STRIDE to be `recognized worldwide` – says Deputy Minister of Defence

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Johari (sixth right) with Chiefs of Army, staffs of STRIDE and military officers after the product launch ceremony at STRIDE office in Kajang, Selangor today.

KAJANG 18 May – The Science & Technology Research Institute for Defence (STRIDE), Ministry of Defence, is capable of issuing certificates that are recognised worldwide as it has high calibre scientists and experts.

The Deputy Minister of Defence, Datuk Seri Mohd. Johari Baharum said the government wants STRIDE to issue certificates to companies globally in the near future, similar to the Halal Certificates that have been recognised internationally.

“We want STRIDE to issue certificates to international companies and to those with commercial interests in the country,” Johari said.    

STRIDE is able to reach that level provided all efforts, commitment and responsibilities are focused on the national interests, he added.

He told the media after delivering his speech at the STRIDE’s product commercialisation launch and the signing of collaboration notes, testing contract and commercialisation agreement ceremony at STRIDE office this morning.

This programme is under Malaysian Commercialisation Year (MCY) 2.0.

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Johari and Abdul Rahim listening to the explanation from a military officer about an appliance at the exhibition held at STRIDE building today.

Also present were Secretary General, Ministry of Defence, Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim Mohamad Radzi; Chief Director of STRIDE, Dr Mohmad Asri Abd. Ghani; Chiefs of Armed Forces and staffs of STRIDE, and military officers.

The product launch is in line with the Prime Minister’s wish to elevate research, development and innovation (R&D&I) products produced by the local research institute that could generate wealth through commercialisation.    

 At the function, STRIDE launched five products, namely Aerostat and Airship Based Surveillance System, Water Hydration Backpack, Soft Body Armour Vest, Meat Bars, and Unmanned Surface Vessel.

The collaboration notes/contract agreements were signed between STRIDE and ANGKASA, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Deftech Sdn. Bhd.; Alaf Strategy Sdn. Bhd., Entruss Ventures Sdn. Bhd., Famille Lab Plt, and Saffur Tex Resources Sdn. Bhd.

Regarding the qualifications of the collaborating companies, Johari said, they must have the competency and capabilities to market their product domestically and internationally without financial aid from the government.

For the first time, since its establishment in 1968, STRIDE has launched five products which are not only used in security sectors by the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) but also by the public. For example, the meat bars could be commercialised and used by Tabung Haji.

Johari also expressed his happiness on the success of STRIDES and said that many more new products will be launched in the near future.

The Deputy Minister also mentioned about Deftech capabilities to design armoured vehicles. The vehicles have been used by the Ministry of Defence. When the time comes local companies are able to sell the armoured vehicles at least to Islamic countries despite many more aspects need to be upgraded.

The Minister also cited the Water Hydration Backpack with three-litre capacity has met international requirement standards. The Royal Malaysian Navy is using that product which has been proven good. – Malaysia World News. 

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