Easing migration policies can boost workers’ welfare

Posted on : 10-10-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

Kuala Lumpur: Easing curbs on labour migration policies can boost workers’ welfare and economic growth in Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean), said a World Bank report.

In a statement Monday, it said, intra-regional migration in Asean increased significantly between 1995 and 2015, turning Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand into regional migration hubs with 6.5 million migrants.

“The figure represents 96 per cent of the total number of migrant workers in Asean, as stated by the ‘Migrating to Opportunity’ report,” it said.

World Bank Chief Economist for the East Asia and Pacific region, Sudhir Shetty, said the Asean Economic Community had taken steps to facilitate the migrant’s mobility, but the regulations only covered certain skilled professions, such as doctors, dentists, nurses, engineers, architects, accountants and tourism professionals, or just five per cent of jobs in the region.

“With the right policy choices, the home countries can reap the economic benefits from the out-migration, while protecting their migrating citizens.

“Foreign workers can fill labour shortages and promote sustained economic growth in receiving countries, if migration policies are aligned with their economic needs. Inappropriate policies and ineffective institutions mean that the region is missing opportunities to gain fully from migration,” he said.

The report said barriers such as costly and lengthy recruitment processes, restrictive quotas on the number of foreign workers allowed in a country, and rigid employment policies restricts workers’ employment options and impacts their welfare.

These restrictive policies were partly influenced by the perception that an influx of migrants would have negative impacts on receiving economies, it said.

“However, there is evidence to the contrary. In Malaysia, simulations find that a 10 per cent net increase in low-skilled immigrant workers increases real gross domestic product (GDP) by 1.1 per cent, while Thailand’s GDP would fall by 0.75 per cent without migrants in the labour force,” it said.

The World Bank said that a range of policies could be implemented to enhance workers’ mobility, adding that there should be more supervision of recruitment agencies across the region.

It said Malaysia could adjust its migration policies to the country’s economic needs, including revising its current levy system and deepening coordination with sending countries.

SOURCE– BERNAMA

UK’s FDI into Malaysia in tech sector to grow stronger -

Posted on : 10-10-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has the potential to receive more than RM270mil in investments in the technology sector from the United Kingdom (UK) over the next 15 months.

British High Commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell expressed confidence that the inflows of UK’s foreign direct investment (FDI) into Malaysia, particularly in the technology sector, could be maintained or grow stronger than that of last year.

“With all the works that we are doing with the UK’s Mega Tech Mission here, the next 15 months must surely deliver as much if not not more,” she told a press conference on the sidelines of the UK’s Mega Tech Mission Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

Treadell said 800 business-to-business (B2B) meetings between 42 visiting British companies and Malaysian institutions and organisations that were keen to meet them had already been lined-up.

Up to 1,000 B2B meetings have been scheduled over the three-day visit in the capital, as well as in Johor.

She added that the technology sector is one of the key components of the ongoing free-trade agreement (FTA) negotiations that was submitted to Malaysia’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and the guidelines were expected to be ready by year-end.

Two strategic partnerships were announced today upon the arrival of the UK Mega Tech Mission, comprising 42 UK tech companies – the largest UK tech delegation ever to visit Malaysia.

The first of the two strategic partnerships announced was formed by UK’s Action Starter and CAS Analytics (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd to integrate both companies’ platforms to deliver digital solutions, enabling job seekers, policymakers and educators to address employment, training and development issues.

The second partnership was formed by UK’s Kino-mo and People n Rich Holdings Sdn Bhd, to promote the adoption of new advertising tech innovations through the introduction and distribution of ‘Hypervsn’ in Malaysia. The award-winning ‘Hypervsn’ is a media planning solution for creating, displaying and managing 3D content.

The Mega Tech Mission is led by the UK Department for International Trade, in collaboration with Malaysia Digital Economy Corp (MDEC) and the Johor State Investment Centre and Global Business Services Iskandar, a programme managed by i2M Ventures Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Bhd.

