PIKOM, the National Tech Association of Malaysia, welcomed the New Industrial Masterplan calling it a comprehensive approach in transforming the manufacturing sector,
Launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, NIMP will be crucial in preparing the sector for the next wave of growth While there are four missions of NIMP, “Tech up for a digitally vibrant nation” will be key in catalyzing the entire manufacturing ecosystem. With its stated aim of transforming 3,000 smart factories, such an effort will provide an impetus to all companies to adopt smart manufacturing solutions. The end results of gross value add and higher wages in the manufacturing sector can only be achieved with higher productivity, better quality, and enhanced market access. Technology can play a pivotal part.
The master plan lays out a remarkably insightful and clear vision for the future. It serves as a beacon, illuminating the path ahead with precision and purpose. However, it is in the realm of implementation that the true magic happens, where the blueprint transforms into reality. Hence the following are PIKOM’s aspirations to support and assist in the implementation journey.
The association said it considers five major approaches to complement the four missions and four enablers. Involve the tech players to contribute ideas, solutions, and capital. This can be in the form of matching tech players with manufacturers that have a specific need. These should include tech startups and high-growth companies.
Work with peers around the region. Many solutions or use cases would not likely be new and would have seen practicable implementation in the region. Be willing to tap on our regional partners to learn and share. Increase collaboration with academia. Much R&D are done at universities with real-world application and problem solving. This should be leveraged upon.
Enhance internship and apprenticeship programmes with industry-ready skills. Our people are our greatest asset and Malaysia prides ourselves with one of the best workforces in the world. A strong programme can help us with
matching the right skills for the right job.
Start from young. STEM and TVET education should encouraged from the younger ages and not when students have to make career decisions. Inculcate early in our curriculum.