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Old March 19th, 2008, 06:14 AM   #201
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I hope to see changes in Perak soon as we have already been left out in the mainstream developments...all the best to the new state government
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Easier access at Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone

THE Penang state government wants to provide easier access for suppliers and vendors doing business with multinational companies operating in the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone (FIZ).

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng announced yesterday the opening of the West Gate, which serves as an entry point to the FIZ's third phase, previously closed from 9am to noon.

The opening of the gate is expected to facilitate faster access to shipping points like the Penang International Airport and the mainland port as well as delivery during office hours.

The move was made in response to requests dating back for more than a decade from industrialists operating on the "Silicon Island".

Lim also said that alternative access through the FIZ Phase 3's Red Bridge was being addressed and that additional gantries would be completed soon.

"The Penang Island Municipal Council has promised that the Red Bridge will open to traffic by May 15," he said during a dialogue with some 50 representatives of the Free Industrial Zone Penang Companies' Association (Frepenca) at a hotel in Penang.

Also present were Deputy Chief Minister, Professor Dr P. Ramasamy, and the association's president, Datuk Mohd Sofi Osman.

It is learnt that the council will be spending RM47 million on the construction of two gantries.

"On the part of the state government, we shall strive to allay your concern over a few fundamental issues, such as public safety, by enhancing crime prevention and control, and social interaction, by promoting cross-cultural integration," Lim said.

Frepenca's membership comprises more than 60 companies which are mainly multinational corporations with a combined workforce of 100,000.

In his speech, Lim called on Frepenca members, which include some of the world's top technology brand names, to leverage on the positive business environment in Penang, which most of them have called home for over three decades.

"We know for a fact that most of the industry players, including Frepenca members, have chosen to set up their regional headquarters in Singapore and Hong Kong.

"Perhaps, I should take this opportunity to propose a change, so that you could go back and convince yourprincipal headquarters to relocate your regional headquarters to Penang," he added.

To further encourage multinationals in this direction, the state government will also seek to facilitate and streamline the entry application pro-cess for foreign skilled personnel who travel frequently to Malaysia.

While conceding that it was still early days for the new state government to be talking about overseas missions, Lim said that efforts to bring in fresh investments and reinvestments were on the cards,but would not entail lavish overseas junkets.

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Old April 25th, 2008, 04:46 AM   #203
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PM invites Thais to invest up north
By : Farrah Naz Karim


Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi pointing out some landmarks in Putrajaya to Samak Sundaravej yesterday.


PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia wants Thai investors to explore the opportunities being offered in the Northern Corridor Development Region.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said their participation would contribute to economic growth in the border areas, including southern Thailand.

Abdullah said as Malaysia and Thailand shared a common border, peace, stability and prosperity in southern Thailand were important to both countries.

"We also know that the solution to the problems generated by poverty and underdevelopment lies not only in the construction of infrastructure and the provision of social amenities but also investment in human capital.

"When people are equipped with knowledge and skills, they become useful citizens who can uplift themselves economically and socially and contribute to the well-being of the society at the same time," Abdullah said at a luncheon he hosted for visiting Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej here yesterday.

He said Malaysia was prepared to continue contributing to the economic and social development of the people in southern Thailand.

He said both nations needed to do more although some progress had been made in education and skills training for young people.

Specific measures to accelerate co-operation in matters already agreed upon should be identified, and new areas of collaboration explored, he said.

"As we share common land and sea boundaries, there will always be issues which require continuing attention.

"The overriding objective should always be the maintenance of friendly relations between our two governments and the people because the peace and prosperity of our two countries are interdependent in many ways," Abdullah said.

He was happy to note that total trade between Malaysia and Thailand had grown from US$15.66 billion (RM49 billion) in 2006 to US$17.23 billion last year.

Malaysian investments in Thailand had also surpassed the RM1 billion mark.

Malaysia would give Thailand, which is taking over the chairmanship of Asean, full support in spearheading the task of forging greater regional integration and establishing the Asean Community on schedule in 2015, he said.

Samak, in his speech, said Thailand attached great importance to its relations with Malaysia, whom it regarded as its "close neighbour and strategic partner".

He expressed admiration for Abdullah for "having been able to maintain grace under pressure", adding that Malaysia was fortunate to have him as a leader.

Samak, who became prime minister on Jan 28, expressed gratitude for the cooperation rendered by the government of Malaysia to bring peace and prosperity to southern Thailand.
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I honestly think that the gov has been mentioning all these corridors less often, in comparison before the election.

