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Malaysia can enhance collaborations towards increased adoption of high technology — Annuar

Malaysia can enhance collaborations towards increased adoption of high technology and innovation, smart manufacturing, and all matters integral to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0), Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said.

The signing of 13 Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) between Malaysian companies and their international tech counterparts on Wednesday would allow Malaysian companies to expand their global footprints, and bring about a collaborative transfer of technology and knowledge that will strengthen Malaysia’s digital technology ecosystem, he added.

“With the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), the Government of Malaysia will continue to drive the digital economy forward towards making Malaysia a globally competitive digital nation, anchored on innovation, sustainability and shared prosperity, and firmly establishing the country as the digital hub of ASEAN (the Association of South East Asian Nations).

“Key to the achievement of this vision would be collaborations. Effective collaborations will lead to successful innovations,” he said at the Malaysia Ecosystem and Industry Celebration here on Wednesday night.

The Malaysian companies that signed the MoUs include Aerodyne Group, CALMS Technologies and Soft Space, with international partners, National Bonds Corporation of UAE and Qatar Financial Centre Authority.

He said these companies are poised to be global leaders in their respective sectors, Aerodyne Group, for instance, was ranked third globally in a report by Drone Industry Insights in 2019, and has been at the forefront of the drone industry.

“This only goes to show that the pandemic did not stop these Malaysian companies from seeking opportunities, domestically and globally, signalling the resilience of our businesses and the ongoing global interest in Malaysia’s digital technology innovations,” he said.

Annuar said the government and MDEC were working hard to ensure tremendous opportunities and also made sure that the government would constantly be engaged in delivering the digital mandate.

“I am confident that with the announcement of the new Malaysia Digital initiative this morning at the Malaysia Pavilion and all the unique value propositions that we can offer, the world will find Malaysia fertile ground for growth and serve as the perfect platform from which businesses can grow into the wider ASEAN region and beyond,” he said.

Meanwhile, he also congratulated Malaysian tech companies Durioo and The R&D Studio on their unique propositions while adding value to the offerings on global platform.

Apart of 13 MOUs exchange between the businesses, “Crafting Batik Girl”, an artbook about the making of the award-winning animated short film, “Batik Girl” by The R&D Studio and the Durioo stable of products and services was also launched at the event here on Wednesday night.

“Batik Girl is the embodiment of Malaysian animation history, carrying the legacy of entertainment that Malaysian parents or their children are so well-versed in and fond of.

“The success of Batik Girl and the development of its artbook is also a testament to Malaysia’s growing digital creative content industry, which is currently worth almost US$2 billion or RM8 billion…I am confident Durioo’s approach will bear fruit and its products will become great hits,” Annuar said.

Source: Bernama

Malaysia can enhance collaborations towards increased adoption of high technology — Annuar


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Malaysia is introducing two flagship initiatives which will drive and catalyse the digital economy as well as investment opportunities in Malaysia and the region.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said one is the DE Rantau programme, which is aimed at establishing Malaysia as the preferred Digital Nomad Hub in a bid to boost digital adoption and to promote digital professional mobility and tourism across the country.

He said the other is the Malaysia Digital Trade programme, which is set to drive interoperability and greater harmonisation of standards and regulatory approaches, to facilitate trade within and across borders.

“Digital Nomad Hub is a departure from the location-based approach under MSC Malaysia. Now it is not just the Kuala Lumpur or Cyberjaya Super Corridor.

“It should not be exclusive, (or) location based. (Having it) throughout the country, that is the part of major departure. Of course, if we want to encourage digital nomad, we must have the facilities in those areas, especially if you want to promote tourism in places such as Sipadan, Langkawi or Tioman,” he said.

Annuar was speaking at a press conference after the announcement of Malaysia Digital Economy Week in conjunction with the Expo 2020 Dubai at the Malaysia Pavilion here today.

On the Digital Trade programme, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) chief executive officer Mahadhir Aziz said the main objective of the programme is to support cross-border trading.

He said this initiative will involve many forms, including having a digital system that can transact data between countries as well as a digital trade agreement that Malaysia has to subscribe to in order to function with other countries which have ratified the same agreement.

“We have to look at cross-border trust in data that we are sharing as well. In Malaysia, and as part of Malaysia Digital, we will begin with a national e-invoicing project.

“This has been stated in the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDIGITAL), whereby we will look at reducing and minimising leakage of income and revenue for the government while we do trades,” he said.

Elaborating further, he said that according to data from MDEC and Inland Revenue Board (IRB), the government will have at least an estimated RM2.1 billion possible additional revenue once e-invoicing is in place, which will take three to six years depending on other countries.

The Malaysia Digital Economy Week is part of the 26 weekly thematic trade and businesses programmes organised by the Malaysia Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai.

MDEC is targeting to attract investments worth more than RM300 million as well as 50 eligible prospective businesses during the Malaysia Digital Economy Week from January 9 to 15.

Source: Bernama

Malaysia announces two flagship initiatives to catalyse digital economy, investment opportunities, says minister


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Dubai-based e-sports organisation, Galaxy Racer expects to invest RM42 million (US$10 million) within a five-year period in Malaysia’s e-sports ecosystem.

Chief marketing officer Allan Phang said the company aims to position Malaysia as a regional digital hub with the opening of its Asia Pacific headquarters in the country, adding that it also plans to organise more e-sports events and tournaments to facilitate and boost the e-sports ecosystem in Malaysia.

“In the next five years, we will be creating high-income jobs which will definitely spur the (growth of the) digital economy as we head towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0).

“We also plan to create new intellectual properties (in the digital content industry) that will benefit the Malaysian industry,” he said to Bernama here, today.

Phang said to spur the development of e-sports in Malaysia, Galaxy Racer also aims to boost the involvement of females in e-sports, adding that it had organised the Girl Gamer Festival World Finals in Dubai which was the first and only e-sports festival to celebrate women’s competitiveness in video games.

Additionally, he said the company  plans to set up  a world-class visual effects (VFX) animations studio in the country in order for the country to become more competitive in the global market and become a market leader in the industry.

“We understand and recognise that Malaysia is a hub for VFX animations studio and we are looking at that space as well.

“We believe in the country’s diverse talent pool, especially with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) bringing up new talents, (so) we want to tap into that as well,” he said.

Founded by Paul Roy in 2019, Galaxy Racer is the largest e-sports, gaming and lifestyle organisation in the world with over 100 content creators across Southeast Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and Europe, and over 500 million followers as well as over 2.5 billion monthly views.

Galaxy Racer is one of the participating companies in the Malaysia Digital Economy Week, which will be launched today at Expo 2020 Dubai by Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

Source: Bernama

Galaxy Racer projected to invest RM42 mln into Malaysia’s e-sports ecosystem


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Hap Seng Consolidated Bhd, via its wholly owned subsidiary Hap Seng Land Sdn Bhd, has been actively seeking land acquisition opportunities, according to Hap Seng Consolidated Group Managing Director, Datuk Edward Lee Ming Foo.

“We have been quite aggressive in terms of acquiring land during the economic downturn; it is a good opportunity to acquire good assets. For example, during the economic downturn in 2007, we acquired 50% of the Citibank building and the land which Hap Seng 2 is sitting on, that was formerly owned by E&O,” he said in a media conference on Wednesday (Jan 12). 

On Jan 3, Hap Seng Consolidated announced the group will purchase a parcel of vacant commercial land on Jalan Duta here for RM868.8 million to build a mixed development, with an estimated gross development value (GDV) of RM8.7 billion.

The group has also entered into an agreement with Naza TTDI Sdn Bhd’s unit TTDI KL Metropolis Sdn Bhd to purchase 6.2ha of vacant commercial land called Met 3, Plot 7A for RM868.8 million through its wholly-owned subsidiary Sierra Positive Sdn Bhd. The acquisition is expected to be completed in the next seven months. 

“As for the Met 3 acquisition, it is the last piece of land in Mont’Kiara. There are a lot of locals, expatriates that like to live in Mont’Kiara. It is a short distance from the city and surrounded by affluent neighbourhoods like Damansara Heights, Bukit Tunku, and Bangsar; this is an opportunity for us to acquire this piece of land [in the vicinity],” Lee said.

New projects in the pipeline

The group plans to roll out a total of 18 projects in the next five years, with the intention of expanding its hospitality portfolio. Hap Seng Consolidated Chairman, Thomas Rapp said these projects will be located in both west and east Malaysia, and that further details will be revealed when they are firmed up.

Three residential projects are among those in the pipeline this year, of which two will be high-rise in Kuala Lumpur. There will also be landed properties in Sabah. Hap Seng Land Chief Operating Officer, David Khor said the developer is still working out the total GDV. “The overall figure would be more or less the same as last year (or perhaps slightly better). In 3Q2021, we recorded a revenue of about RM1 billion… We are doing our best to ensure the products that will be rolled out will be applicable to the consumer [demand], with new [must-haves] such as balconies, and so on.”

Bernama also reported Khor saying that Hap Seng Land is planning to develop five hotels in the next few years. He said three will be developed in Kuala Lumpur at Jalan Kia Peng, KL Metropolis near Segambut where the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre is located, and the newly purchased Wisma KFC building in Jalan Sultan Ismail. Two will be developed in Sabah.

“The hotels will be managed by two international hotel companies, namely, Hyatt, which will operate four of our hotels, and one by Marriott. This is our first venture in hospitality development,” said Khor.

Meanwhile, the indoor green wall in the group’s Menara Hap Seng 3 has been awarded “Highest Indoor Green Wall” by the Malaysia Book of Records. Designed by Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the structure is a 91.55m indoor green wall, spanning vertically across all 20 levels of office space, with over 27,000 individual pots comprising 10 different plant species.

