A coordination meeting was held on 28 April 2022, chaired by YB Dato’ Shahrul Zaman Datuk Yahya, Perak State Executive Committee Chairman for Industry, Investment and Corridor Development to discuss and coordinate a proposed programme for the visit of a business delegation from Japan to the State of Perak in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary of the Look East Policy.
Members of the meeting comprise State Economic Planning Unit, Ipoh City Council, MITI Perak, MIDA Perak, Tourism Perak, InvestPerak. MAJECA was represented by Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA.
ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) Malaysia in reference to the ASEAN-BAC Malaysia’s Virtual Consultation Dialogues that was held on 22 February 2021, a report which contains a compilation of recommendations from Trade Associations, Chambers of Commerce, Professional Bodies, and Foreign Business Associations and Business Councils in Malaysia called Pathway for Malaysia 2021, has been submitted to the Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).
ASEAN BAC Malaysia had organised a Virtual Dialogue to discuss the opportunities, outlook and challenges for Malaysia and ASEAN in 2022, and to compile policy suggestions for the consideration of the Malaysian government in helping Malaysian businesses as the world enters into the third year of the pandemic recovery phase.
The 2nd Session of the Virtual Dialogue had invited representatives from Foreign Business Associations and Business Councils in Malaysia. MAJECA was represented at this Virtual Dialogue by Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President on behalf of the President of MAJECA, Tan Sri Azman Hashim.
The programme of this dialogue is as follows:
The following are the representatives from Foreign Business Associations and Business Councils who attended this Virtual Dialogue who spoke alongside Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal:
First row (from left to right): Mr Dinesh Nambiar, Chairman, Malaysia Australia Business Council (MABC), Mr Ahmed Alemi, Director, Arab Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCC), Datuk Seri Dr Nik Norzrul Thani, Chairman, Malaysia Singapore Business Council (MSBC), Mr Sven Schneider, Chief Executive Officer, EUROCHAM Malaysia and Mr Mariusz Jan Janas, Director, BeLuxCham Malaysia.
Second row (from left tor right): Mr Marco Winter, Executive Director, Malaysian Dutch Business Council (MDBC), Ms May Yin Ho, General Manager, Malaysian Spanish Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dr Jenny Jahanshahi Westin, Director, Malaysian Swedish Business Association (MASBA), Ms Siobahn Das Bachran, Chief Executive Officer, American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) and Datuk K. Surendran Kuttykrishnan, Honorary Secretary, Malaysia India Business Council (MIBC).
A group photo of some of the participants at this virtual dialogue session.
The official media release of this Virtual Dialogue by ASEAN-BAC Malaysia can be read by clicking here.
The ECERDC – MAJECA Joint Webinar: “Investment Opportunities in the East Coast Region of Malaysia: Welcoming the Era of Next Generation Vehicles” was held on Thursday, 24 March 2022. It was jointly organised by the Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) and the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) of Malaysia with the support of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and MAJECA’s counterpart, the Japan – Malaysia Economic Association (JAMECA).
This webinar aimed to share knowledge, information and experiences of players in the Next Generation Vehicles (NxGV) industry and to highlight the investment potential of the Automotive Manufacturing sector especially in the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) of Malaysia. The webinar also introduced the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) of Malaysia who has the mandate to spearhead the execution and implementation of the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) Master Plan and their directions, policies, and strategies for the socio-economic development of ECER by promoting and facilitating investments into the Region.
This webinar garnered over 220 participants from Malaysia, Japan and other ASEAN countries, comprising mostly business owners and experts in the automotive industries.
The programme of the webinar was as follows:
14.30 – 14.35
14.35 – 14.40
Opening Remarks by YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, MAJECA
14.40 – 14.45
Opening Remarks by YBhg Dato’ Baidzawi Che Mat, Chief Executive Officer, ECERDC
14.45 – 14.55
“Malaysia’s EV Investment Opportunities” by En Afzanil, Director, MIDA Osaka
14.55 – 15.10
“Investment Opportunities in ECER; Welcoming the Next Generation of Vehicles” by YBhg Dato’ Ragu Sampasivam, Chief Operating Officer, ECERDC
15.10 – 15.20
Experience Sharing by Mr Hoffen Teh, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning & Coordination, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia
15.20 – 15.30
Experience Sharing by Mr Ismail Pandak, Chief Executive Officer, HICOM Automotive Manufacturers Malaysia
15.30 – 15.40
Q & A Session
The webinar began with opening remarks from the respective leadership of MAJECA and ECERDC.
YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim, the President of MAJECA giving his opening remarks.
YBhg Dato’ Baidzawi Che Mat, the CEO of ECERDC, giving his opening remarks.
YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim in his opening remarks quoted the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) Malaysia’s definition of Next Generation Vehicle (NxGV) that includes; a vehicle that meets the energy efficient vehicle (EEV) criteria that is enhanced with Intelligent Mobility applications with a minimum of Level 3 automation. He highlighted that the automotive industry plays a significant role in transforming Malaysia into an industrialised nation, through the creation of high value economic activities, improving standards of living as well as creating higher paying jobs. This sector has the potential to positively impact the development of upstream industries e.g. steel, rubber and chemicals as well as downstream industries e.g. road construction, automotive parts, including IT, computing and maintenance services.
YBhg Dato’ Baidzawi Che Mat in his opening remarks briefed on the history of Malaysia’s journey towards energy efficient vehicle (EEV) which started in 2014 with the National Automotive Policy 2014. The NAP 2014 outlined the strategy and action plans to strengthen the entire value chain of the automotive industry in Malaysia. Leveraging on the foundation of NAP 2014, Malaysia launched the National Automotive Policy 2020 to propel the country to become the regional leader in automotive manufacturing. He highlighted that Malaysia is committed to reduce CO2 emissions, and the NAP 2020 emphasizes the move of developing Next Generation Vehicle (NxGV) and the adoption of EEVs as a step forward to combat climate change challenges as well as keeping up with the global trends.
The webinar then proceeded with presentation and experience sharing by the panelists consisting of experts in the automotive industry, followed by discussion and Q & A session with Ms Ng Su Fun as the moderator of the session. The panelist of speakers was as follows:
From left-to-right (first row): Mr Hoffen Teh, Ms Ng Su Fun and Mr Ismail Pandak From left-to-right (second row): YBhg Dato’ Ragu Sampasivam, YBhg Dato’ Baidzawi Che Mat and En Afzanil Md. Anuar.
The key highlights:
The National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2020 is the national policy framework to push Malaysia’s automotive industry into the new era of digital transformation. One of the priorities of NAP 2020 is the development of Next Generation Vehicle (NxGV). To accelerate this industry in Malaysia, the NAP 2020 provides several measures that include the issuance of EEV Manufacturing License, talent development in EEV field through human capital development programs including the National Occupational Skill Standard, establishing EV Interoperability Centre to align the standard conformation, protocols and testing procedures for EVs’ components and systems as well as incentives for eligible EEVs/NxGVs manufacturers.
The East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) is a one-stop facilitation center to enable the smooth implementation of investments and facilitation of investors in the East Coast Economic Region, which comprise the states of Kelantan, Terengganu, and Pahang, and the district of Mersing in northeast Johor. This region is strategically positioned at the centre of ASEAN thus easily accessible to the Asia Pacific market and the Western market and has rich natural resources, skilled human capital and comprehensive logistic network, hence making the Region an attractive gateway for investments. The ECER is now focusing on developing the Next-Gen Vehicles Ecosystem and the industrial parks in ECER which are well-equipped with infrastructure to facilitate investors in the NxGVs automotive industry.
Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has successfully rolled out its new vehicle production project called the XPANDER. It is the first project to fully utilise the facilities available in one of the regions of ECER, which is Pekan, Pahang. One of the important aspects of vehicle assembly is the vendor operation support. Their contract assembler, namely HICOM Automotive (HA), has been able to provide vast storage space and sufficient car pool area to accommodate the high-volume production. HA has operation plants at DRB-HICOM Automotive Complex that can produce 5,000 – 12,000 units of vehicles per year. HA has the facilities for logistics, body-building (both manual and automated) and painting shop equipped with advanced technology. HA also has the facilities for body and structure accuracy measurement, assembly shop and testing facilities such test tracks, waterproof testing area and many more. The presence of DRB-HICOM University and its training camp in ECER provides a continuous supply of human resources with skills for the automotive industry.
MAJECA thanks our co-organisers, supporting organisers and all participants for making this webinar a success.
The 45th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) was convened on Wednesday, 1 June 2022 at the Boardroom, 26th Floor, Bangunan Ambank Group, Jalan Raja Chulan, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.