UK National Technology Adviser Liam Maxwell, who is leading the mission, said he was confident of the UK tech offering and bullish about the potential for collaborative partnerships.

“The Mega Tech Mission to Malaysia allows participating companies to showcase UK technology expertise across various technologies ranging from cyber, fintech, data analytics, smart technologies, cloud, virtual reality through to artificial intelligence.

“It also provides an equally unique opportunity to develop long-term collaborative partnerships with Malaysian businesses,” he added.

Meanwhile, MDEC chief executive officer Datuk Yasmin Mahmood described the prospects for private sector investment is good as Malaysia’s location in the heart of Asean is pragmatic and prudent.

“Malaysia’s business-friendly policies and unwavering focus on enhancing the country’s digital economy are positive factors that will offer UK investors plenty of opportunities to tap into its information and communication technology ecosystem.

“Certainly, they can look at Malaysia as the gateway to other emerging markets in the Asean region,” she added.

SOURCE– BERNAMA

Thailand, M’sia top destinations for Asean migrants

Posted on : 10-10-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

WASHINGTON: Workers in Southeast Asia are on the move, and they don’t always go far.

Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, have become the region’s migration hubs and are now home to 6.5 million migrants from the Asean region, the World Bank said.

Myanmar and Indonesia are the top sources of migrants, the Washington-based lender said in a report on Monday.

Southeast Asian nations have taken steps to reduce barriers to labour mobility to boost integration, but most efforts have focused on high-skilled workers such as doctors and engineers.

They account for only about 5% of employment in the region, the World Bank said, as most migrants are low-skilled and often undocumented.

There is a huge gap in wages in the region. Average wages in high-income Singapore are at least five times those of any other Asean country, while a Cambodian migrant can earn three times more by moving for work in Thailand, the World Bank said.

SOURCE:- FREE MALAYSIA TODAY

Fiji seeks greater cooperation in renewable energy with M’sia

Posted on : 10-10-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

KUALA LUMPUR: Sir Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, Special Envoy for the Prime Minister of Fiji, said the South Pacific country sought greater cooperation with Malaysia, especially in the renewable energy sector.

Noting Malaysia’s experience in renewable energy, as something Fiji could learn from, he said cooperation in this sector could help the country overcome depleting sources of energy in the future.

“Our oil imports are very high too, although there has been a lot of talk that there are many potential oil sources to be discovered in Fiji.

“So, we need to concentrate on developing renewable energy such as solar energy and educating the people of Fiji on the importance of using solar energy,” he told Bernama after paying a courtesy call on Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) general manager, Datuk Zulkefli Salleh at his office in Wisma Bernama, here.

Ratu Epeli, formerly the President of Fiji from 2009-2015, was also a guest of Bernama News Channel’s (BNC) talk show during his visit, to talk about a documentary, ‘Back to Batu Pahat‘, which will be aired on Oct 10.

The documentary, produced by BNC, is about Malaysia and Fiji military relations between 1952 and 1956, where the soldiers of both countries fought side by side during the Malayan Emergency.

Ratu Epeli also invited Malaysian businesses to carry out feasibility studies in Fiji, as the country has a lot more opportunities to offer on the business front, adding that both countries had a good long-standing relationship even before Fiji’s independence in 1970.

According to Ratu Epeli, among the areas that would be attractive to Malaysian businesses are mining, fisheries, education and agriculture.

Meanwhile, Zulkefli described his meeting with Ratu Epeli as very informative and enlightening, as the latter shared Fiji’s untapped opportunities as well as the media’s role in the country.

He said both sides agreed that news accuracy was of great importance in maintaining peace and security in a country.

“Both of us also agreed that countering fake or inaccurate news must be carried out immediately to avoid prolonged misconception,” he added.

SOURCE— BERNAMA

Postal,courier services provide strategic input for digital, e-commerce economy

Posted on : 10-10-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

TELUK INTAN: The postal and courier services provide strategic input for the development of digital and e-commerce economy in the country, said State Tourism, Arts, Culture, Communications and Multimedia Committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi here today.

