SCEIC acknowledges talents via Awards

Sabah Creative Economy and Innovation Centre (SCEIC) started its operation when the Covid-19 pandemic struck the whole world.

But it chose to lead, live up to its name, and promote changes to inspire the rakyat. 

Such a journey was less lonesome as the centre received support and assistance from 30 individuals and organisations to grow the Sabahan talents together.

SCEIC general manager Viviantie Sarjuni said the majority of them had offered pro bono services knowing that they had limited resources due to the pandemic. 

“The model of Public-Private-Community Partnership (PPC Partnership) has always been our compass to ensure everyone is included and no one left behind. 

“It is very crucial that we identify the ecosystem players, their roles and how we can complement each other and tap on each other’s skills and advantages in creating greater impact on the ground,” she said. 

Recognition through Awards

In recognising the hard work of all stakeholders who have been very supportive towards SCEIC, the centre showed its appreciation via the 30 Honourable Mentions (individual and organisation respectively), Enabler Award and ACE Award.

“We have also selected them based on the work and contributions that they have done to the community way before the formation of SCEIC in 2020. 

“These are the people that have paved the way for us to enable more grassroot initiatives on the ground. In short, they are our unsung heroes.

“The common values (among them) are the willingness to go beyond what was required, that patriotisme spirit of despite different backgrounds, we have common goals of nurturing our talents in Sabah together,” she said. 

Viviantie cited the Co-ETIC online mentoring platform where subject matter experts, including government agencies and corporates came together to mentor talents from Sabah, has gained traction and demand from the Sabahans. 

Co- ETIC is an initiative that they built together with Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC), a government agency under MOSTI. It was a pro bono initiative where mentors allocated their time and offered their expertise to nurture talents on an agreed number of sessions monthly.

As  for the Enabler Award, it is given to the ecosystem leaders from private, public and community level that have been very supportive towards not only allowing for initiative to happen on the ground but enabling other stakeholders in the ecosystem to work together. 

“These are the forward thinking leaders who see the big picture of how we can sustain the ecosystem by working together. 

“They might not have the forte in technology for example but they realised, as a leader they need to support. Otherwise we will always be left behind,” she said, giving an example of the MyHackathon 2020 Kota Kinabalu held in Sabah last December.

Viviantie said through the event,  SCEIC has managed to get buy in and support from not only K.K.I.P Sdn Bhd but higher learning institutions, corporates and NGOs. 

Two Sabahan startups have also won a total of RM500,000 investment from Cradle Sdn Bhd, a federal government agency under MOSTI who was also the main organiser for  MyHackaton competition. 

“Without all players, we won’t be able to get such good responses from the participants.” 

The third, ACE Award, is a special mention to Khairilizwan Jamros of Khaiz Empire that has consistently assisted SCEIC especially during MCO in 2020 last year by providing necessary, relevant content and being the technology enabler for the centre. 

Awards 3D trophy printed by the Tenom tech community 

All recipients of the three awards will receive a 3D printed trophy, designed and printed by Tenom Innovation Centre (TIC) team members of SMJK Chung Hwa.

Tenom Innovation Centre (TIC) is a makerspace in Tenom, that is opened to all students from the surrounding area.

It encourages students with common interests in computers, machining, technology, science, digital art, or electronic art to meet, socialize, and collaborate. These young students are the future makers, innovators, creative talents, entrepreneurs that will contribute to the economic growth of Sabah.

“With this collaboration, we hope to help TIC to purchase new and upgraded equipment for their future projects. 

“On top of that, this appreciation will help to highlight communities and organisations that have done a great job building talents in Sabah. They deserve recognition for their hard work and passion to help Sabah. 

“Some of them are not even from Sabah, but realising the potential of our talents here and spirit to help, they have been kind enough to come forward to offer their expertise and assistance, flew all the way from Kuala Lumpur voluntarily, using their own pocket money and despite the risks of travelling during pandemic” said Viviantie. 

SCEIC’s future plan to produce more startups, innovative solutions and creative talents to accelerate industries in Sabah

SCEIC will look forward to engaging with not only organisations but individuals who want to be part of our initiatives to push for technology, innovation and creativity agenda in Sabah. 

“Who knows we might be able to produce a unicorn startup from Sabah? An equivalent of Grab, Lazada, or produce a world class animation movie – an equivalent of Disney?  Or maybe let’s be brave enough to imagine and work towards producing drone technology or robots that can help optimize agriculture operations in the rural areas? 

