DNA editors, Karamjit Singh & Dzof Azmi offer analysis, context and opinions of the stories they found interesting in Malaysia’s Digital Economy this week.
After last week’s record 6 stories discussed, we revert with 4 stories ..but that’s because two of the stories are ‘weighty’ and we had quite a few thoughts to be shared.
* Dr Rais Hussin stepping down as MDEC chairman on Oct 6 after 16 months during which time he was widely accused of overstepping the boundaries of his non-exec role and acted like an executive chairman, was a fascinating story for both Dzof and Karamjit to sink their teeth into. (30 seconds)
* Next was Pikom’s annual Economic and Digital Job Market Outlook report with Karamjit commenting “throw a stone in a crowd in Singapore and you have a 50% chance of hitting a Malaysia working in supply chain or tech there. But you have to throw 20 stones before you hit a Thai.” What was he getting it? And he says you can throw pebbles at him! (8min 3 sec)
* 4IR was in the spotlight in Malaysia as The World Economic Forum has recognised and awarded the Western Digital factory at Batu Kawan, Penang, as the latest entrant to its Global Lighthouse Network (GLN). There are only 90 such sites in the world and Western Digital becomes the first from Malaysia. And yes, Karamjit was very excited. (17m 45 sec)
* A quick comment by Dzof on the Ministry of Tourism talking about possibly regulating the services and operations of online travel agents (OTAs) in the country. Karamjit was sanguine about the possibility. (20m 55 sec)