07 Mei 2015 : MELAKA – Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi (MOSTI) menerusi Pusat Sains Negara (PSN) telah menerapkan elemen Sains, Teknologi, Kejuruteraan, Kesenian dan Matematik (STEAM) menerusi program jangkau luar mereka. Penerapan elemen STEAM merupakan lanjutan daripada elemen Sains, Teknologi, Kejuruteraan dan Matemetik (STEM) dengan penambahan elemen Kesenian. Inisiatif ini sejajar dengan hasrat negara yang telah mengariskan matlamat meningkatkan nisbah pengajian Sains:Sastera daripada 42:48 kepada nisbah 60:40 menjelang 2020.

PSN telah menerapkan elemen STEAM dalam setiap modul pendidikan sains tidak formal yang dibangunkan khusus untuk tiga generasi berbeza iaitu pelajar pra sekolah; pelajar sekolah rendah dan menengah; dan guru-guru. Modul-modul ini dibentuk dengan cara yang santai dan menarik bagi melengkapi pengajaran sains formal yang sedia ada di sekolah dalam usaha menarik minat lebih ramai pelajar mendalami ilmu yang berkaitan dengan STEAM.

Menurut YB Datuk Dr. Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah, Timbalan Menteri, Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi (MOSTI), PSN yang merupakan sebuah institusi pendidikan tidak formal yang berperanan mencetus dan menyemai minat rakyat Malaysia ke arah pembelajaran sains dan teknologi akan mengambil tanggungjawab menarik minat pelajar terhadap STEAM.

“Program yang menekankan konsep pembelajaran melalui pendekatan pelbagai aktiviti sains hand’s on dan mind’s on ini memberikan pengalaman yang unik kepada para peserta untuk mendekati sains, seterusnya memberikan persepsi positif mengenai sains. Diharapkan usaha ini akan menarik minat mereka untuk menyertai STEAM sebagai pilihan masa depan sama ada dalam memilih bidang pengajian tinggi ataupun bidang pekerjaan”, katanya semasa merasmikan perasmian penutupan program tersebut.

Program Perkampungan Sains merupakan aktiviti tahunan bermula dari tahun 2009 dan telah dirangka di bawah program pembudayaan sains kementerian ini. Program yang bermula pada 5 – 7 Mei di Planetarium Melaka ini telah mendapat kerjasama Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Melaka dan Planetarium Melaka. Seramai 200 peserta yang terdiri daripada pelajar pra-sekolah, sekolah rendah dan sekolah menengah serta para guru turut serta menjayakan program ini.

PSN TERAP ELEMEN SAINS, TEKNOLOGI, KEJURUTERAAN, KESENIAN DAN MATEMATIK (STEAM) DALAM PROGRAM JANGKAU LUAR

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Kuching, 5th May, 2015 : The Department of Standards Malaysia (Standards Malaysia) today organised meeting on information technology security techniques which was held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) in mobilising local and global action to meet Malaysia’s cyber security agenda. The meeting was officiated by YB. Datuk Amar Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Tun Abang Haji Openg, Minister of Housing and Minister of Tourism, Sarawak on behalf of the Chief Minister of Sarawak followed by welcoming remarks by YB. Datuk Dr. Ewon Ebin, Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI) in the presence of YBhg. Datuk Fadilah Baharin, Director General of Standards Malaysia and Dr. Solahuddin Shamsuddin, Chief Technology Officer, CyberSecurity Malaysia.

More than 200 members from 30 countries participated in this meeting, which was held in Sarawak for the first time. Local, regional and international experts to include technocrats, government officials, and policy makers have deliberated on development of global standards for protection of information and ICT.

”Globally, the increasing trend of cyber threats and vulnerabilities are alarming. Cyber attacks to individuals, organisations and nations are damaging and very costly. As a result, the standard development works of information security need to catch up with the rapid growth of cyber threats and new emerging technologies to protect both nations and organisations with effective security measures. Therefore, it is vital that every National Standards Body in SC 27 actively participate in this meeting to continue to develop international standards and guidelines that are relevant to your respective countries and critical industries. ”, said YB. Datuk Amar Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari.

Cybersecurity is one of the most critical concerns of the information age which forms the cornerstone of a healthy, connected world. Worldwide, increasing numbers of people are using ICTs and the services they enable. Therefore it is desirable and necessary to provide them with a safe and secure cyber environment. Moreover, vulnerabilities of ICTs are a lure to cyber warfare and espionage.

