Unwavering commitment to establish Malaysia’s global tech hub


Shafinaz Salim, the Head of the Technology Hub Development Division spoke in a webinar titled “Unlocking Development Values with Technology in The Global Tech Hub”.She highlighted that Cyberview’s latest role is to drive investor relations, industry development initiatives, tech hub development and management, as well as Cyberjaya city management.

FOR over two decades, Malaysia’s Cyberjaya has been the preferred tech investment and business destination, boasting the highest concentration of tech companies in Malaysia including numerous global multinationals such as Dell and NTT, as well as homegrown talents such as Monsta Studios – one of Malaysia’s beloved animation brands – and Aerodyne Sdn Bhd, a leading drone solution company ranked first globally.

Mandated by the government, Cyberview is the tech hub developer of Cyberjaya, looking into the ecosystem in the tech city and having, in 2020, unveiled Cyberjaya’s New Masterplan which focuses on five key elements – facilities, community, activities, experience, and incentives – that would lay down the future of the country’s premier tech hub.

The masterplan entails dividing the city into four zones with distinctive themes: West Cyberjaya earmarked for nurturing talent and community development; North Cyberjaya positioned for global businesses with two MRT stations being built connecting the city to Kuala Lumpur; South Cyberjaya envisioned to serve innovation, research and development activities; and Downtown Cyberjaya to further enhance the city’s retail and commercial experience.

The government-owned firm recently took part in the StarBiz Summit 2021 organised by Star Media Group Bhd, where Shafinaz Salim, the Head of the Technology Hub Development Division spoke in a webinar titled “Unlocking Development Values with Technology in The Global Tech Hub”.

She highlighted that Cyberview’s latest role is to drive investor relations, industry development initiatives, tech hub development and management, as well as Cyberjaya city management.

She shared that among the latest entries into the city is the Turkish Aerospace Industry – which established its presence in the city last November.

The company is in the space of design engineering serving the South-East Asia Region.

“Apart from that, Cyberjaya’s most significant entry is Microsoft which is developing a hyper scale data centre – also the first data centre region in Malaysia, poised to contribute an estimated 90,000 direct and indirect jobs opportunities.”

She said Cyberview has been placing great emphasis on creating positive impact for the community and environment by tapping into technology, as well as transforming Cyberjaya into an empowering and sustainable smart city by working collaboratively with city stakeholders, technopreneurs and the community.

“Cyberjaya’s cityscape and the young population of early tech adopters create a unique sandbox for testing and initial rollouts of smart solutions through our signature Living Lab Programme.”

The Living Lab proposition that is unique to Cyberjaya offers the city as a test bed for any technology company to test their tech solutions in a live environment.

Reaffirming the firm’s commitment towards sustainability, Shafinaz noted that one of the most significant investments in this area is through Pendinginan Megajana (a joint-venture company with ENGIE of France), which has two district cooling plants, supplying cooling energy in the form of chilled water to 47 buildings in Cyberjaya.

District Cooling System (DCS) enables a 35% savings in electricity and almost a 50% reduction in CO2 emission, and to date, Megajana has reduced 21,020 tonnes of CO2 emission, which is equivalent to the amount of CO2 produced by 6,400 cars annually.

“Cyberview has been implementing the Green Building Index (GBI) certifications to attain sustainability and energy efficiency with two developments achieving Platinum ratings.

“We piloted the solar carport project in 2017 in our very own office perimeter carpark with a capacity of 80 kilowatt-peak (kWp).

“We have also subsequently installed another four of those at other premises, which are currently generating 876 kWp,” she said, adding that access energy generated from the projects will be funnelled to the national grid via the Net Energy Metering (NEM).

Other projects successfully undertaken by Cyberview range from office buildings, housing, healthcare (the most recent being the Health Ministry’s Hospital Cyberjaya) and hotels to public amenities.

With a distinguished track record of excellent services in terms of delivering within the specified budget, time and quality, Shafinaz added that the company abided by best practices, sustainable design and technical expertise.

“Besides that, our dynamic project management team consisting of diverse professionals of various disciplines bring different perspectives to enhance the value of team input.

“It is also the only township in the country offering enterprise land as a classification that would enable development to be built at a lower cost.

“A total of 1,190 acres of land in the town are categorised as enterprise land, of which 54% are available for development,” Shafinaz explained.

She added that three tech clusters have been identified as pillars to the development of the masterplan in the South Innovation Zone.

These clusters are the smart mobility, smart healthcare and digital creative, identified to have the best potential for growth with good traction currently in place in Cyberjaya.

“The clusters will feature various collaborative components with a range of shared and open facilities to foster the community of creative professionals and startups.”

Discover Cyberview’s role as the Technology Hub Developer while being the key driver in ensuring the Smart City reaches its full potential as a Leading Global Technology Hub. To know more about Cyberview and our offerings, kindly visit www.cyberview.com.my.

Cyberview was a Gold Sponsor of the StarBiz Summit on Nov 25 & 26, held in conjunction with Star Media Group’s 50th anniversary.

Shafinaz spoke at the Manufacturing & Construction Biz-Con Breakout Track on day two. To rewatch her session, visit bit.ly/starbiz-cyberview.

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