Time for Sabah, Sarawak to play bigger role

Time for Sabah, Sarawak to play bigger role

Aviation and Aerospace, Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, FinTech, Industry 4.0, Renewable Energy, Sabah, Sarawak, Smart City
Dato Madani Sahari As a Sarawakian, I am aware that there has been decades-long limitation in bringing the automotive industry to Sabah and Sarawak, as the logistics factors alone make it seemingly challenging to set up an automotive manufacturing ecosystem. However, with the advent of technology and disruptions within the mobility sector, new opportunities have arisen for the people of Sabah and Sarawak. With the correct strategy, it is the right time for meaningful participation, with new comparative advantages now available for the region. MARii has long been working closely with the Australian government to develop numerous turnkey projects in electric mobility and advanced manufacturing for the benefit of Malaysians. Now, in the case of Sabah and Sarawak, an opportunity has presented itself. Firstly, the advent of online technology has…
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MAHB’s retail revolution more than just business

MAHB’s retail revolution more than just business

Aviation and Aerospace, Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, FinTech, Industry 4.0, Renewable Energy, Sabah, Sarawak, Smart City
SEPANG: The word “lifestyle” may seem out of place at an airport, but it is exactly what Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) aims to inject into its five international airports in five years. The country’s main airport operator is looking to revamp the commercial space at international airports in Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Penang, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. In an interview with FMT, Mohammad Nazli Abdul Aziz, who is spearheading the commercial reset, said the exercise is about raising the standards of airport retail and realising the full potential of commercial space. “Look at other airports in the region like Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong. Their average sales per pax (SPP) is at least two to three times more than KLIA’s,” he said. Nazli, who is also MAHB’s senior general…
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MED to create 50,000 entrepreneurs

MED to create 50,000 entrepreneurs

Aviation and Aerospace, Creative Arts & Design, Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, Farming & Agriculture, FinTech, Fishing, Industry 4.0, Renewable Energy, Sabah, Sarawak, Smart City
KUALA NERUS, Feb 17 (Bernama) – The Ministry of Entrepreneur Development (MED) aims to produce 50,000 small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) in order to increase their contribution significantly to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth, says its minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof. He said SMEs currently contributed 37 per cent to the GDP and the target was increase that to 47 per cent by 2020. He said in order to achieve the target, the ministry has implemented various initiatives including the “Reach Out & Adopt Programme with MED”, pocket talk sessions with SMEs, Cluster Based Enhancement Programme and Bumiputera Youth Entrepreneurship Programme to foster interest and guide those who are really keen. [Source: "MED to create 50,000 entrepreneurs" pubished by BERNAMA] Photo Credits: BERNAMA
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Tokopedia raises $1.1b from SoftBank, Alibaba to evolve into infrastructure-as-a-service

Tokopedia raises $1.1b from SoftBank, Alibaba to evolve into infrastructure-as-a-service

Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, FinTech, Kalimantan, Smart City
Tokopedia has secured US$1.1 billion in its latest funding round, the company announced today. The deal turns the Indonesian ecommerce unicorn into the most valuable startup in the country, valued at about US$7 billion. The funding is led by SoftBank Vision Fund and existing investor Alibaba Group, with participation from SoftBank Ventures Korea and others. Tokopedia also raised the same amount of funding last year in an Alibaba-led round. According to co-founder and CEO William Tanuwijaya, Tokopedia is evolving its ecosystem to infrastructure-as-a-service, providing logistics, fulfillment, payments, and financial services technologies to empower online and offline commerce. “This will broaden Tokopedia’s scale and reach while improving operational efficiencies for the millions of businesses and partners in our ecosystem and further our mission to democratize commerce through technology in Indonesia,” he…
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Ekonomi Sarawak diunjur berkembang 5% tahun ini

Ekonomi Sarawak diunjur berkembang 5% tahun ini

Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, FinTech, Sarawak, Smart City
RAI BERSAMA: Awang Tengah (lima kiri) dan tetamu lain pada makan malam Tahun Baharu Cina pada malam Sabtu. LIMBANG: Timbalan Ketua Menteri Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan berkata, ekonomi Sarawak diunjur akan berkembang kukuh pada kadar lima peratus pada tahun ini berbanding pertumbuhan ekonomi negara keseluruhannya. Beliau menambah, prestasi tersebut disokong pertumbuhan pelaburan swasta selari dengan kerancakan aktiviti ekonomi domestik dan global. Katanya Sarawak juga mengumumkan lebih RM11 bilion bagi belanjawan negeri tahun ini iaitu yang tertinggi dalam sejarahnya. "Dengan prestasi ini kita menjangkakan Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK) Sarawak lebih tinggi berbanding kadar 4.7 peratus pertumbuhan ekonomi keseluruhan negara," katanya. Awang Tengah berkata demikian pada Majlis Makan Malam Tahun Baharu Cina anjuran Persatuan Hockien Limbang di Dewan Suarah Limbang malam Sabtu lalu. Turut hadir isterinya Datuk Dayang Morliah…
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How Funding Societies survived when it only had cash good for 1 month

