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  1. Jun 2020
  2. Oct 2018
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    1. And among the Malay pirates

      The Malaysian archipelago was a major center of the spice trade and maritime commerce with Europe. Its takeover, first by Portugal in 1511, then by the Dutch East India Company in the mid-16th century, and followed by British colonization at the end of the 18th century, further complicated the diverse socioeconomic and cultural conditions that develop in the midst of international trade. Then as now, the flow of capital and goods made piracy a lucrative, albeit dangerous, activity. For more information see The Maritime Heritage Project.

  4. Aug 2018
    1. Alibaba Cloud, the company’s cloud computing unit, today announced a new initiative with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), the capital’s city council. Called ‘Malaysia City Brain,’ the new project is aimed at reducing traffic, monitoring the flow of vehicles, and improving urban planning across the country.
    2. Since launching a digital free trade zone with the Malaysian government last November, Alibaba is taking its collaboration one step further.
    1. Malaysia cannot build smart cities on its own. Its partnership with Alibaba shows how collaboration can drive technological advancement forward. Data democratisation should help speed up development through internal collaboration.


    2. Malaysia City Brain will generate vast amounts of data. The system will analyse data captured by images, speech and video. Alibaba, Malaysia Digital Economy Corp and Kuala Lumpur City Hall developed the system. They will give entrepreneurs, start-ups, research institutions and universities access to the data. They want them to use the data to deliver analysis, insights and innovations. This team effort should provide improvements for its future deployment.
    3. Authorities must address rapid population growth in urban areas. Traditional techniques and management are inadequate. Malaysia needs to overcome traffic congestion and overcrowding. Other challenges include the lack of affordable housing and damage to the environment.


    4. At the same time, there are challenges to overcome. Analysts question whether these cities will do enough to help reduce crime. They also query whether the poor will benefit. Malaysia’s energy efficiency awareness is currently weak. The country lags behind other nations in adopting green technology. It will take time to catch up.