The following were elected to the Executive Committee of MAJECA for the new term 2022-2023.
President: YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim
YBhg Dato’ Md Taib Abdul Hamid YBhg Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal YBhg Datuk Jason Tai Hee YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Lodin Bin Wok Kamaruddin
Honorary Secretary: YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Michael Yeoh Oon Kheng
Honorary Treasurer: Mr Yeonhang Chuah
Executive Committee Members
YBhg Dato’ Yeoh Seok Kian
YBhg Tan Sri Rastam Mohd Isa
Mr Ravindran Kurusamy
Mr Steven Tee Shin Yau
Mr Goh Peng Ooi
Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President & Chairman of the Meeting thanking all participants for making time to attend the AGM.
A group photo of the participants of the AGM.
The MAJECA 2021 – 2022 Annual Report can also be accessed by clicking here.
The 47th Edition of the ASEAN – Japan Business Meeting was held on 10 March 2022, Thursday. This conference welcomed 260 participants from ASEAN countries and Japan comprising of representatives from government agencies, alongside business chambers, universities and research institutions.
This edition of the forum, hosted by the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee (PHILJEC) touched on the theme – “Beyond COVID-19: Envisioning the Future with Digitalisation in ASEAN and Japan” bringing together key leaders and corporate luminaries across ASEAN and Japan to discuss the future outlook of the business world beyond COVID-19.
The programme of the forum was as follows:
The forum began with welcome remarks by the respective leaders of AJBM and Keizai Doyukai, followed by special guest remarks delivered by the Ambassador of Japan to Philippines, H.E. Mr Kazuhiko Koshikawa, and Keynote Speech by H.E. Mr Ramon M Lopez, the Secretary of Department of Trade and Industry in Philippines.
Mr Gerard B Sanvictores, the Chairman of AJBM Philippines welcomed all delegates and commented that this was the second time that the AJBM had to be held virtually in consideration of the pandemic. He remarked on the hope that the decreasing number of infections going forward in our respective countries will enable travel and tourism to resume and for our respective countries to recover economically. He further explained the agenda of the forum and encouraged everyone to actively join in the discussions during this event as the AJBM forum is a great opportunity for building networks across ASEAN-Japan.
Mr Kengo Sakurada, the Chairman of Keizai Doyukai discussed recent environmental and socio-political climate that is affecting the whole world. He highlighted that attention be given to the emerging countries where their economic growth rate is still low, and majority of their people still do not have affordable access to electricity and basic infrastructure. He cited his firm belief that innovation will be the key driving force to solve many of the global challenges and it is essential for companies and corporate executives to respond to the changes and continue to evolve dynamically. He expressed his hopes that innovations from ASEAN and Japan can contribute to solve the socio-challenges in the Region and worldwide.
In his remarks, H.E. Mr Kazuhiko Koshikawa expressed that although there are vulnerabilities on the international supply chain of critical and emerging technologies such as semiconductors and risks on regional interdependence, building a strong supply chain and realizing a free and fair trade and investment environment are essential for post-pandemic economic growth. His Excellency also cited that amidst these global disasters and challenges, Japan reaffirms its deep relationship with the ASEAN member-countries. The Government of Japan is continuing its efforts on the “Asia-Japan Investing for the Future Initiative” which supports the utilization of private sector knowledge and expertise on digital and the “Asia Energy Transition Initiative” which supports the achievement of carbon neutrality in ASEAN.
In his Keynote Speech, H.E. Mr Ramon M Lopez commented on the history of the ASEAN-Japan relations which has grown stronger with the increased cross border trades and investments since its establishment in 1977. This long-standing relationship has resulted in concrete outcomes including a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (AJCEP). He highlighted that the ASEAN-Japan relation has been further strengthened with the entry into force of the First Protocol to amend the AJCEP. He expressed his hopes that the enhancement of AJCEP will restore business confidence to sustain trades and investments between ASEAN and Japan, particularly as we rebuild our economies in the post pandemic era. He also highlighted on the economic ministers of ASEAN and Japan’s collective response to mitigate the negative impact of the pandemic through the ASEAN-Japan Economic Resilience Action Plan, intended to help stakeholders survive, to become more resilient and continue to operate under the new normal. He highlighted that the signing of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a welcome development as it will provide the much needed and timely boost for the economic development in the post pandemic recovery efforts. RCEP is a strong demonstration of the Region’s commitment in ensuring a stable and predictable regional economic architecture amidst uncertainties and the growing trends worldwide.
