MALAYSIANS must create technology, not merely use it, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said yesterday.
The Government will be supportive of such ventures, he said during his visit to the Iris Smart Complex in Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil. The complex is the headquarters of Iris Corp Bhd.
“Malaysians should not just be users, but be creators of technology.
“We should create the technology we want that is suited to our requirements. If there is any way the Government can help, we will do so, in the spirit of Malaysia Inc,” Abdullah said.
He cited as an example the electronic multi-purpose identity card (MyKad) and e-passport developed by Iris where the technology used has gained recognition in several countries.
“Our identity cards can now have so many functions incorporated.
“The e-passport has also created a lot of interest in other countries. Iris has responded to the security needs of many countries,” he said.
It was Abdullah’s first visit to Iris since becoming Prime Minister.
He was taken on a tour of Iris’ showcase of products by the company’s chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail, managing director Datuk Tan Say Jim and director Tony Lee.
Iris’ most well-known products are the MyKad and e-passport, which was the world’s first when it was launched in 1998.
Iris has registered two patents in the US — for the method and process of embedding a microchip into a document and for retrieving data from the embedded chip.
The company, which was set up in 1994, has tenders for smart cards in several countries, including India and Pakistan and in West Asia, Central Africa and the Asean (Association of South-East Asian Nations) region.
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