Monday, 13 January 2020 17:27

The Edge Malaysia - How Malaysian Companies See Business in 2020 (16 December 2019)

Despite external headwinds, Malaysian companies are not as gloomy about their business prospects next year as one might expect. HSBC's latest global survey, "Navigator: Now,next and how for business", which gauges business sentiment and expectations of trade activity and business growth of 9,131 companies in 35 markets - including 202 firms in Malaysia - indicates that Malaysian businesses are optimistic about the outlook for the year ahead. In fact, 81% of businesses forecast sales growth next year, largely through improved productivity and entry into new markets. Nevertheless, confidence is not unanimous across Malaysian firms, with almost 31% of companies more pessimistic about growth than a year ago - considerably more downbeat than the global average (18%). Read on for other interesting results from the survey, which was conducted between August and September this year.

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Monday, 13 January 2020 16:59

The Edge Malaysia - Commendable Improvements in Corporate Governance (18 November 2019)

To achieve long-term success against a backdrop of ever-changing dynamics, companies need to ensure that the core values of good governance remain a fundamental focus. After assessing 866 public-listed companies in Malaysia based on the Asean Corporate Governance scorecard for the MSWG-ASEAN Corporate Governance Awards 2018, Minority Shareholders Watch Group says there were commendable improvements in companies disclosing CEO's remuneration, number of companies giving notice of their annual general meetings (AGM) at least 28 days before the event as well as implementation of board diversity.

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Monday, 13 January 2020 16:22

The Edge Malaysia - It's All About A Sustainable Transport System (28 October 2019)

The government recently unveiled the National Transport Policy (NTP) 2019-30, which aims to provide strategic directions and acts as a reference point for ministries and agencies to develop an efficient, integrated and sustainable transport system.

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Monday, 13 January 2020 14:44

The Edge Malaysia - Bringing Talent Home (30 September 2019)

The Edge Malaysia - Bringing Talent Home (30 September 2019)

The brain drain problem is not new. Anecdotally, Malaysia loses out on great talent all the time to our fiercest competitor across the Causeway. Hays Malaysia in its 2019 Asia Overseas Returnees Report highlights that 46% of employers in the country feel less confident about being able to find and secure essential talent to drive business growth.

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Monday, 13 January 2020 13:03

The Edge Malaysia - Malaysia's Critical Occupations List (23 September 2019)

Our shift to an economy based on high productivity and knowledge creation has resulted in shortages in the labour market. Since 2015, the government has come up with an annual critical occupations list (COL), which basically registers jobs that employers want to fill but have difficulty filling. These are jobs that are middle or high-skilled, sought-after and strategic. The COL is designed to be a tool to help policymakers make decisions, including on education and training programmes, says the World Bank, in its report "Monitoring occupational shortages - Lessons from Malaysia's critical occupations list". Here is the 2018/19 list, which comprises 59 jobs, ranging from managing directors and CEOs to mechanical engineers, software developers and lorry drivers.

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