Rapp said: “We are extremely excited to be recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records today, a testament to the group’s core strength in innovation and foresight in quality and sustainable designs.” 

Located at a prominent Kuala Lumpur intersection, Menara Hap Seng 3 is the latest addition to Plaza Hap Seng, which also comprises Menara Hap Seng and Menara Hap Seng 2. 

Completed in 2019, Menara Hap Seng 3 comprises 43,937 sq ft of retail net floor area and 200,204 sq ft of office net floor area, with a total of 20 office levels. All the three office towers are connected via pedestrian link bridges and basement car parks, with a wide range of F&B outlets, banking halls, medical and dental clinics and business meeting facilities. 

Menara Hap Seng 3 is one of the Grade-A office buildings in the Kuala Lumpur city centre with LEED Gold Certification, GBI certification and within the MSC zone.

Source: The Edge Markets

Hap Seng Land seeking land opportunities amid downturn, receives Malaysia Book of Records award for highest indoor green wall


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The Johor government said today it remains committed to strengthening the health tourism sector in the state, despite facing a testing period due to the Covid-19 pandemic over the past two years.

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the main tourism sector was a major contributor to Johor’s economy, and health tourism had great potential.

“Health tourism is one of the important sectors that contribute to the state’s economy and Johor has the advantage of being strategically located for this.

“The state’s strategic location makes Johor an ideal investment destination for many private hospital operators, apart from other tourism-related establishments such as various hotel brands and theme parks,” said Hasni in a speech.

He was on a working visit to the nuclear medicine unit in Gleneagles Hospital Medini Johor here.

Hasni also called on private hospital operators in the state to improve the quality of their services in an effort to promote health tourism

The Benut assemblyman said the respective hospitals can focus on their marketing aspects in getting international customers, especially from the region.

Separately, Hasni also hopes that the federal government can further increase the country’s investments in the health sector to further improve the quality of public health services in the country.

“At present, Malaysia invests around 4.3 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the public health sector and this is a small amount compared to other South-east Asian countries.

“For example, Cambodia allocates 6.6 per cent of their GDP for that purpose, while Vietnam (5.9 per cent) and Myanmar (4.8 per cent),” he said.

Meanwhile, Gleneagles Hospital chief executive officer Dr Kamal Amzan said the decision to introduce the nuclear medical unit was to meet the current needs in Johor as there was a high percentage of cancer patients.

“Cancer patients do not have to wait long or visit hospitals in the Klang Valley to get their treatment.

“I am also confident that the introduction of this unit will also improve health services in Johor in support of the existing government hospitals,” he explained.

Source: Malay Mail

Johor MB: State government committed to promoting health tourism sector


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Express logistics company Ninja Van Malaysia has unveiled its biggest warehouse located in Shah Alam (pix).

Spanning across 260,000 square feet, this new warehouse is in line with the company’s expansion plan to future-proof its volume growth trajectory and better support the growth of local SMEs and businesses.

“At Ninja Van Malaysia, we are constantly innovating and developing better infrastructure for increased speed and efficiency. Equipped with the latest sorting technology and equipment, our new warehouse is in line with our plans to deliver delight and speed to customers. This is why we’ve also recently started our seven-day operations schedule across the country,” said Ninja Van Malaysia CEO Adzim Halim in a statement today.

Ninja Van Malaysia continues to see a healthy growth in the number of parcel volumes since its inception in 2015. In 2021, the company observed a 98% increase in parcel volume as compared to 2020 due to the accelerated rise in e-commerce by both shippers and customers.

The new warehouse has a range of innovative technological equipment that is capable of processing over 400,000 parcels daily from all over the country. This figure more than doubles during peak periods.

To keep up with the demands of e-commerce, Ninja Van Malaysia has invested in technological equipment such as the DWS (Dimension Weighing and Scanning) machines used for inbound scanning and taking accurate measurements of the weight and dimensions of parcels, as well as automated rollers and conveyors. For the sorting process, warehouse employees utilise a multipurpose mobile scanner.

“Our warehouse currently operates in a hybrid manual-automated mode, which is reflective of the National 4IR Policy and the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint, as the technologies in place serve to create a more seamless and efficient process. With machines working alongside our warehouse employees, we are able to then create a more seamless and efficient process, ensuring that our parcels are delivered to customers in a timely manner,” said Adzim.

Source: The Sun Daily

Ninja Van Malaysia launches its largest warehouse


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Q1. Can you share your thoughts on the 5G launch in Malaysia and about Digital Nasional Berhad’s network?

The launch of 5G represents a significant moment in Malaysia’s telecommunications journey and together with Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) we are delighted to be bringing the benefits of a world class 5G experience to the country.

DNB has the spectrum, end to end design and technology needed to deliver a 5G network to provide consumers and businesses with blazing speeds and an enhanced customer experience.

Malaysia has the potential to become a global frontrunner in 5G, which will allow the country’s entrepreneurs to develop new solutions on top of the network. Successful use cases can then be launched locally and globally and support the economy by creating new jobs and skills.

Q2. Can you talk about your global experience and success with 5G?

Ericsson is currently powering 108 live 5G networks, which is more than half of the world’s such networks. Globally, 73 countries have introduced 5G and Ericsson powers networks in 48 of them, which translates to more than 60% of the countries that have already launched.

Our focus on innovation and reliability has made us a trusted partner to deliver 5G networks in the most advanced and demanding 5G markets such as the United States where we provide infrastructure products and services for all the national telecom operators and cemented our 5G RAN market leadership last year.

5G technology is a core part of our business and we invest USD 4.4b in research and development annually, corresponding to almost 20% of our sales. Around a quarter of our workforce is also deployed in R&D activity.

Q4. How do you see 5G benefiting Malaysia?

5G is a huge platform for innovation, just like 4G has been. The key difference is an exciting one, because 5G will cater to both consumers and enterprises. The potential for new business applications is limitless and many are yet to be conceived, so 5G will accelerate Malaysia’s digital transformation and enable the country to embrace Industry 4.0. It will also help reduce the digital divide, through use of technology such as Fixed Wireless Access to provide ultra-fast connectivity to remote areas.

Q5. What in your opinion are the key enablers for 5G to be successful in Malaysia?

We are working with DNB on the accelerated rollout and providing an affordable and world class customer experience, all based on a trustworthy, resilient and secure 5G network that will form the foundation for a thriving digital ecosystem.

I think it is testimony to a strong partnership and our combined capabilities that we have been able to launch 5G in Malaysia in less than six months after the contract was awarded. Now 5G is already available in parts of Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and Kuala Lumpur and we will be providing approximately 80% coverage in populated areas by the end of 2024.

We are leveraging on our technology leadership and the extra capacity and coverage of C band (mid band) to provide a fantastic customer experience. We are building a world class network end to end by using advanced solutions such as Multi Operator Core Network that allows the radio network to be shared by all 6 operators. We will also operate the network largely using local resources and the latest tools and Artificial Intelligence. This will guarantee the lowest cost per GB and enable affordable prices of data in Malaysia, with a world class customer experience.

Q6. How are you building the local ICT ecosystem in Malaysia?

The ongoing 5G rollout will see us partnering with local contractors and hiring more Malaysians. We have been working with our existing vendors and contractors while developing a pipeline for the future, so that we can continue to bring on more Malaysians as we progress. Our local partners are working with us in areas such as network installation and rollout, network optimization and site solutions amongst others.

Naturally, every potential vendor and contractor must have the requisite technical capabilities, a proven track record and a company background which meet the stringent requirements set by Ericsson. This ensures we can maintain our global technology leadership and provide the world class network that we have committed to deliver in Malaysia. We will always welcome hearing from any potential local partners interested in working with us on this important project.

Q7. Can you talk about your commitment to Malaysia?

Ericsson has been part of the development of Malaysia’s telecom industry since 1965, helping to introduce every generation of mobile technology, from 2G to 5G. We are fully committed to supporting DNB in making our 5G project a big success for the country, its people and economy. Indeed, we will ensure the network becomes a showcase for 5G in the world and a shining example of what innovative technology can offer consumers and businesses.

To support the management of the DNB network, we have recently set up a Network Operations Center in Petaling Jaya, using the latest artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. Another example of our commitment to Malaysia is extending our Ericsson Educate program to University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), to help educate thousands of Malaysian students about 5G and related technologies.

To find out more about Ericsson’s activities in Malaysia. Click Here

Source: The Edge Markets

Ericsson will deliver a world class 5G experience to Malaysia


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The fifth-generation (5G) network is critical for the success of Malaysian ports operations as it enables port operators to track ships and to make accurate predictions about arrival times, reducing the disruptions from potential delays.

“5G can enable many improvements within Malaysia’s ports. On a 4G network, a terminal can monitor about 100,000 sensors and Internet of Things (IoTs), devices within a square kilometer. A 5G network raises the potential number of connections to one million,” Juwai IQI Group co-founder and chief executive officer Kashif Ansari said in a statement.

He also said that loading and transshipping can be streamlined to a just-in-time operations, with optical character recognition cameras facilitating this change.

“They can identify and process individual containers from among the thousands the ports handle every day.

“The brains of the port will be automated and so will the brawn. The vessels and vehicles that move cargo to, within and from ports are all on their way to being automated,” he added.

He also emphasised that the 2021 global supply chain disruptions were a wake-up call to policymakers and port operators in trade-dependent nations like Malaysia.

Kashif said that if Malaysian ports were able to stay ahead of the automation trend, this would help to attract foreign direct investment into the manufacturing sector.