So, are all these corridors just want to "mengaburi mata rakyat"?
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Old April 26th, 2008, 01:52 PM   #205
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I honestly think that the gov has been mentioning all these corridors less often, in comparison before the election.

So, are all these corridors just want to "mengaburi mata rakyat"?
fyi, all these corridors are just 'on paper' only lah. and dollah so far since he took power on 2003, nothing mega project that he has announced are done. as you can see in current even on penang 2nd bridge. and lates....penang monorail.

on johor, all projects are foreigns' own development. even the immigration complex is mahathir's project.

dollah...dollah..., malulah org penang ada PM macam ni..., dan malu bagi seluruh rakyat malaysia di mata dunia
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Old April 28th, 2008, 05:18 AM   #206
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yeah akupun setuju dengan kau osh.......
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Old April 29th, 2008, 10:21 AM   #207
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Agree too.

Seriously, dulu (walaupun saya baru 17 thn) mase kecik2 slalu gak dgr all these mega projects like KLIA, MSC, Twin Towers etc. Syok gila bila dgr berita2 camni kat TV.

Skarang asyik dengar "UMNO kena pulih", "UMNO hilang kaliber" and "Kenapa BN kalah?" etc. BORING!
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Old May 4th, 2008, 07:21 AM   #208
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Penang to work with govt on NCER projects
NST Online » Local News 2008/05/04
By : Audrey Dermawan

GEORGE TOWN: The state government has agreed to adopt the Northern Corridor Implementation Agency Act 2007 for the smooth implementation of all projects under the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER).

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state executive councillors gave their endorsement during Friday's exco meeting, after two months of extensive discussions.

He said he believes Penang is the first Pakatan Rakyat state within the NCER to adopt the Act. The other two PR state governments, Kedah and Perak, have not made any public statements.

Despite reservations from various quarters that the Act would give more power to the federal authority which is promoting the NCER, Lim said the state government was prepared to work with the federal government in the interests of the people.

"This is a very important decision. We are willing to co-operate with the federal authority to ensure the people here benefit from the various development projects, such as the Second Penang Bridge and the monorail project.

"I also want to give my assurance that the people's interest will not be compromised in any way," Lim said after a courtesy call by the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (Penang branch) yesterday.

Lim said he received a letter from the prime minister, dated March 28, requesting him to adopt the Act.

The Act was passed in Parliament last year and signed by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin on Feb 5. It was gazetted on Feb 14.

"I will hand over a letter on the state's acceptance to the prime minister personally," said Lim.

The NCER was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi last July. Sime Darby Bhd was given the task of master planning the NCER, while the job of implementing the project fell to the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA).

The long-term development plan, which covers Perlis, Kedah, Penang and northern Perak, is aimed at unleashing the economic potential of the northern sector of the peninsula and and raising the income of its people.

There are 11 members, including the prime minister, the deputy prime minister, the Menteris Besar and Chief Ministers of the four states, two federal ministers, a civil servant and two representatives from the private sector in the NCIA. Lim is the sole representative from Penang.

Asked to comment on the alleged land scam in the state, Lim said he would give former deputy chief minister Datuk Seri Abdul Rashid Abdullah another two weeks to meet with him to discuss the issue.

The original deadline was April 28, but Lim said he was extending it after a statement by deputy opposition chief Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya that the matter was best discussed in private rather than in public.
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Azizan: We are committed to Northern Corridor

ALOR STAR: The Pas-led state government is fully committed to helping the federal government realise the proposed RM177 billion Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) in Kedah.

Menteri Besar Azizan Abdul Razak said the state government had not imposed any conditions for supporting the economic blueprint, mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, to develop the northern states.

"I signed numerous documents on the NCER when I met officers from the Northern Corridor Implementation Agency (NCIA) recently.

"We discussed, and I later signed, the necessary documents.

"I did not set any conditions before agreeing to support the government's initiative," he said after chairing the state Executive Council meeting here yesterday.

He said he had asked for a copy of the NCIA's development programmes for Kedah to avoid any overlapping with the various state agencies.

Azizan said he was considering setting up a special state-level committee to liaise with the Barisan Nasional federal government on development projects in Kedah.

"So far, we have no problems with the federal government and we want to avoid any difficulties in the future."

