The Gvernment of Sarawak seals a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Melexis Technology, a Belgium-based global micro-electronic semiconductor solution provider.
This will open the path for cooperation in the production of integrated chips (IC) made in Sarawak.
The sealing of the MoU by the Ministry of Education, Innovation and Development of Sarawak Talent and Melexis Technology took place in Tessenderlo, Belgium yesterday, which was witnessed by the Premier of Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Johari Tun Openg.
Brother Johari is now on a week-long working trip to Europe.
According to a statement by the Premier Office of Sarawak, Melexis Technology is part of the existing XFab chip creators in the Samajaya Free Industrial Zone in Sarawak that produces chips for various applications, including cars.
The scope of the MoU includes collaboration in IC design and semiconductor talent development in Sarawak as part of the state’s innovation and talent development programme.
In his brief speech at the occasion, Abang Johari said climate change and the gradual abolition of combustion engines for cars would see a ‘migration’ of chip designs to comply with the needs of the energy transition market.
He asserted that cooperation is essential and a step in the right direction to enable Sarawak and the whole world to benefit from the development of chip design that may originate from Sarawak in the future.
“Sarawak is looking forward to this cooperation, to benefit not only Sarawak and Melexis Technology but also the world,” he said.
Brother Johari said talent development is vital to foster a strong research and development (R&D) climate in chip design technology in Sarawak.
He said that Sarawak, especially Kuching, is heading towards the development of the Autonomous Stream Transit System (ART) powered by hydrogen. R&D will certainly be the new major public transportation driver in that regard.
The MoU signing ceremony was attended by the Deputy Premier of Sarawak, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, Minister of Education, Innovation and Talent Development of Sarawak, datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn and his deputy, Datuk Francis Hardin and Dr. Annuar Rapa’ee.
Also present Malaysian Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, Datuk Ahmad Rozian Abd Ghani.
The Premier of Sarawak and his delegation also visited the Port of Antwerp-Bruges for another MoU signing ceremony on the proposal for the development of a new port in Kuching.