Sun, 26 May 2019, 9:09 PM
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Topic: SME

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LAST month I had the nerve racking task of standing in front of a large room of strangers in Johor Baru to talk to them about the wonders of analytics.
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LETTER | Education Minister Maszlee Malek continues to draw criticisms and truly through no fault of others apart from himself.
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LETTER | I have spent some eight years working in Japan and returned to Malaysia 13 years ago.
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ABOUT 300 companies have sought the help of the International Trade and Industry Ministry to gauge their readiness for Industry 4.0.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is in need of an economic growth plan for the longer run given the weaker business sentiment in the first half of this year, says UOB Research senior economist Julia Goh.
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WE KNOW that SMEs form a central pillar of the Malaysian economy – after all, 98% of business establishments in the country are SMEs, contributing to more than 38% of the national Gross Domestic Pro...
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PT ALAMI Teknologi Sharia group (Alami), Indonesia’s first Syariah fintech aggregator and a registered peer-to-peer (P2P) platform, has secured funding in a pre-seed round led by tryb Group.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Bank Rakyat today announced a RM200 million allocation to assist small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the oil and gas service and equipment (OGSE) sector through a vendor financing programme.
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KUALA LUMPUR, May 7 — It has been a long and frustrating year for industry executives.
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I recently shared my view on new finance at a luncheon talk. There are several pre-IPO funding options that start-up companies and SMEs can explore as a source of alternative funding such as angel investment, venture capital (VC), equity crowdfunding (ECF) and peer-to-peer (P2P) lending.
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SHAH ALAM, May 4 — The European Union’s (EU) decision to ban Malaysian palm oil is not seen as jeopardising the income of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that produce products using the commod...
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PETALING JAYA: New loan applications by Malaysian businesses and households have been continuously falling over the past few months, indicating a weakening sentiment in the domestic economy.
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PETALING JAYA: More than 140 participants attended the first forum in the SME Thought Leadership 2019 series, titled Discover New Business Opportunities Through Big Data.
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KUALA LUMPUR: SME Association of Malaysia today encouraged budget hotels operators to join the Malaysian Budget Hotel Association (MyBHA) to be recognised by the Tourism Ministry.
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PETALING JAYA: More than 140 participants attended the first forum in the SME Thought Leadership 2019 series, titled "Discover New Business Opportunities Through Big Data" at Menara Star here on Thursday (May 2).
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TRIPLOGIC, an on-demand, inter- and intra-city logistics startup, announced on April 30 that it has secured an undisclosed amount of seed funding from early-stage venture capital firm East Ventures.
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KUALA LUMPUR (April 29): Affin Bank Bhd sees its net interest margin (NIM) coming under pressure this year but said it will be focusing on higher yielding assets and growing its current account and sa...
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After a month long selection process, the Selangor Information Technology & E-Commerce Council (SITEC) has concluded its shortlisting of startups eligible for the Selangor Accelerator Programme (SAP) ...
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KUALA LUMPUR: CIMB Equities Research is retaining RHB Bank as an Add and top pick for the sector due to its attractive valuations and ongoing transformation programme.
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KUALA LUMPUR (April 24): PT Bank CIMB Niaga Tbk, CIMB Group Holdings Bhd’s Indonesian unit, reported today that net profit climbed 7.6% year-on-year to IDR944 billion in its first quarter ended Marc...
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KUALA LUMPUR: RHB Bank Bhd remains “cautiously optimistic” about its earnings outlook even as it banks on its small and medium enterprises (SME) segment to provide continued growth.
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KUALA LUMPUR: RHB Bank Bhd targets to grant RM31 billion in new and additional financing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by 2021.
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KUALA LUMPUR (April 24): RHB Bank Bhd is targeting RM31 billion in new and additional financing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by 2021.
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BIG is not always better in banking.
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SEBERANG PERAI, April 24 — A government-linked financier, Malaysia Debt Ventures Berhad (MDV), is giving out loans to local startup technology companies in order to stop such companies from leaving ...
