In the proposed Malaysia’s Computing Professionals Bill 2011, the term Critical National Information Infrastructure, or CNII refers to:
those assets, systems and functions that are vital to the nation that their incapacity or destruction would have a devastating impact on National economic strength or National image or National defense and security or Government capability to function or Public health and safety.
An IT asset, system and function can be considered as CNII as long as it is vital to the nation. How vital? As long as it is vital enough to cause a devastating impact to the country as the result of its incapacity or destruction.
We know digitalization is inevitable across the globe. IT systems are playing more and more significant and mission critical role in all facets of society, including the way we conduct commerce, the way country defends against threats, health care management, and many more.
Since yesterday, Malaysian tech people (including general public like myself) are complaining, griping, and opposing the proposed Computing Professionals Act 2011 on social media – blogs, tweets, Facebook updates, Google Plus, and others.
BUT, if one didn’t skip Page 6 of the widely circulated draft version of the proposed Computing Professionals Bill 2011 (shown below), it is stated that the proposed Act “applies to the Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII)”.
You walk into a local shopping mall one fine Sunday afternoon and notice a crowd gathering at the concourse area. You approach the crowd trying to find out what the fuss was about and then you see it: Darth Vader and his Imperial Stormtroopers have decided to drop on to our little third rock from the Sun to expand their Imperial might on us puny humans. But wait, they’re also on a drive to gather donations for charity?
Well, if that’s the case, then you may have just stumbled upon the 501st Legion. Specifically, the Malaysia-Brunei Outpost of the 501st Legion.
Facebook is looking a Software Engineer (Products), a full-time position for its Malaysian office. Details below:
Facebook now has over 800 million users worldwide, with 168 million are from Asia. In Quarter 3 this year, Facebook added 16.8 million new users in Asia (compared to 19.5 million in Quarter 2 2011). So far this year, the social network has added some 56 million new users; it started the year with 111 million Asian users. Its latest quarter-on-quarter growth rate is 11%. However, the rate has been somewhat slowing since end of 2010 – from 24% in Quarter 4 2010 to 17% Q1’11 to 15% Q2’11 to 11% Q3’11.
The new Friendster was launched on June 28 this year, with a focus on delivering more Asia-centric gaming contents. At the same time, it aims to enable games publishers and developers to tap into the vibrant Asian gaming markets. As part of the relaunch, Friendster unveiled a new logo and moved its business operations from the U.S. to Asia (operates mainly from three Asian countries namely in the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore).
Since the relaunch, the pioneering social network Friendster is showing positive signs of rejuvenation. So far, the social network has attracted over half a million new users and now includes over 40 premium games and hundreds of free-to-play games and applications. More interestingly, the relaunch has breathed life into its Monthly Active Users and Daily Active Users, which have increased by 50%, to date.
On Mobile9 website, there are 30 million monthly unique active users downloading a whopping 100 Terabytes of mobile contents each month. No doubt, the 100 Terabytes volume is rather impressive, considering video portal TonTon is streaming 300 Terabytes of video contents per month and Mobile9 users are consuming 1/3 of TonTon’s data volume just by downloading mobile contents.
Anyone can download contents off Mobile9. Out of the 30 million active monthly active users, 9 million are registered members. Majority of the users are from India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines and also, Germany and the US.
Like other hundreds of group buying deals sites, Slosht offers attractive discounts for its customers. But unlike the other deals site, Slosht introduces group buying concept to nightlife experience. The group buying deal site negotiates deep discounts for alcoholic beverages with bars, nightclubs and alcoholic beverage companies by guaranteeing sales of X number of drinks for one specified night.
Malaysian second largest car maker, Perodua, is heavily leveraging Twitter in its ongoing initiative Tweckbot, which is Malaysia’s first tweet-based car check service. The service is free for all Perodua car owners.
TonTon, the online video portal by Malaysia’s largest integrated media company, Media Prima Bhd, has been experiencing impressive growth since its launch on August 06 2010. Website traffic has tripled since January this year. Currently, there are over 1.6 million registered users and half of them are weekly active unique users, with daily return rate of 73%. In June 2011, there are 8.8 million page views on TonTon.
Another interesting stat is that the site has served over 1.1 million video hours in the last 30 days. That’s 300 terabytes of video contents! TonTon website had recorded its highest concurrent streams, at 4,300.
With such growth figures, it is little wonder Media Prima started to monetize its community by introducing Premium contents on TonTon end of last month. TonTon users can buy single episode or full season shows.
Malaysian Ministry of Tourism has just (soft) launched its Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia Facebook Page. It also announced its online dance contest on Facebook, called Citrawarna 1Malaysia. The online game is mainly used to grow fan base, in preparation to the official launch of the Facebook Page in June 2011.
The Tourism Malaysia Page is (probably) still in beta and if I may suggest some areas for enhancements: