Multimedia University to Be Built at Malaysia’s MSC

By Julian Matthews

February 26, 1998 (KUALA LUMPUR) — Malaysia is building a multimedia university, the first of its kind, to specialize in courses on multimedia technologies, on a 200-acre parcel of land in Cyberjaya, 30km from Kuala Lumpur.

Cyberjaya is a new city that is being constructed on a former palm-oil estate.

Telekom Malaysia Bhd, the country’s largest telecommunications service operator, is spending about US$150 million to construct and equip the university.

Telekom Malaysia recently awarded the contract to build the campus to MEPS Joint Venture, a consortium comprising developers Emkay Holdings Sdn Bhd, Projass Engineering Bhd, Eastbourne Corp. Bhd and Shorefield Holdings Sdn Bhd.

The university, to be called Multimedia University, also will accommodate staff and students from Telekom Malaysia’s Universiti Telekom or Unitele, in Malacca.

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Malaysia Proposes ASEAN Framework For E-Commerce

By Julian Matthews

February 25, 1998 (KUALA LUMPUR) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad proposed the establishment of an ASEAN Framework on Electronic Commerce, to address key issues on e-commerce from a regional perspective.

ASEAN is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, comprising 10 nations.

Mahathir said the framework is necessary because some countries that already have established e-commerce infrastructures may have leads over other countries. The regional initiative would form the basis for discussions about the various legal, financial and cross-border implications of the emerging digital economy, he said.

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High-Tech Leaders Endorse Multimedia Super Corridor

By Julian Matthews

February 24, 1998 (KUALA LUMPUR) — Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) project was supported by a 25- member advisory panel comprised of heads of leading technology companies from around the world.

The panel said it was satisfied about the project’s progress so far, despite the regional currency turmoil.

“I am pleased with the concrete progress that has been made. In a very short period of time we see the vision start to take place,” said Motorola Inc. chairman Gary Tooker.

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‘Smart’ practices for smart folks

By Anita Devasahayam

CREATING a smart environment may sound like a far-fetched notion to many, but for those moving towards the 21st century, it is not only viable but necessary — so say the developers at Kulim Hi-Tech Park, who have included what they call “smart practices” and “smart habits” in their definition of an electronic community.

While they agree that there are many electronic communities in Malaysia (namely Bangsar Net), they claim theirs is unique.

“I believe that we must come up with a technology concept, not a technology product, to be viable and successful,” says Mazlee Mohd Ramli, group general manager of Kulim Technology Management (KTM).
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More than just a ‘tech park’

By Anita Devasahayam

MOST high technology parks merely want to be a “technology free trade zone,” but the folks at the Kulim Hi-Tech Park want to go beyond that, and are trying hard to “infuse” technology into the day-to-day lives of the tenants and residents.

There was a time when the park, first introduced in 1989, suffered several setbacks. Kulim Technology Park Corp (KTPC) managing director Ahmad Shukri Tajuddin attributed it to the lack of good infrastructure.

“We resolved all that by December 1994, and now have the best infrastructure any company can dream off — you can just bring your briefcase here, plug in your notebook PC and you’re in business,” he says.
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PK Electronics Aims at 5% Global UPS Market

By Julian Matthews

Local uninterruptible power supply (UPS) manufacturer PK Electronics Sdn Bhd has stepped up its bid to become a global player in the backup power supply market.

In the past year, the company has expanded into the US, set up sales offices worldwide and introduced new, innovative products.

With its new products, PK Electronics will become one of only four companies in the world offering the full range of UPS products from 500VA to 500kVA applications.

The company hopes to capture 3-5% of the global market, which is estimated to be valued at between US$4-5 billion in 1998.

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