Greetings from MASSA !

Malaysia’s General Elections in May 2018 saw the peaceful transition to a new Government in place with Malaysia’s 4th Prime Minister back as the 7th Prime Minister.  The new Government has given Malaysians new hope and fresh aspirations to build upon the efforts of the last 60 years and to put the country’s growth on an upward trajectory.

In this August edition, we present readers with 2 country features – namely, Papua New Guinea and Fiji.  We are grateful to MATRADE for their excellent field work and research to filter out the latest information and leads for our readers.  MASSA and FMM’s business mission to Papua New Guinea has not been finalised, but will now include another country, i.e. Fiji on this mission.  Members will be updated once our consultations with the respective Embassies and MATRADE’s network are in place.

MASSA held its 27th Annual General Meeting on 25 June 2018 and took this occasion to organise a talk by the Executive Director of Selangor Human Research Development Centre (SHRDC), Mr Tan Beng Teong.  SHRDC has been innovating to meet the HR needs of its stakeholders, namely the industrial corporate sector in tandem   with  developments  arising from IR4.0.  The Executive Director gave an interesting and enlightening talk highlighting examples of applications of web enabled technology on the Factory Floor and the extensive range of skills enrichment programmes that are available to upskill and reskill our labour force.  As a follow-up, MASSA will be organising a visit to SHRDC for members soon.  SHRDC will be sharing information on a regular basis for the benefit of MASSA members.  Please look out for our weekly circulars and on our MASSA website. 

MASSA visited MIMOS Bhd on 18 July 2018.  This organisation is an agency under the purview of the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment & Climate Change (MESTECC).  It is a leading depository of more than 2,000 Intellectual Properties (IP) in various technology domains and across the socio-economic sectors, resulting from its extensive R & D activities.  Members are welcome to work with MIMOS to avail of the myriad emerging applications that have good potential for commercialisation.

H.E. Emir Hadzikadunic, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina made a courtesy call on MASSA President, Tan Sri Azman Hashim.  Accompanying him were representatives from Bosna Bank International.  Members can expect more information on this emerging market in the months ahead.

We want to express our thanks to all our contributors and partners for sharing the information and insights for this August edition.


Editorial Committee 
MASSA Secretariat