CYBERJAYA: Asia Innovates 2019 anjuran Kumpulan Industri-Kerajaan Malaysia Bagi Teknologi Tinggi (MIGHT) dan Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), United Kingdom (UK) menampilkan 14 inovasi penyelidik terbaik yang dipilih daripada tujuh negara untuk dibentangkan di hadapan pelabur dan institusi kewangan dari Malaysia dan Asia.
Presiden yang juga Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif MIGHT, Datuk Dr Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman, berkata inovasi itu bakal diketengahkan kepada syarikat pelaburan yang berminat serta institusi kewangan untuk tujuan pembiayaan dan fasilitasi bagi membolehkan ia mampu dikomersialkan di pasaran tempatan dan global.
Katanya, program tiga hari yang berlangsung pada 15 Oktober itu bakal memberi peluang kepada lebih 150 penyelidik Asia untuk terbabit dalam bidang keusahawanan dan menimba lebih banyak ilmu pengetahuan dalam bidang berpotensi.
“Asia Innovates 2019 bukan saja program yang dapat memberi peluang kepada mereka untuk meningkatkan rangkaian di peringkat antarabangsa tetapi juga untuk mengukuhkan keyakinan penyelidik ini berjaya dalam bidang keusahawanan.
“Disamping itu, program ini menjadi platform strategik untuk mengukuh dan mengeratkan ekosistem inovasi dan keusahawanan negara dan serantau.
“Pembabitan institusi kewangan, agensi kerajaan dan pihak swasta adalah penting bagi memastikan pelaburan daripada pihak kerajaan dalam membangunkan inovasi di kalangan penyelidik dapat dikomersilkan seterusnya dipasarkan di persada antarabangsa,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan.
Asia Innovates 2019 turut disokong rakan strategik seperti CIMB Islamic, Pusat Kreativiti dan Inovasi Global Malaysia (MaGIC), Yayasan Usahawan Baharu (MyNEF), Beta-Foundation dan Persatuan Pengurus Inovasi dan Teknologi (ITMA).
Program tahunan yang menjadikan Malaysia sebagai tuan rumah kali ini turut disertai rakan strategik antarabangsa dari China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Filipina dan Vietnam.
Antara aktiviti menarik yang bakal dianjurkan sepanjang program berkenaan ialah perbincangan panel yang turut dihadiri oleh pakar tempatan dan juga dari UK, bengkel, pertandingan pitching (peringkat akhir) dan sambutan ulang tahun kelima program Leaders in Innovation Fellowships (LIF).
Mohd Yusoff berkata, LIF menjadi program di bawah Newton-Ungku Omar Fund adalah program dua hala antara Malaysia dan UK dalam bidang sains dan teknologi.
Katanya, program Newton-Ungku Omar Fund memberi penekanan kepada tiga teras utama iaitu pembangunan modal insan, penyelidikan & pembangunan (R&D) dan aspek translasi.
“Program lima tahun ini membuka banyak peluang kepada penyelidik dan syarikat tempatan berkolaborasi dengan entiti di UK. Hubungan kerjasama ini mampu menyumbang kepada pembangunan ekonomi dan sosial negara.
“Malaysia adalah di antara 17 negara membangun yang menyertai skim Newton,” katanya.
Just imagine one day, Malaysia, a small country in South East Asia, known as one of the leaders in high technology exports with the latest product and services. Business communities and researchers would come to Malaysia seeking out the latest technology and gadgetry coming out from our shores. YAB Tun Mahathir Mohamad also mentioned a country must ensure the proliferation of knowledge-intensive enterprises that leverage on science and technology in order to take the economy to the next level. Subsequently, many policies were formulated, many organisations were created, and large investments to support YAB Tun’s vision. However, there are some areas that requires further intervention from the Government to ensure that his vision is on the right track, especially in the realm of technology transfer.
The technology transfer landscape in Malaysia is currently in its developmental phase and is vital towards developing a knowledge-based economy. Many innovations that are being generated at research institutions (RIs) and industry, do not find their way to the market for various reasons.
According to OECD’s study Malaysia Innovation Policy Review 2016, it highlighted many challenges that the university faces which regards to technology transfers ecosystem. Some of the pressing challenges that have been identified are as follows:
1. University-Industry mismatch
Current Scenario: Most solutions created at research organisations mismatched with market need. Industry and universities need to identify and understand the problem before creating the solutions. There is a need to have a strategic national platform to coordinate “match-making” exercise.
