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Digitisation is the future that will empower our country

Friday, September 18th, 2020
The Internet first came to our shores in 1987 and we established the first Internet service in the country known as Rangkaian Komputer Malaysia. - File pic, for illustration purposes onlyThe Internet first came to our shores in 1987 and we established the first Internet service in the country known as Rangkaian Komputer Malaysia. – File pic, for illustration purposes only

AS we celebrate 63 years of Merdeka and 57 years since the establishment of the Malaysian federation, I can’t help but look back at all the things our nation had accomplished.

Specifically, I’m looking at the critical strides we have taken to transform this nation into a global digital economic contributor.

The Internet first came to our shores in 1987 and we established the first Internet service in the country known as Rangkaian Komputer Malaysia (RangKoM).

It connected universities nationwide to enable researchers to communicate with each other, and was initially used only by academic institutions, government and private agencies.

At the same time, 33 years ago on June 8, 1987, the .MY domain was born. According to the first Malaysian Internet survey in 1995, only one out of every thousand Malaysians had access to the Internet at that time.

This grew to 2.6 per cent of the population by 1998. Today, Malaysia is one of the most digitally connected societies in the world, with more than 90 per cent households having access. I still remember the days of dial-up Internet. Getting connected was a lot slower compared to today’s standard, and trying to browse websites was a test of patience.

Even with the slow speed, it achieved one incredibly important purpose, which was to connect the home to the world. Over the years, the speed had increased significantly, and now, having a connection of a few hundred megabits per second from home has become the norm.

It is incredible how far technology has advanced and how it has changed our nation for the better. Malaysia has been recognised as Southeast Asia’s second most digitally advanced nation on Huawei’s Global Connectivity Index.

Our banking and eCommerce sectors are among the most evolved in the region, ahead of Hong Kong, China and Singapore. The digital economy contributes to a fifth of Malaysia’s economy, wor th more than RM270 billion.

With the rapid growth in digital adoption, the government is determined to drive the agenda forward in ensuring a brighter future. But there is still a lot more work to be done, especially supporting the nation’s micro-small and medium-scale enterprises, which are the future of our digital economy.

Several businesses have yet to make a move to digital. Only 62 per cent of businesses are connected to the Internet, with 46 per cent having fixed broadband and 18 per cent having a web presence of some kind.

This means we must continue our efforts to encourage Malaysians to make the digital leap into the future by breaking down the barriers to adoption. Access to fast, reliable and affordable Internet broadband connectivity is fundamental for growth and innovation of the country.

Having good broadband services and ICT infrastructure is the foundation in transforming the country into a competitive business hub. We are seeing significant progress, including connectivity in rural and remote areas.

The initiative called Jendela that was recently announced by our prime minister is a testament to the country’s focus and aspiration to improve digital communications for Malaysians to compete in the global digital economy.

Most of the digital economy growth is concentrated in urban areas, which increases the digital divide. That is why agencies like MYNIC are tasked with incentivising and encouraging SMEs and micro-SMEs in rural areas to bring their business from offline to online.

This will close the digital divide further. MYNIC is honoured to play a role in Malaysia’s digital economy journey, which goes beyond supporting local businesses, consumers and agencies with their unique Internet brand identity.

At MYNIC, we are focused on training the disabled and rural communities to ensure that nobody is left behind in Malaysia’s digital economy journey.

Our goal is to empower individuals and businesses in embracing digital processes to stay competitive. I have seen firsthand so many individuals taking their business to new heights after going through our training.

It truly goes to show that Malaysians have great products and services that are valuable to customers locally and globally. As a reflection, Malaysia Day is a day for all Malaysians to celebrate on our achievements, and renew our focus and commitment for the future.

I hope we can all come together with a shared vision and goal to strive towards the digital economy. Digitisation is the future, and I look forward to the next chapter in Malaysia’s digital journey.

By Datuk TS Hasnul Fadhly Hasan.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnists/2020/09/625381/digitisation-future-will-empower-our-country

Breaking free from handphone

Friday, September 11th, 2020
Pix for representational purposes only. -- FILE PIXPix for representational purposes only. — FILE PIX

LETTER My first handphone was the Motorola MicroTAC, which I bought in 1993 for a whopping RM3,600.

