KUALA LUMPUR, 26 March 2008 – Tradenex.com Sdn Bhd (Tradenex), subsidiary of Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) and leading local e-commerce collaboration solutions provider, today announces its strategic alliance with German-based global business integration solutions provider SEEBURGER Asia Pacific Ltd (SEEBURGER).

Through this partnership, Tradenex will boost and scale up its flagship nexCONNECT e-commerce collaboration solution with the ability to integrate with the business-to-business (B2B) supply chains of large multinationals – which is an area that SEEBURGER is world renowned for.

Mr. Soon Koi Voon, chief executive officer of Tradenex says that this strategic partnership with SEEBURGER is a result of extensive studies of the various market offerings for a synergistic and value fit to the company’s flagship nexCONNECT e-commerce collaboration platform that provides an integrated supply chain IT infrastructure to local SMEs.

“Tradenex’s nexCONNECT currently services SMEs in the manufacturing, retail and logistics industries with some 500 users mostly ranging from small to medium sized businesses. Partnering with SEEBURGER is a strategic move in our effort to provide Malaysian companies with world class supply chain solutions – in tandem with their eventual need to integrate into business ecosystems consisting of large multinationals.”

Tradenex selected SEEBURGER as the best solution to compliment their existing offerings for Malaysian companies. “Tradenex will be introducing SEEBURGER solutions to our customers who are looking for competitive advantage. In fact, we have already begun work with some of our key customers to implement B2B Gateways,” says Soon.

Meanwhile, Mr. James Hatcher, managing director for of SEEBURGER Asia Pacific Ltd explains that the partnership with Tradenex is a glove fit to the company’s strategy to distribute SEEBURGER’s B2B Gateway and value-added integration solutions in this region.

“For Malaysia, Tradenex is no doubt the leading provider of an electronic, inter-enterprise collaboration solution with its nexCONNECT platform, with deep level of insight into the supply chain process of the local SME industries. These are crucial partner factors for SEEBURGER in its endeavor to establish its presence in the Asian market,” says Hatcher.

He adds, “Tradenex the necessary industry experience, a good existing customer base of supply chain clients, and an excellent domestic reputation. In addition, SEEBURGER has global customers who we need to support across Asia so this relationship with Tradenex will extend our execution capabilities across Malaysia.”

SEEBURGER sets to expand into region via Tradenex

SEEBURGER is a global household brand renowned for its Electronic Data Interface (EDI) based solutions and ranked by Gartner Research as a market leader in the B2B integration space.

The company has global operations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, and has an installed base of over 7,000 customers across 15 various verticals including aerospace, high-tech, automotive, retail/consumer product goods (CPG), pharmaceutical and logistics.

Hatcher shares that some of the many high profile customers that deploy SEEBURGER’s B2B gateway solutions are Abbot, Airbus, Coca-cola, DHL, Dunlop DaimlerChrysler, Hyundai, Kraft Foods, SEGA America, Sony and Osram, amongst many others.

“The SEEBURGER B2B Gateway has been rated as best of its class by analysts and is the only B2B/EDI solution embedded in the SAP Netweaver technology stack. SEEBURGER’s Asia Pacific headquarters are located in Hong Kong and is rapidly penetrating the Asia Pacific region via strategic partners like Tradenex who have excellent knowledge and experience in the local markets that they serve”, ends Hatcher.

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 September 2007 – Tradenex.com Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) and leading service provider of electronic supply chain management and collaboration services, today announces the launch of Tariff Finder Online (TFO), Malaysia’s first online search portal for trade tariffs codes.

Based on Microsoft’s .NET framework, the TFO is a powerful web-based application that allows users to search for the most up-to-date tariff information in accordance with the latest changes and rulings by the Royal Malaysian Customs (i.e. Kastam DiRaja Malaysia – KDRM).

Soon Koi Voon, Chief Executive Officer of Tradenex.com, says that the TFO system was specifically developed to address the pains and issues long faced by the trade and logistics communities.

“For a long time, importers, exporters, freight forwarders and shippers have had to deal with the tedious and often inaccurate method of manually researching for the exact trade tariffs of the goods and commodities they were dealing with – through cross referencing 2 to 3 books and from CD applications and databases.”

“And even if they manage to pinpoint the right tariff rate, it doesn’t guarantee that the calculated tariff is accepted by Customs; nor it is easy to source a Customs Ruling to proof otherwise,” explains Soon.

