47th ASEAN – Japan Business Meeting held on 10 March 2022

The 47th Edition of the ASEAN – Japan Business Meeting was held on 10 March 2022, Thursday. This conference welcomed 260 participants from ASEAN countries and Japan comprising of representatives from government agencies, alongside business chambers, universities and research institutions.

This edition of the forum, hosted by the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee (PHILJEC) touched on the theme – “Beyond COVID-19: Envisioning the Future with Digitalisation in ASEAN and Japan” bringing together key leaders and corporate luminaries across ASEAN and Japan to discuss the future outlook of the business world beyond COVID-19.

The programme of the forum was as follows:


The forum began with welcome remarks by the respective leaders of AJBM and Keizai Doyukai, followed by special guest remarks delivered by the Ambassador of Japan to Philippines, H.E. Mr Kazuhiko Koshikawa, and Keynote Speech by H.E. Mr Ramon M Lopez, the Secretary of Department of Trade and Industry in Philippines.

Mr Gerard B Sanvictores, the Chairman of AJBM Philippines welcomed all delegates and commented that this was the second time that the AJBM had to be held virtually in consideration of the pandemic. He remarked on the hope that the decreasing number of infections going forward in our respective countries will enable travel and tourism to resume and for our respective countries to recover economically. He further explained the agenda of the forum and encouraged everyone to actively join in the discussions during this event as the AJBM forum is a great opportunity for building networks across ASEAN-Japan.

Mr Kengo Sakurada, the Chairman of Keizai Doyukai discussed recent environmental and socio-political climate that is affecting the whole world. He highlighted that attention be given to the emerging countries where their economic growth rate is still low, and majority of their people still do not have affordable access to electricity and basic infrastructure. He cited his firm belief that innovation will be the key driving force to solve many of the global challenges and it is essential for companies and corporate executives to respond to the changes and continue to evolve dynamically. He expressed his hopes that innovations from ASEAN and Japan can contribute to solve the socio-challenges in the Region and worldwide.

In his remarks, H.E. Mr Kazuhiko Koshikawa expressed that although there are vulnerabilities on the international supply chain of critical and emerging technologies such as semiconductors and risks on regional interdependence, building a strong supply chain and realizing a free and fair trade and investment environment are essential for post-pandemic economic growth. His Excellency also cited that amidst these global disasters and challenges, Japan reaffirms its deep relationship with the ASEAN member-countries. The Government of Japan is continuing its efforts on the “Asia-Japan Investing for the Future Initiative” which supports the utilization of private sector knowledge and expertise on digital and the “Asia Energy Transition Initiative” which supports the achievement of carbon neutrality in ASEAN.

In his Keynote Speech, H.E. Mr Ramon M Lopez commented on the history of the ASEAN-Japan relations which has grown stronger with the increased cross border trades and investments since its establishment in 1977. This long-standing relationship has resulted in concrete outcomes including a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (AJCEP). He highlighted that the ASEAN-Japan relation has been further strengthened with the entry into force of the First Protocol to amend the AJCEP. He expressed his hopes that the enhancement of AJCEP will restore business confidence to sustain trades and investments between ASEAN and Japan, particularly as we rebuild our economies in the post pandemic era. He also highlighted on the economic ministers of ASEAN and Japan’s collective response to mitigate the negative impact of the pandemic through the ASEAN-Japan Economic Resilience Action Plan, intended to help stakeholders survive, to become more resilient and continue to operate under the new normal. He highlighted that the signing of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a welcome development as it will provide the much needed and timely boost for the economic development in the post pandemic recovery efforts. RCEP is a strong demonstration of the Region’s commitment in ensuring a stable and predictable regional economic architecture amidst uncertainties and the growing trends worldwide.

From left to right (clockwise): Mr Joseph Jr. Uy of PHILJEC (Philippines) as the emcee of the event, Mr Gerard B Sanvictores, Chairman of AJBM Philippines, H.E. Mr Kazuhiko Koshikawa, Ambassador of Japan to the Philippines, Mr Nobuhide Hayashi, Chairman of AJBM Japan, and H.E. Mr Ramon M Lopez, Secretary of Department of Trade and Industry, Philippines.