Nolee said the growth of the parcel delivery segment was expected to continue in tandem with rapid growth of digital economy which required new investment to enhance operational capacity and thus create quality job opportunities.

She said the postal service landscape had changed with the emergence of competition from courier companies and rapid growth of digital communications, creating an impact on the way people communicate.

Apart from that e-commerce development had also opened up new opportunities for the postal service to sustain growth and remain relevant in the country, she said.

“The National e-Commerce Strategic Roadmap and Digital-Free Trade Zone announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak recently requires the postal and courier industry to come under the purview of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

“This is aimed at implementing transformation initiatives to become ‘best in class’ and to increase the productivity level of every employee through continuous capacity building to achieve e-commerce targets,” she said in her speech in conjunction with the 143rd World Postal Day Celebration at the Teluk Intan Post Office which was also attended by Perak MCMC chief Hanita Izam Abdul Rahman, here today.

DPM proposes creation of Msia psychological well-being index

Posted on : 10-10-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

PUTRAJAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has suggested that a Malaysia psychological well-being index be created to measure the people’s levels of mental and emotional well-being.

He said this was important to ensure that the manpower contributing to the country’s development comprised individuals with positive thinking, were mature, able to think creatively and innovatively, and resilient in facing the prevailing global challenges.

“World-class human capital can be attained if each employee has the mind and desire to achieve excellence, possess noble ethics and practise the culture of high achievement,” he said in his speech when opening the Human Capital Psychology Conference 2017, here, today.

Ahmad Zahid said he wanted the psychological services in managing the country’s human capital to continue to be boosted to ensure balance in the physical, emotional, behavioural and spiritual aspects of employees was always at the optimum level in order for them to give their best to the country.

“Each worker must be ensured to be always in their best condition so that they can together ride the wave of the nation’s success towards 2050,” he said.

In the public service sector, he said, a support system as well as prevention of psychological problems had been in place to assist public servants through the Public Service Peer Counselling Programme (AKRAB).

Since introduced in 2005, the programme had been successfully functioning in assisting public servants deal with life and job issues, he added.

Ahmad Zahid said the government, through the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO), had also launched the Return to Work (RTW) programme in 2007 to assist incapacitated contributors to undergo counselling sessions, physical rehabilitation intervention, vocational rehabilitation and job training, and then return to work.

He said since this programme was introduced in 2007 until August this year, 17,183 workers had been successfully rehabilitated and returned to work.

At the conference attended by some 7,000 participants from the public and private sectors, Ahmad Zahid also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between SOCSO and JobStreet.com for the RTW programme.

SOURCE-BERNAMA

Pre-2018 Budget study shows people’s hopes, aspirations

Posted on : 10-10-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

KUALA LUMPUR: The outcome of the study entitled ‘Public Perception Towards the 2018 Budget’, to be tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Oct 27, indicates the people are looking forward to effective measures and more benefits to keep up with the rising cost of living.

The nationwide study conducted by KAJIDATA reveals the benefits outlined in the budget will help them tide over the rising cost of living and help the country forge ahead.

The benefits are seen as crucial with 37.7 per cent of the respondents saying the assistance provided in the previous budget (2017 Budget) has certainly helped them cope with the cost of living.

Professor Syed Arabi Aidid, KAJIDATA’s advisor, said the study noted that the respondents from the B40 segment, those earning below RM3,000, wanted the government to continue looking into their plight in the 2018 Budget.

“The findings note that 90 per cent of the respondents want the government to continue giving emphasis on comprehensive healthcare, employment opportunities, and help senior citizens above 65 and single mothers to sustain themselves.

“They also hope that the people’s cash aid scheme BR1M will continue in 2018, with 69.6 percent of the respondents saying the BR1M announced in the 2017 Budget has achieved its objectives in helping the deserving group,” said Syed Arabi, who is also the former rector of the International Islamic University Malaysia.

