Chairman's Speech

Technologists and technicians are the pillars of streght who will determine the success of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0). We should aim to be among the top nations in the world with regard to domestic economy, prosperity and innovation.

In industry 4.0 (I4.0), the value of technology is highly emphasised. Foward-looking principles such as the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, autonomous vehicle, biotechnology and nanotechnology are embedded within I4.0. Emerging technologies have changed the nature of jobs in Malaysia. Sufficient skilled human power to operate rising technologies is the key in the continuous development of a country like ours. There is a host of new types of jobs requiring mastering of new tasks. Nevertheless, it has to be stated that technologies do not replace technologists. Instead, they empower them to do their jobs. Technologists are human skills and characteristics that machines cannot replicate such as intelligence, creativity, and experience. This is the kind of mind-set we need to adopt.

Seeing this, MBOT has to move faster so that we can equip our graduates in line with the country's aspirations. If things are not tackled accordingly and quickly, we would not be where we want to be in the future. We need to be well prepared.

MBOT plays an important role to support the government's national STEM agenda. As it is, students taking STEM at secondary level hovers around 27%. However, if TVET is taken into account, the number balloons up to 47%, which is encouraging. Clearly, more good quality STEM graduates are needed to drive the country foward.

Many features must be attended to in order for MBOT to soar high in the wake of Industry 4.0. I look foward to the support and cooperation from all to further develop MBOT and execute what has been charted. I appreciate the continuous support from everyone to work with MBOT so that it can leave a big impact to the nation as a whole.

Tan Sri Dato' Academician
(Dr.) Ts. Ahmad Zaidee Laidin FASc

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