MAJECA-PIKOM-ASOCIO Webinar on Cybersecurity: “How Safe Are You Online?” held on 18th August 2021 via Microsoft Teams

The Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA), in collaboration with the National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM), the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO), in association with CyberSecurity Malaysia and the Malaysia South-South Association (MASSA) jointly organised a webinar on cybersecurity, titled “How Safe Are You Online?”, on 18th August 2021 over Microsoft Teams. 200 participants registered of which 130 logged on. The participants came from various business sectors, universities, organisations, and government agencies from Malaysia, Japan, Korea and from the developing countries (incl. Bangladesh, Bosnia, Chile, Guinea, Taiwan and Thailand).

 

More and more businesses of all sizes and sectors are embracing the ‘digitalisation imperative’ to remain competitive and resilient. In this current IR4.0 era and exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic, business systems, processes and data have to be constantly updated and to remain relevant. 

The ongoing digital transformation, pivots on investments into the adoption of new technologies, processes and automation. The increasing integration of digitised data-driven services, while improving business resilience and function, has also exposed users to new areas of vulnerability.

This webinar addressed these vulnerabilities and featured experts, institutions and solution providers from across Japan, Korea and Malaysia to holistically inform and equip participants on aspects of cybersecurity from industry, practitioner and legal standpoints.

 

The programme for this webinar is as follows:


 

Mr Ong Kian Yew, Chief Executive Officer, National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) as the emcee of the webinar.

 

The webinar began with welcoming addresses from the leadership of MAJECA, PIKOM and ASOCIO after being introduced by the emcee.

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) & Malaysia South-South Association (MASSA), delivering his welcome address.

 

Mr Danny Lee, Chairman of The National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM), giving his welcome address.

 

Mr David Wong, Chairman of Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO), giving his welcome address.

 

Following that, a report on the collaborative venture of ASEAN – Japan Cybersecurity Project was delivered by the representatives of Japan IT Services Industry Association (JISA), in which they announced the launching of a new initiative called Cybersecurity Business Platform (CBP) that will help businesses in ASEAN region to overcome cybersecurity attacks.

Mr Takeshi Miyamoto, President of Japan IT Services Industry Association (JISA) delivering his greetings and introducing JISA and its activities.

 

Ms Ruy Hayashi, Japan IT Services Industry Association (JISA), the International Coordinator for ASEAN – Japan Cybersecurity Project introducing a new JISA intiative to support businesses titled ASEAN-CBP (ASEAN – Cybersecurity Business Platform) @ https://asean-cbp.org.

 

The discussion on the topic of the importance of cybersecurity and how having a cybersecurity strategy can ensure business continuity, was moderated by Dato’ Ts. Dr. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab, CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia. Joining alongside him was a distinguished panel comprising industry, practitioner and legal experts in the field of cybersecurity.

 

Dato’ Ts. Dr. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab, CEO, CyberSecurity Malaysia, the session moderator.

 

The panelists were as follows:

Mr Alex Loh, Chairman of PIKOM Cybersecurity Chapter &Country Manager of Fortinet Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

 

Mr John Choi, Deputy Chairman of Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO) & Founder of MarkAny Inc.

 

Ms Janet Toh, Partner of M/S Shearn Delamore & Co.

 

Following the presentations by the speakers, the webinar proceeded into a panel discussion-cum-Q&A session led once more by Dato’ Ts. Dr. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab. The panelists discussed the following:

