IT sector to see growth in hiring demand next year – Kimberlyn, Country Head of specialist professional recruitment firm, Robert Walters Sdn Bhd

Posted on : 22-11-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

KUALA LUMPUR: The information technology (IT) sector is expected to see growth in hiring demand next year following the increase in the adoption of digital transformation programmes by businesses, said Kimberlyn Lu, Country Head of specialist professional recruitment firm, Robert Walters Sdn Bhd.

She said the sector would also continue to be a candidate-driven market with salary increments of between 20 and 30 per cent.

“In the IT sector, more companies are expected to offshore IT functions to Malaysia as a strategy to save cost and gain accessibility to other countries in Southeast Asia.

“This will lead to higher demand for user interface designers, web developers, digital project managers and candidates with skill in open source and cyber security,” she told a media briefing on Robert Walters Salary Survey 2018 here today.

However, based on the survey, she said companies may have challenges finding IT talents due to the high demand for software developers.

“As a result, quality candidates with niche IT skills are likely to receive several job offers,” she added.

Meanwhile, on the overall hiring activity in Malaysia, Lu said it was projected to remain active in 2018, driven by a thriving business environment attributed to, among others, the continuous growth of e-commerce, digitalisation, financial technology, shared services and better optimisation of organisational structure.

“In an environment of strong counter offers, companies need to ensure good talent attraction and retention strategy is in place, for example, offering competitive salary packages, efficient recruitment processes and timely hires and better workforce engagement.

“As candidates may have more than one job offerings, it would be advantageous for companies to build their employer brand value as one of the attraction strategies,” she said.

SOURCE-BERNAMA

MIDA to help SMEs gain access to global market

Posted on : 22-11-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

KUALA LUMPUR– The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) aims to create opportunities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to access the global market and encourage multinational corporations (MNCs) to utilise local products and services.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Datuk N. Rajendran, said the strong presence of MNCs and large local corporations in Sarawak which had made significant investments in the state hold promise for business collaboration and opportunities within the region.

“Sarawak is certainly one of the many appealing investment destinations within Malaysia and to date, a total of 745 manufacturing projects with investments worth RM71.2 billion have been implemented in the state,” he said in a statement here.

He said this during the Supply Chain Conference for Sabah and Sarawak held in Kuching today.

MIDA has earlier organised four supply chain conferences in various regions in Malaysia, focusing on the respective region’s economic strengths.

“With this initiative, which definitely will continue in the future, we hope that more local players would be able to build up their capacities by integrating themselves into the MNC’s supply chain,” he said.

He added that the SMEs also needed to raise their efficiency levels, strengthen inter-firm linkages and respond timely to market changes in order to remain relevant and competitive.

SOURCE– BERNAMA

Shopee records 80mln downloads ovet two years

Posted on : 22-11-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

PETALING JAYA: Shopee, a mobile marketplace in Southeast Asia, has recorded a significant growth in all seven markets with about 80 million downloads and over 180 million active products from over four million entrepreneurs over two years.

The online shopping platform was first launched in Singapore in 2015 and is currently growing in Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

In a statement, Shopee said for the Malaysian market, it has registered over five million downloads with over 200,000 entrepreneurs and brand participation.

“In addition, Shopee University, a series of skills workshops for local entrepreneurs and businesses to learn how to succeed via e-commerce, has so far guided more than 4,000 participants from 10 states,” it said.

Shopee Malaysia Regional Managing Director Ian Ho said Shopee is committed to consumer needs and preferences.

“We will continuously strive to improve the quality of life of consumers and businesses in the region through technology, while providing a fast and easy shopping experience, as well as a reliable platform for new entrepreneurs,” he said.

As part of Shopee’s second birthday celebration, the platform will hold cheap sales for six million products from Dec 1 to 14, with prices as low as RM12.

Among the promotions to be launched are Shopee Shocking Sale, Super Sale and 12.12 Mega Offer.

Ho said the Shopee’s birthday sales followed the success of 11.11 Shopee Super Sale which recorded 2.5 million orders with sales of about seven million products.

Prizes, which include a two-day vacation to Honolulu, Hawaii worth RM15,000 and an iPhone X, are up for grab. Consumers spending at least RM100 throughout December are eligible to enter the contest.

Visit www.shopee.com.my/birthday for more information or download Shopee app for free through the App Store or Google Play.

SOURCE:– BERNAMA

WIEF (World Islamic Economic Forum) garners US$15.5 billion for the last 13 years

Posted on : 22-11-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

KUCHING: The World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) Foundation has launched its inaugural alumni network, connecting thousands of its members across the world, in an effort to create a global community of leaders and thinkers who continue to shape businesses, countries and communities into the future.

The network comprises of captains industries and professionals across the diverse sectors of technology Islamic finance, logistics, tourism, halal food, and many other emerging sectors to enable an ‘always on’ collaboration beyond the forum.

“WIEF has existed for 13 years and in the process, we have garnered thousands of participants and members from all over the world, who are repeated attendants of the forum or have attended our subsidiary activities,” said WIEF Foundation chairman Tun Musa Hitam prior to the launch of the new network yesterday.

Through this forum, Tun Musa also expressed his intention to assure that participants and members would stay connected with other participants, members and speakers of the forum.

Over the past 13 editions, the forum has been credited with commercial collaborations worth over US$15.5 billion; it has been pivotal in accelerating the growth of Islamic finance and it has brought world leaders and captains of industries together across Muslim and non-Muslim nations to open up new opportunities in the food, logistics, and tourism industries.

“We call ourselves the WIEF because it is in recognition of the fact that throughout the world, the Muslim umma is one sector that requires a lot of attention from the government sector, private sector, NGOs, and every other institutions.

“Through this forum, we address the sector that are really in need of help. However, we have also garnered non-Muslim participants because we have proven that this forum is the place to go to to conduct business as well. We are also able to identify which are the areas of priority such as education, women, youth, and others,” Tun Musa added.

Reflecting the commitment of the foundation behind the theme ‘Disruptive Change: Impact and Challenges’, WIEF’s inaugural network is aimed at bringing past and current forum attendees together to work throuh the challenges and tap into the opportunities resulting from the wave of disruptive change that will continue to shape the economy and politics.

In addition to the forum, the WIEF organises year-round events to support young leaders, women entrepreneurs and the broader start-up space through its WIEF Leaders Network (WYN), the WIEF Education Trust, and the WIEF Businesswomen Network (WBN).

The WIEF alumni network is expected to unite participants of the 13 WIEF editions, members of WYN, and WBN, as well as those who have been part of the foundation’s year-round activities which include highlights like the WIEF Roundtable Series.

“The WIEF alumni network is a dynamic and organic force that we are committed to investing in through more tailored activities and services that we will add on over time, in response to the changing global business and economic environment,” Tun Musa concluded.

SOURCE:- THE BORNEO POST

Bank Negara to enforce crypto regulation in 2018

Posted on : 22-11-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

KUCHING: Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) will designate persons converting crypto currencies into fiat money as reporting institutions under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 beginning next year.

Governor Tan Sri Muhammad Ibrahim yesterday said the move aims at preventing the abuse of the system for criminal and unlawful activities and ensuring the stability and integrity of financial system.

“We need to prepare ourselves, as according to many pundits, digital currencies will become the new norm.

“The advent of digital currencies as some have forecast, will mark the beginning of a new era in the financial sector. As authorities, we cannot be oblivious to these developments,” he said in his welcoming remarks at the Third Counter-Terrorism Financing (CTF) Summit 2017 yesterday.

Muhammad said the adoption of artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data technology were tools that would likely be imperative, as suspicious transaction become more complex and harder to detect.

“As we learned from the Innovation Forum at this Summit, the use of artificial intelligence and big data will have the potential to increase efficiency and accuracy of assessments that is essential in a dynamic environment.

“The banking sector needs to adopt the latest and most advanced technologies to improve its risk management framework,” he added.

Greater access to intelligence information for financial institutions and rising threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) had resulted in the upward trend of reporting of Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs), he said.

Between January and June this year, the Financial Intelligent Unit (FIU) received 346 terrorism financing-related STRs, which have led to 34 disclosures to law enforcement agencies, compared with 93 terrorism financing-related STRs with 14 disclosures in 2015.

The governor said that the central bank is also in the midst of finalising the details of a new requirement for the Banking and Money Services Business sector to report in high-risk areas.

“The high-risk areas will be determined based on the law enforcement agency’s intelligence on areas that they view may pose higher risks for funding of terrorism activities,” he said.