In their 2018 Budget wish list they also want to see the government doing more to enhance the quality of education (89.6 per cent), reduce the cost of living (88.8 per cent), improve public transportation (87 per cent), spend more on development and infrastructure (82.4 per cent) and continue to subsidise selected items (80 per cent).

Of the respondents, 84.9 per cent want to see the government providing more affordable houses as they feel the affordable housing provision under the 2017 Budget is inadequate in helping them to own a house.

In the study, the Chinese (65.1 per cent) and Indian respondents (69.7 per cent) want the 2018 Budget to give equal emphasis on the interest of city and rural dwellers.

According to Syed Arabi, the findings showed that despite the better amenities and opportunities in the cities, there were many shortcomings that needed to be addressed.

The study also found that at least 50 per cent of Malaysians are aware that the prime minister will be tabling the 2018 Budget by the end of the month. Almost 70 per cent agree that civil servants deserve a bonus.

The study was conducted to gauge public awareness on the tabling of the 2018 Budget and to evaluate public perception on the measures introduced in the 2017 Budget.

KAJIDATA’s computer-aided telephone interview study was carried out from July 26 to Aug 4, 2017 using random stratified sampling with 1,039 respondents from all levels of the society.

Established in 2015, KAJIDATA’s mission is to effectively acquire and see beyond data and unearth actionable insights.

SOURCE– BERNAMA

Proton’s reset to go international begins in earnest

Posted on : 10-10-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

KUALA LUMPUR: The significant management changes announced about a week ago by Proton is undoubtedly a turning point in the national car manufacturer’s long-term quest to emerge as a successful international brand.

Dr Li Chunrong (pix), who takes over as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Proton Holdings Bhd’s manufacturing arm, comes armed with global automotive credentials that makes the best man for the job to turn around Proton and penetrate Asean in a big way.

With 30 years experience in the auto sector and having worked for major automakers such as Honda Motor Co., Kia Motors Corp. and China Dongfeng Motor Group, he will be well-placed to bolster operations at Proton.

The changes at Proton will be positive by way of protecting the jobs for the locals, facilitate transfer of technology, introducing new models, injecting cash, as well as improving sentiment in the local supply chain, among other things.

Responsible for the entire operations of Proton, Li spelt out a 10-year plan to revitalise the national carmaker and vowed to make Proton among Southeast Asia’s top vehicle brands.

In a way, Sept 29 may well go down as the date when Proton got its act together, bit the bullet and started thinking like an international class auto corporation.

Although DRB-Hicom Bhd – which owns 50.1% in Proton, and Zhejiang Geely Holdings Group 49.9% – did not announce a new car model, the choice of a new Proton CEO and management line up was seen as more crucial in resuscitating the national car manufacturer.

In an instant, Proton switched roles from a standalone, domestic car manufacturer with only one primary market – Malaysia – to become part of an international auto group whose stable includes several well-regarded auto marques – Geely in China, The London Taxi Company of Great Britain and Volvo of Sweden.

This instant transformation vaulted Proton into its long-awaited role to become an international auto player within a stable of globally known brands which share technology, design, parts, platforms and marketing know-how.

Belonging to a stable of several marques that specialise in specific market segments, geographic territories and pricing points, is an automotive business model well proven by the likes of Volkswagen, Peugeot-Citroen, Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi, Mercedes and BMW.

Together with Li as CEO, the announcement included a high-profile auto personality joining the board of Proton.

That man is auto veteran Winfried Vahland, who was Chairman of the board and CEO at Škoda Auto, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group.

Vahland is credited with turning Czech Republic’s auto brand, Skoda, into a respected global marque.

So, not only is Proton manufacturing now led by a CEO from Honda, Li is being helped at the board level by an ex-CEO from Volkswagen Group whose turnaround experience with Skoda is almost a mirror image to what needs to be done with Proton.

So obviously, the leadership is in place not just to make Proton the number one car manufacturer in Malaysia but beyond domestic shores as well.

