Japan Start-up Mercari Soars In First Day of Tokyo Trade

Japan Start-up Mercari Soars In First Day of Tokyo Trade

Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, Smart City
Japan start-up Mercari soars in first day of Tokyo trade TOKYO (19 June 2018): Japanese flea market app Mercari soared yesterday as it debuted on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, a major success for the rare example of a Japanese ‘unicorn’ – a start-up valued over US$1 billion. The company initially priced its stock at 3,000 yen (US$27.30) a share, at the top of a prospective range. But that price was quickly surpassed on Tuesday, with shares trading around 5,300 yen at midday, putting the firm’s value at over 700 billion yen (US$6.37 billion). Figure 1: Mercari Inc. employees react as they hold the company's sign ahead of a ceremony to mark the company's debut on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo, Japan, June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon. The online marketplace,…
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Alibaba’s Jack Ma and Malaysia PM Mahathir Mohamad talk tech, jobs and future as China deals come under scrutiny

Alibaba’s Jack Ma and Malaysia PM Mahathir Mohamad talk tech, jobs and future as China deals come under scrutiny

Aviation and Aerospace, Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, General, Industry 4.0, Smart City
Alibaba’s Jack Ma and Malaysia PM Mahathir Mohamad talk tech, jobs and future as China deals come under scrutiny KUALA LUMPUR (18 June 2018): Alibaba Group’s efforts to undertake an intensive transfer of technology and skills to Malaysia are aligned with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s hopes for the Southeast Asia economy to transit into high-income status quickly, the Chinese conglomerate’s co-founder Jack Ma said on Monday. Ma was speaking to the media after a meeting with Mahathir in Kuala Lumpur – the first by a Chinese entrepreneur since the country’s landmark election on May 9 in which the veteran politician had been critical about investments from the mainland that had not brought jobs to the country. Mahathir won the election decisively and is back in power for a second tenure…
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Jack Ma: It was Dr M’s MSC that inspired me to start Alibaba

Jack Ma: It was Dr M’s MSC that inspired me to start Alibaba

Aviation and Aerospace, Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, General, Industry 4.0, Smart City
Jack Ma: It was Dr M's MSC that inspired me to start Alibaba KUALA LUMPUR (18 Jun 2018): The inspiration to form Alibaba was inspired by Malaysia's Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), says Jack Ma. The Alibaba founder and executive chairman said that he read about MSC in a newspaper 20 years ago and found the idea inspiring. "I thought, 'Wow, this is a genius idea. If Malaysia can do this, why can't China. Why can't I do this myself?' "So Malaysia inspired me to create Alibaba," he said during the launch of an Alibaba Group office in Kuala Lumpur on Monday (June 18). The MSC was established in 1996 by the then Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, while Alibaba was founded in 1999. Ma said that he witnessed how…
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Internet Access As Constitutional Right To Be Proposed To Cabinet Soon

Internet Access As Constitutional Right To Be Proposed To Cabinet Soon

Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, General, Industry 4.0, Smart City
Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo aimed at allowing Malaysians to benefit from the national e-economy and e-commerce. CYBERJAYA (11 June 2018): The proposal for internet access to be made a constitutional right would be brought to the Cabinet in the near future. Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said the proposal was aimed at allowing Malaysians to benefit from the national e-economy and e-commerce. Figure 1: Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said the proposal was aimed at allowing Malaysians to benefit from the national e-economy and e-commerce. “The proposal will bring about an abundance of benefits and information access to the people without involving any political element,” he told reporters after a working visit to Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) here today. Gobind said if…
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Govt Looking At Doubling Internet Speed At Half The Price: Gobind

