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Malaysia’s Logistics Renaissance in Focus at MIDA Singapore’s Premier Industry Event

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Malaysia's Logistics Renaissance in Focus at MIDA Singapore's Premier Industry Event

The Transport Logistic (TLAC) Southeast Asia 2023 event, held at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre in Singapore from 1-3 November 2023, gathered industry leaders, policymakers, and experts. This pivotal summit featured expert speakers sharing invaluable insights, creating a vital moment for collaborative learning in exploring the evolving economic landscape within the logistics sector.


MIDA Singapore proudly hosted the Country Focus segment, spotlighting Malaysia’s Logistics Renaissance: Forging the Future of Connectivity and Innovation. With nearly 150 logistics-related companies from the region in attendance, Mr. Vinothan Tulisinathzan, Director of MIDA Singapore, delivered a keynote address on Malaysia’s Logistics Vision – Connectivity and Innovation. He outlined key government-driven roadmaps like the Twelfth Malaysia Plan (12MP), National Transport Policy 2019-2030, and National E-Commerce Strategic Roadmap (2021-2025), emphasising Malaysia’s commitment to fostering a robust logistics ecosystem for domestic and foreign businesses that supports the country’s economic growth. The recent Malaysia budget allocation underscores government’s dedication to strengthening seaports and the Malaysia Maritime Single Window (MNSW), vital components to boost the country’s trade competitiveness. He continued to point out on MIDA’s role not only actively to promote Malaysia as an investment destination for logistics companies but also in coordinating the development of the logistics industry with other government agencies and stakeholders.


The panel discussion, “Pioneering Innovations in Malaysian Logistics”, moderated by Ms. Fong Lai Lyn, Cheiftain of Pathway, featured insights from experts like Mr. Marco Neelsen (CEO, Port of Tanjung Pelepas), Mr. Mark Jason Thomas (CEO, MASkargo) and Mr. Musdalifa Bin Abdullah (CEO, Ground Team Red).


A notable strategy discussed was the need for comprehensive sustainability strategies, measurable targets, and continuous efforts in emission reduction. This includes merging electric vehicle (EV) tractors with Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to enhance performance monitoring and operational optimisation.

The discussion also highlighted the pivotal role of digital transformation in enhancing efficiency, innovation and productivity in the logistics sector. While substantial investment may be perceived as a barrier, the evolving landscape offers scalable and affordable digital solutions such as cloud-based software, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models. Incremental implementation and strategic partnerships within the digital ecosystem provided accessible avenues for resource-efficient growth. Governments’ support programmes and incentives further facilitated digital adoption, especially for SMEs, through grants, subsidies, and training access.


The session concluded with panellists stressing a value-driven approach towards digital transformation and innovation. Focusing on return on investment (ROI), companies can strategically prioritise digital initiatives, ensuring alignment with expected returns. With leadership commitment, innovation and strategic resource utilisation, business, irrespective of size, can embark on a sustainable digitalisation journey. This approach not only boosts efficiency and customer experience but also aligns with the pursuit of net-zero emissions, positioning companies for competitive advantage in the dynamic logistics landscape.