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Unless you’re some kind of sadist, the thought of having to travel and search for a parking space within the heart Kuala Lumpur during rush hour should leave you trembling in fear.

But that doesn’t mean you should completely avoid attending meetings that are held in the city center, because from now until February 26, 2017, uberX rides within the Klang Valley that are shorter than 4km will cost you a flat rate of RM0.99!

Bear in mind that the RM0.99 fare isn’t applicable for scheduled rides, and that if you were to be caught in unexpectedly heavy or standstill traffic, the fare will revert back to the standard time and distance calculation rate. The RM0.99 fare will still be applied during peak hours when surge pricing might be in effect, however.

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Tan Nyat Chuan, Director of the Payment System Policy Department at Bank Negara Malaysia said that credit card holders will be given six months, starting January 2017, to familiarize themselves with the new system before it is implemented on July 2017.

“The targeted completion of the infrastructure rollout and card replacement is expected by Dec 31, 2016,” said Tan.

With the new pin and pay system, PIN enabled cards allows users to make a purchase without a signature. Instead, it uses a six-digit PIN. This new payment method is said to be more secure and safer than the current system.

Tan said that 44.3 million cardholders would be able to enjoy the new system, and added that by January 2018, cardholders will be able to pay for low-value transactions via a ‘tap-and-go’ system.

He said this at a roadshow jointly organized by Bank Negara, the Association of Banks in Malaysia, and the Association of Islamic Banking Institutions, in Miri Sarawak.

 

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You’ve probably already heard many things about webe – the telco company that was formerly known as P1 – over the past couple of months, especially the juicy details regarding its mobile plan that seemed too good to be true.

Well, we can assure you that it isn’t. webe has officially been launched earlier today, and the single mobile plan that they have to offer will indeed only cost from as low as RM79 (or RM83.74 including GST), and it will grant you unlimited data, texts and calls.

Notice the ‘from as low as’ catch? You’ll only be entitled to the very attractive RM79 monthly price if you are an existing TM customer or webe member, and if you have a webe certified phone. If you don’t meet both the criteria, you’ll unfortunately have to cough up RM199 per month. Meet either one of them, and you’ll be paying RM139 a month instead.

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Before you go rushing to be a webe subscriber, we should probably mention that registration is still on an invite-only basis, and only selected TM and P1 customers will be eligible to receive the invite. During the post-event press conference, Azizi A. Hadi, Chief Executive Officer of webe digital Sdn Bhd, mentioned that registration will be open to everyone “in early Q4.” Although you can, however, register your interest here.

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Know of any mothers who are aspiring to become entrepreneurs? Because Shopee has recently announced that they are allocating RM1 million to help Malaysian mothers develop their entrepreneurship skills, along with everything they need to know to run a thriving eCommerce business.

The imparting of knowledge is done through online and offline marketing campaigns, as well as through physical classes that will be conducted by Shopee staff, experienced sellers, and professionals as part of the Shopee University initiative.

What’s more, Shopee will also be extending its Free Shipping Program – which is held in collaboration with Pos Malaysia – until the end of July, which would encourage ‘Mompreneurs’ to use it as an advantage to attract more customers and expand their business.

“There are 3 barriers that Mompreneurs face in starting their online businesses – high costs structure, insufficient knowledge on how to sell online and lack of marketing exposure. With the extension of our Free Shipping Program, expansion of Shopee University and increased marketing efforts, we aim to convert 10,000 Mompreneurs to start selling on Shopee by the end of the year,” said Ian Ho, Regional Managing Director of Shopee.

‘Mompreneurs’ who have attended Shopee University will be able to put their knowledge to the test by participating in the ‘Mighty Moms Challenge’, where 20 ‘Mompreneurs’ will be competing with one another to become the top seller in Shopee. The winner will be awarded cash prizes which they can use to further nurture their business.

mycybersale-malaysia-online-sale MYCyberSALE online shopping campaign is Malaysia’s answer to the United States’ Cyber Monday, Singapore’s Bigger Better Sale and Thailand’s Online Mega Sale. Spanning over a period of 12 days, the campaign will see local E-commerce merchants like Groupon, offering simultaneous online shopping deals and discounts for the Malaysian consumers. It is an initiative by MDEC, the government agency tasked to spearhead the country’s ICT drive and oversee the development of MSC Malaysia. It is believed that #MyCyberSALE is the FIRST & BIGGEST cyber sale to be launched in Malaysia this year #MYCybrSale is aim for online sellers in Malaysia and the objectives are:

  1. Create the awareness and encourage Malaysians to shop online
  2. To boost E-Shopping cultural in Malaysia
  3. To encourage SMEs to be part of eCommerce eco-system
  4. To increase the domestic eCommerce revenue from the eCommerce spending in Malaysia

 

MDEC has a target of 100,000 shoppers and RM50 million sales for the campaign period. All participating online retailers, marketplaces and voucher/deal websites must be registered with MDEC, and undergo a strict vetting and approval process.

