KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian consumers need to have more faith in local inventions and technologies, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.
He said there was this misperception that Malaysian inventions were of lesser quality compared to, for example, European and Japanese innovations or products.
Madius said this was not the case as local inventions must adhere to certain standards and that local recognition and support were important especially for young inventors before they progressed to promoting their inventions on the global market.
“How can they move internationally if we ourselves do not trust the competency of our countrymen? We should instead recognise and take pride in our innovations,” he said at a National Transformation 2050 (TN50) dialogue session entitled ‘Inspiring Future Innovators’ here today.
In attendance were participants of the Global Entrepreneurship Community (GECommunity) Summit 2017, a two-day entrepreneurial summit which ended today.
Madius also underlined that the future of the country’s economy depended on the science and technology sectors against the backdrop of many countries having shifted from resource-based industries. – BERNAMA