YIM’s Mainstreaming Grassroots Innovation (MaGRIs) programme is a project that focuses on upscaling and accelerating the development and diffusion of potential grassroots innovations in Malaysia via collaboration with various parties from government, industry, grassroots community and youth.

The MaGRIs programme provides an environment to develop grassroots innovators with potential innovations and groom them to become community role models. New methods to stimulate grassroots commercial activities into mainstream commercial activities are often uncovered while grassroots innovators leverage through opportunities to mainstream their innovations into mainstream commercial activities. Often, academic and industry collaborators are roped in to support the MaGRIs programme activities.

From innovation development to commercialisation with market diffusion to inclusive communities, the programme even has its own MaGRIs Ambassador originating from the same communities, sharing community success stories and creating engagement with this targeted community. Since MaGRIs was incepted in 2016, more than 13,000 people have engaged with the programme.

Mohd Feroz Bin Zainal from Selangor, the innovator of Battery Pack C13.

Battery Pack C13 encapsulates a rechargeable battery pack which is a low-voltage, environment-friendly innovation that replaces conventional electrical generators. It is targeted to help mobile entrepreneurs save on their power generation costs with the benefits of affordability, portability and low maintenance costs.

Norshafiza Binti Zakaria and team members; Nurul Dafiqah Binti KamarulzamanShafrine Binti Mohamad Morshidi and Didi Iswandi Bin Abdol Kasit from Sarawak, the innovators of Serunding Lumek Salai.

Serunding Lumek Salai is a two-pronged initiative that combines food technology innovation and social innovation. It is based on smoked “lumek” fish, predominantly found in the waters surrounding Bruit Island in Sarawak. The project provides the community of Bruit Island economic and social benefits while the innovators have also introduced a healthy, delicious and calcium-rich delicacy that is produced through innovative processing techniques, healthy cooking and modern packaging to preserve its freshness.

Puan Sariyaman binti Sabur from Sabah, the innovator of Naget Ubi Kayu Sejuk Beku.

Naget Ubi Kayu Sejuk Beku is a nutritious, multi-flavoured cassava nugget preparation. The innovation successfully combines the study of food chemistry and modern food processing techniques to create a healthy and conveniently-prepared dish or meal accompaniment that is loved across all generations.

Azhar bin Ismail and team members, Asri bin Ab RahimRosnizam bin MansorHamidan bin Ibrahim and Mazura binti Mohd Mohayudin from Perlis, the innovators of Galah Tuis.

This handy tool enables fruits to be swiftly and easily wrapped directly on tree branches without the need to climb up trees. The innovation protects damage to ripening fruits caused by birds, insects and tree-climbing animals such as squirrels while also reducing the risk of accidents from falling off trees. It is easy to use with minimal maintenance costs.


Jirum Manjat and Rexella Mahir from Sabah, the innovators of Toolkit Seni Cungkilan Kayu.

The toolkit is a boost for local artist-preneurs. It encompasses a modular technical training system that incorporates wood-carving equipment with video training and woodcraft manual. It hones professional wood-carving skills in schools and other grassroots communities, while promoting an interest in traditional woodcraft as a creative and sustainable business model.