22 October 2018

Energy-efficient government buildings to be identified in Malaysia

The Energy Commission of Malaysia's Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) has launched National Building Intensity (BEI) Labelling for Government Buildings.

The initiative aims to optimise energy consumption levels in government buildings in Malaysia and encourage owners to make energy use more efficient. The BEI label has a star rating, with five stars for the most efficient buildings.

In phase one, to be introduced by end-2018, involves 100 buildings of ministries, departments and agencies under MESTECC and the Prime Minister's Department. The next phase will run from 2019 for four years and cover 1,900 government buildings such as offices, hospitals, universities, polytechnics and schools; the third phase, from 2023, is to label 3,000 buildings.

21 October 2018

Ever seen what a Leica Triple Camera and one flash looks like?

Singaporeans got more familiar with the iconic HUAWEI Mate 20 Matrix Camera System when it appeared without warning across Singapore on the evenings of 19 and 20 October.

The iconic symbol was projected onto building facades across Singapore, including at Tampines Mall, Bugis+, and Star Vista.

The square combining a Leica Triple Camera and one flash, integrated into the rear of HUAWEI Mate 20 smartphones, makes them instantly recognisable. Besides the flash, the other three elements are a 12 MP main RGB lens, an 8 MP telephoto lens and a 16 mm ultra wide angle lens. The Mate 20 is powered by artificial intelligence (AI), while all lenses are from Leica.

Source: Huawei. The iconic HUAWEI Mate 20 Matrix Camera System projected onto Bugis Junction mall.
Source: Huawei. The iconic HUAWEI Mate 20 Matrix Camera System projected onto Bugis Junction mall.

Source: Huawei. The Matrix Camera System projected onto a building at 36 Keong Saik Road.
Source: Huawei. The Matrix Camera System projected onto a building at 36 Keong Saik Road.


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20 October 2018

MESTECC recognises 10 Malaysia Commercialisation Year award winners

Malaysia Commercialisation Year Award winners have been announced for 2018. The Malaysia Commercialisation Year Award, which the Malaysia Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment & Climate Change (MESTECC) introduced in 2016, is aimed at recognising, appreciating and motivating local R&D talents to penetrate local and international markets.

This year, MESTECC assessed 212 products in terms of technological and commercial readiness and arrived at 27 finalists who had to pitch their products to a panel of judges. There are 10 winners for the MCY Award 2018, a main winner and a consolation winner for each of five categories:

Commercial Deal Award criteria:

- Excellence in research commercialisation

- Outstanding innovation performance

- Innovative nature of the deal; and

- Potential for generating significant economic impact for Malaysia.

Source: MESTECC. DERMAGS skincare.
Source: MESTECC. DERMAGS skincare.

DERMAGS Skincare 
Biopro Cosmeceutical, a UTM spinoff and a Technology Park Malaysia (TPM) incubatee
Main winner, Commercial Deal Award 2018 

DERMAGS skincare products use alpha mangostin, an extract from mangosteen skin, delivered in niosomes - the effective ingredient is encapsulated in a 'vesicle' to prolong delivery. The products have been successfully exported abroad to Singapore, China, and India. The estimated commercialisation value up to September 2018 is RM 6.3 million.

Source: MESTECC. Detachable electrical sockets.
Source: MESTECC. Detachable
electrical sockets.
Detachable Electrical Extension Socket 
Far East Pyramid
Consolation winner, Commercial Deal Award

This product is available in stores such as Harvey Norman and e-commerce platforms such as Lazada.

Research & Business Partnership Award criteria:

- Working relationship between a research organisation and businesses;

- Commercial value for Malaysia; and

- Joint development/collaborations between research organisations and businesses

RESCUE-I Monitoring System 
Petronas University of Technology (UTP) and Syarikat Semarak Motivation
Main winner, Business Research & Partnership Award 

Syarikat Semarak Motivation specialises in security engineering. RESCUE-I Monitoring System is a digital intelligent control system developed specifically for rescuers to monitor physiological activity during a rescue operation. This real-time system integrates software modules, hardware sensors and data communications via radio networks.

This product has been successfully tested by the Fire and Rescue Academy of Malaysia and provides rescuers with more confidence even in high-risk areas.

