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Old October 29th, 2008, 04:25 PM   #21
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E-land System Needs Time To Stabilise
October 29, 2008 15:13 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 29 (Bernama) -- The pilot E-Land project in Penang required time to stabilise due to the huge and complex system used to manage online land matters, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas said implementation of the integrated computer system, which involved various land matters, like registration, revenue, strata, auction, disposal and acquisition, was showing success although slow.

He said there were problems in the system due to the data which were not "clean" and could not be matched to the 297,332 titles in Penang.

"This is a result of the old systems, the Computerised Land Registration System and the Computerised Revenue Collection System, which do not integrate with each other," he said to a question by Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (PKR-Machang).

Douglas said the main model, like the Registration and Revenue Module, had been used in land offices in Penang while other modules would be used early next year.

"The project is not a failure, but there is some delay because the ministry have used two modules, which are for registration and revenue collection.

"This year, about 21,000 registrations have been successfully handled while for revenue collection, we have collected RM135 million through the system," he added.

The e-Land system was developed to expedite and improve the government's delivery service pertaining to land matters in the peninsula.

-- BERNAMA
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Vinod first Asian to get Global Green award
Thursday October 30, 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Petra group and Green Rubber Global founder and chief executive Datuk Vinod Sekhar has received the Global Green product design award for the company’s rubber recycling technology.

Vinod will be the first Asian and only the third non-American to get the award, to be conferred on Dec 10 in New York.

“With Green Rubber technology, we can start to make a real dent in the seven billion tyres that are currently sitting in landfills worldwide,” he said in a statement.

Petra Group controls Green Rubber Global, which operates a tyre recycling plant in New Mexico.
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Malaysia Need Highly Qualified Scientists, Professionals - Maximus
November 04, 2008 00:07 AM

KUCHING, Nov 3 (Bernama) -- Malaysia are in dire need of highly qualified scientists and other professionals to propel the country's knowledge-based economy (KBE).

Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili said in 2002 Malaysia had only 18 research scientists and engineers (RSEs) for every 10,000 workforce.

"This is much too low compared with our target ratio of 50 RSEs for every 10,000 workforce by 2010. It is also low compared with number of RSEs in developed countries," said Dr Maximus in his speech read out by his deputy Fadillah Yusof at the welcoming dinner of the 56th ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST) meeting here today.

While our long-term strategy to overcome the deficiency would be to upgrade some universities to research universities to train a bigger number of post-graduate students, the short-term measure would be to attract foreign scientists and engineers to conduct their research work in Malaysia, he said.

He added that another initiative would be to tighten gaps in the research and development (R&D) capacity and capability since Malaysian universities and research institutions lack frontier research.

"The way to address this constraint will be to leverage on knowledge and expertise that are available worldwide from developed as well as developing countries," he said.

He said amidst pressing concerns in the region such as natural disaster, food shortage, climate change and alternative energy source, there are also other dimensions, political and economical, that will surely obstruct the ability of developing countries to advance in science and technology, thus widening the gap between knowledge-rich countries and knowledge-poor countries.

However, he said, such predicaments should not be allowed to dampen the country's goal to harness scientific and technological advancements to enhance social well-being.

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Government Approves RM10 Million Grant For Malaysian Innovation Foundation
November 08, 2008 15:28 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8 (Bernama) -- The government has approved a RM10 million grant for the Malaysian Innovation Foundation to encourage innovation at the grassroots level in the country.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili said the foundation would be launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Monday.

"This new government initiative to encourage innovation at the grassroots level through the setting up of the Malaysian Innovation Foundation was recently approved by the Cabinet," Ongkili said after the National Innovation Award ceremony here Saturday.

"It is an NGO (non-government body) driven by the government and partly sponsored by the private sector," he said.

The foundation is responsible for cultivating innovation through awareness and promotion programmes at the grassroots level, Ongkili said.

He said innovation has been identified as important for a country to maintain its competitiveness and in connection with this, there was a need to develop individuals who could think analytically, creatively and innovatively.