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KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 — Bursa Malaysia was marginally higher today supported by mild buying interest in banking and energy stocks, dealers said.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Any cut in the overnight policy rate (OPR) will have an “insignificant” impact on Public Bank Bhd, said its managing director (MD) Tan Sri Tay Ah Lek (pic).
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KUALA LUMPUR: PublicInvest research has affirmed its outperform call on Alliance Bank Malaysia Bhd with a target price of RM4.80 following the announcement of collaborations with Zurich Malaysia.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Public Bank Bhd is targeting to approve a total of RM50bil of housing loans and RM40bil of small and medium enterprise (SME) loans in the next three years, said its founder and chairman emeritus Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow.Teh said in a press release that the move was to support the government’s efforts to promote home ownership and SME businesses in the country.
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KUALA LUMPUR (April 22): Public Bank Group aims to approve RM50 billion in mortgage loans and RM40 billion small and medium enterprise (SME) loans in three years.
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KUALA LUMPUR (April 22): Public Bank Group aims to approve RM50 billion in mortgage loans and RM40 billion small and medium enterprise (SME) loans in three years.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Alliance Bank Malaysia Bhd and its unit, Alliance Islamic Bank Bhd, have inked a 15-year bancassurance and bancatakaful agreement with Zurich General Insurance Malaysia Bhd and Zurich General Takaful Malaysia Bhd which will see a partnership value of RM200 million.
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Public Bank aims to approve RM50b in mortgage loans, RM40b SME loans in three years
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Nope, I do not wish to remind everyone again that the bank loves to lend money to home buyers.
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KOTA BARU: The Entrepreneur Development Ministry targets to strengthen the economic contribution of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to reach RM500 billion by the end of 2020.
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KOTA BARU, April 20 — The Entrepreneur Development Ministry targets to strengthen the economic contribution of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to reach RM500 billion by the end of 2020.
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Raja Hamzah, Managing Partner of RHL Ventures Malaysian private investment firm RHL Ventures has just announced a new US$24.3-million fund.
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KUALA LUMPUR, April 17 — Many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing sector outside the Klang Valley are facing difficulties in adapting to the Industry 4.0 (I4.0) as they remain h...
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PUTRAJAYA (April 17): Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) is looking at the implementation of 5G technology as an area of growth and is awaiting further regulatory guidance and instructions on the rollout of th...
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) will be rolling out a new integrated system for businesses to better manage their assets, liabilities and risks.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) is planning to disburse about RM50bil in mortgages and RM35bil in loans to the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector over the next three years.
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KUALA LUMPUR, April 8 — The National Entrepreneurship Framework (NEF), which the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development began developing in late 2018, is expected to be launched by Prime Minister Tun ...
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KUALA TERENGGANU: Bank Negara Malaysia will continue to improve cooperation with the finance industry to ensure entrepreneurs who are qualified and in need can obtain financing.
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KUALA TERENGGANU (April 5): Bank Negara Malaysia will continue to improve cooperation with the finance industry to ensure entrepreneurs who are qualified and in need, can obtain financing.
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SINGAPORE-based  leading SME lending platform Validus Capital (Validus) and Lighthouse Canton, an independent asset management and family office advisory services firm, jointly announce the reopening...
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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is looking at developing a drone-embedded unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), following discussions with a leading aircraft landing and braking systems company.
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KUALA LUMPUR (March 27): Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has announced a further liberalisation in the foreign exchange administration (FEA) framework to provide greater hedging flexibility for residents t...
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KUALA LUMPUR (March 25): RHB Bank Bhd has rolled out RHB Reflex Secure Plus, a new digital authentication solution that allows small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and corporates to have easy and secur...
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KUALA LUMPUR, March 25 — Business sentiment among corporates and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the construction sector showed nascent recovery in the second and third quarters (Q2-Q3) of th...
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PETALING JAYA: The slower economic growth anticipated this year is not putting the brakes on the small and medium enterprise (SME) segment as financing for the segment further gains traction.
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KUALA LUMPUR (March 14): The Government will review the national agricultural policy to increase its contribution to the country's Gross Domestic Product and raise the sector's importance to the level...