After the opening ceremony, the first plenary session with the theme “Living with Corona” featured panelists from Indonesia, Philippines and Japan, was moderated by Mr Shazali Sulaiman, Founder of Shazali & Partners (Brunei).This sessiondiscussed on the topic of building a socioeconomic system suitable for living in COVID-19 pandemic times and the state of recovery from pandemic and progress toward new normal society.

From left to right (clockwise): Mr Shazali Sulaiman, Founder of Shazali & Partners (Brunei), H.E. Dr Mahendra Siregar, the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs (Indonesia), Mr Takuya Shimamura, Chairman of AGC Inc (Japan), and Mr Jose Ma A Concepcion III, the Founder of Go Negosyo (Philippines).


The forum continued with the second plenary session with the theme “Climate Change” featuring panelists from Singapore, Philippines and Japan, and was moderated by Mr Patrick Tang, Mobile & Connectivity Partnerships of META Platforms. This session discussed how businesses respond to climate change as well as the opportunities in renewable energy and green business.

From left to right (clockwise): Mr Patrick Tang (Singapore), Mr Luke Tay, an Independent Futurist, Strategist & Food Systems Advocate (Singapore), Mr Francis Giles B Puno, the President of First Gen (Philippines), and Mr Yosuke Kiminami, the Founding CEO of RENOVA Inc (Japan).


The third plenary session followed up with the theme “Start-up & Innovation” featuring panelists from Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand, and was moderated by Mr Masahiko Homma, the General Partner of IncubateFund (Japan). This session discussed how businesses have been adapting to the new normal through digitalisation and the co-development between ASEAN and Japan.

From left to right (clockwise): Mr Masahiko Homma (Japan), Mr Teppei Sakano, the Representative Director / CEO of Allm Inc (Japan), Dr Supachai Kid Parchariyanon, the CEO & Co-Founder of RISE (Thailand), Ms Stephanie Sy, the CEO of Thinking Machines (Philippines), and Mr Mohd Atasha Alias, the CEO & Co-founder of Vuoz.io (Malaysia).


The forum ended with closing remarks by the leaderships of AJBM Philippines and Japan, respectively, followed by the announcement of the 48th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting.

The incoming chairman of the 48th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting – Mr Yuji Hirako announced and invited all delegates to the 48th Edition of the ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting which will be held in Tokyo, tentatively in December 2022.


PHILJEC’s report on the 47th AJBM can be read here: https://philippinesjapansociety.com/philjec/virtual-conference-47th-asean-japan-business-meeting/.

His Majesty, Emperor of Japan Awards the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star to YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA

Tan Sri Azman Hashim (left), President, MAJECA receiving “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star” certificate conferred by His Majesty, Emperor of Japan from H.E. Takahashi Katsuhiko (right).

Heartiest Congratulations to YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA on being conferred “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star” by His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan.

On November 3, the Government of Japan announced foreign national recipients of Decorations by Emperor of Japan for 2021 autumn conferment. Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA), Chairman of ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) Malaysia, Chairman of East Asia Business Council (EABC) Malaysia, and Group Chairman of AmBank Group was honored the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star to recognize his outstanding contribution to promote economic exchanges and strengthen the economic relationship between Japan and Malaysia. The conferment ceremony took place on 2 March 2022 at the Residence of the Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia.

Further reading:

  1. https://www.my.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/newinfo_03112021.html
  2. https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2022/03/04/ambank-chairman-gets-award-from-emperor-of-japan

Meeting & Luncheon with Former Prime Minister of Japan, H.E. Shinzo Abe on 11 March 2022 at Intercontinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, MAJECA, Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA, Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh, Hon. Secretary and Mr Goh Peng Ooi, EXCO Member, MAJECA met with Former Prime Minster of Japan, H.E. Shinzo Abe on 11 March 2022 over a luncheon at Intercontinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

Also in attendance at this luncheon were, His Excellency Katsuhiko Takahashi, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, Mr Imai Takaya, Special Advisor to the Cabinet, Cabinet Secretariat, Mr Makio Miyagawa, Former Special Advisor on National Security, National Security Secretariat & Former Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, Mr Kano Takehiro, Director-General, Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department, Asian Oceanian Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan and Mr Kawano Shu, Director, Second Southeast Asia Division, Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan.

