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Contribute Towards the Formulation of a Holistic National Policy on Industry 4.0

Duration: July 10, 2017 To August 11, 2017

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is the combination of the internet with a new ability to directly control the physical world, including the machines, factories and infrastructure that define the modern landscape” - World Economic Forum, 2016

Increasingly, we are witnessing the connectivity between the cyber and physical worlds, optimising industrial productivity and efficiency and accelerating the becoming of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. As Malaysia embarks upon its journey in joining the global trend of Industry 4.0, we would like to engage you on your take of Industry 4.0. Your feedback/inputs will contribute towards the formulation of a national holistic policy on Industry 4.0.

Please let us know what you think are the main challenges for Malaysian industries to move towards adoption of Industry 4.0, your proposals for Industry 4.0 initiatives in Malaysia, what can the Government do to further encourage Industry 4.0 adoption and what is your vision of Industry 4.0 in Malaysia?

Any other views on how we can carry the Industry 4.0 agenda forward is also appreciated.

For enquiries, kindly contact:

Ms. Alia Md Salleh
Principal Assistant Director
Sectoral Policy Division
Email : 4IR@miti.gov.my

Consultation Summary

Title Contribute Towards the Formulation of a Holistic National Policy on Industry 4.0
Description Public Consultation on Industry 4.0
Dates From July 10, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Status On-Going
Division In-Charge Public Consultation
Category Public Consultation

