Dengue app bad for aedes, can get updates, report dengue concerns


The ‘Predict and Beat Dengue’ app is now available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Predict and Beat Dengue – Android Apps on Google Play

App for updates on dengue

PENANGITES can now download a mobile application (app) which allows its users to be part of an effort to combat dengue in the state.

Known as the ‘Predict and Beat Dengue’ app, it will alert users when they enter a dengue hotspot.

The users can also report dengue-related concerns in their areas and get the latest updates on dengue cases as among its other features.

State Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said the app is now available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

He said the app could help to predict a possible dengue outbreak in an area within the next 30 days.

“From there, we can carry out prevention by removing all possible Aedes breeding grounds.

“It quickens the process of detection and identifies places that require dengue preventative measures such as fogging, larvae-ciding and gotong-royong,” he said during a briefing session at Komtar yesterday.

Dr Afif said the state spent RM200,000 on a pilot study for the project which was carried out between May 1 and July 1 by the app creator, a US-based company known as Aime Inc.

“I’m proud that Penang is taking this proactive approach. We are working hand-in-hand with the Health Ministry and they are very supportive of this idea.

“We hope that it can also be carried out nationwide,” he said.

Aime president Rainier Mallol explained the workings of the app and its many features during the presentation.

Also present were Pulau Tikus assemblyman Yap Soo Huey, Batu Uban assemblyman Dr T. Jayabalan and Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim.

Source: The Star/ANN

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Taiwan’s Phison IC design project, a ‘brain gain’ for Malaysia


By CECILIA KOK cecilia_kok@thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: Phison Engineering Corp will set up a branch in Malaysia, with operations targeted to begin in the next three to six months.

The Taiwan-listed company, which specialises in the design of integrated circuit (IC) for use in data storage devices, would base its Malaysian unit in the northern region.

It would operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary before becoming an “independent” company after three years.

“We choose the northern region in Malaysia because we find that there is some semblance of ecosystem there that can provide a better environment for our operations to thrive,” Phison chairman and CEO Pua Khein-Seng said.

“We also want to be close to our clients who are mostly based in the north for the sake of cost as well as operational efficiencies,” he said at a press conference in conjunction with the launch of his book, Driven to Success.

Pua, a Malaysian raised in Sekinchan, Selangor, founded Phison with four of his university friends in 2000. He left to study engineering in Taiwan in 1993 and lived there after graduation.

For a start, Phison will have Silterra Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a semiconductor wafer maker owned by Khazanah Nasional Bhd, as the main partner for its Malaysian unit.

On the initial capital outlay for Phison’s project in Malaysia, Pua said it would range from US$1mil (RM3.03mil) to US$3mil.

He stressed that Phison was not a “manufacturing” operation that required high capital investment to set up operations and buy equipment. All it needed was the right amount of space and several engineers.

“Our Malaysian unit will have the full support of our team in Taiwan during the initial stage because we want to ensure 100% success of our venture in Malaysia,” Pua said.

StarBizWeek broke the news about Pua planning to set up a Phison branch in Malaysia last Saturday.

The report, quoting sources, also said Mida had drawn up a list of attractive incentives to entice Pua to set up the IC design house in Malaysia.

Mida CEO Datuk Noharuddin Nordin said the incentives were one of the attractions.

“But while we cannot disclose the details of the incentives we are giving Phison, we can tell you that whatever we give to Phison is nothing more than what we are giving to our other investors.”

“Historically, the E&E (electrical and electronics) sector has been a major contributor to Malaysia’s gross domestic product growth,” he said.

“Under the Economic Transformation Programme, which includes E&E as the National Key Economic Areas, IC design has been identified as one of the key components that would accelerate the growth of the semiconductor cluster in Malaysia, with a target of 50 new IC design houses and five more Mature Technology Semiconductor Foundries to be established by 2020,” he said.

He added that the initiative was expected to generate an additional gross national income of RM7.4bil and create 8,500 highly skilled jobs for the industry.

Describing Pua’s project in Malaysia as “brain gain” for Malaysia, Noharuddin said he hoped Phison’s presence would help establish an ecosystem that would encourage overseas talent to return to the country.

Pua has a 2.55% stake Phison that has a market capitalisation of NT$47bil (RM4.8bil).

The company counts heavyweights such as Toshiba Corp, Kingston Technology, Vanguard Group Inc, Blackrock and Fidelity as its other shareholders.

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