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Scomi Urban Transit Rail Application (SUTRA)



Scomi Engineering Bhd (7366) and its Indian partner, Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T), have won a RM1.85 billion contract to build a monorail system in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
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Concerted Effort Needed To Build A Culture Of Innovation, Says Abdullah
November 10, 2008 20:10 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who today launched Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia (YIM), wants concerted efforts to be taken to build a culture of innovation among Malaysians.

He said this was important towards realising Malaysia as a developed nation and that the culture should be developed at all levels, in schools, higher education centres, at the workplace and both in urban and rural areas.

"It should be focused in areas where Malaysians are strong at," he told a press conference after chairing a meeting of the National Innovations Council and launching YIM at Parliament today.

YIM which was incorporated as a foundation on Oct 20, 2008, gained Cabinet recognition on Nov 7.

Abdullah said among the main objectives of YIM was to encourage and promote activities pertaining to innovation and getting Malaysians involved in the matter.

It will also serve as a platform for the interface of scientific and indigenous/traditional knowledge and assisting in commercialising of innovative products produced by the grassroots.

Abdullah said efforts were being taken for capacity building where innovation was concerned but now it needed to be stepped up further so that it became a culture among Malaysians.

He said two areas where the concerted efforts could begin were in information and communications technology and biotechnology.

Schools, he said, were where the seeds of innovation could be sown as this could help produce citizens who were creative.

"We want the habit of curiosity instilled in children and patience to fulfill this need in them...but now some parents do not have the patience and tell their children to keep quiet when they want to know about something. This will stifle their sense of curiosity," he said.

-- BERNAMA
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Old November 14th, 2008, 11:35 PM   #27
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US Takes Interest In Local F1 Powerboat Design
November 14, 2008 23:50 PM
By Amrizan Madian

KUCHING, Nov 14 (Bernama) -- A Malaysian may be powering his way to international fame with his design of a Formula 1 powerboat model.

Abdul Latiff Osman's design has caught the eye of a veteran United States F1 powerboat designer Derick Collect, of Mississippi, last month.

The 58-year-old's boat model, named La-tiff Body Guard, was introduced on Youtube more than a year ago.

Abdul Latiff, 58, a former Formula 3 and Formula 3000 powerboat racer, told Bernama Friday:

"The achievement is not solely mine, it is the achievement of the country and our locals, to prove that we can compete on a global level."

He said his model, scaled 1:6, was sent to Collet yesterday, and was expected to arrive in a week. The man is confident that if successful, the model would retain the name, 'La-tiff'.

Abdul Latiff said that so far, he had only created and sold his models to fans of remote control powerboat racing and never thought an outsider would be interested in his model, with a power customised-design.

According to Abdul Latiff, there was tremendous response and support after introducing his model on Youtube, to continue creating F1 powerboats.

"Every model I create is tested to ensure the design is balanced and suitable with the requirements of making an F1 powerboat," he said.

He said he had conducted many studies and research on Formula 1, Formula 2 Formula 3 and Formula 3000 powerboats since 1987, as a hobby.

"When I watch the F1 powerboat races, I always think of how the boat glides and has good balance, besides noticing their design," said Latiff who now resides in Kampung Tupong, Petra Jaya.

Between 1989 and 1994, he was often involved in Formula 3 and Formula 3000 racing series in Sarawak and Johor, besides creating an F3 powerboat capable of competing with international models.

-- BERNAMA
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Government PR staff told to be more IT savvy
Saturday November 15, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: Government public relations staff need to be more creative in using new technology to disseminate information on policies, plans and campaigns.

“The public and the targeted segment need to be reached effectively. Use all the possible medium accordingly,” Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek said at the launch of E-Press System.

The E-Press System, known as “V-Press” and “Sis-Press” when it first operated in 2002, allows for an easy and fast way to disseminate information to all local media.

“The Government can’t depend on RTM alone because RTM has to compete with other television stations.

“We need to find alternative ways to do it,” he said in his speech.

Ahmad Shabery reminded public relation officers to be more aggressive in their work at a time when an individual could do citizen journalism through blogging,

“Five years from now, our children might accept YouTube as the mainstream media and conventional media like television, radio and newspapers might be seen as ‘old media’,” he said.

