Despite the cautious sentiment here, most companies are still engaged in a frenzy of activities: new centres, new offices, partnerships, signings, and announcements. However, I have heard a growing number of local ICT industry stalwarts now openly sounding the grey note of economic caution.
Caution is essential, but not at the risk losing out to negativity.
As the holiday season approaches, there may be a chance for a bit of a respite, with an Asian mobile handset producer asking people what they want for the holidays.
LG Electronics is conducting an online survey (http://lgholiday.ebrain.com), across six countriesthe UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, and Brazilto gauge peoples feelings and desires for the upcoming holidays.
The special survey, which runs from 11-23 November, contains some light-hearted questions, such as where you would most like to spend the holidays and what is the ultimate gift you'd like to receive, the company says.
Giving away a Renoir
Naturally, prizes are involved. For instance, three lucky Malaysians will win a mobile phone each. The three phones up for grabs are the LG Secret, LG Cookie, or the intriguingly named LG Renoir.
This reminded me that it is just as easy for tech professionals to be negative or positive about things.
"Be prepared for the worst," said one chief executive to me last week, when referring to how he was going to handle his companys strategy for 2009. "But keep your mind on the best that you want to achieve in the months to come."
The next few months of the ICT industrys journey should continue to be active and glistening, as it has been so far in Malaysia.
AvantiKumar is the Malaysia correspondent for Fairfax tech brands and deputy editor of Computerworld Malaysia.
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