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MIMOS clarifies on dismissal of 4 senior executives

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Reference is made to newsreports in two local Malay language dailies on June 10.

MIMOS Berhad (MIMOS) vehemently denies the allegation of any cover-up being the cause of the recent dismissal of four senior executives, including its President & CEO. The two local Malay language dailies had reported yesterday on these allegations made by a local political party that the four executives were dismissed as an attempt to cover-up pilferage of large sums of project funds.

MIMOS has always adhered strictly to corporate governance practices as well as abided to the policies and guidelines of both the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and the Ministry of Finance (MoF). Any project implementation and contract award is always subject to regular internal control processes and Treasury Guidelines of the Malaysian Government.

The four executives concerned were the subject of an exhaustive investigation by MIMOS’ internal audit team, which led to the due process of domestic inquiries and were subsequently dismissed in April 2019.

The domestic inquiries by MIMOS were conducted with full transparency and independence without any interference by the management and the Board of Directors of MIMOS. The domestic inquiry panellists included senior representatives from the Government.

The domestic inquiry panel had found that the four executives were in breach of the company’s policies and code of conduct, and as such disciplinary action was taken to dismiss them.

At all stages of the disciplinary proceedings, the executives were given ample opportunities to present their respective cases. MIMOS takes pride in following due process and treating its employees and officers with fairness and respect.

MIMOS has sought legal advice and will take the necessary action against those responsible for the allegations put forth against it.

 

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Involve in more Industry 4.0-related research, academia urged

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KUALA LUMPUR, 15 May 2019: International Trade and Industry (MITI) Deputy Minister Dr Ong Kian Ming has urged education institutions in the country to involve in more research activities relating to Industry 4.0.

Dr Ong said one of the possible ways for academia to accelerate Industry 4.0-related research is by collaborating with national applied research and development centre MIMOS.

“As we all know we are already embracing Industry 4.0 where we see industry transformation with the application of advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT).  AI, for instance, can be incorporated in teaching and research activities.

“We encourage more educational institutions to involve in research relating to Industry 4.0, be it academic or applied research, that can benefit industry and the nation as a whole,” he said, adding that MIMOS has the technological capabilities to meet industry needs.

He said that during the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signing ceremony between MIMOS and SEGi University and the launching of SEGi-MIMOS Centre of Excellence in AI, at the university in Petaling Jaya, on Tuesday.

Dr Ong commended the partnership, saying it would hopefully benefit the nation in its research and development of AI technology.

Under the partnership, both parties will undertake collaborative research in relation to AI technology while the SEGi-MIMOS Centre of Excellence in AI would see both parties leverage on each other’s expertise.

The agreement will bridge the gap between basic research being undertaken by SEGi University and technology development in MIMOS through collaborative R&D; and will contribute to the development of a new talent pool with the right competencies in AI.

The agreement was signed by MIMOS Interim Chief Executive Officer Emelia Matrahah and SEG International Bhd Group Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director Hew Moi Lan.  Also present were SEGi University Vice-Chancellor Professor Patrick Kee and MIMOS Chief Technology Officer Thillai Raj.

Thillai Raj said AI has become a game-changer in many sectors including manufacturing, finance, healthcare, and the service industry, as it helps them in optimising their efficiency and productivity.

“The fast-paced digital economy has left governments and industries with no choice but to adopt cutting-edge technologies such as AI in their race to add value for customers.  SEGi University has made a timely decision in setting up the AI Research Centre, which I foresee will push the boundaries of AI research.

“Our collaboration with SEGi University is in line with Industry4WRD (the national policy on Industry 4.0) where we want to build a strong pool of knowledge, skills, and talent towards increasing the country’s AI capabilities,” he said.

Professor Kee said the SEGi-MIMOS Centre of Excellence aims to conduct research and develop disruptive technology based on foundational AI that addresses operational problems and enables new products and services to the nation with a strategic roadmap established with MIMOS to ensure a phase-by-phase implementation.

“In 2015, SEGi University launched its first R&D Blueprint (2016–2020) focusing on three main phases that allowed us to drive successful research and innovation strategy with an impactful outcome for the community. We will internalise our research capability through effective collaboration among the public, university, business sectors and across national boundaries.

“SEGi is committed to adopting a global benchmark in producing world-class students and academics who could constantly evolve and generates the Malaysian economy to the next level. One of our main focuses is on preparing our academics and students for Industry 4.0, a new wave of industrial revolution.

“One of our focuses areas based on our R&D Blueprint is AI. The Centre will work on developments in machine learning, social robotics, business intelligence, computer vision, computational intelligence, brain-computer interface, data science, and information systems, as well as commercialisation of our research activities,” he added.

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MIMOS collaborates with Microsoft for AI centre

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MIMOS Bhd, an agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), has joined Microsoft Corp in a strategic collaboration to establish an Applied Artificial Intelligence (AI) Centre in Malaysia, also known as the Centre of AI for Future Industry (CAIFI).

According to a statement by MIMOS, the partnership signifies the commitment by both parties to accelerate the nation’s shift to the cloud, which would place Malaysia on the roadmap to be a digital-first nation, as outlined by the National Policy on Industry 4.0 (IR4.0).

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MIMOS teams up with CMC Engineering to improve rail commuter experience

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BUKIT JALIL, 11 Jan 2019 – CMC Engineering Sdn Bhd (CMC), a member ofThe Malaysia Rail Industry Corporation (MARIC) will leverage the capabilities of national applied research and development (R&D) agency, MIMOS, in providing technology solutions to boost rail commuter experience.