Figs: From Farm to product 

Source: MESTECC. Fig-based products.
Source: MESTECC. Fig-based products.
Figsdirect, collaborating with the Malaysian Agricultural Research And Development Institute's (MARDI's) R&D
Consolation winner, Research Business and Partnerships Award 

These fig-based products are rich in bioactive material. The product is ideal for people with diabetes, eczema or other skin problems and may also attract consumers who are looking for sunnah-related functional foods**.

Researcher Entrepreneur Award criteria:

Recognising an entrepreneurial researcher who has made outstanding contributions to business innovation or has created innovative businesses in Malaysia through technology licensing, startup creation or by providing expertise to support business innovation.

Versatile Graphene 
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
Main winner, Research Entrepreneur Award 

Researchers from UPM can produce large volumes of graphene directly from graphite with simpler, cheaper, environmentally-friendly methods. The graphene can be used in gloves, inkjet printer ink, oil absorbers as well as batteries and super-capacitors. The commercialisation value of this product for 2018 has been estimated at RM86,000.

QuikHalal Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
Consolation winner, Research Entrepreneur Award

Source: MESTECC. The QuikHalal logo.
Source: MESTECC. The QuikHalal logo.
A halal auditing application that reduces the complexity, time and cost of halal auditing processes. The app can capture photos from mobile devices and automatically generate halal compliance reports. The estimated commercialisation value of this product for 2018 is RM100,900.

As of 2018, the app has 25 local users. UTM plans to further develop the app to support countries with Islamic-friendly hospitality industries like Thailand, Korea, Japan and Indonesia.

Emerging Innovator Award criteria:

Recognising an upcoming entrepreneurial researcher who is making outstanding contributions to business innovation or is creating innovative businesses in Malaysia through technology licensing, startup creation or by providing expertise to support business innovation.

Emergency Evacuation System 
Anderes Fourdy
Main winner, Emerging Innovator Award

This RFID Ultra High Frequency-based platform solves the problem of manual tabulation during emergencies and can identify trapped victims inside a building. The system has been implemented at Kuala Lumpur Convention Center and also at Petronas Twin Tower 1. There is interest from other organisations, including Petronas Twin Tower 2 and Maxis Tower. The estimated commercialisation value of this product for 2018 is RM1,162,380.

STRIX Nest Fully Autonomous Unmanned Aerial System & Ground Sensor 
Precision Agriculture Robotics, a TPM incubatee
Consolation winner, Emerging Innovator Award 
Source: MESTECC. STRIX Nest.
Source: MESTECC. STRIX Nest.

The product is an autonomous air system capable of collecting agricultural data and aquaculture at low cost.

Social Entrepreneur Award criteria:

- Product that caters to social needs; and

- Transformative social change through the application of innovative and practical approaches / technology to benefit society overall

UNIMAS Crab House 
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
Main winner, Social Entrepreneur Award 

This innovation aims to increase income for the B40 population band*, especially fishermen during the monsoon season. The product has low-cost construction, and is designed to be easy to monitor and control. A mobile app complements operations and creates a digital management monitoring system. The estimated revenue in 2018 for this product is RM58,800.

Source: MESTECC. Battery Pack C13.
Source: MESTECC. Battery Pack C13.
Battery Pack C13
Conjunto Thirteen
Consolation winner, Social Entrepreneur Award 

This product can generate electricity without the need for oil or gas. This product can also be used during blackouts, for camping and also during natural disasters. Estimated revenues for 2018 run to RM95,000.

Today, winners receive support for: 

• Design including physical design and packaging

• Accreditation, certification, a technology audit and market research

• Incubation including mentoring

• Advisory services related to product development, financial management and intellectual property; and

• Participation in local and foreign exhibitions.

The main winners each receive RM130,000, 50% in cash and 50% in facilitation services. Consolation winners receive RM50,000, also half in cash and the rest in facilitation services.

While only 10% of the winners from previous years were from universities, academic institutions are catching up in 2018. Out of the 10 winners, four are from local universities (UPM, UNIMAS, UTM and UTP); three are companies from Technology Park Malaysia, one is a private company and one is a research institute (MARDI).

