Malaysian civil servants given social media guidelines

MalaysiaMalaysia’s public sector reform unit has urged agencies to set up social media teams to monitor and respond to comments in recently published guidelines. The document (translated by FutureGov from Bahasa Melayu) has been written by the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU). Agencies should set up teams that can continuously monitor social networks and immediately respond to comments, it said.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6353-malaysian-civil-servants-given-social-media-guidelines

Maybank partners 1337 Ventures to find Southeast Asia’s best fintech startups

MalaysiaFintech seems to be a hot topic in 2015. Maybank, one of Malaysia’s leading banks, wants a piece of it. Maybank has joined the bandwagon through a partnership with 1337 Ventures, a recognized Malaysian technology accelerator, in search of the best fintech ideas in region. Early stage startups can apply to join roadshows in Manila, Jakarta, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur this April 2015. 20 startups will be picked to join a three-day-long idea validation bootcamp in June 2015.

https://www.techinasia.com/maybank-partners-1337-ventures-find-southeast-asias-fintech-startups/

Which state leads Malaysian online services?

MalaysiaSabah state in Malaysia has the most number of online public services in the country, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin has claimed. 91.39 per cent of the state’s services are now online, surpassing the 90 per cent target set for the country this year. But officers should not rest on their laurels, Minister Yahya urged, telling them to make sure that the applications are used to their fullest.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6315-which-state-leads-malaysian-online-services

Georgetown gets faster public Wi-Fi service

MalaysiaResidents of Georgetown city in Malaysia can now access free public Wi-Fi at twice the speeds. Penang state announced that the public Wi-Fi bandwidth has been increased from 75Mbps to 375 Mbps. This allows each user to enjoy speeds upto 1Mbps, up from 512Kbps in the past, in Georgetown city and across the state. The government will spend RM1.84 million (US$498,915) annually to run this upgraded service, an increase of RM300,000 (US$81,344).

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6296-georgetown-gets-faster-public-wi-fi-service

Slugfest: Malaysia’s Big 3 mobile operators’ FY 2014 performance

Malaysia2014 was an interesting year for mobile operators in Malaysia. Celcom Axiata Bhd appeared to have lost pole position in terms of subscriber base, Maxis Bhd starting to regain some of its lost ground, and Digi.Com Bhd continued to grow its market share in most, if not all, areas. Last year, Celcom’s total revenue fell by 4% to RM7.74 billion, while net profit declined 19% to RM1.7 billion. The decline was partly due to the hiccups it suffered when it implemented an IT transformation programme.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/mobility/slugfest-malaysia-big3-mobile-operators-fy2014-performance

Xiaomi gets ‘physical,’ appoints ECS distributor for Mi Pad in Malaysia

MalaysiaKUALA Lumpur-based ECS ICT Bhd said it has been appointed Beijing-based Xiaomi Inc’s authorised distributor for the Mi Pad tablets in Malaysia. Xiaomi’s business model globally is to sell its products online via its web store. However, with the appointment of ECS’ wholly-owned subsidiary ECS Astar Sdn Bhd, local IT and mobile device resellers will now be able to sell Xiaomi’s Mi Pad tablets at their respective stores nationwide, ECS ICT said in a statement.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/personal-tech/xiaomi-goes-physical-appoints-ecs-distributor-for-mipad-in-malaysia

Use social media to explain new government policies, says Information Department DG

MalaysiaMalaysia has urged its civil servants to use social media to help people understand government policies, especially new ones. “It is important to use all available communication, especially Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to create better understanding of the government transformation agenda, especially the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax in April,” said Datuk Ibrahim Abdul Rahman, Director General, Department of Information.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6285-use-social-media-to-explain-new-government-policies-says-information-department-dg

Slugfest: Malaysia’s Big 3 mobile operators’ FY 2014 performance

Malaysia2014 was an interesting year for mobile operators in Malaysia. Celcom Axiata Bhd appeared to have lost pole position in terms of subscriber base, Maxis Bhd starting to regain some of its lost ground, and Digi.Com Bhd continued to grow its market share in most, if not all, areas. Last year, Celcom’s total revenue fell by 4% to RM7.74 billion, while net profit declined 19% to RM1.7 billion. The decline was partly due to the hiccups it suffered when it implemented an IT transformation programme.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/mobility/slugfest-malaysia-big3-mobile-operators-fy2014-performance

Malaysia draws up cyber security plans till 2050

MalaysiaMalaysia is reviewing its National Cyber Security Policy as part of broader plans to strengthen internet security in the country, Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah (pictured, right) announced. The revised policy is expected to be ready in two years, said Dr Amirrudin Abdul Wahab, CEO of Cybersecurity Malaysia, which is reviewing the policy with the National Security Council (MKN).

