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  YIM intensifies search for Grassroots Innovations

KUALA LUMPUR, March 04, 2012 – National Innovation Foundation (YIM) is set to intensify its Innovation Walk programme by covering 15 locations throughout the nation this year in line with its role as one of the implementers of the National Innovation Movement (NIM) 2012.

The first Innovation Walk programme kicks-off in Temerloh, Pahang form March 3 - 5, and will then move on to cover the other 14 locations throughout the country, including Sabah, Sarawak and FT Labuan.

This represents a big jump as compared to only three Innovation Walks executed last year.

Encik Muhammad Aziph Datuk Mustapha. Acting Chief Executive Officer of YIM, said YIM has taken the lead in nurturing innovation amongst Malaysians especially grassroots innovations which had identified 40 innovative products through its recent programmes held in Melaka, rural Sabah and Mukah, Sarawak, in July, September and October respectively last year.

“This reflects the success of the innovation walk programmes as YIM has managed to penetrate the socio-economic obstacles by going down to the rural areas to source for the creations and subsequently help the rural community to improve their lives via increased output due to the enhancement or commercialisation of their creations,” he added.

During the three-day innovation walk in Temerloh, a group of innovation scouts consists of researchers, scientists, patent experts and YIM together with MOSTI officers will be visiting the grassroots community and provide consultation on the objectives, approach and the desired end-result of the innovations.

“We had identified about 33 grassroots innovative products during our recce trip to Temerloh and eight of them had been shortlisted to be ‘scouted’ by the experts during this three-day programme.

“We are targeting of identifying at least 300 grassroots inventions from all the 15 destinations that we are going to cover this year,” he said.

Apart from the Innovation walk, YIM will also undertake several other activities under the NIM 2012 initiative such as an international innovation forum, reality programmes, documentaries and publications of articles targeting the various levels to inculcate the culture of innovation and creativity amongst Malaysians.

NIM 2012, planned to internalise innovation as a way of life and to be practices by all Malaysians, was announced by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, in Budget 2012, where RM100 million had been allocated to carry out several strategic initiatives under the programme -- in order to promote innovation which has been identified as the enabler to shift the economic value chain to a higher level.

“The Prime Minister had given YIM a big mandate to undertake these programmes and this is our biggest challenge since YIM’s inception in 2008.

“Nevertheless, this will spur us to work harder, together with Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and related agencies under the Ministry, to ensure the successful implementation of all the initiatives.

“YIM is looking forward to its new role in implementing and executing the initiatives under the banner of the National Innovation Movement 2012 - which will help improve the nation’s economy and subsequently enhance the quality of lives of all Malaysians,” concluded Muhammad Aziph.

YIM is an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and is responsible in promoting and inculcating creativity and innovation among Malaysians, especially targeting children and youth, women, rural folks, people with disabilities and non-government organisations.

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