To date, MCY Award winners have exported their products worldwide. BNetwork, which won the Research Entrepreneur Award 2016 for its bWave IoT Platform for securing smart homeshas successfully held discussions with businesses in Indonesia, Pakistan, Egypt and the Middle East for domestic and regional markets with contracts until the year 2020.

CAISER (Computer Assisted Intelligent Event Processor) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)which won the Emerging Innovator Award 2016, is used in a vehicle monitoring system in Singapore and for a water quality notification system in South Africa as well as by local agencies in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

AnanoCoat, the winner of the Commercial Deal Award 2017, is the result of research by Universiti Sains Malaysia. The product uses photocatalysm (light-based stimulation) to decompose organic compounds, kill bacteria, eliminate odours and stunt the growth of fungi and viruses. After commercialisation by Ananosphere, a TPM incubatee, AnanoCoat is seeing sales on Alibaba.com.

Malaysia Commercialisation Year was first initiated in 2016. As of August 2018, 303 products have been successfully commercialised, accounting for sales turnover of RM290.88 million. The main target of MCY is to boost research, development and innovation (R, D & I) results from local research institutions as wealth generator through commercialisation process. MCY is also a platform to raise awareness of stakeholders and the people about the potential of innovation and commercialisation in raising the nation's revenue.

As part of the MCY Special KPIs, research institutes, universities and related technology development agencies have collectively pledged to commercialise up to 360 products/technologies from various categories by the year 2020.

They are supported by the Second Wave of MCY 2.0 (2017-2019), which focuses on:

- Strengthening the commercialisation ecosystem;

- Expanding cooperation with strategic partners from industry, states and international government; and

- Expanding markets for local research, development, commercialisation and innovation (R, D, C & I) regionally and internationally.

*B40 refers to the bottom 40% of household income earners.There are three population bands, with T20 being the top 20% of income earners and M40 the middle 40% of household income earners.

**A functional food is one which has health-giving properties.

"We're moving ahead while other smartphone vendors play catchup": Huawei

It's all about a higher intelligence: the Huawei Consumer Business Group has unveiled the new HUAWEI Mate 20 series, which pushes what people dream of into the doable, under the motto Aesthetics meets Innovation.

Available in 6.53", 6.39" and 7.2" sizes, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series comprises the HUAWEI Mate 20, HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro, HUAWEI Mate 20 X and PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS.

“Smartphones are an important entrance to the digital world. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series is designed to be the best ‘mate’ of consumers, accompanying and empowering them to enjoy a richer, more fulfilled life with their higher intelligence, unparallelled battery lives and powerful camera performance,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group at the launch on October 16.


Compactly engineered, every device from the 6.39" HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro to the 7.2" HUAWEI Mate 20 X is meant to be comfortably used with a single hand.

Natural elements have influenced the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series. In particular the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro’s chassis is curved on all eight sides. There is no longer a speaker grille - Saiful Amri, Product & Training Manager, Huawei Consumer Business Group Singapore, described it as an "invisible Type C" speaker.

An iconic square encircled in a polished metal frame, inspired by a four-point headlight,  combines a Leica Triple Camera and a flash creates an aesthetic signature for the rear of the HUAWEI Mate 20 series.

The flagship series comes in a new Emerald Green colourway. A new Hyper Optical Pattern on the glass back is a complex hairline pattern that produces a durable iridescent effect and also makes the device easy to grip and fingerprint-resistant. The devices are designed to retain a clean look even when they have been used extensively.

For the PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS, Huawei and Porsche Design ingeniously combined race track elements with premium materials to create a device that exudes elegance and offers a firm, ergonomic grip. This model is further differentiated by an iconic glass band running down the length of the back.


Source: Huawei website. The Dewdrop display on the HUAWEI Mate 20.
Source: Huawei website. The Dewdrop display on the HUAWEI Mate 20.

As an expression of the HUAWEI Mate Series DNA, all devices carry a FullView display with a high screen-to-body ratio. The HUAWEI Mate 20 features a Dewdrop barely-there notch at the top, maximising screen-to-body ratio.


The Porsche Design HUAWEI Mate 20 RS makes use of dual biometric identification. The 3D Depth Sensing Camera scans over 30,000 facial points to create a unique identification key. The phone also recognises fingerprints.


