators to serve the state. To the all the JP-AIAC trained mediators, your interest and commitment to serve the community will be greatly appreciated by the state.

Thank you.


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PADA 11 OGOS 2018 (SABTU), 7.15 PAGI

Terima kasih Pengacara Majlis

Yang Berhomat Tuan Jagdeep Singh Deo 
Exco Perumahan, Kerajaan Tempatan Dan Perancangan Bandar & Desa

Yang Berhomat Tuan Wong Hon Wai
Ahli Parlimen Bukit Bendera

Yang Berhomat Tuan Lee Chun Kit
Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Pulau Tikus

Yang Berhomat Tuan Zairil Khir Johari
Ahli EXCO dan juga Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Tanjung Bungah

Yang Berbahagia Dato Ar. Yew Tung Seang
Datuk Bandar, Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang

Yang Berusaha Ahli Majlis - Ahli Majlis

Yang Berusaha Setiausaha Bandaraya

Ketua-Ketua Jabatan

Para Wartawan

Dato’-Dato’/Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan yang saya hormati sekalian


Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengucapkan ribuan terima kasih kepada Yang Berhomat Tuan Jagdeep Singh Deo, Yang Berhomat Tuan Wong Hon Wai dan Yang Berhomat Tuan Lee Chun Kit kerana sudi melapangkan masa untuk menghadiri "Majlis Pelancaran Laluan Basikal dan Pejalan Kaki dari Tanjong Tokong (Straits Quay) ke Padang Kota Lama" pada pagi ini.

Laluan Basikal dan Pejalan Kaki dari Tanjong Tokong (Straits Quay) ke Padang Kota Lama (yang dilancarkan pada pagi ini):

• merupakan sebahagian daripada 180km laluan basikal yang telah disiapkan sehingga kini. 
• Projek ini mula pada bulan Dis 2016 dan telah disiapkan pada April 2018. 
• Kos projek yang terlibat adalah sebanyak RM 3.7 juta. 
• Juga merupakan komponen utama dalam ‘Coastal Cycling Route’ yang menghubungkan laluan basikal dari bahagian utara pulau ke persisiran pantai timur dan seterusnya menuju ke Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah serta Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Pulau Pinang. 
• Sebahagian besar ‘Coastal Cycling Route’ ini adalah laluan berasingan dengan kenderaan bermotor maka lebih selamat digunakan.

Pelan Induk Laluan Basikal Pulau Pinang 
• Dirangka oleh Kerajaan Negeri dan MBPP pada tahun 2010. 
• Lebih kurang 200 km laluan basikal dirancang untuk disediakan di bahagian Pulau menjelang tahun 2020. 
• Kini, sebanyak 90% atau lebih kurang 180 km laluan basikal tersebut telah disediakan. 
• Ia termasuk laluan basikal khas (dedicated bicycle lane), laluan perkongsian dengan kenderaan (seperti di Jalan Teluk Bahang / Batu Feringgi / Balik Pulau ), Laluan basikal hijau di pusat bandar (laluan yang dicat hijau untuk memberi panduan kepada para pengguna basikal )
• 40.4km merupakan Laluan khas, iaitu lebih kurang 22.4% daripada 180km yang telah siap dalam Pelan Induk Basikal merupakan laluan khas yang mampu menjamin keselamatan penunggang basikal secara optimum.

Dua projek laluan basikal yang juga telah disiapkan pada tahun ini iaitu: 
1) Pembinaan Jejantas Basikal Dan Pejalan Kaki Di Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Berdekatan Queensbay (Jambatan Harapan) Serta Pembinaan Jambatan Basikal Merentangi Sungai Ara Dan Sungai Nibong dengan kos sebanyak RM 8.9 juta.
2) Membina Dan Menaiktaraf Laluan Basikal Dan Pejalan Kaki Dari Queensbay Ke Bayan Baru sepanjang 3.9 km dengan kos sebanyak RM 3.78 juta.

Kesemuanya, jumlah kos projek yang terlibat untuk membiayai ketiga-tiga projek ini adalah RM16.38 juta.

Satu lagi projek pembinaan laluan basikal dan pejalan kaki akan dilaksanakan pada suku keempat tahun ini. Laluan yang terlibat dalam projek ini adalah Jalan Tanjong Tokong dan Jalan Tanjung Bungah (iaitu dari Tesco Seri Tanjung Pinang ke Hotel Flamingo) di bahagian utara pulau serta Jalan Kampung Jawa dan Lebuh Kampung Jawa di kawasan Zon Perindustrian Bebas Bayan Lepas. Jumlah jarak laluan basikal dan pejalan kaki yang akan disediakan adalah lebih kurang 5 km dan anggaran kos projek adalah sebanyak RM 4.3 juta. Tempoh pembinaan projek yang dirancang adalah selama 18 bulan.

Para Hadirin yang dihormati sekalian,

Oleh kerana sambutan dan permintaan penduduk adalah sangat menggalakkan dalam usaha kerajaan untuk meningkatkan penggunaan basikal yang mesra alam dan sihat, maka Kerajaan Negeri akan terus meluaskan rangkaian laluan basikal untuk kemudahan, keselesaan dan keselamatan penunggang basikal. Perancangan juga sedang dibuat untuk menyediakan laluan basikal di kawasan resab sungai dan mewujudkan trek-trek bukit.

Dengan ini, saya merasmikan Laluan Basikal dan Pejalan Kaki ini dan semoga semua penunggang basikal tak kira masyarakat tempatan atau pelancong dapat menikmati kemudahan yang disediakan ini.

Sekian, terima kasih.