As Li clearly said in his first media announcement, he was squarely looking at the promising Asean market of 600 million people for Proton to become among the top three regional brands and then move on to make Proton a full-fledged international player.

With this move, Geely with its 49.9% stake will begin the transformation of Proton by pouring in technology, European Union Euro 6 compliant engines, a boost in parts quality and the just-in-time injection of an entire model transfer-the Boyue sports utility vehicle, which is missing from the Proton model line-up.

Both bankers and auto analysts are united in their assessment that DRB-Hicom and majority shareholder, Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhary, did the right thing to search for right strategic partner, an idea backed by the highest levels of the Malaysian government.

Geely’s injection of cash is not what matters most.

Instead, what is of value will be Geely’s contribution of managers, technology, new models, global marketing network and platform sharing, which saves Proton from spending billions to uplift it from local to global player in one swift move.

DRB-Hicom made a good deal on many levels, for instance, protecting jobs by taking on a global partner rather than going it alone and inevitably sinking under year-on-year mounting losses in the billions of ringgit.

The supplier network is kept intact, now ready for its own quality improvement makeover to meet the most stringent international standards and gaining inroads into a global network of brands that include Geely, Lynk & Co, The London Taxi Company, Volvo and the latest to join this stable, Proton.

Looking ahead, Proton’s staff, suppliers and Malaysians in general now can see that Proton is going international at last, a move that has been a long time in coming and one that will lift Malaysia’s automotive sector to new heights.

SOURCE— BERNAMA

Govt to give RM1bil for BRT project in Iskandar

Posted on : 10-10-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The federal government will contribute RM1 billion towards the development of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) while the rest, amounting to RM1.56 billion, would be financed via a Private Public Partnership.

Announcing this, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the BRT project, under the concept of inclusiveness and sustainability, worth RM2.56 billion, would be developed by the federal government via Iskandar Regional Development authority (IRDA) and the Johor state government.

“BRT will be the public transportation infrastructure backbone in the Iskandar Region Malaysia in the next two decades.

“BRT is a high quality bus-based transit system which will give a reliable, comfortable and cost effective service,” he said, The Prime Minister said this in his speech when launching the 2017 Progressive Johor Expo at Kota Iskandar here yesterday.

Najib said that he was made to understand that BRT contained the same features as the Light Rail Transit or metro, which is faster compared to normal bus services.

He said BRT was expected to be operational in 2021 covering 90 per cent of Iskandar Malaysia with a 51 km route through 39 stations.

“It will be ensured that the development of the BRT system will have smooth links to Rail Transit System (RTS), High Speed Rail, KTM Commuter and inter-town bus terminals.

“With the expectations of increase in populace and economic growth to simultaneously boost job opportunities, I am confident that BRT would become a catalyst to spur Iskandar Malaysia to a more competitive level globally on par with other developed nations,” said the Prime Minister who is also Finance Minister.

BRT is one of the four initiatives of the state government he launched yesterday.

Touching on the Johor Skills Development Master Plan, Najib said the plan would ensure that workers in the state were equipped with the right skills.

He said the aspiration of the state government to spur skills development based on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for Johor youths would be interpreted via the master plan.

“I am confident, the Johor TVET Master Plan is a good start and reference for a more comprehensive TVET Master Plan,” he said.

SOURCE— BERNAMA

Proton’s reset to go International begins in earnest

Posted on : 10-10-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

KUALA LUMPUR: The significant management changes announced about a week ago by Proton is undoubtedly a turning point in the national car manufacturer’s long-term quest to emerge as a successful international brand.

Dr Li Chunrong (pix), who takes over as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Proton Holdings Bhd’s manufacturing arm, comes armed with global automotive credentials that makes the best man for the job to turn around Proton and penetrate Asean in a big way.

With 30 years experience in the auto sector and having worked for major automakers such as Honda Motor Co., Kia Motors Corp. and China Dongfeng Motor Group, he will be well-placed to bolster operations at Proton.