It could only make and receive phone calls and voice messages. It was a big deal then as handphones were newly introduced here.

A few years later, many affordable models were sold, and my wife and children studying in secondary school each had a handphone.

When short messaging service (SMS) was introduced later, I found it a hassle to type the text as the same keys were used for several letters.

Today, I would type and send a text over WhatsApp instead of making phone calls. I do not answer calls from unknown numbers and have no time for scammers.

Twenty years ago, I paid a four-figure sum to secure a nice phone number. Later, I had to block those who regularly sent me messages offering nice numbers for sale. I also blocked numbers from those who liked to send pictures daily with nothing more than “Good Morning” or “Have a good day”.

As important news can be shared, it is unnecessary to forward contents found online, especially videos, as they take up storage space in the phone.

Since the Covid-19 outbreak, my services as a freelance writer, trainer and consultant have been severely impacted, and the end of the pandemic is nowhere in sight.

The limited engagements during the Movement Control Order (MCO), Conditional MCO and Recovery MCO were enough to get me by this year, but the future looks bleak.

If there are too few engagements next year, I plan to disengage and start a new chapter in life.

If so, I may stop using the handphone altogether. My handphone is switched off for about 12 hours daily as I prefer not to be disturbed at night.

Since 2013, I have been using only one smartphone. It was a gift valued at RM2,200 from one of my corporate clients. It is still working well, but requires frequent charging, and I never bothered using a power bank.

Should I stop using it next year? I will not be acquiring another smartphone as I will rely on my laptop as a window to the world.

While many people are enslaved by their smartphones, I can live well without one.

by Y.S. CHAN.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters/2020/09/623595/breaking-free-handphone

Senators call for Sabah internet access issues to be resolved

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020
Several senators from Sabah today called on the relevant authorities to make concerted efforts to resolve internet access issues in the state as many villages are allegedly still facing such problems.Several senators from Sabah today called on the relevant authorities to make concerted efforts to resolve internet access issues in the state as many villages are allegedly still facing such problems.

KUALA LUMPUR: Several senators from Sabah today called on the relevant authorities to make concerted efforts to resolve internet access issues in the state as many villages are allegedly still facing such problems.

Senator Adrian Lasimbang said with the issue of internet access continuing to persist, many especially students were impacted in online learning during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.

“For example in Kampung Tilis, Tenom, there are students who have to climb hills for almost 30 to 40 minutes to get internet access,” he said at a press conference at Parliament building here today, which was also attended by Senator Alan Ling and Senator Nga Hock Cheh.

In this regard, he asked Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister, Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin to explain the digital infrastructure plan, which includes regions and concrete timelines for the implementation of the National Digital Network (Jendela).

The National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) under the previous government targeted 20 per cent internet access in every premises of semi-urban and interior areas with a speed of 500 Mbps by 2022, he said.

At the press conference, the senators from Sabah also demanded that Zahidi and Deputy Finance Minister I Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri make an official apology in the Dewan Negara sitting following their statements on the issue of student Veveonah Mosibin who had to climb a tree to get internet access.

by BERNAMA.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/09/622927/senators-call-sabah-internet-access-issues-be-resolved

Veveonah’s brother schools deputy ministers sceptical of hometown’s Internet woes

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020
Veveonah (centre) with her brother, Mekvin (left) and their mother (right) receiving goodies from Shopee in July earlier this year. - Pic courtesy of Shopee. Veveonah (centre) with her brother, Mekvin (left) and their mother (right) receiving goodies from Shopee in July earlier this year. – Pic courtesy of Shopee.

KUALA LUMPUR: “Come and see for yourself.”

This was Mekvin Mosibin’s response to two deputy ministers who accused his sister, Veveonah, of being a publicity-seeker instead of someone highlighting the lack of Internet access in her village in Pitas, Sabah.

In a Facebook post last night, Mekvin challenged Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin and Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri to see for themselves the plight faced by rural Sabahans.

“If you are a YB (Yang Berhormat), go to the ground. Come to all the rural villages…only then, you will know.

“See for yourself how people in villages are living. Try using the Internet here yourself,” Mekvin said, adding that villagers are often deprived of proper Internet access because they cannot high data packages.

“Villagers like us cannot afford to pay much for the Internet. Whenever we go online to answer our exams, we have to wait for a long time and usually only the Logo Raksaksa (referring to Google’s offline dinosaur game) comes out.