He also said the other opposition-led state governments should consider setting up their own committees to liaise with the federal government.
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Japan's Ibiden investing RM1b in Penang plant
By Goh Thean Eu
Published: 2008/05/22



The plant, which is expected to create 900 jobs next year, will make high-performance and high-density printed wiring boards for use in mobile phones


JAPAN'S Ibiden Co Ltd, the world's biggest printed circuit board (PCB) maker, will invest at least RM1 billion to set up its third manufacturing plant in Penang.

The plant, which will make and develop multi-layer PCBs, is scheduled to operate by the third quarter of next year.

Construction of the 18.5ha facility will begin as early as next month.

About RM800 million will be spent over the next two years, mainly on construction of the plant and buying equipment from across the globe.

It is expected to create jobs for 900 Malaysians next year.

The plant will be used to manufacture high-performance and high-density printed wiring boards, which are widely used in mobile phones.

"Worldwide demand for mobile phones is expected to maintain its constant growth. The replacement demand is also anticipated to increase," Ibiden printed wiring board unit manager and executive officer Sotaro Ito said in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Depending on future demand, the company may build another plant in Penang in 2011, Ito said.

Its existing two plants are located in the Seberang Jaya and Prai industrial areas.

Ibiden's investment is a big boost for Malaysia's foreign direct investment (FDI).

Japanese investments in the manufacturing sector have been increasing significantly since 2003.

The Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (Mida) is optimistic that FDI from Japan will surpass its record last year when the country brought in RM6.52 billion, up 48 per cent from RM4.4 billion in 2006.

"If we can close the deals we are working on, I am confident that we can easily match or surpass last year's number," Mida director-general Datuk R. Karunakaran said.

Between January and March this year, 13 projects from Japan were approved in various industries, with capital investment of RM270 million, excluding investment by Ibiden.

International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be leading a trade and investment mission to Japan in July.

Seminars and roundtable meetings will be organised in Osaka, Yokohama and Tokyo.

Mida will also send technical teams and specific product missions to attract Japanese investment in areas such as food ingredients; functional and halal food; petrochemical and polymers; specialised machinery for electrical, electronics and metal working industries; flat panel display; and semiconductors and electronic components.
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Guan Eng: Credit goes to Penangites
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PENANG: Who should get the credit for bringing billion-dollar investments into the state? If you ask Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, the answer is the people of Penang.

Ask his predecessor, Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, and he’ll say that Lim should not claim credit for the goundwork done by the previous state government.

The two leaders have been engaged in a public spat since the March 8 general election, when Koh’s Barisan Nasional government was ousted by the Pakatan Rakyat coalition, to which Lim belongs.

Their current quarrel concerns two investment deals that were sealed following the change of government. Honeywell Aeorspace has announced that it is pumping RM115.2 million while Japan’s Ibiden Co Ltd has pledged to put in RM1.2 billion in the state.

“The people of Penang deserve to be recognised for the hard work they have put in,” Lim said yesterday. “There were many who played roles in clinching the investments.”

Koh had said Lim should “thank” the previous state government and give credit where it was due instead of claiming glory.

“Will that make him happy?” Lim hit back yesterday. “All I want to say is that it is the hard work of the people of Penang and let us give credit to them.

“There are various stages and everyone has a role in it. The hardest bit of all is the final part, the clinching of the deal and we had a tough time trying to do that even with Ibiden, but we did it,” he added.

Speaking after the ground-breaking ceremony of Ibiden’s RM1.2 billion plant at the Penang Science Park in Bukit Tengah, he dismissed as “insincere” Koh’s view that the present state government should be able to garner RM10 billion in investments this year due to the hard work put in by Koh’s administration.

During a Gerakan seminar last Thursday, Koh had reportedly said that foreign direct investments into Penang could reach RM10 billion if the state government had the right strategy.

“We want to focus on what we can achieve,” Lim retorted. “If he (Koh) had said this when he was the chief minister it would have been different.

“Why didn’t he say this last year? Saying this now is not so right, and we will just leave it at that. He is just making a political statement and I don’t think it is a sincere assessment.”

In a thinly veiled reference to Koh, Lim said it was inappropriate for certain parties to make announcements on investors who were planning to invest in Penang.

“It is the company which should make the announcement, not this government or anyone else. I would prefer that this be done only when the company has decided.

“That is why we have not made any announcements and I regret certain statements made by some quarters claiming that certain companies are coming to invest in Penang. I do not think that will help our investment efforts as strict confidentiality is required.

“These people who have 18 years of experience in these areas do not appear (to respect) this basic requirement of confidentiality,” Lim said. Koh led Penang for 18 years.