”We are in the process of translating the latest version of ISO IEC 27001 Information Security Management Systems – Requirements, as well as ISO IEC 27002 Code of practice for information security controls, to the national language or Bahasa Malaysia version. We strongly believe that it will accelerate the adoption of ISMS into the Malaysian industry especially in Critical Network Information Infrastructure or CNII sectors,” said YB Datuk Dr. Ewon Ebin at the opening ceremony.

“As the National Standards and Accreditation Body of Malaysia, we will always continue to identify relevant industry bodies like CyberSecurity Malaysia. We need to ensure that we raise the level for quality and delivery in all aspects of business through internationally aligned standards and accreditation where foreign companies and potential trading partners will have more trust in the capabiliy of their Malaysian counterparts to safeguard their data,” added YBhg. Datuk Fadilah Baharin.

Standards are significant for cybersecurity as it can assist in businesses, administrations and individuals in improving the quality of processes and also solutions. Data security has always been an issue for governments, the military and financial sector, thus information security standard could give greater protection of information process and delivers assurance and confidence to consumers as well as acting as a common language to facilitate better business relationships and others.

Serious measures must be taken to address cyber threats which still remain an international problem. With the phenomenal growth in mobile ICTs and new trends such as cloud computing, Malaysia must spare no effort on developing mechanisms to stem cybercrime in making our country a safer place by implementing Information Security as the standard of practice.

MOBILISING LOCAL AND GLOBAL ACTION TO MEET MALAYSIA’S CYBER SECURITY AGENDA

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Biogas targeted to contribute RM20.2 billion to Malaysia’s bioeconomy by 2020.

Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday, 28 April 2015 – Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BiotechCorp) once again joined local and international industry giants in the Biogas Asia Pacific Forum 2015 to explore further strategies to develop and strengthen the biogas industry in Malaysia and the Asia Pacific region. Back for the 4th year, the forum is Asia’s premier networking event for the business of biogas and was held from 28 – 29 April 2015 at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

The opening ceremony saw YB Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) delivering his speech on the potential of biogas production in Malaysia, before officially launching the forum. “The biogas production and processing has set a high expectation for Malaysia to become the biogas hub in Asia and as the region’s lead biogas exporter to the global market,” he said. “In fact, the total potential market for the biogas industry in Malaysia is estimated to be RM 8.3 billion (USD 2.3 billion) by the year 2022, while the global biogas market is expected to reach RM120.1 billion (USD 33 billion) by the year 2022.”

Themed “Commercial Integration of the Biogas Value Chain in Asia – Opportunities and Challenges for All”, the 2-day conference focused on the updates and challenges of the commercialisation of biogas, such as feedstock management, anaerobic digestion and biogas upgrading, and attracted leading organisations including SIRIM, FELDA, Emirates Gas, and Indonesia Oil Palm Research & Institute. Highlights of the forum topics include “Malaysia as the Biogas Hub of Asia – Plugging All Stakeholders into the Biogas Roadmap”, “Building an Integrated Biogas Value Chain from Feedstock to Biogas Offtaker” and “Palm Oil Taking the Lead for Biogas Value Chain Creation in South East Asia.”

The event promotes partnerships and sharing of knowledge to drive innovation, growth, and commercialisation in the biogas sector, with the aim to position Malaysia as a biogas hub in the foreseeable future. With biotechnology acting as the game changer and value creator for the biogas industry, BiotechCorp is currently encouraging the commercial development of biogas in Malaysia through several initiatives and flagship projects, including those under the Bioeconomy Transformation Programme (BTP).

“As the nation moves towards adopting renewable energy and environmental sustainability, biogas will play a crucial role in driving Malaysia’s bioeconomy agenda forward, subsequently realising our aspirations in becoming a sustainable and developed nation,” said BiotechCorp’s Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Dr. Mohd. Nazlee Kamal. “With bioeconomy providing value addition to the biogas industry, it is expected that biogas will contribute RM20.2 billion to Malaysia’s bioeconomy by 2020.”

Dato’ Nazlee added that the Biogas Asia Pacific Forum 2015 acts as the perfect avenue to intensify Malaysia’s global visibility within the biogas sector, while raising awareness on its commercial opportunities to encourage participation of industry players and entrepreneurs in the bio-based industry.

According to the Project Director and BiotechCorp’s Senior Vice President of BioIndustrial En. Zainal Azman Abu Kasim, this year’s Biogas Pacific Forum drew around 400 participants from 27 countries including from Germany, Netherlands, Indonesia and Vietnam, with a majority representing the palm oil mills sector. The event also attracted government agencies and ministries to increase coordination and cooperation between Asia Pacific’s various policies and programmes to accelerate the biogas sector in the right direction.

The event also saw 4 exchanges of documents related to the development of biogas initiatives in Malaysia, as witnessed by Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin, YB. Datuk Bung Moktar Radin, Member of Parliament, Kinabatangan and Chairman of Felcra Berhad, and Dato’ Dr. Ali Askar, Chief Operating Officer of Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (SEDA). The exchanges were made between Gas Malaysia Berhad and Sime Darby Offshore Engineering Sdn Bhd; Megagreen Energy Sdn Bhd and Tenaga Nasional Berhad; Megagreen Energy Sdn Bhd and Felcra Berhad; as well as Green & Smart Sdn Bhd with Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad.

Please visit BiotechCorp’s website at www.biotechcorp.com.my for more details and updates on the event.

BIOGAS INDUSTRY TO FUEL MALAYSIA’S ECONOMIC GROWTH

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Putrajaya, 16 April 2015 – INOVASI SOSIAL MOSTI atau MOSTI SOCIAL INNOVATION (MSI) yang berteraskan program jangkau luar (outreach) ke peringkat akar umbi telah dilancarkan pada hari ini oleh YB Datuk Dr. Ewon Ebin, Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi. MSI meliputi pembangunan atau pelaksanaan idea samada yang berbentuk produk, perkhidmatan atau model bagi memenuhi keperluan sosial (meeting unmet social needs).

“MSI merupakan salah satu cabang inovasi yang boleh membawa kesan secara langsung dan boleh dirasai oleh rakyat, bukan sahaja akan memberi manfaat kepada masyarakat tetapi juga meningkatkan keupayaaan individu untuk bertindak melalui jaringan kerjasama pelbagai pihak,” kata YB Datuk Dr. Ewon Ebin semasa melancarkan Karnival Creativity & Science4U Zon Tengah di Putrajaya hari ini.

“Mulai tahun ini, skop dana R,D&C yang diurus oleh MOSTI akan diperluas untuk meliputi inovasi sosial. MOSTI telah bercadang untuk memperuntuk (set aside) sehingga (up to) RM20 juta daripada jumlah dana R,D&C yang telah diluluskan,” tambah Datuk Dr. Ewon Ebin lagi.

Pada permulaan pelaksanaan MSI akan melibatkan :
i. program outreach ke peringkat akar umbi (grassroot) seperti Jejak Inovasi MOSTI-YIM bersama pelajar, NGOs, komuniti, kumpulan/pertubuhan wanita, etnik dan komuniti terpilih; serta
ii. mempertingkat (scaling-up) inovasi yang dijejaki supaya aplikasinya lebih meluas dan faedah sosialnya berganda (amplified).

Peringkat seterusnya, ialah Cabaran Inovasi Sosial (social innovation challenges) bagi mendapatkan cadangan idea/projek yang lebih berimpak tinggi yang sesuai dilaksanakan di bawah MSI.

Karnival Creativity & Science4U kali ini merupakan kali ke-3 pada tahun 2015, selepas diadakan di peringkat zon selatan, iaitu di Negeri Sembilan pada bulan Mac dan baru-baru ini di Pulau Pinang bagi zon utara. Program seterusnya akan diadakan bagi Zon Sabah Tambunan, Sabah pada 30 April – 1 Mei 2015, Zon Timur di Taman Tamaddun Islam, Kuala Terengganu pada 19 – 22 Ogos 2015 dan Zon Sarawak pada 20-22 September 2015, di Waterfront, Kuching, Sarawak.

Karnival Creativity & Science4U kali ini menyaksikan sebanyak 21 aktiviti menarik dijalankan seperti Cabaran Inovasi Inklusif 2015 anjuran Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia yang menawarkan hadiah wang tunai RM27,000 kepada inovator yang berjaya menampilkan Inovasi terbaik; Young Weather Forecast Talent anjuran Jabatan Mateorologi Malaysia yang mencungkil bakat baru di kalangan belia sebagai penyampai berita ramalan cuaca dan lain-lain lagi.
MOSTI EXECUTIVE TALK SERIES turut menampilkan Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, Angkasawan Negara dan Dato’ Mohammad Nor Khalid atau yang dikenali sebagai Dato’ Lat, kartunis terkenal tanah air.

Turut hadir di majlis pelancaran ini ialah YB Datuk Dr. Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah, Timbalan Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi, YBhg. Dato’ Sri Dr. Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur, Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi, YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri (Dr) Aseh Hj. Che Mat, Presiden Perbadanan Putrajaya, Pegawai-pegawai kerajaan. Para innovator, industri dan masyarakat umum.