Information director-general Datuk Abdullah Morad, The Star managing editor David Yeoh, New Straits Times Press Group editor-in-chief Datuk Hishamuddin Aun and Berita Harian group editor Datuk Manja Ismail attended the function.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...294&sec=nation
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The future production lines are being marketed around both Asia and the Middle East.

Recent press releases (links below) report that Scomi Engineering Bhd is participating in bids and proposal in countries including India, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangledesh, Pakistan, Syria, Egypt, South Korea, as well as Malaysia to offer its next generation monorail called Scomi Urban Transit Rail Application (Sutra).






- Rel untuk test unit. Dibelakang terlihat satu unit monorel di atas test-rail
- Papan kenyataan Scomi Coach Sdn Bhd dan Scomi Rail Bhd

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Technology Platform To Monitor Soil Movement In Place By Next Year
December 15, 2008 23:03 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 (Bernama) -- The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) is coordinating a technology platform to monitor environmental issues such as soil movement in Malaysia.

The technology platform will be in place by the first quarter of next year.

Its Minister Datuk Dr Maximus J. Ongkili said five agencies would be linked in the exercise, namely Remote Sensing Malaysia, the Malaysian Nuclear Agency, Astronautic Technology Sdn Bhd, the Malaysian Meteorological Department and Mimos.

"We will be trying to link all these strategic agencies in terms of information communications and technology data management with Grid Computing," Ongkili said after a meeting to discuss the Mimos Roadmap Technology Review at the Mimos office in Technology Park here Monday.

Ongkili stressed that the use of ICT was critical in the monitoring of soil properties and soil maintenance as well as landslide issues.

Mimos president and chief executive officer, Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah said by using high performance computing, it would help enhance offerings to the community.

"This is especially important for information that would be very useful for rural folk involved in farming," he said after the meeting.

He also explained that the MIMOS Grid Computing would spearhead the KnowledgeGRID Malaysia, a national grid computing initiative under the ninth Malaysia Plan.

This initiative, he said, is being carried out in close collaboration with local universitites, research and development institutions and industries with the objective of providing secure, dependable and comprehensive access to computing power.

-- BERNAMA
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Scomi to finish Bangalore monorail study soon
Published: 2008/12/05

NEW DELHI: Scomi Engineering Bhd will soon complete its feasibility study for its next Indian monorail project in the fast growing metropolis of Bangalore.

After winning the RM1.85 billion Mumbai monorail project, Scomi is gearing to bid to build the 59km line in Bangalore, capital of the southern Indian state of Karnataka.

“We have submitted the technical DPR, the detailed project report and the government (Karnataka) is studying that.

“We are now undergoing the financial package proposal which will be submitted shortly to the government of Karnataka. It’s a suo moto proposal from us to build the three lines of 59km to disperse traffic within the city,” Scomi’s senior vice-president (special projects) Kanesan Velupillai said..

Kanesan is leading a delegation to the three-day Urban Mobility Conference in Delhi.

He said the proposed Bangalore monorail project would be on a build-operate-transfer model and several other partners would be working along with Scomi.

The Karnataka government is planning an integrated transportation system for the city’s 17 million people and last year it sanctioned the monorail project. — Bernama
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Scomi tracking Bahrain monorail project
By Marina Emmanuel
Published: 2008/12/08

The project, which will serve as Bahrain's first monorail line, is the first of four
proposed lines and is expected to cost US$1 billion to build

SCOMI Engineering Bhd (7366), which recently bagged its first overseas job for India's pioneer monorail system in Mumbai, is set to enter the Middle East next by offering its services in Bahrain.

"We have established a project team and have commenced preliminary works and studies for a detailed project report," Scomi Group Bhd's senior vice-president Kanesan Velupillai told Business Times.

The project, which will serve as Bahrain's first monorail line, is the first of four proposed lines and is expected to cost US$1 billion (RM3.64) to build.

