Mustapa to meet Proton dealers, vendors


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MO,13/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: The government is concerned about the challenges faced by Proton Holdings Bhd’s dealers and vendors, said Minister of International Trade and Industry,  Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed. “The ministry is currently gathering information and I plan to meet them soon for discussions,” he told reporters at the launch of SME Bank Y-Biz Challenge 2018 and MySMEBank Online Application System here today.

Mustapa said this in response to a question whether a special incentive would be provided to help Proton dealers upgrade their businesses.
Yesterday, Proton encouraged its dealers to upgrade their sales-only centres to integrate sales, service and spare parts to, among others, improve the dealership network and increase customer satisfaction via an improved sales and service experience. The Malaysian Association of Malay Vehicle Importers and Traders was recently reported by a local daily as saying Proton, under the new management, has strayed from its original objective to promote the Bumiputera agenda.

Proton said the foreign strategic partner was vital for it to recover to the former leading position in the Malaysian car market and grow the brand both locally and abroad, which was a key thrust for the future business plans of the company. The national carmaker, recognising that a substantial sum of money was needed to be spent by the dealers on the centre upgrading exercise, has introduced a special scheme that offered upfront support to assist them upgrade to brand new premises.

China’a Zhejiang Geely Holdings Group acquired a 49.9% stake in Proton last year in an effort to revive the ailing car company.  Meanwhile, SME Bank today ventured into the digital era by opening up the registration for SME Bank Y-Biz Challenge 2018 via online platform to provide an easier way for students, teachers and schools to participate.

It also embarked on the initiative to improve its service delivery through the Blue Ocean Strategy methodology by introducing the bank’s new online application system called MySMEBank for customers to apply financing. With a tagline ‘Apply Anytime Anywhere’, this online application system is to provide the entrepreneurs with a full digital customer experience end-to-end.

– Bernama



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PM ambil berat mengenai masyarakat Siam – Mustapa


TUMPAT: Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak mengambil berat mengenai masyarakat Siam di negara ini, kata Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Mustapa, yang juga Pengerusi Barisan Nasional (BN) Kelantan berkata ini terbukti apabila Najib meluluskan sebuah pembinaan dewan serbaguna kepada masyarakat itu di jajahan ini selepas mereka memberikan sokongan padu kepada calon BN, Mat Razi Mat Ail ketika Pilihan Raya Kecil (PRK) Pengkalan Kubor pada 2014.

“Perdana menteri gembira dengan sokongan masyarakat Siam (kepada kerajaan persekutuan) bukan sahaja di Kelantan dan Terengganu, malah di Kedah, Perlis dan negeri-negeri lain (yang mempunyai komuniti tersebut).

“Masyarakat Siam cukup bagus, taat dan setia… kita bertuah kerana masyarakat Siam pandai bersyukur, sebab itu perdana menteri sayang kepada komuniti ini,” katanya ketika berucap merasmikan Karnival Sawaddee Perdana Menteri 2018 di perkarangan Wat Sukhomtharam, Kampung Kubang Panjang di sini, malam ini.

Pada karnival berkenaan, seramai 120 penerima daripada masyarakat tersebut menerima sumbangan berupa kit makanan yang disumbangkan perdana menteri.

Dalam pada itu, Mustapa yang juga Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan UMNO Kelantan berkata negeri ini akan mengalami lebih banyak perubahan positif jika rakyat memberi kepercayaan kepada BN untuk kembali mentadbir.

“Insya-Allah, kalau kita menang, banyak lagi faedah yang kita boleh buat (untuk pembangunan Kelantan). Kita tak pernah ada perdana menteri yang rapat dengan Kelantan (selama ini), maka kita kena balas balik (budi perdana menteri) iaitu dengan mengundi BN,” katanya.

— BERNAMA



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50000 pekerja diberhentikan tahun ini tidak tepat – Mustapa


KUALA LUMPUR: Dakwaan bahawa 50,000 pekerja akan diberhentikan pada tahun ini adalah tidak tepat, jelas Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Katanya memang ada pemberhentian kerja pada tahun ini, tetapi pekerja yang terkesan akan diambil bekerja semula di syarikat lain.

“Dakwaan sesetengah pihak bahawa 50,000 pekerja akan diberhentikan berikutan peningkatan kos perniagaan adalah tidak tepat.

“Bagi kami, pekerja yang akan diberhentikan akan diambil bekerja semula oleh perniagaan lain yang bakal berkembang,” jelas beliau dalam satu kenyataan.

Jelasnya, kebanyakan pekerja yang diberhentikan ialah dari syarikat seperti Seagate, Hitachi Global Storage Technology dan Rubicon di Pulau Pinang.