These investments, in turn, will help drive demand for industrial and logistics space.

“Smart ports will enable greater integration with nearby logistics and manufacturing facilities. Integration promises to reduce the  delays that currently exist when moving goods from their point of manufacture to the ships that carry them overseas,” he explained.

Source: Bernama

Juwai: 5G vital for local ports’ growth, modernisation


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Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) will invest RM750 million to expand its capacity this year, its chief executive officer, Marco Neelsen said.

Spurred by double-digit growth last year, he said the port, which currently has a capacity of 11.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), would grow to 12.5 million TEU within the next six months.

“We will receive 18 new Quayside and Yard Cranes, as well as an ongoing yard expansion.

“Furthermore, we plan to add one more berth close to Berth 1 which we want to use, among others, to expand our footprint for cargo to and from Sumatra,” he told reporters at the PTP 11 million TEUs milestone celebration, here today.

Present were Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong and Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad.

Apart from terminal footprint, Neelsen said the investment would focus on improving efficiency and customer experience.

“We are currently expanding our Free Zone with the development of an 81-acre site in Tanjung Adang which is planned to be concluded by early 2023,” he said.

PTP has registered a total volume of 11.2 million TEUs at the end of 2021, a 14 per cent increase in its yearly volume, compared to 9.8 million TEUs in 2020.

It is also among 20 top ports in the world that recorded a double-digit growth last year.

A joint venture between Malaysia’s MMC Group and The Hague’s APM Terminals, PTP created a new milestone by becoming the first container terminal in Malaysia to surpass 11 million TEUs throughput volume in a year.

Source: Bernama

PTP to invest RM750 mln for expansion in 2022


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Micron Technology Inc has announced a RM1 million investment to strengthen collaboration and research and development (R&D) projects with local universities over the next five years as well as to enhance the capabilities of the local talent pool.

Micron Malaysia corporate vice-president and country manager Amarjit Singh Sandhu said Malaysia is critical to its global manufacturing footprint and therefore, it hoped the funding and knowledge transfer to local universities would further strengthen the local semiconductor ecosystem.

“It is hoped that the funding will advance R&D and deepen science, technology and engineering skills in the local talent pool.

“We aim to use our presence and influence to contribute to Malaysia’s economy, including generating quality jobs and increasing the country’s productivity, efficiency and global competitiveness,” he told a press conference after making the announcement here today.

Amarjit said Micron has committed a total investment of RM1.5 billion in Malaysia since 2018, which have also resulted in the expansion of its local operations with facilities in Tanjung Agas Industrial Area, Muar in Johor as well as two facilities in Penang, namely Prai Industrial Estate and Batu Kawan Industrial Park.

Following the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing between Amarjit and USM vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Faisal Rafiq Mahamd Adikan today, witnessed by Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, the university would be the first university partner to receive funding from Micron.

He said the funding would go towards grants supporting research in the areas of semiconductor materials, smart manufacturing and artificial intelligence which are key to the advancement of technology manufacturing in the country.

Also present was  Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) deputy chief executive officer,  Investment Promotion and Facilitation, Sivasuriyamoorthy Sundara Raja, who said that such partnerships and funding were crucial for Malaysia’s goal in becoming a resilient and competitive manufacturing hub considering

the significant investments in the manufacturing sector, subsequently leading to greater demand for talent.

“The approved investment figure achieved last year was RM177.8 billion, which is 51 per cent higher than that in 2020 despite challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of that total, RM103 billion worth of investments were from the manufacturing sector.

“Within that figure, over RM64 billion were from the electrical and electronics sector which is expected to create 22,000 employment opportunities. This type of collaboration is critical as it will help ensure there is constant talent supply for the sector,” he added.

Source: Bernama

Micron invests in local universities to enhance semiconductor talent pool


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Renewable energy and environment solutions provider Samaiden Group Bhd wholly owned subsidiary Samaiden Sdn Bhd has entered into a partnership agreement with SWG Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinowaja (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd to collaborate in providing solutions for the renewable energy (RE) market in Sabah and Sarawak.

Under the agreement, Samaiden and Sinowaja will first focus on collaborative projects in relation to solar photovoltaic (PV) as well as smart or microgrid systems in East Malaysia. Samaiden’s scope of work will include supplying the necessary products and technical support to Sinowaja, while Sinowaja will support in design, research and development, and related works particularly in solar PV projects.

Founded in Sarawak in 2014, Sinowaja is an integrated power solution provider of innovative and efficient solutions to the electric power industry. Sinowaja undertakes project management of turnkey projects related to electrical transmission and distribution system. It offers a wide array of services which include procurement and production management, electrical power engineering design and the supply of relevant products used in electrical transmission and distribution system.

Samaiden group managing director Chow Pui Hee said this collaboration is synergistic, enabling both parties to leverage on each other’s technical capabilities and industry expertise working on RE projects. Furthermore, this partnership is aligned to the group’s intention as a RE specialist to expand geographically and at the same time, provide its RE knowhow to Sinowaja, which is a seasoned power solution provider in East Malaysia eyeing to tap into the RE industry.

“We are confident this collaboration will hasten the development of RE and contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions in East Malaysia amidst the accelerating RE transformation. With sustainability being the forefront of Sarawak’s development agenda alongside its possession of abundant natural resources, we anticipate substantial investments in the RE industry from both the private and public sectors in the coming years to electrify the region with clean energy.

“Consequently, this will provide ample business opportunities for us as one of the leading RE engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning providers in Malaysia as we bring our expertise into this market.”

The agreement is effective and remains in force for three years from the date of signing of the agreement.

Source: The Sun Daily

Samaiden, Sinowaja in JV for RE projects in East Malaysia


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The shipping sector is often referred to as the lifeblood of the global economy and a determinant of economic growth. It is estimated that shipping accounts for over 80% of global trade, which is handled by ports all over the world. According to a report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, sea transport services have expanded at a good rate time after time.

However, the shipping sector is seen as a major contributor to air pollution, particularly in ports and coastal areas. The fossil fuels used have a significant carbon dioxide (CO2) content, which contributes to global warming and climate change.

The International Renewable Energy Agency has published a report on the impact of shipping activities on CO2 emissions. According to statistics, the shipping sector contributes 4% to 5% of all CO2 emissions caused by human activity.

Furthermore, the sector is responsible for 3% of world greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 9% of global emissions attributable to transport. This is alarming since the figure is expected to rise in tandem with the development of global trade activity.

According to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), if no precautionary measures are taken, CO2 emissions will increase by 50% to 250% by 2050. Hence, the sector must utilise clean, ecologically favourable energy sources.

The International Conference for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (Marpol) has outlined regulations for the prevention of air pollution by ships under Annex VI. Since 2010, Malaysia has adopted and implemented Annex VI of Marpol to reduce pollution from merchant ships at sea.

Malaysia, through the ratification of Marpol Annex VI, is a signatory to the function and instrument of Annex VI – Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships. Annex VI includes the Survey, Certification, and Means of Control for Ships. The subsection under Annex VI which governs energy efficiency for ships further mandates ship owners to better CO2 emissions by improving design, planning, operation, and monitoring of the ships.

Merchant ships with a gross tonnage of 400 or more are subject to the rules. This regulation’s goal is to limit CO2 emissions that degrade the environment. As an IMO member state, Malaysia is doing the best it can to address the issue of CO2 emissions from its maritime sector in order to prevent air pollution. Malaysia has also set a goal of reducing CO2 emissions prior to IMO initial strategy for reducing GHG emissions in 2018.

The strategy sets a goal of reducing international shipping’s GHG emissions by 2050, while cutting CO2 emissions intensity by at least 40% by 2030 and aiming for 70% by 2050, relative to a 2008 baseline. This also aligns with 12th Malaysia Plan tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in Parliament last year, which states that the country aspires to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

To achieve this goal, Malaysia must take proactive actions to generate energy from renewable sources. This measure is intended to address the long-term demand for energy consumption whilst still realising the zero-carbon target.

Renewable energy (RE) sources can be seen to have tremendous potential to transform the shipping sector’s landscape. Malaysia is a unique country due to its geographical location surrounded by the ocean, as well as its wide-ranging wind patterns influenced by both sea and land breezes. Malaysia’s geographical location near the equator can also contribute to boosting marine RE production in order to meet the nation’s growing energy needs.

The oceans and marines have renewable energy sources that can be exploited as an alternative to fuels, such as sun, wave and wind energy. As a basis, the government and stakeholders should consider the utilisation of such marine RE resources in the shipping sector. Furthermore, due to the fluctuating nature of global fuel prices, marine RE is the best alternative.

In addition to energy security, the use of RE is an initiative towards national transformation in terms of maintaining ecological sustainability. The lowering of CO2 in the atmosphere is expected to halt the phenomenon of global warming caused by the constant rise in the temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Thus, the key focus should be on strategic planning for the development of marine RE, which will result in a more positive outlook for the shipping sector. To reach global and national aspirations, governments and their stakeholders should focus primarily on technological innovation in order to achieve high-efficiency, low-emission shipping. Perhaps, it is critical to invest in technology to boost energy generation and productivity.

The shift to RE is also a milestone towards Malaysia achieving its United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, which is to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. The RE’s (including solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, bioenergy, and marine sources) share of total final energy consumption is measured by indicator 7.2.1.

To meet SDG7 by 2030, actions must be taken to upgrade existing technologies and build infrastructure to deliver cleaner and more efficient energy sources. With the introduction of marine RE, the shipping sector is no longer completely reliant on non-renewable fossil fuel supplies. This can indirectly secure Malaysia’s position as a global supply chain shipping hub.

