Malaysi­aBiz Por­tal boosts busi­ness

It ful­fils as­pi­ra­tions of the busi­ness com­mu­nity by pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on reg­is­tra­tion and li­cens­ing

New Straits Times - - News -

THE ever preva­lence of glob­al­i­sa­tion has caused great un­cer­tain­ties to the de­vel­op­ment of the in­ter­na­tional eco­nomic land­scape. Many coun­tries, in­clud­ing Malaysia, have been striv­ing to con­sol­i­date their mi­cro- and macroe­co­nomic strate­gies in sus­tain­ing the coun­try’s eco­nomic growth.

Small- and medium-sized en­ter­prises (SMEs) have al­ways contributed sig­nif­i­cantly to Malaysia’s eco­nomic growth through the coun­try’s gross do­mes­tic prod­uct (GDP).

The con­tri­bu­tion has in­creased from 33.1 per cent in 2013 to 36.3 per cent last year.

By 2020, the gov­ern­ment aims to achieve a con­tri­bu­tion of 41 per cent to the GDP by SMEs. As such, the gov­ern­ment has pro­duced a blue­print in em­pow­er­ing SMEs — the SME Master­plan 2012-2020.

The Malaysian Ad­min­is­tra­tive Mod­erni­sa­tion and Man­age­ment Plan­ning Unit (Mampu), un­der the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment (JPM) as the agency en­trusted in mod­ernising and trans­form­ing gov­ern­ment ser­vice de­liv­ery sys­tem, has de­vel­oped a one-stop busi­ness li­cens­ing and reg­is­tra­tion in­for­ma­tion por­tal — the Malaysi­aBiz Por­tal.

Be­ing the only one of its kind, this por­tal is a quick win of the SME High Im­pact Pro­gramme 1 (SME HIP 1): In­te­gra­tion of busi­ness reg­is­tra­tion and li­cens­ing un­der the SME Master­plan 20122020.

The re­al­i­sa­tion of this por­tal is in­deed a game changer for the busi­ness com­mu­nity, as they are able to ob­tain the most up­dated and pre­cise busi­ness reg­is­tra­tion and li­cens­ing in­for­ma­tion via a sin­gle gate­way.

The por­tal can be ac­cessed via the URL: malaysi­ In fact, the Malaysi­aBiz Por­tal is fully de­vel­oped by Mampu’s in­ter­nal ex­per­tise.

On June 23 last year, the por­tal was launched by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak, in con­junc­tion with the 20th Na­tional SME De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil Meet­ing.

The most spe­cial fea­ture of the Malaysi­aBiz Por­tal is that busi­ness li­cens­ing in­for­ma­tion is dis­played hor­i­zon­tally across dif­fer­ent li­cens­ing au­thor­i­ties.

This por­tal show­cases li­cens­ing in­for­ma­tion for as many as 1,174 busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties from dif­fer­ent eco­nomic cat­e­gories, ac­cord­ing to the Malaysia Stan­dard In­dus­trial Clas­si­fi­ca­tion 2008 (MSIC 2008).

As a re­sult of the close co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Mampu, the state gov­ern­ments and 508 li­cens­ing au­thor­i­ties, a to­tal of 2,919 dif­fer­ent types of busi­ness li­cences have been recorded in the por­tal for the public’s ref­er­ence, as of June 30 this year.

The adop­tion of the Na­tional Blue Ocean Strat­egy by Malaysia’s public sec­tor has con­sid­er­ably re­duced silo prac­tices among gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

This has en­abled the strate­gic col­lab­o­ra­tion of SME Cor­po­ra­tion Malaysia (SME Corp Malaysia), Com­pa­nies Com­mis­sion of Malaysia (SSM), Malaysia Pro­duc­tiv­ity Cor­po­ra­tion (MPC) and the Im­ple­men­ta­tion Co­or­di­na­tion Unit (ICU) un­der JPM in de­vel­op­ing Malaysi­aBiz Por­tal.

The busi­ness reg­is­tra­tion in­for­ma­tion on the por­tal was made com­plete with the as­sis­tance of 10 busi­ness reg­is­tra­tion bod­ies, namely SSM, Malaysia Co-op­er­a­tive Societies Com­mis­sion, Board of Ar­chi­tects Malaysia, Board of En­gi­neers Malaysia, Board of Quan­tity Sur­vey­ors Malaysia, Land Sur­vey­ors Board, Malaysian In­sti­tute of Ac­coun­tants, Board of Val­uers, Ap­prais­ers and Es­tate Agents Malaysia, Malaysian Bar as well as Pri­vate Med­i­cal Prac­tice Con­trol Sec­tion un­der the Health Min­istry.

Due to the strate­gic col­lab­o­ra­tion of these agen­cies, the por­tal has be­come in­for­ma­tive and in­ter­ac­tive

for the public.

In fac­ing the ever-chang­ing tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments as well as the de­mands and ex­pec­ta­tions of con­sumers, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials need to con­stantly in­no­vate and in­stil new el­e­ments into the public ser­vice de­liv­ery sys­tem. The sus­tain­abil­ity of Malaysi­aBiz Por­tal can be en­sured if only a con­sol­i­dated and con­ducive ecosys­tem is avail­able.

Only through this can each cent be spent wisely for the ben­e­fits of the peo­ple, in par­tic­u­lar, the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

In order to pro­mote the por­tal to the greater public via dif­fer­ent plat­forms and me­dia, ini­tia­tives have been planned and will be ex­e­cuted in the fu­ture. At the same time, a few Rakan In­for­masi Le­sen (RIL) from each li­cens­ing au­thor­ity have been elected as the per­son in charge to up­date the in­for­ma­tion in the por­tal to en­sure that the in­for­ma­tion is al­ways up-to-date and er­ror-free for the public.

The ul­ti­mate goal of SME HIP 1 is to en­able users to reg­is­ter their busi­ness and ap­ply for busi­ness li­censes on­line through a sin­gle por­tal.

Cur­rently, Malaysi­aBiz Por­tal is only an in­for­ma­tion por­tal. Nev­er­the­less,

the ex­pan­sion to a fully func­tional por­tal, where ap­pli­ca­tion and reg­is­tra­tion can be done on­line, will be car­ried out in two phases start­ing this year. The sec­ond phase will com­mence in 2019 un­til its com­ple­tion in 2020.

Malaysi­aBiz Por­tal, which acts as a new bench­mark in the public ser­vice de­liv­ery sys­tem, is the tes­ti­mony of the gov­ern­ment’s ef­fort in ben­e­fit­ing the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

It is hoped that with the aid of Malaysi­aBiz Por­tal, SMEs can gain more sup­port and, hence, con­trib­ute more promi­nently to the coun­try’s econ­omy through the rise in GDP.

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