R&D way for­ward for na­tion

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia needs to fo­cus on the im­por­tance of re­search and devel­op­ment (R&D) and in­no­va­tion to be a de­vel­oped and high-in­come na­tion, said Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi.

He said in line with the National Trans­for­ma­tion 2050 pro­gramme, the time has come for in­no­va­tion to pro­pel Malaysia to at­tain stan­dards such as in other ma­jor world economies that also fo­cused on knowl­edge, in­no­va­tion, skills and ex­per­tise.

“While the coun­try’s R&D against the Gross Do­mes­tic Prod­uct has risen from 1.26% in 2014 to 1.3% in 2015, it is still low com­pared to some other de­vel­oped coun­tries.

“In ad­di­tion to gov­ern­ment-funded R&D, the pri­vate sec­tor should also strive to in­crease spend­ing to sup­port these R&D ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said when of­fi­ci­at­ing at the National In­no­va­tion And Cre­ative Econ­omy Expo yes­ter­day.

Ah­mad Zahid said fo­cus should also be given to con­duct­ing re­search in line with the pri­or­i­ties and re­quire­ments of the in­dus­try through strate­gic col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween gov­ern­ment, in­dus­try stake­hold­ers and aca­demics.

He said the plat­form is able to of­fer spe­cial­ist ser­vices to solve pro­duc­tion prob­lems and strengthen co­op­er­a­tion be­tween pro­duc­ers and re­search in­sti­tu­tions as well as re­duce R&D im­ple­men­ta­tion costs, en­hance tech­ni­cal knowl­edge and im­prove work pro­cesses.

In­no­va­tion also played an im­por­tant role in in­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity of the coun­try’s eco­nomic sec­tors and knowl­edge-based ac­tiv­i­ties, he said.

“We will fail as a gov­ern­ment, a so­ci­ety and a na­tion if we fail to ex­ploit sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion. The so­lu­tion to al­most all our prob­lems is sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy rather than pol­i­tics.

“There are so many tech­nolo­gies, but we have failed to use them to ad­vance the na­tion.

“The rea­son is that we do not think sci­en­tif­i­cally, we are lazy to think and some­times stop think­ing. We sep­a­rate sci­ence from our poli­cies,” he said.

The five-day expo, that be­gan yes­ter­day at the National Sci­ence Cen­tre and Plan­e­tar­ium, is the na­tion’s largest sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion ex­hi­bi­tion. – Ber­nama

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