Dynamic thinking leads to top award

Ahmad Furoji says the unexpected win would motivate Proton's workers to come up with more innovative projects for the company.

CREATIVE thinking by a group from Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Sdn Bhd (Proton) has earned them the Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) Chairman Award at the Annual Productivity and Innovation Conference and Exposition (APIC) 2020.

The win for the group, known as “Dynamic” from Proton, was announced at the inaugural virtual APIC 2020 award presentation event.

Proton secretariat Ahmad Furoji Aris, from the carmaker’s Shah Alam branch, expressed his appreciation for the award.

“The Dynamic group presented a project on late claim submission for the benefit of Proton employees, which can cut cost by RM1mil or 27%. This project can reduce cycle time for claim processing from 34 days to only six days, which is an 82% reduction.

“The payment lead time for claims can also be reduced, from 38 days to eight days, which means a 79% reduction, ” he said when contacted.

Ahmad, who is also senior executive (continuous improvement management), said it was an unexpected win and would motivate the workers to come up with more innovative projects for the company.

“We participate in APIC each year, ” he said, adding that they received a trophy and a certificate for their initiative.

Cybernation Reloaded group from Western Digital Batu Kawan was honoured with the APIC 2020 “Overall Award” title for its creative project ideas to save the company’s operational costs, improve quality and increase productivity.

They received a trophy, a certificate of appreciation and cash for their efforts.

Prasarana Malaysia Bhd obtained the APIC 2020 MPC Director-General Award

for the company’s successful quality control project to increase productivity, quality, innovation, services delivery and customer satisfaction.

The winners were selected during a four-day programme held on a digital platform, which gave an opportunity to 120 government and private organisations to present their innovative ideas for cost savings, effective working culture and improving productivity.At the event, several awards were given to winners in various industries in the private sector such as manufacturing, electrical and electronic, and the public sector; besides Industry 4.0 Award and “YouTube –- We Are Glamour” Award.

At the virtual event, MPC director-general Datuk Abdul Latif Abu Seman said 244 groups presented innovative and creative projects which could save RM553mil in project costs.

Congratulating them for their efforts, Abdul Latif said the groups consisted of the public sector (36%), manufacturing sector (36%) and services sector (20%).

“This year, we also introduced the APIC Channel on YouTube where groups uploaded their videos on their projects according to their creativity.

“‘YouTube -– We Are Glamour’ and a Special Award were given to those groups which recorded the highest views and likes, and included certain criteria such as creative and unique content, concept and technical aspects, ” he explained.

“I hope these initiatives can be implemented continuously and become a culture for each organisation, ” he said, adding that participation by all would make the country more productive and progressive.

Meanwhile, Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Lim Ban Hong, in his speech, said innovation and creativity elements were the main factors to achieve a high-income, developed country status.

“Malaysia placed 26 among the 63 countries and achieved second place among Asean countries in the IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking (WDCR) 2020.

“WDCR is published to measure the capacity and readiness of 63 countries to adopt and explore digital technologies as a key driver for the economy and social transformation of a country, ” he said.

Lim said the government gave priority to digitalisation, infrastructure and new technology, which was reflected in the Budget 2021.

Under the national digital network plan or Jendela, he said the government allocated RM42mil to improve connectivity between the industries in Malaysia.

He further said RM7bil was allocated to Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to build and upgrade broadband services for 2021 and 2022, and RM230mil as financing to small and medium enterprises for working capital and upgrading of automation systems.

Besides that, he said the innovation initiatives could be seen when the government introduced #MyMudah to handle unproductive rules that hamper business recovery and growth.

“Under the #MyMudah initiative, businesses are encouraged to register issues online via Unified Public Consultation (UPC), which will be analysed by MPC through sessions together with businessmen and coordinators, ” he said.

Up to Nov 30, Lim said 376 issues were registered through the UPC portal from various sectors — 73.6% from the service sector; manufacturing (4.3%); agriculture (9.3%), construction (11.5%) and mining (1.3%).

“It is important for each organisation to implement initiatives that can continuously instil a productive working culture as this can provide a good income for joint prosperity.

“I believe the programmes arranged by MPC, together with private and government agencies, can benefit us by increasing our country’s productivity and competitiveness.

“I congratulate all participants and winners of APIC 2020 and I hope they will continue to be innovative towards achieving a more competitive country, ” he added.

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