80 share in­no­va­tive ideas at TN50 Ideation Lab

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KUALA LUMPUR: A Trans­for­masi Na­sional 2050 (TN50) Ideation Lab was held yes­ter­day, bring­ing 80 youths un­der one roof to present their in­no­va­tive ideas in chart­ing the na­tion’s di­rec­tion.

TN50 unit head Jo­han Mah­mood Mer­i­can said over the past two days, many fresh ideas were pre­sented in the lab, rang­ing from as­pects of unity, ed­u­ca­tion, health and tech­nol­ogy.

He said the ideation lab, con­ducted by the Youth and Sports Min­istry and Malaysian Global In­no­va­tion and Cre­ativ­ity Cen­tre (MaGIC), was part of the bot­tomup en­gage­ment ap­proach so peo­ple would have a sense of be­long­ing and take own­er­ship of the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment.

“Their as­pi­ra­tions had trans­lated into in­ter­est­ing and cre­ative ideas. At the end of the day, it is im­por­tant that we ful­fil the as­pi­ra­tions that we col­lected from the rakyat.

“We even heard pre­sen­ta­tions that in­volve a tri­par­tite col­lab­o­ra­tion — the govern­ment, the pri­vate sec­tors and the com­mu­nity. These ideas are pre­sented by stu­dents, civil ser­vants, cor­po­rate lead­ers and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions,” he said here yes­ter­day.

Jo­han, who is also the Eco­nomic Plan­ning Unit (Hu­man Cap­i­tal) deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral, said the govern­ment would need to study the ideas to see if they could be in­cluded in the re­port.

He said the bot­tom-up ap­proach was not merely con­fined to peo­ple voic­ing out their sug­ges­tions, but it also opened up av­enues for the com­mu­nity to take charge of their ideas.

“For Malaysia to suc­ceed, it needs all par­ties to work to­gether in this con­sul­ta­tive ap­proach to­wards form­ing the TN50.”

MaGIC chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ashran Ghazi said most of the ideas heard at the ideation lab could be pow­ered by the com­mu­nity, with the sup­port of Par­tic­i­pant Nurhisham Hus­sein pre­sent­ing his idea at the Trans­for­masi Na­sional 2050 (TN50) Ideation Lab in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day. (In­set) TN50 am­bas­sador Zhar­iff Af­fandi speak­ing at the ideation lab yes­ter­day.

the govern­ment.

“The ideas were en­cour­ag­ing, it is just a mat­ter of re­fin­ing the mod­els as op­pose to the wai­t­and-see ap­proach.

“Hear­ing the pre­sen­ta­tions showed that the par­tic­i­pants are good cat­a­lyst to trans­late as­pi­ra­tions into some­thing that can be ac­ti­vated.

“Mov­ing for­ward, we are look­ing at how to help re­fine these ideas. Per­haps, we can con­nect the dots for en­gage­ment and po­ten­tial­ity of ex­e­cu­tion led by com­mu­nity, and also look for av­enues where the govern­ment can come in to sup­port.”

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