Highlights:

  1. Government urged to consider carbon tax to drive clean energy
  2. Ukraine’s aerospace expertise can fuel Malaysia’s industry to greater heights
  3. Arrow Electronics Collaborates with Infineon Technologies to Raise Innovation Capability and Engineering Competency of Start-ups
  4. DHL and Shopee launch new partnership, enabling China sellers to easily access Thai consumers
  5. First air taxi trials to take place in Singapore in 2019

Government urged to consider carbon tax to drive clean energy
Malaysia Green Technology Corporation (MGTC) has called on the government to consider imposing carbon tax on development projects in the future to drive clean energy and green technology. Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr Mohd. Azman Zainul Abidin said if the tax is implemented, it should be less than one per cent of the total revenue from the projects. “The amount of tax to be paid to the government will depend on the project’s carbon emission so that small players would not be too affected by the tax. “This will also help to reduce carbon footprint in the country,” he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur. “However, the government must engage with the stakeholders and review the policies before implementing such tax. “Should the tax be implemented, it could subsidise green technology, especially in producing clean energy,” he said.

Ukraine’s aerospace expertise can fuel Malaysia’s industry to greater heights
Ukraine, an Eastern Europe country, is keen to share its expertise in aerospace and aircraft engineering with Malaysia. Ukrainian Ambassador to Malaysia, Olexander Nechytaylo said sharing expertise was not just providing education for students but also transferring technology to help Malaysia create the necessary level of competence and capabilities to develop the aerospace industry. “Ukraine has good expertise in aerospace and aircraft engineering and we can help Malaysia develop its aerospace industry,” he told Bernama in an interview. Nechytaylo said other potential areas of collaboration between Ukraine and Malaysia were likely in education, cultural exchange, tourism as well as boosting trade relations. “Tourism is another great potential. Last year, more than 13,000 Ukrainians visited Malaysia, which was about 1,000 tourists per month. It is a good number given that Ukraine is not close and has no direct flight. Now my task is to spark the interest of Malaysians to visit Ukraine,” he added. The ambassador said his embassy was also in talks with some Malaysian travel and tour agencies and it was hopeful next year they could start tour packages to Ukraine.

Arrow Electronics Collaborates with Infineon Technologies to Raise Innovation Capability and Engineering Competency of Start-ups in SEAsia, India, Australia and NZ
Global technology solutions provider Arrow Electronics, Inc. today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Infineon Technologies, a German semiconductor and system solutions provider, to provide start-up businesses in South East Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand with innovative products and engineering support to help them accelerate the idea-to-impact innovation journey. “Infineon offers a wide range of microelectronics that connects the digital world of data with the real world of things, from sensors to security chips,” said Chua Chee Seong, president and managing director, Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. “Infineon’s collaboration with Arrow will offer start-ups the capabilities and innovations to develop the next generation of intelligent and intuitive devices.”

DHL and Shopee launch new partnership, enabling China sellers to easily access Thai consumers
DHL eCommerce, a division of the world’s leading logistics company, Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL), today announced a partnership in China with Shopee, a leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. The partnership enables sellers in China to access consumers nationwide in Thailand, with an expansion of the partnership to other Southeast Asian markets in the pipeline. The e-commerce sector of this region has tremendous potential with a CAGR of 32% between 2017 and 2025, and the market is expected to reach US$88 billion by 2025[1]. According to Statista, the e-commerce gross merchandise revenue in Thailand will exceed US$5 billion by 2022, making it the second largest e-commerce market in Southeast Asia.

First air taxi trials to take place in Singapore in 2019
Trials for air taxis will take off in Singapore in the second half of 2019, with German company Volocopter to conduct flight tests. The company announced this at the Autonomy and the Urban Mobility Summit in Paris yesterday. The trials are aimed at verifying whether the electrically-powered aircraft, called Volocopters, can operate in Singapore’s urban environment. The aircraft take off and land vertically, and can fly two people for distances of less than 30km. Although they look like helicopters, the aircraft is based on drone technology. Volocopters can be flown with varying degrees of autonomy – fully autonomous with a pilot on a joystick, or remote-controlled from the ground. The company told Channel NewsAsia that part of the project will be to determine which flight mode will be most appropriate for the trials in Singapore. The trials will assess if there are feasible air taxi routes that would make sense in Singapore, and how such a service can be implemented using an air traffic management system, said Volocopter.