Malaysia’s national Budget 2016 had some good parts and some bad stuff. Industry players do themselves, and the people of Malaysia, a disservice when they give out huzzahs while ignoring the bad, writes DNA executive editor A. Asohan.
While many industry players were largely enthusiastic about the national Budget 2016 that Malaysian Prime Minister and Finance Minister Najib Razak tabled in Parliament on Oct 23, some concerns remained.
With Budget 2016 to be tabled on Oct 23, the National ICT Association of Malaysia (Pikom) is making the following recommendations to the Malaysian Government:
Great broadband quality is a factor among investors, and governments in South-East Asia just have to deliver and not complain about being unfairly compared against Singapore, says DNA founder Karamjit Singh.
The National ICT Association of Malaysia (Pikom) became just the latest to question a minister’s assertion that Malaysians ‘prefer’ slower broadband speeds, arguing that whatever government officials may say, the country's broadband infrastructure plays an integral role in attracting foreign investments.
Traditional companies need to urgently reinvent their business models by adopting the ‘Innovate to Zero’ concept or risk becoming irrelevant in the market, Frost & Sullivan senior partner Manoj Menon told the What’s Next conference in Cyberjaya.
Malaysian global business services (GBS) players need to start venturing outside the country and look at partnerships with other companies in South-East Asia urgently, or risk losing out when the Asean Economic Community (AEC) comes into being.
Is Uber a technology or transport company? What about GrabTaxi? To the Jakarta Transportation Agency, it does not matter, says Karamjit Singh.
The National ICT Association of Malaysia (Pikom) will propose that the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation (Asocio) set up a task force to address common policy matters related to ICT and the Asean Economic Community (AEC).
The strong greenback and the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from April 1 have hurt demand for ICT goods and services in the country, but the National ICT Association of Malaysia (Pikom) expects renewed spending in the fourth quarter of this year.