Malaysia’s game plan: Improving human lives through the power of tech

Malaysia’s game plan: Improving human lives through the power of tech

With the advent of tech, the race to innovate within the tech spectrum is largely focused on coming up with the “new.” From smarter algorithms, to artificial intelligence (AI), and even to augmented reality (AR) — the goal has always been to disrupt. But more than disruption and awe, today’s tech innovators are constantly coming up with ways to improve human experience. By this, we don’t just mean using tech to promote greater convenience and ease in people’s daily lives. We mean solutions that impact the very nature of people. These are solutions that help inculcate road safety discipline, democratise HR platforms for small and medium companies (SMEs), provide cheap lodging options for young people, and even ones that power human development through skills training. True, some of the most interesting and most inspiring solutions out there are ones that are anchored on cultivating a better quality of life. These are solutions that transcend the common notions of convenience that saturate the market. Because...
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Malaysia aims to become leading aerospace nation by 2030

Malaysia aims to become leading aerospace nation by 2030

International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Darell Leiking (third left) and Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow (centre) are given a briefing by SAM Engineering and Equipment (M) Bhd chief executive officer Jeffrey Goh (third right) at the launching ceremony of the company’s new plant in Penang today. SEBERANG PRAI: Malaysia is aiming to become Southeast Asia’s leading aerospace nation by 2030, says International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Darell Leiking. He said by 2030, the industry was targeted to generate an annual revenue of RM55.2 billion and create more than 32,000 high-income jobs. “Under the 11th Malaysia Plan, the government had identified the aerospace sector as one of the new growth industries for Malaysia,” he said when launching SAM Engineering and Equipment (M) Bhd’s new plant here today. Darell said the government aimed to shift Malaysia’s economy from labour intensive to high value-added, as well as knowledge and innovation-based economy, with a focus on the services and manufacturing sectors. “In 2017, the Malaysian aerospace industry recorded a revenue of RM13.5 billion, with aerospace...
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A “Tiltrotor” Helicopter May Replace the Army’s Black Hawk

A “Tiltrotor” Helicopter May Replace the Army’s Black Hawk

Time To Upgrade The U.S. Army is currently developing replacements for its famous Black Hawk helicopter, which has been a mainstay of the military since it was developed in the 1970s. Decades later, the Black Hawk is too slow and has too short a range to be practical. One of the frontrunners to replace it borrows the best from planes and helicopters — with two rotating wings, each of which houses a propeller allowing for vertical take off, according to Ars Technica. A Or B The helicopter, called the V-280 Valor and built by a division of aviation manufacturer Textron has the functionality of a sort of plane-helicopter hybrid that could travel faster and farther than the Black Hawk. It also improves on past tiltrotor designs by leaving the rest of the engine in place, cutting down on cost and the mess kicked up by the rotating blades, Ars reports. But that’s not the only design the military is considering — another prototype,...
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Time for Sabah, Sarawak to play bigger role

Time for Sabah, Sarawak to play bigger role

Dato Madani Sahari As a Sarawakian, I am aware that there has been decades-long limitation in bringing the automotive industry to Sabah and Sarawak, as the logistics factors alone make it seemingly challenging to set up an automotive manufacturing ecosystem. However, with the advent of technology and disruptions within the mobility sector, new opportunities have arisen for the people of Sabah and Sarawak. With the correct strategy, it is the right time for meaningful participation, with new comparative advantages now available for the region. MARii has long been working closely with the Australian government to develop numerous turnkey projects in electric mobility and advanced manufacturing for the benefit of Malaysians. Now, in the case of Sabah and Sarawak, an opportunity has presented itself. Firstly, the advent of online technology has helped to bridge the geographical divide of the South China Sea, bringing collaborators together from all corners of the nation. Secondly, the people of Sabah and Sarawak have the expertise and knowledge of their local terrain and...
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Should Sarawak start an airline?

Should Sarawak start an airline?

LIKE the Sarawak government and many ordinary Sarawakians, the state’s tour and travel operators and the business community in general seem to finally have had enough of our national airlines. They joined the growing chorus publicly criticising the airlines, in particular AirAsia. What caused the local travel industry to finally snap was the decision by AirAsia to abruptly cancel the Kuching-Shenzhen flight at the end of the month, without prior consultation with the state government (which reportedly subsidised the flights) or local industry players. Various reasons have been given for the cancellation but none are very convincing. This is not the first time the low-cost airline has left Sarawak air travellers and travel industry in a lurch. Some years earlier, it, too, abruptly cancelled Kuching-Jakarta flights despite promising load factors. The Shenzhen flight cancellation will only add fuel to the long-held suspicion that AirAsia has never been serious about wanting to develop Kuching as another regional air hub. This is presumably so as not to jeopardise its...
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Sarawak having its own airline a good idea — Mayor

