Nov 17, 2016
KUALA LUMPUR, 17 November 2016 – The establishment of the Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT) was realised today. MBOT recognises technologists and technicians as professionals, and elevates the discipline of technical vocational education & training (TVET).
MBOT was officially launched by YB Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation. It is a professional body for the registration and recognition of Professional Technologists and Certified Technicians, in line with the Government’s effort to recognise technology and skills graduates.
In his officiating speech, YB Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau stated that the 11th Malaysia Plan projected the creation of 1.5 million new jobs in 2020. “Sixty percent of the current workforce requires education and training in related technology and technical fields to move the industry,” he added. To achieve this target, it is vital to spark the interest of students to enrol in TVET courses.
Meeting this demand will require Malaysia to increase its annual intake gradually from 164,000 in 2013 to 225,000 in 2020. Yet, the challenge is not merely numbers. Industry feedback consistently reveals a mismatch between the knowledge, skills, and attitudes these graduates possess, and what is required in the workplace.
In order to accommodate the increasing number of TVET workforce needed in the industry, MBOT will play its role to ensure that the quality of technologists and technicians is parallel with the dynamic and ever-changing development and demand of the industries. Among the current trends of technology development are automation, Internet-of-things and cyber-physical systems.
In line with the 2nd strategic thrust of the National Policy on Science, Technology and Innovation (NPSTI), which is “Developing, Harnessing and Intensifying Talent in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI)”, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) has implemented various programmes to increase the human capital capacity in STI. Malaysia has an overarching goal of becoming a developed nation that is inclusive and sustainable by the year 2020, with a society that is stable, peaceful, cohesive and resilient. The country needs knowledgeable, learned, ethical and civilised pool of human capital to drive a strong economic growth.
Tan Sri Dato’ Academician (Dr.) Ir. Ahmad Zaidee bin Laidin FASc., President of MBOT expressed his gratitude over the acceptance of MBOT by various parties comprising the government, industry, non-governmental organisations, academia, professional bodies and student groups.
“The launching of MBOT is a moment everyone has been waiting for. Support from all parties is important to ensure MBOT achieves its objectives”, he said.
To support the Nation’s aspiration to face Industry 4.0, MBOT is the right platform to leverage numerous technological fields under its supervision, which will add value to various industries in the country.
Also present at the launching ceremony was YB Dato’ Sri Haji Fadillah Haji Yusof, the Minister of Works, delegates from various ministries and government agencies, the industry, non-governmental organisations, academia, and professional bodies. To add, students from higher learning institutions, TVET institutions and colleges were also there.
MBOT has opened its door for registration in four categories, namely Graduate Technologists, Professional Technologists, Qualified Technicians and Certified Technicians. Holders of at least a bachelor’s degree, diploma or certificate in technology and technical fields may apply online via www.mbot.org.my.