Unimas aims to help SMEs grow

Nazmi Suhaimi

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) aims to assist Small Medium Entrepreneurs (SMEs) in modernising their production technology, said.

Its vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi.

Pointing out various projects done by the university in line with Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0), he added, “Our goal is to automate the processes and let the machine perform risky and continuous procedures.”

He was speaking during the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signing between Unimas Holdings Sdn Bhd and Bumiputera Agenda Steering Unit (Teraju) at the campus here yesterday.

“This is also to ensure humans are more creative and interactive. That is why quick actions should be taken to ensure that Sarawak can form, use and integrate its own technological solutions to transform its workforce and the industry,” said Kadim.

He said the state would lose its innovation potential from its local natural talents if the SMEs were not applying IR4.0.

“The revolution will surely alter our course in terms of work procedures as technology is needed in the industry today.

“To fully benefit from technological innovation in the Malaysian economy, symbiotic relationships have to be formed among government agencies, universities, industries and relevant communities,” he said.

Kadim pointed out that the university had embarked on the Quadruple Helix Collaboration model in its community projects, which was in line with United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals initiatives.

“Among our projects are SDG17, Partnerships for the Goals which focuses on the transfer of technology for the project of Apong Modern Stove and Smoked Fish Drying Machine which was designed by researchers in the university’s engineering faculty.

“SDG9, Industry Innovation and Infrastructure aims to increase productivity and income in the industry sector of Gula Apong and Smoked Fish while SDG1, No Poverty and SDG8, Decent work and economic growth is focused to help local sellers expand their product market at the global stage,” he explained.

Kadim predicted that such efforts would help to increase the living standards of the community in Kampung Tambak, Kampung Tanjung Apong, Kampung Spaoh and Pulau Bruit.

Dr Mohamad Kadim exchanges documents with Megat (right) while Abdul Karim (centre) looks on. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

The vice-chancellor represented the university in the MoA signing with Teraju represented by its chief executive officer Megat Mohd Yatim Megat Hamid.

Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah was present to witness the document exchange.

Also present were Beting Maro assemblyman Razali Gapor, Unimas deputy vice-chancellors Prof Datuk Mohd Fadzil Abdul Rahman and Prof Dr Ahmad Hata Rasit, community leaders and university staff.

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