Dr Izyan Munirah Mohd Zaideen is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Maritime Studies, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. Capt Mohd Faizal Ramli is an EHS Marine Specialist at Hess Exploration and Production Malaysia BV.

Source: The Sun Daily

Generate energy from renewable sources


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Seeds for the Future, Huawei’s global corporate social responsibility programme to develop digital talents, has received encouraging participation from public universities and private institutions of higher learning in Malaysia.

The programme aims to develop skilled, local information and communication technologies (ICT) talents and bridge communication between countries and cultures while encouraging participation in the digital community.

Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd Vice-President of Public Affairs and Communications Rita Irina Abdul Wahab said since its inception in 2014, the number of applications had been increasing year-to-year with 41 applications received this year.

“However, only 20 applicants were selected based on a stringent selection process involving the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), Huawei, Fellows from MOHE’s CEO Faculty 2.0 Programme and the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC),” she told Bernama in an interview here.

This year, applications from public universities include students from Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) and Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMap), while applications from the private institutions comprise  students from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College, she said.

The programme in Malaysia spanned 10 days, inclusive of social activities and online programmes including eight days of training, comprising 15 hours of mandatory live-stream sessions plus three hours mandatory pre-recorded courses as well as a “Tech4Good” group project.

At the same time, the project aims to build problem-solving and leadership skills through teamwork where participants are also provided with a mentor to provide the necessary support and guidance.

This year’s Seeds for the Future participants were divided into two groups, with one group tackling issues on traffic congestion, while the other looked at issues on job employability.

“We are proud to say that our ‘Seeds’ from Malaysia emerged the winner in the Tech4Good category, triumphing over participants from three other countries,” said Rita Irina.

The other courses in the programme this year focused on organisational skills such as leadership, cross-cultural exchanges and also China Insight – a virtual tour to experience the traditional and modern China such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Huawei Ox Horn Campus.

Rita Irina said in the short term, the global exposure acquired from a leading ICT giant like Huawei that is present in over 170 countries and regions as well as the ICT knowledge acquired during the programme will stand the participants in good stead when they venture into the job market.

In the long term, the skills and exposure the participants are exposed to are designed to inculcate teamwork and problem-solving abilities while the advanced technological knowledge and cross-cultural experiences acquired will help them contribute to the progress of the nation’s and ultimately, the global, ICT industry.

Other than that, Huawei Malaysia, through the Huawei ASEAN Academy, has worked closely with notable Malaysian corporations and government agencies to provide a clear path in digitalisation programmes, as well as in empowering digital talents across various businesses and technology sectors, she said.

“It aims to develop 50,000 ICT talents in five years, in addition to enriching the supply of industry talents and improving the quality of professional talents.

“Building an agile and competent digital talent pool in Malaysia is imperative in making Malaysia the ASEAN Digital Hub and greater collaboration between the public and private sectors is crucial in making this a reality,” Rita Irina said.

Meanwhile, Higher Education Department Director of Industry and Community Collaboration Division Datuk Mohd Sharil Abdullah said MOHE has partnered with Huawei to promote and co-host the Seeds for the Future programme.

He said the ministry supported the programme through engagement with universities, input for programme content, Seeds selection and overall facilitation.

“The participants also stand to benefit from the experience of other “Seeds” of the programme.

“They are a part of the Seeds alumni where a good networking platform is provided for conversations between alumni and current participants.

“This allows the participants to receive invaluable feedback and advice from the Seeds of the Future alumni who are trained on latest technologies and familiar with Huawei’s business and global strategy,” Mohd Sharil said.

Source: Bernama

Huawei’s Seeds for the Future programme draws future ICT talents


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 The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources is to implement the Malaysia Renewable Energy Roadmap (MyRER) to achieve the national aspiration of 31% renewable energy (RE) capacity by 2025 and 40% by 2035.

At the MyRER launch on Thursday (Dec 30), Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan said that MyRER — prepared by the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Malaysia — will be implemented from 2022 to 2035.

The minister said MyRER details Malaysia’s RE plan and highlights the prime route for the transition to a low-carbon energy system in a short time frame. 

“MyRER outlines a strategic framework to achieve the country’s RE development vision, namely ‘Towards a Low Carbon Energy System’, through the implementation of four technology-based pillars, namely solar, bioenergy, hydro and new sources,” he added.

He said that these four pillars will be enabled through four catalyst initiatives, namely leveraging electricity market reform for RE opportunities, improving access to financing, shaping human capital and infrastructure, and increasing system flexibility.

Through MyRER, he said the nation’s RE capacity (2020: 8,450 megawatts [MW]) is projected to increase by 4,466MW to 12,916MW by 2025, and a further 5,080MW to 17,996MW by 2035.

“This increase in RE capacity will reduce the intensity of carbon emissions in the electrical supply sector by 45% by 2030 and 60% by 2035.

“This targeted increase in RE capacity is the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources’ commitment to supporting the nation’s aspiration to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as early as 2050 as well as contributing to the nation’s climate change commitment under the Paris Agreement.”

Additionally, Takiyuddin said that this RE plan is also set to be implemented as a guide for RE industry players on:

i) The direction of national RE development in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak;

ii) The potential, targets and strategic framework as well as expected economic spillover value of the development of RE resources that contribute to aspirations of an increase in the RE mix in the country’s electricity supply; and

iii) Reference for RE capacity projections as well as national strategies to achieve the 31% RE target by 2025 and 40% by 2035.

The minister said MyRER is a three-pronged approach that will not only enable an increase in Malaysia’s RE capacity, but also assist in meeting the country’s climate change commitments as well as generate economic spillover of about RM20 billion by 2025 and RM33 billion by 2035 and also the creation of an estimated 47,000 employment opportunities in the RE field.

Takiyuddin noted that MyRER and the recent Green Electricity Tariff (GET) launched by the ministry are not part of the Malaysian power industry reform initiative, namely the Malaysia Electricity Supply Industry 2.0 (MESI 2.0). 

Source: Bernama

Putrajaya kicks off Renewable Energy Roadmap to achieve 40% RE capacity by 2035


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Human lives have been greatly facilitated by the presence of digital technologies resulting from studies and research undertaken by experts worldwide.

Malaysia entered the digital era in 1996 with the establishment of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC).

The nation has since recorded many success stories and attracted both domestic and foreign information and communications technology (ICT) companies to invest and set up operations across various economic zones in the country.

Malaysia is also advancing towards the fourth industrial revolution (IR 4.0). In 2018, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry introduced the National Policy on Industry 4.0 to transform the manufacturing industry landscape over the next decade and ensure the seamless adoption of IR 4.0 technologies.

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Huawei Malaysia) is among the stakeholders that responded to the government’s call to advance towards IR 4.0 technologies and make an impact in the nation’s digital transformation.

Its chief executive officer Michael Yuan told Bernama the disruptions and challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have made it crucial to amplify digitalisation efforts to allow for a measure of continuity for society, businesses and the government.

He said due to the pandemic’s domino effect, there was an urgency to bridge the digital divide due to the dramatic increase in digitalisation to accommodate remote interactions and business activities conducted via digital platforms and technologies.

“In the year 2020, the digital economy went on overdrive due to the pandemic which gave rise to new digital businesses and innovative solutions. Brick-and-mortar companies pivoted online and Malaysians at large had to go virtual for their daily needs, including for business, entertainment, education and healthcare purposes.

“This is where we see the importance of developing and enhancing IR 4.0 technologies, along with the rapid advancement of disruptive technologies which have proven their capabilities to transform the nation’s economic landscape significantly,” he said.

ENHANCING TECHNOLOGIES

Yuan said since the establishment of Huawei Malaysia 20 years ago in 2001, it has had an illustrious journey, with the company helping the nation to deploy 3G and 4G networks benefiting the public, providing training to raise ICT skills across various industries and working closely with various stakeholders to advance Malaysia’s digital economy.

“Our journey took a pivotal turn when we helped to deploy the cutting-edge 3G network nationwide beginning 2008. Since then, we have taken on various major roles in supporting the transformation of Malaysian businesses and the overall economy.

“In 2012, we proceeded to build Malaysia’s first 4G network and in the process, consolidated the best practices captured from our experience in markets across the world. In the same year, we opened the Huawei Malaysia Global Training Centre in Cyberjaya, which is our first global training facility to be established outside of China,” he added.

Huawei Malaysia believes that 5G, Cloud and AI as well as Digital Power are the foundation to a Green and Sustainable Digital Economy. It has been cooperating with national telco operators since 2019 to explore new opportunities from the fifth generation of telecommunications network (5G) technology and business.

“We installed the first batch of 5G sites in Langkawi and set up the 5G showcase to introduce the most advantageous 5G use cases to Malaysia. We also worked together with Maxis on the 5G Smart Airport at KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) to leverage the 5G network for intelligent security protection, smart operation and smart services for passengers and retailers.

“In addition to these, Huawei Malaysia supported Celcom in building the 5G smart campus with the Sunway Group. On the other hand, Transport Network will be another key element for 5G and new digital service development. As a major solutions provider, Huawei is supporting Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) in building the 5G service-oriented transport network.

“In the 5G era, Core Network is the enabler of vertical service innovation. With Huawei’s unique Single-Core technology, we have supported Maxis, Celcom and TM to enhance the legacy Core Network that is capable of 2G/3G/4G and 5G NSA service in one core and that can smoothly perform software upgrades to support 5G SA service, which could significantly protect telcos’ assets and quickly support the new technology. We are continuing to support Malaysian operators in exploring more new use cases in Malaysia,” Yuan explained.

