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VEHICLE OWNERSHIP – Striking balance between affordability and safety

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From a nation building standpoint, the government’s role is to formulate economic policies that above all, optimise the standard of living for all citizens. The policies must strike a balance between protecting citizens and allowing market forces to thrive. High-income nations in the world have practiced some form of liberal market model. To achieve high […]

R&D Special Focus: Automotive Advancements

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This article appeared in www.rdmag.com on 31st January 2018 Cars are a large part of most people’s lives. According to a survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Americans report driving an average 294 hours and 10,874 miles annually. So it’s no surprise that a significant portion of R&D investment is in the automotive sector. In […]

LIBERALISATION – Policy endurance key to economic progression

For quite some time, the Malaysian economy has taken a sharper turn towards gradual economic liberalisation. In the early part of this decade, the administration began numerous, albeit unpopular decisions that lifted the nation’s veil towards a more realistic adaptation to the global economy. While the automotive industry began its transition towards gradual liberalisation, from […]

AUTOMOTIVE POLICY – Consistency vital for industry continuity

Last week, the International Trade and Industry Minister, Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed announced the performance of the automotive industry for the year ending last year. The announcement was made in view of a holistic performance, in line with the government’s aspirations in making the sector a key driver for Malaysia’s industrialisation. The penetration of energy-efficient-vehicles […]

NEXT LEVEL OF COMPETITIVENESS – Government in full force for Industry 4.0

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In early last year, the government began the formulation of a national Industry 4.0 framework to take Malaysia to the next level of competitiveness as we brave through the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0). The International Trade and Industry Ministry, the Science, Technology & Innovation Ministry and the Higher Education Ministry were tasked by the […]

AUTOMOTIVE OUTLOOK 2018 – Holistic Industry Growth Continues As National Automotive Policy 2014 (NAP2014) Enters Fifth Year

PRESS RELEASE (17th January 2018)   AUTOMOTIVE OUTLOOK 2018 – Holistic Industry Growth Continues As National Automotive Policy 2014 (NAP2014) Enters Fifth Year   The Malaysian automotive industry demonstrated continuous holistic growth going into 2018, as the nation takes a detailed look at NAP2014’s fourth annual report card since the policy was announced in January 2014. […]

RESILIENCE – Staying positive is the strongest weapon

Last week, we received good news that was long overdue – the US dollar went below the RM4 mark for the first time since August 2016 while Bursa Malaysia’s benchmark index FBM KLCI closed above the key psychological level of 1,800 points for the first time in the last three years. Exports in November also […]

INDUSTRY 4.0 – 2018 – The year mobility will be redefined Written by Madani Sahari

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If we look through the largest automotive and technology exhibitions in the world last year, trends clearly indicate that the automotive industry is slowly evolving into a subset of the grander notion of mobility. Mobility can be a hazy construct. While it used to define the mode of transport from one point to another, global […]

INDUSTRY 4.0 2017 – A demonstration of national resilience

In January last year, the world met to discuss the future as seen through the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0. In July last year, we started discussing its impact, and most importantly, its adaptation within the domestic industry. In all fairness, nobody expected much after the subdued end to 2016. We celebrated the coming […]

STRATEGIC WORKFORCE PLANNING – Commoditising creativity and innovation

In the old order of manufacturing, the higher rungs of upper management were reserved for the most creative in the crop. The traditional line that determined individual positions on the rungs of the corporate ladder was that those who were able to roll out ideas stayed at the top, and others stayed on the shop […]
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