Using Tradenex.com’s TFO, these problems are immediately resolved as the entire tariff rates of the Malaysian Customs – of more than 8,800 and 12,600 tariff items under the Harmonized Systems (HS) and ASEAN Harmonized Tariff nomenclature (AHTN) codes respectively, can now be accurately and instantaneously determined, and retrieved at the user’s fingertips.

Booster to Local Trade

The TFO is virtually the entire database of the Malaysian Custom tariff rates consolidated into a single Web-based platform, a powerful and thoughtfully designed search application that any registered user can access via the Internet.

Datuk Paul Low, Vice President of FMM and Chairman of Tradenex.com says that the availability of the TFO system is a direct boost to the productivity of the local trade industry’s processes. “TFO will hugely benefit the large community of freight forwarders, importers and exporters both locally and overseas as it provides accurate and instantaneous tariff rate verification.”

“While tariff information has been available in hardcopy and CD format for several years now, no one has had the technology to translate that into a web-based application with such powerful and relevant functionalities. We are glad that Tradenex.com has breached this challenge successfully,” says Low.

A Powerful Malaysian Tariffs Knowledge Base

Besides the latest and accurate tariff rates, the item description of relevant goods and commodities are available in three languages – English, Malay and Chinese; and information regarding the approved permit (AP) and restrictions of each item can be found immediately.

“Tradenex.com guarantees that all tariff information on TFO is the latest and in-line with the Malaysia Customs, with the TFO system being updated within 4 hours of every new Custom legislation or new ruling announcements,” exerts Soon.

TFO also provides users with 10 years worth of Customs rulings on previous transactions furnished by KDRM itself – in order to solve any disparities or tariff rate calculation disputes at Custom check points, if any.

Another unique feature of the TFO is the search option that provides a kind of Thesaurus dictionary which assists users to accurately define the commercial item they are dealing with. “For example, the Thesaurus will clarify that the trade name for ‘hard disks’ is actually ‘system storage’; hence eliminating a lot of inaccuracies in the user’s effort to refer to the right tariff rate code,” explains Soon.

Collaborations in the development of the TFO

Information on TFO is highly credible as this service is provided by Tradenex.com in formal collaboration with In-Glow Technologies Sdn Bhd, the content provider involved in the development of the existing Customs tariff rates CDs.

“Besides In-Glow, the successful development of the TFO system is also attributed to Microsoft. Tradenex.com is a Microsoft Independent Software Vendor (ISV), and our technology is developed on Microsoft’s technology platform,” shares Soon.

Moving forward, Tradenex.com, together with its partners, plans to add tariff rates from other nations into TFO in order to better facilitate trade in the region. “TFO is just is one of a series of Gateway-Connect solutions and services that Tradenex.com will be launching for the trade, manufacturing and logistics sectors. Our aim is to provide the necessary tools to ensure a smooth facilitation of the local trade industry, which in turn drives value to our customers and the nation as a whole,” surmises Soon.

When the search for Nurin Jazlin Jazimin has gathered tremendous pace over the last couple of days, it’s emerged that the body of a girl found in a gym bag yesterday was indeed Nurin Jazlin Jazimin, as confirmed by DNA tests.

It makes me wonder why less than 24 hours ago, even Nurin’s parents couldn’t identify the body.

May God have mercy on Nurin’s soul. I pray that the heartless person that did this despicable act to her be brought to justice.

The image that decorates my header is the Malaysian flag, also known as Jalur Gemilang(which translates to Glorious Stripes in English).

This month, Malaysia will be celebrating it’s 50th year as an independent country. August is also the month of independence for Singapore (in fact, Singapore’s birthday is today; Happy Birthday Singapore!), Indonesia and India.

So, to commemorate Hari Merdeka, I will keep this header until 7 September 2007.

It was not my choice to be born in Malaysia, but it’s my choice to stay in Malaysia and remain a Malaysian. For all the good and bad, Malaysia is where my heart is and I love her so much.

KUALA LUMPUR, 31 July 2007 â€“ Today, Malaysia comes a step closer to realising the world’s first commercial deployment of High Altitude Platforms (HAPS) as a supporting infrastructure for the successful provisioning of broadband communications services.