Bahrain is currently in the midst of a nationwide overhaul of its road network, which is intended to help the country cope with a growing population, new infrastructure developments and the addition of 2,000 new cars on the roads every month.
The country's Gulf Daily News last month reported that construction of the first line is expected to start in the first half of 2010, while the entire project - measuring 103km in total - could be completed by 2030.

The 23km stretch of track proposed for the first phase of the monorail project is expected to start at the Bahrain International Airport and head west to Manama, travelling past the Bahrain Financial Harbour to Seef before turning south and passing Isa Town.

It would then continue south along the Al Estiqlal Highway before ending at Alba, stopping at 18 stations along the way.

It is learnt that the monorail system proposed by Scomi is based on its second-generation monorail cars operating in Kuala Lumpur.

They comprise two-end cars, coupled together to form a two- or three-car train, and the carriages are designed to last 30 years.
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Malaysian-designed F1 Powerboat Model To Be Marketed In US
December 17, 2008 23:23 PM

KUCHING, Dec 17 (Bernama) -- Abdul Latiff Osman, a Malaysian who gained international fame via a popular video sharing website, YouTube, with his design of a Formula 1 powerboat model has struck a deal with US-based veteran FI powerboat designers to market his model in the US.

The Sarawak-born Latiff, whose design caught the eye of a veteran US F1 powerboat designer, Derick Collet, of Mississippi last October, said Collet had agreed to reproduce his model and market it in US soon.

"He (Collet) did not mention when exactly my design will be marketed in the US but presently I am made to understand that my design is undergoing several tests," Latif told Bernama here Wednesday.

He said that there was no formal agreement signed as it was based on trust from both parties.

If the test was successful and the design could be marketed commercially, Latif said, Collet would have to pay him a licence fee to produce the model as well as a royalty fee.

He said he was considering offers to design more powerboat models, including an offer to patent his models but was quick to add that his purpose was for self-satisfaction and not for commecial reasons.

Latif's special ability has caught the attention of the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry when on Nov 23 Deputy Minister Fadillah Yusof promised to assist the 58-year-old former Formula 3 and Formula 3000 powerboat racer to further enhance his skills in developing small-scale powerboat models.

Bernama last month reported that the boat model, named La-tiff Body Guard, was introduced on Youtube more than a year ago.

Latiff was quoted as saying that his model, scaled 1:6, was sent to Collet on Nov 13, and expressing his confidence that if successful, the model's name 'La-tiff' would be retained.

Latiff said he had only created and sold his models to fans of remote control powerboat racing and never thought that an outsider would be interested in his model with a power customised-design.

He claimed that there was tremendous response and support to continue creating F1 powerboats after introducing his model on YouTube.

-- BERNAMA
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WiWi Ready for Nationwide Commercialisation Next Year
- Malaysian Reserve

25 November 2008 - WiWi, the integrated technology of WiMax and WiFi 1.5 generation developed by Mimos Bhd is ready for nationwide commercialisation beginning the fourth quarter of next year, its president/chief executive Dato' Abdul Wahab Abdullah said.

Developed over the last two years at the Mimos Wireless Communications lab, WiWi can be used in countering connection problems often faced in areas where there is poor coverage such as in rural areas.

Abdul Wahab said WiWi was also capable of resolving disturbances between two frequencies Wifi 2.4 GHz and WiMax 2.3 GHz, which are used in the country.

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City & Country: Towards energy-efficient buildings
5 Jan 2009:

Stop global warming, recycle, reuse, reduce — there's no shortage of campaigns on environmental issues around us. The question is, how well informed are we on these matters? Are we taking them seriously? Are we even aware how serious things have become? The impact and signs are all around us — flash floods, unpredictable weather, haze, thunderstorms, extreme heat… and the list goes on.

Al Gore made an impact with his documentary An Inconvenient Truth, earning himself, among others, the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 and creating awareness of the current state of our environment. While we may point an accusing finger at open burning, too many vehicles on the road and so on for damaging our environment, the building industry is said to have the biggest carbon footprint, accounting for 36% to 40%.