“If you look at the negative aspect, this may be an effort to discourage investments and it is not a responsible statement,” added Lim.

On his recent trip to Korea and Hong Kong, Lim said the aim of the Hong Kong trip was to reintroduce Penang as a tourism hub while the trip to South Korea was to win the trust of investors.
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Ibiden plans to build second plant in Penang
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PENANG: Japan’s Ibiden Co Ltd, which is investing RM1.2 billion to set up a manufacturing plant at the Penang Science Park to develop multilayer printed circuit boards (PCB), is looking at multiplying its investment in 2011 when it embarks on the second phase of its operations here.

Ibiden executive officer (PWB unit manager) Ito Sotaro said although there were no concrete plans for a second phase right now, the company was planning to set up a second plant similar in size and investment right next to the first plant on a 18.53ha site in Bukit Tengah.

Sotaro said the first plant would create 900 jobs by the third quarter of 2009, and the second plant would also create as many jobs.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony officiated by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Sotaro said: “If things go according to our expectations, there is no reason for us to move and we will remain here.”

“We have already reserved land next to this facility and if everything goes well, we will proceed with Phase Two in 2011. However, in order to make that happen, we need the market to grow,” he said.

Once completed in 2010, Ibiden Electronics Malaysia Sdn Bhd’s plant is expected to produce 40,000 sq metres of PCBs per month. Sotaro said the setting up of the facility in Malaysia would not affect its production and operations at its plants in Japan and China.

Asked why Ibiden chose Penang over Nilai, where it had contemplated making an RM700 million investment, Sotaro said the site in Nilai did not meet Ibiden’s requirements.

“We received a very nice offer in Penang and we liked it, so we decided to settle here,” he said, adding that when operations started, Ibiden would strive to source for 100% local materials to support the local small and medium industries.

Meanwhile, Lim said the specially set up new taskforce headed by him would focus on critical and large investments above RM1 billion to facilitate smooth implementation of the projects.

“The taskforce would speedily resolve any problems that may arise,” Lim said. He said buoyed by Ibiden’s investment, the state government was also hopeful other Japanese investors would be encouraged to invest in Penang.

Lim said in 2007, Japanese companies accounted for RM47 million out of the total RM3.1 billion investments in Penang.

“This sum is only 1.5% of the total investments in Penang and we hope Japanese companies will increase their investments in Penang by at least 10 times more, following Ibiden’s move and confidence in Penang.

“We have the capacity, capability and potential to fulfil the expectations and requirements of high-tech companies and we will work closely with investors to ensure they have a trouble-free transition when they start their operations here,” he added.
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First Solar opens RM2bil plant in Kulim Hi-Tech Park
By V. CHANDRASEKARAN


KULIM: Kulim Hi-Tech Park is a step closer to becoming a manufacturing hub for solar panels with the official opening of US-based First Solar Inc's inaugural RM2.2bil plant yesterday.

Kedah Industry, Investment, Science and Innovation committee chairman Amiruddin Hamzah said other investors in the industry were also showing interest in the park.

“If everything goes well, we plan to turn Kulim Hi-Tech Park (KHTP) into a hub for solar panels manufacturing,” he said yesterday.

Amiruddin said this after officiating at the plant opening on behalf of Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak.

The first solar panel manufacturing operations in Asia, First Solar occupies a 40ha site, making it the biggest investor in the park in terms of land area.

First Solar makes solar panels or thin film photovoltaic panels used for generating solar power for export to Europe.

It started its first plant in Ohio in the US nine years ago, opened its second plant in Germany last year and its third in KHTP.

First Solar president Bruce Sohn said the new plant would create 2,000 jobs.

“When our four plants are up and fully running late in 2009, the 16 lines will be churning out over 700 megawatts (MW) of the company’s 1 GW of worldwide capacity – 70% of our total output,” he said.

On local content, he said it would be about 10% compared with 50% at its German plant.

He also said First Solar was keen to expand in the region but had no immediate plans.
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Kedah wants to make KHTP a photovoltaic hub
23 Jul 2008 3:51 PM
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KULIM: The Kedah state government is keen to turn the Kulim Hi Tech Park (KHTP) into a hub for solar photovoltaic industry following the RM2.2 billion investment by US-based First Solar Inc which will provide 2,000 jobs for Malaysians when fully operational at end-2009.

