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      20 July 2018  

Malaysia Nuclear Agency and Mutiara Jaya Venture expressed keen interest to participate in SDC

Kota Kinabalu (Friday) - Malaysia Nuclear Agency (MNA) and Mutiara Jaya Viventure Sdn Bhd (MJVSB) paid a courtesy call to the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA), at Wisma SEDIA. The delegation was received by the SEDIA team led by Chief Executive Datuk Dr. Mohd Yaakub Hj. Johari.

Dato Dr. Zulkifli bin Mohamed Hashim, the Senior Director of Commercialization Program and Technology Planning from MNA, explained that MNA is a government R&D organisation in the field of science and nuclear technology in Malaysia. Their function is to execute and manage the nuclear affairs at the national and international level and acting as a liaison for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) besides as the International Authority for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Aside from that, the agency carry out research and development (R&D), training and services in the field of nuclear technology for the nation's development as well as advocating the use, transfer of and commercialization of nuclear technology.

  SEDIA Chief Executive Datuk Dr. Mohd. Yaakub Hj. Johari (fifth from left) presenting Dato' Dr. Zulkifli Bin Mohamed Hashim (sixth from left) with a memento, while SEDIA team and Malaysia Nuclear Agency delegations looks on

The group stated their plan to have a potential collaboration between SEDIA, MNA and MJVSB. Ms. Winterlyn, Executive Director of MJVSB highlighted that they are focussed in providing professional training and provide internationally recognized certification programs. In addition, the group have expressed their intention to help the community in Sabah to provide practical knowledge to create highly skilled professionals, particularly in sectors, such as, oil and gas industries, manufacturing, plantation, construction development, engineering and the medical field.

The group indicated they have seen how SEDIA has been proactive in Sabah's human capital development agenda especially in TVET. One major contribution is that SEDIA took up the role as facilitator and coordinator in linking relevant stakeholders who are involved in the human capital development areas; such as industry players with higher learning/ training institutions. Dato Dr. Zulkifli said that it is part of the group's agenda to team up with organisation and agencies such as SEDIA to share their mission to provide education training and services in the upskilling of Sabah's future workforce especially in the technical and medical field. MNA, an establishment under the Ministry of Energy, Technology Science, Climate Change and Environment, (previously known as Ministry of Science and Technology (MOSTI)), would like to promote a sustainable education in Non-destructive Testing and to create more awareness both in the rural and urban areas of Sabah through SDC. Expertise from MNA can help to provide technical courses emphasising on Non-destructive Testing programs and Medical Radiation Safety programs which also includes gamma irradiation and radiography that maybe of interest to majority of industry players in Sabah such as in oil and gas, agriculture, manufacturing and construction development.

One of the SDC projects that may have the possibilities of applying the nuclear technology offered by MNA, would be the Sabah Agro-Industrial Precinct (SAIP), located in Kimanis, Papar. With an estimated area of 185 acres, SAIP serves as a test-bed for carrying out biotech-driven research and development (R&D) and to develop biotech-driven businesses and offers various facilities especially for the agro-industries. Unlike other existing science and technology parks (STP) in other states in Malaysia, SAIP has a distinct focus on Specialty Natural Products (SNP), agro-biotech and health food products.

As a final point, Datuk Dr. Mohd Yaakub also took the opportunity to thank the delegations for their visit and hope that the meeting would enhance the relationship between the three agencies and hope it will transpire a future collaboration.

- Media SEDIA

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