City & Country talks to Ahmad Hadri Haris, Pusat Tenaga Malaysia's (PTM) national leader for the Malaysia Building Integrated Photovoltaic (MBIPV) project, and Lincoln Lee, sustainability revolutionist and executive director of Lucas Works Sdn Bhd, on how our offices and homes can be energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

Ahmad Hadri highlights PTM's zero energy office in Bangi and the Suria 1000 programme to help reduce the cost of electricity, while Lee takes us on a tour of his demo home office (see story on Page 7), which features used tyres and autoclave aerated concrete in its foundation and retaining walls, thus cutting construction cost by 30% and creating numerous other benefits.

First of its kind in Southeast Asia
PTM is a non-profit company under the Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications and functions as a one-stop agency for national energy-related matters. It is an advocate of renewable energy and is implementing the MBIPV project — a national renewable energy project under the Ninth Malaysia Plan. The main objective of the project is to reduce the long-term cost of BIPV technology by promoting the use of photovoltaics (PV) in buildings. "Photovoltaic technology" is the term used to describe the hardware that converts solar energy to usable power — it generates electricity from sunlight.

PTM's zero energy office, which was completed last year, is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. It cost RM20 million to build, not including land cost, as most of the technologies and materials were imported. "Although it is designed to be zero energy, it has not fully achieved such a state as we are still fine-tuning. It is a complex building and ahead of its time, but we are definitely moving towards zero energy. Nevertheless, it is still the lowest energy con-suming building in the country," says Ahmad Hadri.
Singapore's zero energy building on Braddell Road will be completed in less than two years, he adds.

My first taste of PTM's zero energy office begins at its main entrance itself. I step into a compartment of the revolving door and wait for the door to revolve... automatically. It doesn't, of course, and noticing the security guard giving me "the look", I realise I have to push the door myself. Zero energy indeed!

During the tour of the office, Ahmad Hadri points out the rooftop of the building. What looks like a normal car park rooftop is actually almost filled with solar PVs, providing shade for the cars while generating electricity. In fact, there are solar PVs all around the rooftop of the building. Ahmad Hadri says solar PVs can be a substitute for conventional building materials and, at the same time, generate electricity. "They bring light into the building (when installed in the rooftop), generate electricity and are as good as double-glazing glass (thermal resistant)," he explains. PTM's zero energy office has a sensor to detect the amount of daylight entering the building. If it is enough, lights will not be switched on.

Generally, households in Malaysia spend about RM6,000 a year (based on five air conditioners of one horsepower each operating for eight hours a day) on electricity. "Malaysia enjoys one of the cheapest electricity tariffs in the world as it is heavily subsidised by the government. The subsidies are expected to be lowered in the future and installing BIPV would be one of the solutions," says Ahmad Hadri. Although our tariffs are cheap (gas, for example, is subsidised by the government at 65%), the cost to the environment is too high and the harm cannot be undone, he adds.
"When the government lowered petrol subsidies in June last year, the public was unprepared. Maybe for the first month, there were fewer cars on the road. Then, it was back to normal. The government should provide solutions such as providing efficient public transport before removing or lowering subsidies," Ahmad Hadri says.

Feed-in tariffs are something he feels strongly about and hopes a Bill to facilitate these will be passed soon. "Once the Bill is passed, it will enable PV-installed users to generate income. Currently, Tenaga practises net-metering and if the solar PV system generates 400kWh of electricity per month while the household utilises 600kWh, Tenaga does a net-metering in which the household only pays for 200kWh," he explains. Under the feed-in tariff system, if the rate is four times that of the normal tariff, the household only has to install a PV system that produces 150kWh of electricity per month to achieve a net billing of zero, Ahmad Hadri says.

When does he expect the Bill for the feed-in tariff to be passed? "Hopefully by 2010, once the Suria 1000 has been concluded," Ahmad Hadri says, adding that solar energy is only one aspect of the solution. When combined with other forms of renewable energy, such as hydro, biomass, solid waste and others, nuclear energy, which could be more hazardous than fossil fuel, can be avoided.

