Enhancing Local Environment for Development of IT Industry and Fostering of IT Engineering Talents

(ATTENTION : i made this out from 1Malaysia.com.my because i can’t write more than  500 Alphabetical in there.)

Perbincangan tajuk dari 1Malaysia.com.my



Firstly, I would want to say that I admire your history, from 0 (zero) to a multi-billion empire. The best part you are a Malaysian, and I am proud of it. The worst part, even though you are Malaysian yet you never get even a helping hand to be at where you are now from the Government of Malaysia or it’s people. Ironically, as who you are now that they came kneed on you asking you a favour to open a factory from your empire business here in Malaysia, with the intention of 28% company tax and other hidden agendas.

Malaysia has been rapidly focusing on being an ICT as well Multimedia (content) hub in the region, that was history. It is only progresses during the era of our beloved former C.E.O of the country Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. All that built by him were much abandoned by his successor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, as to current Prime Minister as well.

You are a Malaysian, or “were” a Malaysian before. You should know how the majority Malaysians mentality are, especially the Malay race (I am ashamed of my own race, mortanly) and the government are ruled by the Malays. The awkwardness of the typical Malay mentality and thinking will be the barrier and border to any developments nor changes, not even near to transformation of anything.

A simple point of view to strengthen this, you once said that you were shocked when you came back to Malaysia after a long period in Taiwan. At midnight the Malaysians are all having their leisure at the “Mamak” nor cafes having drinks or wasting time on rubbished, whilst in Taiwan during the same period of time, people are still in the office or their work place, working. That is one of the poor mentality, it is led by example from the Prime Minister himself and his cabinet members, they will be back home at 5pm every day. I never seen Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at his office until 1am everyday such as Tun Dr. Mahathir, but you’ll see him at the field playing golf nor watching football with the citizen.  That is the Boss, don’t imaging the lower ranks than him, even worst the laziness and not being productive nor energetic (their KPI performance index, I would say 2/10).

You said the environmental is essential, but these are the real environment in Malaysia. The fact to only those that observes. The truth is, you yourself were from Taiwan’s Chiao Tung University, and your empire were given the chance and opportunity by your faculty professor, that’s how it began. Am right ? or correct me if I’m wrong, were you from any local university in Malaysia or getting the chance from anyone here in Malaysia ? I don’t think so.

Thus all that explained why most of your Malaysian engineers whom returned back to Malaysia they are working as a teacher.

Mind me, I do get my facts right. I do my homework about you, hope that you don’t mind.

I do not agree much with your intro for this topic, I don’t think it’s a reality but more to a myth. As Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad said before his retirement, he had made a lot of transformation to the nation, but he failed to chance the mind set and the mentality of the people. I am very confidence that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is not up to the task, he is not serious about anything except for his political talks that doesn’t walk any inch further. As simple thing as paying his debts nor his minister’s debts for plagiarism took ages, don’t imaging other things such as the topic of yours here.



How can the current education system support the cultivation of IT engineering talents ?


I don’t know how to explain this, I’ve explained much accord in similarities regarding.

Can I be real honest here ? It’s not the education system here to be blamed fully, but it’s actually the mentality of the people here, especially the awkward typical 3rd class mentality of those in power.

I’m giving you an example, in the developed nations. Such as in Europe, many of my friends had their own servers (not faculty server but personal server) in the campus.  They had their own IP addresses and domain names of their own using the university Ethernet and Internet network. They are given freedom to do nor to experiment with whatever they want. Most of my friends were using *nix (unix based OS) and they had been experimenting IPV6 years (a decade) from us in Malaysia.

Here in Malaysia, don’t dream of such. A friend of mine was the system and network admin for MMU (Multimedia University, Cyberjaya). Even for the admin to host a server in the server room, to gain its own IP address, the approval took more than a month. What crap is that ? Such a waste of time. This cannot be done, that cannot just because a total freedom of experimenting is not given.

And there is not much fund and support from the government for Research & Development (R&D) for university related faculty in IT nor Technology. They might think RM 20 million is enough for everything. RM 20 Milion in IT and Technology is a bad comedy, it’s a hilarious joke of the millennium. Even Microsoft spend USD $ 1 Billion for it software engineers Research & Development.

Another thing, Malaysia people doesn’t really respect intellectual property (immaterial) and patents (material), it wasn’t taught at school nor university. If a student plagiarised other’s over the internet, their professor here would give them a 4.0 pointer without knowing it is plagiarised other’s right. That is how lazy the academician here, they can’t even google to find the truth when there is something too good to be true.

As I said to most of my previous replies and responses in participation for 1Malaysia.com.my #roundtable discussion, change the mentality, you’d change everything. Simple as ABC but hard to implement as success. It’s not easy to change a person’s mentality.



How can Malaysia make itself more attractive to appeal and retain more qualified engineers ?  What incentives are necessary ?


In developed countries, their students in university were taught to use *nix (unix based OS), most of the computers are unix based OS (e.g Linux ?). They were taught from the hard way. BUT, here in Malaysia they were all taught using the easiest, that is Microsoft Windows OS. Explained why there wasn’t many software engineers in Malaysia, most are programmers.

I bet you Pua Khein-Seng during your university time, were you using *nix based OS ? I am sure of it, since you are into hardware engineering.

My advice for you regarding this question of yours, you shouldn’t ask this question but you have to experience and see for yourself at the bottom level and the scenario of “Malaysia” it self.

For a good example, have you visited PROTON’s factory ? Have you been to their R&D department ? Those engineers there, they are not doing anything. All the blueprint of what they are manufacturing are provided by Mitsubishi and Lotus. The Proton engineers are more like a make-up artist that made some adjustment to the blueprint. They invent nothing except than ”tahi mata” (eye crust). Believe it, a friend of mine works in the department (he told me about it). If you disbelieve me, ask Proton them self with this simple question, “name me one, just one technology implemented in Proton cars that were invented by Proton’s local engineers ?”.

Some bangs like this would be a good incentives, isn’t it ?



Are there already successful programs in Malaysia which can be adopted or are there other cases which can serve as good examples of fostering a good environment for developing IT talents ?


There are none of such in Malaysia.

A good examples of fostering a good environment for developing IT talents would be such as those at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Berkeley University and Waseda University Japan (Robotic engineering). Their programs are the best in environment and developing IT talents.



Luqmanul Hakim bin Abd. Rahim bin Abd. Wahab



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