Commenting on the collaborative effort to mitigate, manage and reduce uprising threats to 5G security, he said in March 2021, Huawei Malaysia together with Celcom Axiata Bhd and CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM) signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) with regard to this matter.

“Through the MoU, the three parties are developing a 5G CyberSecurity Test Lab (My5G) that aims to have Network Equipment Security Assurance Scheme (NESAS) certification which is set to execute test cases pertaining to the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and telecommunications security, and that will also help improve Malaysia’s preparedness in responding to 5G-related cyber challenges. My5G was launched earlier this month by Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa, whose speech was read out by Communications and Multimedia Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Mohammad Mentek

“We will also fully support CSM in developing the 5G Cyber Security Testing Lab and in becoming the regional cyber security test centre,” added Yuan.

TAPPING INTO CLOUD SERVICES

Speaking on the future of cloud service usage in Malaysia, Yuan said there is tremendous potential for the growth of cloud services in Malaysia, as indicated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With the whole world moving towards digitalisation during the recent lockdowns, businesses have had to learn fast that they need access to flexible and scalable information technology infrastructure to weather the pandemic.

“Not only that, cloud service is one of the important foundations of digital transformation and companies that adopt cloud computing at any level are believed to be more resilient and able to respond in an agile manner to the drastic market changes brought on by the pandemic, such as controlling costs, scaling up usage quickly or making the right decisions using the data collected.

“With the rise of cloud computing has come the rise of cross-ecosystem and cross-industry collaborations through the development of cloud partner ecosystems (CPE). Huawei Cloud is built for an open ecosystem environment to enable industry partners with more industrial-based solutions on AI and Cloud services. This allows for innovation at a faster pace and via a more seamless process.  As the only local cloud service provider in the market, we are also committed to assisting our partners to go global via Huawei’s Cloud Partner Programme that opens up opportunities to the international market,” he added Huawei Malaysia has partnered with TM to set up TM ONE Alpha Edge under TM’s enterprise and public-sector business arm, TM ONE.

“The TM ONE Alpha Edge services were established to enable next-generation innovation for customers  as the sole Malaysian-owned end-to-end cloud and AI infrastructure in the country whereby data is stored locally, ensuring data sovereignty. The collaboration will also see Huawei Cloud providing and training local talents for ICT services in building a hyper scaler public cloud in Malaysia. Since Alpha Edge became ready for service in December 2020, Huawei has transferred knowledge to more than 600 TM staff, and the number is growing day by day,” added Yuan.

BUILDING LOW-CARBON SMART ICT

Carbon neutrality has become a global consensus and mission. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), global carbon emissions are mainly contributed by three industries, namely electricity power generation, manufacturing and transportation. Electricity power generation accounts for 40 percent of carbon emissions, while transportation accounts for 21 percent. Malaysia recently announced its commitment towards carbon neutrality by 2050 at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).

“In the process of transitioning Malaysia towards a smart society that is powered by ICT, we also need to be aware of the carbon emissions from ICT itself. This industry currently consumes about four percent of electricity generation and is traditionally powered by non-carbon-friendly solutions. Since earlier 2021, Huawei has established a new Business Group namely the Digital Power Company, which aims to provide leading Green ICT solutions that can support our partners and clients in reducing their incumbent ICT carbon footprints whilst achieving lower Opex.

“Huawei Digital Power will be leveraging our leading strength in Digital and Power electronics, to enable an open, versatile and sustainable products and solutions portfolio for our customers and partners to realise the next generation of green power transformation,” explained Yuan.

PERMANENT FEATURE

For any foreign company in Malaysia, having a foothold in the country for 20 years is an achievement in itself. This is why Yuan sees Huawei Malaysia as a ‘permanent resident’ of Malaysia and is determined to contribute further towards the development of this country for many years to come.

This was evidenced by the fact that Huawei chose Malaysia as its regional hub for Asia Pacific, managing operations for 17 countries in the region. Kuala Lumpur, as the headquarters for Huawei Asia Pacific, also handles 11 global shared services and global training and experience centres.

“Huawei pledges its commitment to continue driving change among Malaysians, one initiative at a time. From helping to bridge loved ones across geographical boundaries to empowering businesses to thrive by adopting digital solutions, Huawei is honoured and proud to have supported Malaysia’s digital growth over the years, touching countless lives in the process.

“We are also ready to share advanced technologies and practical expertise around digital transformation with every industry, business and also the government. We also believe in joining forces with industry partners to build an open ecosystem for the nation’s betterment in the future,” he added.

Source: Bernama

Huawei Malaysia Paving The Way Towards Enhancing Digital Economy


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The project, named LSS4 Project 1, is expected to cost around RM200m, and it will be built in Mukim Teja, Daerah Kampar, Perak 

Gopeng Bhd intends to construct a 50 megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Perak and hired Sunway Construction Group Bhd (SunCon) to do the job. 

GBS Suria Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gopeng, has engaged SunCon to undertake the design, engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of a solar photovoltaic (PV) energy generating facility with ancillary equipment and facilities. 

According to the exchange announcement by Gopeng yesterday, the project named LSS4 (Large Scale Solar 4) Project 1 is expected to cost around RM200 million. 

“The LSS4 Project 1 shall be completed and achieve the commercial operation date by the scheduled commercial operation date on Dec 31, 2023, as required by the Energy Commission,” the statement read. 

The project will be built in Mukim Teja, Daerah Kampar, Perak. 

A letter of intent has been issued by Sharp Ventures Solar Sdn Bhd for the design, engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of a 50MW LSS PV plant at Mukim Kapar, Daerah Klang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, for a total contract sum of RM185 million. 

“The LSS4 Projects 1 and 2 (collectively, the LSS4 Projects) are expected to contribute positively to the earnings of SunCon Group for the financial year ending Dec 31, 2022,” the statement added. 

The LSS4 Project 1 is a Recurrent Related Party Transaction (RRPT) by virtue of Tan Sri Chew Chee Kin, a director of SunCon, who is also a director of Sunway Bhd and Gopeng Bhd, as well as a director of several subsidiaries of Sunway Bhd. 

“Fortuna Gembira Enterprise Sdn Bhd, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Sunway Bhd, is a major shareholder of Gopeng Bhd. 

Evan Cheah Yean Shin is a director and major shareholder of SunCon, as well as director of several subsidiaries and major shareholder of Sunway Bhd. 

Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah Fook Ling, Puan Sri (Dr) Susan Cheah Seok Cheng, Sarena Cheah Yean Tih, Adrian Cheah Yean Sun, Sungei Way Corp Sdn Bhd and Active Equity Sdn Bhd are major shareholders of both SunCon and Sunway Bhd, as well as persons connected to Evan Cheah.” 

“The LSS4 projects are subject to the normal construction risk of material price fluctuation. However, with the past experience and expertise of SCSB in construction projects, this risk could be mitigated,” the statement said. 

SunCon has obtained its shareholders’ mandate for such an RRPT entered into or to be entered into by SunCon and its subsidiaries with Gopeng at its AGM held on Aug 25, 2021. 

Source: The Malaysian Reserve

Gopeng hires Sunway to build 50MW solar plant in Perak


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Johor government wants all parties to cooperate and continue with efforts to develop and strengthen the state as the preferred destination of investors.

Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said today’s global economic landscape had resulted in a more competitive investment climate.

He said the situation offered investors and companies more choices when it came to making investments or setting up operations.

Hasni added that the state should fully utilise its strengths, including its close proximity to Singapore, which is a leading international financial and trade centre.

“We have to continue making our state the preferred destination in Malaysia due to our strategic location in the region,” he said during a ground-breaking ceremony for Tropicana Industrial Park in Pekan Nanas, Pontian.

Also present at the event were state housing and local government committee chairman Ayub Jamil, Tropicana Corporation Bhd chief executive officer Lee Han Ming and Pontian district officer Mohd Rafi Abdullah.

“As Singapore’s closest neighbour, we need to use the opportunity and added advantage to continue attracting foreign direct investments (FDIs),” said Hasni.

He also called upon the relevant agencies involved in handling investment-related matters to simplify the process and procedures for investors who want to invest in Johor.

He said maintaining existing investors was not enough, adding that all stakeholders must put in more effort to attract new investors into the state.

“We have to be pro-business and investor-friendly, including reducing the bureaucratic processes as this will give potential investors the confidence to come to Johor,” said Hasni.

Meanwhile, Hasni’s adviser Datuk Tee Siew Kiong when contacted, said the Covid-19 pandemic had affected investment flow globally.

He said like other countries worldwide, Malaysia was not spared from the pandemic.

“However, we should not view this as an obstacle stopping our efforts to attract FDIs,” said Tee who was the tourism, domestic trade and consumerism committee chairman.

He said previously Malaysia did not face much competition from other countries in the region in attracting FDIs, as Malaysia had developed good infrastructures.

Tee, however, added that other countries were fast catching up and were putting in more effort to attract new investors.

“Johor has to act fast as it does not only face competition from other Malaysian states but also other countries in the region,” he said.

Tee said Johor needed to outline the short-, medium- and long-term strategies, if it wants to position itself as the preferred investment destination in Malaysia and the region.

He said while the manufacturing sector remains relevant, Johor had to move to the next level by focusing on capital-intensive and high-technology investments.

Tee said as one of the major producers of oil palm in the country, Johor should further develop and strengthen its position in downstream activities.

“We need to add value to the raw material derived from oil palm by producing by-products for medical, biodiesel and biotechnology,” he said.

Source: The Star

Work harder to make Johor more investor-friendly, says MB


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The Islamic fintech sector is undergoing rapid digitalisation, matching the speed of the digital transformation of the global finance industry.