Suria 1000
A national MBIPV programme, Suria 1000 was initiated in 2006 to provide financial incentives through capital discounts to the residential and commercial sectors to install BIPV systems. The MBIPV project is for five years (2006-2010) with a target capacity of 1,500kWp.

"Two years ago, more than 30 systems were up and running in the country. Now, around 50 houses and offices have been installed with the BIPV system (the majority in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur)," Ahmad Hadri says.

Applicants had various reasons for installing the BIPV system. "Some were looking to save money while some were getting ready for increased electricity tariffs in the future," Ahmad Hadri explains. Others were just being more conscious about the environment, he adds.

PTM's technical adviser Chen Wei-Nee says the first two calls for the Suria 1000 programme were for the residential sector only; the commercial sector was only invited to participate in the bid from the third call onwards. The Suria 1000 developer's incentive is applicable to those building residential properties only.

Three developers that have successfully participated in the programme are S P Setia Bhd, Amarin Wickham and Senandung Budiman Sdn Bhd. "Senandung Budiman, with houses from RM3 million onwards in D'Heron in Putrajaya, built 19 houses with BIPVs. S P Setia has altogether 26 houses, of which six BIPV homes have been built. The remaining should be ready by end-2009," Chen says.

A mall in Cheras is expected to be the first to install BIPV in the near future, while Amarin Wickham's BIPV in condos will be launched early this year.
"We have other incentives which shopping malls could be eligible for. Having said that, they have all been taken up (demo category), mostly by companies for their office buildings," Chen says.

As to why the malls in Malaysia are slow to embrace solar PVs in their buildings, she says: "My guess is the initial investment cost. Shopping centres have huge electricity bills and putting solar PVs will reduce only a small portion of the bill unless the capacity of the solar PVs is significant. Between energy conservation (via energy efficiency) and solar PVs, energy conservation is still the cost-effective solution to apply first."
Chen says a building needs to be energy efficient before a solar PV system can be incorporated into the rooftop. "Otherwise, premium electricity produced by the solar PV system will go to waste. Another possible reason for the low take-up of solar PVs in malls is the lack of awareness that solar PVs can be a corporate social responsibility statement to the public," she adds.

There are still 127kW of PV capacity with financial incentives valued at RM1.2 million for property developers keen to build a solar township, says Chen.
Ahmad Hadri says the government, in Budget 2009, has exempted import duty on solar PV system equipment and sales tax on locally manufactured solar heating system equipment.

So, how much more efficient can homes get?
It was reported that a household can reduce energy expenditure by 50% by just using equipment such as more efficient heaters, air conditioners, water heaters, appliances and electronics, and by using compact fluorescent lighting. For more information on setting up a PV system, go to PTM's website at www.mbipv.net.my

Nuclear power plants
There have been reports in the local dailies that the government is interested in going nuclear because electricity generation from nuclear energy is important even as petroleum and coal reserves face depletion. It was also reported that although the cost of building nuclear plants is high, the production cost will be cheaper.

Ahmad Hadri believes there are other viable options, stressing that it costs more than RM5 billion to build a nuclear power plant. "The infrastructure will last 30 to 45 years and then the cost of demolishing it, plus getting rid of radioactive waste such as uranium and other components, will be more expensive than building the plant itself," he says. The true cost of a nuclear power plant should be revealed to all, he adds. "The complete life cycle, including plant decommissioning and spent fuel management, not just the planting-up cost," he stresses. Nuclear power plants are dependent on third parties, he says, and just a small leak will be hazardous.

Perhaps, the worst nuclear power reactor accident in history happened in Chernobyl, the Soviet Union, in 1986, resulting in a massive release of radioactivity into the environment. Following the incident, other developed countries such as Germany passed a resolution to abandon nuclear power by 2020.

Germany generates more than half the world's solar electricity, with an installed capacity of around three billion watts and close to half a million German households have solar PVs installed. Ahmad Hadri says fields are filled with rows of panels as farmers find it more profitable than their original produce. This, in return apparently reduces carbon emissions to about 10 million tonnes per annum.