 

What you as an eCommerce owner will be benefit from the #MYCyberSALE event is that once your application is approved by the organizer, you will actually get the free advertisement and link back from the #MYCyberSALE advertisement page, create the exposure on the ad media such as YouTube, Google Ad, Line, Media print such as The Star, Kosmo, Xin Chew Daily, Digital ads such as OOHM, Radio Media such as Era, MyFM, Hitz.fm and more. The best part is everything come with FREE. To join the Malaysia first and biggest sales event, you need to have the following:

  1. Malaysia registered business under Business Act 1956 or Company Act 1965
  2. Must have a complete eCommerce site
  3. Must processed a recognized payment gateway such as Paypal, MOL Pay, iPay88, or eGHL
  4. Your online store must display clear Terms & conditions, Company Contact & etc
  5. Do not have any unresolved customer complaints

 

#MyCyberSale Campaign Period 29 September – 10 October, 2014 #MyCyberSale Merchants Below is a list of participating E-commerce merchants: MyCyberSales Participate merchant 2 MyCyberSales Participate merchant 1

 

  The following is the presentation slide of what’s is the #MYCyberSALE about and also the detail.

 

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Do you wondering how much an IT related field people worth? How much the market rate for a employees who are working in an IT company in Malaysia are being paid?
Are you an employee? Always wondering what kind of salary you should deserve?

A special thanks to Johnson Tan, an experienced HR / Recruitment specialist and IT professional who has shared with us some of his market insights.

You can refer to the table below on the salary guidelines of IT and e-commerce talents in Malaysia:



 Position  Years of experience  Min annual salary (RM)  Max annual salary (RM)
Software Developer / Programmer 1 to 4 30,000 90,000
Software Engineer 1 to 4 24,000 84,000
Senior Software Engineer 5 to 9 80,000 132,000
Web Designer 1 to 4 30,000 60,000
Web Application / Team Lead 5 to 9 84,000 138,000
Product Manager 5 to 9 72,000 144,000
Project Manager 5 to 9 72,000 156,000
Project Manager 10 to 20 120,000 220,000
Executive 1 to 4 24,000 48,000
Senior Executive 5 to 9 48,000 72,000
Manager 10 to 14 72,000 156,000
Senior Manager / Management 15 and above 120,000 260,000

 

There are a few interesting observations for us, the first one being the difference between Software Developer / Programmer and Software Engineer. Software Developer / Programmer is fetching higher salary than Software Engineer, but what is the differences on job scope between these two?

According to Johnson, who is also the country manager for a HR & Recruiting software company, “both share similar job scope, it is just that by the name of Software Developer or Programmer, you might be able to fetch slightly higher salary”.

 

Technical skills is very IMPORTANT
If you look into the details from the table above, you will realize that talents with technical skills are generally fetching higher salary package.

For example, the maximum annual salary for a Software Engineer is RM84,000, while it is only RM48,000 for an Executive with similar years of experience. The definition of Executive here can be those in sales, business development, marketing and so on.

Web designer with maximum of RM60,000 per annum is also higher than the Executive’s RM48,000.

Similar can be said on a 10-years-experience Manager’s minimum pay of RM72,000, while a Project Manager with technical implementations is able to garner almost 67% more, with an annual package of RM120,000.

The conclusion is, always equip yourself with technical skills especially when you are just starting your career in IT or e-commerce industry. Besides coding or designing, it can also be some specialized skills like digital advertising, analytics and so on.

As long as you get your hands dirty, there is where you learn and grow the most.

As for employers, always remember that talent is one of your most important assets in the business, even more so when you are in e-commerce or IT industry.

 

Pinterest in Bahasa Malayu

Pinterest, the famous visual bookmarking site today announced that the site has been translated into Bahasa Malaysia. Starting today, people in Malaysia can access a translated version of the Pinterest website, as well as in iOS and Android apps.

 

“We’re excited to help Pinterest fans explore the things they love to do in Bahasa Malaysia. Pinterest Malaysia already has an active pinning community with our most popular categories including fashion, travel, crafts, food and home décor. Today’s localization is a first step toward helping pinners discover their interests and hobbies in an entirely new way,” said Matt Crystal, Head of International, Pinterest.

 

In the last year, Pinterest has launched in more than 20 languages and will continue with more translations in 2014.