According to Dinar Standard’s Global Islamic Fintech Report 2021, the Islamic fintech market is projected to grow to US$128 billion (RM542 billion) by 2025. Last year, the Islamic fintech transaction volume within the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries was estimated at US$49 billion.

With its impressive growth in the Islamic finance market, Malaysia is ready to capitalise on and serve the global Islamic fintech market. The country ranks first in market maturity and is one of the top five Islamic fintech markets based on transaction volume.

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), the country’s leading digital economy agency, will be leading a delegation of 20 Malaysian companies to showcase their products and offerings as part of the Digital Economy Week at Expo 2020 Dubai from Jan 9 to 15, 2022. The expo will provide a platform for home-grown industry leaders to display their solutions for the thriving Islamic fintech industry.

“Islamic finance and fintech are seen as a crucial pillar within the 12th Malaysia Plan [12MP]. They will not only drive a progressive, inclusive and sustainable society but also expand the country’s export market,” says Mahadhir Aziz, CEO of MDEC. “Expo 2020 Dubai will set the stage for these Malaysia-based Islamic fintech innovators to reach a global market, in line with MDEC’s vision for Malaysia to be an Islamic fintech hub.”

Game-changing innovators

Some of the key innovators in the field will be present to showcase their solutions at Expo 2020 Dubai. They include microLEAP, an Islamic and conventional peer-to-peer (P2P) microfinancing platform regulated by Securities Commission Malaysia (SC). The platform, which serves as an alternative financing tool, is a Malaysian P2P operator that offers both Islamic and conventional financing.

After launching in April 2020 with its Islamic P2P investments, microLEAP has experienced tremendous growth, raising RM2 million in 71 funding notes, 97% of which are Islamic. The platform has also partnered with MDEC for the agency’s eBerkat campaign.

Another Islamic fintech player set to break onto the global stage is TheNoor, the brainchild of actress and entrepreneur Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor. The app allows users to keep track of prayer times and listen to verses from the Quran. It also functions as a Qiblah finder and as an eWallet. TheNoor recently partnered with Tabung Haji Travel & Services Sdn Bhd to offer shariah-compliant travel and holiday services.

Forward-thinking Islamic crowdfunding platform Global Sadaqah also allows seamless contributions to zakat or waqf campaigns, which are verified and approved by its in-house shariah team. Donations are facilitated through multiple channels, including eWallet providers in Malaysia, Bitcoin and digital gold.

Islamic digital investment management company WAHED Technologies provides access to a shariah-compliant robo-advisory portfolio. The platform currently serves more than 200,000 clients across more than 100 customer countries, all of whom can access a range of stocks and sukuk (Islamic bonds), which the platform will automatically invest in according to the client’s specific risk profile.

By integrating multiple scientific disciplines, including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and cognitive science, Global Psytech has brought data analytics solutions to various industries. The award-winning data tech company was incorporated in 2017, and its flagship product, General Financial Insights (GFI), acts as an alternative credit risk assessment system.

These local companies are ready to shine at the Digital Economy Week at Expo 2020 Dubai by bringing their expertise in this thriving financial ecosystem to a global audience.

Source: The Edge Markets

Malaysia ready to become a global leader in Islamic fintech


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As Malaysia’s pioneer technology hub, Cyberjaya needs little introduction. In the 24 years since its inception, the city has emerged as the capital of Malaysia’s tech community and is a sought-after address for established tech names and ambitious start-ups. Over the past two decades, Cyberjaya has played a leading role in advancing information technology and tech adoption in Malaysia — driving the rise in the number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in tech as well as catalysing an exciting start-up scene.

But that is not the end of the story. Cyberview Sdn Bhd, a government-owned company mandated to drive investments into Cyberjaya, recently unveiled a new master plan that is poised to attract some of the best-in-class tech players to this smart city, thus positioning its transformation into a vibrant and exciting global tech hub.

“The master plan focuses on emerging technologies such as robotics, big data analytics, cloud computing and artificial intelligence, and specifically, the applications of these technologies in the areas of smart mobility, smart healthcare and digital creative,” says Cyberview managing director Najib Ibrahim.

These three tech clusters, which were identified in collaboration with global consulting firm Roland Berger, are areas with development potential, possess strong relevance in Malaysia and sync with Cyberjaya’s value propositions. “The aim of this plan is to create entire value chains comprising leading industry players, local SMEs and start-ups, all coming together and working in a collaborative environment. So, to that end, the master plan is positioning Cyberjaya as the preferred tech investment location.

“Technology today is not only ubiquitous but also evolving and growing at a pace never seen before. At the same time, the developments under this master plan have, at the foundation, a measured approach with multiple factors considered, such as the provision of infrastructure for performance, sustainability and efficiency, getting facility partners on board, as well as attracting key foreign direct investments (FDIs) and leading industry players,” he says.

Jones Lang Wootton executive director Malathi Thevendran sees Cyberjaya’s repositioning into a global tech hub as strategic. “Over time, many commercial and mixed-use developments have been accorded Multimedia Super Corridor or MSC Cybercentre status, enjoying similar benefits to Cyberjaya,” she says, pointing to addresses such as Bangsar South, KL Sentral, Mid Valley City and KL Eco City. Thus, Cyberjaya’s transformation into a global tech hub and its holistic and comprehensive tech ecosystem will nurture start-ups with fresh ideas and support established companies on the expansion path in a way that these other addresses will not be able to.

Roland Berger managing director John Low concurs. “If you look at other hubs, many want to be an innovation hub, for example Bangsar South, which is in an MSC zone. You can enjoy MSC incentives there but what else is there? It’s just a collection of companies in a normal office space. There is nothing in Malaysia like what is being offered at Cyberjaya. It is a regional and global play,” he says, adding that much thought has been invested in curating the space and facilities for target companies.

Roadmap to realise the vision

Detailing the master plan, Low says the development road map for each of the three tech clusters establishes how they are to be created, the facilities needed, the players targeted, the ecosystem to be built as well as how these clusters leverage what is already existing in Cyberjaya and the country. “To realise this vision, we need to have the right infrastructure and the right environment, and also the right technologically-enabled businesses for them to function. We look at the society and people who work and live there as well as those who don’t but do interact with the activities of these industries.

“At the same time, we also need to understand what are the relevant technology areas that could help transverse across these three tech clusters, and this means developing areas like big data analytics, cloud computing, information security and artificial intelligence, which we need in order for the tech clusters to function well,” he says.

With the three technology clusters in hand, Roland Berger conducted a market scan and from this, a list of prioritised emerging services were identified. “In the case of the smart mobility cluster for example, we looked at the entire mobility ecosystem — the pain points existing globally involving consumer behaviour and disruptive trends — and from here, identified the emerging smart services. We came up with a long list and then prioritised it based on the global outlook for these segments, service viability and looked at it locally in terms of demand or relevancy to Malaysia, potential adoption readiness, regional demand and competitiveness,” Low says, adding that the prioritised emerging services for the smart mobility cluster include on-demand mobility, autonomous vehicles (AV), transport management and aerial mobility. This process was replicated across all three tech clusters.

Specific areas within the prioritised emerging services were also identified. “When looking at AV for example, we specified that we were not looking at manufacturing AVs, but instead ADAS (advanced driver-assistance systems) or AV features, software and connectivity, and Level 4 and 5 automation. So, you don’t need to try and do everything within AV but focus on some. The idea is to be very specific and very targeted, and make the hub a success from these specialised focus areas.

“We also looked at the entire value chain mapping. With AVs, we evaluated the entire value chain to identify the areas that may do well in Malaysia, with good value-add and easier-to-target potential companies as well as what is required for us to venture into these areas. This evaluation was undertaken to see if there was a role for Cyberjaya to play in that sector or area,” Low says, pointing out that some segments of the AV industry, for instance, are already matured. “In segments where China, Europe or the US are already very competitive, we did not see the need for us to compete in that space as well,” he says, pointing out that benchmarking Cyberjaya’s selling propositions against global tech hubs was a vital part in coming up with the revitalised master plan.

“We looked at mobility hubs around the world — checking out what they were doing, the areas they are focusing on and the players there — because we want to be different from all the other mobility hubs in the world,” Low says, citing the MIRA Technology Park in the UK, the American Center for Mobility in the US, K-City Autonomous Driving Testing Zone in South Korea and Shanghai International Auto City as examples of mobility hubs selected for benchmarking.

Building the ecosystem

Crucial to the success of Cyberjaya as a global tech hub is its ecosystem. This, says Low, includes the facilities supporting or enabling the various prioritised emerging services such as the drone flying facilities, experiential mobility facility, health simulator, healthcare exhibition, video game exhibition, e-sports facility, VR/AR (virtual reality/augmented reality) theme park and events plaza. In addition, collaboration centres will also be developed. Not unlike research and development facilities, the collaboration centres — that take the form of testing facility, audio facility, post-production facility, training centre, mobility open lab and production studio — will be the spaces where innovation takes place. However, these components will constantly be reviewed to include potential revision for suitability and to fit current demands.

The development will have to be built from scratch, and given the 25-year time frame to develop the South Innovation Zone, much of these will have to come on stream over the coming decade, says Low.

The first iteration of the facilities that prospective investors can expect at the South Innovation Zone is already available with the completion of the 7km testing loop for autonomous vehicles that has clocked more than 400 testing hours to date. The myAV testing loop follows on the heels of the drone testing zone unveiled in 2019.