"Solar, on the other hand, does not produce any emissions and we do not need rocket scientists to maintain it. Until we have fully utilised our natural resources (renewable energies) and improved our use of energy, which we have not, we cannot even begin to consider other alternatives," Ahmad Hadri says, adding that "we will destroy more than we benefit".

He cites Germany, which is working on phasing out all nuclear power plants by 2020 and is the leading PV user (in terms of installation) in the world. It is also the biggest solar energy-producing country in the world. Ahmad Hadri says farmers and retirees are generating income from PVs (by generating energy) in the country.
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UTM, Mimos work together on wireless tech
Tuesday January 13, 2009



Pact sealed: Dr Zaini (second from left) and Abdul Wahab exchanging
documents while UTM deputy vicechancellor (Academic and
Internationalisation) Prof Datin Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir (left) and Mimos head
of wireless communication cluster Dr Mazlan Abbas look on at the campus in Johor Baru on Friday.



JOHOR BARU: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Mimos have established a collaboration on the development of wireless communication technology.

Both parties will conduct researches, defined by Mimos, in the field.

The research covers wireless protocol, information technology and multimedia sub-systems, microwaves, antennas and basebands.

UTM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Zaini Ujang and Mimos president cum chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah signed a memorandum of understanding on the collaboration at the university campus here recently.

Dr Zaini said that UTMs electrical engineering faculty was appointed as the centre of excellence for Mimos’ Wireless Communication Cluster.

“The research is tailored to the needs of the country,’’ he said.

Abdul Wahab said the project was a Mimos initiative to establish centres of excellence at universities in the country.

“The selected universities will conduct research with our expertise,’’ he said.

He said that Mimos would handle the marketing and commercial aspects of products from the research.

“It will help the universities to commercialise their research and development work,” said Abdul Wahab.

He said it would also ensure no duplication of research work at universities.
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RazakSAT launch on April 21
Published: Thursday March 12, 2009 MYT 3:12:00 PM

SHAH ALAM: After years of postponement, RazakSAT, Malaysia's first remote sensing satellite, will be blasted into space from Kwajalein Island on April 21.

The island is part of the Marshall Islands leased to the United States.

Science, Technology and Innovation Deputy Minister Fadilah Yusof said the satellite was scheduled to be flown via a Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) C130 aircraft from Subang to the Bucholz Army Airfield, Kwajalein on March 21.

"The aircraft carrying the satellite will be making temporary stops in Kota Kinabalu and Guam during the journey to Kwajalein," he told a press conference at the Astronautic Technology (M) Sdn Bhd (ATSB) near here on Thursday.

RazakSAT, which is also Malaysia's second low orbit microsatellite, was developed through a colloboration of ATSB with Satrec Initiative Ltd of South Korea.

The 180kg satellite is expected to be carried into space on a Falcon One rocket owned by United States' Space Exploration Technology (SpaceX) from Kwajalein.

The 2.5mm Medium Sized Aperture Camera on the satellite is expected to provide high resolution images of Malaysia that can be applied to land management, resource development and conservation, forestry, fish migration and security.

According to Fadilah, RazakSAT, also the nation's first observatory satellite, would be launched to an orbital location specifically for Malaysia, to be known as the Equatorial Orbit.

He said the orbital location would enable observation to be made on the earth surface more often, as compared to other observatory satelites, that is, five to six times daily, during daylight.

"Compared to TiongSAT1, which was launched in 2006 and which was more experimental in nature, RazakSAT is considered a functional satellite in monitoring the earth's surface and environment," said Fadilah, adding that the satellite was built at a total cost of RM150 million.

Fadilah said for the first time, together with RazakSAT, two other satellites meant for educational purposes CubeSAT and InnoSAT would also be launched.

Meanwhile, Fadilah said Malaysia had the necessary expertise and capacity to develop its own satellite for sale to other countries.

"There is already a demand from countries like Iran to purchase satellites developed by ATSb," he added. - Bernama
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RazakSAT To Be Sent Off Tomorrow
March 20, 2009 18:39 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 (Bernama) -- Malaysia's first homegrown, remote-sensing satellite, RazakSAT, will be sent off tomorrow to prepare for its launch into orbit at Kwajalein Island, Republic of Marshall Islands on April 21.