From left to right (clockwise): Mr Joseph Jr. Uy of PHILJEC (Philippines) as the emcee of the event, Mr Gerard B Sanvictores, Chairman of AJBM Philippines, H.E. Mr Kazuhiko Koshikawa, Ambassador ofJapan to the Philippines, Mr Nobuhide Hayashi, Chairman of AJBM Japan, and H.E. Mr Ramon M Lopez, Secretary of Department of Trade and Industry, Philippines.
After the opening ceremony, the first plenary session with the theme “Living with Corona” featured panelists from Indonesia, Philippines and Japan, was moderated by Mr Shazali Sulaiman, Founder of Shazali & Partners (Brunei).This sessiondiscussed on the topic of building a socioeconomic system suitable for living in COVID-19 pandemic times and the state of recovery from pandemic and progress toward new normal society.
From left to right (clockwise): Mr Shazali Sulaiman, Founder of Shazali & Partners (Brunei), H.E. Dr Mahendra Siregar, the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs (Indonesia), Mr Takuya Shimamura, Chairman of AGC Inc (Japan), and Mr Jose Ma A Concepcion III, the Founder of Go Negosyo (Philippines).
The forum continued with the second plenary session with the theme “Climate Change” featuring panelists from Singapore, Philippines and Japan, and was moderated by Mr Patrick Tang, Mobile & Connectivity Partnerships of META Platforms. This session discussed how businesses respond to climate change as well as the opportunities in renewable energy and green business.
From left to right (clockwise): Mr Patrick Tang (Singapore), Mr Luke Tay, an Independent Futurist, Strategist & Food Systems Advocate (Singapore), Mr Francis Giles B Puno, the President of First Gen (Philippines), and Mr Yosuke Kiminami, the Founding CEO of RENOVA Inc (Japan).
The third plenary session followed up with the theme “Start-up & Innovation” featuring panelists from Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand, and was moderated by Mr Masahiko Homma, the General Partner of IncubateFund (Japan). This session discussed how businesses have been adapting to the new normal through digitalisation and the co-development between ASEAN and Japan.
From left to right (clockwise): Mr Masahiko Homma (Japan), Mr Teppei Sakano, the Representative Director / CEO of Allm Inc (Japan), Dr Supachai Kid Parchariyanon, the CEO & Co-Founder of RISE (Thailand), Ms Stephanie Sy, the CEO of Thinking Machines (Philippines), and Mr Mohd Atasha Alias, the CEO & Co-founder of Vuoz.io (Malaysia).
The forum ended with closing remarks by the leaderships of AJBM Philippines and Japan, respectively, followed by the announcement of the 48th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting.
The incoming chairman of the 48th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting – Mr Yuji Hirako announced and invited all delegates to the 48th Edition of the ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting which will be held in Tokyo, tentatively in December 2022.
Tan Sri Azman Hashim (left), President, MAJECA receiving “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star” certificate conferred by His Majesty, Emperor of Japan from H.E. Takahashi Katsuhiko (right).
Heartiest Congratulations to YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA on being conferred “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star” by His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan.
On November 3, the Government of Japan announced foreign national recipients of Decorations by Emperor of Japan for 2021 autumn conferment. Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA), Chairman of ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) Malaysia, Chairman of East Asia Business Council (EABC) Malaysia, and Group Chairman of AmBank Group was honored the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star to recognize his outstanding contribution to promote economic exchanges and strengthen the economic relationship between Japan and Malaysia. The conferment ceremony took place on 2 March 2022 at the Residence of the Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia.
Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, MAJECA, Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA, Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh, Hon. Secretary and Mr Goh Peng Ooi, EXCO Member, MAJECA met with Former Prime Minster of Japan, H.E. Shinzo Abe on 11 March 2022 over a luncheon at Intercontinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
Also in attendance at this luncheon were, His Excellency Katsuhiko Takahashi, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, Mr Imai Takaya, Special Advisor to the Cabinet, Cabinet Secretariat, Mr Makio Miyagawa, Former Special Advisor on National Security, National Security Secretariat & Former Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, Mr Kano Takehiro, Director-General, Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department, Asian Oceanian Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan and Mr Kawano Shu, Director, Second Southeast Asia Division, Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan.