This, he said, was consistent with the Terrorism Financing Regional Risk Assessment findings at the second CTF Summit in Bali last year, where one of the priority actions identified was for FIUs to improve the visibility and insight into the nature of terrorism financing in the region.

Muhammad said the idea was intended to help FIUs gain better insights into the role of financial and transit hubs in regional and international terrorism financing network.

“There is no doubt that rapid technological developments have offered immense potential for economic growth. Unfortunately, they have also spawned new ways for terrorist organisations to acquire, move and manage their funds.

“In light of this development, the role of financial sector as a bulwark against terrorist financing become even more critical. The financial system must always be in a state of readiness to identify and effectively prevent any emerging risk of terrorism financing,” he added.

SOURCE:- THE BORNEO POST

State awards for See Hua Group journalists

Posted on : 22-11-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: Six journalists from See Hua Group were among the 300 recipients of the State Awards at the investiture ceremony held at the Istana Negeri here yesterday.

They are Phyllis Wong (Ahli Setia Darjah Kinabalu – ASDK), Situl Mintow (ASDK) and Nancy Lai (Bintang Setia Kinabalu – BSK) from The Borneo Post; and Siti Aisyah Narudin (BSK) from Utusan Borneo.

Meanwhile, See Hua Daily News chief reporter Yong Ted Phen, who is also the chairman of Kota Kinabalu Journalists Association (KKJA) was conferred the Ahli Darjah Kinabalu (ADK) award, while James Tseu was awarded BSK.

They were bestowed the state awards by Head of State Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.

Also present was former journalist from The Borneo Post, Sandra Vivien Sokial who was conferred the ADK award.

SOURCE:- THE BORNEO POST

Rare Rafflesia Keithii flower

Posted on : 22-11-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KENINGAU: A group of researchers yesterday found the rare Rafflesia Keithii flower in bloom near a cave in the Batu Minitinduk forest, about 45 minutes overland from the Minitinduk Trails sub-station.

The researchers, from the Keningau District Tourism and Keningau Visit Year 2018 Committee, found the flower, measuring one metre in diameter, near the Laing Bingkor Cave, said head researcher Rafie Robert.

He said in a statement to Bernama that the flower “has a very beautiful shape”.

Rafflesia Keithii is one of the three species of the Rafflesia flower found in Sabah. It grows in lowland areas, takes about nine months to bloom and withers in four to five days.

The flower was named after the former forest conservator in North Borneo (now Sabah), Henry (Harry) George Keith.

The Rafflesia Keithii flower is difficult to find as it grows in moist lowland areas and, as such, Rafie advised people who find the plant to not destroy it as the flower could be a tourist attraction for Visit Keningau Year 2018.

SOURCE— BERNAMA

Labuan gas – PETRONAS partners Argo (Argo Engineering Sdn Bhd and Eastport Marine Sdn Bhd to provide LNG ship-to-ship transfer services in Labuan)

Posted on : 22-11-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

KUALA LUMPUR: Petronas LNG Ltd, a subsidiary of Petronas LNG Sdn Bhd, has signed a two-year service agreement with Argo Engineering Sdn Bhd and Eastport Marine Sdn Bhd to provide liquefied natural gas ship-to-ship transfer services in Labuan.

The ship-to-ship transfer is the transfer of LNG between two vessels positioned alongside each other, allowing flexibility of cargo delivery especially for small-scale LNG requirements

“This ship-to-ship transfer service agreement is Petronas’ first collaboration in providing flexible delivery solutions that goes beyond the conventional selling and delivering of LNG,” said PLL chairman Ahmad Adly Alias in a statement today.

“LNG ship-to-ship transfer services is an emerging trend to cater to the needs of small scale LNG requirements,” he added.

Combining Argo and Eastport’s shipping expertise with Petronas’ LNG strong portfolio, the partnership will enable PLL to respond to new market requirements in the changing LNG industry landscape which includes LNG shipping solutions.

Argo has vast experience in LNG shipping operations supported by a network of experienced technical personnel in the LNG shipping industry.

Eastport have expertise in handling bunkering and ship-to-ship operations, in addition to possessing the sole license to provide LNG bunkering and ship-to-ship services at Brunei Bay, Labuan.

Petronas, with over 30 years of experience in integrated global LNG business, has a sterling reputation as a reliable LNG solution provider and supplier.