The changes at Proton will be positive by way of protecting the jobs for the locals, facilitate transfer of technology, introducing new models, injecting cash, as well as improving sentiment in the local supply chain, among other things.

Responsible for the entire operations of Proton, Li spelt out a 10-year plan to revitalise the national carmaker and vowed to make Proton among Southeast Asia’s top vehicle brands.

In a way, Sept 29 may well go down as the date when Proton got its act together, bit the bullet and started thinking like an international class auto corporation.

Although DRB-Hicom Bhd – which owns 50.1% in Proton, and Zhejiang Geely Holdings Group 49.9% – did not announce a new car model, the choice of a new Proton CEO and management line up was seen as more crucial in resuscitating the national car manufacturer.

In an instant, Proton switched roles from a standalone, domestic car manufacturer with only one primary market – Malaysia – to become part of an international auto group whose stable includes several well-regarded auto marques – Geely in China, The London Taxi Company of Great Britain and Volvo of Sweden.

This instant transformation vaulted Proton into its long-awaited role to become an international auto player within a stable of globally known brands which share technology, design, parts, platforms and marketing know-how.

Belonging to a stable of several marques that specialise in specific market segments, geographic territories and pricing points, is an automotive business model well proven by the likes of Volkswagen, Peugeot-Citroen, Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi, Mercedes and BMW.

Together with Li as CEO, the announcement included a high-profile auto personality joining the board of Proton.

That man is auto veteran Winfried Vahland, who was Chairman of the board and CEO at Škoda Auto, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group.

Vahland is credited with turning Czech Republic’s auto brand, Skoda, into a respected global marque.

So, not only is Proton manufacturing now led by a CEO from Honda, Li is being helped at the board level by an ex-CEO from Volkswagen Group whose turnaround experience with Skoda is almost a mirror image to what needs to be done with Proton.

So obviously, the leadership is in place not just to make Proton the number one car manufacturer in Malaysia but beyond domestic shores as well.

As Li clearly said in his first media announcement, he was squarely looking at the promising Asean market of 600 million people for Proton to become among the top three regional brands and then move on to make Proton a full-fledged international player.

With this move, Geely with its 49.9% stake will begin the transformation of Proton by pouring in technology, European Union Euro 6 compliant engines, a boost in parts quality and the just-in-time injection of an entire model transfer-the Boyue sports utility vehicle, which is missing from the Proton model line-up.

Both bankers and auto analysts are united in their assessment that DRB-Hicom and majority shareholder, Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhary, did the right thing to search for right strategic partner, an idea backed by the highest levels of the Malaysian government.

Geely’s injection of cash is not what matters most.

Instead, what is of value will be Geely’s contribution of managers, technology, new models, global marketing network and platform sharing, which saves Proton from spending billions to uplift it from local to global player in one swift move.

DRB-Hicom made a good deal on many levels, for instance, protecting jobs by taking on a global partner rather than going it alone and inevitably sinking under year-on-year mounting losses in the billions of ringgit.

The supplier network is kept intact, now ready for its own quality improvement makeover to meet the most stringent international standards and gaining inroads into a global network of brands that include Geely, Lynk & Co, The London Taxi Company, Volvo and the latest to join this stable, Proton.

Looking ahead, Proton’s staff, suppliers and Malaysians in general now can see that Proton is going international at last, a move that has been a long time in coming and one that will lift Malaysia’s automotive sector to new heights.

SOURCE— BERNAMA

Microsoft launches the new Surface Pro Malaysia

Posted on : 10-10-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

KUALA LUMPUR: Microsoft has reinvented the modern workplace concept with the launch of Microsoft’s brand-new Surface Pro.

Tagged as Microsoft’s ‘most versatile laptop’ the device which is the latest generation of its iconic Surface product line, has been redesigned from the inside out to deliver better performance and battery life than ever.

The Surface Pro, together with Microsoft 365, is a complete, intelligent, and collaborative modern workplace solution that enables everyone to be creative and work together, taking productivity to the next level.