The Mate 20 series is powered by Huawei’s densest and highest performing system-on-a-chip (SoC) to date—the Kirin 980. The SoC fits 6.9 billion transistors within a die the size of a fingernail. Huawei has designed a three-tier architecture that consists of two ultra-large cores, two large cores and four small cores. This grants the CPU the flexibility to allocate the optimal amount of resources to heavy, medium and light tasks for unprecedented levels of efficiency, simultaneously improving the performance of the SoC while enhancing the battery life.

Compared to its predecessor the Kirin 970, the Kirin 980 is equipped with CPU that is 75% more powerful, GPU that is 46% more powerful and a neural processor unit (NPU) that is 226% more powerful. The efficiency of the components has also improved: the CPU is 58% more efficient, GPU is 178% more efficient, and the NPU is 182% more efficient.

Manufactured with a 7 nm process, the Kirin 980 is the world’s first commercial SoC to use the Cortex A76-based cores. The CPU and and Mali G76 GPU multi-core architecture enables a boost in performance over previous models. Two cores are used for turbo performance; two cores for sustained performance; and four handle power efficiency depending on the apps in use. When it comes to gaming, for example, all eight cores will be in use. Music will only leverage the cores for efficiency.

The Kirin 980 is also the industry’s first SoC to be equipped with a Dual-NPU, granting it higher On-Device AI processing capability to support any and all AI applications. One of the DUAL-NPU chips is dedicated to AI computing while the other focuses on specific tasks.

Source: Huawei website. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro in Emerald Green. It can be differentiated from the HUAWEI Mate 20 by its larger notch at the top of the screen.
Source: Huawei website. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro in Emerald Green. It can be differentiated from the HUAWEI Mate 20 by its larger notch at the top of the screen.

Both the HUAWEI Mate 20 and HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro are to be available in Singapore. Both phones have a 75% performance upgrade1; 58% CPU performance efficiency upgrade1, 46% GPU performance boost1; and 178% GPU performance efficiency improvement1 over their predecessors, the HUAWEI Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro.


The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro is the world’s first smartphone to support the 4.5G LTE Cat. 21 standard, allowing consumers to experience download speeds of up to 1.4 Gbps1. It also supports the world’s fastest Wi-Fi connection speeds. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro enables up to 1,733 Mpbs2 in Wi-Fi download speeds - 2 GB footage requires only 10 seconds to download.

The top-end flagship also supports dual-band (L1+L5) GPS positioning technology. The AI GPS Satellite Selection technology enhances the positioning accuracy across a wide range of scenarios.


The new 40 W HUAWEI SuperCharge, 15 W HUAWEI Wireless Quick Charge - a fast wireless charging solution - and large batteries work in tandem to provide users with the best battery life. A 4,000 mAh3 battery with smarter AI power management fuels daily use for the HUAWEI Mate 20 while the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro houses a large, high-density 4,200 mAh battery.

HUAWEI SuperCharge technology with TÜV Safety certification supports a rapid charge of just 30 minutes to yield a 58% battery4 for the Mate 20, while the Mate 20 Pro leverages 40 W HUAWEI SuperCharge technology to obtain 70% charge in 30 minutes.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro also supports 15 W HUAWEI Wireless Quick Charge and Wireless Reverse Charge, which enables the device to work as a power bank for selected electronic devices supporting wireless charging. "Talk about mating," commented Amri.

Just switch the mode on and lay a compatible device on the back of the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro, and the other device will begin to charge. In a demo during the sneak preview, an iPhone switched to charging mode after being placed on the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro.

With the Porsche Design HUAWEI Mate 20 RS, the 40 W HUAWEI SuperCharge5 and 15 W Wireless Quick Charge6 fuel a 4,200 mAh3 battery faster than ever.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 X supports an ultra-large 5,000 mAh battery, and is equipped with a revolutionary HUAWEI super cool system that uses a combination of graphene film and a vapour chamber to deliver outstanding cooling. With the cooling system in place, the CPU and GPU embedded in HUAWEI Mate 20 X can remain at full throttle for an extended period of time and deliver a smooth and satisfying gaming experience. The HUAWEI super cool system also marks the first time graphene has been utilised to cool smartphones.


