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.

App review: Malaysia weather alerts

Malaysia’s weather agency launched its first mobile app early this year. FutureGov has reviewed the app and spoke with the team on their new service. The myCuaca app has a simple user interface with familiar icons on the homepage. It shows the weather at your current location and gives a forecast for the coming week. It also has a weather map with forecasts of all Malaysian cities.

Axiata Malaysia implements ERP with BVP

Axiata Malaysia’s subsidiary Multinet has used Business Value Planning (BVP) to successfully implement enterprise resource planning (ERP) in its organisation. Multinet, an independent telecommunication solution provider in Pakistan operates a nationwide optical fiber cable network, connecting major cities across Pakistan. It was acquired by Axiata Malaysia in year 2005 and struggled with ERP implementation following this strategic move.

Malaysian employers struggling with employee retention

As Malaysia struggles to address the war on talent, employee retention remains a key challenge as a result of a lack of sustained employee engagement, according to the biennial studies – 2014 Global Workforce Study (GWS 2014) and 2014 Talent Management & Rewards Study (TM&R 2014) by Towers Watson. According to the study, the percentage of employees in Malaysia who are highly engaged is still very low at 40%, consistent with the global average, despite increasing from 36% in 2012.

QEOS announces low-cost multi-Gigabit wireless links for outdoors

QUANTUM Electro Opto Systems Sdn Bhd (QEOS) has announced the QW6032-LR, part of its QWave product family, a wireless product co-designed with high performance antennas for outdoor applications. The QW6032-LR is an adaptive CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) 60GHz millimetre-wave digital radio with a GigE (Gigabit Ethernet) interface and high performance antenna enabling outdoor connectivity from tens to hundreds of metres, QEOS said in a statement.

Leadership revamp at Microsoft Malaysia

THERE has been a major revamp in the management lineup at Microsoft Malaysia, with managing director Carlos Lacerda (pic) leaving Microsoft Corp itself after just two years at the helm of the local subsidiary, while two new senior executives have also been appointed. Microsoft Malaysia announced Lacerda’s appointment in November, 2012. His last day was Dec 31, 2014. In a note to employees obtained by Digital News Asia (DNA), Microsoft Asia Pacific president Cesar Cernuda said that Lacerda was leaving for “personal and family reasons.”

2014 in Review: The telco battleground, from Malaysia

EARLY this year, Celcom Axiata Bhd chief executive officer Shazalli Ramly said that 2014 would be the ‘Year of Battles,’ with the gaps between all players narrowing, resulting in stiff competition for market share. “We believe this will be the year of battles, where all of us (mobile operators) will be fighting for a share of customers’ emotions and … customers’ wallets,” Shazalli told a media conference when the company released its 2013 numbers.

Crowdsourcing heroes in Malaysia’s neighbourhoods

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 2 ― Recruiting crime fighters is hard work, as Chan Wei Chi, 24, has found out. But his blood, sweat and tears are worth it if what he is doing helps create safer neighbourhoods and cities, or, one day, even save a life. Digital media group Dino Media Publishing Sdn Bhd, which Chan founded in 2013, has been working on myHERO, a mobile app for crowdsourcing and mapping crime and accidents in real-time as they occur on local streets.

Rakuten to focus on strategic partnerships to empower Malaysian SMEs

JAPANESE electronic commerce and Internet company Rakuten Inc, via its e-commerce platform Rakuten Online Shopping, is seeking out partnerships with both public and private sectors to grow Malaysia’s e-commerce industry. The company believes that by building partnerships with parties that share the same synergies and philosophies, it is able to encourage a wider adoption of e-commerce among small and medium enterprises (SMEs). This, in turn, helps strengthen the e-commerce ecosystem.

Social media, big data, the cloud seen as game-changing trends for Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 23 — Social media, the cloud and big data will be the game-changing trends that will transform Malaysia’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry and spur further growth of the Internet of things (IoT) next year, say industty players. National ICT Association of Malaysia (Pikom) chairman Cheah Kok Hoong said Malaysia has started to tap into the rapidly growing potential of IoT, which could be a new economy itself covering business areas such as embedded device manufacturing, connectivity infrastructure and application deployments.

IoT, Smart City vision inspires Taiwan’s Arbor and Malaysia’s mTouche tie-up

MSC Malaysia status public-listed mTouche Technology and Taiwan-listed Arbor Technology [Arbor] have signed a digital infrastructure alliance to help drive the development in Malaysia of Internet of Things [IoT] and Smart City solutions. Under the terms of the memorandum of understanding [MoU], the signing of which was witnessed by YBhg Dato’ Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi, chairman of national regulator Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), the two technology companies will combine their knowledge and experience to support the development of technologies and innovation that will offer end-to-end solutions in Smart City infrastructure in Malaysia.

Celcom launches new First Basic and First Elite postpaid plans #cloud #cloudcomputing

Celcom Axiata Berhad has just launched the First Basic and First Elite postpaid plans which it claims will be more flexible and convenient for customers. The First Basic plan has something which Celcom calls Optimiser that automatically provides additional free monthly Internet and voice usage by recognising customers’ monthly usage behaviour. With First Basic, customers who use more Internet will automatically receive more data while those who utilise more voice and SMSes will obtain more voice and SMS at no additional cost.

Australia and Malaysia lead APAC in cyber security capabilities

Australia and Malaysia are the best prepared to tackle cyber security issues in Asia Pacific, according to the Global Cyber Security Index published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and ABI Research last week. Both Australia and Malaysia ranked third globally, in the survey spanning 193 countries. Countries were judged on legal and technical capabilities, strength of institutions, availability of resources, and cooperation between countries and within governments.

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,,,