The state government was hopeful that more solar companies would be be spurred on to follow First Solar’s footstep which has set up its largest manufacturing base at the KHTP, said Kedah industries, innovation, science and technology committee chairman Amiruddin Hamzah at the official opening of the first of First Solar’s four manufacturing plants.

First Solar is the cost leader in the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry, driven by an advanced thin film semiconductor manufacturing process. As at end-2007, 300 megawatts (MW) of First Solar PV modules have been installed worldwide.

The four solar module manufacturing plants being constructed now are the company’s first such Asia-based facilities, which will have a combined annual capacity of 720MW solar modules with 16 lines running.

The Kulim facilities will produce 72% of First Solar’s annual capacity goal of one gigawatt worldwide.

First Solar president Bruce Sohn said: “Our expansion into Asia enables us to achieve cost reductions through economies of scale in a high quality manufacturing environment and help us achieve our goals and objectives.

“We realised early that a manufacturing presence on this continent, specifically in this country, was imperative to establish a global footprint, and this is why we became the first solar company to invest in Malaysia, a lead that others are following.

“For us, to truly solve the world’s environmental and geo-political problems, we must supplant old, dirty forms of energy with clean, renewable and sustainable solar electricity. To do this effectively, we must eventually be able to compete based on fundamental economics,” he said.

Besides offering renewable source of energy, First Solar also offers a fully funded programme where it commits to take back its modules, separate the metals from glass, purify the materials and eventually make new modules, making the product part of a comprehensive cradle-to-cradle process.
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Singapore, Hong Kong And Dubai To Be Guides To Develop Penang's Economy
July 29, 2008 16:50 PM

PENANG, July 29 (Bernama) -- The Penang state government will use the successes of Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai as guides to restore the strength of the state's economy.

State Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs committee chairman Abdul Malik Abul Kassim said those economies were chosen based on common factors and background with Penang.

He said the successes of the three areas need to be taken as role models if the state wanted to continue competing with them.

During the winding-up debate on the motion of thanks for the Yang Dipertua Negeri, Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas' speech, in the State Legislative Assembly, Abdul Malik said Penang had a similar historical past, culture and languages as Singapore; had a similar structure and hinterland as Hong Kong; and was also a popular tourist destination and trade centre like Dubai.

Abdul Malik also said Penang had the potential to be an international 'halal' hub with its manufacturing, packaging, marketing, research and development facilities and human resources.

He said Penang would cooperate with the Chulalongkorn University of Thailand on 'halal' certification given that institution's expertise and ability in the field.

This was however slammed by Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya (BN-Telok Bahang) who urged the state government to give priority to the expertise and facilities available in local universities like Universiti Sains Malaysia.

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always nuthin is for sure...freakin annoyin.....and freakin frustrating....maybe the actual problem worldwide and esp malaysia is, people are letting all the old generation to rule the country and all the power greedy assholes...i think that is the f**kin problem with the country and everywhere..don't u all think that actually it's f**kin absurd everywhere the mentally deranged oldies are ruling and always ending up in problem...no creative mind......i think we all fail to realize this...why aren't there young bright intelligent and brilliant people ruling countries and nations.....i think it's the main mistake everywhere......should let the slightly younger and smarter generation to rule the country....all these lau lang lau lang in the politics only know how to fight , argue , be sentimental and emotional and waste time talking and debating....there is hardly any action....people should think about all these......older people ussually hardly have vision...all they wanna do is to earn money and settle down and live a relaxing life.......they don't actually think bout modernization and advancement of living....younger generations with visions should fight for their right and voice out about their potentials.......
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Poser over fate of Dell ops in Penang
By Marina Emmanuel Published: 2008/09/08


A Dell spokesman in Penang says it does not typically comment on rumour or speculation, after a newspaper report that the personal computer maker will sell its plants worldwide

THE fate of the world's second-biggest personal computer (PC) maker Dell Inc's operations in Malaysia is unclear, in the wake of news reports on Friday that the American technology giant is considering to sell its factories.

The PC maker has a manufacturing facility in Bukit Minyak on mainland Penang where more than 1,500 people are employed.

Dell also operates a call centre on Penang island, at the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone, where over 1,000 people work.

The Financial Times this weekend reported that Dell had approached contract manufacturers - companies that make electronics equipment on behalf of name-brand groups - about taking over the plants.

"The original story is not based on any announcement by Dell, and we typically don't comment on rumour or speculation," a Dell spokesman in Penang told Business Times when contacted.

