Diversifying Malaysia's Tourism: Encore Melaka the First Iconic Impression Series in South East Asia
Over the last decade, global tourism saw intense growth and diversification, becoming one of the fastest growing industries in the world pre-COVID-19. The industry contributes to economic development, creation of employment opportunities and overall national economic growth.
The Time to Transform is Now: Adoption of Technology Across Operations
Over the years, the adoption of digitalisation and participation in the digital economy has progressively increased in Malaysia. In 2018, ICT contribution to Malaysia’s economy stood at 18.5 per cent (RM267.7 billion) of the overall gross domestic product (GDP), with an annual growth of 6.9 per cent compared to the previous year [Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM), 2019].
Delivering in the Face of Pandemic: Leveraging on Supply Chain Digitalisation
Numerous industries are experiencing disruptions in business operations due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the United Nations, the pandemic has wiped US$50 billion off global exports in February 2020. The global industry now faces an increasingly unpredictable global economic landscape due to supply chain disruptions as countries heightened its health and safety measures by suspending in-country deliveries.
COVID-19: Opportunities for e-Learning Industry
Malaysia's higher education system is undergoing a comprehensive transformation and has matured significantly. The curriculum and teaching methods are being revamped with new critical elements such as experiential learning, future-ready curriculum, and lifelong learning mind-set to develop future-ready graduates. Graduates’ skillsets are also further enriched to embrace opportunities within the gig economy.
Hydrogen: Renewable Power of the Future
The escalating growth of the human population and the rapid evolution of heavy industrial sectors are significant contributors to energy demands. To fulfil this ever-increasing demand, current and future energy systems need to be costeffective, practical, reliable and sustainable, with low impact on the environment. For these reasons, there is a growing interest in hydrogen-based fuel technologies in recent years.
Malaysia: Asia’s Centre of Excellence
With the rising trend of establishments of Centres of Excellence (COE) in Asia among multinational corporations (MNCs), Malaysia increasingly emerges as a popular choice of location for these operations. For many years, Malaysia has played an important role as a Regional Hub, offering strategic operations location within South East Asia, robust industrial ecosystem and a talented and multilingual workforce.
Maritime Industry: Riding the Wave for Growth
As more trade deals are shifting towards the ASEAN region, Malaysia is gearing up to be the go-to place for trade. Malaysia’s trade value is steadily increasing amidst economic challenges and on-going trade tensions globally. According to MATRADE, in 2019, Malaysia recorded its largest trade surplus since 2009 valued at RM137.39 billion, an increase of 11 per cent compared to the previous period. Malaysia aims to continue this favourable trend, making it a preferred destination for investors and businesses.
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in Tourism Industry
The two billion millennials, representing 25 per cent of the world’s population, are re-defining consumerisation. Based on a market research company, Growth from Knowledge (GfK) study found that 59 per cent of 20 to 29 years old and 57 per cent of 30 to 39 years olds agreed with the statement that “experiences are more important than possessions”. Millennials prefer to socialise in group engagement at a fraction of the cost instead of investing in personal highly expensive virtual reality applications such as Virtual Reality (VR) headsets and play stations. They are favourable to ‘immersion rooms’ that provide space and technology for a hyper-real, smooth journey into VR which cannot be achieved at home.
Malaysia's Industrial Growth Complements Global Supply Chain
The trend of supply chain convergence has strengthened Malaysia’s role as a Global Hub. Many MNCs such as Volkswagen, Nestle, IDT and IKEA have leveraged on Malaysia’s strategic location and efficient trade infrastructure to serve their growing business in the Asian market.
Healthcare Services, the Thriving Industry in Malaysia
Demographic shifts and urban lifestyle changes demand innovative responses for new directions in the delivery of healthcare from the Government and healthcare providers. In supporting the growth of healthcare services, MIDA continues to position Malaysia as the healthcare hub in the region. Thus far, MIDA has facilitated a total of 77 private healthcare facilities since 2012. This amounted to investments of more than RM10 billion and have created over 15,000 job opportunities in the healthcare industry.
Palm Oil Industrial Cluster (POIC): Unlocking Sabah’s Potential
The Palm Oil Industrial Cluster (POIC) Lahad Datu was established by the Sabah State Government in 2005 to spearhead the development of palm oilbased downstream activities. Through the provision of adequate physical infrastructure and policies, POIC serves as a catalyst to accelerate the growth of the palm oil industry in the region. Presently, Sabah is the largest oil palm T producing state in Malaysia, tapping on 1.55 million hectares of its plantation to supply oil palm raw materials for valueadding manufacturing. Apart from palm oil, the Lahad Datu POIC comprises other industrial clusters such as port and logistics, oil and gas, biorefineries and small and medium enterprises. Strategically located along the Lombok-Makassar Straits, POIC is well known for its deep seaport with 20-meter depth.
IGEM 2019 : Towards a Sustainable and Green Malaysia
Fueling Oil and Gas Industry Growth Through Digitalisation
Active use of technology to capture new frontiers and drive productivity is not new to the oil and gas industry. The upstream sub-sector for example, has been at the forefront of several significant technological advances in the past, from supercomputing techniques for reservoir modeling to seismic and 3D imaging for drilling and project developments; while refineries have been pursuing digitalisation for more than 30 years, with technologies like advanced process control (APC) being part of the operational mix of many operators.
Sustainable Waste Management in Malaysia : Opportunities and Challenges
With fast-growing cities and ballooning population, developing countries like Malaysia are facing numerous challenges in sustainably managing wastes. The waste generated in Malaysia in 2005 was 19,000 tons per day at a recycling rate of 5%. The quantity rose to 38,000 tons per day thirteen years later, in 2018, despite the increased recycling rate of 17.5%. This is alarming as the rate has exceeded the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) study’s proposed rate of 30,000 tons per day in the year 2020. With limited space for landfills and rising costs of disposal, there is increased pressure and urgent need to tackle the waste management issue and reduce the impact on the environment and general well-being of the population.
E-Commerce: A Game Changer for Logistics Industry in Malaysia
he e-Commerce industry is growing exponentially within the Southeast Asia region particularly in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam. BMI Research in 2018 reported that these ASEAN countries are set to contribute an estimated of USD64.8 billion (RM257.9 billion) in 2021 from online shopping market activity, a giant leap from USD37.7 billion recorded in 2017. Malaysia's share of total online retail sales was at 2.7%, positioning Malaysia second in the region.
The Gaming Industry: A New Game of Growth
The Gaming Industry evolved from a group of young developers into a billion-dollar industry, and with the exponential growth of technology, the trend of playing games has grown from being played on PCs and mobiles, to consoles and virtual reality (VR). A global leader in eSports, games, and mobile intelligence, Newzoo is the leading market intelligence from the Netherlands since the year 2007. It has a partnership with giant tech companies such as Microsoft, Facebook, Warner Bros, Google, Razer and many others. Newzoo has also highlighted in its 2018 Global Games Market Report that the global games market is expected to grow from USD151.9 billion in 2019 to approximately USD180.1 billion in 2021.
Sports Tourism Has Significant Economic Potential
Globally, sports tourism is recognised as one of the upcoming tourism markets with significant economic potentials. In Malaysia, it is an important income generator in the tourism industry, contributing approximately RM5 billion annually and is supported by a broad global audience as sporting events usually attract domestic and international participants. Revenue generated ranges from accommodations, food and beverages, ticket/gate sales, sponsorships, media rights to merchandising and garment production.