The Matrix Camera System includes a Leica ultra wide angle lens that lets users not only see wider, but also closer with its new macro distance capability. The three lenses in the new Leica Triple Camera powered by AI forms a square (matrix) when coupled with a flash.

Each lens is designed for a different scenario. The 12 MP main RGB lens captures everyday details, while the 8 MP telephoto lens will focus on distant shots. The new 16 mm Leica ultra wide angle lens gives a sense of spaciousness and a three dimensional effect to images. The new camera system also supports macro distance, which produces crisp images of objects that are placed as close as 2.5 cm from the lens. Switch between wide angle and macro shots by moving a slider in camera mode to zoom in or out.

Through advanced AI Image Stabilization, the Night Mode will shoot blur-free and focused handheld photos in low light. It also balances high-contrast scenes - no more overexposed shots.

Recognising more than 1,500 scenarios and 25 categories, the upgraded AI-powered photography capability can now segment different objects and scenes within a single photo. Colours, white balance, brightness and contrast are adjusted automatically.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro is equipped with a 40 MP main camera, a 20 MP ultra wide-angle camera, and an 8 MP telephoto camera. Together, the trio of lenses supports a wide range of focal lengths (equivalent to the performance of a 16-270 mm zoom lens), enabling it to mimic the results from professional cameras.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series also features an AI Portrait Color video mode. Using AI, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series can isolate human subjects and desaturate the colours around them to dramatically highlight the person. AI Spotlight Reel identifies clips with a shared theme and auto-generates a montage made entirely of highlights. With the AI video zoom feature, the phone can identify a subject and track it automatically, so that the subject is always within the frame.

HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro and PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS both support 3D Face Unlock. The solution quickly and securely authenticates users within 0.6 s at a false acceptance rate of below 1/1,000,000. Using the 3D Depth Sensing Camera System located in the front, the two devices can accurately read the facial features of a subject and recognise even small details. Besides user authentication, this suite of sensors also enables the portrait beautification effects to be realised in a more natural and effective way.

The AI is also used for real-time translation. While the Mate 10 worked with Microsoft translation technology, Huawei is now using its own expertise for this.

Operating system

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series ships with the highly customised Android P-based EMUI 9 operating system, on which users can access productivity and entertainment features with just a few taps and swipes.

Through AI self-learning algorithms, an integrated and granular resource allocation system, and a highly optimised Android environment, EMUI 9 will remain smooth even through extended use. Android operating systems typically begin to stutter over time.

EMUI 9.0 incorporates a unified, ergonomic design and a streamlined settings menu. The new gesture navigation support allows users to interact with their devices using just taps and swipes. It also introduces new AI features that enable the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series to perform or enhance a range of tasks from object identification to food calorie counting7. Using 3D Live Object Modeling, consumers can even create a digital avatar to dance or interact with.

As a key pillar supporting Huawei’s all-connected, all-scenario ecosystem, HUAWEI Share 3.0 improves device interconnection, allowing users to transfer files between smartphones and PCs. This Huawei-proprietary solution revolutionises the way images and videos are transferred: all it takes is one tap to establish a connection between a smartphone and PC for easy and fast file sharing8.

PC replacement

The HUAWEI Mate 20 allows users to project presentations, gaming or video immediately to a larger screen9. In this mode, messages can still be sent and phone calls made independently, with privacy protected.


The IP68-rated10 water and dust resistant HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro can be taken through the rain.

A proprietary nano memory card offers storage of up to 256 GB.

First looks

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro at a sneak preview. The Twilight colour looks almost black towards the bottom. The texture was clearly anti-slip.
The pre-launch HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro at a sneak preview. The Twilight colour looks almost black towards the bottom. The texture was clearly anti-slip.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro at a sneak preview. The main screen.
The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro at a sneak preview. The main screen.

At the sneak preview for the Mate 20 series Cheng Jiangfei, MD, Huawei Consumer Business Group, said that business in Singapore had seen triple digit growth for the past three years. "The earlier generation Mate series are still selling very well," he said.

Huawei invested US$14 billion in research and development last year, and US$11 billion in 2016. The company has three main smartphone lines, the Mate series for Millennials and digital natives; the P series for photography; and the Nova series for practical use.


