KUCHING: Companies in Sarawak are encouraged to participate in the “Anugerah Kecemerlangan Industri (AKI) 2020” or Industry Excellence Awards.

Malaysian Productivity Corporation (MPC) board director Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Openg said to date, there were about 20 companies taking part – double the targeted number.

“MPC will continue to organise sessions with local companies in order to improve their performance as well as to encourage participation in the awards.

“We also hope that such session would become a way for us to deliver more information and hopefully, you can convince your top management to participate in AKI 2020,” he said.

He was addressing about 50 participants at the opening ceremony of the Outreach and Handholding Session of AKI 2020 at MPC Sarawak building here yesterday.

Abdul Karim also mentioned that MPC would continue to play its role to encourage more productivity among local businesses.

AKI 2020, he said, would become a platform for local companies to be competitive and productive as well as to prove that Sarawak companies were of national standard.

Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) Board of Director member Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Openg (right) discussing something with Director of MPC Sarawak Region Sarimah Misman at the Outreach and Handholding Session ‘Anugerah Kecemerlangan Industri (AKI) 2020’. Photo: Ramidi Subari

AKI 2020 is expected to be held in Kuala Lumpur by year end.

The biennial awards were introduced by Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in 1991 to recognise outstanding Malaysian companies and to encourage continuous improvement in products and services rendered.

The awards are broadly categorised under two main sectors – Manufacturing Sector Awards and Services Sector Awards.

Also in contention is the Most Promising Award given in recognition of a company’s development in various aspects with establishment age of the company not more than five years and its promise of exceptional growth in the future, through its vision and mission.

Additionally, the Award for Open Category for Multinational Companies (from both manufacturing and services) is also offered to foreign-owned company and brand with operations in multiple geographical locations as well as Malaysian-owned companies operating in multiple geographical locations.

AKI 2020 will introduce a new category—lndustry4WRD Excellence Award—aimed to increase awareness and give recognition to companies that have successfully adopted Industry 4.0 technology and process.

“All winners will also be in the running for the exclusive Prime Minister’s Award.

“This award, which is AKl’s premier award, is given in recognition of overall industry excellence,” Abdul Karim said.

Also present yesterday were MITI Sarawak director Griffith Jones Goba, MPC Sarawak Region director Sarimah Misman, MITI deputy director (AKI, Shares and Outreach Division) Nurul Na Illah Sallih Udin and MPC manager (Business Excellence Division) Jayaletchumi Krishnan.

AKI 2020 is now open for submissions and will close in the end of February.                         

Each application must include information on the participating company’s organisational overview and Malaysia Business Excellence criteria, and submitted in the form of softcopy in pendrive.

The application should be submitted to the ministry through AKI Secretariat or email to allaki@miti.gov.my

For more information, check out AKI webpage at https://www.miti.gov.my/aki