“Of course, you are a YB, and you can pay more for Internet. So, why pick a fight with villagers who are not your equals?” he said on social media.

On Monday, Rahim, who is the Kudat Member of Parliament, reiterated Zahidi’s allegations in Dewan Negara last week that Veveonah was a YouTuber who faked the difficulty she faced when taking her examination online. He claimed the youth carried out the stunt to garner publicity.

Although Zahidi later apologised and retracted his statement, Rahim insisted that the University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) faculty dean told him that there were no online exams conducted on the day Veveonah posted a viral video of her climbing a tree for better Internet access.

Mekvin also commented on Rahim’s claim that his family does not own a home in Kampung Sepatalang, as Veveonah had stated.

“Of course you won’t find our house there because it was in a derelict condition and it has collapsed.

“Furthermore, my family had to move out because we could not cope with the travel expenses to and from our schools, SMK Pitas and SK Pekan Pitas.

“Do you think we are rich enough to buy fuel, YB?” Mekvin said.

He said neither his sister nor his family members have asked for anyone’s help or sympathy, but the issue has been politicised by irresponsible people.

A frustrated Mekvin sternly reminded politicians in power to never forget the people’s welfare after getting elected.

“YB, you cannot fight the people, because your power is in the hands of the people.

“The people voted for you to become a YB and deputy minister. Now that you have settled into your position, you have forgotten about underprivileged villagers.

“The people are the ones giving power to leaders,” he added.

By Dhesegaan Bala Krishnan.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/09/622913/veveonahs-brother-schools-deputy-ministers-sceptical-hometowns-internet

POLITICS: There’s just no ‘win scenario’ for deputy ministers versus Veveonah

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

Sabahan student Veveonah Mosibin’s post about needing to study for her exams on a tree for better internet has brought her online fame and assurance by the authorities that the local internet connectivity would be improved. — The Star

ON June 13,18-year-old Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) student Veveonah Mosibin uploaded a video to YouTube detailing how she had to climb up a tree to get a strong enough Internet connection to sit for her online exams.

She became an overnight social media sensation and an icon of the growing digital divide between Malaysia’s urban and rural populations, especially those living in far-flung settlements in Sabah and Sarawak.

There was groundswell of support for the gritty young lady, including from some in government. Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin singled her out when talking about the developmental challenges in her state, and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission pledged to improve the connectivity in her village.

That was then, this is now.

When asked about the digital divide in the Dewan Negara last Friday (Sept 4), Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin said he had been “given information” that it was all a sham – she had no online exams at the time.

“In this case, we need to be more wary so we don’t get easily fooled by YouTubers or some people trying to raise an issue, ” he said.

The reaction was immediate: The Deputy Minister was lambasted for picking on an 18-year-old student, while some who said they were her coursemates backed her version of events. Faced by such opprobrium, Zahidi quickly posted an apology on Facebook, saying he would inform the Dewan Negara on Monday (Sept 4) that he had been mistaken. Many expected him to make a formal apology to Veveonah too.

Instead, he merely doubled down and fingered Deputy Finance Minister and Kudat MP Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri as his source. Rahim did not respond to media requests but instead posted a statement on Facebook.

And what a doozy it was. Apparently, this Deputy Minister had seen fit to get one of his special officers to do background checks on a young Malaysian citizen and her family, for no real discernible reason. He cited unnamed village chiefs and a UMS lecturer as saying there were no online exams at the time, only online lectures – like as if getting access to these lectures don’t matter either.

The rakyat was so overwhelmingly in Veveonah’s corner, with a tidal wave calling for his resignation, that he quickly deleted his post.

Why did these two Deputy Ministers choose to delve into the young lady’s background? What possessed them? What did they hope to gain by picking on her? To stave off possible future criticism that they weren’t doing anything about the digital divide?

And here’s the thing: So what? So what if it turns out – just spitballing here – that Veveonah wasn’t having online exams at the time? Shouldn’t the issue be about rural Internet connectivity?

There is no way out here, no matter what the truth is. All these two gentlemen have done is appear as bullies willing to use their positions in government to disparage a young woman and her family.

By A. ASOHAN.

Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/09/08/politics-theres-just-no-win-scenario-for-deputy-ministers-versus-veveonah

MOE to identify holistic approach to overcome device ownership issues

Sunday, September 6th, 2020

Dr Radzi Jidin interacting with students of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Nambayan Tambunan during the the Kupi-Kupi event at the school today. – Bernama photo

TAMBUNAN (Sept 6): The Education Ministry (MOE)  is identifying a more holistic and comprehensive approach to overcome the lack of electronic device ownership among students, this to ensure a smoother virtual teaching and learning process at home in the future.

Its minister, Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said according to the ministry’s survey on online learning, involving 900,000 students nationwide, 36 per cent do not own any electronic device.

“There are too many students who do not have electronic devices or gadgets to be used for home-based learning including online learning.

“Due to that, the ministry is looking holistically at the best approach, to enable students to have reasonable access (to devices) and implement a comprehensive system that provide give optimum benefit to them,” he told reporters after attending the Kupi-Kupi event at Sekolah Menengah Nambayan here, today.

Also present was Sabah Education director Dr Mistirine Radin and the school’s principal Soffrie Aniar Abdullah.

Earlier, Mohd Radzi in his speech said the Education Ministry was also committed to infrastructural development in the state, including the upgrading of school buildings, as many are still in poor condition.

As such, he said the ministry would update the list of such schools to determine priorities, in order to speed up upgrading works based on the Public Works Department assessment.

Mohd Radzi also called for stronger support from the Sabah Education Department, teachers and parents, as he believed that close cooperation between the entities would create a better education system.

In the ceremony, he also presented a mocked cheque worth RM91,800 to the Tambunan District Education Office for special need students’ allowance for the schooling year’s phase two (July-Dec).

by Bernama.

Read more @ https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/09/06/moe-to-identify-holistic-approach-to-overcome-device-ownership-issues/

Close the innovation gap

Friday, September 4th, 2020
Many youths have minds that can better existing technology, which many older people may even have trouble grasping the concept. - Bloomberg picMany youths have minds that can better existing technology, which many older people may even have trouble grasping the concept. – Bloomberg pic

LETTER: Lately, there have been disputes and comparison of Malaysia with other countries in terms of research and development (R&D).

In the medical field, for instance, we heard about the intention to join in the development of a Covid-19 vaccine, but we are short of resources and infrastructure.

There are three major issues that may be hindering the progress of R&D in this country.

First is the poor integration of higher-learning institutions with ministries. Even though we see so many achievements by local academics, there is very little interaction between the two to maximise the achievements.

For example, we have the Human Resource Ministry and universities. Though both are excellent in their own ways, there might be very little communication between them.

Universities are known to be knowledgeable about the latest careers and human resources that will be required in future, but the ministry may not be aware about this.

Perhaps each ministry should consider having a close working relationship with the Higher Education Ministry by appointing a deputy director-general of academics in their respective fields, so that there will be communication between universities and ministries.

Second, we give little importance to research among our youth. Yes, we groom talents in universities, but as they enter the working world, they are required to work with a set of guidelines, giving them little room to explore something new.

Many youths have minds that can better existing technology, which many older people may even have trouble grasping the concept.

There’s also the relationship between productivity and reward. I remember reading how Google has a reward system for staff for coming up with new ideas even though they may be unsuccessful.

Third, we seem to skew our focus on jobs with a market rather than grooming existing talent.

Often, youths are pressured into undertaking careers that they have little interest in.

This is going to be a problem in future, or perhaps it is already happening now, where we see a number of youths who do not enjoy their work.

Making more job opportunities, especially ones required in the future, can solve this.

But again, with the unawareness of ministries with regard to emerging fields and areas where talent should be groomed, it brings us back to square one.

As we celebrate our 63rd National Day, it is high time that we be brave enough to break away from cliches and venture and invest in the future.

Let’s integrate our ministries with our academic colleagues. Salam Hari Merdeka.

by DR ARVINDER SINGH.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters/2020/09/621776/close-innovation-gap

What makes us Malaysian in the digital space?

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
In a situation where many Malaysians were confined to their homes, digital connectivity offered access to information, avenues for companies to continue running their businesses as well as to evoke a sense of community.  -NSTP/File picIn a situation where many Malaysians were confined to their homes, digital connectivity offered access to information, avenues for companies to continue running their businesses as well as to evoke a sense of community. -NSTP/File pic

IN the first five phases of the Movement Control Order (MCO), Malaysia used technology in specific ways.

