Works Ministry employees were encouraged today to explore and utilise the latest technology as well as produce new technical innovations.
Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said this is in line with the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 that promises to bring changes to the country’s governance, development, economy and social landscape.
He said facing the borderless world is a challenge for technical employees and the widespread use of technological instruments will make them more competitive with foreign countries.
“Therefore, we need to have the courage to move forward by pioneering technology, producing inventors and not just being mere consumers.
“The food delivery services offered by several companies that use mobile application technology and websites to place food orders is a good example,” Fadillah, who is also Senior Minister, said in a statement in conjunction with the National Technical Profession Day (HPTN) 2020 event here, today.
Meanwhile, he said the launch of the National Technology and Innovation Sandbox (NTIS) under the National Economic Recovery Plan (PENJANA) by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation recently aimed to accelerate economic growth by becoming a high-tech nation.
“Through NTIS, technology developers, researchers and innovators can run projects in a controlled, regulated environment that gives the flexibility to try new technologies. Indirectly, this allows more new innovations to be commercialised.
“Once again, I would like to call on the local technical profession to support the national NTIS implementation policy, especially in helping local graduates by first recognising the skills they have, and then by sharing their expertise,” he said.
Meanwhile, he said in just a week, HPTN 2020 managed to record more than 100,000 virtual visitors.
“I have high hopes that HPTN 2020 will achieve its goal by becoming an annual event included in the national activity calendar and then on par with Teacher’s Day, Police Day, International Nurses Day and others,” he said.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency