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As we head into a new decade, we are able to take the time to appreciate all the new developments and innovations of the past ten years. Technology is advancing at a break-neck speed. In 2010, we were all fawning over smartphones, 4K television, and increased workplace connectivity. Now,...

The Other Trade War

Just outside Seoul is a nursing home, a common sight in rapidly aging South Korea. This particular nursing home however, features statues, plaques, a museum - and up until recently, a large amount of Japanese visitors wanting to learn more about their country's history. The House of Sharing, as this...
Singapore, as ASEAN Chair for 2018, has lined up plans to launch initiatives and various projects to improve the livelihood, well-being and welfare of the ASEAN community, said Minister of Social and Family Development Desmond Lee at the 19th meeting of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Council. According to Lee,...
The strategic partnership aims to drive GrabPay's acceptance and usage In the coming weeks, Grab will launch its GrabPay mobile wallet in beta. And, Grab consumers will be able to use GrabPay at Maybank’s key merchants. Similarly, Maybank customers will have the convenience using Maybank QRPay to make payments at GrabPay merchants. In addition,...

New Radio Station in Town

CITYPlus 92.5fm, operated by Cense Media Sdn Bhd, goes live! The Mandarin-based business and infotainment station holds a mission of helping local  SMEs and entrepreneurs fuse their talents with their entrepreneurial spirit. Empowering Businesses with Knowledge-driven Content CITYPlus 92.5fm will be focusing on producing knowledge-based topical issues to communicate with its target...
Takaful Malaysia today officially launched a digitally-assisted medication delivery programme as part of the company’s digital strategy in spearheading new innovations in insurance. The launch witnessed the signing of a tripartite agreement with Takaful Malaysia, Ali Health Sdn Bhd and Microsoft (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. The programme is exclusively offered to...

Halal in the Technological Age

The tenets of halal are followed all across the globe by Muslims, who make up a quarter of the world’s population. Halal is more than just dietary laws: it is a way of life which provides guidance and certainty in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world. Today, the system...

A Faster Payment Platform

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) plans to modernise Malaysia’s retail payments. The central bank is helping to build a payment platform to facilitate and drive innovation in e-payments. Known as the Real-time Retail Payments Platform (RPP), it will deliver a quantum leap in e-payment value proposition and drive e-payment adoption. Through...
The BlackBerry KEY2 smartphone has debuted in Malaysia, as the successor to last year's KEYone model. Featuring an improved physical keyboard, a suite of privacy enhancements, and a dual rear camera, the BlackBerry KEY2 harks back to the iconic BlackBerry models of the past. Similarly, it is aimed at...
In a previous post, SME Magazine was able to secure an interview with Craig Dixon, Co-Founder of Accelerating Asia, regarding the increasing viability of the Southeast Asian region as a venture capital hub. While the SEA region is definitely picking up steam as a hotbed for startups and investment,...
The e-commerce sector has contributed RM74.6 billion, or 6.1 per cent to the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016. International Trade and Industry Deputy Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan said on Wednesday that the sector has recorded significant growth in 2016 from RM68.3 billion, or 5.9 per cent in 2015. He...
Tetra Pak to develop paper straws for its portion-size carton packages Tetra Pak plans to launch the paper straw before the end of the year. This is part of a broader programme to help address the plastic straw wastage. The company has been working to encourage consumers to push straws “back in...

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