SOURCE:- NST

11 street collaborates with MOLPay

Posted on : 22-11-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local Business

MALAYSIA’S second largest online marketplace 11street has partnered with payment gateway MOLPay Sdn Bhd to provide an offline payment method.

This initiative ensures consumers have variety when it comes to choosing the transaction method that suits them best.

Since the partnership with MOLPay, 11street has received more than 10,000 orders with MOLPay Cash@7-Elevenas the preferred payment method.

The performance is encouraging and indicates that the omni-channel payment gateway is on its way to providing consumers with freedom to choose how and when to pay for their products.

MOLPay, which is part of the MOL Global Group, was the first payment gateway in Southeast Asia to enable online purchases to be paid physically with cash at popular retail chains, outlets besides online payments using global credit cards, debit cards, charge cards, e-banking, and e-wallets.

“We live in a time where user-friendly alternatives drive our payment decisions, and our collaboration with MOLPay and 7-Eleven embodies this,” said chief operating officer of 11street Chuljin Yoon.

“As a result of technological advancement, consumers are always looking for the most suitable way to conduct daily activities and 11street endeavours to provide this convenience. This partnership also marks a strategic move as we innovate to provide newer payment methods to support the growing number of transactions we receive per day.”

Launched in 2014, MOLPay Cash was designed alongside other standard payment channels as convenient gateways and solutions to simplify the process of purchasing goods online.

“As a service provider, it is very important to consider each consumer when designing a system that works and is adaptable to everyone. These solutions were conceptualised to cater to Malaysia’s wide consumer base.

“This helps enhance the user experience for all online shoppers across the nation. This partnership with 11street and 7-Eleven creates the necessary awareness and ensures that everyone has options,” said MOLPay CEO Eng Sheng Guan.

Deputy CEO of 7-Eleven Malaysia Holdings Bhd Hishammudin Hasan said, “The central theme to 7-Eleven’s commitment has always been about catering to consumer needs, in which the key driver for our business is convenience. We believe partnering with MOLPay keeps us on point with the ever-changing business landscape.

“At the same time, it fulfils our consumers’ needs by providing them with an avenue to process their transactions at any of our 7-Eleven stores nearest to them, 24-7.”

With close to 13 million product offerings, 11street continues to explore significant partnerships that will offer consumers with a holistic online shopping experience. 7-Eleven, which has more than 2,200 stores located throughout Malaysia, plays a key role in providing convenience for the benefit of consumers on a nationwide scale.

11street expects that the offline payment method MOL Cash will make the online marketplace a more holistically-abled e-commerce platform.

SOURCE:- MALAYSIAKINI

Malaysia proposes collaboration to promote green economy – PM

Posted on : 22-11-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local Business

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said it is timely for efforts to be stepped up by three countries, namely Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia to enhance collaboration in promoting a green economy, including green technology and wildlife conservation.

He said that Malaysia would help to facilitate further discussions on this proposal within the framework of an appropriate forum involving the countries concerned.

“I am confident that our collective efforts would be applauded domestically and by the international community,” he said in his keynote address at the official opening of the 13th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) in Kuching today.

Najib said Malaysia strongly supported the notion of a green economy being integral to the country’s development, and at the same time, recognising the need to preserve the sustainability of the environment for future generations.

“Disruptive change is coming and the countries cannot avoid it but instead embrace it,” he said.

The prime minister said Malaysia had formulated its own digital policy, aiming it would help contribute 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product by 2020, if not earlier.

“That is why we have recently become the first country in the world outside China to establish a Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ).

“This will provide physical and virtual zones to facilitate small and medium enterprises to capitalise on the exponential growth that we are seeing in the Internet economy and cross-border e-commerce,” he said.

Malaysia, he said, had risen to become one of the leading e-commerce markets, generating revenues of US$2.3 billion last year alone.

Najib expressed hope that Malaysia’s ultimate aim was for the DFTZ to help transform the country into a regional e-commerce hub.

Najib, who had just returned from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) and Asean summits, said that leaders during the meetings had discussed the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“I can’t help but think of how the term ‘disruptive change’ applies to what has been happening in many parts of the Muslim world and I am firm in my view that we must be relentless in dealing with these challenges,” he said.

Najib quoted a report by Thomson Reuters titled, “State of the Global Islamic Economy 2016/2017”, that the Islamic economy was projected to reach a massive US$3 trillion by 2021.

“The report also says the Islamic finance assets are projected to have a market size of US$3.5 trillion by the same year.