“There are three fundamental aspects which are critical in molding the next generation workplace- people, place and technology. The world is constantly changing, and we are constantly on the move, with our mobile devices. At Microsoft, we’re constantly pushing boundaries and with the introduction of the Surface Pro, we’re taking consumers to a whole new level of the definition of a powerhouse laptop and a mobile creative studio in one thin, lightweight device”, said Microsoft Malaysia chief marketing & operations officer Michal Golebiewski.

The new Surface Pro has been redesigned from the inside out to give people more performance and fifty per cent more battery life than the Surface Pro 4.

Everything has been streamlined and refined — from softer, rounded edges to cameras built to fade into the bezel. At just 8.5mm thin and starting at 0.766kg the new Surface Pro is lighter than the bag it will be carried in, and packs the power of a 7th generation Intel Core processor into a new fanless, two whisper-quiet design.

The Surface Pro brings creativity to live in a highly portable form factor. The high-resolution 12.3 inch PixelSense Display is engineered to work with the new Surface Pen, the fastest digital pen ever, to deliver an amazing inking experience with a new hinge that adjusts to 165 degrees, people can now put Surface Pro into Studio Mode, creating the optimal position to write or sketch.

According to Microsoft, mobility is key. The three critical aspects in the new world of work are people, place and technology. Employees in the new world of work have the capabilities to work flexibly and productively in the digital modern work place, they are empowered with technology and their offices support a collaborative, dynamic workplace design.

The new Surface Pro is the ultimate work companion to allow the world to work in new ways within the modern workplace. With its long-lasting battery life, Microsoft’s new Surface Pro takes on a whole new meaning of a true companion.

“Malaysian employees feel the most important way to improve collaboration and increase their level of productivity is through better PCs (55 per cent) and better mobile devices (34 per cent).

“At Microsoft, we believe nothing should stand in our customers ways to bring their ideas to life. We built the Surface Pro because we believe the right technology can help people push the limits of what’s possible. Modelled after whether it be a student or an employee, the Surface Pro and Microsoft 365 present businesses with an opportunity to create a new culture of work that unlocks creativity and enhances teamwork while also delivering simple management and intelligent security. Together, it’s a solution that makes your modern workplace a reality,” said Golebiewski.

Technical Specifications

Microsoft Surface Pro
Software: Windows 10 Pro, Office 365 30-day trial
Dimensions: 11.50 x 7.93 x 0.33 in (292.10 x 201.42 x 8.5 mm)
Weight: m3: 1.69 lbs (768 g), i5: 1.70 lbs (770 g), i7: 1.73 lbs (784 g)
Storage solid state drive (SSD) options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB4
Display Screen: 12.3 inch PixelSense Display
Resolution: 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI)
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Touch: 10 point multi-touch
Battery life: Up to 13.5 hours video playback
Processor: Intel 7th Gen Core m3, i5, or i7
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 (m3), Intel HD Graphics 620 (i5), Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 (i7)
Security: TPM chip for enterprise security, enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
Memory: 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB RAM
Wireless: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Ports: Full-size USB 3.0, microSDXC card reader, Surface Connect, 3.5mm Headset jack, Mini DisplayPort, Cover port

SOURCE:- THE BORNEO POST

Corporate Malaysia need to invest in new digital Culture

Posted on : 10-10-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

KUCHING: The changing face of Malaysia’s workforce has resulted in a need for organisations to foster a new culture of work to achieve digital transformation success, a Microsoft Study has concluded.

In fact, 74 per cent polled felt that more can be done by their organisations to invest in culture development.

In a statement, Microsoft Malaysia chief marketing and operations officer Michal Golebiewski said: “The rise of digital technologies, along with a new generation of millennials entering the workforce, has brought about a need to address changing workers’ expectations, knowledge and skills, as well as the tools they use.

“And with more than half of the world’s millennials residing in Asia, the workplace will need to transform to adapt to the technology habits of these digital natives. In addition, due to deployment of advanced and emerging technologies, organisations need to relook at reskilling its workforce to develop creative and strategic skills for the future.”