How Funding Societies survived when it only had cash good for 1 month

Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, FinTech
This is 14 Questions, where we ask founders in the Asian tech scene to share their memorable moments, lessons learned, and advice for other founders. Name: Kelvin Teo Current position: Co-founder and CEO of Funding Societies/Modalku Describe what you do: As co-founder and CEO, I do whatever it takes – legally and ethically right – to make the company successful. According to feedback, I’m “well-loved and well-laughed” by the team. Kelvin Teo, co-founder and CEO of Funding Societies What was the most memorable moment you had while building your company? Building a startup while studying abroad was unheard of. But I was inspired by an ex-colleague who we thought did just that. Later on, we found out that he actually had a co-founder on ground. Thankfully, we didn’t know earlier…
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Old Kuching Heritage Pemangkin Kota Bersejarah Dunia

Old Kuching Heritage Pemangkin Kota Bersejarah Dunia

Community Initiative, Creative Arts & Design, Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, Farming & Agriculture, FinTech, Fishing, Industry 4.0, Sarawak, Smart City
TURUN PADANG : Abang Johari menyertai aktiviti World Cleanup Day di bawah inisiatif Old Kuching Heritage. Old Kuching Heritage antara inisiatif Kerajaan Sarawak untuk menjadikan ibu negeri Kuching sebagai bandar raya bersejarah yang diiktiraf dunia. Penubuhan Old Kuching Heritage ini merupakan inisiatif di bawah Strategi Ekonomi Digital Sarawak bagi tempoh 2018 hingga 2022. Selain menjadikan Kuching sebagai bandar raya bersejarah diiktiraf dunia, Old Kuching Heritage ini juga menjadi pemangkin dalam meningkatkan ekonomi penduduk. Bagi mencapai matlamat ini, empat komponen telah dikenal pasti sebagai bidang fokus utama di bawah Old kuching Heritage. Empat komponen utama ini ialah Kampung Heritage , Heritage trail, Riverfront Heritage dan Business Heritage. 1) Kampung Heritage. Pengekalan budaya warisan kehidupan kampung Sarawak sebagai wadah kelestarian tamadun lama. Selain pembangunan fizikal, pemeliharaan dan pengekalan berteraskan warisan, perlabagi aktiviti berasaskan…
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LinkedIn just named Sarawak and Kedah Malaysia’s ‘hidden gems’ of tech talent

LinkedIn just named Sarawak and Kedah Malaysia’s ‘hidden gems’ of tech talent

Creative Arts & Design, Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, Farming & Agriculture, FinTech, Fishing, Industry 4.0, Our Community, Sarawak, Smart City
Sarawak, alongside Kedah, was named by LinkedIn as a state with a ready supply of tech talent Hiring digital talent? Why not try looking in Sarawak and Kedah? These states were identified by professional networking site LinkedIn as “hidden gem” locations – places in Malaysia where the supply of tech talent actually exceeded demand, the company said in its 2019 Emerging Jobs in Malaysia Report published on Tuesday (Jan 29). In its report, LinkedIn analysed “millions” of job titles listed by users in Malaysia to find out the top emerging jobs for the country. These were: data scientist, full stack engineer, drive test engineer, user experience designer and content writer.  [Source: "LinkedIn just named Sarawak and Kedah Malaysia’s ‘hidden gems’ of tech talent" published by BusinessInsider]
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CM urges KIK teams to join startup firms

CM urges KIK teams to join startup firms

Digital Economy, FinTech, Industry 4.0, Sarawak, Smart City
KUCHING: Innovative and Creative Group (KIK) teams from the public sector are encouraged to join startup companies as platforms to market their products or services. Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said over the years, the KIK teams had come up with innovative and unique products, making it timely for Sarawakians to compete in the global market. Speaking at the closing of the Sarawak-level KIK convention at UCSI Hotel here on Wednesday evening, Abang Johari said he’s amazed at the number of products or services which were nurtured at a startup company called ‘Plug and Play’ in California’s Silicon Valley, USA. “There are companies from South Korea, Singapore and Indonesia under the Plug and Play (accelerator programmes), but no Malaysian companies.” He said if our own products were…
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Jobs of the future: Top five emerging careers

Jobs of the future: Top five emerging careers

Creative Arts & Design, Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, Farming & Agriculture, FinTech, Fishing, Industry 4.0, Kalimantan, Our Community, Renewable Energy, Sabah, Sarawak, Smart City
CHOOSING the right course to study after secondary school is one of the most important decisions in life. With an array of courses available, the guidance of an experienced and knowledgeable education counsellor is invaluable after the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examinations. Regardless of whether school-leavers are from the arts or science stream, it is important to select a discipline that matches interests. Malaysian Institute of Human Resource Management human resource adviser Geh Thuan Hooi said the programme of choice must be relevant now and in the future or graduates risk being left behind. “With the advent of Industry 4.0 where artificial intelligence (AI) will replace many present jobs, anything related to data analytics, information technology and robotics are good fields to venture into.…
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