This is marked by the formation of the HAPS Working Group by the Malaysian Technical Standards Forum Bhd (MTSFB) to develop technical codes, standards, service parameters, and guidelines on HAPS Technology and Services.

To date, the HAPS Working Group comprises of some 20 members who represent parties within the communication, broadcast and academic sectors, as well as relevant government bodies. The number of members is expected to increase as developments by the HAPS Working Group gets underway.

Rizal Datuk Haji Abdul Malek, senior manager at MTSFB, said that the formation of the HAPS Working Group represents a continual effort by the regulators to review optimal technologies that national carriers can adopt; to best roll out services that meets the country’s vision for broadband connectivity.

“In a way, the HAPS Working Group embody the efforts of regulators such as MCMC and MTSFB to realise the Government’s targets under the National Broadband Plan (NBP) and the Malaysian Information, Communications and Multimedia Services (MyICMS 886) blueprint,” he says.

Abdul Majid Abdullah, chairman of the HAPS Working Group, explains that HAPS refers to the use of aircraft hovering at stratospheric levels (ie. 20 kilometers from the ground) to provide immediate, nationwide access to broadband connectivity at cost levels that are significantly lower than anything commercially available today.

National Broadband Plan (NBP) is achievable with HAPS’ support

Recently, the Malaysian government upped its nationwide target for broadband penetration to 50 per cent among households by 2010, from the current 12 per cent or 5.5 million.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that broadband penetration would be limited to 50 per cent because the Government currently could not afford the cost for 100 per cent deployment – estimated at some RM56 Billion via existing methods and technologies.

To this end, HAPS technology is proposed as one of the most viable means to date to help achieve the country’s NBP at full nationwide coverage, at a cost that is significantly lower than stated.

Abdul Majid says, “Research has provided strong indication that HAPS could be the fastest (to deploy), most reliable and cost-effective way to meet the government’s goal for immediate and pervasive broadband connectivity of 512 kilobit per second (kbps) to every corner of the country.”

“HAPS has been extensively researched and developed for numerous projects around the world for the past 15 years. I am confident that with the commitment and sincerity of this HAPS Working Group, Malaysia will pioneer the first commercial HAPS deployment in the world with immense succcess.”

He adds that the set up of the HAPS Working Group means more than the industry’s advocation for a specific technology, but as a conscientious effort to achieve a greater social economic impact via the NBP’s vision.

MTSFB, which plays a crucial role to the development and eventual adoption of new technologies in the local communications industry, is a technical standards set up of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). It is responsible for the managing and handling of issues relating to technical standards and codes in Malaysia. Up to 10 Working Groups have been formed by MTSFB so far, amongst others being the 3rd Generation (3G) Working Group, Wireless Broadband (WiMax) Working Group and Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting Working Group.

About Malaysian Technical Standards Forums Bhd (MTFS Bhd)

MTFS Bhd was officially designated by MCMC in October 2004. It is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of the standards, technical codes, network interoperability and operation issues; as well as to develop, recommend, modify, update and seek the registration of technical codes from the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

At present MTSFB has formed 10 active Working Groups focusing on Digital Terrestrial Television, Digital Sound Broadcasting, Quality of Services for Public Cellular, Powerline Communication, Next Generation Network (NGN), Broadband, IPv6 and others. Recently MTSFB has submitted 10 codes to MCMC for adoption and be registered.

MTSFB is widening its function when the National Standards body, SIRIM Berhad and Department of Standards Malaysia (DSM) appointed MTSFB as the Standards Writing Organization (SWO) in 2005 in developing Malaysian Standards on telecommunications technology. For more information, visit www.mtsfb.org.my

About QucomHaps

QucomHaps Holdings Limited

QucomHaps Holdings Limited is a telecommunication infrastructure company based in Dublin, Ireland. QucomHaps delivers stratospheric communication infrastructure service – High Altitude Platforms (HAPS) using piloted M55 high altitude aircrafts carrying communication equipment that is connected to existing and standardized local and international ground gateway equipment. QucomHaps offers the ONLY commercial HAPS service available in the world today.

QucomHaps Malaysia Sdn Bhd

QucomHaps Malaysia Sdn Bhd (QHM) is a subsidiary of QucomHaps. QHM will deliver the HAPS service nationwide in Malaysia to the key network players within the following mediums: mobile telecommunications companies, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and broadcasting companies.

For more information, visit www.qucomhaps.com