MIGHT’s View: All stakeholders must look at this issue beyond just a mere simple collaboration and paper agreements. It needs to be viewed as a symbiotic relationship between industry and academia, or in simple term, they need each other to survive and remain competitive & relevant. Ignoring this issue will create a negative impact of inefficiency and waste for all stakeholders.
MIGHT’s Take: High Priority – Create an Interest Group specific for Tech Transfer ecosystem.
2. Tech transfer professional and technology transfer office
Current Scenario: The Tech Transfer Office (TTOs) in the university is considered as the gateway of getting innovation out to the market place. Hence, there is need to have a dedicated professional that facilitates the movement of technology for industry to uptake and well versed in many areas such as invention disclosure assessment, IPRs, marketing technologies, negotiation of deals, basics of license agreements and spinout company formation.
MIGHT’s View: There is a need to create a new career path for tech transfer professionals. High level policy makers and universities administrators must understand the importance to have dedicated professionals that will manage the movement of innovations, ingenuity and inventions to the marketplace. This responsibility should not be put on the shoulders of the lecturers that are responsible to create future leaders and new research.
MIGHT’s Take: Medium to High Priority – Further discussion with Ministry of Education and Public Service Department
3. Measuring greater impact
Current Scenario: Measurement of successful impact of technology transfer such as the patents filed, spin-out companies created are some of the common variables that is measured. However, there is a need to be deploy a methodology that will measure the true impact of technology transfer and to determine its spill over effects to an economy.
MIGHT’s View: Government must have a clear definition and policies of tech transfer. We should also look into the socio-economy impact, job creations, and environmental that will highlight the true success story. Budget is getting smaller which will result in lower probably of innovation to make it out to the market place. How will we be able to prioritize projects that has the higher chance to be monetize and commercialize?
MIGHT’s Take: Medium to High Priority – Develop policy intervention and impact matrix.
31st July 2018 marks a momentous comeback when MIGHT welcomed nation’s beloved YAB Tun Dr Mahathir as our Patron. MIGHT, a brain child of YAB Tun, was first established on 22nd February 1993 under the auspices of the Prime Minister’s Department as a think-tank to develop the high technology industry through partnerships between the public and private sector. The return of YAB Tun, MIGHT’s first Patron from 1993 to 2003 is like welcoming home the long awaited father.
It was a great feeling to be back in business under the leadership of YAB Tun and thus far we have organised two successful MIGHT Consultation series. MIGHT CONSULTATION is a significant platform for the Prime Minister to regularly convey his aspirations and mandates to the stakeholders especially the industry players. Various issues were discussed pertaining to the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Sustainable Development Goals. YAB Tun encouraged more industry driven research-based activities, where MIGHT is tasked to develop a National High Technology Industry Agenda 2.0. He further highlighted the needs for the Industry players to exploit the vast applications of semiconductor technology especially in the security, environment and communication fields.
The “Blockchain” hype entered the mainstream consciousness when it was promoted as one of the key movers of fintech, in the process stirring questions about the viability of the global financial system and the role of financial intermediaries. As an answer, the financial system is a complex platform for an array of stakeholders that probably has benefited best from the wake up call to innovate and to be mindful about the interests of the users. Improvement is work in progress, as change is a constant to be calculated in matters of days and the idea of “rational decision” assumed in the traditional economics.
On the quieter side, technically, Blockchain technology have helped to solve swarm robotics challenges, enhance NASA’s aviation and space management and actively discussed at international level by growing number of collaborative and standard bodies. The stakes are high, especially with “smart contract” as a part of the blockchain narrative expected to impact global supply chain management. The standard architecture, definition and its position in the data-driven world is yet to be formally established, but innovation hits the world at unprecedented speed under the “blockchain” hype. It appears like the open source is galvanising the digital native to step up in taking charge of public environment and this has created an new ecosystem of social capital.
To be realistic, many of these progress are coated by technical jargons which might have refrained the public from embracing this ecosystem wholeheartedly.Against this background, MIGHT started its journey to explore how Malaysia could benefit from the maverick blockchain technology in solving some of its challenges in 2016 as a Foresight effort.
Blockchain communities were mostly informal and existed in closed ecosystem. MIGHT found them through MAGIC’s start-up events and started planning for the KL Blockchain Conference 2017 to gather the communities and make them counted. What follows has been a three years journey and history communicated in this report.
