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MDV Newsbyte (Week 1, July 2013)

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One of the more exciting things that happened last week was the DNS poisoning (now, that’s a new buzzword!) of several Malaysian websites (Dell, MSN, Youtube Malaysia) by hackers claiming to be from Bangladesh.

On a somewhat related note, it was reported that total numbers of incidents reported to Cybersecurity Malaysia from January to May this year is 9986 for content related, cyber harassment, denial of service, fraud, intrusion, intrusion attempt, malicious codes, spam and vulnerabilities report. 4,001 of those reported are cases of online fraud.

Our telcos had also been rather busy last week. Celcom announced that they are collaborating with Puncak Semangat via its subsidiary, Altel Communications Sdn. Bhd. to jointly develop, establish, build, operate and manage shared infrastructure. Both Celcom and Altel will pool their 10MHz bandwidth awarded by MCMC to a commonly pooled spectrum to roll out their LTE services.

Meanwhile, Maxis had been busy offering their new products and services to their customers. Firstly, Opera jointly announced with Maxis last week offering RM1 daily surfing charges on mobile telephone for its customers. Maxis also offered their Android customers secure internet to their mobile phones via partnership with Symantec. Maxis customers can choose between weekly or monthly packages.

MDV’s partner, Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation jointly set up a dedicated vaccine manufacturing facility with AJ Pharma Holding Sdn. Bhd. The plant, at RM110 million, is expected to deliver by 2016. It is hoped that commercial batches will be able to be produced five years after the setting up of the plant.

In other biotech news, Sabah’s latest initiative for the biomass industry in the state is by setting up the Biomass JV Cluster. The JV company is set up to process bioethanol from empty fruit bunches and is a joint effort by Palm Oil Industrial Cluster (POIC) Sabah Sdn Bhd and Malaysia Innovation Agency. Sabah is the largest palm oil producer in the country with a total land area of 1.5 million hectares or 30 per cent of Malaysian oil palm acreage. The industry is expected to yield RM103.9 billion by the year 2020.

Finally for our green tech news, we are happy to report that more than 50 million sq. ft. of building space or 137 projects has received the Green Building status; using its fully-Malaysian Green Building Index (GBI) tools which were introduced by the Malaysian Architects’s Association (PAM) and the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia in 2009.

Also, Ranhill Energy has been granted an exclusive license by the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry to provide source-to-tap water supply services to end-customers in Johor. Timely, considering the company is looking to raise RM754 million for its upcoming IPO in July. 407 million shares are offered at an indicative price between RM1.70 and RM1.85.

That pretty much wraps up our newsbytes.

See you next week! And Happy Reading!

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