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Agriculture remains as a key part of the Malaysia’s economy and export output. Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic which has plagued the majority of 2020, the adoption of more efficient technology has been at the forefront of the sector. As such, the agriculture and plantation sector is expected to...
E-commerce platform, Lazada Malaysia, has channelled approximately RM44 million with the goal of helping more than 70,000 SMEs through its second stimulus package; dubbed Pakej Kedai Pintar 2.0. Lazada’s first stimulus package was implemented in April 2020, contributing RM10 million to help up to 50,000 SMEs. This new package is...
Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has just announced a new economic aid package worth up to RM15 billion (US$3.7 billion) on 18 January in an effort to mitigate the effects of a resurgent Covid-19 pandemic. The package was revealed in a televised address and is known as PERMAI, or the...

The Return of MCO

Many people’s worst fears have come true as Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced the reinstatement of the movement control order (MCO) lockdown measures. Fortunately, this reinstatement only covers select states and federal territories that have experienced the worst of the resurgent Covid-19 outbreak. The remaining states will continue...
Malaysia has done relatively well in containing the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. However, a recent surge in cases has brought with it new concerns. It is now very much a possibility that the country may see a return of the strict movement control order (MCO) lockdown which caused...
By Ko Chuan Zhen The pandemic has disrupted economies worldwide, and hampered renewable energy’s (RE) progress, though the International Energy Agency in November projected its impact to be temporary, with the use of fossil fuels expected to decrease. This places renewables as the largest source of electricity generation globally by...
Recently, there has been much concern surrounding reports that Malaysia is falling behind its regional neighbours in terms of attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), including supposedly losing out on key strategic investments. Some have even pointed to the June 2020 United Nations Conference on Trade & Development as the origin...
The heavily anticipated ratification of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in 2021 is expected to usher in a new era of trade as the newly minted trade bloc will be the largest in the world, accounting for a third of the world’s entire population and close to 30...
Majority of Malaysians are buying more from local businesses to help the domestic economy recover after COVID-19  Almost seven in 10 Malaysian consumers (69 per cent) are buying more from local brands to help these businesses bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic. This trend is stronger in Malaysia than in...
Business sentiment remains muted for Q1 2021 albeit slight improvements from the previous quarter Malaysian business sentiment continues to remain muted for Q1 2021 although slight improvements were seen for the third consecutive quarter since Q2 2020. According to Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Malaysia’s Business Optimism Index (BOI) study, BOI...
Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) has kick-started a series of SME programmes, in collaboration with the SME Association of Malaysia (SME Association), SME Corporation Malaysia (SME Corp Malaysia), and the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), to drive digital transformation among SMEs and create a sustainable ecosystem for SME growth. Realising the important...
International students will be allowed entry into Malaysia once more starting January 1, 2021. This was announced by Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. However, he said the exception was for those coming from the United Kingdom ― where a new highly infectious strain of Covid-19...

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