Dr. M talks tech with Alibaba’s Ma

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, also known as Dr. M, met with the founder of China’s largest e-commerce enterprise Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, at the company’s headquarters in east China’s Hangzhou City on August 18. Mahathir toured the company’s exhibition area, which features Alibaba’s latest technology and development, and led talks with Ma about Alibaba’s investment in Malaysia, including Ant Financial and City Brain cloud service.

In a speech, Mahathir said he believed that Alibaba understood the power of technology “very well,” noting that the online business it created has taken into account a delivery system and web speed, as well as broad access to information and data.

In return, Jack Ma said that he was originally inspired by Mahathir’s Malaysia Multimedia Supercorridor project (today known as MSC Malaysia), set up as early as in 1997 to facilitate what was then called “multimedia” to create a knowledge-based society in Malaysia. The project included the creation of a science-based IT-themed city called Cyberjaya. Ma confessed that, at that time, he didn’t even know anything about the Internet.

On the visit, Mahathir reiterated his support for the establishment of a digital free trade zone between Alibaba and Malaysia, which will serve millions of small- and medium-sized companies (SMEs) in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Malaysia would also aim to attract more Chinese high-tech companies to invest in the country.

Alibaba, for its turn, launched a new office in Malaysia this June, which was the group’s first in Southeast Asia, which will serve as an operations center for the region.

Ma said that various initiatives have been taken by his company for Malaysia to build an inclusive and innovative global trade infrastructure. This includes a one-stop international trade platform to help SMEs sell their products globally, a cloud data center to develop a traffic management system in Kuala Lumpur to ease congestion and an e-logistics hub to serve the logistics needs of the Asian market.

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, also known as Dr. M, met with the founder of China’s largest e-commerce enterprise Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, at the company’s headquarters in east China’s Hangzhou City on August 18. Mahathir toured the company’s exhibition area, which features Alibaba’s latest technology and development, and led talks with Ma about Alibaba’s investment in Malaysia, including Ant Financial and City Brain cloud service.

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, also known as Dr. M, met with the founder of China’s largest e-commerce enterprise Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, at the company’s headquarters in east China’s Hangzhou City on August 18. Mahathir toured the company’s exhibition area, which features Alibaba’s latest technology and development, and led talks with Ma about Alibaba’s investment in Malaysia, including Ant Financial and City Brain cloud service.

In a speech, Mahathir said he believed that Alibaba understood the power of technology “very well,” noting that the online business it created has taken into account a delivery system and web speed, as well as broad access to information and data.

In return, Jack Ma said that he was originally inspired by Mahathir’s Malaysia Multimedia Supercorridor project (today known as MSC Malaysia), set up as early as in 1997 to facilitate what was then called “multimedia” to create a knowledge-based society in Malaysia. The project included the creation of a science-based IT-themed city called Cyberjaya. Ma confessed that, at that time, he didn’t even know anything about the Internet.

On the visit, Mahathir reiterated his support for the establishment of a digital free trade zone between Alibaba and Malaysia, which will serve millions of small- and medium-sized companies (SMEs) in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Malaysia would also aim to attract more Chinese high-tech companies to invest in the country.

Alibaba, for its turn, launched a new office in Malaysia this June, which was the group’s first in Southeast Asia, which will serve as an operations center for the region.

Ma said that various initiatives have been taken by his company for Malaysia to build an inclusive and innovative global trade infrastructure. This includes a one-stop international trade platform to help SMEs sell their products globally, a cloud data center to develop a traffic management system in Kuala Lumpur to ease congestion and an e-logistics hub to serve the logistics needs of the Asian market.

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