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MIMOS BERHAD Initiatives in Advancing the Semiconductor Industry in Malaysia

Malaysia’s electrical and electronics (E&E) industry, particularly the semiconductor segment, is a vital contributor to exports but lags in its GDP share (6.85%) due to limited high-value activities. The global E&E industry is poised for 6-8% annual growth until 2030, driven by electric vehicles, renewable energy, AI, and smart devices. Malaysia should establish a visionary plan for the E&E sector, aiming for 2-3x GDP growth in the next two decades. This can be achieved by boosting local content, exploring adjacencies like chip design, and emphasizing value-added activities. To succeed, the focus should be on domestic capacity building in areas like design, R&D, and brand ownership, supported by industrial policies, strategic foreign investments, R&D funding, and institutional support. Coordination and policy interventions are crucial to creating an ecosystem conducive to E&E sector growth. In summary, Malaysia needs a long-term vision for the E&E sector emphasizing local content, value addition, and capacity building, supported by coordinated policies and investments

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Thiagesh K Lingam

Senior Director


Thiagesh K Lingam is the Senior Director for Industrial Development and Technology Transfer at MIMOS Berhad. He plays a crucial role in engaging the Electrical and Electronics industry in Malaysia and globally. His focus is on facilitating technical and commercial interactions to enhance the industry’s competitiveness. With degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Materials Engineering from the University of Sunderland, UK, and a Lead Auditor qualification, he brings a strong educational background. Over his 25-year career, Mr. Lingam excelled in IC Design, wafer fabrication, Analytical Services, Product Reliability, Embedded Technology, and Rapid Prototyping, working at Chartered Semiconductor and Hitachi Nippon Steel. His proactive, strategic, and problem-solving skills make him a standout leader in the field.

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MIMOS is a leading innovation center in Semiconductors, Microelectronics, and ICT technologies, operating under Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI). It plays a pivotal role in Malaysia’s socio-economic advancement by developing patentable technology platforms, products, and solutions. With over 1,300 filed patents, MIMOS contributes to Malaysia’s international digital transformation efforts and rebranded as MIMOS Global in 2022. The organization focuses on research excellence in Semiconductor & Thin Film Research, Embedded Microelectronics, Manufacturing, and Smart Nation technologies. MIMOS collaborates with strategic partners, explores new opportunities, nurtures technology ventures, and prioritizes innovation, trust, and high performance.

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