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Companies Need to Support and Adopt Local Technology – Encourages Local Player, Basis Bay


Kuala Lumpur, 17 July 2019 – Basis Bay, the leading provider of Sustainable Cloud and IT Infrastructure Services Group CEO Dato’ Praba Thiagarajah shared his views and experiences regarding key issues plaguing the tech industry. During the dialogue session at Digerati50, which was organised by Digital News Asia, many entrepreneurs expressed their frustration that local players offering digital services and products are received with much scepticism within the local market.

“Despite the situation improving slowly, many local technopreneurs are still struggling to gain trust and recognition from some of Malaysia’s largest companies in adopting local technology, prefering to do business with foreign providers. Companies should have trust that local technopreneurs are indeed capable of delivering high quality digital products, services and solutions that rival our international counterparts,” said Dato’ Praba, Group CEO of Basis Bay as he expressed the collective frustrations of local entrepreneurs.

He further added, “Basis Bay has been providing data center services and solutions successfully for over two decades and even expanded its footprint into 22 countries worldwide while managing data center needs of numerous banking and financial companies. The local market should shed its scepticism regarding Malaysian created digital services and products in order to drive the country’s digital economy forward.”

The Digerati50 Networking Cocktail event, which is in its second year running, brings together top tech entrepreneurs that are helping to shape Malaysia’s Digital Economy. Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, leader of the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (People’s Justice Party) was the guest-of-honour at the event who also participated in a 90-minute dialogue session with the Digerati50 technopreneurs.

During the key-note session by Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, he expressed that Malaysia’s technopreneurs are a source of pride. Many have had startling amount of success despite minimal support from the government. Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim also mentioned that he is considering giving due recognition to the top homegrown tech companies by way of acknowledging those who are successful and have contributed to the nation.

“We need to support our local technopreneurs and empower them. There is a need to move as a nation by focusing on the correct priorities whilst ensuring sustainability and inclusivity. I also stress the importance of ensuring that ethical dimensions are not forgotten as we pursue digital transformation,” said Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim.


About Basis Bay

Basis Bay is a leading provider of Sustainable Cloud and IT Infrastructure Services. Established in 1996, with a focus in the premium Enterprise technology space, Basis Bay today has a presence in more than 30 locations across 20 countries throughout Asia Pacific and Europe servicing over 300 clients, primarily Global financial services companies and multinationals.

With sustainability in mind, Basis Bay has developed a proprietary, holistic approach enabling IT solutions that ensure maximum efficiency with a minimum impact on the environment. The five cornerstones of Basis Bay’s approach include Smart Procurement, Green IT Best Practices, Green Data Centre, IT Infrastructure Optimisation and Technology Lifecycle Management.

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1 Comment

Nov 27, 2023

The article is very interesting and relevant for those working in the technology field in Malaysia. Entrepreneurs express their dissatisfaction with the lack of trust in local companies offering digital services and products in the local market. It's quite sad because local technopreneurs need to gain trust and recognition in order to develop the local digital economy.

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