They exchanged views on the Malaysian Look East Policy as this year marks its 40th Anniversary. The meeting also discussed the future of Malaysia-Japan relations in respect to the economic development and investment opportunities for both countries. The representatives of MAJECA touched on MAJECA’s involvement with Japanese business associations such as JAMECA, Keizai Doyukai, KEIDANREN as well as Malaysian associations with links to Japan such as the East Asia Business Council. The discussions also highlighted MAJECA’s achievements, trends of Japanese investments and how Japan can further collaborate with the Malaysian business community. MAJECA also shared on its upcoming activities and its insights on new developments in the sphere of ESGs, SDGs, IR4.0, digital, green and circular economy.
Seated in front: Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, MAJECA (left) & H.E. Shinzo Abe, Former Prime Minster of Japan (right)
From left-to-right, 2nd row: Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh,Hon. Secretary, MAJECA, Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA, H.E. Takahashi Katsuhiko, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, Mr Goh Peng Ooi, EXCO Member
This year, Malaysia and Japan will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Look East Policy (LEP) and the 65th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the two countries.
MAJECA recognises that these milestones are a significant opportunity to highlight the impact of the LEP and importance of Malaysia – Japan bilateral relations, as well as give the private sector a window to contribute towards revitalising the role of the LEP and specifically for Malaysia – Japan relations.
MAJECA organised and chaired a Roundtable Meeting (RTM) to document the achievements, successes and outcomes of this policy that had lasted 40 years, and to seek considered opinions from representatives of Government ministries & agencies, development corridor agencies, universities and economic thinktanks, human resources development councils, private sector business associations and the LEP alumni associations.
The discussions were guided by the aim to explore how the Policy can be developed / re-shaped going forward as the world faces new challenges and developments in areas of post-pandemic recovery, sustainability, green & renewable energy, digitalisation & digital transformation amongst other emerging trends to further deepen the Malaysia – Japan ties for mutual economic development.
Below are photos of the various representatives who participated at the Roundtable Meeting:
MAJECA thanks its Executive Committee and stakeholders who attended the Roundtable Meeting and shared their valuable insights and inputs.
The Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) collaborated with the Malaysian Autonomous Intelligence & Robotics Association (MyAIRA), Malaysia South-South Association (MASSA), the Expertise Resource Association (ERA), Invest Selangor and the Embassy of Chile in Malaysia to organise a webinar on drones, titled “Opportunities in the Drone Industry” on 13 October 2021.
Over 100 participants from various business sectors and countries including Malaysia, Chile, Japan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Singapore and Turkey registered for this event.
The drone industry growth has been steadily rising in the last few years. It is estimated that by the year 2025, the drone services market size will be expected to grow to US$63.6 billion (Business Insider, 2021).
Drones as a tool, is gaining momentum not just among hobbyists, but also professionals looking to integrate drones into their organization’s workflow. This is because the drones’ ability to fly unmanned and even fully autonomously allows them to perform certain labour-intensive tasks much cheaper, faster and, safer than any human can.
Drone technology can be applied across multiple sectors and can be engaged in agriculture, construction, security, surveying, marketing, photography & videography, and many more.
This webinar discussed the uses of autonomous drone technology, potential for talent development in the drone industry and opportunities abroad – with the country of Chile as the case study.
The webinar programme was as follows:
The webinar began with welcoming addresses from the leadership of MASSA-MAJECA and MyAIRA, followed by the Ambassador of Chile.
Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, Malaysia South-South Association (MASSA) & Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA), delivering his welcome address.
Mr Yong Chong Soon, President, Malaysian Autonomous Intelligence & Robotics Association (MyAIRA), giving his welcome address.
H.E. Diego Velasco-von Pilgrimm, Ambassador of Chile to Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam, giving his welcome address and announcing the signing of an MoU between APANT Chile and MyAIRA.
Mr Samuel Loh, Programme Executive, Malaysian South-South Association (MASSA) and the Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) was the emcee of the webinar.
Mr Jamie Haniff bin Ramlee, the Director of Selangor Darul Ehsan Aerospace Industry Coordination Office (S-DAICO) Division, Invest Selangor (pic below) moderated the panel comprising of experts in the drone industry.