Among the most prominent was to highlight specific groups for contact tracing efforts through applications such as MySejahtera, to control the movement of people on platforms like Gerak Malaysia and to cope with work-from-home endeavours where the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation and private sector companies such as Microsoft provided tutorials on video conferencing and adopted digital means of conducting operations and delivering services.

While the conversation can expand to discuss data policies, privacy and cyber hygiene, the use of the Internet to cope with movement restriction demonstrated the possibility of an utterly digital Malaysia.

In a situation where many Malaysians were confined to their homes, digital connectivity offered access to information, avenues for companies to continue running their businesses as well as to evoke a sense of community.

Malaysia has been on the positive trajectory of a digital nation. This year, more than 80 per cent of Malaysians will have access to the Internet, whether by the speeds offered by Malaysia’s fibre optics or mobile data access. However, the concepts of a digital nation are still unfolding.

In some parts of the world, the notion of a digital nation is linked with productivity. Estonia’s E-Estonia focuses on developing digital as an identity, where services — from e-ambulance to online voting — of the government and the private sector connect Estonia’s 1.3 million population.

Interpretations of a digital nation can also be associated with data management processes to dispense online IDs such as with India’s Aadhar.

Other ideas include empowering citizens with digital and functional skills while being mindful of civic interactions, such as the Council of Europe’s reference for democratic culture.

In such views, digital citizenship is seen as a form of social participation that articulates democratic values such as defending and promoting human rights, democracy and the rule of law as well as preserving values in a culturally diverse society. Thus, the products of digital citizenship can be political forums or the organisation of political movements.

Technology is not a tool easily defined for the purpose of nation-building. Technology on its own rarely sparks collective memory, nostalgia or promotes a nation’s image-building.

If developing kinship is based on propagating certain narratives, imagination and resources would be needed to repurpose inventions into tools that could fashion the idea of a nation.

During the MCO and throughout the management of Covid-19, Malaysia has not been devoid of national consciousness.

Hashtags such as #KitaJagaKita and organising efforts to deliver food items, masks or Personal Protective Equipment indicate the capability of Malaysians to galvanise cyberspace to provide comfort while practising civic duties during the pandemic.

However, #KitaJagaKita also reared an interesting perspective when online discourse of migrants demarcated definite distinctions in the “we” of “Kita”.

As such, the online Malaysian has a certain identity with political values.

The sense of community online during the initial phases of the MCO displayed possibilities for discussions on a digital nation beyond just e-government processes and GDP-contributing productivity.

One aspect of nation-building is about galvanising a sense of community while another could be about exploring civic education. Challenges to the first can be closing the digital gap, seeking ingenuity to reproduce ideas of nationhood online and leveraging universal values to bolster a local sense of identity.

For the latter, normalising values for civic behaviour online could be sharpened by laws on hate speech and discrimination. Conversation of its relevance, particularly in digital spaces, could be considered.

With a newly-minted National Unity Ministry, conversations on national unity should not disregard digital spaces.

As the remainder of this year will be spent under the MCO, the number of Malaysians going digital is not expected to flag.

As Malaysia heads for a digital future, the question of what makes us Malaysians online can be probed further.

By Farlina Said.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnists/2020/09/621491/what-makes-us-malaysian-digital-space

Azmin: Govt focusing on RCEP, to explore other FTAs later

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali delivering his speech during the Invest Malaysia 2020 "Advancing Malaysia: 5G and Industry 4.0 Virtual Series 3" at Bursa Malaysia today. - Bernama picInternational Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali delivering his speech during the Invest Malaysia 2020 “Advancing Malaysia: 5G and Industry 4.0 Virtual Series 3″ at Bursa Malaysia today. – Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR: The government is currently focusing on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations and will later look at other free trade agreements (FTAs), including the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said the government has been occupied with the RCEP for the last few months, adding that negotiations are at their final stage.

“For RCEP, we are still finalising some of the details, but we are quite optimistic that we should be able to sign the agreement and conclude the negotiations by November this year.

