PHOTO - Hiral Doshi, proud owner of Urbanwaves, is among the first SMEs that set up a website through GMBO.
Internet giant Google together with Malaysian regulator MCMC [Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission], domain name registrar .my DOMAIN REGISTRY and regional training provider Itrain, want to help 50,000 Malaysian businesses get online with the launch of a new scheme called 'Get Malaysian Business Online' (GMBO).
Speaking on 22 November 2011, Google Malaysia country head Sajith Sivanandan said four-fifths of Malaysian small businesses still do not have a website, which means they are invisible to two-thirds of the Malaysian population as well as the rest of the global market who are online. Malaysian agency SME Corp figures show that out of the 700,000 Malaysian SMEs that are currently operating in Malaysia, only 100,000 have a website.
"We think there is tremendous growth potential for Malaysian SMEs [small and medium enterprises] and this programme is part of our long term commitment to the country which we hope can bring about tangible economic benefits for all Malaysians," said Sivanandan, adding that 17.5 million Malaysians regularly turn to the Internet to research local shops and services.
He said the first 10,000 participants are to get a free website, including domain name and hosting for a year, said the partners on 22 November 2011. "Through GMBO, Malaysian businesses with zero online presence should take no longer than one working day (upon domain approval) to get their business websites up and running with no strings attached."
'MCMC is glad to be sponsoring the 10,000 domains for the 'early birds' to this programme, and together with Google and our other partners, we intend to take GMBO nationwide," said MCMC chairman, Dato' Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi.
"It is our fervent hope that this attractive package can help SMEs to register their business online where they are able to widen their market and increase sales," said .my DOMAIN REGISTRY chief executive officer, Tengku Intan Narqiah Tengku Othman. "Having your own website also signifies that you are serious in business dealings besides having a local presence with .my domain name."
"We will be conducting GMBO training around several major locations nationwide including East Malaysia and we look forward to exploring the vast potential of the Internet and assisting our homegrown SMEs," said ITrain chief executive officer, Bikesh Lakhmichand.
To set-up a website, a Malaysian business needs to visit the GMBO site at www.getMYbusinessonline.com.my/ and enter their business details such as licence number, business phone number, street address and opening hours, among others.
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