The report proposes that the next level of development involving blockchain technology to be espouse as a cluster of emerging technologies (develop an ABCD-I framework), social (shared prosperity by mobilising open source and social capital) and industry (develop via partnership and new business models) for Malaysia. Blockchain where network effects reign could help position Malaysia as a country which capitalises knowledge and technology to navigate its future which is in line with the national principle embedded in Rukunegara.
The Shared Prosperity 2030 will be the thrust of the government’s policies and programmes in its bid to make Malaysia on a path of sustainable development that prioritises equitable growth of each value chain, class, community and geography to support a greater sense of harmony and stability among the people. The new economic model comprises three main objectives which includes to ensure the income gap and people’s wealth would be looked into, to create a more structured, progressive, knowledge-based and high-value economy; and to turn Malaysia into an important economic axis in Asia.
This requires strengthening the local industry capabilities and to embrace advanced technologies, innovation, and research and development. R&D is widely recognized to be the prerequisite of technological advance, and levels and rates of growth of R&D expenditures are viewed as reliable indicators of innovative capacity. Across the world, two-thirds to three quarters of all R&D activities are carried out in the private sector. Therefore, the private sector is not only the principal financing sector of R&D, it is also by far the main performer of R&D activities. The involvement of the private sector in research-driven activities is thus crucial for Malaysia’s future economic growth and competitiveness for various reasons.
Firstly, the private sector R&D can create wealth because they are closer to the market. By actively participating in R&D activities indirectly create the process of transforming knowledge into products and services that Malaysian and others in today’s global marketplace, need, want and will pay for.
R&D done in private sector will also strengthen the technical advances made possible by innovation which will allow them to improve productivity, succeed in competitive markets, and meet environmental and regulatory requirements. Although the private sector has traditionally developed research capabilities in house, they have also need to established collaborative links with other organizations, such as universities, and acquired the results of innovation from other enterprises through licensing or takeovers. Indirectly the involvement of the private sector in R&D could also generate high skills human capital which is needed for the country.
Various mechanisms were introduced globally in order to promote private sector R&D. Some of the widely used financial instruments includes subsidies/grants and tax incentives. For example a generation ago, the United States was one of the first nations to encourage private sector R&D through tax credits. Since then, a wide range of economists have agreed that every tax credit dollar stimulates anywhere from USD$1 to $3 in additional private investment on the part of U.S. companies. Unlike many other items in the tax code, R&D actually spurs investment and a greater return. In the case of Malaysia, there are numerous tax incentives to encourage private sector and institutions to carry out R&D activities. The main R&D incentives are granted in the form of Pioneer Status, Investment Tax Allowance and Double Deduction or tax exemption. Obviously, a new innovative approach needs to be implemented in order to enhance the private sector R&D activities for targeted foreign direct investment and also to enrich the direct domestic investment.
An innovative approach in order to encourage private sector R&D which was championed by MIGHT was the formation of Aerospace Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC). The centre is jointly funded from the Government and industry which includes Airbus, Rolls Royce and CTRM. One of the significant features of AMIC is that the R&D that will be done in the university will be based on the industry needs and will able to provide an opportunity for the local industry to participate. AMIC will also be able to train local talent by conducting training courses at Masters and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) levels in the field of aerospace technology.
AMIC is a Research & Development centre of excellence formed and bench marked after the model of Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Sheffield, United Kingdom. The AMRC with Boeing is a £45million partnership of the University of Sheffield and over 40 partner companies, which builds on the shared scientific excellence, expertise and technological innovation of the world’s leading aerospace companies, and world-class research within the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Engineering. It develops innovative and advanced technology solutions for materials forming, metal working and castings. It also has internationally acknowledged research in the field of composite materials, an area crucial to the development of Boeing’s next generation aircraft. The AMRC’s success is built on an extensive partnership. It is situated on an Advanced Manufacturing Park, where it is co-located with other internationally significant research and technology transfer organisations. The AMRC has benefited directly from ongoing support and funding from both the public and private sector.
In the rail industry, MIGHT was instrumental to establish the Malaysian Rail Industry Consortium (MARIC), a consortium of local rail companies to enhance the local rail industry capability and capacity. The consortium will be a platform to assist these companies to enhance their capacity, competency and ability by working together or partnering with OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) to have the skill to bid for projects.
With government’s support through its localisation policy, the local rail industry has developed and achieved international standard and recognition. This is evident in local player’s involvement in three major projects under The Greater Kuala Lumpur Plan 2010. The projects were awarded based on the capabilities of MARIC members, together with each respective local and international rail partner. Through these projects, MARIC members expand their expertise through knowledge transfer such as involvement in after sales, MRO and export capabilities. It also accorded MARIC members credibility as engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) partners to the international original equipment manufacturer (OEM), enabling smart-partnership between various parties, locally and abroad.