The panelists were as follows:
Dr Shian Lee, CEO, Alphaswift Sdn Bhd
Mr Amsyar Faiz, Director of Business Development, OFO Tech Sdn Bhd
Mr Iván Araos Mansilla, Head of External Affairs, Association of Pilots of Unmanned Aircraft (APANT), Chile
Following the presentations by the speakers, the webinar proceeded to a panel discussion-cum-Q & A session led once more by Mr Jamie Haniff bin Ramlee.
The panelists discussed the following:
• Dr Shian Lee’s presentation highlighted the possible uses of autonomous drones in various settings, and how drones can be easily adapted to suit the needs of their user. He addressed problems such as the shortage of manpower, the dangers of lofty infrastructure inspection as well as transportation difficulties to deliver humanitarian aid. He emphasized that drones like unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) can be the solution to these problems. He also introduced several types of drones and their uses such as unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that implement adaptive nozzles for crop-spraying, delivery UAVs for food delivery services, 3D-mapping drones and many more.
• Mr Amsyar Faiz showcased combination of IR4.0 solutions, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), big data analytics, drones, remote sensors, Augmented/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) and Industrial IoT technologies that can be applied in various sectors. The data captured by drones equipped with thermal sensor can be processed with the help of AI and AR/VR to output information with high precision in both 2D and 3D images. This can be utilized in scaling accurate measurements, track task compliance, crop performance, topography etc.
• Mr Iván Araos, the Head of External Affairs of Association of Pilots of Unmanned Aircraft (APANT), gave a report on the status of investment in cutting-edge drone technologies in Chile and the Latin American region. He highlighted how data processing drones and 5G can contribute success in the field of agriculture, mining, space exploration, and many more. He also reported that APANT is currently developing effective air-safety drones that can protect the citizens’ privacy as well as minimizing the environmental impact. APANT is also looking at implementing drones in its Smart Cities’ ecosystem, such as in telecommunications, aerotaxi, entertainment, healthcare, traffic etc. Mr Iván then highlighted the challenges on how to legalise the usage of these unmanned machines going forward. They are now working closely with the Government of Chile to implement a flexible regulatory framework for piloting aerial drones to ensure smooth development in this unmanned aircraft sector
Major Surenthiran Krishnan (pic above), from MyAIRA and Head of Training Wing for Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers in Army Institute of Communication and Electronics in Malaysian Armed Forces, wrapped up the webinar with his closing remarks highlighting:
• The drone industry continues to grow over the years. The hardware and software in manufacturing these drones are becoming more affordable, and will be more evidently prevalently used across all sectors. The opportunities offered by drones can be a future economic growth driver.
• The deployment of drones is vital in addressing shortage of manpower such as in smart-farming, dangerous and expensive infrastructure inspections as well as challenging deliveries for humanitarian emergency aid. The drone data capture can be processed into various data outputs, including but not limited to orthomosaics/point cloud/reality mesh/ augmented reality etc. and these outputs can be used for various applications in different sectors.
• The importance of developing and adhering to the standards and regulations set by the government in piloting these aircraft drones. It is also important that managers and operators of these aerial drones must be competent, responsible and well-trained to perform their tasks.
The Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) collaborated with the Malaysian Autonomous Intelligence & Robotics Association (MyAIRA), the Expertise Resource Association (ERA) and the Malaysia South-South Association (MASSA) and the Selangor Human Resource Development Centre (SHRDC) to organise a webinar on AI & Robotics titled “How AI & Robotics Impacts Your Life” on 25 November 2021.
Over 175 participants from various business sectors and countries registered for this event including Malaysia, Chile, Japan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Singapore and Turkey.
In recent years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics technologies have become an increasing presence in our daily life. With industrialisation, robots have played an important role across many sectors, improving efficiency and productivity.
Although still under development, AI, algorithms and technological applications, combined with proper implementation of ethics, diversity and inclusive design have given rise to an explosion of applications in many areas and into new realms. Now, the AI and robotics fields are working unanimously to provide advanced solutions that can benefit the general public and businesses significantly.
This webinar was aimed at introducing AI and Robotics technologies, its uses and applications to participants.
The webinar programme was as follows:
The webinar began with welcoming addresses from the leaderships of MASSA-MAJECA and MyAIRA after being introduced by the emcee.
Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) & Malaysia South-South Association (MASSA), delivering his welcome address.
Mr Yong Chong Soon, President, Malaysian Autonomous Intelligence & Robotics Association (MyAIRA), giving his welcome address.
Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary, Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) & Malaysia South-South Association (MASSA) was the emcee of the webinar.
The discussion on the applications and impact of AI & Robotics in daily life as well as for businesses was moderated by Ms Hanniz Lam, Communications Director, MyAIRA (pic below). Joining alongside her was a distinguished panel comprising of experts of AI & Robotics field.
The panelists were as follows:
Prof. Ts. Dr. Sim Yee Wai, Dean of the Faculty of Computing & Engineering, QUEST International University (QIU)
Mr Oliver Tian, Advisor, Asia Pacific Assistive Robotics Association (APARA)
Mr Soo Ho Hock MENG, COO, Avant Garde Centre of Excellence Sdn Bhd (AGCOE)
Ts. Dr. Chua Wen-Shyan, Head of Malaysian Smart Factory, Selangor Human Resource Development Centre (SHRDC)
Following the presentations by the speakers, the webinar proceeded into a panel discussion-cum-Q & A session led once more by Ms Hanniz Lam.
The panelists discussed the following:
• Prof. Ts. Dr. Sim Yee Wai – shared on the Turing Test, a test to determine whether machines are capable of thinking like humans. He also provided a brief history of Artificial Intelligence (AI); the 1st Wave (Symbolic AI, 1950s – 1960s) and the 2nd Wave (Expert Systems, 1980s – 1990s), which were not really successful at solving real world problems as they were built based on human reasoning and knowledge. This is where the 3rd Wave, which is the Machine Learning (2010s – Present) comes in. Machine learning is based on the idea of how humans accumulate experiences and learning from trials and errors, so when we encounter a similar situation or problem, we can apply the same solution for it. Machine learning can be used to find the correlation between event features and results based on historical data, using data modelling which can help to classify data and contribute predictions for more accurate decision-making. Dr. Sim also advised that the next wave of AI will be a disruptive one and its impact on us will depend on our understanding about the technology and how we react to it.
• Mr Oliver Tian – Highlighted that the need to plan for collaboration between machines and humans for the future. AI & Robotics should be adopted to augment human capabilities and potential and AI projects does not have to be huge. He believed that AI-powered users will emerge soon, and that robotics plug-and-play is also on the rise. On the other hand, he underscored that we should consider the appropriate applications of the technology, and do not focus on the media hype on the fear of machines taking over humans’ jobs. Instead, we should aim to treat AI and machines as evolving digital co-workers that work alongside us and help us do things better. He believes that treating intelligent solutions as co-workers will make them a sustainable and reliable force in the future.
• Mr Soo Ho Hock MENG – Introduced collaborative robots (Cobots) which are the value proposition enabler in the IR4.0 tool kit, especially for SMEs to improve their processes, drive productivity, reduce dependence on labour intensity and provide the foundation for adoption of newer manufacturing technologies. These Cobots are highly cost effective and have successfully been incorporated into manufacturing processes. In one instance, to reduce cost, programming is very much simplified, with no proprietary codes, from Blockly to the common languages such as Lua, C, C++ and Python. This makes it easier to code once and deploy many times in multiple situations. Cobots also provide increased safety, speed and the ability to work 24/7 with minimal human intervention.
• Ts. Dr. Chua Wen-Shyan – Emphasized that successful AI Adoption begins with the first step. He recognises that the first step is always the hardest, but with the right people, skills, continuous development (training) and effort, the learning and adoption curve would be much smoother. There are many low and no-code AI platforms which are user friendly for citizen developers. Low code AI accelerates AI adoption in the community with increased productivity and implementation speed than traditional designs. Having a people-centric strategy would ensure the sustainability of AI adoption and companies would be able to realize the benefits sooner than expected. He highlighted Start Small and Scale Big as the key of transformation in adopting AI as the solutions in the industries.
Mr Wong Lian Kee, President of Expertise Resource Association (ERA) (pic above) wrapped up the webinar with his closing remarks, highlighting:
• Humans will have to co-exist with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machines going forward. Both AI and robotics must be adopted to further enhance human capabilities and potentials. • The applications, possibilities and its benefits should be seen in a positive light, as this technology powered by AI and robots will open up immense business opportunities, especially for SMEs. • AI and robotics technology is still an evolving instrument. The impact of the future AI and robotics evolution depends on how positively we will receive, react and utilize the technology.
The recording of this webinar hosted by SHRDC can be viewed here: