ICSMEE Malaysia Newsletter | Issue 1 | November 2016

ICSMEE Malaysia Newsletter | Issue 1 | November 2016

After 2 years of operations, ICSMEE is proud to announce its first e-Newsletter. Our plan is to make it monthly, but it all depends on your support.

Beside the group email and Whatsapp, this e-Newsletter will serve to enhance further communication, interaction, and engagement among members.

You are encouraged to use this platform to share your ideas, knowledge and experience that would be beneficial to
others. You could also share your business networks and opportunities; even your company or business promotional matters.

I am truly heartened to see in ICSMEE that, we have a strong culture of helping and empowering others, with no expectation of return whatsoever. With these spirit and values, our members would be able to accelerate the growth and development of their businesses, for the benefits of their families and loved ones.

Finally, I wish to thank our members who have taken the effort to produce and contribute to this e-Newsletter. If you like to contribute articles or stories for the next issue (December), kindly send them directly to The cut-off date is every 20th of the month for the following month’s issue.

  • Dr. Zakaria Taib (President)
SMEs Invoke Development — ICSB Called to Action

SMEs Invoke Development — ICSB Called to Action

Be prepared to enter bigger markets, Taib tells SMEs’

Posted on Borneo Post on Thursday, October 29, 2015, by Philip Kiew, 

MIRI: Small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) must seek regional collaboration and adopt IT tools to have a global outreach and to be competitive in the bigger marketplace beyond their shores.

With such preparedness, Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud believes they will be able to step up to be bigger contributors in their respective economic sectors when they enter the bigger regional Asian economy.

He gave this advice when officiating the 3rd Asian SME Conference 2015 themed ‘Asian Entrepreneurship: Fostering Cross-Border Collaboration (Eco-system, Innovation & Sustainability)’ held here from last Monday to Oct 30.

“We can look forward to fast-growing business opportunities in Asia, with the rise of China as a major economic force and its strong links with Asian economies,” he said.

Borneo Post 2015 Miri

With the many business opportunities amidst competition in the bigger marketplace, Taib advised that it is imperative that Malaysia has a supportive ecosystem that provides funding to stimulate greater interest of local SMEs to venture beyond their traditional markets.

Continuing on, he said Sarawak would cooperate with the federal government to develop SMEs in the state to become internationally competitive and innovative to tap into the vast opportunities.

Meanwhile, the Head of State welcomed the proposed Declaration of Humane Entrepreneurship initiated by ICSB president Profesor Ki-Chan Kim in Jakarta, which was endorsed at this conference to be presented to the United Nations at the ICSB World Conference in New York in June next year.

The 3rd Asian SME Conference is aimed at helping entrepreneurs to leverage on IT revolution and develop cross-border collaboration to generate value for businesses.

It is organised by Asia Council for Small Business (ACSB–Seoul Korea) in collaboration with the International Council for Small Business (ICSB–Washington DC) and hosted by International Council for SME & Entrepreneurship (ICSMEE).

Held here after Seoul last year, the conference is the first of its kind in Malaysia.

Various topics critical to SMEs and entrepreneurship development in the Asian and Asean regions will be delivered by reputable speakers. Speakers include SME Corp Malaysia CEO Datuk Hafsah Hashim; ICSB USA executive director Dr Ayman El-Tarabishy; Markplus Inc, Indonesia founder and CEO Hermawan Kartajaya; Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre and Nanyang Technological University of Singapore

director Associate Prof Dr Hooi Den Huan; and ICSMEE Malaysia chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Mamat.

Topics to be discussed include Entrepreneurs & SME Financing – Strategies & Challenges; Cross Border Connectivity and Collaboration – Issues, Challenges and Case Studies; Asian SME and Sustainability – Succession Planning and Intrapreneurship; and SME Development & Capacity Building.

Nearly 200 participants from 20 countries are attending the conference which also presents many opportunities for collaboration with local SMEs.

Abdul Rahman urged participants to seize the opportunity to expand their network, be more resilient to market forces and competition, and to build successful and sustainable businesses beyond their borders.

Participants visited a palm oil mill in Miri, toured Petronas Bintulu Integrated Facility and Samalaju Industrial Park.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on ICSB-ASEAN initiative was signed to bring together Asean small businesses to leverage on the international network of ICSB worldwide, an important step in the formation of the Asean Economic Community in conjunction with Malaysia being the Asean Chair this year.

Also present at the function were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong, Assistant Minister of Communications Datuk Lee Kim Shin, Assistant Minister of Industrial Development Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie, Miri Resident Antonio Kathi Galis, Miri mayor Lawrence Lai, Miri Housing Group chairman Datuk Lau Siu Wai, district officers and local dignitaries.

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ICSB Headlines Malaysian Newspapers

ICSB Headlines Malaysian Newspapers

Between October 26-30, 2015, approximately 200 international educators, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners represented from 20 countries from around the world convened in Miri, Malaysia to commence cross-border connectivity and collaboration among Small/Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia. 

The largest English newspaper in Borneo, Malaysia, covered the plenary session titled, “Cross-border Connectivity and Collaboration: Issues & Challenges” presented and facilitated by Dr. Hooi Den Duan, Director, Technopreneurship Centre, NTU Singapore, and discussed by Datuk Seri Nelson Kwok, Founder & MD of Nelson’s Franchise, Malaysia, and Eric Ku, COO of iTrain Asia Pte Ltd. Singapore. 

“the five-day conference aimed to help entrepreneurs leverage on the IT revolution and develop cross-border collaboration to generate value for businesses.” – Borneo Post, October 30, 2015. 

Cross-border connectivity and collaboration among SMEs crucial to ensure success

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ICSB Pioneers the Entrepreneurial Mindset Shift in ASEAN: Feature Article in the New Strait Times

ICSB Pioneers the Entrepreneurial Mindset Shift in ASEAN: Feature Article in the New Strait Times

“Nurturing humane governance in business”


30 OCTOBER 2015 at 11:01 AM

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The 3rd Asian SME four-day Conference 2015 in Miri, which ends today, has the unique features of engaging various kinds of stakeholders for the generation of practical ideas for the development of small-medium enterprises (SMEs).

The theme was “Asian Entrepreneurship: Fostering Cross-Border Collaboration”.

International and national participants had the opportunity to visit Malaysia’s palm oil industry, liquefied natural gas facilities in Bintulu, the Samalaju industrial estate and indigenous entrepreneurship centres.

Academic experts from various nations and organisations presented papers on SMEs and entrepreneurship. Student participants were immersed in experiences of problem solving and innovative thinking to gain insight on the best practices and wisdom of SMEs and entrepreneurship.

Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud traced the history of Miri as the first oil town of Malaysia, the development of Sarawak and how SMEs can shape the future of the state, Malaysia and the region.

The conference reflected the collaboration of so many stakeholders, including Datuk Dr Habsah Hashim, chief executive officer of SME Corp Malaysia, Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Mamat, chairperson of the International Council for SME & Entrepreneurship Malaysia, Professor Dr Ki Chan Kim, president of the International Council for Small Business, and other distinguished leaders in the field.

Dr Zakaria Taib and his team had tirelessly worked for almost two years to make the conference a success.

Professor Datuk Dr Lau Siu Wai, 85, shared his experiences in building 15,000 buildings, including the Meritz Hotel where the conference was held.

Professor Charles Matthews, Hans Picher, Ayman El Tarabishy and others all shared their worthy role-model experiences. Hermawan Kartajaya, like Philip Kotler, is a thinker-practitioner considered among the “top 50 gurus who have shaped the future of marketing”.

He, Kotler and Hooi Den Huan, the director of Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, saw the relationship between entrepreneurship, marketing and the importance of SMEs in developing the region.

Together, they established the Philip Kotler Centre for Asean Marketing.

Now that Asean has begun to focus not just on politics, security and economics, but also on socio-community development, there is the demand to think Asean — people to people in entrepreneurial Asean with social and cultural innovation.

A Deans’ Council Forum raised and analysed questions regarding the required paradigm shifts for impactful implementation of SME programmes.

The forum agreed that there is urgent need to reformulate business degree programmes on entrepreneurship to make them relevant to the times, and encourage society to be engaged in innovation, talent development, globalisation, culture, curiosity, innovation and intuition.

There is recognition of the urgent need for a paradigm shift in the dominant secular curriculum and analytic Western approach to business and entrepreneurship to encompass the holistic spirit and substance of human/humane governance.

It is held that one or two courses on entrepreneurship do not make people SME entrepreneurs. Just as not everyone can become top musicians, not everyone can also become entrepreneurs.

The entrepreneurial mindset is only one component of the shift that is desired.

The preferred value-based leadership of business leaders and entrepreneurs is reflected in the articulation of Humane Entrepreneurship Charter as follows:

“Today we proclaim the endorsements of new entrepreneurship principles, which are founded on the values of humanity, and will become the basis of every company to pursue true sustainability by embedding the well-being of the society in the business process, curated in the human entrepreneurship model and convened into the human cycle and the enterprise cycle, are 10 principles as follows: empowerment, ethics, equality, engagement, ecosystem, envisioning, enthusiasm, enlightenment, experimentation and excellence.”

Taib and eleven leaders of international organisations of small business from various countries are signatories to the Miri Endorsement of Entrepreneurship, which emphasises the need for human, humane spirit and substance in business development.

Miri, the second largest city in Sarawak, was granted city status on May 20, 2005.

The Miri initiative is symbolic of other initiatives that will be taken throughout the country.

The time is now set that excellent scholars and intellectuals are spread nationwide.

These scholars have the capacities to attract the best brains to their localities to share experiences and ideas on developments for the futures.

With the partnership and collaborations with the best brains from around the world, local leaders and citizenry will no more be conned or suppressed by the ignorance and arrogance of inbred ideas, which trap and enchain minds.

With courage and commitment, local intellectuals can reclaim the right of scholars to define and shape futures in their localities and contribute significantly beyond their spheres of space, time and culture.

The writer is president, Malaysian Association for Education


Declaration of HumanEntrepreneurship in Jakarta, Indonesia

Declaration of HumanEntrepreneurship in Jakarta, Indonesia


Jakarta, Indonesia — Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) has been the backbone of economy in many countries especially Indonesia. Currently becoming one of the most prevalent highlight, Indonesia as a developing country has to create bigger effort to support SME’s activities, including its interactions in global stage. In Indonesia, SME give 57.9% contribution to Indonesia’s GDP and 97.2% workers are employed in SME sector. There are 99.9%  business in Indonesia are SMEs. So we can see that SME in Indonesia is very big in quantity but contribute relatively small for nation growth.

On August 12-14, 2015, members of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) gathered in Philip Kotler Theatre Class in Jakarta. International Council for Small Business (ICSB) is a platform for SME players, professionals, academicians, and policy makers form many nations to promote the growth and development of small businesses worldwide. The organization brings together educators, researchers, policy makers and practitioners from around the world to share knowledge and expertise in their respective fields.

The event was hosted with ASEAN Connectivity Opening Dinner Session on August 12, 2015. It was sponsored by Jong-ok Rhee, President of Korea-ASEAN Entrepreneurship Research Institute (KAERI) and hosted by Kim Ki-Chan, President of ICSB. Zakaria Taib, President of Asia Council for Small Business and S.P. Hong, Ex-Senior Secretary to the President for Cultural Policy, Republic of Korea also gave welcoming remarks. Although we came from many countries, the participants quickly get along with each other.