Sarawak having its own airline a good idea — Mayor

Adam Yii MIRI: The recent announcement made by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg of Sarawak having its own airline is described as a good idea Mayor of Miri City Council Adam Yii supports the idea and describes the plan as apt in the desire to develop Sarawak’s tourism industry. “I love to see Miri connected directly to Chengdu and Chongqing in China, Seoul and Pusan in Korea, Tokyo and Osaka in Japan, Taipei in Taiwan, Pontianak in Kalimantan (for the medical and educational potentials) as well as Sydney and Melbourne in Australia,” he said in a statement issued in conjunction with the cancelation of AirAsia’s direct flight between Shenzhen and Kuching. Yii said he was very disappointed with the cancellation of the direct flight. “It’s another setback for the local tourism industry. “Notwithstanding the fact that it was reported that these flights had a passenger load of over 70 per cent, plus the incentives provided by Sarawak government, AirAsia still chooses to stop...
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Bali’s new Starbucks flagship store has its own coffee farm and valet parking

Bali’s new Starbucks flagship store has its own coffee farm and valet parking

The Starbucks Reserve Dewata in the Indonesian island of Bali is the only branch in the world to have its own coffee farm inside Starbucks. The store pays homage to Indonesia’s coffee heritage and farmers in the region. The location will eventually be home to an additional restaurant and conference center. From valet parking to a concierge desk — where customers are escorted to the main door — this new Starbucks Reserve on the island of Bali, Indonesia feels more like a luxury hotel rather than a coffee shop. Officially known as the Starbucks Dewata Coffee Sanctuary, it is the largest Starbucks in Southeast Asia and brings the Starbucks Reserve experience to a new level. A Starbucks Reserve is a higher-end version of its traditional coffee stores. Interactive coffee journeys Newly opened in January, the store aims to immerse its guests in a journey of discovering coffee while paying homage to one of the company's biggest growing coffee regions, Sumatra. "We wanted to make sure...
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Timbalan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Sarawak Lawat Projek Pembangunan Di Limbang

Timbalan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Sarawak Lawat Projek Pembangunan Di Limbang

LIMBANG: Timbalan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Sarawak (Transformasi Sosio-Ekonomi) YBhg Datu Hj Mohamad Abu Bakar bin Marzuki telah mengadakan lawatan ke Bahagian Limbang bagi mendengar pembangunan dan melihat sendiri projek-projek pembangunan yang sedang dilaksanakan di sini, pagi tadi. Lawatan dimulakan dengan Mesyuarat Penyelarasan Pelaksanaan Projek Rakyat Ketua Menteri Sarawak di Bahagian Limbang. Pada mesyuarat itu, setiap agensi pelaksana telah membentangkan perkembangan terkini Projek-Projek Rakyat Ketua Menteri Sarawak di Bahagian Limbang dan isu-isu pelaksanaan projek di lapangan serta cadangan penyelesaian isu-isu tersebut. Antara kementerian, jabatan dan agensi Kerajaan Sarawak yang membentangkan laporan projek ialah Kementerian Permodenan Pertanian, Tanah Adat dan Pembangunan Wilayah Sarawak diwakili oleh Jabatan Pertanian Bahagian Limbang, Kementerian Pembangunan Infrastruktur dan Pengangkutan Sarawak, Perbadanan Pembangunan Perumahan Sarawak (HDC), Jabatan Kerja Raya Bahagian Limbang, Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran Bahagian Limbang, Jabatan Tanah & Survei Bahagian Limbang dan Jabatan Bekalan Air Luar Bandar (JBALB) Bahagian Limbang.Turut membentang Majlis Daerah Limbang, Majlis Daerah Lawas, Northern Region Development Agency (NRDA).Selepas itu, Datu Hj Mohamad Abu Bakar telah...
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MAHB’s retail revolution more than just business

MAHB’s retail revolution more than just business

SEPANG: The word “lifestyle” may seem out of place at an airport, but it is exactly what Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) aims to inject into its five international airports in five years. The country’s main airport operator is looking to revamp the commercial space at international airports in Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Penang, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. In an interview with FMT, Mohammad Nazli Abdul Aziz, who is spearheading the commercial reset, said the exercise is about raising the standards of airport retail and realising the full potential of commercial space. “Look at other airports in the region like Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong. Their average sales per pax (SPP) is at least two to three times more than KLIA’s,” he said. Nazli, who is also MAHB’s senior general manager, cited South Korea’s Incheon Airport as a good example of commercial services. While commercial space at Incheon is only 43,500 square metres against KLIA’s 51,000, its SPP is US$33.83 versus KLIA’s US$9.50. Nazli attributed this...
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MED to create 50,000 entrepreneurs

MED to create 50,000 entrepreneurs

KUALA NERUS, Feb 17 (Bernama) – The Ministry of Entrepreneur Development (MED) aims to produce 50,000 small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) in order to increase their contribution significantly to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth, says its minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof. He said SMEs currently contributed 37 per cent to the GDP and the target was increase that to 47 per cent by 2020. He said in order to achieve the target, the ministry has implemented various initiatives including the “Reach Out & Adopt Programme with MED”, pocket talk sessions with SMEs, Cluster Based Enhancement Programme and Bumiputera Youth Entrepreneurship Programme to foster interest and guide those who are really keen. [Source: "MED to create 50,000 entrepreneurs" published by BERNAMA] Photo Credits: BERANAMA...
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