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Three teams Singapore-bound for Innovation Award ceremony
Posted on : 10 Oct 2018  Source of News: The Borneopost Online

Anthony (centre) waters a sapling he planted to commemorate the opening ceremony. Also seen are Hamden (on his left) and Wan Liz Osman (second right).

KUCHING: The Sarawak civil service will be sending three teams to Singapore next week to attend an Innovation Award ceremony.

Director of Unit of Modernisation of State Services Dr Anthony Valentine Laiseh, in revealing this, said the teams are from Department of Drainage and Irrigation (DID) on the flood detector, Kuching City South Council (MBKS) on sewage system, and Public Works Department (JKR) Sarikei on the piling system on peat soil.

He said projects from the three agencies were very important to Sarawak, and would be patented before being put into use.

According to him, the Sarawak civil service had won several domestic and international accolades for various projects of government departments and agencies, and winning gold medals for nine years out of 10 years it has been held.

“We will be sending three teams to Singapore next week, and we hope to win again international recognition,” he said after officiating at the Forest Department Public Awareness and Innovation Day at its Research, Development and Innovation Unit (RDID) in Mile 6, Kuching-Serian Road, here, yesterday.

He was representing State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani at the event.

Anthony singled out SaraPeg, a project introduced by Land and Survey Department’s Millenium Sabe team during a  Quality Control Circle (KIK) event in 201, which won several awards, including National Intellectual Property Award 2012, Excellence Award at the International Convention on QC Circles in Taiwan in 2013, and Gold Award at the International Conference on Quality in Tokyo, Japan, last year.

He said SaraPeg, now used for land perimeter survey, has a data containing the land owners’ name and land size, and would help to minimise land disputes.

Morshidi, meanwhile, said the Sarawak cabinet has set up three cabinet committees – Socio-Economic Transformation, Rural Transformation and Performance, and Service Delivery Transformation, and 20 key focus areas.

“The objectives of the cabinet committee are to identify the respective Key Results Areas (KRA), and recommend for improvement, solutions and intervention that can bring immediate, medium and long-term growth, development, progress and harmony in Sarawak.”

He also said the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) initiative  had to be maintained to preserve excellence in the Forest Department, adding that the initiative would maximise human resources and maintain safety and wellbeing of the staff.

Forest Department director Hamden Mohammad and permanent secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development and Natural Resources Wan Liz Osman Wan Omar were also present at the function.