The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 are both available in four colours, including Twilight and Emerald Green, plus the more conventional Midnight Blue and black. Twilight retains the purple hue of the previous Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro family, but has been deepened to look almost black.

The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS is only available in black.

The new HUAWEI Mate 20 and HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro will be available in Singapore from 27 October at the recommended retail price of S$998 and S$1,348 respectively. The HUAWEI Mate 20 will be available islandwide from 27 October 2018 at all Huawei Concept Stores, local telecommunication operators, selected consumer electronic stores, authorised mobile retailers and selected online marketplaces.

Huawei will be holding a sales launch event on 27 October 2018 at Causeway Point, Level 1, Round Atrium. From 10:30 am to 10 pm, customers will receive a premium gift set (worth up to S$470) with every purchase of the HUAWEI Mate 20 or Mate 20 Pro. Customers are also invited to experience the new features of the Mate 20 in the different interactive zones and meet local celebrities like Rebecca Lim, Pierre Png, Sonia Chew and Gao Mei Gui.

 Customers are entitled to a two-year warranty with any Huawei smartphone.

 The HUAWEI Mate 20 X will not be available in Singapore. It will be available in selected markets.

Customers in Singapore can also look forward to the new HUAWEI Watch GT and PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS in late November.

Source: Huawei. The Mate 20 series at a glance.
Source: Huawei. The Mate 20 series at a glance.

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1 All data and benchmark results are based on internal testing. Results may vary in different environments.

2 Data based on theoretical calculation, performance may vary subject to actual environment and users’ carrier network. Differ from model and version in countries.

3 Typical value. Based on results from HUAWEI lab tests. Battery life depends on actual usage situation.

4 Based on results from HUAWEI lab tests. Lab test environment: temperature at 25 °C, relative humidity: 45% to 80%. By using HUAWEI SuperCharge charger and cable, the phone was charged from 1% power in 4G network standby status.

5 Maximum data. Only available with 40 W HUAWEI SuperCharge charger and cable.

6 Maximum data. Only available with 15 W HUAWEI Wireless Quick Charge charger. Sold separately.

7 Feature available on HUAWEI Mate 20 and HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro at launch; for reference only, data may vary.

8 Selected Huawei PC models only.

9 Large screen devices need to support or use a Miracast video adapter.

10 Rating is based on test conditions of submersion in up to 1.5 m of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.

*Accessibility of some features may vary across regions. Product pictures and display contents are provided for reference only. Actual product features and specifications (including but not limited to appearance, colour, and size), as well as actual display contents (including but not limited to backgrounds, the user interface, and icons) may vary.

**All data in the foregoing pages are theoretical values obtained by HUAWEI internal laboratories through tests carried out under particular conditions. Actual data may vary owing to differences in individual products, software versions, application conditions, and environmental factors. All data is subject to actual usage.

***Due to real-time changes involving product batches, production and supply factors, in order to provide accurate product information, specifications, and features, HUAWEI may make real-time adjustments to text descriptions and images online so that they match the product performance, specifications, indexes, and components of the actual product. Product information is subject to such changes and adjustments without notice.

19 October 2018

Michelin awards three stars to La Yeon in Seoul

The Shilla Seoul's flagship restaurant, La Yeon, has been awarded three Michelin stars for a third consecutive year. A traditional Korean fine-dining restaurant, La Yeon offers authentic flavours and creative interpretations of time-honoured recipes.

Since opening in 2013, La Yeon has earned global attention for its service, ambience, and sophisticated menu. It was the first Korean restaurant in the world to receive a Michelin three-star rating. The restaurant has distinguished itself with premium, Korean-grown ingredients procured from exclusive sources around the country. The menu at La Yeon refreshes every three months to reflect the changing seasons and produce, placing emphasis on freshness and provenance.

La Yeon’s three-star recognition is a testament to the team’s pursuit of culinary excellence. “It is an exceptional honour to be acknowledged by the Michelin Guide for a third consecutive year,” says Executive Chef Kim Sung Il.

Source: Shilla website. Dish from La Yeon.
Source: Shilla website. Dish from La Yeon.

“In recent years, Korean cuisine has gained recognition for its seasonal flavours and refined techniques. This latest Michelin honour is a validation of our team’s commitment to preserving and showcasing traditional Korean recipes.”


