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DTA Exclusive Interview Series: Five for Five with the Group CEO of SIRIM Berhad
August 27, 2021 News


The CxO Five for Five is Disruptive Tech Asean’s (DTA) exclusive interview series where we ask Chief Executives around the ASEAN region to answer rapid-fire questions on everything technology-related.

In this instalment, we interview Dato’ Dr Ahmad Sabirin bin Arshad, the President and Group Chief Executive of SIRIM Berhad. Recently appointed in 2021, he oversees Malaysia’s leading industrial technology and quality organisation.

Formerly the CEO of Aerospace Ventures, he has contributed to and led the developments of Malaysia’s satellites namely, MEASAT-1, TiungSAT-1 and RazakSAT. Dato’ Dr Ahmad has contributed to the logistics and scientific support in the launch of Malaysia’s first astronaut to the International Space Station. He has also led the deployment of the National Tsunami Early Warning System and Environmental-Friendly Radiation Detector.

Here are his takes on the questions.

1 – (Crystal Ball) – What is the top technology that you think will transform your business in the coming years?

SIRIM aims to become the technology hub of the country, where innovations in robotics, Artificial Technology (AI), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), nanotechnology, quantum computing and biotechnology take place.

2 – (Out to Pasture) – What technology do you think will phase out of your business?

AI and machine-learning are key game changers and will disrupt our business. The key is to be agile and tech-savvy for business survival.

3 – (Chatter Box) – What is the best collaboration tool?

Our team has been introduced to Microsoft 365 and Power Platform.  These platforms enable non-IT staff to develop their own solutions, in an environment they were familiar with. We managed to speed up innovation and unlocked our digital transformation potential. It’s just about putting tools in the hands of your people and they will know what to do.

4 – (Be Safe) – What is the biggest cybersecurity concern?

To be vigilant in being one step ahead from cyber threats that will disrupt our business operations in a cost-effective manner.

5 – (When I Grow Up) – If you hadn’t gone into tech, what would you do instead?

I would probably be a butcher!