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6253-malaysia-draws-up-cyber-security-plans-till-2050

Malaysia education ICT should be decentralised to schools, researchers say

MalaysiaThe Malaysian government should give schools greater freedom to tailor the use of ICT for their teaching needs, a new research paper says. “Enhance managerial autonomy for government schools to empower them to take control of the implementation process of ICT”, says the paper by Malaysian think tank Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6218-malaysia-education-ict-should-be-decentralised-to-schools-researchers-say

90% of government payments should be electronic by 2015 end, from Malaysia

MalaysiaThe Malaysian government aims for 90 per cent of payments to be electronic by the end of the year, announced Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadziah (pictured). The main advantage of cashless payments is that all transactions can be tracked electronically, he said. Currently 34 per cent of government payments are made electronically.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6216-of-government-payments-should-be-electronic-by-2015-end

How Malaysia is opening up environmental performance data

MalaysiaMalaysia is looking to make its progress towards environmental sustainability more transparent. This month it released data and rankings of the environmental efforts made by every state in the country. Here’s why it is publishing this information and the challenges that it’s facing. The Malaysia Environmental Performance Index (MyEPI) is calculated with 33 indicators based on state and national level data.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6202-how-malaysia-is-opening-up-data-on-environmental-sustainability

ECS to distribute Microsoft Lumia phones in Malaysia

MalaysiaMALAYSIAN consumers looking for Microsoft’s Lumia smartphones can now also find them at ECS ICT Berhad. The Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary, ECS Astar Sdn Bhd, was appointed by Finland-based Nokia Sales International Oy, a subsidiary of Microsoft Mobile Oy, to distribute Microsoft Lumia smartphones for the Malaysian IT channel and consumer electronics chain stores nationwide. ECS Astar Sdn Bhd will distribute four models at present, namely the Lumia 930 (pic), Lumia 830, Lumia 735 and Lumia 535.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/mobile-telco/ecs-to-distribute-microsoft-lumia-phones-in-malaysia

How this Health and Community Services agency increased privacy and cut costs

MalaysiaThe Newfoundland & Labrador Department of Health and Community Services were not only facing a privacy issue by working with paper faxes – their work processes were also costly and inefficient. The agency, which supports four regional authorities and other mandated health and community service agencies, provides information and services for individuals, families and communities to achieve optimal health and well being.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6180-how-this-health-and-community-services-agency-increased-privacy-and-cut-costs

Open dataset of the week: Malaysia tourist arrivals

MalaysiaMalaysia’s ‘Truly Asia’ campaign is well known across the region, and this year the country expects over 29 million people to visit the country. FutureGov has taken a look at the open data on tourist arrivals to Malaysia. The data from the Immigration Department and Tourism Malaysia has important economic implications for the government as well as owners of businesses which thrive on tourism.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6184-open-dataset-of-the-week-malaysia-tourist-arrivals

Targeting S’pore firms with $11m Johor data centre

MalaysiaA Malaysian company has invested around RM30 million (S$11 million) to build a cloud computing and data centre near Senai Airport in Johor, in the hope of attracting Singapore and southern Johor firms keen to lower their information-technology costs. Puncak Semangat, a company controlled by tycoon Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary, said the 465 sq m centre will be ready by next year. Later, it will build an even bigger centre on 16,200 sq m of land at the nearby Senai Hi-Tech Park.

http://business.asiaone.com/news/targeting-spore-firms-11m-johor-data-centre

Malaysia’s Communications Ministry gets help on cyber threats

MalaysiaThe Malaysian Administrative and Modernisation Planning Unit (MAMPU) has signed up to work with the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia to protect its data against security threats. MAMPU will guide the Ministry in developing policies on how it should identify, assess and deal with cyber attacks on its systems. These policies will be certified under an international security standard (ISO/IEC 27001:2013).

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6161-malaysias-communications-ministry-gets-help-on-cyber-threats

Malaysian urban authority joins with Toyama, Japan to reduce carbon emissions

JapanThe Iskandar region in Malaysia is teaming up with Toyama City (pictured) in Japan to explore how they can boost their liveability and environmental sustainability. The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and Mayor of Toyama City this week signed a memorandum of understanding. The agreement includes plans to generate hydroelectricity and use technology to improve public transportation in Iskandar.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6159-malaysian-urban-authority-joins-with-toyama-japan-to-reduce-carbon-emissions

Inside Malaysia’s plans to become a big data hub

Malaysia“The potential of big data analytics is huge, especially from a government standpoint,” says Dr Karl Ng, Director of Innovation Capital at Malaysia’s Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), and the lead official on the country’s new big data initiative. FutureGov has exclusively interviewed Dr Ng to discuss how Malaysia plans to create a network of big data analytics labs, and the next steps the nation will take as it looks to become a world leader in the field.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6126-malaysia-under-utilising-data-at-its-disposal-says-top-official

Malaysia’s indigenous communities are using ‘participatory mapping’

MalaysiaIndigenous communities are dependent on natural resources and can lack the tools needed to assert their right to land. Experts from the World Resources Institute are testing whether participatory mapping can help such communities in Malaysia overcome this issue. “For example, if equipped with GPS [devices] and the know-how to use one, they can record threats and the ensuing degradation through gathering live, place-specific evidence, and communicate these with their government”, according to Celine Lim of Yale University.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6129-malaysias-indigenous-communities-are-using-participatory-mapping