The sending-off ceremony of the satellite will be witnessed by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili at the Royal Malaysia Air Force base in Subang, a statement from the minister's office here said today.

RazakSAT, named after Malaysia's second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak, is a mini-class satellite weighing at 190kg, and will orbit the Near Equatorial Orbit (NEqO) at an altitude of 685km.

It is also the first remote-sensing satellite to orbit the NEqO, where the orbital location will enable observation to be made on the earth's surface more often -- as compared to other remote-sensing satellites -- that is, five to six times daily, during daylight.

The satellite, which will be blasted into space using the United States launcher, Falcon-1, is designed and manufactured by a local company, Astronautic Technology (M) Sdn Bhd (ATSB).

The RazakSAT is a continuation of the TiungSAT-1 programme which was successfully launched in 2000.

Compared to TiungSAT-1 which was more experimental in nature, RazakSAT is considered a functional satellite in monitoring the earth's surface and environment.

The 2.5 metre MAC on the satellite is expected to provide high resolution images of Malaysia that can be applied to land management, resource development and conservation, forestry, fish migration and security.

Together with RazakSAT, two other satellites -- CubeSAT and InnoSAT -- meant for educational purposes, will also be launched.

CuteSAT was developed by ATSB while InnoSAT was developed by three local universities, namely Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Perlis.

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UTM Introduces Cheap Durable Houses
March 23, 2009 21:57 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 (Kuala Lumpur) -- Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has developed a new technology to build strong and durable low cost houses from metal and plastics, that would cost only RM30,000 or less, a unit.

UTM vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Zaini Ujang said the houses, build using German, South African and Malaysian "Fast-Track Wall" (FTW) technology, are relatively stronger than conventional houses build using cement, sand and wood and would only incur a fraction of the cost.

Even more interesting is the fact that FTW houses can withstand strong tremors and won't collapse easily because the walls are made of metal and plastic, he said.

"Since our country continuously face tremors and earth quakes, especially in Sabah and Sarawak, these technology can help prevent houses from collapsing due to strong tremors.

"The period of building such houses is also very short, because it only takes about 20 days to complete a unit. These will help reduce waiting time for those who need houses to be build after disasters," he told reporters at the Jalan Semarak UTM Campus here today.

He said the technology was developed in 2006 by 10 lecturers from the UTM Engineering Faculty in Skudai at a cost of RM100,000 and tested a year later.

Dr Zaini said UTM was currently awaiting a patent approval before starting on a project to build 42 units in Sabah.

He added that it would cost about RM25,000 to build a two-room house and RM27,000 to build a three-room house and that UTM's construction arm, Mya Hitech Sdn Bhd had already completed five such units, a semi-D and a madrasah in Muar, using the same technology.

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K-One seals deal with US firm to make smart pen
By Kamarul Yunus
Published: 2009/04/16

MESDAQ-LISTED company K-One Technology Bhd (0111) expects to boost its income with a deal to design and manufacture a digital pen.

The deal, which was signed yesterday, is with US-based Livescribe, and K-One will spend some RM1 million to develop the Pulse Smartpen.

"The smart pen produced by K-One will be distributed worldwide, not confined to the local market," K-One group chairman Edwin Lim Beng Fook told reporters at a briefing in Petaling Jaya.

Since its launch in April last year, California-based Livescribe has sold over 100,000 units of the smart pen globally, said Livescribe founder and chief executive officer Jim Marggraff.
K-One is currently the authorised distributor for the pen in Asean, Oceania and Middle East markets.

The pen is essentially combined with an audio recorder. This means that users don't have to worry they may miss writing something during a meeting, for example.

The product now retails at RM599 for the one-gigabyte memory version and RM699 for the two-gigabyte version.

Marggraff said the volume of the smart pen to be produced locally will depend on the performance of K-One and the acceptance of the smart pen from the government, education and business community in Malaysia.
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