Call La Yeon at +82 2 2230 3367 or visit the Shilla website.

Low Carbon Cities Framework awards handed out at IGEM 2018

The Low Carbon Cities Framework (LCCF) Awards were presented to 12 local authorities and a university in Malaysia this month at International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM). A local authority is a county, city or district public sector organisation in Malaysia.

LCCF is a national low carbon framework for cities which was developed by the Malaysia Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC), formerly known as the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water Malaysia; and the Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (MGTC) under the Smart Sustainable Cities flagship, to facilitate, guide and assess the development of low carbon cities throughout Malaysia and support its goal of becoming a green nation by 2020.

The LCCF also assists local authorities, developers and universities to achieve low carbon status, providing tools to implement strategies that will reduce their carbon emissions in phases.

Three of the local suthorities received the Diamond Recognition Award at IGEM 2018 in acknowledgement of their efforts in reducing their levels of carbon emission based on their action plans.

At the end of 2017, Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam (MBSA), Majlis Perbandaran Klang (MPK) and Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Prai (MPSP) successfully reduced a combined 4,268.15 tCO2* in emissions. This was achieved through building energy efficiency, waste recycling, providing low carbon mobility solutions and substantive tree planting in their cities.

Provisional Certificate recipients were recognised for fulfilling the baseline assessment within their working systems. Under the stipulations of the certificate, a comprehensive action plan must be developed and then implemented in the next couple of years.

LCCF is a performance-based system that measures a city’s environmental impact. It looks at the total carbon emissions of a city across four key elements; urban infrastructure, urban environment, urban transportation and buildings.

Realising the importance of measuring performance of cities and townships vis a vis CO2 emission levels of the country, LCCF was established to inspire stakeholders and users to participate in the mitigation of climate change through a real time carbon abatement measure.

For this year’s award recipients at IGEM 2018 are:

Source: MGTC. MGTC's CEO, Dr Mohd Azman Bin Zainul Abidin (centre) with Diamond Recognition recipients. The award presentation was also graced by the Honourable Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Azhar Bin Haji Yahaya, Secretary General, MESTECC. Asdirhyme Bin Abdul Rasib, Senior Undersecretary for Energy Sector, MESTECC was also in attendance.
Source: MGTC. MGTC's CEO, Dr Mohd Azman Bin Zainul Abidin (centre) with Diamond Recognition recipients. The award presentation was also graced by the Honourable Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Azhar Bin Haji Yahaya, Secretary General, MESTECC. Asdirhyme Bin Abdul Rasib, Senior Undersecretary for Energy Sector, MESTECC was also in attendance.

LCCF Diamond Recognition

• Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam (MBSA)

• Majlis Perbandaran Klang (MPK)

• Majlis Perbandaran Seberan Prai (MPSP)

LCCF Provisional Certificate

• Majlis Perbandaran Bentong

• Majlis Perbandaran Kajang

• Majlis Perbandaran Pasir Gudang

• Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya

• Majlis Perbandaran Batu Pahat

• Majlis Perbandaran Langkawi

• Majlis Perbandaran Selayang

• Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang

• Majlis Perbandaran Jasin

• UNIMAS, Sarawak

From 2011 till 2018, five local authorities and two universities received the Diamond Recognition award and 19 local authorities and three universities received the Provisional Certificate. As of October 2018, 28 other local authorities have also begun the process of LCCF by attending training and working out the proper structures at the local authority level.

Private developers of townships and industrial parks such as Selangor Bio Bay, Malaysia Vision Valley and Iskandar Halal Park are also beginning to adopt LCCF and move towards low carbon developments.

LCCF aims to get the 52 local authorities from the major urban areas to begin the journey towards low-carbon cities by 2020. This effort will drive Malaysia’s commitment towards reducing our CO2 emissions intensity of up to 45% by 2030.

The latest IPCC Report has outlined the need for immediate and concrete global action towards reducing CO2 emissions. The time for action is now and through LCCF, Malaysia has a strong foundation to build on to push towards a low carbon nation.

*TCO2 or total CO2 is a measure of carbon dioxide that includes CO2 as we know it as well as CO2 in other forms including bicarbonate (HCO3), carbonate (CO3) and carbonic acid (H2CO3).