They exchanged views on the Malaysian Look East Policy as this year marks its 40th Anniversary. The meeting also discussed the future of Malaysia-Japan relations in respect to the economic development and investment opportunities for both countries. The representatives of MAJECA touched on MAJECA’s involvement with Japanese business associations such as JAMECA, Keizai Doyukai, KEIDANREN as well as Malaysian associations with links to Japan such as the East Asia Business Council. The discussions also highlighted MAJECA’s achievements, trends of Japanese investments and how Japan can further collaborate with the Malaysian business community. MAJECA also shared on its upcoming activities and its insights on new developments in the sphere of ESGs, SDGs, IR4.0, digital, green and circular economy.

Seated in front:
Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, MAJECA (left) & H.E. Shinzo Abe, Former Prime Minster of Japan (right)

From left-to-right, 2nd row:
Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh, Hon. Secretary, MAJECA, Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA, H.E. Takahashi Katsuhiko, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, Mr Goh Peng Ooi, EXCO Member

Roundtable Meeting on 40th Anniversary of Look East Policy hosted by MAJECA on 24 January 2022

This year, Malaysia and Japan will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Look East Policy (LEP) and the 65th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the two countries.

MAJECA recognises that these milestones are a significant opportunity to highlight the impact of the LEP and importance of Malaysia – Japan bilateral relations, as well as give the private sector a window to contribute towards revitalising the role of the LEP and specifically for Malaysia – Japan relations.

MAJECA organised and chaired a Roundtable Meeting (RTM) to document the achievements, successes and outcomes of this policy that had lasted 40 years, and to seek considered opinions from representatives of Government ministries & agencies, development corridor agencies, universities and economic thinktanks, human resources development councils, private sector business associations and the LEP alumni associations.

The discussions were guided by the aim to explore how the Policy can be developed / re-shaped going forward as the world faces new challenges and developments in areas of post-pandemic recovery, sustainability, green & renewable energy, digitalisation & digital transformation amongst other emerging trends to further deepen the Malaysia – Japan ties for mutual economic development.

Below are photos of the various representatives who participated at the Roundtable Meeting:

MAJECA thanks its Executive Committee and stakeholders who attended the Roundtable Meeting and shared their valuable insights and inputs.

MASSA-MyAIRA-MAJECA Webinar on Drones – “Opportunities in the Drone Industry” on 13 October 2021

The Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) collaborated with the Malaysian Autonomous Intelligence & Robotics Association (MyAIRA), Malaysia South-South Association (MASSA), the Expertise Resource Association (ERA), Invest Selangor and the Embassy of Chile in Malaysia to organise a webinar on drones, titled “Opportunities in the Drone Industry” on 13 October 2021.

Over 100 participants from various business sectors and countries including Malaysia, Chile, Japan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Singapore and Turkey registered for this event.

The drone industry growth has been steadily rising in the last few years. It is estimated that by the year 2025, the drone services market size will be expected to grow to US$63.6 billion (Business Insider, 2021).

Drones as a tool, is gaining momentum not just among hobbyists, but also professionals looking to integrate drones into their organization’s workflow. This is because the drones’ ability to fly unmanned and even fully autonomously allows them to perform certain labour-intensive tasks much cheaper, faster and, safer than any human can.

Drone technology can be applied across multiple sectors and can be engaged in agriculture, construction, security, surveying, marketing, photography & videography, and many more.

This webinar discussed the uses of autonomous drone technology, potential for talent development in the drone industry and opportunities abroad – with the country of Chile as the case study.