  • The complexity of cyberthreats today that is becoming more intelligent, borderless and faceless engaging in malware and phishing tactics. As COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the push towards all things digital, there is a need to invest in cybersecurity solutions to manage our business digital infrastructures and to ringfence them against such crimes.
  • Mr Alex Loh highlighted the struggles of hiring cybersecurity professionals due to the lack of talents that specialize in this field. Hence, the need to develop these talents by providing training and education from university level. There are also opportunities for organisations to provide cybersecurity training and programmes to increase awareness among the general workforce. He also encouraged organisations to undertake cybersecurity assessments and invest in appropriate cybersecurity solutions.
  • Mr John Choi opined that existing cybersecurity solutions may not be enough to combat cyber threats that is increasingly becoming more intelligent and sophisticated with the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).  Therefore, a multi-layered defense must be deployed. The first layer of prevention engaging traditional technology such as Firewalls can be augmented by a second layer e.g. data encryption. A third and emerging   cybersecurity technology i.e. tracing technology, can now trace the source of the cyberattack. He also touched on the topic of ensuring data and privacy protection by using homomorphic encryption – a technology that allows us to perform statistical analysis over encrypted data on a larger scale.
  • Ms Janet Toh touched on the issue of cyberattacks becoming increasingly sophisticated and the rise of ransomware and phishing exploits through machine learning. The accelerated digitisation is caused by many organisations having to adapt to remote/hybrid work models due to the pandemic situation. Work-from-home employees have to rely on their own personal devices, removable storage devices, whilst some companies have started using cloud servers and had to quickly approve new software. This situation exposes organisations to data risks because work-from-home employees are all in different locations, operating from different networks, not working with the organization’s perimeter network on multiple devices. Ms Janet Toh’s slides can be accessed here.
  • The webinar brought to light the procedures for individuals or an organisation to follow when their digital identity and data e.g.: user ID, passwords, banking details – is hacked. The suggested procedures include, amongst others, shutting down the organisation’s network, perform forensic analysis to recover the data loss and investing in insurance. For individuals, the best step is to alert and warn close family members and friends regarding the threat and not to respond to any unusual requests on one’s devices.
  • Dato’ Ts. Dr Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab – highlighted the need for an improved regulatory framework, the importance of collaboration between the government and private sectors as well as academia. CyberSecurity Malaysia also provides a platform – MyCERT’s Cyber999 Help Centre – to report data breaches incidents whether it is individual or organisational issues.

 

Dato’ Ts. Dr Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab, the session moderator, wrapped up the webinar with the following closing remarks:

  • The need to conduct audits to understand the value of the data and information and data channels within each organisation, thereby enabling decision-makers to evaluate the optimal cybersecurity strategy to employ.
  • Cybersecurity solutions (especially at the enterprise-level) needs to develop a multi-layered defence and preventive system to defend against the borderless cyber threats that is evolving to be more accessible, intelligent and creative.
  • The importance of facilitating and investing in cybersecurity from a holistic standpoint to increase awareness among the general workforce at the people-level; at the process-level, instituting sound cybersecurity policies and frameworks; and at the technology-level recognising that cyber criminals are evolving with the advent of more IR4.0 technologies such as AI, video-cloning etc. Therefore, it is important to keep abreast with new cybersecurity technologies and infrastructures that are interdisciplinary and adaptive.


The following is a gallery of photos taken by the MAJECA Secretariat at the webinar:

ASEAN – BAC Malaysia Webinar 2021: Media Release: “RCEP and CPTPP as Game Changers in ASEAN’s Post COVID-19 Economic Recovery” held on 22 June 2021

The ASEAN-BAC Malaysia Webinar was held on 22 June 2021 titled “RCEP and CPTPP as Game-Changers in ASEAN’s Post COVID-19 Economic Recovery” involved a private sector bodies such as representatives of Malaysian trade associations, chambers of commerce, professional bodies, and foreign business associations and business councils. MAJECA, represented by Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal was a speaker in Panel 1 of the webinar to discuss “How can Malaysia capitalise on RCEP to reduce the trade deficit between Malaysia-Japan?”.


The following is the media release provided by ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia, titled ‘Private Sector in Malaysia led by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia calls for RCEP and CPTPP to be Ratified by end-2021’. For more information please visit http://aseanbac.com.my/


 

MEDIA RELEASE: Private Sector in Malaysia led by ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia calls for RCEP and CPTPP to be ratified by end-2021

 

Kuala Lumpur, 22 June 2021 — A large group of private sector bodies led by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) Malaysia released a joint memorandum urging the government to ratify the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) by the end of 2021 to allow Malaysia to gain an early mover’s advantage in positioning itself as a gateway to nearly a third of the world’s population through the ASEAN, RCEP, and CPTPP markets.