Last Updated 2017-07-20 10:28:49 by Mangales Arjunan

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16 comment(s) for this post
Igor Kabakov
Posted on July 28, 2017 at 4:44 pm
The crucial point for Connected Automation or i4.0 is connectivity. Therefore the attention should be paid to incentives with National standards or recommendations regarding Open Platforms, Open Standards, Open Source for instance like OPC UA, MQTT, OSCGi, open protocols for industrial Ethernet etc. It will help to boost implementation of I4.0 into the real life thanks to availability of the trained and skilled staff, shorter development cycle and will ensure compatibility within different industries and eventually creates a common platform and solid base for putting I4.0 into wide practice.
Dr. Zulhasni from Malaysia 4IR COE
Posted on July 26, 2017 at 8:50 am
What is Malaysia Industry Revolution 4.0 Centre Of Excellence proposal to the Malaysian government? - The Open Government Action Plan for 2017-2020 - Normative measures to ensure the competition in delivering network services (based on the net neutrality principles) - A law for regulating and promoting sharing economy services - Legal recognition of the universal right to internet access and measures to provide Wi-Fi internet access by public administrations - Further actualizations to the copyright law for the digital sphere - Norms for digital traceability of Made in Malaysia products
Justin Chong Kok Wai
Posted on July 24, 2017 at 5:28 pm
The current challenge faced by many industries now is the implementation cost and return over investment (ROI). Many firms are still relying on foreign labour due to lower manpower cost as compared to that of robotic technology. Besides that, rise in material and equipment cost due to inflation and currency exchange lost has caused many industries to hold back their investment on plant optimization towards the next industrial revolution. In order to move forward, government must first solve the challenges that most of the industries are currently facing above by creating attractive incentive schemes and capital funding to encourage these firms adopting the latest automation technologies inside their existing plants. Through such implementation and support from the government, these stagnated industries will be able to move forward and transcend into the next stage of industrial revolution by adopting some of the latest automation technologies inside the plant that would become a foundation for IR4. Our vision is to see Malaysia transforming into a stronghold of high technology multinational industry with all personnel equipped with the latest industrial knowledge and mindset to educate the next generation and evolve the industry further.
Mohd Roslan
Posted on July 24, 2017 at 11:47 am
Moving towards IOT and Smart Factory, there are lots of investment to be made to set up the infrastructure. Depending on government alone will make the speed slow. Therefore, MITI could propose for Ind 4.0 tax incentive to the company so that to accelerate to speed toward IOT. The government also have to evaluate the current infrastructure whether it is Ind. 4.0 ready to support the initiative. Ministry of Education and High Education are also important to re-visit their education syllabus to meet with the future requirement. This is to ensure the system will help to produce talent that acquire the right knowledge and skills in Ind 4.0.
M Nabil
Posted on July 24, 2017 at 11:03 am
Industry 4.0 will create the need for an appropriate human capital pool inline with the digitalization of industries. At the moment, some form of incentives should be provided to persuade industries to migrate and revolutionise their industries to the next level. Our educational institutions should prepare students to further embrace lifelong learning since immediate tertiary education alone is inadequate in the fast changing phases of Industry 4.0. There some who graduated from advanced country had found themselves "misplaced" in the employment sector since local industries has yet to evolve and that has always been our brain drain problem. Therefore a holistic approach in viewing industry 4.0 should look at the economy, social and political aspects in ensuring this phenomena will suit us as a stable nation that will thrive at a sustainable level.
Posted on July 24, 2017 at 10:06 am
One of the main challenges firms are facing to move towards Industry 4.0 is getting the right assistance from varying government agencies across levels (federal government, state government and municipals) for specific problem(s) they are facing. My recommendation is for MITI to work with Government Online Services Gateway (GOSG) to map the necessary services that businesses may need from various government agencies and offer them seamlessly in a single portal. MITI would also be able to give stronger views cutting across all government agencies in their offerings (education, investment etc.) to ensure that our people are ready and well supported for IR4.0 The Government can encourage Industry 4.0 adoption by expanding demands of our products worldwide. Our industry and people would be motivated to adopt technologies in the way they conduct their businesses if it means getting compensated well. Industry 4.0 in Malaysia is adoption of enabling technologies that allow us to be more productive and smart in meeting needs (and changing needs) locally and globally.
Posted on July 24, 2017 at 10:05 am
I4.0 is about taking automation into the next level enabling using internet connected devices to control how an already automated manufacturing can become smarter via allowing people to use internet enabled devices to make changes to the factory without having to physically present in the factory. This enables vast opportunities in speedy customisation hence creating a customer experience differentiation and ability to capture more markets share. The pre-requisite in my view is to first get the factory off to as automated and the various processes are as connected as possible. Without which it is difficult to visualise how I4 can be possible on traditional labour intensive factory as we are talking about M2M control, IT to OT control hence in this context the OT is essentially means automated and internal connected factory. The I4.O policy should therefore be developed base on bottom up approach, understand current baseline especially where we stand on the OT level and start bridging the gaps towards I4.0 ready.
Elizabeth Montgomery
Posted on July 24, 2017 at 9:37 am
IR4 should be about humanising industry rather than looking at it as serving megatrends. Ultimately the harmonisation of industry and humans must be paramount in introducing acts/legislation for it. We do not want IR4 to serve as a catalyst for SkyNet (Evil Corporation from The Terminator movie franchise) kind of thing when Artificial Intelligence is uncontrollable and we have no choice but to live under the rubble in the post-apocalyptic world.
Dr. Zulhasni from Malaysia 4IR COE
Posted on July 24, 2017 at 9:16 am
Introduction: Malaysia Industry Revolution Centre of Excellence experienced >20 years in 4IR, supporting 4IR from cradle to grave, in heavy industry sector in Malaysia. [i] There are 2 most fundamental challenges in embarking the journey of 4IR, there are resources and risks. The big question is always on the impact to industry bottom-lines. [ii] Normally, we will carry out an assessment on both elements and develop our baseline for our Malaysian industries, using our special assessment methods and approaches. Based from the analytic results, we can identify the gaps and guides the industries to a specific direction with proposed strategy and implementation framework. For MITI, the technology standard is really,really important for us from MIR4 COE to share. visit us: https://www.facebook.com/MalaysiaIndustryRevolution4.COE/ [iii] The Government can designed industry-friendly schemes with several strategies (such as low hanging fruit, high impact, flexi mode, etc.) as a phase transition road map for 4IR. Second, is the technology standard to guide the industries towards the feasible and achievable 4IR, which is our forte. For more information, please contact us; malaysia.ir4.coe@gmail.com Hope that our insight sharing is beneficial to others. Thank you very much and all the best! Best regards, Dr. Zulhasni
Posted on July 22, 2017 at 12:01 pm
1. Lack of knowledge and knowhow of IR4 inhibiting local companies to embrace 4IR related technology. 2. Capital intensive intervention needed to upclimb the technology gap of current cyber physical technology toward 4IR levels. 3. Human capital retrofit and redeployment ought to be studied and factored. Two key category of human capital in 4IR are technology provider/enablers and techology users. New behavior and mindset apart from reskilling required. 4. New roles and jobs in area of data scientist...system integrators...cross discipline...multi discipline...HMI..cyber security..etc would be needed. 5. Technical support and funding / investment mechanism required to help local company to upgrade to 4IR levels. 6. University and higher academic institutions requires alignment in curriculum and infrastructure towards 4IR.
Stephanie Chung
Posted on July 21, 2017 at 10:16 pm
1. The Government should first define the 4IR in Malaysia context instead of follow the global trend to adopt the 4IR. Where we are? What is our strength? Is our industry ready especially the SMEs? What is the focus sector? And is it necessary to have the total of 9 elements only can be considered as 4IR? These basic questions must first be answered. 2. Basic infrastructure especially internet speed in Malaysia is still not up to the expectation and this become the road block for the manufacturing to invest in the machinery with the 4IR elements. 3. When formulate the policy, the government shouldn't just look at the positive aspects but also negative impact. Is our human resources ready for it and how about the future workforce if all the jobs are replace by machine? R&D play a vital role in this aspect. 4. Clear, realistic, multidimensional and sustainable of the 4IR policy is what they Government should has to take into consideration when formulate this national policy.
Kamal Ezzani Azamuddin
Posted on July 21, 2017 at 5:38 pm
The national IR4 agenda not only need to look int the needs of the industry, also to have the people to run it. A holistic approach to education is vatal to ensure success of the agenda
Kamal Ezzani Azamuddin
Posted on July 21, 2017 at 5:35 pm
IR4 should be about humanising industry rather than looking at it as serving megatrends. Ultimately the harmonisation of industry and humans must be paramount in introducing acts/legislation for it.
Wan Nadiah Manan
Posted on July 21, 2017 at 4:10 pm
I believe that Industry 4.0 requires lots of investments in terms of infrastructures in ICT and engineering fields to make it happen. Only manufacturing companies that have more capital would be able to invest to buy the machines. And it is actually benefitting the western companies who would want us to buy the latest technology from them. Companies who wants to adopt the latest technology need to think through on their business needs and customised it to their needs. Malaysia needs to develop its human capital to be creative and to have high level of critical thinking. That is what matters. Malaysia needs more talent to innovate. Instead of user of technology, Malaysia should have a talent pool that would be able to create new ways of doing things. And also be able to solve a problem in a community by using tehnology.
Posted on July 19, 2017 at 12:38 am
I think this regulation is interesting.
Posted on July 12, 2017 at 9:35 am
Government need to raise the information and communications technology infrastructure dramatically to ensure that it is fast, secure and reliable. Stress on industry transformation; create guidelines, have passion to commit & support automation, be sector focused, target industries that employ large foreign workers; electronics, textile, furniture. Business has to understand Industry 4.0, be convinced of its implications & benefits, the need to build capabilities for long term to apply new technologies. Acquisition of new skills by the workers. Identify new KPI for skills development centres. Build Public - private partnership initiatives to support.

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