Even as 80 per cent of business leaders in Malaysia acknowledge the need to transform into a digital business in order to succeed, it noted that people are ultimately the main drivers of digital transformation.

“People are at the heart of digital transformation. Their expectations, knowledge and skills, as well as the tools they use for work, are determining factors in the level of transformation that any organisation can achieve. The challenge that they face now is how to implement new ways to foster a modern culture of work to better empower Asia’s workers, especially those at the frontline. By estimates, there are two billion firstline workers globally, and make up majority of our workforce today,” added Michal.

The study found the following factors influencing the culture of work in Malaysia today.

These include increasingly mobile workforce and exposure to new security risks such as the rise of mobility and proliferation of mobile and cloud technologies have resulted in individuals working across multiple locations and devices.

The rise of diverse teams as 31 per cent of workers in Malaysia are already working in more than 10 teams at any one point in time. This makes the availability of real-time insights and collaboration tools crucial to get work done.

It also pointed out that there are gaps in employees’ digital skills even as leaders are in the motion of embracing digital transformation.

It added, as the bar is raised with new technologies adopted across industries, deployment is uneven. In fact, it pointed out that 68 per cent of respondents feel that more can be done to bridge the digital skills gap among workers.   “Today, firstline workers serve as the first point of contact between companies and the rest of the world – first to engage customers, represent brand, and see products and services in action.

“To unlock the potential of employees, organisations need to address and elevate their workforce, especially firstline workers, through addressing the core values of the new culture of work,” it said.

“We believe that every worker – from the factory floor to the front desk, to the executive boardroom – can contribute to an organisation’s collective endeavours.

“It is our view that involving firstline workers in digital transformation will drive unprecedented opportunity – for workers, the organisations that they work for, and the industries and society at large,” added Michal.

“At Microsoft, we see the opportunities that can be unlocked with technology by equipping frontline workers with the right tools, such as Microsoft 365.

“Ultimately, digital transformation projects can only succeed if the right tools are in place for workers to leverage and maximise upon.”

Microsoft has announced the expansion of Microsoft 365, including Microsoft 365 F1, which provides purpose-built capabilities that help foster firstline culture and community, train and upskill employees, digitise business process, deliver real-time expertise, and minimise risk and cost.

For organisations still on Office 2007, end of support will happen on October 11. Customers who are still using Office 2007 products and services are encouraged to move to Office 365 or Microsoft 365 to stay supported, and ensure uninterrupted support from Microsoft.

Michal concluded: “With cloud-based productivity tools being a key pick among Asia’s mobile workers to drive greater collaboration among teams, we urge organisations to take the opportunity to evaluate Microsoft 365 as an option to modernize their workforce.”

SOURCE:- THE BORNEO POST

Sabah has most PPR housing projects

Posted on : 10-10-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

THE government has allocated some RM6 billion for 120 People’s Housing Projects (PPRs), with 83,759 units completed across the country.

Sabah has the highest number of PPRs implemented by the National Housing Department (NHD), with 26,199 units of the low-cost houses.

NHD director-general Jayaselan K. Navaratnam said 41 PPRs comprising 15,327 units were under construction, while 23 projects comprising 10,066 units were in the pipeline.

He said the implementation of PPRs depended on several factors, including high demand from people in the area and applications from the state government to obtain low-cost housing.

He said such projects targeted those living in squatter areas and low-income earners with a household income of not more than RM3,000 a month.

He said there were two types of PPRs – PPR-For-Rent, at only RM124 a month, and PPR-To-Own, where units could be bought for RM35,000 each in Peninsular Malaysia and RM42,000 each in Sabah and Sarawak.

“The response to PPRs is very encouraging as the units are rented out and sold at a fairly low rate compared with the market rate, where the construction cost per unit is between RM150,000 and RM180,000.”

PPR is a programme under the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry, with NHD as the implementing agency.

SOURCE– BERNAMA