Completing the facilities yet to come at Cyberjaya are the fundamental spaces such as a hybrid R&D office, Grade A offices, bespoke offices, a wellness facility and a vehicle certification centre.

Cyberview’s Najib stresses that more than tech companies and data centres, at the heart of Cyberjaya is a population of creators and innovators — forming a significant group of early tech adopters. “While we can put in place ecosystem components to support the piloting of tech solutions, the right population is needed to complete the equation,” he says.

It is this “living lab” feature of Cyberjaya that makes it a unique proposition for prospective investors. For most tech companies, when they come up with a prototype, the tests are often conducted in a controlled lab environment. With the living lab concept, Cyberjaya itself serves as the test bed for new innovations. Some of these living lab initiatives have already been rolled out. In 2019, Cyberview partnered with DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd and opened the 5G OpenLab at RekaScape in Cyberjaya. The 5G OpenLab offered innovators and academics the opportunity to trial test cases and prototypes that will benefit from 5G’s super high-speed, massive bandwidth and ultra-low latency connectivity in a live, controlled environment.

The lab successfully tested 27 use cases while in operations and as Malaysia anticipates the commercial roll-out of 5G, Cyberjaya will be one of three locations to first have the 5G experience.

“The Cyberview Living Lab Accelerator (CLLA) programme is another example, which serves as a launch pad for start-ups to accelerate their growth, enabling them to test, pilot and validate their solutions using real-life settings throughout Cyberjaya. Start-ups are offered rent-free workspace at Colnnov8, a smart city collaborative space sponsored by Cyberview, throughout the programme. They receive industry mentoring and value-added services worth over RM100,000 as well as opportunities to trial their ideas with Cyberview and Cyberjaya stakeholders,” says Najib, adding that to date, the programme has successfully nurtured 85 start-ups and raised over RM158 million in total investments.

Some of the notable start-ups include The Lorry, a logistics company offering cargo transport services, which has since expanded to Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. It was also recently awarded the Innovation for Transport Award by Petronas for Truck of the Year. Moovby — the largest car-sharing platform in Malaysia — and Govicle Sdn Bhd (formerly known as JomParkir), a homegrown company that is leading the digitalisation of the parking industry in Malaysia, also had their start in the CLLA programme.

To ensure the start-ups remain competitive and highly resilient, the programme also offers access to foreign markets. One example, he says, is the opportunity afforded to alumni to work with venture capital firms and counterparts in Pivot City in Geelong, Australia, an initiative that began in 2018.

The ecosystem at Cyberjaya, Najib adds, is also augmented by the technology foundation that has been built over the past two decades. “We are home to a host of tech powerhouses, from multinational corporations to homegrown start-ups that include Dell, DHL, Hematogenix, Aerodyne, Monsta and IX Telecom, to name a few. The collaborative innovation ecosystem within Cyberjaya plays a big part in supporting and augmenting future tech innovations in Malaysia. It also provides businesses the opportunity for growth,” he says, adding that companies can network and connect with relevant industry experts as well as access both domestic and international markets through private and public initiatives with the support of Cyberview.

Talent and more

Najib says Cyberjaya also produces high-skilled local and global talent — thanks to the seven universities and colleges around the city — to meet the demands of key industries. The city is currently home to more than 40,000 knowledge workers and 28,000 students, forming a pool of skilled, diverse and vibrant talent in technology and innovation.

He adds that Cyberview is also cognisant that given the accelerated digitisation, there is an increase in demand for advanced digital skills. “Finding and acquiring talent with the right digital skills becomes more complex than before,” he says, adding that Cyberview works with organisations such as TalentCorp and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation to help nurture and transform Malaysian youth to become digital innovators.

The memorandum of understanding between Cyberview and TalentCorp, for example, aims to improve graduate marketability through greater academia and industry collaboration with the objective of preparing graduates to meet industry needs, as well as minimising private investments in talent reskilling and upskilling. The Structured Internship Programme (SIP) is among a string of initiatives resulting from Cyberview’s collaboration with TalentCorp. Under the SIP, eligible companies will benefit from a double tax deduction incentive and are also given access to a database of available talent, enabling them to directly source for internship candidates through a quicker and more efficient process.

In addition, the Digital Maker Hub welcomes young students to embrace STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by increasing their science literacy, focusing on the areas of critical thinking and complex problem-solving.

Prospective start-ups and established tech companies looking to relocate to Cyberjaya will also find the incentives offered appealing. These include tax exemption of up to 100% for 10 years, capital allowances, double deductions and funding, as well as competitive R&D. Companies also enjoy exemptions from restrictions imposed by local regulatory bodies. The National Regulatory Sandbox (NRS) administered by Cyberview’s subsidiary Futurise, for instance, is an initiative that aims to expedite regulatory intervention to enable the commercialisation of innovation and tech solutions in Malaysia.

According to Najib, Cyberview has also made it a top priority to ensure the sustainability of businesses in Cyberjaya, particularly since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Among the initiatives rolled out are the Cyberview Rent Relief Incentive introduced in April 2020 — offering affected businesses rent relief of up to six months — which has benefitted 102 companies (amounting to a total value of about RM2.4 million in business relief in the form of rental moratorium and discounts).

Through a partnership with the Malaysian Investment Development Authority, 11 fiscal incentives have also been made available for businesses, including tax savings. These incentives, he adds, have the potential to drive growth of a receiving company that indirectly translates into more job creation and opportunities as the economy restarts. “Among the incentives available for companies in Cyberjaya is the Domestic Investment Strategic Fund, that will assist local companies currently facing challenges in their operations due to global supply chain disruptions resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.”

More than a property play, but there are obvious advantages

Although the revitalisation of Cyberjaya’s master plan is touted as more than just a property play, from a property investment perspective there is a lot to like here. Jones Lang Wootton’s Malathi points out that Cyberjaya offers opportunities for companies to grow, be it small spaces such as a co-working space, innovation centre or incubator to a typical office space. “And if the companies continue to grow, there are land parcels available to further support the companies, whether to set up their headquarters or testing areas,” she says.

According to Najib, Cyberjaya has an advantage in that it is the only township in Malaysia with enterprise land — a classification enabling developments to be built at lower cost. “This provides opportunities for developers, especially smaller ones, to get themselves established before moving to bigger spaces. This special land option enables Cyberjaya to offer a wide selection of office spaces at affordable rates, compared to locations that are closer to or within the Kuala Lumpur city centre,” he says, adding that with the new Cyberjaya master plan, further revisions were made to plots located in the South Innovation Zone.

“A lower plot ratio and corresponding affordability will increase the attractiveness of these assets to targeted tech players, primarily those in R&D,” he says, adding that from the total development land in Cyberjaya, 1,063 acres or 29% are still available for future development, and of those, 276 acres are earmarked for development in the next 10 years. “These plots of land are mostly categorised as enterprise land, with a small percentage of commercial plots included.”

The ongoing development of the Cyberjaya City Centre (CCC) in the North Zone is another draw. “The land surrounding the CCC will inevitably encourage healthy commercial, retail and enterprise activities. It will be boosted by the completion of the mass rapid transit (MRT) station in 2023,” says Najib, adding that the area is primed to be a transit-oriented development, with multiple major projects underway within the locality.

While the work is currently underway to prepare the building blocks and market the South Innovation Zone to prospective investors, those behind the scenes are eager for Cyberjaya to take its place as a global tech hub. Once realised, Low envisions Cyberjaya as a “really happening place where innovation takes place and not only that — it is created, developed and tested in the community and launched commercially”. It will be a city of the future, he says, teeming with a young and creative workforce.

Source: The Edge Markets

Revitalising Cyberjaya into a global tech hub


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The Malaysian economy’s dependency on migrant workers is a ticking time-bomb, made worse by the recent pandemic when borders are shut, causing a huge manpower shortage in critical sectors.

According to National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM), migrant workers are now at 1.1 million – down 800,000 from 1.9 million in 2018, leaving a vacuum in the workforce, especially in the lower ranking positions. Yet, the youth unemployment rate stands at an all-time high.

Evidently, unless working conditions and wage levels improve for such positions to attract local talents, employers are at the mercy of labour regulations and international politics.

With this foresight, PKT Logistics Group Sdn. Bhd, a leading logistics company in Malaysia, has been shock-proofing its business against such uncertainties with its “hire locals only” policy long before the pandemic hit. From office staff, truck drivers, warehouse workers to janitors, the company is staffed by Malaysians only.

“The logistics sector is the backbone of a country’s economy. We are proud of the fact that PKT is a Malaysian company powered by Malaysians,” says Dato’ Seri Dr. Michael Tio, CEO and Managing Director.

However, driving trucks and stock taking in a warehouse is rarely thought of as a sexy career, so how does the company attract future logisticians?

Tio answer is: professionalising the industry.

Smart Trucker Programme

After taking some time to understand what current graduates want in their careers, the group rolled out the Smart Trucker Programme in 2015 and began its mission to nurture quality candidates.

“Young talents want skills training, a clear career path, job placement and also a working culture that values their expertise,” Tio explains.

To join the company’s workforce via internships, diploma or degree graduates can pick between Smart Logistician and Smart Truckers Programme. While both streams go through a 6-month training period, Smart Truckers Programme guarantees them a trucking job upon completion.

In six-month time, Smart Trucker trainees will obtain their GDL (Goods Driving License) and Class E-Full License, which is fully sponsored by the company. Then, they continue to be fully employed by PKT for 48 months and reap in more income based on the respective per trip allowance, which can add up to RM4,000-RM6,000.

Tio adds that this programme design is a combination of structure and flexibility. Hence, in the fifth year, they can consider switching to non-trucking jobs and take up executive positions in the company like finance, HR, IT.