The webinar programme was as follows: 


 
The webinar began with welcoming addresses from the leadership of MASSA-MAJECA and MyAIRA, followed by the Ambassador of Chile.  

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

Mr Yong Chong Soon, President, Malaysian Autonomous Intelligence & Robotics Association (MyAIRA), giving his welcome address. 

H.E. Diego Velasco-von Pilgrimm, Ambassador of Chile to Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam, giving his welcome address and announcing the signing of an MoU between APANT Chile and MyAIRA. 

Mr Samuel Loh, Programme Executive, Malaysian South-South Association (MASSA) and the Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) was the emcee of the webinar. 

 


 

Mr Jamie Haniff bin Ramlee, the Director of Selangor Darul Ehsan Aerospace Industry Coordination Office (S-DAICO) Division, Invest Selangor (pic below) moderated the panel comprising of experts in the drone industry.


 The panelists were as follows: 

Dr Shian Lee, CEO, Alphaswift Sdn Bhd

Mr Amsyar Faiz, Director of Business Development, OFO Tech Sdn Bhd

Mr Iván Araos Mansilla, Head of External Affairs, Association of Pilots of Unmanned Aircraft (APANT), Chile


Following the presentations by the speakers, the webinar proceeded to a panel discussion-cum-Q & A session led once more by Mr Jamie Haniff bin Ramlee. 

The panelists discussed the following:

• Dr Shian Lee’s presentation highlighted the possible uses of autonomous drones in various settings, and how drones can be easily adapted to suit the needs of their user. He addressed problems such as the shortage of manpower, the dangers of lofty infrastructure inspection as well as transportation difficulties to deliver humanitarian aid. He emphasized that drones like unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) can be the solution to these problems. He also introduced several types of drones and their uses such as unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that implement adaptive nozzles for crop-spraying, delivery UAVs for food delivery services, 3D-mapping drones and many more.

• Mr Amsyar Faiz showcased combination of IR4.0 solutions, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), big data analytics, drones, remote sensors, Augmented/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) and Industrial IoT technologies that can be applied in various sectors. The data captured by drones equipped with thermal sensor can be processed with the help of AI and AR/VR to output information with high precision in both 2D and 3D images. This can be utilized in scaling accurate measurements, track task compliance, crop performance, topography etc.

• Mr Iván Araos, the Head of External Affairs of Association of Pilots of Unmanned Aircraft (APANT), gave a report on the status of investment in cutting-edge drone technologies in Chile and the Latin American region. He highlighted how data processing drones and 5G can contribute success in the field of agriculture, mining, space exploration, and many more. He also reported that APANT is currently developing effective air-safety drones that can protect the citizens’ privacy as well as minimizing the environmental impact. APANT is also looking at implementing drones in its Smart Cities’ ecosystem, such as in telecommunications, aerotaxi, entertainment, healthcare, traffic etc. Mr Iván then highlighted the challenges on how to legalise the usage of these unmanned machines going forward. They are now working closely with the Government of Chile to implement a flexible regulatory framework for piloting aerial drones to ensure smooth development in this unmanned aircraft sector


Major Surenthiran Krishnan (pic above), from MyAIRA and Head of Training Wing for Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers in Army Institute of Communication and Electronics in Malaysian Armed Forces, wrapped up the webinar with his closing remarks highlighting:

• The drone industry continues to grow over the years. The hardware and software in manufacturing these drones are becoming more affordable, and will be more evidently prevalently used across all sectors. The opportunities offered by drones can be a future economic growth driver.


• The deployment of drones is vital in addressing shortage of manpower such as in smart-farming, dangerous and expensive infrastructure inspections as well as challenging deliveries for humanitarian emergency aid. The drone data capture can be processed into various data outputs, including but not limited to orthomosaics/point cloud/reality mesh/ augmented reality etc. and these outputs can be used for various applications in different sectors.


• The importance of developing and adhering to the standards and regulations set by the government in piloting these aircraft drones. It is also important that managers and operators of these aerial drones must be competent, responsible and well-trained to perform their tasks.

