Open dataset of the week: Malaysia public finance

As taxation increases, so does the public’s concern about where that money is going. In Malaysia, a goods and services tax (GST) has just been introduced, so it seems timely to view the public sector’s spending data to see where that money will go. The dataset is published in full by the Malaysian Government, hence why it’s this week’s open dataset of the week.

WeChat and EasyTaxi team up for taxi bookings in Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines

Nearly five months after the initial tie-up in Singapore, today WeChat and EasyTaxi announced that its partnership is rolling out to Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Starting today, WeChat users in those three countries can flag a taxi inside the messaging app. People can do this by adding EasyTaxi’s official WeChat account inside the chat app (Malaysia: easytaximy; Thailand: EasyTaxiThailand; the Philippines: EasyTaxi_PH).

Malaysian PM: connectivity raises quality of governance

As the world becomes more connected, citizens are able to share their ideas on how they are governed and hold their governments to account said Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in a speech earlier this week. “People can access a huge range of statistics, indicators and international comparisons. They can read and engage with opinions and political philosopies from different systems around the world,,,

Many organisations still fall short on cyber security: EY Malaysia study

Tax and financial consultancy EY’s annual global survey shows that Malaysian organisations are as unprepared for cyber attacks as their global peers. EY Malaysia partner, IT risk and assurance, Jason Yuen said globally more than a third of organisations (67 percent) are facing rising threats in their information security risk environment, but over a third (37 percent) have no real-time insight on cyber risks necessary to combat these threats.

As Facebook faces uncertain future, Malaysian government now considers censorship of YouTube

The Malaysian government is on a roll. Three months back, it mulled over the possibility of banning Facebook locally, following 2,000 reports of abuse made in the country. That didn’t sit well with Malaysians at all. Now, the Malay Mail Online reports that authorities are looking into setting up a firewall on a number of websites including YouTube.

Drones are helping battle malaria in Malaysia, Philippines

Researchers are using drones in Malaysia and the Philippines to track the environmental changes which allow malaria to flourish. Deforestation creates conditions that allow the easy spread of infectious diseases, and also indicate greater human activity. By using drones to track this, scientists can model the spread of a disease, estimate its likely impact and create early warning systems, according to a new scientific paper published this month by a team from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Myanmar moves forwards on plan to join Open Government Partnership

Myanmar has acted on its promise to join the Open Government Partnership, forming two committees to look after open government initiatives, the President’s office announced. President Thein Sein (pictured) has pledged to join the partnership by 2016. Governments must meet minimum standards in fiscal transparency, access to information, income and asset disclosures, and citizen engagement to be eligible for membership.

Towards 2020 in Malaysia: VMware interview

As more than half of businesses (57 percent) expect their organisations to be at least 60 percent virtualised by 2016, VMware Malaysia considers that the country has the potential to achieve its vision to become a developed digital economy by 2020. During VMware’s recent annual Solutions Symposium in OneWorld hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Laurence Si, VMware’s Malaysia & Brunei country manager, Laurence Si told Computerworld Malaysia that the next six years would see a speeding up of IT transformation.

Exclusive: Malaysia to pilot new mobile device policy

The Malaysian government is drafting a new policy to better protect information being accessed by officials through their mobile devices, the Government Chief Information Officer has told FutureGov. “The new policy will be about protecting information, regardless of what channel or endpoint device is accessing the information,” said Dr. Suhazimah Dzazali. It will tier access to information, acknowledging that access from both government and personal devices are likely.

Acer Malaysia unveils new smartphones

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 — Acer Malaysia has unveiled three new smartphones – the Acer Liquid X1, Liquid Jade and Liquid Z500. In a statement, Acer said the smartphones come with their own unique features. The Acer Liquid X1 sports a powerful performance, smoother transitions and interface with the octa-core 1.7GHz and quad-core graphics processors.

Digerati50: From a Malaysian ‘garage’ to London’s AIM

One name that comes to mind is Raymond Chee of Rapid Cloud International (RCI) Plc. The Kuantan native is the majority shareholder of the cloud computing and software company he cofounded in 1999, now listed on London’s Alternate Investment Market (AIM). Raymond says he first got the entrepreneurial bite when he was studying at University Putra Malaysia (UPM) in Penang.