Going forward, MARIC has a vision of expanding its organisation that would further benefit its members. Amongst them are incorporation of MARIC Incorporated and MARIC Trading House, establishment of Rail Industry Zone that includes research and innovation centre, warehouse and heavy engineering storage, and establishment of Rolling Stock Anchor Company, Technology and Innovation Anchor Companies and MARIC Product Focus Group.
Through these initiatives, MARIC is ready to achieve more with the government’s support and recognition. Through collaboration with international construction, engineering and financial giants, MARIC members can adapt easily to both western to eastern technology. Such exposure also inculcates awareness on the standards of quality and expectations of the local players and increase their capabilities such as managing high level maintenance, repair and overhaul of LRT Ampang Line, KLIA Express and KTMB ETS wagons. In addition, parts and components can also be produced locally with support and assistance from OEM and rail owners. Key operators such as Prasarana and KTMB has long embarked into vendor development programme where they identify special components to be locally manufactured while opening up windows of opportunities to grow abroad.
Achieving the right blend between the public sector and private industry is a complicated economic endeavour due to the fact that Malaysia is a small country with limited resources. But neither the private sector’s invisible hand nor governmental heavy-handedness can be the solution. It is true that the private sector cannot spur an innovation agenda without the government, but it is equally true that the government cannot replace private-sector market forces. It is therefore imperative that the public and private sectors start working together through MIGHT and together we can make it happen.
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad last night warned about the danger of unemployement and pointed out the need for Malaysia to refocus its attention on entrepreneurship to move forward.
He said some countries had lost an entire generation due to unemployment.
“A nation with large numbers of unemployed educated youth is a sure recipe for disaster and can cause social disunity.
“In addition, economic pressures can also mount when the unemployed continue to depend on the employed for their daily sustenance,” he said at the Binary University’s 35th Anniversary Gala Dinner here.
Also present were his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof and Binary University founder chairman Tan Sri Professor Joseph Andaikalam.
Dr Mahathir also said often, the unemployed person would resort to taking jobs that did not commensurate with their educational qualification and this could lead to frustration and lack of job satisfaction.
“Therefore, the foresight of future education approach is vital to manoeuvre Malaysia to be a developed country, underpinned by a world class education system.”
As such, the way forward is to produce a nation of job creators rather than job seekers, he added.
In this respect, Dr Mahathir emphasised on the importance entrepreneurship to create jobs and join the ranks of developed nations.
“Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of a nation and can help a country scale great heights, and thus Malaysia needs to become a nation of entrepreneurs.
“Entrepreneurs can help Malaysia escape the middle income trap through their innovative ideas and by venturing into unchartered territories.
Entrepreneurs are also expected to contribute to the creation of one million jobs in Malaysia by 2030.” he said.
A nation without an emphasis on entrepreneurship, the prime minister warned would not be able to move ahead and join the ranks of developed nations.
Thus, he stressed on the need for Malaysia to refocus its attention on entrepreneurship.
Later, the prime minister presented the Usahawan Muda Binary awards and the Entrepreneur Icons of Malaysia Awards.
For the Entrepreneur Icons of Malaysia Awards, the recipients include Syed Group founder and chairman Datuk Syed Jamarul Khan; MB Longji Group chairman and founder Datuk Ng Kek Kiong; Triplenine Goldworld Gallery managing director Zaharatul Norimayati Zainal Mustpha; Everest Group founder and managing director Datuk Seri Dr M. Andy and Al-Ikhsan Sports Sdn Bhd founder Ali Hassan Mohd Hassan.
The Usahawan Muda Binary award recipients were Budi Restaurant founder Nurmala Moehamad Izat Emir, Petrochem Safety (M) Sdn Bhd owner Suresh Atmalingam and Xeno Entertainment founder Prashan Chitty.
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysians can produce cars, skyscrapers, planes and high-tech machinery, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
All that is needed is determination and the required skills and expertise, the Prime Minister said.
Dr Mahathir said Malaysia’s decision to embark on a national car projects was for the people to have greater expertise in the automotive industry.
“Our economy used to only rely on rubber, palm oil and mining. That was the foundation of our economy and we became poor.ADVERTISING
“We first learn how to assemble vehicle parts and then in time, we know how to manufacture parts needed.
