Sarimah speaking at the event yesterday.

KUCHING: Out of the 508 companies nationwide approved under the Industry4WRD Readiness Assessment (RA) of the Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC), only 17 are from Sarawak.

Sarimah speaking at the event yesterday.

MPC Sarawak director Sarimah Misman thus urged Sarawakian companies in the manufacturing and services sector to apply for the Industry4WRD RA to know where they stood and what they needed to improve upon.

“Those who enter would be able to determine their state of readiness in the adoption of Industrial Revolution (IR) 4.0 technologies,” she said when speaking at the CEO Talk 2020 organised by MPC at Hilton Hotel here, yesterday.

She added that eligible companies could also receive RM500,000 funding from the government.

Interviewed after the event, Sarimah said that the CEO Talk 2020 was a programme organised to help chief executive officers (CEOs) and top management staff understand developments in IR 4.0.

“Through this programme, we want more companies including government agencies to be aware of the many incentives available to especially encourage smaller companies to inculcate IR 4.0 culture.

“Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) may be sceptical and intimidated by IR4.0. So, by having this session, we hope to inspire them and provide information on how to start off,” said Sarimah.

She added that this was also a platform for CEOs to share their challenges and issues faced as well as success stories.

Meanwhile, TXMR Sdn Bhd managing director Tengku Mohd Farid Tengku Hassim and Electric and Electronic (E&E) Productivity Nexus champion Datuk Seri Wong Siew Hai were invited to present talks on challenges faced in IR4.0, particularly in the E&E sector.

The programme saw about 80 participants comprising CEOs and heads of departments from the public and private sectors.