MASSA-MyAIRA-ERA-MAJECA Webinar on Robotics & AI – “How AI & Robotics Impacts Your Life” on 25 November 2021

The Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) collaborated with the Malaysian Autonomous Intelligence & Robotics Association (MyAIRA), the Expertise Resource Association (ERA) and the Malaysia South-South Association (MASSA) and the Selangor Human Resource Development Centre (SHRDC) to organise a webinar on AI & Robotics titled “How AI & Robotics Impacts Your Life” on 25 November 2021.

Over 175 participants from various business sectors and countries registered for this event including Malaysia, Chile, Japan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Singapore and Turkey.

In recent years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics technologies have become an increasing presence in our daily life. With industrialisation, robots have played an important role across many sectors, improving efficiency and productivity.

Although still under development, AI, algorithms and technological applications, combined with proper implementation of ethics, diversity and inclusive design have given rise to an explosion of applications in many areas and into new realms. Now, the AI and robotics fields are working unanimously to provide advanced solutions that can benefit the general public and businesses significantly.

This webinar was aimed at introducing AI and Robotics technologies, its uses and applications to participants.

 


The webinar programme was as follows: 


 
The webinar began with welcoming addresses from the leaderships of MASSA-MAJECA and MyAIRA 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 Yong Chong Soon, President, Malaysian Autonomous Intelligence & Robotics Association (MyAIRA), giving his welcome address.
Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary, Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) & Malaysia South-South Association (MASSA) was the emcee of the webinar.

The discussion on the applications and impact of AI & Robotics in daily life as well as for businesses was moderated by Ms Hanniz Lam, Communications Director, MyAIRA (pic below). Joining alongside her was a distinguished panel comprising of experts of AI & Robotics field.

The panelists were as follows:
Prof. Ts. Dr. Sim Yee Wai, Dean of the Faculty of Computing & Engineering, QUEST International University (QIU)
Mr Oliver Tian, Advisor, Asia Pacific Assistive Robotics Association (APARA)
Mr Soo Ho Hock MENG, COO, Avant Garde Centre of Excellence Sdn Bhd (AGCOE)
Ts. Dr. Chua Wen-Shyan, Head of Malaysian Smart Factory, Selangor Human Resource Development Centre (SHRDC)

Following the presentations by the speakers, the webinar proceeded into a panel discussion-cum-Q & A session led once more by Ms Hanniz Lam.

The panelists discussed the following:

• Prof. Ts. Dr. Sim Yee Wai – shared on the Turing Test, a test to determine whether machines are capable of thinking like humans. He also provided a brief history of Artificial Intelligence (AI); the 1st Wave (Symbolic AI, 1950s – 1960s) and the 2nd Wave (Expert Systems, 1980s – 1990s), which were not really successful at solving real world problems as they were built based on human reasoning and knowledge. This is where the 3rd Wave, which is the Machine Learning (2010s – Present) comes in. Machine learning is based on the idea of how humans accumulate experiences and learning from trials and errors, so when we encounter a similar situation or problem, we can apply the same solution for it. Machine learning can be used to find the correlation between event features and results based on historical data, using data modelling which can help to classify data and contribute predictions for more accurate decision-making. Dr. Sim also advised that the next wave of AI will be a disruptive one and its impact on us will depend on our understanding about the technology and how we react to it.

• Mr Oliver Tian – Highlighted that the need to plan for collaboration between machines and humans for the future. AI & Robotics should be adopted to augment human capabilities and potential and AI projects does not have to be huge. He believed that AI-powered users will emerge soon, and that robotics plug-and-play is also on the rise. On the other hand, he underscored that we should consider the appropriate applications of the technology, and do not focus on the media hype on the fear of machines taking over humans’ jobs. Instead, we should aim to treat AI and machines as evolving digital co-workers that work alongside us and help us do things better. He believes that treating intelligent solutions as co-workers will make them a sustainable and reliable force in the future.

