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Holistic Strategies Towards Economic Resilience

DEPUTY International Trade and Indutsry Ministry  Minister Dr. Ong Kian Ming recently released a statement analyzing and addressing fears of an economic recession in 2019. In essence, the piece challenged the over dependance on single – and sometimes misleading – indexes as a basis to reflect the state of the current economy as well as outlooks into […]

Get Ready to Adopt New Mindset in the New Year

As I browsed through the articles I have written for this column, one thing became clear – the issues related to the automotive industry had shifted drastically over the years. From a central policy focused on energy-efficient vehicles in 2014, the industry is now speaking of high-tech investments in next-generation vehicles, intelligent transportation systems and […]

Bouncing Back: A Year of Unexpected Transition

This year interestingly been a year of unexpected transition. Apart from the obvious administration transition, tremendous progress was seen in the industry’s transformation – seen through a re-engineering and re-thinking across the entire industry, as well as the nation at large. On its fundamentals alone, the industry is slowly bouncing back to the performances seen […]

Internet of Things for SMEs – Friend or Foe?

Perhaps the biggest barrier to perpetuate the use of technology within our economy is anxiety towards the technology itself. This fear of the unknown, usually in the form or risks associated with the investment, implementation and maintenance of expensive technology, may overwhelm the entrepreneur struggling with the various operations within their companies. Any investment, procurement […]

New Dimension for Local Automotive Sector

ON the 4th of December 2018, at the Car of the Year 2018 – MITI Minister, YB Datuk Darell Leiking announced the rebranding of the Malaysia Automotive Insitute (MAI), to the Malaysia Automotive, Robotics & IoT Institute. Yesterday, I hosted a briefing for automotive industry players and the media –  on the goals, strategies, and […]

A Night That Summarises Four Decades

The Car of the Year 2018 (COTY) concluded this week, recognising the contribution of the Malaysian automotive industry to the nation’s economy. It was the third time since the Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) – formerly the Malaysia Automotive Institute – hosted the event, continuing its tradition of holistic recognition of industry contribution […]

Rebranding of the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) To The Malaysia Automotive, Robotics & IoT Institute (MARii) – A Note From The CEO

The Malaysia Automotive Institute has been rebranded as the Malaysia Automotive, Robotics & IoT Institute (MARii). The rebranding exercise expands our scope as the focal point, coordinating centre and think tank towards enhancing the competitiveness of the automotive industry and overall mobility, through the adoption of Robotics and the Internet of Things (IoT). The advancement […]

New Technology Governance Vital For Cross-Sector Benefits

The increasing speed of the connectivity, growing intelligence of computer hardware and increased efficiency of manufacturing processes is beneficial for the consumer and manufacturer. It means the lives of the human race are further enriched by new technologies that provide new dimensions of products and services which were not possible before. The advent of such […]

‘Challenge’ of Redefining Liberalisation

NOT too long ago, the two of the largest economies in the world voted, either through elections or referendum, for a different kind of administration. It was a vote that was apparently based on the sentiment that capitalism had displaced many. The average man, perhaps trapped in the middle-class in­come, felt that social upward mo­bility […]
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