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KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 — The government will review the national agricultural policy to increase its contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product and raise the sector’s importance to the...
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The government will review the National Agricultural Policy to increase the sector's contribution to the GDP and raise its importance to the level seen in other developed countries.
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Private equity firm from Malaysia OSK Ventures has announced the Series A1 investment it has made into Singapore’s fintech TurnKey Lender.
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PUBLIC Bank Bhd, considered one of the best-run local banks, turned in a resilient set of numbers in FY2018 but signs of a tougher operating environment were evident and have turned analysts more caut...
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CURLEC, an online Direct Debit payments company has announced the completion of their seed funding round, led by Captii Ventures.
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RHB Banking Group (RHB) delivers a cashless payment method for SME and corporate clients through the newly-launched RHB commercial cards.
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DENGKIL: An increase in women’s participation in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will bring significant growth in the economy, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail said today.
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Although there is high demand for SME financing in Malaysia, the sector notes that obtaining funds from financial institutions has not always been easy given the need to fulfil stringent requirements.
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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 28): Affin Bank Bhd’s fourth-quarter net profit fell 15.21% to RM143.75 million from RM169.54 million a year ago, due to higher interest expenses coupled with lower net fee and com...
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BUTTERWORTH, Feb 28 — The Penang government will further promote e-commerce training, especially for small and medium enterprise (SME) entrepreneurs to help them to market their products abroad.
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SEREMBAN: Six local banks have responded positively to the government’s efforts to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs), offering to finance these businesses, said Entrepreneur Development Minis...
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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 22): Petronas is collaborating with another five financial institutions to provide financial solutions to Oil & Gas Services and Equipment (OGSE) vendors, via the Vendor Financing Pr...
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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 20): PT Bank CIMB Niaga Tbk (CIMB Niaga) recorded a 16.95% growth in net profit in its full-year ended Dec 31, 2018 (FY18) to 3.48 trillion rupiah (RM1.01 billion) from 2.98 trillion...
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PUCHONG, Feb 17 ― Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad wants Malaysians to foster greater community building, especially in new affordable housing neighbourhoods.
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In a tweet by Silicon Valley-based Stripe’s CEO, Patrick Collison, he seemed to confirm that the company has commenced with beta testing in Malaysia.
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KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 29): The Government spent RM2.3 billion on 10 women entrepreneurship programmes last year to spur women’s participation in business.
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The B2B eProcurement marketplace from Malaysia, Dropee, has closed a MYR1.4 million (US$341,000) seed funding led by Vynn Capital.
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This morning, Malaysian B2B e-procurement marketplace Dropee announced their success in acquiring RM1.4 million in seed funding in a round led by early stage-focused Vynn Capital.
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MALAYSIA-based B2B e-procurement marketplace, Dropee, on Jan 17 announced the closing of a US$341,213 (RM1.4 million) seed round financing led by Vynn Capital, with participation from Prasetia Dwidhar...
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IN AN all-out effort to help SMEs in their digital transformation journey, DBS launched DBS SME Connect, a portal for SMEs across all industries to access web-based business tools and services to get ...
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KUALA LUMPUR: Business confidence, as measured by the RAM Business Confidence Index (RAM BCI) based on survey data collected from 3,500 firms in Malaysia on their sentiment in the first six months of ...
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PETALING JAYA: After a weak purchasing managers’ index (PMI) cast a pall over the economy, business confidence expectations for the first half of the year has weakened among corporates and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), according to the RAM Business Confidence Index (RAM BCI).
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KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 7): Business confidence, as measured by the RAM Business Confidence Index from a poll of some 3,500 firms in Malaysia on their sentiment in the first six months of 2019, has fallen t...
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KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 3): CIMB Bank Bhd and CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd have introduced the CIMB Sole Proprietor & Partnership proposition, which offers a full suite of solutions for sole proprietors and partne...
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SIBU: The Consultative Committee on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) will hold a meeting on Thursday to discuss measures to regain Sarawak’s rights under the MA63. State International Trade and E-Comm...