MDEC to partner with more tech players in creating Digital Tech Faculty experts

MDEC to partner with more tech players in creating Digital Tech Faculty experts

KUALA LUMPUR (July 29): The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM), via its agency Malaysia Digital Economy Corp (MDEC), will be working closely with the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) to partner with more tech companies such as Acestar, AWS, Cisco Academy, Microsoft, Oracle, Quandatics, and SAS Institute to create digitally-skilled faculty experts and graduates. In a statement, MDEC said as part of its commitment to ensuring industry-relevant curriculum delivery at all MDEC’s Premier Digital Tech Institutions (PDTIs) and Data Partner Universities, MDEC will be working closely with more technology partners to expand its Digital Tech Faculty Expert (DTeX) programme.  It said the partnership will allow the tech partners to contribute to growth of industry-ready skills required in the workforce that is critical to meet the industry’s current and future demand.Advertisement MDEC said the DTeX initiative was started in 2019 and to date it had garnered the support of eight technology companies which had collectively trained 370 lecturers. It said for this year, DTeX 2020 is...
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MDEC, Huawei to spearhead Malaysia as Asean digital hub

MDEC, Huawei to spearhead Malaysia as Asean digital hub

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Digital Economy Corp (MDEC) and Huawei Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to spearhead the initiative to drive Malaysia’s position as the heart of digital Asean. This collaboration will kick start with a white paper development conducted by both parties on identifying and developing key elements to realise the aspiration of Malaysia being the regional digital hub. “From our partnership with Huawei, we aim to gain insights and knowledge in addressing the pain points and challenges faced by the digital ecosystem in the country. “We aim to be prepared with solutions to enable and facilitate the capacity building to realise the full potential of Malaysia’s digital economy through digital adoption and digital talent development, ” MDEC chief executive officer Surina Shukri (pic) said in a statement yesterday. The objective of this MoU is to develop a robust digital economy, including information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, applied innovative technologies (5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data,...
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Sabah to churn out skilled manpower in aircraft maintenance at KKIP

Sabah to churn out skilled manpower in aircraft maintenance at KKIP

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is set to produce skilled manpower in the nation’s aviation industry as the Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) Aerospace Training Centre collaborates with big companies on aircraft maintenance training and anchor vendor initiatives. The companies are MASwings Sdn Bhd, Layang-Layang Aerospace, Mega Aerospace Sdn Bhd and CAAC Malaysia Sdn Bhd for on-the-job training; as well as Bataras Sdn Bhd and the Department of Industrial Research and Development for anchor-vendor development programmes. Located within KKIP, about 30 minutes from the state capital, the training centre is expected to secure a significant share of revenue from the aerospace industry by developing skilled manpower, providing Sabah an opportunity to tap into the high value-added industry. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the state must develop and utilise the skills of young Sabahans, particularly in aircraft maintenance, especially when the world is slowly reviving the tourism industry following the Covid-19 pandemic. “I’m made to understand that five years ago, the United Nations indicated...
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Sabah’s only innovation and creativity centre on track to shape resilient community

Sabah’s only innovation and creativity centre on track to shape resilient community

KOTA KINABALU: Having only begun operating for four months, the Sabah Creative Economy and Innovation Centre has achieved several accomplishments in fostering an innovative and resilient community despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Highlights include the concept of Augmented Reality (AR) or Virtual Reality (VR) in tourism, pushing for innovation among locals, and establishing a partnership with the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC). The centre's general manager Viviantie Sarjuni said the AR/VR Tourism idea was picked to be among the top 10 in the Startup Weekend online organised by Techstar - an American seed accelerator founded in 2006 in Boulder, Colorado. "The idea came from one of the participants Zikri Zainudin, who is a Sabahan. The idea is to make changes to a person's perception of their physical surroundings when viewed through a particular device. "This way we can sell the travelling experience to tourists without having to travel to particular places. It is very relevant especially during the pandemic," she said. Another three Sabahan...
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‘Bandung a great smart city model’

‘Bandung a great smart city model’

KUCHING: Bandung serves as the best model for Kuching in its transformation into becoming a smart city. The highland city of Indonesia, about a couple of hours’ drive away from Jakarta, was declared a smart city four years ago, said Assistant Minister in Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and Kuching North City Commission) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi. “Bandung is a city that covers an area of 167.57 square kilometres and has a population of 2.57 million. “It has managed to transform, from an old city into a modern one, and retained the local culture through creativity and digital innovation,” he said in a statement issued in conjunction with his visit to the Indonesian city, where he paid a courtesy call on the Governor of West Java, Mochamad Ridwan Kamil at the latter’s office in Gedong Sate,  yesterday. Deputy State Secretary Datu Dr Sabariah Putit was among the Sarawak government officials who accompanied Dr Abdul Rahman for the visit. They were received by West Java...
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Usaha jadikan Sarawak kuasa besar ekonomi digital tuntut kerjasama semua pihak

Usaha jadikan Sarawak kuasa besar ekonomi digital tuntut kerjasama semua pihak

KUCHING: Timbalan Ketua Menteri Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan (gambar) menggesa semua pihak dari pelbagai industri membantu kerajaan negeri dalam menjadi kuasa besar ekonomi digital.  Jelas Awang Tengah, pada Mei lepas Ketua Menteri Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg telah mengumumkan penubuhan Majlis Tindakan Ekonomi Sarawak (SEAC) bagi memulihkan ekonomi negeri yang terjejas akibat pandemik COVID-19 menerusi ekonomi digital.  Justeru katanya, kerajaan negeri memerlukan kolaborasi semua sektor sama ada sektor swasta, institusi pengajian tinggi, dewan perniagaan, institusi kewangan dan pakar-pakar dari semua bidang.  “SEAC akan fokus kepada pembuatan dan pembangunan usahawan, pelombongan,perhutanan, pelancongan, pendidikan dan pembangunan modal insan, tenaga diperbaharui, pusat data dan perkhidmatan inovasi, infrastruktur serta pertanian komersial.  “Atas sebab itu kita memerlukan kolaborasi semua pihak yang relevan untuk melakar pelan pembangunan kita,” katanya pada rancangan bicara Agenda Awani pada malam Ahad.  Awang Tengah yang juga Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Terminal Perindustrian dan Pembangunan Usahawan menambah ramai rakyat negeri ini kini menyedari kepentingan ekonomi digital selepas melalui pandemik COVID-19.  Atas sebab itu katanya, ia...
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Visi di sebalik penubuhan D-Virtual Park

