TM R&D recently participated in a panel session at the World Digital Economy and Technology Summit (WDET) 2023 organised by the KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific. Titled “The impact of digitalisation on ESG and how digital technology can support sustainability”, the panel of speakers included our CEO Dr. Sharlene Thiagarajah, Ms. Barbara Meynert, Mr. Shazali Sulaiman, Ms. Arina Kok, Mr. Girish Mavath, Mr. Murugason R. Thangaratnam and Ms. Shikha Kedia Bharadwaj.
Moderated by Adj. Practice Professor Cheah Kok Hoong, Dr Sharlene shared her insights on the role TM R&D plays in shaping digital sustainability. At TM R&D, all our solutions are built primarily to improve efficiency and productivity – basically, reduce waste and improve the effective use of manpower and assets. The smart utilities solution for example, monitors non-revenue water leakages while the workforce management streamlines task distribution and connects all stakeholders seamlessly on one platform.
The topic that resonated with the audience was how TM R&D is supporting the Central Forest Spine (CFS) program, a national-level initiative in collaboration with Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Selangor (JPNS). The forests are disconnected due to uncontrolled development, logging, agricultural expansion, deforestation, and overharvesting. Thus, the purpose of CFS is to ‘connect’ all these disconnected forests by building a safe forest corridor, thereby enhancing the connectivity of these diverse jungle ecosystems. Digital technology can play an impactful role in problem-solving some of the key obstacles the agencies face on the ground.
At TM R&D, we believe it is imperative that corporate Malaysia invests in R&D as a catalyst for business growth and profitability as well as contribute to the nation’s high economy ambitions. Research and innovation is not only about the headlines of creating new knowledge but also to deliver consistency in the areas of value creation and making a tangible business impact.
Just about every industry is struggling to find creative and skilled workers, making talent one of the scarcest resources globally. We must establish Malaysia as a talent hub – FDIs will invest where there is a strong pool of talent, as every organisation wants to thrive. And we all know that behind every great company is its people!