Malaysia’s Digital Transformation: Making the digital leap

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One of the most asked questions in recent months is the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the pace of digital transformation. Are organisations, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), now more inclined to invest in automating and digitalising their operations, and are companies in general accelerating their digital transformation plans in the wake of the pandemic?

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) director of business digital adoption Muhundhan Kamarapullai says the pandemic has been a wake-up call. “Covid-19 has definitely altered the drive for digital transformation where, in order to sustain and survive, businesses need to inject digital [technology] into their business operations.”

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Holistic approach to healing economy

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) has outlined four initiatives to be carried out in the next three months aimed at benefiting social enterprises, startups and the people.

This move, said Mosti, was not only to restore the economy but also to put the country on a global platform as a high-tech nation

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Source: New Straits Times

Shahril Shamsuddin reappointed as MIMOS chairman

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KUALA LUMPUR: National applied research and development (R&D) centre , MIMOS Bhd, an agency under the purview of the Ministry of Science, Technology and
Innovatio n (MOSTI), has reappointe d Tan Sri Shahril Shamsuddi n a s its chairman for the second time in twelve years effective May 18.

Mimos said Shahril, 58, the presiden t an d group chief executive officer of Sapura Energy Bhd previously holds the position fro m Januar y 16, 2005 to July 4. 2008, succeeded Datuk Wira Omar Kaseh, who completed his three-year tenure .

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Source: Borneo Post (Kuching), Malaysia

MCCC to conduct webinar on IR 4.0 for SMEs

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THE Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) will conduct a webinar for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0), especially on what it takes for them to navigate the Covid-19 crisis.

The MCCC said the seventh webinar entitled “Way Forward on IR 4.0 for SMEs” is scheduled to take place at 11am on April 30.

“The MCCC has invited expert professionals from IR 4.0 sectors to share their experiences and views at the webinar to help support SMEs respond to the changing situation,” it said in a statement today.

The webinar will emphasise how SMEs would acquire fresh thinking to get past the limitations of traditional performances and approaches, as transformation is the way forward.

The three speakers invited are Dr Chua Wen-Shyan, head of Malaysian Smart Factory 4.0, Selangor Human Resource Development Centre; Omron Electronics Sdn Bhd managing director and Malaysia Automation Technology Association president Tiong Khe Hock; and MIMOS National Strategic Initiative senior director Mohd Mirza Mohamed Noor.

The webinar will be moderated by celebrity entrepreneur Wong Chui Ling in English and is open to all.

Interested parties are welcome to join the session at MCCC Facebook live or at — April 27, 2020, Bernama


Paving the way with new solutions

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian industries need to invest more in sustainable solutions if they want to compete in the international market, says Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Ong Kian Ming.

Ong said this at a dinner hosted by national applied research and development centre Mimos, meant to mark its successful completion of a pilot project on sustainable palm oil traceability in collaboration with Procter & Gamble (P&G).

The dinner was also attended by project partners Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund and Malaysia Institute of Supply Chain Innovation.

“I see a fruitful partnership between P&G and Mimos involving Industry Revolution 4.0 technologies, such as big data, blockchain and the Internet of Things, in developing the Oil Palm Data Warehouse for sustainability.

“This is something that the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) wants to see much more of. Such a project would benefit our smallholders by increasing trust in their sustainability practices.

“I look forward to this project continuing to the next phase and expanding nationwide. I also hope this data warehouse and supply chain analytics system can be adopted by industry players and applied in other supply chains beyond oil palm, ” he added.

The Mimos and P&G’s joint pilot project was started in 2017 to create an Oil Palm Data Warehouse and analytics system using locally developed big data analytics and blockchain technology to optimise the efficiency of the industry’s data collection process.

The resulting traceability platform facilitates the tracking of private smallholders’ interactions with dealers and the movement of fresh fruit bunches produced on the farms. To date, over a thousand smallholders in Johor have been engaged and enabled to apply the solution.

The system, which establishes relationships between P&G palm suppliers to palm oil mills and refineries, enables P&G to identify areas of social and environmental risks along its supply chain. This in turn allows the global fast-moving consumer goods brand leader to plan and monitor follow-up actions for improvement and progress.

P&G global sustainability director Jack McAneny said that the project would be one of the key enablers for the entire smallholder effort in Malaysia, with the goal of not only improving yields by 30% to 50%, but also uplifting the livelihood of smallholders and ensuring sustainable practices in the P&G palm oil supply chain.

He said: “The project will bring significant benefits, consistent with P&G’s theme of collaborating to drive impact at scale.

As part of its commitment to the responsible sourcing of palm oil, P&G has declared livelihood improvement for palm oil smallholders as one of its Ambition 2030 environmental sustainability goals.

The initiative is in line with the fact that the government has made it mandatory for oil palm growers in the country to obtain Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil certification, with the aim of enabling growers to eventually attain Roundtable Sustainable Palm Oil certification for assuring international markets of their sustainability.

At the same time, it is also part of Mimos’ ongoing efforts to commercialise solutions developed in partnership with the private sector.

A strategic agency under Miti, Mimos contributes to transforming Malaysia’s industry through patentable technology platforms, products and solutions. Over the past 12 years, it has filed more than 2,000 intellectual properties in various technology domains and across key socioeconomic areas.

Serving a central role in the country’s transformation journey and information and communications technology vision, it endeavours to create a culture of innovation by nurturing relationships with internal and external stakeholders, in the spirit of smart partnerships as well as inclusive growth models and strategies.