‘Hori­zon scan­ning, strate­gic fore­sight vi­tal’

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PU­TRA­JAYA: Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak says fore­sight and fu­ture stud­ies have be­come in­creas­ingly im­por­tant for Malaysia to re­alise Trans­for­masi Na­sional 2050 (TN50).

“De­vel­oped coun­tries such as the United King­dom, Fin­land and Sin­ga­pore have started us­ing hori­zon scan­ning and strate­gic fore­sight method­olo­gies to en­sure long-term plan­ning for their coun­try is met and suit­able with the needs of the fu­ture,” he said, at the Na­tional Science Coun­cil (NSC) meet­ing here yes­ter­day.

Fore­sight is a strate­gic tool for study­ing the fu­ture to sys­tem­at­i­cally ex­plore pre­dic­tions and pos­si­bil­i­ties and how they can emerge from the present.

Na­jib lauded Chief Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa for tak­ing the lead in en­cour­ag­ing the use of sce­nario scan­ning method­olo­gies in prepa­ra­tion for the Na­tional Ac­tion Plan.

“I was thrilled to know that the Pub­lic Ser­vice Depart­ment adopted fore­sight method­ol­ogy in pre­par­ing its strate­gic plan with the Malaysia Fore­sight In­sti­tute (myFore­sight) and the United Na­tions Devel­op­ment Pro­gramme (UNDP).

“This shows our abil­ity to ap­ply knowl­edge and tech­nol­ogy to ben­e­fit the peo­ple and the coun­try.”

As the coun­try con­tin­ued to search for new eco­nomic and mar­ket­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, its im­pact on peo­ple must be con­sid­ered.

“The im­pact on the peo­ple should be the ut­most pri­or­ity in con­sid­er­ing the fu­ture,” he said.

Na­jib said change was in­evitable and with it came the chal­lenges of the 21st cen­tury, in­clud­ing glob­al­i­sa­tion, the dig­i­tal era, eco­nomic cri­sis and dis­rup­tive tech­nolo­gies brought on by the fourth in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion.

“To proac­tively han­dle this, we need to pur­sue knowl­edge. Knowl­edge is the new cur­rency of the fu­ture,” he added.

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