The collaboration will see MIMOS together with its subsidiaries, and CMC contributing their respective expertise and services to support rail operations.

CMC is an engineering procurement construction company that specialises in the installation, testing, commissioning, support and maintenance for railway-related industries.  

Central to the engagement is the digital Crowd Management System, where MIMOS’ capabilities in advanced technologies such as Internet of Things, Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence technologies will be used to enhance operational productivity, route planning efficiency and overall daily rail operations.

This engagement will further deepen CMC’s technical capabilities in digital solutions and rail maintenance activities.

CMC Chief Executive Officer Hazwan Alif Abdul Rahman said: “As we integrate and strengthen our urban transportation system, we want to offer new and smarter ways of travel and transit.  The system should incorporate intelligent security surveillance, relevant demographic information and a detailed analysis of commuter demands.”

“With the MIMOS-CMC engagement, we hope to further improve our rail transport reliability and provide our commuters with an efficient and thoughtful system, towards a more connected and sustainable urban transportation,” he said.

MIMOS Chief Technology Officer Thillai Raj Ramanathan said: “This partnership is particularly significant for MIMOS in our role to facilitate the industrialisation of Industry 4.0 elements towards galvanising local companies and developing homegrown advanced electronics and ICT technologies.”

The agency has been providing technologies for various strategic sectors namely Government services, manufacturing, healthcare, public safety, agriculture, financial services, education and smart community.

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Microsoft Malaysia partners with MIMOS to establish AI and IOT Schools in Malaysia and launches “A Cloud for Global Good in Asia”

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KUALA LUMPUR, 10 December 2018 –Minister of International Trade and Industry, YB Datuk Darell Leiking witnessed the exchange of AI Development memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Microsoft Malaysia and MIMOS Berhad (MIMOS), as well as officiated the launch of Microsoft’s publication, “A Cloud for Global Good in Asia”. The partnership between Microsoft and MIMOS signifies the establishment of the Microsoft Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet Of Things (IOT) Schools in Malaysia.

First launched in 2016, “A Cloud for Global Good” is a policy book developed by Microsoft that offers recommendations for governments, industry and civil society. The aim of the book is to ensure that the opportunities of technology are evenly shared and that challenges facing society are identified early and practical solutions applied. Over the years, Microsoft has advanced the policy framework laid down in the book, including new learnings and ideas within it. Its launch in Malaysia marks the book’s first entry into the region.

Congratulating Microsoft and MIMOS on their partnership, YB Darell adds “Among the key learnings from countries that have already embarked on their Industry 4.0 transformation is the need to pay attention to enablers. This had been highlighted in the National Policy on Industry 4.0 (Industry4WRD), as we fully appreciate the importance skills and technology play in driving innovation in a country. Through this collaboration, we are one step closer to achieving one of the objectives of the policy that is to create the right ecosystem for Industry 4.0 by providing digital infrastructure and digital skills training.”

In line with the nation’s goal to become one of the main destinations for the high-tech industry by 2025 under Industry4WRD policy, the partnership between Microsoft and MIMOS will see the establishment of a joint lab in MIMOS. The lab will be equipped with Microsoft’s IOT and AI programs, providing access to development tools for learning purposes. During the course of the partnership, workshops such as the ‘Hands on Lab on Internet of Things’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence’ will be conducted to help train young entrepreneurs and graduates to leverage on the power of IOT and AI. Throughout the duration of the partnership, Microsoft will facilitate the training sessions in these workshops.

“As we move towards Industry 4.0, industries are expected to benefit from technologies such as IOT and Artificial Intelligence.  At MIMOS, we have had early successes in the application of these technologies in our key projects, hence we would like to see more technology adoption and innovation from our local industries,” said MIMOS Chief Technology Officer, Thillai Raj.

“Equally important is to have all industry stakeholders to work together with the Government to develop policies that are agile and conducive for a more widespread implementation of smart solutions. That will, in turn, increase productivity levels across all market segments,” he said.

Microsoft and MIMOS have been long-term partners in building Malaysia’s innovative talent, having established the Microsoft Innovation Centre at MIMOS back in 2008. The present partnership will see a revival in the collaborative efforts of both parties, as they provide a platform to support the Industry4WRD initiative by the government by providing training and tools for Malaysian to transition smoothly into Industry 4.0. By enrolling in the MIMOS Technology Recipients Program, entrepreneurs and start-ups can venture further into the world of AI and IOT to help build their knowledge on data science, machine learning and AI modelling.

“We stand now at the dawn of a new era, one which is built on the cloud and based on data driven technologies,” said K Raman, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia. “Following the implementation of the Industry4WRD policy by the Malaysian government, we are excited to work closely with MIMOS to help build a future ready workforce in Malaysia, a workforce that is capable of capitalizing on the full capabilities of AI, IOT and many more future technologies. Coupled with our “A Cloud for Global Good in Asia” policy book, we hope to play our part in setting the trajectory of our nation towards being a leader in innovation as well as technological skills, priming ourselves for Industry 4.0.”

The collaboration between Microsoft and MIMOS is also in line with the recently launched ASEAN Digital Skills Vision 2020, an initiative that pledges to equip 20 million ASEAN workers with digital skills and opportunities in the next two years. It aims to address the employment and skilling challenges brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. As part of its pledge, Microsoft aims to provide 15,000 university students with internship opportunities, deliver digital skills training to 2.2 million SME employees, and to hire 8,500 digital workers by 2020 across ASEAN.

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