Cover Story: The Malaysian maker revolution

May 20, 2018

n the past few years, makerspaces have been sprouting up across Malaysia in universities, schools and shopping malls. Many workshops and maker fests, where participants learn new skills and are challenged to build products to solve problems, have been organised.For the many leaders of the movement in Malaysia, their purpose is to reform education. "Schools today are primarily teaching systems, not learning systems. The teacher stands up and delivers whatever he has to say," says Rajesh Nair, professor of practice and director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre at the Asia School of Business (in collaboration with MIT Sloan Management). The university, housed in Sasana Kijang in Kuala Lumpur, has a makerspace called the FabLabKL."The maker movement is about flipping the whole thing around. For it to be a learning system, you do not need to have a teacher who knows everything. You need to have a teacher who is willing to admit that he does not know everything and is ready to learn together," says Nair.