MITI aims to be fully transparent on the issuance of Open Approved Permits (APs) for vehicles and motorcycles

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) on the 14th of March, 2019

One of the main contentions about the implementation of the Approved Permit (AP) policy in the past has been allegations that these APs were given to a small number of well-connected individuals and companies which then quickly sold the APs to other parties for a quick profit. These allegations led many people to ask for the abolition of the AP policy.

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Supporting our Local Companies in the E&E Industry to be Regional and Global Players

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) on the 15th of February 2019

Whenever one thinks of the Electronics and Electrical (E&E) Sector in Penang, the images which come to mind immediately are big multinational companies (MNCs) such as Intel, B Braun and Broadcom. While established MNCs in the E&E sector have a long history in Penang, what is much less well known are the number of Large Local Companies (LLCs) which have emerged as part and parcel of the E&E landscape. With the right level of support and coordination, these companies can drive the next stage of growth for the E&E sector in Malaysia.

Most of the local E&E players in Penang started off as suppliers to the many MNCs which made Penang their operations and manufacturing hub in South East Asia, starting with INTEL in the early 1970s. As the scale and sophistication of these E&E MNCs grew, the local E&E players also grew in tandem.

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You don’t need a degree to be an effective politician

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Bangi and Assistant National Director for Political Education for the Democratic Action Party (DAP) on the 8th of February, 2019

Whenever the issue of a politician with dubious academic credentials makes the news, the question that one should ask is whether an academic qualification is even necessary for a person to be an effective politician. My answer to this question is a DEFINITE NO! Let me state it clearly so that there is no ambiguity whatsoever – You don’t need an academic degree to be an effective politician.

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