‘Anticipate evolution whether you like it or not’

KUCHING: Scientists are advised to anticipate technological evolution in their fields and not simply dismiss this.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian told the audience when officiating at the National Scientific Conference at a hotel here yesterday.

Dr Sim stressed that the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) was inevitable and Artificial Intelligence (AI) was bound to take over the world.

“This will come whether you like it or not, so we have to reskill and upskill our talents,” he said.

On the conference, Dr Sim told participants that they should not just present on pure science but also on the future technology.

He opined that Sarawak had to leapfrog its way into the future — digital economics.

Dr Sim hitting the gong to officiate the 30th National Scientific Conference in conjunction with the Borneo Scientific Meeting 2019, witnessed by (from left) Senior Medical Laboratory Technology Mohd Iswandy Ibrahim, Dr Kamaruddin, Faridah and Dr Ahmad Hata. Photo: Ramidi Subari

“In order to do that, we need our own intellectual capabilities to complement our facilities,” he said.

Dr Sim pointed out that scientists must be giants in their own industry, adding, “Use your imagination and reach out across the field.

“Obtain investment from others, that is our yardstick in ensuring our own success.”

Also present during the conference were Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) deputy vice-chancellor Prof Dr Ahmad Hata Rasit, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences dean Prof Dr Kamaruddin Kana and Malaysia Institute of Medical Laboratory Sciences president Faridah Robiah Ismail.