“Here, in Malaysia, as recognised by the report, we have made a deliberate and strategic effort to capitalise on these opportunities,” he said.

In the report under its Global Islamic Economy Indicator, which measures a total of 73 countries, Malaysia was ranked in first place with a score of 50 percent higher than the second-placed country, the United Arab Emirates.

Malaysia also took the top spot for Islamic finance and second place for halal travel and halal pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

Malaysia was also recognised as the “Best Developed Ecosystem for Islamic Finance” and having the strongest regulatory framework.

SOURCE- BERNAMA

140,000 graduates have benefited from SL1M

Posted on : 22-11-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: A nationwide initiative to match unemployed graduates with potential employers will continue next year with the private sector contributing to its funding.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said the Skim Latihan 1Malaysia (SL1M) is expected to benefit some 25,000 unemployed graduates next year.

He said about 140,000 graduates had benefited from it since it was initiated in 2011.

“This initiative is close to the heart of the Prime Minister and he wanted to ensure that it was sustained,” Abdul Rahman said when launching the SL1M open day at the Industrial Training Institute (ILP) in Sepanggar near here on Saturday.

He said to keep the scheme going, the government had mandated that companies should contribute 1% of their contract sum to a fund for SL1M.

“This scheme is important because it not only helps unemployed graduates find jobs but also learn soft skills such as writing a resume or preparing for an interview,” Rahman said.

The SL1M open day at Sepanggar was the last event for the year and attracted hundreds of unemployed graduates with 32 companies participating.

SOURCE:- THE STAR

Petronas Dagangan upbeat on LPG market

Posted on : 20-11-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

KUALA LUMPUR— Petronas Dagangan Bhd, which aims to maintain its market leadership position in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) market in Malaysia, is upbeat on the sector’s outlook given the country’s growing population.

LPG Business Division General Manager, Ramzulhakim Ramli, said the LPG market in the country was still experiencing positive growth when compared with other countries, which were already saturated.

“We do see growth in the market whereby last year, it was 1.5 per cent. Usually, growth in the LPG market depends on the population growth,” he told reporters after a briefing on safe handling of cylinder gas.

SOURCE— BERNAMA

‘Collaboration needed to aid Southeast Asia in the fourth industrial revolution’

Posted on : 20-11-2017 | By : sabah today | In : International Business

MANILA: To successfully deal with the profound challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) need to improve their collaboration.

This is the conclusion of a new joint report launched yesterday by the World Economic Forum and ADB.

The report, Asean 4.0: What Does the Fourth Industrial Revolution Mean for Regional Economic Integration?, analyses how emerging technologies will reshape South-East Asia, and identifies actions for Asean leaders to prepare for the deep transformations that lie ahead.

The report acknowledged the many existing national strategies for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, such as Thailand 4.0 or Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative. But it argues that Asean must think at the regional level, not the national level.

The treatment of cross-border data flows, for example, is one of the pressing issues highlighted by the report. As data currently are prevented from flowing seamlessly across borders, new technologies such as telemedicine or the internet of things will be limited in their potential.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution is unfolding at tremendous speed. Indeed, the pace of change is accelerating. All over the world, governments are struggling to keep up,” said Justin Wood, Head of Asia Pacific and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum.

“The traditional ways of shaping policy, writing regulations and setting standards are too slow, too top-down and too backward-looking. What is needed is an approach that is much faster, more agile, more experimental and more iterative.”

The report was commissioned by the World Economic Forum’s Asean Regional Strategy Group (RSG) – made up of 26 Asean chief executive officers, government ministers and academics – and written by the Forum and ADB. The RSG presented the study to the 10 Asean heads of state during the 31st Asean Summit in Manila.

“While there is a lot to celebrate on the 50th anniversary of Asean, we mustn’t rest on past achievements,” said CIMB Group Holdings chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak, who is also chair of the Asean RSG.

“This revolution will transform everything, from economic structures to social systems. Many aspects of our lives will improve. But there will also be many worrying challenges, such as how automation and artificial intelligence are replacing jobs. We have to understand these issues and have appropriate policies to address them.”

The report offers seven recommendations for Asean leaders to prepare their institutions for the coming challenges associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The first is that the Asean Secretariat has to become a “platform organization” that allows for the integration of input from multistakeholder groups of experts.

