Ipohites are in for a real treat as Malaysian Invention and Design Society (MINDS) Perak Chapter will be hosting Robest Yong Han Aun, innopreneur and holder of multiple patents and Teng Yu-Mein, inventor of the Efinity EZ Water Filter System as guest speakers on Sunday, March 24 at the YMCA at 9am. Their first workshop in Ipoh, entrance is free and open to the public.

The award-winning Malaysian duo will elaborate and demonstrate the Efinity EZ Water Filter System invented by Teng which enables users to filter water without the need for water pressure from the tap or electricity to run a pump. It aids the marginalised community living in rural areas without clean treated piped water and has to resort to getting their water supplies from the rivers, streams, wells and rain harvesting.

Efinity EZ Water Filter System has now been used to help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh via a humanitarian effort initiated by the Malaysian Consultative Council for Islamic Organizations (MAPIM). Teng considered this as one of her proud accomplishments to have pushed Malaysian grassroots innovation into the international market. Currently, her products have reached not only Bangladesh but also Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and many third world countries where unclean water had been a cause of many deaths.

To attend the sharing session, contact Miss Dong (016 338 6524), Dr Nagara (012 517 9516) or Mr Tan (016 532 3505) for registration. Seats are limited. Do register earlier to avoid disappointment. Registration closing date: Thursday, March 21.

Meanwhile, MINDS Perak Chapter is a state branch of MINDS Malaysia, a non-profit making NGO formed in 1986. Running on the objective to encourage creative thinking and spirit of invention, it also promotes the development and utilisation of Malaysian inventions and designs. Plus, it provides professional training programmes to enhance competitiveness.

Tan Kim Seng, the chairman of MINDS Perak Chapter explained, “MINDS members come from all walks of life: children, students and adults. Many Malaysians are able to produce new inventions that bring Malaysia towards Vision 2020. To date, the total number of members in Perak is 90.”

To find out more, visit its website (minds.net.my) or email your inquiries to lionkstan@gmail.com

Mei Kuan