KOTA KINABALU: The Government through the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) is emphasising on humanising innovation, as Malaysia moves toward the high-income developed-nation status in less than three years from now.
Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had announced earlier that the efforts will be innovation-led.
In this respect, he reiterated Mosti through its agency Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia (YIM) planned to establish a Centre for Innovation and Creative Economy in Sabah.
“This will promote grassroots innovations … We want innovation that solve the people’s everyday problems,” he said, adding the centre would give opportunity to people to come and develop their innovation ideas.
In this respect, he welcomed programmes that promote innovation and creativity such as the Sabah Creativity and Innovation Technology Exhibition (SCINTEX) that is being organised by the Industrial Training Institute (ILP).
Officiating at the closing and prize presentation ceremony of the fourth SCINTEX in Sepanggar on Sunday, Tangau was glad to note that it has atrracted participations from as far as Brunei as well as Sarawak and Labuan.
This year. 74 entries have been received contesting in the various categories.
“In line with the Government’s aspirations, SCINTEX is assisting in promoting local creative and innovation products.
“With participations from the industry, schools, public and private higher learning institutes, skills training institute and individuals, I am sure the competition is generating high-impact innovations from across the board,” he said.
He noted that the main prize winner of SCINTEX 2015, the Ozone Generator project had move far winning various awards at the International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX) 2015 and Malaysian Technology Expo (MTE) 2016.
Last year’s SCINTEX Gold winner, the Dart Opener project had went on to win Best Award Malaysian Technology Expo (MTE) 2016, International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX) 2016.
It was also adjudged the as champions of the Sabah Zone National Intellectual Property Award.
While the Welder Arm project from SCINTEX 2016 was given the Jury Special Award and winning several awards such as the KSM Innovation Day 2016, International Research Conference & Innovation Exhibition (IRCIE) 2016 and champion at the Crown Prince Award Brunei Darulsallam 2017.
Tangau said the achievements were testimony of the success of SCINTEX, hence he assured full support from his Ministry towards the programme.
He also commended the ILP for taking the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) initiative to collaborate with various government agencies such as Institute for Development Studies (IDS) Sabah and YIM in organising SCINTEX.
He said one of the direct impacts of SCINTEX was that it coincided with Mosti’s objective that is science to create wealth.
Later, accompanied by IDS Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Hasnol Ayub to present the prizes to winners.