People use Pinterest to create wish lists, plan decor for their home, get inspired about places to visit, discover new recipes, and more. On Pinterest, people can follow Pinners with similar interests to get creative ideas for the everyday activities in their lives or things they hope to do someday in the future. As a global discovery tool, Pinners get access to a worldwide resource of visual content based on the categories they’re most interested in.

Click here to view Pinterest in Malasia Version

A money changer counts Malaysian ringgit

Malaysian consumers are among the least confident people in the world when it comes to shopping online and 6 in 10 Malaysians prefers cash as daily spending method, a recent study shows.

According to a survey by research company Nielsen, 60% of Malaysian consumers say their preferred payment method for daily spending is paper rather than plastic.

The same source indicates that Malaysians’ preferred form of payment is cash (60%), credit card (20%), debit card (14%) and prepaid card (2%). This preference for cash was even stronger in the Philippines (74%), Thailand (68%) and Vietnam (61%).

When it comes to cyber-safety concerns, research points out that more than half of Malaysian respondents (55%) say they are either hesitant or would not shop online and use their payment card details on either a smartphone or tablet device although their personal information is protected. Consumers in Vietnam (54%), Singapore (51%) and Indonesia (50%) share the same view. However, consumers in the Philippines (57%) and Thailand (55%) revealed that they feel comfortable shopping online using their payment card detailed stored on smart devices.

Nielsen’s figures also reveal that 42% of Malaysian respondents use one payment card on a regular basis, while 40% use two, and 11% use three. Only 6% of respondents regularly use more than three cards.

The Nielsen survey, dubbedGlobal Survey of Saving and Investment Strategies is based on a sample of more than 30,000 internet respondents in 60 countries.

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The Tzu Chi Foundation, an international charitable foundation that first opened its branch in Malaysia in 1993, recently announced that it has successfully deployed a comprehensive stack of Microsoft technology to help achieve its humanitarian mission more effectively.

 

Tzu Chi KL-Selangor Branch Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Sio Kee Hong said that implementing Microsoft’s technology has greatly improved their ability to respond to humanitarian needs. He added that gathering resources and information, a task that used to take three hours, can now be done within an hour, thanks to Microsoft.

 

Previously, Tzu Chi used a mix of open source and proprietary technology and software. However, they found that the lack of uniformity and standard impedes their work. They also realized that the mix of technology creates a lot of restrictions and hindered their productivity.

 

Earlier this year, Tzu Chi took advantage of a special licensing arrangement that allowed for software donations to charitable organizations, standardized its entire infrastructure on an up-to-date Microsoft stack, which include Windows, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Active Directory and Windows Server.

Get Malaysian business online

Do you know that in budget 2013, Malaysian government has announced a RM1,000.00 grant to help SMEs get online? It has allocated RM50 Million fund to help 50,000 micro entrepreneurs with priority given to the women entrepreneurs!

These are the Criteria You have to fulfill for the Grant: 

1) Malaysian aged between 18 to 65 years old, priority given to women entrepreneurs

2) Registered business (sole proprietary, partnership or sdn bhd) or business license with SSM

3) Have a website domain with .com.my/.my/.net.my/.edu.my/.org.my and maintain an active website

4) Subscribed to broadband or a registered member of Pusat Internet 1Malaysia (PI1M)

5) Local Bank Account registered with your name / business name

6) Priority given to micro-entrepreneur (less than 10 full time workers and annual turnover less than RM 200,000).

 

Common Q&A (In reference to the official FAQs)

Q: What’s the deadline for the grant application?

Starts from 1st January 2013 to 31st December 2013 or as early as the RM50 Million is fully allocated to qualified applicants.

You can start applying online at the official site of SKMM (MCMC). Strictly one application per individual or company.

Q: How would the grant being disbursed?

Directly into your registered bank account with your own name or business name.

Q: How long would it take for my application to be processed?

Within 30 days.

Q: How do i check the status of my application?

Via online at http://gmbo.skmm.gov.my/Public/Check, Just keyin your IC number and Reference No

Q: Is there any contract or signed agreement between the successful applicants with SKMM (MCMC)?
No.

Q: Any additional charges to apply for GMBO Grant?
No.

Q: Do I need to report to SKMM on how the fund is being utilized?
No. SKMM (MCMC) will have continuous efforts and methods to trace the effectiveness of the program.

Q: If I have a facebook page or blogshop, do I qualify for this grant ?

A facebook page or blogshop will not qualify. You will need to have a website with a domain ended with (.com.my /.net.my/.org.my/.edu.my)  or (.my) to market your business.

Any further enquiries ?

You can email to [email protected] or  call them at 1-800-88-4040 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm). Take note the online application only operate from 7am to 11pm daily basis.

Official site at:

https://gmbo.skmm.gov.my/