Kebanyakan pekerja yang diberhentikan dari syarikat berkenaan pula sudah diserap masuk ke syarikat seperti Keysight, Inari, HP, Osram dan Infineon.

Katanya, 153,000 peluang pekerja baru diwujudkan dalam tempoh antara 2014 dan 2016, sementara 32,700 lagi pekerjaan baru diwujudkan antara Januari hingga September tahun lalu.

Sementara itu, beberapa pelaburan baru dari Broadcom dan Osram di Pulau Pinang, Konica Minolta di Melaka, Infineon di Kedah, Roland dan IKEA di Selangor dan BMW di Johor.

Tambahnya, sektor minyak dan gas juga kembali pulih, terutamanya dalam segmen hiliran dan huluan.

Ketika ini, kadar pengangguran negara berada pada paras 3.3 peratus, paras terendah di rantau ini.

Jumlah pekerja pula meningkat kepada 14.48 juta orang pada suku ketiga 2017 berbanding 14.42 juta pada suku sebelumnya.

BACA: Pemberhentian kerja: Perlu pelarasan latihan semula – MPN

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BACA: Lebih 31,000 pekerja diberhenti sejak awal tahun hingga September



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Not true 50000 workers facing retrenchment – Mustapa


KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of International Trade and Industry has denied claims that 50,000 workers will lose their jobs in 2018 primarily due to the rising cost of doing business.

Its minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed today said the ministry views most of those retrenched workers will be reemployed by new and expanding businesses and that the total number of retrenchments this year may not be as high as claimed.

According to Mustapa, most workers who have been retrenched were rehired by new and existing companies as they expand to meet increasing demand.

He also said that a large percentage of the retrenched workers from companies such as Seagate, Hitachi Global Storage Technology and Rubicon in Pulau Pinang were rehired by other expanding firms such as Keysight, Inari, HP, Osram and Infineon.

The three-year period between 2014 and 2016, new manufacturing projects implemented have created over 153,000 jobs, said Mustapa.

An additional 32,700 jobs in the manufacturing sector will be created from the investment secured in the period of Jan to Sept 2017.

A number of new investments and expansion undertaken by companies last year such as Broadcom and Osram in Penang, Konica Minolta in Melaka, Infineon in Kedah, Roland and IKEA in Selangor, as well as BMW in Johor, among others, have created more job opportunities in the country.

Oil and gas companies are also starting to hire again, especially in the upstream and offshore businesses as they seek to capitalise on the new found high oil price in recent times.



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Mustapa MITI to present National Industry 4.0 blueprint by 1Q2018



KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) will present the blueprint for the National Industry 4.0 policy framework by the first quarter of next year. 

The blueprint will outline the nation’s objectives and aspirations in achieving the desired status of the fourth industrial revolution by empowering key stakeholders in this initiative, particularly those in the SME sector.

International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the ministry will coordinate with various parties to develop and craft the national-level blueprint.

“MITI was leading the effort in enhancing the adoption of Industry 4.0 in the country, by developing the policy framework and is working closely and in collaboration with other agencies and ministries.

“They include MIGHT, Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry, Human Resources Ministry, Higher Education Ministry, Finance Ministry and Communications and Multimedia Ministry,” he told the press on Monday.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, or 4IR, is loosely described as the next step of how technology is being used to fuse the various aspects of a nation’s economy.

It is being associated with digitisation and artificial intelligence and how these elements help boost a nation’s economy.

Malaysia does not have a blueprint on achieving Industry 4.0 yet.



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Eksport sektor EE dijangka cecah RM300 bil tahun ini – Mustapa



KULIM: Jumlah eksport sektor elektrik dan elektronik (E&E) dijangka melebihi RM300 bilion tahun ini, kata Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Nilai keseluruhan eksport dari sektor tersebut mencecah RM287.7bil tahun lalu menjadikan Malaysia pengeksport E&E ketujuh terbesar di dunia.

Mustapa berkata eksport E&E setakat sembilan bulan pertama tahun ini sudah pun mencecah RM251bil.

“Sektor E&E telah mengekalkan trend meningkat sejak tiga tahun lalu, menjadikannya industri yang mencatatkan lebihan dagangan untuk tiga tahun berturut-turut,” katanya, di sini, hari ini.

Sektor E&E merupakan antara komponen terpenting sektor pembuatan dan eksport negara.

Menurut Bank Negara Malaysia, bagi suku ketiga 2017, eksport barangan E&E meningkat 21.7 peratus berbanding suku sama tahun 2016.

Sektor pembuatan dan eksport juga antara tunjang utama pertumbuhan negara, masing-masing meningkat 23.7 peratus dan 22.1 peratus pada suku ketiga 2017 berbanding suku sama tahun sebelumnya.



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