On August 13, 2015 the conference was formally began. H.E. MR. Jung-in Suh, Republic of Korea Ambassador to ASEAN gave opening remarks to emphasize the importance of Small and Medium Enterprise in ASEAN. Then relevant to the topic, Ayman Tarabishy (Executive Director of ICSB) acted as co-chair, opened discussion about the plan to establish ICSB-ASEAN. We were also discussed about ICSB-ASEAN 5-year Roadmap Planning by Yap Mew Sang, Pro tem Committee Chairman ICSB-ASEAN. Relevant to the session, we disscused case presentation about collaboration between South Korea and Indonesia.

We emphasized the challanges, opportunities, and the next step to establish ICSB-ASEAN. To have a comprehensive insight, we invited participants from several countries as key panelist discussants such as Hooi Den Huan (Singapore), Zakaria Taib (Malaysia), Hermawan Kartajaya (Indonesia), Htein Lynn (Myanmar), Sophea Sean (Cambodia), and Latsamy Vetsaphong (Laos)

In this forum we also discussed the growth and progress of SMEs in many countries in ASEAN, roles and efforts that can be conducted by ICSB. We were also introduced The HumanEntrepreneurship Model which was initiated by Prof. Kim Ki-Chand and refined by MarkPlus team (Hermawan Kartajaya, Jacky Mussry, Iwan Setiawan, Edo Rinaldo, and Edwin Hardi). This model is aligned with Marketing 3.0 which states that business can’t relied on product management and customer management anymore. But we need to touch human spirit .

So The HumanEntrepreneurship model is designed to be the foundational principle for SMEs all over the world and as the basic principles of Jakarta Declaration of HumanEntrepreneurship. The model will be used by companies to run the enterprise while focusing on humane principles. In this model, there are 5 pillars for Enterprise cycle, there are Envisioning, Enthusiasm, Enlightenment, Experimentation, and Excellence. And for Human cycle, there are Empowerment, Ethics, Equality, Engagement, and Ecosystem. The ten pillars has described that the future business model has hold not only to the profits, but also the sustainability of human welfare. For further development, we will use HumanEntrepreneurship model at ACSB Conference in Malaysia, it also will be declared in South Korea on April 2016, and finally it will be declared at United Nations June 2016. We’re also in progress in developing HumanEntrepreneurship whitepaper which will be describe the detail information about the background, conceptual model, and operational definition of HumanEntrepreneurship. To sharpen the analysis, we will feature the research result using the model.

This Forum also officiated Indonesia as new potential affiliate or chapter of the ICSB. This activity, together with the formal documents of endorsement will assist in the application process and presentation to the Board. The new ICSB Indonesia has been endorsed by Anak Agung Gede Ngurah Puspayoga as Minister of Cooperatives and Small Medium Enterprises of Republic of Indonesia, Prof Kim Ki-Chan, Dr. Zakaria Taib, I Wayan Dipta as Founding Chairman of ICSB Indonesia, and Hermawan Kartajaya as recommended new President of ICSB Indonesia. Hopefully the establishment of ICSB will strengthen Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) not only in the national and regional scope, but also can give contribution to the world.

In this occasion, I Made Kanan Jaya, the owner of an SME from Bali was awarded a grant of US$ 3.000 on his efforts in marketing souvenirs made of seashell to tourism from around the world. Sponsored by S.W.Hong (President of E&H Program), this award is a symbol of support given by ICSB to the SMEs in Indonesia that shows profit growth and in-line with humane principles. Hopefully I Made Kanan Jaya can be the role model for other entrepreneurs not only to have the principles but also really applied it on daily basis.

And for the last session, we conduct Healthiness of Business Ecosystem (HeBEx) 2015 session which is chaired by Jacky Mussry (Executive Director of ICSB Indonesia). Prof. Il Im from Yonsei University, South Korea gave the overall insight of HeBex and followed by Hermawan Kartajaya and Htein Lynn (Minister of Commerce, Republic of the Union of Myanmar) to discussed SME in Indonesia and Myanmar as case study. And we’re also discussed about the utilization of HeBEx’s research for ASEAN countries to develop the SME to have a tougher entrepreneurship spirit, better productive practices, and more brilliant creative ideas.


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