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Need for long-term foresight

The adage “Rome was not built in a day” is philosophically accurate with respect to the situation we are in at any given time – they are often symptoms that emerge long after a decision was made in a distant past. The United States automotive industry crisis between 2008 and 2010 is a good case […]

Step up development of SMEs, the unsung heroes

THE success and failure of an economy is often romanticised by the global brands that it creates — Apple of the United States, Shell of Europe, Toyota of Japan and the Samsung of South Korea. However, the unsung heroes of any thriving global economic powerhouse are the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that often form […]

2020 Budget from technological standpoint

THE 2020 Budget was perhaps one of the most important tests for the government—it was tabled as Malaysia was finding its new definition on the global stage. The main challenge was to balance the bread-and-butter issues and the allocation for efforts to elevate Malaysians from the income traps they are in. On top of that, […]

Connectivity forms foundation for mobility

JUST this week, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission announced the rollout of 5G demonstration projects to expedite the deployment of 5G connectivity in various industries. The rollout will feature use cases for numerous technologies, such as smart traffic lights, smart parking, remote diagnosis, medical tourism, remote medical consultation, smart agriculture, augmented reality for education, […]

Emerging IoT tech to support NxGV ecosystem

AS mentioned substantially in this column, the most important aspect to build a hub for next generation vehicles (NxGVs) is the development of its surrounding ecosystem. We have learnt that an automotive industry—which will evolve into the mobility industry in the near future — is not about vehicle assembly, but also about the industry generated […]

Malaysia needs to embrace NxGVs to stay relevant

AROUND 20,000 demonstrators descended on the first public day of the Frankfurt Motor Show, calling for the automotive industry to prioritise zero and low-carbon emissions and transition to renewable energy in transportation. While the sustainable development debate is not this article’s main point of contention, it brings forth the realisation that sentiment against fossil fuels […]

Readiness is more a state of mind

MORE often than not, stories of healthy progress are easier to find than we think. In a world where social media has pushed us into a state of information overload, it is easy to sift through headlines that may create a dent in our spirits. In recent times, there are numerous milestones that will pave […]
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