Secondly, the secretariat should delegate more activities to affiliated functional bodies.

Meanwhile, long-term blueprints should be replaced with three-year rolling plans as considering the speed of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, most forecasts will quickly be outdated.

The fourth recommendation is to democratise and decentralise policy formulation. This will make the Asean policy-making process more inclusive, and make Asean an organisation truly owned and managed by the people for their benefit.

SOURCE— BERNAMA

KKIP aerospace training centre in 2019

Posted on : 20-11-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: Plans are being drawn to offer aeronautics training for locals at the Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) by 2019.

Done in partnership with German’s Lufthansa, the initiative is expected to create a pool of aircraft technicians for aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).

“This will be for category A which is for starting level, that has more job opportunities,” KKIP chief executive officer Melvin G. Disimond told reporters at the state legislative assembly here.

He said this after briefing the Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman on the company’s five-year plan as well as the handing over of mock cheque on payment of loan and dividends to state government totalling RM8.25 million.

Melvin said currently Kota Kinabalu International Airport is the second busiest airport in the country but most of the MRO of aircrafts here were done elsewhere, so by having trained manpower would allow the services be offered here.

“We expect to sign the agreement with Lufthansa to be signed between this or next month, and then 15 to 18 months the centre will be ready and the training for the first 100 intake expected in 2019,” he said.

Melvin said they are also talking with local agencies like Mara on handling the training programme.

He said they plan to continue getting 100 fresh intakes every year with two semesters, where one year will be on theory and another year on-the-job training.

He said five acres have been set for the training centre in the industrial park in Sepanggar but other areas like airport will be needed to conduct practical training, focusing on aircrafts that land here.

Musa during the meet congratulated KKIP for its performance that not only generates profit but also provided employments in factories there.

Earlier, Sabah Fish Marketing Sdn Bhd (Safma) presented payment of loan of RM1.2 million in the form of mock cheque to the state government.

SOURCE:- NEW STRAIT TIMES

Remote sensing techno can enhance delivery system – Tangau

Posted on : 20-11-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: Relevant government departments and agencies in the State should take advantage of remote sensing technology to enhance its delivery system to the people.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau said the technology has been available at the Malaysia Remote Sensing Agency (ARSM) all this while.

“It can assist to drastically reduce operation costs because remote sensing data, particularly, is sourced locally and can enhance efficacy of the departments concerned,” he said.

Closing the seminar on strengthening remote sensing technology usage for the people’s benefit and the nation’s security organised by ARSM at Tabung Haji Hotel here yesterday, Madius added that there should be more awareness among government departments and agencies on the benefits of remote sensing technology.

He explained that remote sensing is the science of acquiring information about the surface of the earth without actually being in contact with it, which is done by sending and recording reflected or emitted energy and processing, analysing as well as applying the information obtained.

Madius was heartened to note that so far, 55 government agencies in nine main applications, namely, agriculture and fishery, natural resources and environment, monitoring and development of land, environment auditing and physical development, health, commodity plantation, disaster management and security and national defence have collaborated with ARSM through the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS).

“Such an approach is not only cost and time effective but also produces a huge impact on the people’s life,” he said.

He noted that in Sabah, ARSM had already worked together with the Agriculture and Fishery Departments in developing and operating an application system that boosts the management of land usage and marine as well as aquaculture resources in the State.

“The system had been proven to be able to improve fishery and agriculture officers’ capability in providing assistance. It also allows for more efficient consultations with the people as compared to the manual method being used previously.

“The ARSM had also developed MyGTS for land usage management using satellite images, as well as a system using remote sensing and geographic information system to look for underground water sources. The system benefits the setting up of tube wells to assist those in areas with water problems.

“Several applications for smartphones have also been developed by ARSM, such as MyCuaca, a weather information app, and iDengue, an app that shows areas with high cases of dengue,” Madius revealed, saying the applications and technologies were developed to help the people lead better lives.

As for national security, Madius said the ARSM had been working closely with security forces in ESSCom and sensitive areas by providing intelligence information using remote sensing technology.

“What I want to say here is that the government through MOSTI (Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation) has the technology that will help the people. I hope there will be more awareness on this so that the delivery system to the people could be greatly enhanced,” he added.

Also present at yesterday’s seminar were ARSM director general Azlikamil Napiah and MOSTI deputy secretary general Dr Ramzah Dambul.

SOURCE:- THE BORNEO POST