Visi di sebalik penubuhan D-Virtual Park

‘D-Virtual Park’ Kota Samarahan merupakan taman tema maya yang pertama seumpamanya di rantau. Ia bakal memberikan pengalaman yang menarik kepada masyarakat Borneo mendalami lebih dekat kecanggihan teknologi digital dalam era Revolusi Perindustrian 4.0. Menelan kos bernilai RM13 juta D-Virtual Park telah membawa nama Sarawak ke peta dunia. Menerusi satu temu bual eksklusif wartawan Suara Sarawak ALWIN LAWRENCE bersama Pengarah Urusan dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd, DATUK DR IR MOHD ABDUL KARIM ABDULLAH, baru-baru ini yang berkongsikan matlamat, hala tuju dan pengalamannya membangunkan D-Virtual Park ini. SUARA SARAWAK: Disebabkan tempoh PKPP kini, bagaimana dan bila D-Virtual Park akan dapat dibuka secara rasmi kepada orang ramai? DATUK DR IR MOHD ABDUL KARIM: D-Virtual Park telah pun dibuka secara rasmi kepada orang ramai ketika ini.Tetapi oleh kerana Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP), kita akan terapkan garis panduan prosedur operasi standard (SOP) yang sesuai. Menurut SOP ini, hanya 30 orang yang akan dibenarkan berada di kemudahan ini dalam satu masa. Kini kita sedang memulakan rangka promosi dan rancangan supaya lebih...
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Taman tema VR di Kota Samarahan dibuka dengan kapasiti terhad

Taman tema VR di Kota Samarahan dibuka dengan kapasiti terhad

KOTA SAMARAHAN: D’Virtual Park di Jalan Meranek di sini yang juga taman tema realiti maya (VR) pertama di Borneo dengan kos bernilai RM13 juta, kini dibuka kepada orang ramai namun dengan kapasiti yang dikurangkan. Pengarah Urusan Kumpulan Serba Dinamik Group Bhd, Datuk Dr Mohd Abdul Karim Abdullah berkata langkah itu sejajar dengan pelaksanaan prosedur keselamatan dan kesihatan ditetapkan kerajaan mengikut Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Pemulihan (PKPP).“Jumlah pengunjung dikurangkan secara ketara daripada yang kita jangkakan sebelum tempoh Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP). “Bagaimana pun, kami akan membukanya semula dengan pelaksanakan langkah keselamatan dan kesihatan baharu untuk pengunjung,” katanya dalam sesi bersama media di taman itu, malam tadi. Mengikut prosedur terbabit, para pengunjung disyaratkan memakai penutup hidung dan mulut apabila memasuki premis serta mengamalkan penjarakan sosial manakala kakitangan taman akan bertindak mengendalikan orang ramai bagi sesi menikmati perjalanan atau pengembaraan secara realiti maya, ketika beratur serta di kafe. “Mereka perlu membuat tempahan tiket awal bagi mengelak beratur di pintu masuk dan sebelum memasuki taman. Selain itu, kod imbasan QR...
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D-Virtual Park and power of digitalisation

D-Virtual Park and power of digitalisation

The RM13mil D-Virtual Park AT Jalan Meranek, Kota Samarahan, the first virtual theme park in Borneo, is set to spread the wonders of digitalisation to the community. The park would put to the community the importance of understanding the power of digitalisation and also technology in line with Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0). In an exclusive interview with Suara Sarawak and New Sarawak Tribune last Wednesday, Serba Dinamik Group Bhd group managing director Datuk Dr Mohd Abdul Karim Abdullah explained the issue and their effects on Sarawak and Malaysia as a whole. When will D-Virtual Park open its doors to the public? D-Virtual Park is already open. However, due to the movement control order (MCO) only 30 people are allowed to be in the facility at any one time. So we will devise a plan so that visitors will come and experience it. This is the first virtual theme park in Borneo. What are some of the initiatives that would make Kota Samarahan a global name? We...
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Serba Dinamik finds opportunities in the North Sea

Serba Dinamik finds opportunities in the North Sea

KUALA LUMPUR: Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd's latest acquisition could serve as a cornerstone for the group to build its operations and penetrate the North Sea Market, says AmInvestment Bank research. The research house, which has a "buy" call and fair value of RM2.20 on Serba Dinamik, said the purchase of Wellahead Engineering is in line with the group's expansion strategy. "The group remains on the prowl for further value-enhancing acquisitions to expand its oil & gas maintenance-focused expertise and technical capabilities into existing markets while aggressively venturing into new geographical locations," it said. The UK's Daily Business reported that Serba Dinamik is purchasing an 80% stake in Wellahead Engineering, an Aberdeen-based precision engineering service provider for the North Sea oil & gas industry, for £1.5mil (RM8mil) cash. Wellahead commenced operations in 1998 and employs 15 staff. In FY19 it generated revenue of £2.5mil with EBITDA margin of 16% and net profit margin of 12%. This translates to a value-enhancing acquisition PE of 6x, said...
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