“Through this, we not only overcome our incompetence in this field, but take several steps forward towards becoming an industrious nation that not only produces car parts, but also parts of other things.
“This was our desire when introducing the national car project,” said Dr Mahathir at a dialogue session with industry leaders at the TVET Conference 2019 here yesterday.
On the aerospace industry, the Prime Minister called on players to seize all opportunities, from assembling planes or manufacturing components and parts for planes.
He said composite parts for Airbus and Boeing aircraft were already made here, and was confident that with a better skilled workforce, local firms could offer to do more.
The Prime Minister noted that at the first Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in 1991, not a single local equipment was displayed.
“However in the last LIMA, half of the items showcased were made by our companies.
“This shows we have advanced and that we, like other global players, can do it too,” he said.
Dr Mahathir said Malaysia would not have to bring in foreigners if the people could take on the jobs.
“The question is whether we are willing to do the work. If we are, foreigners don’t have to come.
“If Malaysians take on all the jobs in the country, their income will be spent in the country and in turn, this will help the economy grow.
“But now we see millions of foreign workers in our country, and they send their money back home and when they leave, they take their knowledge with them.
“We must be willing to take on construction jobs but the reality is that we don’t find any of our people in this sector,” Dr Mahathir said.
Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/10/high-tech-within-our-grasp/#bxJ0kPKy6Yv6LZC1.99
Laporan yang akan menjadi landmark kemajuan Melaka. Idea menarik..
BANDAR HILIR 3 Mei – Penerbitan laporan Melaka Sustainability Outlook Diagnostic : Pathway to Urban Sustainability menjadi panduan kepada kerajaan negeri merangka dasar Melaka 2035.
Ketua Menteri, Adly Zahari berkata, menerusi laporan tersebut ia menjadi kayu pengukur kepada pembangunan dirancang dan dibawa kerajaan negeri bagi memastikan kemajuan serta kepesatan dicapai mampu bertahan pada masa hadapan.
Menurutnya, beberapa segmen penting dimuatkan dalam laporan itu melibatkan pembangunan bandar masa akan datang.
“Bagaimana untuk memajukan negeri ini dan memastikan ia kekal maju dari semasa ke semasa? Semua ini dicatatkan menerusi laporan ini.
“Selain itu terdapat beberapa kajian turut disertakan iaitu pencapaian ekonomi Melaka yang dibandingkan kerajaan seperti kawasan perbandaran, persekitaran semulajadi dan sumber-sumber lain,” katanya.
Beliau berkata demikian pada sidang media selepas merasmikan majlis Perlancaran Melaka Sustainability Outlook Diagnostic Report di Holiday Inn di sini, semalam.
Hadir sama, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif MIGHT, Datuk Dr. Mhd Yusoff Sulaiman, Ketua Pengarah Eksekutif PTHM, Chandru Suparmanian, Penganalisis Pembangunan Urban Bank Dunia, Lincoln L. Lewis dan Exco Wanita, Kebajikan dan Pembangunan Luar Bandar, Ginnie Lim Siew Lin.
Jelas Adly, laporan ini juga menjadi salah satu dokumen penting yang memberi nilai tambah kepada pelaburan di negeri ini pada masa akan datang.
“Mana-mana syarikat yang ingin melabur di sini harus punya satu rujukan untuk membuat apa-apa pelaburan di sini dan saya jangka laporan ini sangat tepat dijadikan satu dokumen penting bagi mereka,” katanya.
Ujar Adly, laporan diagnostik telah disusun kepada laporan tinjuan dan enam laporan sokongan merangkumi bidang penting seperti memperkukuh kejayaan ekonomi Melaka, mengintegrasikan rancangan alam sekitar, meningkatkan perumahan dan perkhidmatan, peralihan modal mobiliti Melaka dan demontrasi kelestraian fiskal.
Laporan tersebut telah diterbitkan hasil kerjasama Kumpulan Industri-Kerajaan Malaysia untuk Teknologi Hijau (MIGHT) dengan kerjasama Perbadanan Teknologi Hijau Melaka (PTHM), Kemudahan Alam Sekitar Antarabangsa (GEF), Bank Dunia dan Pertubuhan Pembangunan Perindustrian Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (UNIDO).
MELAKA, May 2 (Bernama) — Based on the report, “Melaka Sustainability Outlook Diagnostic: Pathway to Urban Sustainability”, the revenue of the state government will experience a decline without new sources of income, said Chief Minister Adly Zahari.