"We have said many times there are opportunities to use third-party manufacturers to reduce costs and increase efficiency. How best to do so is being evaluated," he added.

In a memo emailed to all staff worldwide, Dell president for global operations Mike Cannon sought to address employee concerns and questions following the "speculative" news report.

"Here is what we are doing ...We continue to evaluate and optimise our global manufacturing and distribution network, including our relationships with original design manufacturers, to better meet customer needs and reduce product cycle times.

"Our goal is to introduce the latest relevant technology more quickly and to rapidly pass on component cost-savings to our customers worldwide," he said, adding that Dell is also actively reviewing all aspects of its logistics, supply chain and manufacturing footprints.

"We recognise that these are complex issues, and depending on what decisions are ultimately made, they could have a significant impact on some employees and communities.

"We are working through these issues carefully and thoughtfully, and we are committed to communicating with you in an open, honest and timely manner," Cannon said in the memo.

The history of Dell's manufacturing presence in Penang dates back to 1996. The Bukit Minyak facility is engaged in producing desktop and laptop computers, along with PC systems.
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Halal port proposal for Penang
By K.KASTURI DEWI


THE Penang Government should explore the possibility of turning part of Penang Port into a halal port to take opportunity of the existing halal product industry in Southern Thailand.

State Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Abdul Malik Abul Kassim who made the proposal, said yesterday that products from Southern Thailand were currently being exported from Bangkok.

“Logistically, it would be cheaper and convenient for the products to be exported through Penang and this is an area that the state could tap into,’’ he told reporters after a press con-ference on the setting up of an international halal hub in the state.

He said part of the port could be converted into a port similar to the one in Hamburg, Germany, complete with cold room facilities, storage area and all other related facilities based on the halal concept.

Abdul Malik also said the state would look at tapping into the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMTGT) to attract investors for such an industry here.

“A business entourage will be leaving for Acheh at the end of October to look into this,’’ he said.

“The halal product industry is now a trillion dollar business and is continuing to expand as the industry is beyond the boundaries of race and religion. It is based more on the concept of purity, quality and cleanliness,’’ he said.

Abdul Malik added that with the growing global demand for such products, Penang was taking the opportunity to identify an industrial area in Batu Kawan as a halal park and another area in Balik Pulau for tourism and health tourism based on international halal concept.

He said the state was in the midst of setting up a Halal Development Corporation office here to help those who had yet to obtain the certification and newcomers to the industry to get registered.

He added that a task force set up by the state comprising the joint Chamber of Commerces, Halal Food Manufacturers Association, Halal Logistic Companies Consortium, Halal Deve-lopment Corporation, InvestPenang, Matta and other related agencies would hold its first meeting in the second week of October.

“The task force was set up to compile a database of the existing industry players and to promote and market Penang as a halal hub to draw in investors.

“At the moment, we have 81 halal food produces listed and we would like to encourage more in the industry to get registered to have better networking,’’ he added.
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Sime Darby among firms keen to develop Jerejak
By Marina Emmanuel Published: 2008/09/23


SIME Darby Bhd is one out of four investors that are keen to develop Pulau Jerejak in Penang.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng yesterday said the other three investors are foreigners which will be backing local firms.

The foreign parties are from the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.

Without revealing details, he said Sime Darby plans to invest in a tourism-related project and this is linked to the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER).



"We have received tremendous interest for the holistic development of Pulau Jerejak from Middle Eastern investors and Sime Darby is the first local conglomerate to express its interest," Lim told a press conference at Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak after receiving Sime Darby's president and group chief executive Datuk Seri Ahmad Zubir Murshid.

Present was Invest-in-Penang Bhd executive committee chairman Datuk Lee Kah Choon.

The NCER blueprint which was launched last year by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi states that Pulau Jerejak, which once served as a penal and leper colony, has been earmarked for a premier medical tourism centre.

The 362-hectare island, which is off the coast of Penang island, has so far seen only 32ha jointly developed by the Penang Development Corp and USA Holdings in the form of the Jerejak Resort and Spa.

Lim said the development of Pulau Jerejak would run into billions of ringgit and would span 10 years.

"The state government will likely open a tender for this project by the end of the year and all interested parties can forward their proposals then," he added.

Meanwhile, asked to comment on a news report that monorail system supplier Scomi Engineering Bhd is still keen on Penang, Lim said:

"Who is going to fund this monorail system? Previously, the federal government said it would fund the capital expenditure for this project but it has since said no."
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