Malaysian Defence considers shared government network

The Malaysian Ministry of Defence is considering the use of Malaysia’s cross-government shared services, but is still concerned if they will meet the Ministry’s security standards, its Undersecretary for Information Management has told FutureGov. Defence has its own communication networks, but “it’s too expensive to pay for that”, Zaharah Ali said. She is now “considering” if she should take up the government’s shared network.

Malaysia’s ICT outlook: Cloud disappointment, 4G lag

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 ― Malaysia’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry can be best described as a silver cloud with some grey linings, registering a healthy growth overall but marked by dismal showings in key technologies such as cloud computing adoption and Fourth-Generation (4G) mobile take-up.  These apparent inconsistencies also comes from the fact that Malaysia is a hard economy to categorise ― advanced in  some areas, but very much a developing market in others, said Andrew Milroy, senior vice president of the ICT Practice at research and analyst firm Frost & Sullivan.

Malaysia to get integrated portal to serve all business needs

Malaysia will make it easier for people to start businesses by launching a new portal for business owners and more online services, the Malaysian registrar of companies has told FutureGov. Parliament is due to approve a new bill making it easier to start businesses and creating a new online services for businesses by early next year, Khuzairi Yahaya (pictured), CIO, Companies Commission, Malaysia said.

Broadband penetration of Malaysian households stands at 67.3pc in Q1 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 — The overall broadband penetration for every 100 households in Malaysia stood at 67.3 per cent in the first quarter of this year; an amount that reflects various initiatives taken by the government to tackle the digital divide between the rural and urban communities. United Nations’ Children Fund (UNICEF) Malaysia said however in certain states and in Kuala Lumpur, the broadband penetration reached 115.7 per cent while Kelantan stood only at 41.2 per cent.

Maxis sends employees out to test its new network

As part of its ongoing network upgrade, Maxis Bhd recently sent out over 1,000 of its employees to test the company’s new network on the ground in an event the company dubbed the “New Network Test Drive.” The event had some 800 employees in Klang Valley and 200 employees in the other states going out on the streets and testing the company’s new network based on a number of criteria, namely download speeds, loading time of popular websites and YouTube streaming.

India region’s greatest source of smartphone cyber crime

India, Vietnam and Malaysia are the top three regional sources of smartphone cybercrime, according to a new report published by INTERPOL. India ranks second globally, comprising 4.95 per cent of reported cases of mobile device hacking. Vietnam ranks fourth, with 3.30 per cent, and Malaysia comes 9th with 1.97 per cent.  The data was gathered between April 2013 and July 2014. No other country in the region made the top 15, although some have provided more data than others.

Malaysia research agency to use geospatial systems for national security

Malaysia’s national ICT research agency will be using location analytics to boost the national security and public safety agencies. The agency, MIMOS (Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems), will work with geospatial solutions provider, Esri, to expand its Big Data analytics capabilities. In particular, it will use the spatial and temporal aspects of the data, said Leonard Jayamohan, General Manager, Esri Asia Pacific.

Cloud gives businesses extra edge to reach new heights of dexterity

KUCHING: As adoption of the cloud enables organisations to move with speed on innovation, it is not only having a significant impact on enterprises, but also on governments and startups. Aman Neil Dokania, vice president and general manager of Cloud Division for HP Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ), highlighted at the recent Cloud Expo Asia and Data Centre World event that while cloud is certainly helping organisations do that, it is not just about cloud, but that other mega trends like big data, mobility, security, social and internet play a part.

Maxis and DiGi reveal Malaysian iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus price plans

Apple fans thronged the websites of the major telcos, namely Maxis Bhd and DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd  as the companies revealed the price plans for Apple’s latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones. In fact, the rush caused a deluge of traffic at each telco’s site, resulting in a near complete standstill when trying to access the respective price plan pages. Celcom Axiata Bhd, the third major telco, has not yet offered its price plans for the new devices.