According to the memorandum, early ratification of the RCEP and CPTPP would enable Malaysian businesses to gain market access, to better source for raw materials and integrate their supply chains with other RCEP and CPTPP markets, derive greater certainty concerning intellectual property rights, as well as promote greater transparency, information sharing, trade facilitation, economic cooperation, and coherence in e-commerce regulations.

The memorandum of support was signed by representatives of Malaysian trade associations, chambers of commerce, professional bodies, and foreign business associations and business councils on the occasion of the ASEAN-BAC Malaysia webinar on 22 June 2021 titled “RCEP and CPTPP as Game-Changers in ASEAN’s Post COVID-19 Economic Recovery.”

 

Click here to view the Memorandum of Support video (above).
Click here to view the Memorandum of Support.

 

Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (DTCA) Secretary-General Datuk Seri Hasnol Zam Zam Ahmad, for his special address said, “The government is committed to ensuring that the post-pandemic economic recovery process is implemented in a structured and timely manner and that free trade agreements such as the RCEP will certainly help in the recovery of domestic businesses.”

ASEAN-BAC Malaysia Chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Munir Majid noted that political uncertainties are unconducive for business and the economy causing key strategic decisions such as ratifying the RCEP and CPTPP to be delayed and Malaysia losing its first-mover advantage.

“Greater dependence is now on the civil service to be professional to drive home the point the country cannot be falling back. Businesses too, particularly the SMEs, should be well prepared to seize the opportunities and to face challenges in a highly competitive global environment,” said Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid.

 

1. Ratify the RCEP and CPTPP at the soonest to accelerate Malaysia’s post-pandemic recovery

Ratification of the RCEP and CPTPP remains one of the private sector’s top recommendations to help businesses bounce back from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the ASEAN-BAC Malaysia’s Pathway for Malaysia 2021 report which contains 137 recommendations for economic recovery from the private sector.

“Malaysia has spent many years negotiating these landmark agreements and should therefore ratify them quickly to take advantage of the opportunities they present, especially for our post-pandemic recovery,” said ASEAN-BAC Malaysia Council Member Tan Sri Yong Poh Kon.

Supporting this view, the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) President Tan Sri Dato’ Soh Thian Lai said that, “While the signing of the RCEP and CPTPP was a significant achievement for the country, the government must hasten to ratify them to stabilize manufacturing activities and rebuild supply chain connectivity in the region.”

The Socio-Economic Research Centre (SERC) of ACCCIM’s Executive Director Lee Heng Guie concurs, saying that the country is counting on the speedy implementation of this mega trade deal to secure a strong export-led economic recovery. “The tariff reductions that the RCEP promises are important, so too are the other non-tariff benefits such as enhanced trade, services and investment facilitation, including the easing of trade procedures,” added the economist.

Such benefits would be particularly beneficial in the supply chain industry, according to ASEAN-BAC Malaysia Council Member Raja Singham, since these trade deals would allow Malaysia to further integrate Malaysia’s border trades and expand the country’s access to trade and investment opportunities.

 

2. RCEP and CPTPP membership will bolster Malaysia’s reputation as a pro-business economy

“What will Malaysia lose from not ratifying the CPTPP, which potentially sets the standard for international trade rules going forward?” asks Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat Executive Director and former MITI Secretary-General Tan Sri Dr. Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria.

“Malaysia will eventually be subjected to such rules as it is an open economy and CPTPP members who have committed to rules and disciplines will be seen to be more attractive and business-friendly,” she said.

