12MP: MOSTI to empower the economic sector to be more technology-based


PUTRAJAYA (November 15): The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) is committed to empowering the country’s agriculture, manufacturing and service sectors to be more technology-based under the 12th Malaysian Plan (12MP).

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said the 12MP filing was at the right time to overcome the aftermath of Covid-19 by transforming several industries and strategic activities such as power and electronics as well as agriculture smart.

He said the Covid-19 pandemic had pushed humanity to adopt new technologies to support businesses and livelihoods during the economic crisis.

“In response to the impact of Covid-19, Keluarga Malaysia (the Malaysian family) will have to move forward with automation and mechanization in the manufacturing process chain,” he said in his speech in the twelfth plan: strengthen technology development and marketing webinar. Monday (November 15).

Dr Adham said the key to enabling the company from being technology adopters to becoming technology developers is to focus on advanced technology development and application.

He said that MOSTI will play an important role in the 12MP to restore economic development and stability, and boost the country’s economic growth through science, technology and innovation (STI).

Dr Adham said MOSTI will step up STI awareness initiatives to nurture scientific culture to ensure the future preparedness of tomorrow’s generation.

On September 27, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob tabled the 12th MP, a five-year plan to transform Malaysia into a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable nation.

The 12MP highlights several key strategies driven under three themes and four policy enablers, including “Accelerating Technology Adoption and Innovation” which will be championed by MOSTI.