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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Malaysia must centralise cyber security, says Communications Minister

MalaysiaMalaysia needs to place all agencies responsible for cyber security under one ministry to better coordinate responses to threats, the Communications and Multimedia Minister said. Currently, the agencies protecting the government systems are under different ministries. “We see some of them like the Communications and Multimedia Commission being under my ministry, while the others such as the cyber security agency [is] under the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry, while there are also those under other ministries. They should be coordinated,” said Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

Astro launches home shopping JV, takes the plunge into e-commerce

MalaysiaASTRO Malaysia Holdings Bhd has announced a joint venture with South Korean multimedia retailer GS Home Shopping Inc which has launched Go Shop, a new 24-hour shopping service available on Astro TV (Channel 118), Astro On The Go, as well as web and mobile platforms. Go Shop is Astro’s first foray into e-commerce, the company said in a statement. It follows other big names such as Philips and Celcom which have also formed e-commerce partnerships over the last year.

Malaysia launches Big Data Lab, national analytics network

MalaysiaMalaysia’s Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) has announced plans for a Big Data Analytics Digital Government Lab and two partnerships with private sector organisations to help achieve its vision of the country as a regional Big Data hub. The Digital Government Lab will be set up by the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU), and MIMOS, the national ICT research agency.

Huawei increases Malaysian foothold with Ingram Micro tie-up

ChinaChinese ICT products and solutions giant Huawei has appointed Malaysian IT distributor Ingram Micro as the newest authorised distributor of mobile broadband and home devices in Malaysia. Gary Xu, Huawei Technologies Malaysia’s country director (Consumer Business Group), said this New Year partnership follows the opening of several new stores and product announcements during 2014 in Malaysia.

Malaysia reviewing cyber laws as digital agenda inches closer

MalaysiaMalaysia is reviewing its internet laws and expects to table the review in Parliament by the end of the year, as it closes up on its deadline to build a digital economy by 2020. The review is intended to improve governance in the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission which regulates the cyber sector. In particular, the review will separate the roles of the Chief Executive from the Chairman so that responsibilities are balanced within the organisation.

Malaysia to learn from Japan’s ICT disaster management experience

MalaysiaMalaysia is seeking help from Japan to use ICT for coping with natural disasters, following floods in December that displaced over 100,000 people. Japan will share technologies in preparing, mitigating and preventing disasters, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Minister for Communication and Multimedia, Malaysia has said, according to local press reports.

Malaysia Airlines attacked, big data dump threatened

MalaysiaThe Malaysia Airlines website has been attacked and the Lizard Squad, one of the groups that claimed responsibility on Monday, threatened to soon “dump some loot” found on the airline’s servers. The airline said in a statement on its Facebook page that its Domain Name System (DNS) was compromised and as a result users trying to access the URL were being redirected to a hacker website.

Powering a better Malaysia

MalaysiaDuring our  business travels to Kuala Lumpur, we have frequently heard the phrase “let’s build a better Malaysia”.  Having developed a great interest and admiration for this country, we were curious about the deeper meaning of the phrase and how it relates to our work on energy issues for IBM. Through discussions with everyday Malaysians in restaurants, taxi cabs, malls, and government agencies we have found three core principles that help define what ‘a better Malaysia’ actually means to her people.

Digi introduces new logo and strategy

MalaysiaDigi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd has just embarked on a rebranding exercise by introducing a new logo along with a new strategy. According to Albern Murty, chief operating officer of Digi, the company has identified three strategic pillars on which to strengthen its business, namely by providing Internet for all at an affordable price, by being a source of inspiration for its customers and by increasing the efficiency of its operations.

Malaysia opens digital library to encourage ICT use

MalaysiaMalaysia has opened up a digital library in Perlis state as part of the government’s digital economy agenda. People will be able to use tablets and choose from around 4300 e-books in English, Bahasa Melayu and Chinese. There will also be e-magazines and e-newspapers. A separate Kids Zone will have content for children. The digital library supports the government’s Digital Malaysia agenda to improve information access and build an ICT-driven economy by 2020.

Malaysian officials to get Big Data training

The Malaysian government is training officials in analytics and data science skills, the Malaysian Administrative and Modernisation Unit (MAMPU) said, as a result of the government’s 2015 focus on Big Data. MAMPU recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Technical University of Melaka (UTeM), where civil servants will be trained.