Malaysia-India Business Council (MIBC) Honorary Secretary Datuk K. Surendran Kutty Krishnan, opined that bold economic reforms were needed to entice new investors since other markets in the region are also becoming increasingly competitive. He also noted that the RCEP and CPTPP were only two of the 16 free trade agreements that Malaysia has signed but has yet to ratify and enforce.

While Malaysia and Japan have had a bilateral free trade agreement for over a decade, the Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) nevertheless urges the government to proceed with the ratification of the RCEP and CPTPP without further delay, as they could serve as a conduit for an even wider range of collaborations and trade flows between the two countries, according to MAJECA vice president Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal.

 

3. Regulatory frameworks should be harmonized to complete free trade agreements

The RCEP is the world’s largest trading bloc with 15 member countries representing around 30 percent of global GDP, while the CPTPP is a free trade agreement among 11 countries representing approximately 13.5 percent of global GDP.

Malaysian Organisation of Pharmaceutical Industries (MOPI) president, Billy Urudra remarked that once ratified, the prices of generic drugs are expected to drop due to increased competition. In highly regulated industries such as the pharmaceutical industry, it is imperative that the FTAs are accompanied by a harmonized regulatory framework for the FTAs to be meaningful.

As for avenues for dispute resolution, LAWASIA and Bar Council Malaysia past president, Christopher Leong believes that the Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions in the CPTPP provides for the well-developed and recognised dispute resolution mechanism by way of international arbitration. According to him, the mechanism is transparent and open to development, and as such should not be a reason for a country to not ratify the agreement.

 


APPENDICES

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Below are some photos taken by the MAJECA Secretariat during the webinar:

44th Annual General Meeting of MAJECA held on 16 June 2021

The 44th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) was convened virtually over Zoom on Wednesday, 16 June 2020 at the Boardroom, 26th Floor, Bangunan Ambank Group, Jalan Raja Chulan, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

In order to comply with the Government’s and/or relevant authorities’ directives and guidelines on public gatherings, meetings and events, arising from the measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic during the Recovery Movement Control Order, the 44th AGM was convened via a hybrid of in-person as well as virtual participation.

The following were elected to the Executive Committee of MAJECA for the new term 2021-2022. 

Office Bearers

President: YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim

Vice-Presidents:

YBhg Dato’ Md Taib Abdul Hamid
YBhg Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal
YBhg Datuk Jason Tai Hee
YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Lodin Bin Wok Kamaruddin

Honorary Secretary: YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Michael Yeoh Oon Kheng

Honorary Treasurer: Mr Yeonhang Chuah

Executive Committee Members

  • YBhg Dato Yeoh Seok Kian
  • YBhg Tan Sri Rastam Mohd Isa
  • Mr Ravindran Kurusamy
  • Mr Steven Tee Shin Yau
  • Mr Goh Peng Ooi

Some photos of the meeting proceedings can be found below:


The MAJECA 2020 – 2021 Annual Report Book can be found here:

Report on ASEAN-Japan Business Week held from 24 – 28 May 2021

On 24 to 28 May 2021, the ASEAN-Japan Business Week held a series of virtual webinars. Hosted by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan Business Federation (JBF, Keidanren), Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC), ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC), ASEAN-JAPAN Business Council (AJBC), Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), AEM-METI Economic and Industrial Cooperation Committee (AMEICC) Secretariat, the ASEAN-Japan Business Week also showcased various supporting business organisations from ASEAN nations.  

Southeast Asia has always been at the heart of international business for many Japanese companies, and it has become even more important for the latter to respond flexibly and rapidly to the massive transformation such as “digitalization” and “green growth” in the region.

ASEAN-Japan Business Week was designed to give participants an opportunity to get a better understanding of the latest trends around ASEAN businesses and its future potential that spans across various sectors. The keywords of this event are “Innovation” and “Sustainability”, which are in alignment with “Dialogue for Innovative and Sustainable Growth (DISG)”, launched last year with endorsement by Economic Ministers from ASEAN and Japan.

During the Business Week, executives of leading companies had talked about their vision and initiatives with concrete examples, and a wide range of experts from various fields had discussed on how to accelerate and expand their initiatives.