He said new sources of income are badly needed such as in the ports industry and industrial sector to ensure that the issue of income declining and state expenditure involving operations increasing annually does not occur.
He also said Melaka needs to undertake more aggressive development in various existing sectors, namely manufacturing and tourism, alongside new ones such as ports to enhance the state’s revenue in the future.
“Meanwhile, one of the methods to increase the state’s revenue is through more aggressive development as over the past few years in Melaka, progress in the industrial sector for example, has not matched that of housing,” Adly told reporters after launching the report here today.
Also present was Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman and Melaka Green Technology Corporation (PHTM) chief executive officer S. Chandru and World Bank urban development analyst, Lincoln L. Lewis.
The report took about two and a half years to compile by MIGHT, PTHM, Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).
When tabling the Budget 2019 in November last year, the Melaka state government projected revenue of RM384.29 million, an increase of 2.76 per cent compared to RM373.96 million in 2018.
Adly said the report would become the guideline for the state government to prepare the State Structure Plan Melaka 2035.
At the same time, he said the report is important as it is a document that adds value to Melaka towards the efforts at attracting more investments in the future.
MELAKA, 2 May 2019 – The Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), together with Melaka Green Technology Corporation, Global Environment Facility (GEF), World Bank, and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organized the publication launch of the Melaka Sustainability Outlook Diagnostic: Pathway to Urban Sustainability. This initiative aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) pillar 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities.
Being one of most urbanized countries in Asia, Malaysia has been a center of the global “urban migration” in the past decades. Today 75% Malaysian are living in urban areas and over 90% of national economic activity is conducted in cities. Rapid urbanization has created tremendous opportunities for Malaysian cities; but also put enormous pressure on urban infrastructure and services. Climate change further threaten the cities’ capacity to relieve the pressure. Datuk Yusoff mentioned that to tackle the challenges, the Malaysian government had demonstrated continued commitments to sustainable urban development. The eleventh Malaysian plan, the national urbanization policy and the state and local urban planning policies have laid out a policy framework for Malaysia’s sustainable urbanization.
As one of a famous World Heritage City, Melaka attracts more than 16 million tourists yearly and the numbers are growing. Apart from that, 41% of Melaka’s economic output is from Manufacturing.
Melaka produced 4.32 million tonne CO2 in 2014 and increased to 4.45 million tone C02 in 2015. 63% was contributed from building and industry sector meanwhile another 27% from transportation sector.
In order to cope with challenges and opportunities, Melaka has made many great developments toward building a sustainable, green city. Efforts namely on energy efficiency, Materai Hijau Melaka – green rating building tool certification and efforts to increase renewable energy generation and solar roof-top will be prioritise.
Through innovation, technological improvements and adjustments in its urban development practices, Melaka can be a leader in urban sustainability and a role model not only to other cities in Malaysia but Asian cities as well.
Melaka is also enlisted in the 100 Resilient Cities Programme by the Rockefeller Foundation. A resilience unit has been setup at the city level to identify shocks and stresses faced by the city due to local climatic change impact.
Due to our tremendous commitment; Melaka has been proclaimed as the national winner for the One Planet City Challenge or previously known as Earth Hour City Challenge for 2018 organised by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature of WWF.
In order to realize this vision, the Melaka Sustainability Outlook Diagnostic: Pathway to Urban Sustainability able to provide a strategic framework and guidelines for all stakeholders. The objective of report is to diagnose Melaka as competitive cities and the realization of the Melaka’s State Structure Plan 2035, which is the state’s long-term planning document.
This rapid assessment exercise of Melaka’s urban sustainability was the first initiative carried-out by the GEF-6 Sustainable City Development in Malaysia Project which is being implemented by the UNIDO, executed by MIGHT, and supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Melaka’s diagnostic was performed by the World Bank’s Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC), a network which
Melaka actively participates in that has a total of 28 cities in 11 countries. Several consultations for the assessment were carried out with stakeholders, including the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, State Government of Melaka, Economic Planning Unit of Melaka, and other government agencies.
The diagnostic has been organized into an overview report and six supporting reports covering areas which are integral to Melaka’s future urban sustainability. The supporting reports are titled: (1) Reinforcing Melaka’s Economic Success; (2) Integrating Environmental Plans; (3) Enhancing Housing and Services; (4) Shaping a Compact, Efficient, and Harmonious Urban Form; (5) Shifting Melaka’s Mobility Modal Split; and (6) Demonstrating Fiscal Sustainability.