The Johor Government is planning to build a planetarium and a state science centre in Iskandar Malaysia.
Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said the state aimed to encourage the growth of astronomy and science and the construction of both the facilities would help achieve this goal.
“A giant telescope is among the facilities planned for the planetarium.
“It will also have an exhibition hall as well as a viewing gallery,” he said in his speech, which was read out by Johor Local Government, Housing, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Ahmad Zahri Jamil, during the launch of the Johor Science Week.
Sindora Bhd sees it will benefit from the upcoming multi-billion ringgit oil and gas (O&G) hub in the Teluk Ramunia and Pengerang areas in southeast of Johor.
Chairman Tan Sri Muhammad Ali Hashim said the company’s Intrapreneur Venture Business (IVB) 51%-subsidiary E.A. Technique (M) Sdn Bhd that owns and manages vessels for the O&G sector would be the main beneficiary.
He said the setting up of E.A. Technique’s shipyard in Tanjung Langsat Port in Pasir Gudang, Johor, offering shipbuilding and ship repairs works would complement activities at the O&G hub.
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) berjaya menghasilkan kamera litar tertutup (CCTV) pertama di dunia yang mampu merakam imej tiga dimensi (3D) dan berupaya mengecam imej penjenayah dengan tepat dalam tempoh 15 minit.
Ketua Kumpulan Penyelidik Fotogrametri dan Pengimbasan Laser, Fakulti Kejuruteraan dan Sains Geoinformasi, Dr. Zulkepli Majid berkata, sistem pengawasan keselamatan itu berjaya dibangun menggunakan gabungan teknologi terkini dalam bidang pengimejan moden dan bidang geomatik.
Menurutnya, CCTV berkenaan dicipta menggunakan tiga teknologi pengimejan digital iaitu kamera video beresolusi tinggi, penapis infra merah dan peranti 3D yang direka khusus oleh pihak UTM bagi membolehkan setiap imej dirakam secara jelas meskipun dalam keadaan gelap.
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has developed a closed circuit television (CCTV) camera system which can produce clear and accurate images even in the dark.
The system, developed by the university's Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning Research Group headed by Prof Dr Zulkepli Majid of the Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Engineering, has the potential to be the best crime monitoring system.
Developed from the idea of Mohd Farid Mohd Ariff, 30, one of the 16 researchers in the group, it is an integration of modern imaging technology and geomatics, said Dr Zulkepli.
"The system involves three primary components -- gathering of data offline and online, space calibration and data processing," he told reporters at the university in Skudai.
South Korea-based industrial group STX Corp is investing RM1.5bil to set up a solar cells manufacturing plant at the Senai Hi-Tech Park (SHTP) in Johor.
Chief operating officer and deputy president Je Hyun Yoon said it would be the company’s second solar cells plant after its facility in Gumi-City, Gyeongbuk, South Korea.
STX Corp ventured into the solar business by setting up a division STX Solar in November 2007, and its 57,949 sq m solar cells manufacturing plant started operating last year.
The plant consisting of a research and development centre currently has 50MW capacity annually with plan to increase it to 300MW within the next three years.
Singapore is conducting a joint study with Johor to develop a cross-border tourist attraction.
It involves linking up Singapore's Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and three sites in Johor to promote eco-tourism.
The joint study aims to provide a seamless travel experience for eco-tourists.
This means nature lovers can hop from Sungei Buloh to the nature parks and mangrove forests of Sungai Pulai, Pulau Kukup and Tanjong Piai in Iskandar Malaysia.
Senior Minister of State for National Development Grace Fu said visitors can enjoy the unique characteristics of each site.
The tragic murder of eight-year-old Nurin Jazlin Jazimin has spurred a local university student to invent a special CCTV camera that can capture three-dimensional images, even in the dark.
The camera, which uses a combination of technologies including high-definition imaging, infrared filters and 3D stereo adapters, is believed to be the first of its kind in the world.
The gadget, which costs about RM6,000, is capable of accurately measuring height, size and facial features of people within 15 minutes.
Mohd Farid Mohd Ariff, who is doing his doctorate in photogrammetry and laser scanning research at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), said Nurin’s murder in 2007 had a huge impact on his decision to develop the technology.
Three Singapore-based food-processing companies will be investing over RM500mil to set up their manufacturing facilities in Johor this year.
Johor State Investment Centre (JSIC) general manager Mohamed Basir Mohamed Sali said the facilities would be located in dedicated industrial areas in Iskandar Malaysia.
He declined to elaborate on the companies and locations of the plants.
Basir said the locations could either be in Kulai, Senai or Port of Tanjung Pelepas Free Zone.
“One of them will be setting up a plant with a built up area of 37,161 sq m and we will be signing an agreement with it soon,” Basir told StarBiz.
Malaysia aims to generate 200 internationally-recognised Malaysian brands by 2015 during the Tenth Malaysia Plan.
"The government will provide financial assistance to firms to develop their brands in the international market such as developing brand strategy, training in brand development, conducting brand market research and participating in international events," says the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) in the Prime Minister's Department in the 10th Malaysia Plan (2011 to 2015) report released today.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak tabled the Tenth Malaysia Plan in the Dewan Rakyat today.
The newly-unveiled 10th Malaysia Plan's higher focus on intangible assets is timely and appropriate as it can help structurally transform the economy onto the path of knowledge-based growth, inclusiveness and sustainability, says Khazanah Nasional Bhd's Managing Director, Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar.
"The significant shift in the locus of development allocation of RM230 billion in the 10MP to 40 per cent for intangible capital from 22 per cent in the preceding 9MP is very timely and wholly appropriate," he said in a statement issued in response to the 10MP.
"It is precisely what the New Economic Model needs and dictates in order to structurally transform the economy."