Agencies urged to share data for a better Malaysia


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  • Friday, 03 Aug 2018

Food for thought: Tunku Zain believes a skill that needs to be inculcated into every Malaysian is empathy.

PETALING JAYA: Government agencies must do away with working in silos to create a better Malaysia, says Fahmi Fadzil.

The Lembah Pantai MP said it is crucial to ensure ministries are able to share data instead of hoarding it.

“Something I always ask ministers is if they can free up their data.

“There are initiatives out there but I believe we can do so much more for a better Malaysia,” he said during the sixth anniversary of Genovasi Malaysia at Redberry City on Wednesday night.

Through its two entities, Genovasi d.school Malaysia and Genovasi University College, Genovasi Malaysia teaches design thinking (DT) to professionals of all levels through the former, while the latter is a design thinking

dedicated institution of higher learning geared towards Industry 4.0 readiness.

If fully embraced, it can be beneficial, said Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Ong Kian Ming.

He said the creative problem-solving method helps to see the different ways components of Industry 4.0 can be combined to ensure better end products.

“Because there is data from various agencies under my ministry, the challenge is in putting them all in one centralised database,” he told reporters after attending the event.

He commended Genovasi Malaysia for its design thinking efforts over the years.

Genovasi Malaysia chief executive officer Datuk Lee Yew Meng said design thinking is about empathy, intuition and logic.

“We are at the cusp of change virtually every day,” he added.

Echoing Lee’s sentiment, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs founding president Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin Tuanku Muhriz said a skill that needs to be inculcated into every Malaysian is empathy.

“It is the only way we can come to terms with the fact that we can all disagree on things but be equally patriotic and Malaysian (on) a shared future together.”

The event celebrated its Design Thinking Association of Malaysia (DTAM) Awards which recognises the contributions of those who have used design thinking to influence productive change within their organisations.

Malayan Banking Berhad voice of customer head Sabrina Shabri, 32, clinched the DT Trailblazer Award.

Noreen Kamurudin, 48, walked away with the DT Advocate Award.

The Education Ministry polytechnic and community college department, curriculum division deputy director said participating in the DTAM Awards was useful not just to lecturers, but also students.

Noreen and her team applied what they learnt during their time with Genovasi Malaysia into their division by training the lecturers who subsequently trained students.

Also at the event were former minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, former education director-­general and Genovasi Foundation chairman Tan Sri Abd Ghafar Mahmud, Pasir Bedamar assemblyman Terence Naidu and Ancom group chief media officer Datuk Wong Sai Wan.

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