With the world in the midst of the 4th Industrial Revolution, embracing new ways of doing things will be vital for both the economy and society.
Bagan Dalam assemblyman Satees Muniandy highlighted this during Tech Dome Penang’s Chinese New Year 2020 celebration with some 400 schoolchildren.
“The need for qualified manpower is now more important than ever. Educating future leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) will be beneficial.
“Besides telecommunication, ICT, hardware and software, the tech industry now includes robotics, big data, artificial intelligence, medicine, agriculture and finance.
“It requires constant innovation, disruptive thinking, and brave souls who dare to break the status quo in order to improve businesses, communities and the environment.
“Technology will be a key aspect permeating every single type of business. No longer the area of specialists, everyone will have to harness it to perform daily work.
“Thus, it is vital to prepare the students of today for the challenges of tomorrow. Platforms like Tech Dome Penang play an important role in bridging the gap between traditional scholastic needs and the future working world,” Satees said in his speech.
Tech Dome CEO Dr Khong Yoon Loong echoed those sentiments, saying, “Many of the jobs you see today won’t be around when you grow up.
“These will be replaced by science and technology. So to be successful in the world of the future, you have to master these subjects.”
Taking in the advice were students from the Penang Chinese Girls’ High School (PCGHS), SK Kuala Prai, SJK (C) Kong Min Cawangan 2, SJK (C) Sum Min and SK Sungai Nyior.
The youngsters had earlier enjoyed exploring the 150-over exhibits inside the attraction located in Komtar.
They also took part in booth activities and watched a science show.
Excitement was ratcheted up a notch when the rumble of drums heralded the arrival of a lion dance troupe, with two pink lions that went around the space for a symbolic blessing ceremony before presenting management personnel with auspicious scrolls.
“Malaysia is unique in that everyone celebrates each other’s festivals. You won’t realise how special that is until you’ve lived overseas,” Dr Khong said, adding that the festive gathering had been an annual affair since Tech Dome opened four years ago.
Those present were also serenaded with a medley of numbers by the PCGHS orchestra, as well as a graceful routine titled Mang Zhong by the school’s cultural dancers.
The event ended with a yee sang tossing ceremony and lunch.
Also present were Pulau Tikus assemblyman Chris Lee, Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng, Penang Tech Centre Bhd director Datuk Lim Kok Khong and Inari Technology Sdn Bhd HR and training manager E.C. Khor.
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