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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/

Malaysia’s online shopping market size is estimated to increase from RM1.8 million in 2010to RM 5 billion next year, according to the finance ministry in its Economic Report 2013/2014 released today, Bernama news agency reports.

 

The report also reveals that Malaysia is the one of the top three countries in Asia on the average amount spent online in the past 12 months, thanks to the growth of online purchasing airline tickets and hotel bookings as well as the mature of epayments in the country. Companies should transform their traditional business to online business in order to be able to compete in future.

 

Other highlights in the report are:

  • Internet users is expected to reach 25 million in 2015, increased from 18 million in 2013;
  • Household broadband penetration rate had risen to 66.8 per cent as at June-end;
  • There are 42.6 million mobile subscribers in the country;
  • High penetration rate of social networks (91%) with 11.8 million Malaysians have Facebook accounts and more than 80 per cent of Malaysians access Facebook;
  • The adoption of ICT among SMEs was still slow due to limited financial resources, lack of technological knowledge and high cost of technical team and software applications;
  • Internet accessibility is low for SMEs due to high costs of band width and domain registration;
  • Only 100,000 of 645,136 SMEs having websites and 20 per cent of SMEs using ICT extensively in their daily operations; and
  • The spending on online advertising was only one per cent of the budget of Malaysian businesses.

Unifi Biz 100

For those needing more speed in the workplace, TM has introduced a 100Mbps UniFi package for businesses. The 100Mbps subscription is offered at RM1,599/month but as an early bird promotion, they are offering it at RM1,399/month.

In terms of speed, BIZ 100 offers 100Mbps download and 50Mbps upload and by default it comes with dynamic IP. Fixed IP is available as an add-on at RM200/month. The package also includes RM100 worth of voice calls and 10GB of web hosting.

For residential users, there’s a way to get 100Mbps for less with Time’s 100Mbps broadband at RM179/month. Of course it is subject to service availability which is rather limited compared to TM’s HSBB network.

For more info, head over to TM’s UniFi Biz page.

Malaysia Home Loan Calculator is designed for Malaysia home buyer or foreign property investor based on latest rules and regulations in Malaysia. It is the first all-in-one offline home loan calculator for Malaysia, which includes loan repayment calculation, amortization schedule by year and month, legal fee calculation, Sales and Purchase agreement and loan agreement stamp duty calculation, EPF withdrawal calculator. It also provides latest property news for reference.

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Features:

  • Home loan calculator:
    • Calculate monthly repayment, total payment and total interest paid based on loan amount, interest and length of mortgage
    • Detail amortization schedule in monthly and yearly basis are provided as well, which shows the principal paid, interest paid and balance for each month
  • Legal fee calculator:
    • Calculate S&P agreement and loan agreement legal fee based on property price
    • Calculate S&P stamp duty based on property price
    • Calculate loan stamp duty based on property price
    • Calculate the total legal fee and stamp duty required based on property price
  • EPF withdrawal calculator:
    • Calculate eligible fund can be withdraw based on property price, loan amount and balance in account
  • News:
    • Show latest property news in Malaysia, powered by www.iproperty.com.my
  • Other:
    • Fully offline for all calculators, no Internet connection is required

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Click here to download Malaysia Home Loan Calculator for free.

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The following are the screenshot for the Malaysia Home Loan Calculator for iOS

My Home Loan Calculator -  Loan Amount 1

Enter your loan detail at the start up page to calculate the repayment as well as interest

My Home Loan Calculator -  Loan Amount 2

The loan detail for your property will display including the total payment, total interest paid, monthly repayment

My Home Loan Calculator -  Loan Amount 3

The apps also provide you the schedule of payment as well as interest and balance for your loan from time to time

My Home Loan Calculator -  EPF

EPF withdrawal limit calculator

My Home Loan Calculator -  Legel Fees

Legal fees and also the stamp duty calculation

My Home Loan Calculator -  News

News which loaded from iProperty.com website

 

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Microsoft Surface Pro Windows 8 Pro tablet is now available in Malaysia for RM2749 (64GB) and RM3049 (128) at participating retail outlets from 7 June 2013 onwards.

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Microsoft Surface RT was launched in Malaysia in April 2013. It has pre-installed MS Office Home and Student 2013 RT but only support Windows 8 apps. You cannot install Windows 7 desktop software onto it. On the other hand, Surface Pro runs full version Windows 8 Pro which support all Windows 8 apps as well as Windows desktop software.

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“The Surface Pro will be especially appealing to corporations and businesses who are looking for a lightweight, durable, powerful device that is specifically designed with additional enterprise-grade security features, as well as optimized to work with in-house applications they may already have.”, said Carlos Lacerda, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia.

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Surface Pro specs

Surface Pro is a 10.6-inch Full HD touchscreen display (1920×1080 pixels) tablet computer powered by Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB RAM, running Microsoft Windows 8 Pro operating system. Two 720p cameras (front- and rear-facing).

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Surface Pro support WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity, as well as full size USB 3.0 port, microSDXC card slot, headset jack, Mini DisplayPort. Weight 2 lbs (907 gram).

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A Surface Pen is included allows you to do draw and take notes with your handwriting on the Surface Pro.

Surface Pro Spec

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Surface Pro price

Surface Pro is available in 64GB and 128GB, the retail prices is RM2749 and RM3049 respectively. Keyboard cover is not included. You can buy touch cover (black, white, cryan, red, magenta) at RM379. Black type cover is RM409.

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Where to buy Surface Pro in Malaysia?

Microsoft Surface series can be purchased nationwide from: Challenger Malaysia, Harvey Norman, Thunder Match Technology, SNS Network.

 

Click here for more information about Microsoft Surface Pro in Malaysia