“The next step is to look into other FTAs including the CPTPP. I did mention in Parliament that under the previous administration, in Sept 2018, the government then had decided to ratify the CPTPP without any timeline,” he told reporters after giving a special address at the Invest Malaysia 2020 Virtual Series 3 here, today.

Azmin said currently, MITI is engaging with all the stakeholders, because there are some issues that need to be addressed to protect the interests of domestic players and industries before the government decides to ratify this process.

“We decided to continue with the process before the government decided whether to ratify in the very near future, but subject to consultations with the stakeholders.

“We are not having doubts about the CPTPP. FTAs are not new to us, we have signed about 14 FTAs so far, but at the same time, we need to understand and appreciate the need and the challenges faced by local and domestic industries,” he added.

Currently, he said, the ministry is engaging with the stakeholders to understand their needs before the government formalises the CPTPP.

“We also have on the table an FTA with Canada, which also held discussions during the Asean meeting. And we are also still engaging with India to welcome India back and join the RCEP,” he said.

Earlier in his speech, he said that along with the gradual resumption of economic activities, economic performance in June 2020 has been picking up and the country is on track for a gradual recovery.

Azmin said Malaysia’s total trade in June 2020 actually expanded by 2.2 per cent to RM144.78 billion, while exports bounced back with an increase of 8.8 per cent to RM82.82 billion.

“The manufacturing sector recovered with double-digit growth and exports of manufactured goods, which made up 87.5 per cent of total exports, picked up by 13.7 per cent year-on-year to RM72.48 billion.

“Now even more promising are the numbers that we obtained last Friday for July, signalling Malaysia’s exports rising for the second straight month,” he said.

Moreover, Azmin said, Malaysia recorded an expansion of 3.1 per cent from a year earlier on higher shipments of manufactured goods and agricultural commodities, particularly palm oil.

“All said, our trade surplus widened to a historical high of RM25.15 billion last month, beating the previous record of RM20.9 billion in June,” he said.

Meanwhile, in terms of investment, as at June 2020, the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) is reviewing a total of 725 projects with a value of RM36.7 billion, and monitoring 141 high-profile leads with potential investments of RM72.6 billion.

MIDA has also facilitated the activities of 86 companies from various countries including China; and closed deals on 32 projects with investments amounting to RM17.5 billion to relocate or redeploy activities to Malaysia.

by Bernama.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/government-public-policy/2020/09/621089/azmin-govt-focusing-rcep-explore-other-ftas-later

Optimising technology to overcome Covid-19

Monday, August 31st, 2020

A COLLABORATION between industry and academia has led to the production of a system that enables contactless implementation of Covid-19 standard operating procedures.

This is done through Industry 4.0 technologies such as big data analytics, artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT), which are all integrated into a single device.

The partnership is between Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Smart Manufacturing Research Institute.

MARii chief executive officer Datuk Madani Sahari said the system, known as the Modular and Open System-Plus (MOST-Plus), is undergoing further research and development (R&D), as well as commercialisation.

This is to include additional features such as real-time data monitoring and mobile application functionalities to improve its effectiveness based on industrial standards and demands.

“To advance the partnership to the next level, both parties are actively working on the establishment of a MARii UiTM Satellite Node to offer industry-grade facilities, tools and equipment focusing on automotive, automation, robotics, IoT and other related fields.

“This includes a Digital Factory with Augmented Reality applications, a mechatronics and robotics lab, and a hydrogen fuel cell car development area.

“The MARii UiTM Satellite Node is expected to officially open by the end of the year,” he said.

The institute has also collaborated with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) to enhance the development of new age solutions.

The collaboration with UKM, Madani said, aims to accelerate the development of the three new elements outlined in the National Automotive Policy 2020 by utilising research facilities and local talents.

One of the projects includes the development and commercialisation of electric vehicle (EV) batteries, focusing on battery performance, battery replication and the development of a lithium-ion battery production line, he added.

“We are also working closely with UPM in the local development of EVs and to establish a testbed which has reached the final stages of R&D.

“An EV Wireless Charging System is also in the works, with goals to enhance the capabilities of the local automotive sector to penetrate the EV market, including the creation of high value jobs in the areas of EV development.”

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, he said, poses a continuous demand for new skills, knowledge and familiarisation of expertise, making industry-academia collaboration vital.

Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2020/08/30/optimising-technology-to-overcome-covid-19