Govt Looking At Doubling Internet Speed At Half The Price: Gobind

Digital Economy, Industry 4.0, Smart City
Govt looking at doubling internet speed at half the price: Gobind KUALA LUMPUR (23 May 2018): New Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo says he will work towards achieving broadband connections that are "double the speed, half the price" for the people. Figure 1: Gobind Singh Deo clocks in to work on his first day as the Communications and Multimedia Minister, on May 22, 2018. He said the public had been complaining about the quality of broadband in Malaysia, which was far inferior to other developed countries. Gobind, who started his first day in charge of the ministry yesterday said he would look at various aspects including problems faced by telecommunications companies and find solutions to improve the quality of broadband services in the country. "If we look at…
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CM: Digital economy needs world-class ICT infrastructure

CM: Digital economy needs world-class ICT infrastructure

Digital Economy, General, Industry 4.0, Sarawak, Smart City
CM: Digital economy needs world-class ICT infrastructure KUCHING (4 April 2017): The state government is fully committed to developing digital economy despite Sarawak being far behind in the technology circle. In order to catch up, the state needs to build a world-class ICT infrastructure, Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said. Figure 1: Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg today rolled out his development strategy to establish the state’s digital economy – a blueprint he dubs “Digital Sarawak”. For that to happen, he said the state government must take the lead in driving the development of the physical ICT infrastructure, rather than leaving it to commercial operators and service providers and at the pace and mercy of others. “Enough is enough. If we cannot achieve commercial…
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Internship Programmes Provide Job Opportunities

Internship Programmes Provide Job Opportunities

Aviation and Aerospace, Community Initiative, Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, General, Industry 4.0, Our Community, Sarawak, Smart City
Internship programmes provide job opportunities MIRI (25 May 2017): Weststar Aviation Services (WAS) – as one of the leading oil and gas transportation service providers in South East Asia (SEA) – is providing job opportunities through internship programmes to locals where it operates. WAS domestic operations general manager, vice-admiral (R) Datuk Jamil Osman said as of 2017, a total of 750 graduates of mid and high education have undertaken the internship programmes with WAS – the outstanding ones absorbed into working for it. “Internship programmes are part of WAS’ strategies of investing in human resources, not only within the company but also with the community we operate in, especially in Miri,” he said during the handover of certificates to the first batch of four interns at WAS base here recently. Jamil…
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Serba Dinamik Upbeat On Growing Order Book To RM7.5 Billion By Year-end

Serba Dinamik Upbeat On Growing Order Book To RM7.5 Billion By Year-end

Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, General, Industry 4.0, Renewable Energy, Smart City
Serba Dinamik upbeat on growing order book to RM7.5 billion by year-end  SHAH ALAM (14 May 2018): Oil and gas (O&G) engineering firm Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd expects to grow its order book from the existing RM6.2 billion to RM7.5 billion by the end of the year. Figure 1: A  photo of Group Chief Executive Officer/Group Managing Director of Serba Dinamik, Dato Dr. Ir. Mohd Abdul Karim Abdullah (right) and Datu Dr. Haji Sanib Bin Haji Said (left). Group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Abdul Karim Abdullah said it was in discussions with multiple entities across the markets that it is already present in. “Right now, we are already present in Southeast Asia, Central and South Asia, the Middle East, Europe as well as Africa by way…
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Serba Dinamik Buys Stake In Singapore’s Technology Firm For RM170.6m

Serba Dinamik Buys Stake In Singapore’s Technology Firm For RM170.6m

Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, General, Industry 4.0, Renewable Energy, Smart City, StartUp Borneo Committee
Serba Dinamik buys stake in Singapore's technology firm for RM170.6m  PETALING JAYA (13 April 2018): Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd continued on the acquisition trail with the purchase of a 24.84% stake in Singapore's technology firm CSE Global Ltd for S$57.67 million (RM170.57 million) cash. Figure 1: A group photo of Group Chief Executive Officer/Group Managing Director of Serba Dinamik, Dato Dr. Ir. Mohd Abdul Karim Abdullah (second from right) and Chairman of StartUp Borneo, Abdul Qaiyum Alidin (third from right). CSE provides total integrated industrial automation, telecommunications and environmental solutions projects in US, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Serba Dinamik told the stock exchange that the acquisition is part of the group's overall strategy to expand its geographical footprint in the areas where CSE Global has presence, particularly the…
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