‘Malaysia risks losing out with untapped talent in IR4.0’

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia risks losing out on potentially new innovations from the innate, but untapped talent that exists within the country, if local industry, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs) , do not catch up with Industry 4.0 (IR4.0) and its advancements, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad here today.

The Prime Minister also called out to industry to grow and innovate alongside the needs of IR4. 0.

Dr Mahathir (second left) interacts with Sophia the AI humanoid robot at the ‘Beyond Paradigm Summit 2019’ Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre today. With them are Leiking (right) and Serba Dinamik CEO Datuk Dr Ir Mohd Abdul Karim Abdullah. Photo: Bernama

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution will change the kinds of jobs needed in industry. Our strong view is that, as a nation, we must create the jobs of the future.

“Our goal must be to automate work, but humanise jobs. Allow machines to do the dangerous and repetitive, and ensure we humans have the capacity to do the creative, empathetic and interactive,” he said in his speech at the Beyond Paradigm Summit 2019 here today.

Dr Mahathir said therefore, an urgent response was needed for Malaysia to create, adopt, and integrate distinctive technological solutions to transform the workforce and industries. – Bernama