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Tech Empowering Malaysia’s Rural Development

The Secretary-General of the Rural and Regional Development Ministry (KKDW) is optimistic about the transformation of statutory bodies under KKDW into high-income entities by incorporating new technologies and innovations into their projects and programs. He believes that leveraging the latest technologies and harnessing the skills, expertise, financial resources, and human capital within each agency can turn them from cost centres into profit centres.

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During the KKDW Innovation Day 2023, Ramlan highlighted the importance of innovation in addressing global challenges and maintaining competitiveness. He emphasised that Malaysia’s consistent position in the Global Innovation Index reflects the existence of innovation within the country. Ramlan stressed the need to enhance the culture of innovation to ensure long-term competitiveness and resilience.

The annual KKDW Innovation Day serves as a platform to recognise and inspire personnel to contribute to innovation and excellence in service delivery. The Minister expressed satisfaction with the active participation of KKDW and its agencies, showcasing a thriving culture of innovation. He hopes that innovative products developed by the workforce can be not only utilised internally but also commercialised in the future.

The event featured seven categories of quality and innovation awards, including the Public Service Innovation Award and the New Horizon Award for Best Innovative and Creative Group (KIK). Notable achievements included Mara winning the Public Service Innovation Award (Madani Management) for its Business Premises Management System (MyPremis) and Hulu Terengganu Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda) securing the New Horizon Award for their polybag lifter tool innovation.

MyPremis, Mara’s innovation, streamlines the process of checking vacancies and lease applications for premises, allowing online submissions and transparent reporting. The polybag lifter tool by Risda addresses seedling deaths after planting, improving planting efficiency and reducing replanting time for rubber trees.

The success stories underscore the transformative potential of technology and innovation in enhancing the efficiency and outcomes of projects undertaken by statutory bodies under KKDW.

The Rural and Regional Development Ministry’s (KKDW) commitment to embracing technology and fostering innovation represents a pivotal shift in the landscape of rural development. With the vision of transforming statutory bodies into profit centres, KKDW’s emphasis on creative solutions and cutting-edge technologies demonstrates a dedication to staying competitive in the global arena.

The success stories shared during the KKDW Innovation Day underscore the tangible benefits of this transformative journey, providing a glimpse into a future where innovation becomes synonymous with progress and prosperity in the realm of rural and regional development. As KKDW continues to champion a culture of innovation, it not only elevates its own standing but contributes significantly to Malaysia’s competitive edge on the world stage.

The Malaysian government is strategically fostering innovation to ensure long-term competitiveness. Initiatives like the National Policy on Industry 4.0 and the Digital Economy Blueprint underscore a commitment to embracing technology.

The National Science and Innovation Agenda focuses on cultivating a culture of research and development, while efforts in STEM education aim to produce a skilled workforce. Digital hubs, such as the Malaysia Digital Hub, provide environments conducive to innovation and collaboration for startups and entrepreneurs.

The Global Innovation Index is used to benchmark and enhance the country’s innovation ecosystem. Furthermore, the government actively supports technology commercialisation through agencies like the Malaysia Innovation Agency (AIM). Ongoing strategies prioritize the growth of technology-driven industries, creating a dynamic landscape that positions Malaysia as a key player in the global digital economy. For the latest updates, official government sources and news outlets are recommended.


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