Such executive or senior executive roles offer them an expected salary of RM3,000 to RM3,500, which is considered above average market rate.

“They are equipped with four solid years of trucking experience and depending on their aspirations, we allow them room to pursue other interests within the logistics business.”

The programme instils professionalism from the basics, such as showing up for work in tidy uniform, being held accountable for maintaining their lorries in good condition, timely review of their performance by trainers and continuous upskilling in theory and practical knowledge.

“As the logistics sector adopts more advanced technology, truck drivers’ role will evolve with it. So investing in training competent truckers not only paves the way for the company’s future growth, but also enriches Malaysia’s talent pool in becoming the next ASEAN logistics hub. ” said Tio.

The company is also the first to provide a Trucker’s Lounge in all its warehouses for its drivers to relax between trips, which helps to ensure that they are well rested for a safe drive.

“If we want employees to behave professionally at the job, we as employers too must look after their welfare and make them feel valued.”

Strategic Partnerships with Local Universities

In October 2020, in conjunction with the government’s National Economic Revival Plan (Penjana) Higher Education Ministry-Career Advancement Programme (KPT- CAP), the group had pledged to train and provide job placements for 100 public university graduates via the Smart Trucker Programme.

As of May 2021, the group overachieved its KPI and had successfully placed 175 graduates, out of which 50 are from University Utara Malaysia (UUM).

Among them is Muhamad Amirul Solehin bin Noor Kamarudin, 25, a UUM graduate with a degree in Technology Management and Logistics. After completing the 6 months training, he is now a full-time employee of PKT and works as a warehouse coordinator in the company’s newest facility- The 12 Waves in Batu Kawan, Penang.

“PKT is determined to provide job opportunities to those who are keen to serve with passion while supporting nation-building initiatives despite challenging times” said Tio.

He thinks that the collaboration between universities and industries to enhance the marketability of graduates will boost youth employment rate and ensure a steady talent pipeline for the sector.

Source: The Star

Professionalising the transport and logistics industry


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Gadang Holdings Bhd announced on Wednesday (Dec 22) that its indirect 70%-owned subsidiary Nusantara Suriamas Sdn Bhd (NSSB) has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for a large-scale solar energy project with Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB).

NSSB will design, construct and operate a solar photovoltaic energy generating facility with a capacity of 5.9 Megawatt alternating current (MWac) in Tawau, for connection to SESB’s medium voltage distribution network at PPU Sri Indah.  

“The PPA governs the obligations of NSSB and SESB to sell and purchase the energy generated by the facility for a period of 21 years from the commercial operation date which is expected on June 30, 2023,” said Gadang in a bourse filing, adding that the PPA is expected to contribute positively to its future earnings.

In January 2017, Gadang said its joint venture consortium with BT Solar Sdn Bhd called RUSB-BTS had accepted the letter of acceptance of an offer from the Energy Commission for the development of a large-scale solar PV plant in Sabah.

Gadang’s shares closed unchanged at 35 sen, giving it a market capitalisation of RM254.82 million.

Source: The Edge Markets

Gadang signs power purchase agreement to develop solar PV plant in Sabah


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Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) continues to excel as the most sustainable university in Malaysia when it was ranked first in the country in the UI-GreenMetric World University Ranking 2021 for twelve consecutive years.

UPM in a statement today said the university also managed to move up to 27th place in the ‘Top 50 Sustainable Unversities in The World’ for the ranking this year and was listed as the third best university in Asia.     

According to UPM vice-chancellor  Prof Dr Mohd Roslan Sulaiman the university would continue to be committed to supporting sustainability efforts and dissemination of knowledge by focusing on environmental conservation and preservation.

“Sustainability initiatives will continue to be implemented by the campus community in response to UPM’s call to ‘Echo the Call of Al-Falah from the Tower of Knowledge’ and ensure that the UPM Strategic Plan 2021-2025 can be achieved,” said Mohd Roslan.

The scope for the sustainable campus rating covers infrastructure, energy and climate change, waste, water, transportation and education.

Source: Bernama

UPM continues to excel as most sustainable university in Malaysia


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NS BlueScope Malaysia has started construction of its latest and biggest solar farm which would have a capacity to power 1,678 houses with an initial investment of RM16 million.

The 33,930-square metre (sq m) NS BlueScope SunField solar farm in Kapar will have 9,629 photovoltaic panels and is estimated to be completed by May 2022.

Country president Koh Boon Hong said the solar powerhouse can generate 7,007,364 kilowatt hour (kWh) annually. NS BlueScope is a producer of coated steel.

“Tapping into the strength of steel, we are able to introduce a resilient solution that could sustain the generation of clean energy for at least 25 years,” Koh said during the NS BlueScope SunField groundbreaking ceremony today.

Koh said the solar plant will help to reduce 4,477 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually compared with using fossil fuel or the equivalent to 29,430 fewer passenger cars, or planting 42,033 trees. 

He said their existing initiatives which include solar LED street lights, rainwater harvesting, wastewater treatment, regenerative thermal oxidiser (RTO). Together with the solar farm, they can collectively cut 23.9 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. Using 2018 as a baseline, this is expected to enable the company to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.

“Bigger plans are en route to bring us closer to our decarbonisation pathway, which includes the introduction of green smart office, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, water recycling, EV forklifts and many more,” he said.

NS BlueScope Malaysia is a part of BlueScope Steel Ltd Australia, one of the world’s largest manufacturers listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: BSL) for premium metallic coated and painted steel building products.

The strength of BlueScope is its global network with more than 100 facilities in 18 countries. It has a staff strength of more than 14,000 across the globe.

Source: Bernama

NS Bluescope builds its biggest solar farm in Kapar, Selangor


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Ipmuda Bhd, which will soon change its name to Jentayu Sustainables Bhd, said it has received the Sabah government’s approval for its proposal to develop two hydro plants in Sipitang with total capacity of 160 megawatts (MW).

Ipmuda said the State government gave the greenlight to the group for “exclusive water and land rights to develop run-of-river hydroelectric cascading schemes” in Sungai Maligan and Ulu Padas, Sipitang, with installed capacity of 31MW and 129MW respectively.

Letters of approval for the two proposals were given in August and September, it said. “However, due to confidentiality conditions imposed by the State, there was an embargo on the disclosure of these letters,” it added in a bourse filing.

Meanwhile Ipmuda’s wholly-owned subsidiary Oriole Power Sdn Bhd has entered into agreements with Kumpulan Yayasan Sabah’s (KYS) indirect subsidiaries to jointly carry out the two projects.

For the Sungai Magilan project, Oriole is setting up a 70:30 joint venture (JV) company with Inno Hydropower (M) Sdn Bhd.

For the Sungai Padas project, Oriole will set up a 70:20:10 JV company with Elopura Power Sdn Bhd and Petrosabah Sdn Bhd.

Inno Hydropower is a unit of Petrosabah, which is in turn a subsidiary of Innoprise Corp Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of KYS. Elopura, meanwhile, is a subsidiary of Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd.

“In furtherance to the above, the company and the parties are in the process of procuring all necessary approvals from the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, the Energy Commission and other relevant State authorities to execute power purchase agreements (PPAs),” said Ipmuda.

The new projects add on to Ipmuda’s array of renewable projects taken over in recent times as the group seeks to turn around under a new leadership.

It had acquired Telekosang Hydro One Sdn Bhd and Telekosang Hydro Two Sdn Bhd, which are currently developing a 40MW small hydro plant in Kemabong, Tenom, Sabah with 21-year PPA.

The group also signed an agreement to acquire Jentayu Solar Sdn Bhd, which owns a 5.99MW solar power plant in Pokok Sena, Kedah.

Shares of Ipmuda rose six sen or 3.33% to RM1.86, giving the group a market capitalisation of RM188.71 million.

Source: The Edge Markets

Ipmuda gets Sabah govt nod to develop two hydro plants with 160MW capacity


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Malaysia is looking forward to exploring cooperation with the United States (US) in its plan to introduce a utility-scale Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) into the peninsula electricity system.

Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan said as the solar system becomes increasingly significant in the nation’s power systems, the intermittency related to this variable energy resource has to be addressed to ensure reliability of supply.

“We plan to introduce utility-scale BESS with a total capacity of 500MW from 2030 to 2034 into our peninsula electricity system.

“This is one of the areas of cooperation we are looking at to further explore with the US,” he said in his remark at the US-Malaysia Renewable Energy Roundtable with US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken here today.

According to Takiyuddin, the ministry was undertaking a study through MyPower, a company under the ministry, with the task of future-proofing the electricity supply industry.

The minister also noted that the Green Electricity Tariff (GET) initiative had received overwhelming support from multinational companies with 16 per cent of the available quota being subscribed in just a month after it was launched in November.

As such, Takiyuddin invited US companies in Malaysia looking for ways to fulfil their environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitments to grab the opportunity as the available green electricity is limited.

“Apart from meeting our climate targets, the implementation of these initiatives is expected to boost our economic growth by providing new investment and job opportunities.

“For example, when we offered 1,000 megawatts of large-scale solar projects and 500 megawatts of solar rooftop projects in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, approximately US$1.2 billion (RM5.08 billion) worth of investment opportunities were created and 18,000 new job opportunities were opened up, which helped in our economic recovery,” he explained.

Takiyuddin also believed that with the US’ assistance and support through the Power Sector Programme Cooperation with the Bureau of Energy and Natural Resources, the US Department of State, Malaysia could leverage US expertise to assist the nation in transitioning its power system.

Source: Bernama

Malaysia exploring collaboration with US on solar energy, says minister


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