• Mr Soo Ho Hock MENG – Introduced collaborative robots (Cobots) which are the value proposition enabler in the IR4.0 tool kit, especially for SMEs to improve their processes, drive productivity, reduce dependence on labour intensity and provide the foundation for adoption of newer manufacturing technologies. These Cobots are highly cost effective and have successfully been incorporated into manufacturing processes. In one instance, to reduce cost, programming is very much simplified, with no proprietary codes, from Blockly to the common languages such as Lua, C, C++ and Python. This makes it easier to code once and deploy many times in multiple situations. Cobots also provide increased safety, speed and the ability to work 24/7 with minimal human intervention.

• Ts. Dr. Chua Wen-Shyan – Emphasized that successful AI Adoption begins with the first step. He recognises that the first step is always the hardest, but with the right people, skills, continuous development (training) and effort, the learning and adoption curve would be much smoother. There are many low and no-code AI platforms which are user friendly for citizen developers. Low code AI accelerates AI adoption in the community with increased productivity and implementation speed than traditional designs. Having a people-centric strategy would ensure the sustainability of AI adoption and companies would be able to realize the benefits sooner than expected. He highlighted Start Small and Scale Big as the key of transformation in adopting AI as the solutions in the industries.


Mr Wong Lian Kee, President of Expertise Resource Association (ERA) (pic above) wrapped up the webinar with his closing remarks, highlighting:
• Humans will have to co-exist with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machines going forward. Both AI and robotics must be adopted to further enhance human capabilities and potentials.
• The applications, possibilities and its benefits should be seen in a positive light, as this technology powered by AI and robots will open up immense business opportunities, especially for SMEs.
• AI and robotics technology is still an evolving instrument. The impact of the future AI and robotics evolution depends on how positively we will receive, react and utilize the technology.

The recording of this webinar hosted by SHRDC can be viewed here:

MASSA-MyAIRA-ERA Webinar on Cybersecurity – “Cyber-Attack Prevention for Consumers and Enterprises” on 4 October 2021

The Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) collaborated with the Malaysia South-South Association (MASSA), Malaysian Autonomous Intelligence & Robotics Association (MyAIRA), and the Expertise Resource Association (ERA), to organise a webinar on cybersecurity, titled Cyber-Attack Prevention for Consumers and Enterprises on 4 October 2021.

More than 100 participants, from various business sectors and organisations, logged in from Malaysia, Chile, Japan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos and Singapore for this event.

In today’s globally digitised world, the amount of data accessed, utilised and shared across complex networks continues to grow. The ongoing pandemic has accelerated communities and businesses to utilise these digital platforms which, in turn, can exacerbate the rise of cyber-attacks, ranging from phishing, malware, ransomware and many more.

As we increasingly become more digitalised in our businesses and daily life with the gaining prevalence of tele-working, we face a wider exposure towards cybersecurity threats that are becoming more intelligent and insidious.

Enterprises need to protect the trust of their stakeholders. A sound cybersecurity strategy thus requires not only the right technologies to be in place, but also consumers’ awareness on how their data can be compromised.

This webinar aimed to highlight these cybersecurity risks, the strategies and accessible solutions that can be relevant to enterprises and consumers.


The webinar programme was as follows: 


The webinar began with welcoming addresses from the leadership of MASSA-MAJECA and MyAIRA after being introduced by the emcee. 

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

Mr Yong Chong Soon, President, Malaysian Autonomous Intelligence & Robotics Association (MyAIRA), giving his welcome address.

 Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary, Malaysian South-South Association (MASSA) and the Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) was the emcee of the webinar.

 


The discussion on the topic of cybersecurity risks, the strategies and accessible solutions that may be relevant to enterprises and consumers was moderated by Ms Hanniz Lam, Communications Director of MyAIRA (pic below). Joining alongside her was a distinguished panel comprising of experts in the field of cybersecurity.


The panelists were as follows:

Ms Jacqueline Jayne, Security Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4, Inc.

Mr Hon Fun Ping, CEO of NetAssist (M) Sdn Bhd

Mr Wong Diing Shiang, Digital Business Development Manager at i5c Digital Sdn Bhd


Following the presentations by the speakers, the webinar proceeded into a panel discussion-cum-Q & A session led once more by Ms Hanniz Lam. 

From top-left, clockwise:
Ms Jacqueline Jayne, Mr Hon Fun Ping, Ms Hanniz Lam (moderator) and Mr Wong Diing Shiang


The panelists discussed the following:

• Ms Jacqueline Jayne highlighted the human error in handling cybersecurity policies. She reported that using common information such as birthdates as passwords is still prevalent among users all over the world, and how information such as these can be easily acquired by users with ill-intentions. She touched on the root of deception, explaining cybercriminals’ strategy to manipulate their targets. Cybercriminals manipulates the OODA (Observe-Orient-Decide-Act) loop – a model of decision making. These OODA loop helps our brain filter and interpret information before taking an action. However, scam artists are able to hijack this loop by creating a knee-jerk situation that effectively bypasses the first three steps and reach straight to ‘Action’. This pushes the targets to act out of urgency or fear, and therefore falling for the scam. She emphasized that the human element in business can be inevitable and users should find a way to verify, such as through official and legitimate websites, to identify if the other party can be trusted.

• Mr Hon Fun Ping highlighted the vulnerabilities and weakness of current cybersecurity technologies. He noted that while firewall is good at preventing external intrusion, it cannot detect malicious activities from within the system. In view of this, it takes a long time for one to determine or notice that one’s accounts and devices have been compromised. He recommended a strategy to always assume that you have been breached, and to always remain alert. He shared that today, as many cybersecurity solutions are in the market, decision-makers should consider hiring cybersecurity services of vendors who practice cybersecurity from a holistic standpoint i.e., by recognising the intertwined relationship of people, processes and technology.

• Mr Wong Diing Shiang provided interesting insights on the types of cyber threats and concerns that both enterprises and consumers commonly face, such as the bank account & credit card information and users’ privacy. He especially focused on those who operate in the field of e-Commerce as vendors. He explained the technical architecture behind some of the common cyber threats that e-Commerce vendors and consumers currently face. Then, he shared cybersecurity solutions and best practices that can protect enterprises/vendors and consumers.


Mr Wong Lian Kee (pic above), President of Expertise Resource Association (ERA), wrapped up the webinar with his closing remarks highlighting:

• The need to understand the common threads of deceptive practices, and how we tend to filter, interpret the things we see and how we react to issues in an emotional-charged manner like curiosity, urgency, greed, fear and helpfulness which may create mental blind spots that can be exploited by bad faith actors.

• The need for people, process and technology to be aligned, constantly reviewed and updated, in order to stay ahead of the threats and possible attacks.

• The importance of strong cybersecurity system to be in place by investing in the best solutions and practices to mitigate cyber-attacks, protect the trust and confidence between the enterprises and its customers and consumers.

Luncheon with H.E. Takahashi Katsuhiko, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia on 3 December 2021

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, MAJECA, Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA, Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh, Hon. Secretary and Mr Goh Peng Ooi, EXCO Member, MAJECA had a luncheon with H.E. Takahashi Katsuhiko on 3 December 2021 hosted by Tan Sri Azman Hashim.

Also in attendance at this luncheon were, Mr Nagakawa Kazutaka, Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan, Mr Hosomi Masashi, Economic Counsellor and Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary, MAJECA.

The visit welcomed Ambassador Takahashi’s new posting to Malaysia, and introduced MAJECA and its activities and long history of promoting bilateral economic ties between the two countries. The Ambassador was in agreement with MAJECA that the coming year 2022, would be an opportune time to deepen bilateral ties and enhance economic cooperation between the two countries.

From left-to-right:
Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA, Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, MAJECA, H.E. Takahashi Katsuhiko, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, Mr Goh Peng Ooi, EXCO Member, Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh, Hon. Secretary and Mr Nakagawa Kazutaka, Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan.

H.E. Takahashi Katsuhiko, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia presenting a gift to Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, MAJECA.

MAJECA is grateful to H.E. Ambassador of Japan for making time to have lunch with MAJECA’s President and senior Executive members.

