SARAWAK INTO A DIGITAL ERA VOLUME 29 (2018)

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“All one needs is a computer, a network connection and a bright spark of initiative and creativity to join the economy”

- Don Tapscott (Professor & author of Wikinomics & Digital Economy)

As the world is experiencing what they call the 4.0 Industrial Revolution, Sarawak has taken upon itself to transform the State’s economy into a Digital Economy. 2017 has been an exciting year for Sarawak with the State’s initiatives and implementation of digital technology in various sectors & industries. We realize the significance of this shift and support the endeavours as it concerns not only our economy and various industries, but also the development of young adults who will ultimately be the future leaders to contribute to the continual growth of our State.

This issue of Happenings in Sarawak looks at the many avenues and opportunities of the digital era; with experts from numerous background providing insights, each sharing their knowledge and expertise. From the founder of WIT – Web in Travel, Yeoh Siew Hoon providing a prelude to the issue with her article: “Letter from Kuching – Lessons for Small Earthlings in Second Cities”, to ASEAN’s leading payment company iPay88 on E-Commerce, Google Malaysia on online shopping safety, a comprehensive elucidation on the growing coworking culture by iCube Innovation, the Internet of Things by founder of Second Startup – Curry Khoo and more.

With the growing entrepreneurial culture in this time and age, it is critical to equip upcoming entrepreneurs and existing businesses with the world’s trends, up-to-date systems and practices that integrate technology in order to advance not only on a regional level but at a global scale. From having our own cashless payment gateway (Sarawak Pay) to our own multimedia governance (Sarawak Multimedia Authority), we can stand confident that we will be ready. We look towards an abundant new year and we are excited to witness more moments in our history as we progress and innovate into 2018!

A review of Sarawak’s journey towards the Digital Economy Strategy in 2017, an introduction to Sarawak Multimedia Authority that was launched in December 2017 and a comprehensive overview of Sarawak digital economy transformation strategic actions.

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Coworking is a rather new concept here in Sarawak, but across the world, it has seen explosive growth in the past 6 years. It is a growing movement worldwide where entrepreneurs, freelancers, innovators, business owners and creatives can come together in this participatory culture that connects businesses and individual. Find out about this new working culture that is challenging the conventional style of work, how it is beyond just a space, and how it is the perfect match for startups.

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Today, no matter your age or affiliation to financial institutions, everyone can conveniently shop virtually simply with Internet connectivity using online banking service. Get an insight to the perks of e-commerce from ASEAN’s leading online payment gateway company – iPay88. Life in a fast-paced society has led to demands for time effective alternatives that can accommodate man’s ever-growing needs; and technology with its endless possibilities has made it all possible. Realising the importance of keeping pace with today’s digital age, the Malaysian government aims to bring roughly 80% of small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) into e-commerce with the necessary capabilities to be competitive in the online market.

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“What is it about Japan that make visitors return in record numbers? My argument is that rather than any one single thing that attracts the audience, what draw travellers are the stories of Japan. In his book “Winning the Story Wars” Jonah Sachs argued that memorable stories not only help break through the media noise of today’s world, but also build legions of eager champions. Good stories, make for great retellings. Much like beautiful vistas make for great instagrams. What about Sarawak? What is the story or stories of Sarawak?” General Manager of Asia for Peatix (global event discovery and community ticketing platform) – Yeap Mei Yi provides methods and devices to share the story of Sarawak.

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Despite the advancement of technology, we still live in a physical world and not in the virtual world. In our daily lives, we are still surrounded by physical objects. To have these ‘smart’ devices connected and integrated has changed and improve lives greatly in various aspects. Whether it be health, security or logistics management, the applications of IoT are vast and endless across worldwide industries. I believe each city has its own strengths and the local start-ups should take advantage on that. Sarawak is easily one of the best destination for tourists, so I believe travel tech can be the strength for Sarawak.

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When on asked a non-Borneoan what do they know about Borneo, what would their typical responses be? On top of the list would be, “Trees, Kolo Mee, Laksa and Orang Utans” most likely. As unfulfilling as those answers may be, that is indeed how Borneo is generally regarded by many. But to us as proud Borneoans, it is more than just Kolo mee and Laksa – Borneo is home. Borneo remains a magical part of the world that is rich and saturated with culture, arts and diversity.

One passionate individual Wendy Teo founded the Borneo Art Collective (BAC) while she was still working as a full-time architect in London. What initially started off as a personal search of what it means to be a Borneoan evolved into a community movement and brought together many creatives in Borneo. Upon realizing the best way to explore and tell the stories of Borneo through first-hand experience, BAC decided to carry out a 30-days Pan Borneo Road Trip. We are honored to gain an insight to her journey of uncovering the art and culture of Borneo and to share it with you.

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These days shopping online is super easy. There are so many sites and apps available to Malaysians that lets anyone browse and pick items, go tappity-tap to conclude the transaction and wait for it to be delivered – sometimes the very next day.

Most online shoppers go through the entire process painlessly. Some, however, do hit bumps along the way. To avoid becoming the “some” statistic, here are a few tips and tricks for you to shop online with added assurance.

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