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Plans for a better mainland

THE Seberang Prai Municipal Council is targeting to turn Seberang Prai into a smart city with low carbon footprint by 2022. Its president Datuk Rozali Mohamud said the council had chosen the theme ‘Seberang Prai Resilient, Inclusive, Green and Competitive’ to drive it forward. “This theme has been incorporated into the Seberang Prai Strategic Plan […]

Japan Lifeline invests RM70m in Penang Science Park

GEORGE TOWN,  Feb 26 — Japan Lifeline Co Ltd’s Malaysian subsidiary, JLL Malaysia Sdn Bhd, signed a deal today with Penang Development Corporation (PDC) to acquire land in North Penang Science Park for a new factory. The Japanese medical devices manufacturer will invest RM70 million to build its first factory outside of Japan. JLL Malaysia […]

Swettenham terminal readies for mega liners

PENANG: Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB) is expanding berth from the current 480m to 700m for the cruise terminal to accommodate two mega vessels to berth simultaneously. Noting on the growing cruise business demand in the country and the region, chief executive officer Sasedharan Vasudevan said the focus and next stage of development for Penang […]

New MIDA Penang director calls on CM

The new Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) director for Penang Yusni Md Yusop this afternoon made a courtesy call on Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at his office in Komtar. Lim, in welcoming his guest, hoped that she will have a successful tenure in her new posting. Also present was investPenang chief executive officer Datuk […]

Asean region clean city award spurs MBPP to continue good effort

SPICK-and-span George Town’s feather in the cap as the one of the cleanest cities in the Asean region did not come easy, said Penang Island City Council (MBPP) mayor Yew Tung Seang. He revealed that several local councils in Malaysia were vying for the award, which came with a strict set of criteria to comply […]

4 Projects That Show Penang Might Just Be Asia’s Next Silicon Valley

Speak of Penang, and oftentimes people will bring up the usual associations—hawker food, holidays, sight-seeing, and heritage spots. But equally as important as Penang’s reputation as a tourist destination is its function as one of Malaysia’s technological hotbeds. Put forward as Asia’s next Silicon Valley by publications like BBC, Penang is now home to thousands of startups […]

PIE eyes contracts for supply of box-build electronics

GEORGE TOWN: PIE Industrial Bhd. hopes to finalise contract talks with several big multinational clients by the third quarter of this year for the supply of box-build electronics. Group managing director Alvin Mui told StarBiz that one of the box-build was for the industrial and commercial printing markets. “This area is seeing growth because there now new […]

Penang: where cultures blend and living heritage keeps evolving

The first noteworthy thing when arriving for the latest visit to Penang was to find only one plane parked at the gates at the airport – nearly unheard of these days at any airport of this size! But, actually, Penang International Airport has capacity to welcome more airlines and flights. And the visitor numbers, based on the […]

MoU aims to make Penang breastfeeding friendly

GEORGE TOWN: The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and Penang Medical College (PMC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly develop a research component of making Penang a breastfeeding friendly state. The MoU was signed by WABA Chairman Emeritus Datuk Dr Anwar Fazal and PMC President and CEO Stephen Doughty in a simple […]

iPay88 inks new partnership with @CAT

KUCHING: iPay88 Holding Sdn Bhd (formerly known as iPay88 Sdn Bhd) (iPay88), an NTT Data company as well as a Malaysia-based leading provider of online payment service solutions in Asean, has announced its partnership with @CAT Penang. As part of the three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), iPay88 will offer co-working spaces for aspiring startups in […]

Honeywell keen to proceed with Penang MRO project

SINGAPORE: Honeywell International Inc says its plan to establish a new aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility at the group’s aircraft parts manufacturing plant in Penang is still in the preparation stage. Honeywell is keen to implement the project, mooted in 2016, as the group is bullish about MRO’s future prospects, said Brian Davis, […]

Penang Medical College to help state become global health tourism hub

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Medical College (PMC) Sdn Bhd plans to provide the necessary human capital for the state to fully explore its potential as a global leader in medical tourism and innovative healthcare. College president and chief executive officer Prof Stephen Doughty, said that the higher learning institution was looking to offer a Masters in […]

The Nordics in Penang: business solutions, brands, production and design

As Penang develops and its economy keeps on growing, Nordic business solutions and brands can meet certain needs, use it for production and cater to consumer demand (such as in the example of H&M and Ikea). The presence in the State of Penang of brands and businesses from the Nordics is being significantly strengthened. Not […]

Economic benefits in direct flights between Doha, Penang

GEORGE TOWN: Multiple economic benefits are expected to be derived from both Qatar and Penang with the start of direct flights between Doha and Penang. In a joint press conference, both Qatar Airways’ chief commercial officer Ehab Amin and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng set the framework for greater synergy between the two destinations. […]

Penang airport to welcome two regional airlines this year � MAHB

GEORGE TOWN (Feb 6): The Penang International Airport (PIA) is expected to welcome two regional airlines this year prior to the expansion to increase its passenger capacity. Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) Managing Director, Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, said the two airlines have never flown to the state. “I will not name them but an announcement […]

Qatar Airways commences inaugural service to Penang

GEORGETOWN: Award-winning airline, Qatar Airways, commenced its inaugural service to Penang Tuesday, its second destination in Malaysia, in continuation of its robust expansion throughout Southeast Asia. Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner, flight QH850, touched down at the Penang International Airport at 2.30pm, along with its Qatar delegation, led by its chief commercial officer Ehab Amin. […]

Boston Scientific eyes higher output from Penang plant

SEBERANG PERAI, Feb 6 — Boston Scientific expects production at its Penang facility to rise by up to 10 per cent annually starting from 2019. The medical device manufacturer’s facility in Batu Kawan Industrial Park here currently at 25 per cent capacity with two clean rooms. “We have space for two more clean rooms so […]

A truly beautiful island

CHIEF Minister Lim Guan Eng has suggested ‘Cun-nya Pulau Pinang’ (Penang is gorgeous) for the state’s tourism slogan for 2018. Although it has yet to be unveiled, Lim said the slogan would be in line with Penang’s achievement as not only a clean state, but a greener, healthier and safer state that is well-known worldwide. […]

International school shortlisted for award

THE Prince of Wales Island International School (POWIIS) in Penang is one of four schools worldwide shortlisted for an International School of the Year by the TES Independent School Awards 2018. The other three nominated schools are the British School Muscat, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi and Jumeirah College. POWIIS is the only representative for Asia. The […]

High-tech system to combat dengue

THE Crush Aedes Totally (CAT) is an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven predictive system that allows the state Health Department to deploy teams and mitigate any dengue outbreak before it happens, said Aime Healthcare Sdn Bhd director Dr Helmi Zakariah. “The system employs artificial intelligence to predict a possible outbreak, and geolocate the location of the probable […]