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Perusahaan Kecil dan Sederhana (PKS): Kajian Kes Zon Pesisir Pantai Semenanjung Malaysi

The article elaborates the potential of SMI in the economy development of Eastcoast, Peninsula. Article written in Malay. Publication: 4th International Malaysian Studies Conference; 3-5 August 2004, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi. Nanthakumar a/l Loganathan, Mohd. Najit B. Sukemi & Mohd. Nasir B. Nawawi. 

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Penang SMEs and Globalization: Crisis, Accommodation and Challenges

The 1997 East Asian Financial Crisis had caused a major set back for the Malaysian economy. Almost every sector of the economy was affected. It is in this contact that this article discusses the ‘third shift’ of the economy in Penang, particularly by focusing on the SMEs on three aspects. First, the major factors affecting the business performance of the SMEs. Second, how the SMEs have accommodated to the prolonged regional economic crisis from 1997-2000. Third, the challenges now faced by Penang SMEs in the context of the liberalization of Asean Free Trade Area (AFTA) and the influx of low price products into the local market as part of the globalisation process. Publication: 4th International Malaysian Studies Conference; 3-5 August 2004, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi. Author: Chin, Yee Whah. 

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Importance of ICT to SMEs

SMEs need to embrace the state-of-art technologies to penetrate non-traditional markets and remain competitive in the face of increasing challenges posed by globalisation, liberalisation and technological advances.

Author: Musalmah Johan. Publication: MIERScan, 30 May 2005.

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Technological and Managerial Upgrading of SMI/Es Through Linkages with MNCs/LSIs: Lessons Learnt & Implications

It is widely known that many MNCs/LSIs are developing supplier networks of competitive SMI/Es to complement their core activities. However, it is also a known fact that many of the local SMI/Es remain de-linked from the MNCs/LSIs, and thus are at disadvantage in terms of technological spillovers, access to markets, information technology as well as finance. The main reason for this de-linkage is that the local SMI/Es have not been able to comply with the corporate standards of the MNCs/LSIs as well as the international standards on price, quality, delivery, health, labour and environment. There are many traditional obstacles to forging linkages: requirements for SMEs to be partnership ready; best practices in terms of programmes; new challenges; what the private sector needs from the public sector; what the private sector can do and the blueprint for growing competitive SMEs. This paper attempts to discuss the implications of these issues for the development of local SMI/Es. Publication: Socio-Economic & Environmental Research Institute (SERI), 2000. Author: Ong, Anna Cheng Imm. 

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