Seminar Facilitates the Acceptance and Implementation of Industry 4.0 in Sarawak’s Industry Sectors

Article by Corporate Communication Unit, PPKS

The just concluded Industry 4.0 Seminar, co-organized by the Sarawak Multimedia Authority, the Ministry of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development, Sarawak and Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Sarawak (PPKS) has set the stage for a host of key initiatives to facilitate the acceptance and implementation of Industry 4.0 in Sarawak’s various sectors of industry.

Held on 29 October 2018 at a leading hotel in Kuching, more than one hundred (100) participants signed up for the seminar. The seminar was officiated by Yang Berhormat Mr. Malcom Mussen Lamoh (Assistant Minister for Industries and Investment), who represented Yang Berhormat Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Industrial and Entrepreneur Development and Second Minister for Urban Development and Natural Resources.

In his address, Yang Berhormat Mr. Malcom Mussen highlighted that the theme of the seminar, ‘A Catalyst for Sarawak’s Industrial & Entrepreneurial Development’ was timely, and reflected the State Government’s ongoing initiatives to boost economic development throughout the State of Sarawak. In this respect, he shared on the State Government’s strategic move to transform Sarawak into a Digital Economy Powerhouse. He also highlighted that Sarawak’s Chief Minister had emphasized that the digital economy would be a strong platform and also the catalyst for the state to reach out to the global business community, as well as to forge international collaborations. Under the Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy (2018 - 2022), a number of new and transformational initiatives had been established to drive the growth and development of the state’s digital economy. Among the initiatives, the State Government had set up the Sarawak Multimedia Authority, Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation and Development Bank of Sarawak to spearhead the state’s development of the digital economy. Sarawak plans to boost its digital economy with a targeted 17.4% contribution to the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2025. This would go a long way to create new jobs and opportunities for entrepreneurs in Sarawak.

Yang Berhormat Mr. Malcom Mussen also stressed that with the importance of Industry 4.0 and the Digital Economy in Sarawak, there was an urgent need for the various industry sectors in Sarawak to leapfrog from Industry 2.0 to Industry 4.0. In this respect, the State Government had placed emphasis on the importance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in producing the much needed human capital to support the state’s development initiatives. He was pleased to note that PPKS offers a wide range of industry-relevant programmes comprising both academic and TVET programmes. In addition, as a registered training provider with the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) and a Centre of Excellence in Technology (CoET) to conduct the National Empowerment in Certification and Training for Next Generation Workers (NECT-Gen - Industry 4.0) programme for HRDF levy-contributing companies, PPKS is strategically positioned to contribute to the development of the state’s present and future workforce.

In his welcoming speech, PPKS Executive Director Mr. Hallman Bin Sabri highlighted that it was an honour for PPKS to co-organize the Industry 4.0 Seminar with the Sarawak Multimedia Authority and the Ministry of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development, Sarawak. In this respect, he thanked Yang Berhormat Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Industrial and Entrepreneur Development and Second Minister for Urban Development and Natural Resources for placing his trust in PPKS as the co-organizer of this important event. He also thanked Yang Berhormat Mr. Malcom Mussen Lamoh, Assistant Minister for Industries and Investment for his support and presence to launch the seminar on behalf of Yang Berhormat Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

Mr. Hallman shared, ‘In Sarawak, there is a belief that the Industries are still at Industry 2.0. However, due to an urgent need to be competitive in today’s ever changing and challenging global environment, all stakeholders must embrace Industry 4.0 to thrive amidst the many disruptive changes in industry. Industry 4.0 opens the door to new horizons and new technological frontiers. For organizations, Industry 4.0 technologies can add value to both the top and bottom line. In a nutshell, new technologies can boost businesses across the broad spectrum of industry by enhancing productivity.’ He expressed his hope that all participants would appreciate the importance of Industry 4.0 as a Catalyst for Sarawak’s Industrial and Entrepreneurial Development and that the various sectors of industry in Sarawak would embrace and implement Industry 4.0 in their operations.

Mr. Hallman also shared, ‘With breathtaking advances in technology becoming the norm and transforming ‘the way we do things’, there is an urgent need for all stakeholders to fly the flag of innovation across government, industry and academia. The Digital Economy and Industry 4.0 herald an exciting new era, adding new hues to the vibrant canvas of humankind.’

Mr. Hallman also took the opportunity to share that PPKS was working closely with its stakeholders, namely the government and industry, regarding the all-important role of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in developing an industry-ready workforce.

As an education and training provider, PPKS had intensified its efforts in the area of staff development, to raise the bar in teaching and learning. An important focus was on continuous learning to facilitate the development of high-calibre teaching staff who would also serve as coaches and mentors to students. As part of its multi-pronged approach, PPKS had commenced the upgrading of its teaching and learning facilities in line with the requirements of Industry 4.0.

Mr. Hallman also announced that the Sarawak Multimedia Authority, Ministry of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development, Sarawak and PPKS would be organizing the Industry 4.0 Seminar on 15 November 2018 in Sibu. A TVET Symposium would be held in Kuching in February 2019.

In line with PPKS’s commitment to facilitate the advancement of Industry 4.0 in this region, Mr. Hallman shared that the exchange of documents during the seminar, between PPKS, the Malaysia Blockchain Association, YAST Management and Consultancy Sdn. Bhd., and Triveacademy Sdn. Bhd would pave the way for the parties to explore the possibility of creating the Borneo Blockchain Hub. This would spearhead blockchain related activities including talent development in this region. This would also be a springboard for PPKS to provide Blockchain Technical Training to the industry and facilitate the exploration of joint initiatives in the area of Customized Training Programmes, Consultancy, and Research and Development (R & D).

During the seminar, the first speaker, Mr. Nasrudin Bin Abdul Muthalib, Penang Skills Development Centre’s Technology Partner, presented an overview of the Industrial Revolution, from the first to the fourth Industrial Revolution. With his presentation entitled ‘Industry 4.0: Catalyst for Economic Growth/Industry 4.0: Implementation of Internet of Things in Industry’, he shared on the major drivers of Industry 4.0, namely the Rise of Smart Sensors, Robotics and Automation, Augmented Reality, Big Data Analytics, etc., along with favourable government policies. He also shared on the benefits of Internet of Things (IoT) Implementation in the industries.

The second speaker was Mr. Royce T.S. Tan, Director of Cross Selling and Energy Solutions, Robert Bosch Sdn. Bhd. In his presentation, ‘Real World Applications – Implementation of Internet of Things in Industry/Digitization to Future Proof Your Business’, he shared various examples on the applications of IoT in industries such as Smart Agriculture, Smart Aquaculture, Smart Farming, Timber Anti-Theft Tracker, and Manufacturing. During his presentation, he also shared on Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation’s Digitization Transformation Acceleration Programme and how Bosch takes the lead in the development and implementation of smart solutions in a wide range of areas.

Indeed, the seminar facilitated the sharing of Industry 4.0 best practices between stakeholders, and emphasized the importance of Industry 4.0 implementation in the various industry sectors in Sarawak. Among the seminar participants were Yang Berbahagia Dato Hajjah Maznah binti Dasmi, Secretary of the Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Sarawak (PPKS) Management Council and PPKS Members.

Dato Hajjah Maznah Dasmi, Secretary of PPKS Management Council presented the memento to Yang Berhormat Malcom Mussen Lamoh, Minister for Industries and Investment during the Seminar on Industry 4.0

Minister for Industries and Investment Malcom Mussen Lamoh ( Left Third) witnessing the exchange of Document Working Plan between the collaborating parties.