PROGRAMME OUTLINE:

The outline of the 5-day programme (in Jakarta Time (UTC+7) were as follows.

For more details on the programme and the participating speakers, please click on the following link:

https://ameicc.org/aseanjapan_businessweek/en/day-1.html


Day 1: May 24, 2021 (Monday)

Time: 13:00 pm – 14:00 pm ~ Establishing New Partnership between Japan and Southeast Asia

Time 14:00 pm – 16:00 pm ~ Transforming Southeast Asia, Transforming Japanese Business

Day 2: May 25, 2021 (Tuesday)

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am ~ SDGs and Business Contribution in Southeast Asia

Time: 12:00 pm – 14:00 pm ~ Growing Opportunity for SMEs in ASEAN region

Day 3: May 26, 2021 (Wednesday)

Time: 11:00 am – 15:00 am ~ Promoting Green Business for Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia

Day 4: May 27, 2021 (Thursday)

Time: 10:15 am – 11:45 am ~ International Politics and Economics Surrounding Southeast Asia: Perspectives on its relationship with the US and China

Time: 12:30 pm – 14:00 pm ~ From SEA: Business Opportunities and Challenges in ASEAN region in post-Covid-19

Day 5: May 28, 2021 (Friday)

Time: 11:00 am – 13:00 pm ~ Southeast Asia Start-ups in the three hottest fields – DX Platform Program

Time: 13:30 pm – 14:45pm ~ New Business Opportunities in BCG (Bio-Circular-Green) Sector in Thailand


Day 1 (24th May) highlighted the importance of “Innovation” and “Sustainability” for future win-win relationship between ASEAN and Japan. This was echoed in the speeches of the main speakers and also key figures from Japanese and businesses that expressed their expectations and hope such as increased sustainable investments and heightened digitalisation based on the theme of “Transforming Southeast Asia, Transforming Japanese Business”.

Day 2 (25th May) saw two sessions focused on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Co-organised by ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute and RIETI, the first session entitled “SDGs and Business Contribution in Southeast Asia” was joined by experts from ISEAS and Japanese companies and gave their insightful thoughts. The second session led by JCCI included several speakers from Japanese MSMEs that shared their knowledge about business in SEA and gave suggestions for other Japanese MSMEs to find new business opportunities in the region.

On Day 3 (26th May), the session entitled “Promoting Green Business for Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia” had discussed the importance of Asia Transition Finance, new prospects and commitment to achieve carbon neutrality for the manufacturing industry as well as ASEAN-Japan cooperation in sustainable growth and green business. This was followed by two panel discussions whose themes were “The importance on Asia Transition Finance” and “Exploring New Business Opportunity in Southeast Asia and the Commitment to Achieve Carbon Neutrality for the Manufacturing Industry”.

Day 4 (27th May) saw discussions on international politics and economics surrounding Southeast Asia, especially from the perspectives on its relationship with the US and China. JETRO had organised another session where presidents of JETRO branches in the ASEAN region presented the latest business information of each country which was elaborated under the theme of “New Trends of Innovation and Sustainability in the Post-COVID-19 Era & Direction toward ASEAN-Japan further Collaboration”.

On Day 5 (28th May), JETRO had organized two special sessions. For the first one, ASEAN start-ups from various fields had delivered pitch presentations to introduce their innovations and ideas while aiming further collaboration with Japanese companies. In succession, at the end of ASEAN-Japan business week, a session entitled “New Business Opportunities in BCG (Bio-Circular-Green) Sector in Thailand” was held. The “BCG Economy” was introduced as Thailand’s new national policy followed by a panel discussion on how to expand BCG business in Thailand for Japanese businesses.


Archived video recordings of the various presentations can be found on the AMEICC website via the following link:

https://ameicc.org/aseanjapan_businessweek/en/index.html


Gallery of photos of the ASEAN-JAPAN Business Week as snapped by the MAJECA Secretariat: