,TPM’s new CEO Dzuleira Abu Bakar (pix) tells StarBizWeek her plans.
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AS potentially the largest hub for hyperscale data centres (HDCs) in the country, Technology Park Malaysia (TPM) is becoming a key player in the ecosystem.
TPM itself is undergoing a major change. In April the government announced a plan to consolidate TPM with the Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) into a technology commercialisation agency (TCA). TPM is a fourth-generation technology park with physical incubators and tech infrastructure, while MaGIC has served a role in cultivating technology startups.TPM’s new CEO Dzuleira Abu Bakar (pix) tells StarBizWeek her plans.
Can you tell us the big picture plan you have to take TPM forward? In its 25 years, TPM has contributed tremendously to nation building, in particular to the development of the tech startup ecosystem. TPM has provided a platform to tech industry players such as Telekom Malaysia, Astro, Petronas Dagangan and Iris Technologies, and are looking at bringing in more top technology companies as anchor tenants. TPM is also in talks to build an artificial intelligence (AI) city offering an integrated AI ecosystem for development and commercial purposes.
To date, TPM has also incubated entrepreneurs in robotics and drone tech and has provided support to tech driven SMEs. Total investments in terms of providing world class infrastructure and a comprehensive eco-system to these businesses are in excess of RM1bil.
My immediate focus is rejuvenation and revitalisation of the park to transform its state to what it should be – a hub that enables innovation and technology. Also, aspirationally to spearhead economic oriented research through a multidisciplinary approach with increased collaboration across traditional boundaries and organisations.
We are here to provide a business focused capacity and capability to accelerate research and technology commercialisation. Ultimately we want to enable more demand driven technologies to meet specific needs of the country.
TPM has tremendous potential and we have only just scratched the surface in terms of offerings to the tech startup ecosystem, and I’ve been tasked to unlock the potential and value of this organisation through this transformation.
The first thing to do is to understand the fundamentals of the organisation, it’s strengths and shortcomings and potential growth areas.
My priority includes transforming the culture, making TPM relevant to its internal and external stakeholders. More importantly a customer friendly organisation. We will then seek to grow TPM dynamically and prime it for the strategic consolidation with MaGIC to form TCA.
TPM has a lot of potential waiting to be unlocked. Firstly, TPM sits on 686 acres of prime land with proximity to the KL city centre, with 371 acres already developed through collaboration with technology MNCs.