“Having said that, SCEIC cannot be pushing this alone, it takes the entire ecosystem players to work together and make this a reality. We must end the culture of working in silos. This Honourable Mention initiative is a way for us to appreciate and express our heartfelt thank you to  everyone involved throughout 2020, Kotohuadan – from the bottom of our hearts ” said Viviantie. 

About Sabah Creative Economy and Innovation Centre (SCEIC)

Sabah Creative Economy and Innovation Centre is an initiative under the Ministry of Trade and Industry Sabah, in collaboration with K.K.I.P Sdn Bhd. 

This initiative was approved by the cabinet of Sabah in August 2019 and aimed to accelerate industries in Sabah through entrepreneurship, technology, innovation and creativity.

List of recipients


Honorable Mention 2020 (Individual)

  1. Ernie Zainie
  2. Irwin Mohd Daud Ker
  3. Stella Matilda
  4. Ani Mohd Ridzuan
  5. Sinn Chun Hou @ Geoffrey
  6. Sahara Usli
  7. Edham Arief Dawillah
  8. Frida Fara Bungga
  9. Lim Tzyy Shyong
  10. Puan Sri Maimon Arif
  11. Anas Amdan
  12. Uliantie Sarjuni
  13. Benedick Bisoni 
  14. Mazrie Mahat
  15. Ida Faranina Binti Othman
  16. Dr Jidon Janaun
  17. Ts Tan Yee Siang
  18. Nadira Ilana
  19. Anja Juliah Abu Bakar
  20. Jaklin Juanis
  21. Katak Chua Soon Min
  22. Zikri Zainudin
  23. Ben Uzair
  24. Caroline Jintoni
  25. Hazel Hassan
  26. Richard Ker
  27. Anuthra Sirisena Sinnyore
  28. Dr Nur Aaina Syafini 
  29. Rizo Leong
  30. Azizul Julirin

Honorable Mention 2020 (Organisation)

  1. Sabah Bangkit represented by Anas Amdan
  2. Chanteek Borneo represented by Anne Antah
  3. North Borneo Filmfinity represented by Mohd Irwin Daud Ker
  4. Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC) represented by Nazlia Jafri
  5. Borneo Echo represented by Fardy Bungga
  6. Kinabalu Coders represented by Arthur Kent Raymond
  7. Borneo Startup Community represented by Zack Ker
  8. Rambutan Code Academy represented by Faezrah Rizalman
  9. Politeknik Kota Kinabalu represented by Minir Simon
  10. UiTM Sabah represented by Ahmad Noor Syahir Sazali
  11. KSTIS represented by SUT Jasmine Teo
  12. Ooze represented by Precilla Fong Pui Sie
  13. Kelab Belia Tinagayan represented by Fazlan Thomas
  14. Upcycled Shack represented by Tressie Yap
  15. UMS represented by Prof Dr Ramzah Dambul
  16. Daily Express represented by Saila Saidie
  17. Magic represented by David Lim
  18. Cradle represented by COO Razif Abdul Aziz
  19. MDEC represented by Janice Lim
  20. MID represented by SUT Thomas Logijin
  21. Ministry of Marketing Asia represented by Niney Chong
  22. MBS represented by Ahmad Farid Sainuri (President) 
  23. i-Kudat represented by Cehrolina Joseph
  24. SMG represented by Amirin Arsyan
  25. SSEN represented by Jonity Philip
  26. NeoOne Associate represented by Rosihan Juara Baharuddin
  27. Clarus Consulting represented by Dr Cynthia Ee
  28. Siung Films represented by Jo Luping
  29. DIDR represented by Tommie Philip (Ketua Pengarah) 
  30. MOREFUN represented by Oscar YJH


  1. Datuk Ir. Melvin G Disimond CEO of K.K.I.P Sdn Bhd.
  2. Datuk Asnimar Hj. Sukardi ex Senior Civil Servant
  3. Prof. Madya. Ts. Dr. Razmah Dambul of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
  4. Saverinus P. Kitingan of Sabah Techpreneur Association (SATA) 
  5. Eric Lee of Facebook Malaysia
  6. Sylvain Grisollet of Animation Partners Asia
  7. Jean Ivy Denis Gompion of Tambunan Community College
  8. Chin Kah Yi COO of Sabah Net Sdn. Bhd.
  9. Carol Fung of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
  10. Emmeline Patrick of Department of Industrial Development Sabah (DIDR)

A.C.E Award 2020


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