MOSTI SOCIAL INNOVATION (MSI) DI PERKENAL

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Kota Kinabalu, 20 April 2015 – Borneo’s premier biotechnology event BioBorneo 2015, themed “Bio-based technologies for wealth creation through the Bioeconomy”, served as a platform to disseminate information on current bioeconomy R&D efforts and related business potential, along with sharing on bioeconomic transformation programmes and implementation in Malaysia.
Organised by the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI) and Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BiotechCorp) in collaboration with the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA) and Sabah Biodiversity Centre (SABC), was launched by the Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah YAB Datuk Seri Panglima Hj. Yahya Hussin, the Deputy Chief Minister & Minister of Food and Industry, at Kota Kinabalu’s Sutera Harbour Resort today.
The two-day event was also graced by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin, BiotechCorp CEO Dato’ Dr. Mohd Nazlee Kamal, CEO/President of SEDIA Datuk Dr. Mohd Yaakob Haji Johari and Director SABC, Dr. Abdul Fatah Haji Amir. The inaugural BioBorneo was held in Sarawak in 2012.
In his speech, the Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah, YAB Datuk Seri Panglima Hj. Yahya Hussin, said Sabah offers tremendous potential to the wealth creation through Bioeconomy as the state is rich with biodiversity and natural resources. The state has already embarked on various bioeconomic endeavors in agriculture, biomedical and bio-industrial sectors.
“Sabah holds enormous opportunities in bio-based economy. The Sabah Development Corporation (SDC) has taken into account and have listed strategies for the action plans on Sabah Biotechnology. The main initiatives under SDC include Sabah Agro-Industrial Precinct (SAIP), Palm Oil Industrial Cluster (POIC), Keningau Integrated Lifestock Centre (KILC) dan Marine Integrated Cluster”.
Dr Ewon Ebin, Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation said, “Sabah possesses a vast potential in the biotechnology field. The biotechnology application process for genetic sources in Borneo offers remarkable potential for the process of wealth creation in Sabah. This could spur sources for new growth and for Malaysia to be a global biotechnology hub.”
He added that BioBorneo 2015 is part of the government’s transformation programme through the Bioeconomy initiative that also aims to enable all states to share in the nation’s successes and wealth. BTP will greatly impact and benefit Sabah by merging diverse bioeconomy initiatives that tap into the bountiful resources of this land. Such efforts will generate a dynamic bioeconomic movement as well as retain Sabah’s mega biodiversity heritage. BioBorneo 2015 focuses on the biotechnology development and innovation potentials of the East Malaysia states through trigger projects of the BTP.
Dato’ Dr Mohd Nazlee Kamal, Chief Executive Officer of BiotechCorp, noted that 16 of the current 253 BioNexus Status companies are located in Sabah and Sarawak, which have the potential to contribute to the nation’s demand of highly skilled knowledge workers. “Collectively, the BioNexus Status companies based in Sabah and Sarawak have approved investments of over RM12 billion. This shows the high potential of biodiversity in Borneo to spur new sources of growth of the Malaysian economy,” he added.

BIOBORNEO 2015: Creating A Wealth Of Opportunities

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Putrajaya, 14 April 2015 – Rekabentuk menarik dan unik memberi nilai tambah kepada sesuatu produk dan akan membezakannya dengan produk yang lain. Dengan menyuntik elemen inovasi ke dalam sesuatu rekaan akan meningkatkan daya saing produk ke pasaran global.

Berucap di Majlis Penyampaian Malaysia Good Design Mark (MGDM) 2014, YB Datuk Dr. Ewon Ebin, Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi menggesa sektor perindustrian tempatan untuk memacu kejayaan melalui aktiviti penyelidikan dan pembangunan produk dengan rekabentuk yang lebih kreatif dan inovatif.

“Bagi produk yang memiliki fungsi teknologi, kualiti dan harga yang hampir sama, rekabentuklah yang menjadi penentu sama ada ia akan diterima atau popular di kalangan pengguna” tambahnya lagi.

Sebanyak 48 produk daripada 29 syarikat diberi pengiktirafan dalam MGDM 2014 kerana menepati standard penilaian rekabentuk yang telah ditetapkan. Pengiktirafan ini adalah bagi memperakui usaha sektor perindustrian dalam melaksanakan program penyelidikan dan pembangunan berterusan untuk meningkatkan kualiti produk.

Sementara itu, YBhg Prof. Dato’ Dr Ahmad Haji Zainuddin, Pengerusi Majlis Rekabentuk Malaysia (MRM) turut memaklumkan bahawa MRM akan meneruskan anjakan paradigma sektor perindustrian tempatan dengan berusaha memperkenalkan inisiatif berkaitan bagi membantu produk keluaran tempatan terus menempa nama dan setanding di peringkat antarabangsa.

Meningkatkan Daya Saing Produk Tempatan Menerusi Pengiktirafan Rekabentuk

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