Virtual Export Acceleration Mission (EAM) to Tokyo & Osaka in conjunction with World Expo 2025 held from 30 November to 2 December 2021

On 30 November to 2 December 2021, MATRADE led a Virtual Export Acceleration (EAM) to Tokyo and Osaka in conjunction with World Expo 2025. MAJECA was invited to speak on the panel: Market & Knowledge sharing session on Day 1 titled “Business Opportunities between Malaysia – Japan: Leveraging on World Expo 2025”. Representing MAJECA was Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary and joining alongside her were Mr Niqman Rafaee Mohd Sahar, Director, MATRADE Japan and Ms Nagisa Matsuba, Investment Promotion & Overseas Business Partner, International Affairs Department, Osaka International Business Promotion Center (IBPC Osaka).

The pandemic has reshaped how local and international business communities do business around the world. Digital transformation and diversification of business models are now the main keys for business survival.

This event served as an early preparation for the Malaysian companies to gear up for the World Expo 2025 which will be held in Osaka. One of the major opportunities identified by MATRADE include the supply of building materials in relation to Japan’s aspiration to make its cities modern and smart. Additionally, MATRADE had noted growing interest for Muslim-friendly related sectors, Halal products and services, green technology, ICT, lifestyle and pharmaceuticals, amongst others, spurred on by the sustainable development goals which include inclusiveness and environmental agenda.


The summary of the Virtual Export Acceleration (EAM) Japan programme was as follows:

Day 1 (30 November):

  • Opportunities @ World Expo 2025, Osaka
  • Market & Knowledge Sharing Session – Business Opportunities between Malaysia & Japan: Leveraging on World Expo 2025
  • Sharing Session by Malaysian Companies and Japanese Importers

Day 2 (1 December): Explore the Market – Welcome to Japan

  • F&B, Halal & Lifestyle: Retail & Supermarket Virtual Tour
  • Building Materials and Construction related including Lifestyle (Furniture, Fixtures and Fittings etc.) Virtual Site Visit @ Commercial / Hotel Projects
  • Business Matching and Market Updates with Chambers / Business Federation Members

Day 3 (2 December): It’s Time for Business – Business Meeting Sessions

The sessions consisted of business pitching session by Malaysian companies to Japanese companies, participants and viewers (including Japanese Chamber members), and eBizMatch Online Business Meeting Session between Malaysian and Japanese companies.


Thhe market and knowledge sharing session titled “Business Opportunities between Malaysia-Japan: Leveraging on World Expo 2025”. The session featured the following speakers:

  • Mr Niqman Rafaee Mohd Sahar, Director, MATRADE Japan
  • Ms Nagisa Matsuba, Investment Promotion & Overseas Business Partner, International Affairs Department, Osaka International Business Promotion Center (IBPC Osaka)
  • Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary, MAJECA

The following are some highlights on the first day of the Virtual EAM:

MAJECA records its appreciation to MATRADE for extending the invitation to speak at this Virtual Export Acceleration (EAM) Japan.

Courtesy Call by Mr Masashi Shiraishi, Mitsubishi Corporation on MAJECA President on 26 November 2021

On 26 November 2021, Mr Masashi Shiraishi, Chief Executive in Malaysia, General Manager of Kuala Lumpur Branch, Mitsubishi Corporation paid a Courtesy Call on MAJECA President, Tan Sri Azman Hashim to personally hand over Letters from Mr Mikio Sasaki, Immediate Past President, JAMECA & Chairman Emeritus, Mitsubishi Corporation and Mr Kakiuchi, President, Mitsubishi Corporation, to Tan Sri Azman Hashim to congratulate him on receiving the Order of The Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan during the 2021 Autumn Conferment of Decorations on Foreign Nationals.

Tan Sri Azman Hashim expressed his appreciation for the thoughtfulness and effort in delivering the letters to him in person, and shared his admiration for Mr Mikio Sasaki for his extraordinary long service as President of JAMECA (15 years).